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  • Harvardwood Heads To... The Enigmatist feat. David Kwong AB '02

    Friday, January 04, 2019 at 07:00 PM through January 26, 2019 · $85.00 USD
    The High Line Hotel in New York, NY

    Renowned magician and New York Times crossword constructor David Kwong AB '02 invites you to step into the mysterious, historic world of the Riverbank Estate, the “cradle of cryptology,” reimagined at The High Line Hotel’s gothic Hoffman Hall. Guests will experience mind-bending illusions, and solve entertaining riddles and puzzles. The Enigmatist will blur reality and fiction—and leave you in awe of Kwong’s secret talents.

    What’s Riverbank? It was a real-life bizarre and fantastical estate, established in 1908 by eccentric multi-millionaire George Fabyan, where he and cohorts William and Elisebeth Friedman pioneered the science of cryptology. This team went on to lead the American military’s code-breaking efforts in World War I and II, and eventually form the foundation for the NSA.

    Shows will be Fridays and Saturday nights throughout January 2019.

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    David Kwong is a magician and cruciverbalist (crossword constructor) who mixes puzzles and prestidigitation. Kwong was the head magic consultant on the worldwide hit film Now You See Me and is the secret code consultant for NBC’s Blindspot. A TED Talk favorite, Kwong recently published Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion (HarperCollins), which breaks down the neuroscience of how your brain is fooled.

  • Sundance 2019: Late Night (Premieres)

    Friday, January 25, 2019 at 06:30 PM through February 03, 2019

    Late Night is an upcoming comedy film, directed by Nisha Ganatra, from a screenplay by Mindy Kaling. It stars Emma Thompson, Kaling, John Lithgow AB '67, Ar.D. '05., Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, and Paul Walter Hauser. It will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2019.

    Late Night centers on a late-night talk show host (Thompson) who is at risk of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer (Kaling), who revitalizes her show and her life. 

    Details about each screening can be found here.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... The Ivy Plus Society's Night at Mama Lion

    Friday, January 25, 2019 at 07:00 PM · $25.00 USD
    Mama Lion Koreatown in Los Angeles, CA

    You'll have a roaring good time when you join The Ivy Plus Society at Mama Lion this January. Centrally located in the Wilshire Center – Koreatown area, Mama Lion is a widely acclaimed restaurant, bar and lounge serving as one of the city’s premiere cultural destinations for dining, entertainment and nightlife. A venue where food, drinks, music and art intersect to satisfy all of your senses. Meet us in our private section to mingle with the finest and brightest in LA and to enjoy some insatiable drink specials exclusive for our members.

    Attire: Casual Cocktail 

    • Attire: Cocktail Attire
    • Must be 21+ with valid I.D.
    • 20% Off Promo Code: 2019ALUMNI
  • Sundance 2019: The Last Black Man in San Francisco (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

    Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 12:15 PM through February 03, 2019

    Jimmie Fails has one hope in life: to reclaim the majestic Victorian house his grandfather built. Every week, Jimmie and his only friend, Montgomery, make a pilgrimage across San Francisco to Jimmie’s dream home and imagine what life would be like if this neighborhood had never changed. When they realize the house’s current owners have moved out, Jimmie decides to recreate the home his family once had. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, Jimmie’s domestic aspirations blind him to reality.

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    Director/co-writer/composer Joe Talbot makes an astonishing feature debut, transfiguring one man’s intimate despair into a timely story that questions who has a rightful claim to a city’s identity. Inspired by the real-life story of Jimmie Fails, who co-wrote the film and plays a fictionalized version of himself, The Last Black Man in San Francisco elegantly engages with a loss of cross-cultural connection as one individual seeks belonging in the new incarnation of his hometown.

    Produced by Khaliah Neal, Joe Talbot, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner AB '98, and Christina Oh

    Sundance screening details here.

  • Slamdance 2019: Crystal Swan (Narrative Feature)

    Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 12:45 PM through January 30, 2019

    Crystal Swan, the debut feature from Belarusian director Darya Zhuk AB '02, will have its joint North American premiere at Slamdance and Santa Barbara International Film Festivals. The film is competing as a part of Slamdance Narrative feature competition and will screen on January 26th and January 30th. Set in 1996, the film is an evocative exploration of young Belarus and its fascination with Western ideals of freedom—told through an aspiring DJ in pursuit of her own American dream.

    Darya’s debut is considered a breakthrough for the country as the first Belarusian feature film to screen at a top international festival since 2004, and its first submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 22 years. The Belarusian film industry is small and largely unsupported by the government, making it incredibly difficult to produce independent features.

    Crystal Swan had its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in June 2018, where it was nominated for the East of West Award, and the film has since gone on to win the Grand Prix at Tbilisi, Odessa and Almaty International Film Festivals, the Russian Film Critics Award for Best Film, and Best Co-Production at the Window To Europe, Vyborg.

    In the film’s earlier stages, Crystal Swan was selected to participate in international work-in-progress sessions during Tribeca Film Festival, Cottbus International Film Festival, POFF Black Nights in Tallinn, and Vilnius International Film Festival. It won the best International work-in-progress at Tallinn’s Black Nights.

    Slamdance Festival Screenings:

    • Sat, 1/26, 12:45pm, Ballroom
    • Wed, 1/30, 3:15pm, Gallery

    Watch the trailer!

    About the Director

    Belarus-born award-winning film director Darya Zhuk unexpectedly discovered filmmaking while studying Economics at Harvard. Her short films have premiered at Independent film festivals such as SXSW, Tarkovsky, Oaxaca, Atlanta, Palm Springs, Koroche, and Santa Fe. She is a graduate of Columbia University MFA program in New York City. Darya lives and creates between Minsk and Brooklyn. Crystal Swan is her feature debut.

