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    Harvardwood Salon: Sue Chan AB '92 (Art Director & Production Designer, PATRIOT, GONE GIRL)

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 07:00 PM

    Dinner with production designer and art director Sue Chan AB '92 will be a rare treat, as she splits her time between the west coast and the east coast. Sue can share with attendees all they want to know about sets—on the big AND small screens! She has a wealth of experience working on films, TV series, and commercials. 

    $15/attendee
    Attendees will cover their own food & drink at dinner

    The Harvardwood Salon Series gives attendees the unique opportunity to engage in in-depth discussion with the featured guest in an intimate setting. Salons are only open to Harvardwood Members & Friends. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to find out how you may attend.

    genericheadshot.jpgSue Chan AB '92
    Production Designer & Art Director

    Sue was born in New York City and raised in central New Jersey where her parents co-owned the only Chinese restaurant in town. After studying design with a minor in East Asian Studies at Harvard (’92), she and her husband (Gideon Yaffe AB '92) moved to San Francisco where she found work first in architecture, then in theater before entering film and television. She splits her residence between Los Angeles and Connecticut.

    Over the years she has worked in both independent and studio film projects as well as short form and long form T.V. and commercials. Her design credits for film include The Half of It upcoming for Netflix, Shirley upcoming for Killer Films, The Etruscan’s Smile with Oscar Nominated Directors Oded Binum and Mihal Brezis, Colossal with Oscar Nominated Director Nacho Vigalondo, The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, The Congress with Oscar Nominated director Ari Folman, Dancing in September for HBO films, Peep World for IFC Films, and Shades of Ray for Film1 Sundance Channel. The Congress was selected for the director’s fortnight at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. She is currently in prep for the Marvel Studios Film Shang Chi with director Destin Cretin.

    Series design credits include Patriot Season 2 for Amazon Studios, the Fox T.V. series The Grinder and Weird Loners, as well as a pilot for Greg Daniels. the producer of The Office.

    As a supervising art director, her recent credits include the critically acclaimed Gone Girl for director David Fincher (20th Century Fox Films) which was nominated for Excellence in Production Design by the Art Director’s Guild and the sequel to the visually groundbreaking film 300: Rise of an Empire (Warner Brothers Pictures).

    “I love what we do in the art department. Designing the world that characters inhabit for the 2 or 3 hours that the audience lives with them is a fascinating challenge and it never grows old. Every project has its unique set of worlds to knit together and the collaboration with the talented men and women who come together to tell each story is endlessly rewarding. I wouldn’t trade my job for anything. My work has taken me all over the US, Europe and now Australia and Asia. Working with international and US regional crews has given me a bigger perspective on the world.”


    If you're interested in attending this Harvardwood Salon, please read the information below carefully and follow the steps.

    1) You must be a dues-current Harvardwood Member or Friend. Not a member

    2) Complete this brief interest form so we can learn more about you and your interest in attending this event. Please log in to access the form. The deadline for the interest form is July 19, 2019.

    3) You will be contacted by the Directors of Harvardwood Salons. If it is possible for you to attend, the Directors will send you the link to RSVPIf not, you will be placed on a waitlist. Capacity is extremely limited, and priority for future Salon registrations will be given to people who have previously been waitlisted in order to ensure equitable distribution among the membership.

    This is a restricted event, and advance and approved registration completed per the steps above is required. Due to extremely limited capacity, no walk-ins will be admitted; anyone who is not registered will be turned away at the door.

    We appreciate you waiting to be contacted by the Directors. Please read this page carefully to make sure your question can't be answered by information here before reaching out with any email inquiries.

    Harvardwood Heads To... The Ivy Plus Society's 2nd Annual Summer Nights

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 07:00 PM · $25.00 USD
    The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA

    The Summer days are drifting away and uh oh those Summer nights! Tell you more, tell you more? Well-a, well-a, well-a, uh! The Beverly Hilton’s Aqua Star Pool is one of the most famous pools in Beverly Hills and is considered a getaway within a getaway. Your Summer dreams won’t be ripped at the seams when you meet The Ivy Plus Society at our exclusive cabana. Join us at this private oasis for a networking night under the stars.

    20% Off Promo Code: 2019ALUMNI

    Harvardwood Heads To... IVY Entertainment Summit & Awards 2019

    Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 12:00 PM · $99.00 USD
    AFI in Los Angeles, CA

    You are invited to the IVY Entertainment Summit and Awards, an exclusive experience at AFI. The event will feature insider tools and strategies to stay viable in a changing industry, how to leverage diversity and inclusion in ways that are good for your pocketbook, and mentoring roundtables. This once-a-year one-of-its-kind exclusive and elite event is quickly becoming the pre-emmys and pre-oscars taste-making industry event of the year. The full day event will culminate with an exclusive power networking reception FREE for All Access Pass Holders.


  • Help Harvardwood celebrate our 20th birthday this September

    We are celebrating Harvardwood's 20 years this September at a festive gathering in Los Angeles, and we need you! If there's anything you can contribute to make this a memorable event, please get in touch. Be creative! Think you could put together a fun retrospective short about Harvardwood and our members? Pitch us!

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    Get Dodgers tickets—AND support Harvardwood!

    THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN SOLD. Thank you!

    Thanks to a generous Board member, Harvardwood is selling FOUR tickets and two parking passes to the July 19th Dodgers v. Marlins baseball game on July 19th, which is also Friday Fireworks Night!

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