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  • Harvardwood Suggests... Unworthy Festival Premiere

    Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 05:00 PM - PDT
    Adam R. Perlman's first short is in its first festival, HollyShorts. And it's premiering in LA, at the Chinese theatre! It stars the wonderful Kelly AuCoin (Billions, The Americans). 
    Thursday, August 18
    TCL Chinese Theatre
    HollyShorts Film Festival
  • Harvardwood LA Event: Outdoor screening of "Guardians of the Galaxy"

    Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 07:00 PM - PDT

    Join us for a live, in-person event in Los Angeles! Street Food Cinema presents an outdoor screening of "Guardians of the Galaxy" (rated PG-13). Meet up with old and new Harvardwood friends and watch the movie under the stars.

    Signing up for this event is a TWO-STEP PROCESS:
    1. Purchase a ticket to this event.  Scroll down for ticketing links.
    2. Click here to add your name to our attendee list so we can look for you! This is the only way we will know if you are planning to attend.

    The Autry Museum - 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027
    The event will be outdoors on a grassy field. Bring your own blanket or chair.

    The Street Food Cinema website says: "We recommend blankets, pillows, hoodies, games, sunscreen, sunglasses and snacks. Although there are many food trucks and vendors with delicious food for purchase, outside food and beverage are also permitted, so you may opt to bring your own picnic." You can also bring low chairs (e.g. beach chairs) that sit 6 inches off the ground. 


    Doors open 5:30pm
    Band starts 6:45pm (Live music from Patrolled by Radar)
    Movie begins 8:30pm
    * Harvardwood group will begin to arrive at 7pm. Look for us! *

    Purchased tickets do not benefit Harvardwood. (This event does not raise money for Harvardwood.)
    We recommend purchasing tickets in advance as they are cheaper than tickets purchased at the door. Ticket holders get priority over people who arrive without tickets.

    A limited number of $15 tickets (plus service fee) are currently available on Goldstar.
    Click here for Goldstar's website.

    Purchase tickets here through Street Food Cinema's website.

    General Admission $19 (plus service fee)
    Children General Admission (Ages 6-12) $10 (plus service fee)
    Children ages 5 & under are FREE
    (There is also a Reserved Section, but the Harvardwood group will be in the General Admission section.)

    TICKETS AT THE DOOR (if available):
    General Admission $24 (plus service fee)
    Children General Admission (Ages 6-12) $15 (plus service fee)
    Children ages 5 & under are FREE
    (There is also a Reserved Section, but the Harvardwood group will be in the General Admission section.)

    FOOD & BEVERAGES:  Food trucks will be on site. You can also bring your own food and beverages.

    PARKING:  Free parking available.

    CHAIRS: Low chairs only, which sit 6 inches off the ground (e.g. beach chairs). The event staff requests no tall chairs, please.

    DOGS: Fido friendly, Fido approved! Leashed dogs welcome.

    HEALTH & COVID:  The event staff asks if you or anyone within your group has or is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, we ask you to please stay home to ensure the health and safety of our audience and staff.

    For more information, check out Street Food Cinema's FAQ webpage.


  • Harvardwood Lowdown: Aug 23, 2022

    Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 06:30 PM - PDT

    (Pacific Standard Time) 

    All of your entertainment industry questions answered!! Well, we'll try. This Lowdown call is open to ALL Harvardwood members. Panelists include Harvardwood Co-Founder Adam Fratto and President Allison Kiessling

    The Harvardwood Lowdown is an open Q&A for members to pick our brains about anything on your minds -- career questions, creative questions, or questions and suggestions about Harvardwood's programming. We look forward to talking to you!

    Please consider donating to Harvardwood! We are working hard to improve Harvardwood in 2022 and beyond, which you can find out more about here

    If you are not currently a Harvardwood Full Member, join today or renew your membership.

    This event will be held online with Zoom. RSVP BELOW!

  • Event date: 
    Thursday, August 25, 2022 - 7:00pm
    Event address: 
    1818 N Vermont Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90027

    I'm Not Broken: A Memoir (Vintage)

    In this unflinching and inspiring memoir, Jesse Leon tells an extraordinary story of resilience and survival, shining a light on a childhood spent devastated by sex trafficking, street life, and substance abuse.