  • Sundance 2019: The Great Hack (Documentary Premieres)

    Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 05:45 PM through February 03, 2019

    Have you ever filled out an online survey? Do you wonder why you receive ads for products that you happened to research the day before? Be afraid. Be very afraid. Data has surpassed oil as the world’s most valuable asset, and it is being weaponized to wage cultural and political wars. We’re in a battle for control over our most intimate personal details. The Great Hack uncovers the dark world of data exploitation through the compelling personal journeys of players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data breach that rocked the world.

    Screenshot_2018-12-26_at_6.59.29_PM.pngAcademy Award nominees Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim AB '96 (The Square, Control Room, Startup.com) return to the Sundance Film Festival with this deeply layered, ethically complex, disturbing and riveting documentary. The Great Hack compels us to question the genesis of the information we consume daily and challenges us to think about what we give up when we tap that phone or keyboard and share ourselves in the digital age.


    Jehane Noujaim is an Academy Award–nominated director and one of two nonfiction directors to win the Directors Guild of America Award twice. Her Academy Award–nominated film, The Square (2013), won the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and at the Toronto International Film Festival. Noujaim’s work has also been nominated for awards by the International Documentary Association and Film Independent Spirit.

    Karim Amer is an Academy Award–nominated filmmaker, best known for producing the documentary The Square(Al midan), which was nominated for an Academy Award and received three Emmy Awards. Amer also teamed up with Angelina Jolie and Jehane Noujaim to executive produce the Academy Award–nominated animated feature, The Breadwinner in 2017.


    Screening details here.

  • Attend the Out of the Dark launch party and Dash Vodka tasting with author Gregg Hurwitz AB '95 in Santa Monica!

    About the Book

    When darkness closes in—he’s your last, best hope. Evan Smoak returns in Gregg Hurwitz’s #1 international bestselling Orphan X series.

    Someone at the very highest level of government has been trying to eliminate every trace of the Orphan Program by killing all the remaining Orphans and their trainers. After Evan’s mentor and the only father he ever knew was killed, he decided to strike back. His target is the man who started the Program and who is now the most heavily guarded person in the world: the President of the United States.hurwitz.png

    But President Bennett knows that Orphan X is after him and, using weapons of his own, he’s decided to counter-attack. Bennett activates the one man who has the skills and experience to track down and take out Orphan X—the first recruit of the Program, Orphan A.

    With Evan devoting all his skills, resources, and intelligence to find a way through the layers of security that surround the President, suddenly he also has to protect himself against the deadliest of opponents. It’s Orphan vs. Orphan with the future of the country—even the world—on the line.

    Available 1.29.19!

  • So you've gotten staffed. Congratulations! But now, how do you stick the landing? TV writer, producer, and showrunner Michael Narducci AB '97 (The OriginalsThe Vampire DiariesMedium) talks about what to expect and how to handle your first eight weeks as a staff writer. The masterclass will begin with a brief summary of breaking into the business, before buckling down on what is expected of staff writers on both a returning show and a first-season show.

    Masterclasses are only open to dues-current Harvardwood Full Members, and advance registration below is required. You must be logged in to the site to access the RSVP link below. Join or renew your membership.

    Michael Narducci AB '97
    Writer, Producer, & Showrunner (The OriginalsThe Crossing)

    Michael-Narducci.jpgMichael Narducci is a writer and a producer at ABC Studios. Currently in development on his original series WARRIORS, he most recently worked as a Co-EP on ABC's THE CROSSING.  Prior to that, he was the Showrunner of THE ORIGINALS for Warner Brothers TV.  He's also written on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, MEDIUM, THE 4400, and WATERFRONT.  

    Michael was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He attended Harvard University where he lettered in football and graduated magna cum laude in psychology. He went on to receive his MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Virginia; short stories from his graduate thesis have appeared in The Texas Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Gadfly magazine. He taught creative writing at The Idyllwild Arts Academy for seven years and has also taught writing in Boston, Charlottesville, South Central Los Angeles, and South Korea. 

    Past jobs include pizza maker, librarian, nightclub bouncer, prison researcher, and dean of students. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Los Angeles.


    LATE POLICY: Those who arrive over 15 minutes past the event's listed starting time will not be admitted. THIS EVENT WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 7:30PM.

  • Spellbinding storyteller, 100-year-old, African-American Isaac Pope takes us through 100 years of American history through the microcosm of his remarkable life. Grandson of enslaved people and son of sharecroppers, he's an unsung hero of the first Black unit the Army allowed to go into battle and the first to win a Presidential Citation for Meritorious Service. Working as a janitor at DuPont in the Jim Crow South, he quietly and tirelessly worked with the NAACP as a volunteer, walking picket lines and registering voters in the early 1960s, bravely advocating for the labor union, sustained through many losses by his faith, by love, and by music.  Awardwinning Producer Paula J. Caplan '69's documentary is already an Official Selection in 3 film festivals. Trailer and more info are at isaacpopefilm.com

  • Spellbinding storyteller, 100-year-old, African-American Isaac Pope takes us through 100 years of American history through the microcosm of his remarkable life. Grandson of enslaved people and son of sharecroppers, he's an unsung hero of the first Black unit the Army allowed to go into battle and the first to win a Presidential Citation for Meritorious Service. Working as a janitor at DuPont in the Jim Crow South, he quietly and tirelessly worked with the NAACP as a volunteer, walking picket lines and registering voters in the early 1960s, bravely advocating for the labor union, sustained through many losses by his faith, by love, and by music.  Awardwinning Producer Paula J. Caplan '69's documentary is already an Official Selection in 3 film festivals. Trailer and more info at isaacpopefilm.com

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