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  • Harvardwood Heads To... Race + Storytelling: Through the Latinx Lens (SAG)

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM - PDT

    Moderated by: Amanda Salas, Anchor, Good Day LA

    Special Guests: 
    Gloria Calderon Kellett, Creator, Actor and Producer, One Day at a Time
    Nicholas Gonzalez, Actor, The Good Doctor
    Carla Hool, CSA Casting Director, Narcos
    Jolene Rodriguez, President, Broken English Productions
    Gina Torres, Actor, Suits

    Please join SAG for the next installment of the SAG-AFTRA President's Task Force on Education, Outreach & Engagement Race & Storytelling livestream series, featuring members and industry colleagues discussing the intersection of race, storytelling, inclusion in the entertainment industry and equal opportunity for all. 

    As SAG celebrates the rich cultural contributions of the Latinx community during Hispanic Heritage month, we are reminded that there is still much work to be done to create inclusivity and authentic representation on screen and behind the camera in the community.  

    In this conversation we’ll explore issues such as visibility vs. erasure and three-dimensional portrayals of Latinx characters, and we’ll focus on practical solutions to counter the systemic biases that exist today in the entertainment industry.

    Click HERE to watch.

    Please submit questions to sagaftra.org/PTEOEquestions


  • Harvardwood Heads To... Writing a Podcast that Sells with Screencraft

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 04:00 PM - PDT

    Writing a Podcast that Sells 

    The VIP Jury from the ScreenCraft Podcast Writing Competition will be presenting a live video panel and Q&A session on Writing a Podcast that Sells, Tuesday September 29 at 4pm PST/7pm EST.

    Podcasts and audio drama have become the most exciting new medium for creative storytelling, and shows like HOMECOMING, LORE and DIRTY JOHN prove that they’re the hottest new IP for Hollywood adaptation.  But how do you create a great podcast, and then sell it?  From writing for audio to collaboration, recording and hosting, industry leaders (who also happen to be members of the ScreenCraft Podcast Writing Competition VIP Jury) will break down these steps from conception to execution.   


    STEPHEN PERLSTEIN, Vice President of Podcasts, Studio 71
    DAVID DEVRIES, Director of Development, Studio 71
    ZACK AKERS, Podcast Creator & Writer (Limetown, 36 Questions, The Wilderness)
    ERIN KYAN, Writer and Creator, Love and Luck Podcast

    Moderator: COREY HILL, Podcaster and ScreenCraft Past Winner

    Bring your questions to learn how to make write and sell podcasts!
    TuesdaySeptember 29th at 4:00pm PST // 7pm EST – LIVE!


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

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 06:00 PM - PDT 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.

  • Anti-Racism in Hollywood: A Talk with Andrew Coles AB '09 (The Mission Entertainment)

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 12:00 PM - PDT · $5.00 USD

    Harvardwood is partnering with the Harvard Club of Southern California on a series of entertainment-industry conversations around anti-racism and what Hollywood needs to reflect upon to create systemic change. The aim is to provide the Harvard community with opportunities to hear from experts, participate in workshops to recognize one's own complicity, and engage with one another over these issues.

    Please join us for a conversation with Andrew Coles of The Mission Entertainment for a discussion on the development process: how film and television projects are greenlit and cast, and how to amplify diverse voices and avoid the either/or mentality of profit over representation. The conversation will be moderated by Daniel C. Rogers AB '12.

    Andrew Coles AB '09

    Andrew C. Coles is an activist, manager, producer, curator + DJ - he currently serves as the Founder & CEO of The Mission Entertainment. Upon graduating from Harvard with a degree in African-American studies, he moved to LA and began working at CAA before going to Overbrook Entertainment where he worked under Franklin Leonard (founder of The Black List), first as his assistant then junior executive. From Overbrook he relocated to New York to run development for Scott Rudin Productions, working across film, TV and theatre. In 2013, Andrew created The Mission Entertainment – a management + production company whose purpose and philosophical foundation lies in serving as advocates for storytellers that have been traditionally overlooked, undervalued and underrepresented. With a childhood dream of becoming a civil rights criminal defense attorney, Andrew has married his passions for storytelling + social justice advocacy through working in the entertainment industry – helping to create images that are truly representative of the world we live in.

    On the production side, Andrew C. Coles most recently served as Producer of Universal’s Queen & Slim, directed by Melina Matsoukas’s and written by Lena Waithe. Andrew also serves as Executive Producer of BET’s Twenties, which was just renewed for a second season. Andrew partnered with Lena on You Ain’t Got These, her recently released sneaker culture docu-series with Boardwalk Pictures (Chef’s Table) for Jeffrey Katzenberg + Meg Whitman’s Quibi, which just premiered in the Spring of 2020. Andrew is currently involved with several projects in various stages of production set for release in 2021.