    Born to indigenous working-class Mexican immigrants in San Diego in the 1970s, Jesse Leon’s childhood was violently ruptured. A dangerous and harrowing encounter at a local gift shop when he was eleven years old left Jesse with a deadly secret. Hurt, alone, and scared for his life, Jesse numbed his pain by losing himself in the hyper-masculine culture of the streets and wherever else he could find it—in alcohol, drugs, and prostitution. Overlooked by state-sanctioned institutions and systems intended to help victims of abuse, neglected like many other low-income Latinos, Jesse spiraled into cycles of suicide and substance abuse.

    More info HERE


    I’m Not Broken is the heartbreaking and remarkable story of the journey Jesse takes to win back his life, leading him to the steps of Harvard University. From being the lone young person of color in Narcotics Anonymous meetings to coming to terms with his own sexual identity, to becoming an engaged mentor for incarcerated youth, Jesse finds the will to live with the love and support of his family, friends, and mentors. Recounting the extraordinary circumstances of his life, Jesse offers a powerful, raw testament to the possibilities of self-transformation and self-acceptance. Unforgettable, I’m Not Broken is an inspirational portrait of one young man’s indomitable strength and spirit to survive—against all possible odds.

    Jesse Leon is a social-impact consultant to foundations, impact investors, non-profits, and real estate developers on ways to address issues of substance abuse, affordable housing, and educational opportunities for at-risk youth. Since receiving a master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, Jesse has managed multi-million dollar philanthropic grantmaking for various foundations and banking institutions, managed over $1B in public sector investments for affordable housing, and built thousands of units of mixed-income housing as a real estate developer for Bank of America. Jesse recently moved back to San Diego to be closer to his mother and to pursue his dream of publishing this book. He is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in English and Portuguese.

    Pedro Noguera is the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the Rossier School of Education and a Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Southern California. Prior to coming to USC, Noguera served as a professor at UC Berkeley, Harvard University, New York University and UCLA. He is the author of 153 books. His most recentbooks are Common Schooling: Conversations About the Tough Questions and Complex Issues Confronting K-12 Education in the United States Today (Teachers College Press). With Rick Hess and City Schools and the American Dream: Still Pursuing the Dream (Teachers College Press) with Esa Syeed. The Crisis of Connection: Roots, Consequences and Solutions with Niobe Way, Carol Gilligan and Alisha Ali (2018) and Race, Equity and Education: Sixty Years From Brown with Jill Pierce and Roey Ahram (2015).

    "I’m Not Broken is a book for survivors and those who know someone they hope survives, bodhisattvas all."   —Sandra Cisneros

    “A book detailing Mr. Leon’s battles against unparalleled circumstances, from poverty to addiction to assault, can be at once a critical look at the ways in which we fail young people in our communities and also a story of how, by the grace of God, we find in our midst a man like Jesse Leon, making sacrifices so that others might not suffer.” —Tarell Alvin McCraney, Academy Award winner for Moonlight
    “This emotionally unyielding memoir recounts a life lived with no shortage of harrowing experiences, but also a life renewed thanks to a profound inner strength and an unrelenting determination to overcome.” —Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation

  • This Is Why They Hate Us is a young adult contemporary novel written by Aaron H. Aceves and published by Simon & Schuster on August 23rd.

    Release week events:

    Austin, BookPeople

    August 23rd @ 7PM


    New York, Books of Wonder (17th St Location)

    August 26th @ 6PM


    Los Angeles, The Ripped Bodice

    August 28th @ 2PM

  • Welcome Class of 2026! Heading to Farkas Hall to cheer on new friends and enjoy the First Year Arts Pageant? Stop by the Office for the Arts at 74 Mount Auburn Street to enjoy cookies, meet members of the OFA and find out more about the arts at Harvard. We will also  be giving away a limited number of the very popular "make art" t-shirts and other cool arts swag! The OFA is located half a block from Farkas Hall so grab a cookie and head out to the FAP Pageant. 

    The OFA is the hub for co-curricular artmaking at Harvard. Join us to find out all the ways you can discover the arts during your time at the college.


    More info HERE.


    Office for the Arts at Harvard

  • Harvardwood Suggests... Creative Careers in the Film Industry

    Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 01:00 PM - PDT

    Filmmaking is collaborative, and not just among filmmakers. It takes a diverse crew of incredibly talented, creative individuals to bring any film project to life. In the next installment of the Tennessee Film & Entertainment Webinar Series, you'll learn about the exciting variety of options for artists contemplating possible careers in the film industry.

