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    Harvardwood Heads To... The Geffen's INSIDE THE BOX feat. David Kwong AB '02

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 06:00 PM through November 08, 2020

    Inside the Box takes us into the exhilarating world of games with New York Times crossword constructor David Kwong AB '02. Twenty-four guests will have a front-row seat to an entirely interactive show of puzzles, while David regales them with stories of the most extraordinary puzzle-makers throughout history. This incredibly smart and wildly entertaining event is filled with wordplay, multi-layered games, and surprises that will leave your mind blown. Log on, put on your thinking caps, and join in the fun.

    Run of show: 09.29.2020 – 11.08.2020

    Intimidated by puzzles? Don’t be! David Kwong has designed these games to be fun and enjoyable at any skill level. Ticket holders will be emailed a PDF packet of materials one week in advance, which must be printed prior to showtime. David will guide the audience through these materials during the show.

    This production will use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Audience members will “check-in” to their show up to 30 minutes ahead of curtain, and may be asked to interact with David as well as share their video at all times.

    The show will begin once everyone is in the Zoom theater. Some puzzles will require volunteers, while others will involve the “Zoom grid” in which everyone gets a chance to participate. Along the way, David will unveil clues that ultimately reveal a special surprise at the climax of the show.

    Tickets on sale September 15 at 12 pm (PDT). Sign up to be notified HERE.

    With his expertise in enigmas and illusions, David Kwong delights and challenges audiences around the world with his intellectual brand of magic. A veteran “cruciverbalist” (crossword puzzle constructor), Kwong routinely creates puzzles for the New York TimesLos Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal. Kwong was the puzzle and secret code consultant for the hit NBC show Blindspot. He was the head magic consultant on the 2013 worldwide hit film Now You See Me. Other films Kwong has worked on include The Imitation GameMission Impossible: Rogue NationProject Power, and The House with a Clock in its Walls. A TED Talk favorite, Kwong regularly speaks to companies, demonstrating the principles of illusion and the science of why your brain is fooled. Kwong’s book Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success was published by Harper Business. After 125 sold-out performances in New York, Kwong’s one-man show, The Enigmatist, will premiere in Los Angeles in 2021 at Geffen Playhouse. Kwong is a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied the history of magic.

    Harvardwood Heads To... Free Roadmap Writers Master 30-Minute Q&A Series - Oct.15th - 27th

    Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 03:00 PM through October 27, 2020

    Roadmap Writers is excited to announce a series of free 30 minute live Q&A's with some of the most in demand filmmakers in the industry. Join us via Zoom and learn what these exciting filmmakers look for in a script, tips on producing, advice on pitching, directing techniques and everything in between!

    All of these opportunities are free. For over 4 years, Roadmap's CEO along with the Animal Rescue Mission has rescued hundreds of animals from around the world. If you would like to support this cause when you sign up for the Q&A, please consider a tax exempt donation to Animal Rescue Mission. Any amount helps. It's because of donations like these that keeps this rescue alive.

    Speakers include Agents, Film Executives, Casting Directors, Producers, Publishers & more from outlets such as Anonymous Content, Sony, Creative Culture Entertainment, Verve, Rumble & a slew of well-known films and television shows. There will also be a surprise showrunner announcement


    About Roadmap Writers

    Roadmap Writers is a screenwriting education and training platform for writers looking for a guided path to success. Our programs are hosted by working industry executives and are designed to empower writers with actionable tools and insights to elevate your craft and cultivate relationships with industry professionals. Since 2016, we have helped more than 150 writers sign to representation and countless others get staffed, optioned, or sell their script.

    Harvardwood Heads To... Free Event! Live Q&A with Bring It On Screenwriter Jessica Bendinger

    Friday, October 23, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    Join us for this live 'Bring It On' 20th anniversary celebration event with screenwriter Jessica Bendinger. Jessica will answer pre-submitted audience questions, discuss her newly released screenwriting book The Bring It On Book, and much more!

    Plus, we're giving away five free copies of Final Draft 11 and The Bring It On Book!

    About Jessica: 

    Jessica Bendinger's films have grossed over $500 million worldwide, spawning a myriad of sequels, TV shows and Jeopardy questions. In her 20-year career as a sought-after industry creative and consultant, she has worked with everyone from Sundance to Google. She has taught screenwriting at UCLA and served as an industry mentor for Sundance Institute, The Blacklist, American Film Institute, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Writers Guild of America, NY Women in Film, Austin Film Festival, and YouTube Business Bootcamp to name a few. She is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the DGA, the WGA, SACD (France), and ASCAP. Her original docuseries MOB QUEENS received a 2020 Webby Nomination for Best Podcast - Miniseries and is soon-to-be a limited series.

    More info & register HERE

  • Apply to Harvardwood 101's First Virtual Year

    Harvardwood student members:

    Today, the application opens for our first Virtual Harvardwood 101 Program! The application will close October 18th, 2020.

    The Harvardwood 101 career exploration program provides a series of career-related activities in order to demystify Hollywood and educate undergraduates about careers in the entertainment industry. The program began in 2003 and is cosponsored by Harvard University's Office for the Arts and the Office of Career Services.

    This program is open to all current Harvard College students who are Full Members of Harvardwood. Students do not have to demonstrate prior experience in the arts, media, and entertainment—just a genuine interest in pursuing a career in one (or more!) of those fields!

    The application can be found here. Please bear with us for changes to the 101 website, as dates and details are changing in real time.

    Due to the virtual nature of the program, there may be more spaces available than in a typical year. However, 101 slots fill up quickly, so please get your application in as soon as possible!

    Questions? Email us!

    Harvardwood 101

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    Become a Mentor in the Harvardwood Mentorship Program

    The Harvardwood Mentorship Program fosters meaningful professional relationships by matching Harvard graduates with more established alums in their fields of interest, for a period of nine months of one-on-one career mentoring.

    The time commitment will be approximately 3-4 hours. Mentors will connect with their mentees in 3-4 meetings over the course of the year, usually October - June. Given COVID-19, virtual meetings are encouraged. 

    Topics to be discussed during meetings can include the following:

    • The mentor's advice for perfecting one’s craft: acting, singing, songwriting, music producing, directing, or writing 
    • The mentor’s current position, what they do, their career progression
    • Career advancement advice
    • How to handle difficult professional situations

    If you are interested in mentoring, please email the Harvardwood Mentorship Program at hmp@harvardwood.org.

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  • Issue 189 | October 2020

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    Issue 188 | September 2020


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