    Daniel C. Rogers AB '12

    Daniel Christopher “D.C.” Rogers was born and raised in Lompoc, CA, the son of a rocket engineer and brother to three over-achieving sisters. His feature film script Stardust won the 2019 Harvardwood Writers Competition. Daniel was most recently a staff writer on the second season of the CW drama In the Dark. He currently has a series in development with Zachary Quinto’s Before the Door Productions, in addition to a separate series with director Anya Adams (black•ishThe Good Place) and writer/producer Julia Bicknell (The Haunting of Bly Manor13 Reasons Why) attached. Daniel holds an MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC and a BA in English from Harvard College. A classically trained baritone, SAG Award-winning actor, and reformed pre-law student, Daniel resides in West Hollywood, CA.

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  • When sexual violence appears on screen, what problems do we have with these portrayals? And have these issues with representation changed in the wake of #MeToo?

    I_May_Destroy_You_.jpegFrom A Streetcar Named Desire to Saturday Night Fever, The Evil Dead to Game of Thrones, rape has long been a staple ‘plot point’ in film and TV narratives. But given how frequently sexual violence is experienced by real-life individuals, don’t these portrayals deserve to be more nuanced and realistic in their depiction of victims and survivors? 

    More recent TV series like Unbelievable, I May Destroy You (pictured to right: Michaele Cole, series creator and actor), and even the long-running Law and Order: Special Victims Unit have started to break new ground in exploring the complexity around consent and sexual coercion. But what does the future hold? 

    DC_US_cover_final.JPGAuthor and activist Winnie M. Li AB ’00 leads this open discussion on the ethics of representing sexual violence on-screen.  

    (You can read Winnie’s take on I May Destroy You here, her Guardian piece on the film industry here, and her LA Review of Books interview about her novel Dark Chapter here.)

    Winnie M. Li AB '00

    IMG_9929_LR_final.jpgWinnie M. Li is an author and activist.  She worked as a film producer in London before her career was disrupted, at the age of twenty-nine, by a stranger rape.  This prompted a long period of recovery, followed by a change of career. Ultimately, Winnie decided to focus on addressing the issue of sexual assault through the media, the arts, and academia. 

    Her debut novel, DARK CHAPTER, is winner of The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize, nominated for an Edgar Award, and has been translated into ten languages.  Inspired by her own assault, it explores a rape and its aftermath from the perspective of both victim and perpetrator.  Winnie is also Founder and Artistic Director of the Clear Lines, the UK’s first-ever festival addressing sexual assault and consent through the arts and discussion. Her PhD research at the London School of Economics explores media engagement by rape survivors as a form of activism. Winnie has appeared in The Guardian, The Mail on Sunday, The Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Irish Times, BBC World News, Sky News, and TEDx London. She has an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland, in recognition of her writing and advocacy. 

    Twitter: @winniemli
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/winniemli
    Instagram: winniemli

    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

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  • Harvardwood Heads To... Hollywood Now 2020

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 07:00 PM - PDT · $5.00 USD
    Zoom & Hio

    Hollywood Now returns for 2020 virtually!

    Join the top entertainment schools in the country as we rub proverbial elbows, exchange ideas, and make things happen at the annual event using the platform Hio. This is the perfect opportunity to expand your network of creatives, executives, agents and lawyers to include passionate and driven alumni from USC, NYU, AFI, UCLA, LMU, Northwestern, DKA, Southwestern, Harvard, Emerson, Chapman, and CalArts. Join us as we have one on one and small group conversations all done through the Hio app that you can download on your phone or use on your desktop.

    When you purchase a ticket, you'll receive an email to download the Hio app and create an account. A day or 2 before the event, you will receive an email with Zoom info for introductions as well as a Hio desktop link to the event.


  • Harvardwood Presents: How to Launch an Audiobook with Author John Wasowicz MPA '88

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 05:00 PM - PDT · $10.00 USD

    Your questions about writing, narrating, scoring, recording, producing, and marketing an audiobook will be answered by John Adam Wasowicz MPA '88, author of the upcoming novel Slaters Lane and two previous Mo Katz mysteries. Slaters Lane is a mystery about a murder that’s committed in Alexandria, VA in April 2020—in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.  John will be joined by the team of independent artists who created the audio version of Slaters Lane.  

    The program will be moderated by NPR newscaster Nora Raum.  Confirmed panelists include Nicole Lacroix, on-air host of Classical WETA in Washington, D.C., who narrated Slaters Lane; James Jacobs, a WETA host and composer, whose music is heard in the audiobook; and Matt Lynch, who engineered the project.In addition, Journalist Derek McGinty, who narrated the second Mo Katz audiobook Jones Point, has been invited to join our virtual audience to comment on his experiences providing narration in the pre-pandemic environment. 

    Don’t miss your chance to learn the ins and outs of audiobooks and sign up today! You can also purchase an advance copy of Slaters Lane (instructions below), and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Harvardwood!

    To obtain a copy of Slaters Lane signed by the author, narrator, and composer, go to One More Page Books in Arlington, VA. Search for Slaters Lane. Specify if you want the book mailed to you or if you’ll pick it up (if you live in the D.C. area). The audiobook will be available for online purchase from all audiobook retailers at the time of the event and from One More Page Books via Libro.fm. 

    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase ticket   $5.00 Members & Friends

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    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
    has lapsed, so renew your dues as a Full Member or Friend of Harvardwood.

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