    Bring your questions! This webinar features a panel discussion with industry experts that will conclude with an open Q&A.

    The Arts & Business Council's Tennessee Film & Entertainment Webinar Series is made possible by support from the Tennessee Entertainment Commission. CreateTN.com

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    Lynda Evjen

    President, Women in Film & Television Nashville; Journalist & Business Owner

    Lynda Evjen is the current President of Nashville Women in Film and Television. As an Actress, Lynda Evjen began her career over 60 years ago. With credits that include, SNAPPED, Code 207, What’s the Matter with Gerald? And classics like Two Mules For Sister Sara and Rio Lobo. Her work also includes live theatre and tours with the Dallas Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theater, and the USO. Lynda spearheaded the Southern Women in Film and Television Summit as a means to bring together all of the Southern chapters of Women in Film. Lynda also is a founder of Actor-Com, an organization that provides seminars and one-on-ones mentoring with Casting Directors from around the country. She lives in Sumner County where she serves as an Ambassador for the Hendersonville Chamber and is a founder of HolidayFest of Sumner County, which hosts local events and fundraisers for local nonprofits.

    Jeffrey Alan Chase

    President, Tennessee Screenwriting Association

    Jeff Chase moved to Nashville from Mesa, Ariz., to hone his talents as a songwriter and screenwriter after several careers, including advertising executive and commercial Real Estate broker. As a songwriter, he’s amassed a catalog of over 600 songs, many of which have been cut by country and pop artists and include songs licensed in movies and TV.

    As a screenwriter, Jeff has multiple full-length feature screenplays and numerous short scripts under his belt. Two scripts were quarter-finalists in the prestigious Nicholl competition. His romantic comedy Grinder’s Switch took second place in the Tennessee Screenplay Contest. Country Songwriters won the LA Screenwriting Competition for Comedy Short.

    Jeff is a SAG actor who has appeared in numerous commercials, videos and industrial films. He has appeared in numerous films including, Ernest Goes to Jail and When the Eagle Cries and co-starred with Robert Carradine and Chris Mitchum in the thriller Lycanthrope. He worked alongside Kathy Bates and Alfree Woodard in Tyler Perry’s hit movie, The Family that Preys.

    He has been a board member and past president of Film Nashville, board member, past president and vice president of the Tennessee Screenwriting Association, board member and past vice president of Nashville Publishers Network. He is president of Chase Internet an IT consulting and web design company and president of Blue Drops Publishing Co. (ASCAP).

    His interests include hiking, sailing, golf and rebuilding 1960s English sports cars. He’s a licensed pro and amateur boxing referee. He lives on a farm outside of Dickson, Tennessee with his wife and their dogs, cats and assorted chickens.

    Geoff Koch

    President, Nashville Composers Association; Composer/Producer

    Veteran film, TV, planetarium and media composer/producer with hundreds of credits over 25 years including national theatrical releases (Beautifully Broken (2018), The Abandon (2022)), Hollywood Music in Media Awards nominee in 2017 & 2019, Belmont University’s “Curtain Call Award” recipient in 2015, numerous broadcast awards (NAF ADDY 2000).

    Has also served as keyboardist for Little Anthony & The Imperials, Lorrie Morgan, Restless Heart and The Glenn Miller Orchestra. He is the current president of the Nashville Composers Association and a Film-Com board member. His studio Koch Music Productions has lived on Music Row for over 20 years.

    Hazel Joyner-Smith

    Founder/CEO, International Black Film Festival; Entrepreneur & Educator

    Hazel Joyner -Smith, entrepreneur, educator, cultural activist, and a pioneering change agent lives quietly in Nashville, Tennessee.

    She served as the program director of the Race Relations Institute at Fisk University, the director of the first HIV and AIDS Organization in NC, a Radio Personality, a Talent Coach, Civil Rights Worker, a Consultant and Trainer in cultural diversity, or national and international Negotiator for human rights issues, she always campaigned for equity of access. In 1999, she began her work as a key organizer of the Film Festival hosted at Fisk University. Subsequently in 2006, Hazel entered into one of the most challenging phases of his career as an entrepreneur and the Founder/CEO of the International Black Film Festival of Nashville, located in Nashville, TN. The festival has emerged on the scene as the first and only ongoing International Black Film Festival in the state of Tennessee. Under her leadership, the festival has gained momentum and is quickly being recognized in the national and international festival arenas.

    Peter Kurland

    Business Agent, I.A.T.S.E. Local 492; Production Sound Mixer

    Peter Kurland is an award-winning production sound mixer, having worked on every Coen Brothers movie ever made, multiple Barry Sonnefeld films [Men in Black], and other projects. He is the current Business Agent for IATSE Local 492, representing motion picture and television craftspeople in dozens of categories. These include grips, electrics, construction, paint, art, sound, props, wardrobe, craft service, greens, locations, first aid, special effects, video and more. Local 492 covers Tennessee, Northern Mississippi, Eastern Arkansas, and Southern Kentucky. Our contracts offer guaranteed health and retirement benefits, wages, and working conditions.

    Andy van Roon (Panel Moderator)

    Writer, Executive Producer, Chairman FILM-COM

    Andy van Roon is founder/GM of Film-Com, business development conference for feature films, television and documentaries, now in its 13th year, thus far bringing 300 industry executives to establish relationships with creators of over 700 projects. He was president of the Nashville Film/Video Association, founder of FilmNashville, FilmNashville Foundation, and the Tennessee Entertainment Alliance, statewide advocacy entity set up to support the Tennessee Entertainment Commission and its legislative initiatives. A writer/exec producer with three screenplays, a sitcom and period piece series currently with WME. He’s lectured on film/television business at Lipscomb, Watkins, Vanderbilt, TSU, MTSU, NFI, and Art Institute. MFA from University of Southern California.


    More info HERE.

  • 11:00am - 12:30pm PT / 1:00pm - 2:30pm CT / 2:00pm - 3:30pm ET

    PREREQUISITE: Must have attended The Career Center Orientation | Weekly on Mondays & Thursdays

    It’s a fact: better interviewers get better job offers. However, the process of interviewing is anxiety-ridden. The key to doing well in an interview is to fully prepare and to practice. During this seminar, you will learn about interview strategy, different types of interviews and ways to answer some common interview questions.

    About Job Search Seminar:
    This is a 5-unit series that covers the main areas all individuals who are actively pursuing a job search should consider. See below for all unit topics: 

    Interested participants only need to register once via Zoom to access all 5 units.


    More info HERE.


  • The monthly online event series Sight, Sound & Story: Live continues!

    Sight, Sound & Story Live - SoundShow - The Role of the VFX Supervisor in Film

    Moderator: Ross Shain (Chief Product Officer from Boris FX)

    Panelists: VFX Supervisor Jake Morrison ("Thor: Love and Thunder," "Thor: Ragnarok," "Ant-Man," "The Avengers," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers") and Director & VFX supervisor Mark Russell ("In the Heights," "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Minority Report")

    Inside Episode XXI: The use of visual effects in film has become an essential part of production. Join us for this insightful conversation with BAFTA and Critics Choice Award nominated VFX Supervisor, Jake Morrison and VES and SLFCA nominated Director & VFX supervisor, Mark Russell.

    Jake and Mark will discuss the indispensable contributions that VFX play in films such as "Thor: Ragnarok" and "In the Heights." They will also explore the unique relationship between the VFX Supervisor and the Director as well as give invaluable insights to anyone interested in pursuing a career in visual effects. The conversation will be guided by moderator Ross Shain, an Academy Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning visual effects veteran and Chief Product Officer from Boris FX.

    All registered attendees will receive a link and password for access on the day of the event approximately a half hour before 8:00 PM ET.

    Jake Morrison most recently acted as both Second Unit Director and Overall Visual Effects Supervisor for Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster “Thor: Love and Thunder.”

    Morrison supervised, shot and designed the visual effects for Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ as well as Marvel Studio’s blockbuster hit “Thor: Ragnarok.” Directed by Taika Waititi, the film clocked in at nearly 2,800 shots and resulted in a 2018 Critics’ Choice Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.

    Prior to this, Morrison supervised “Ant-Man”, directed by Peyton Reed, earning a BAFTA nomination for Special Visual Effects.

    As overall VFX Supervisor on Alan Taylor’s “Thor: The Dark World,” he received a Saturn Award nomination from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. He began his tenure with Marvel Studios over ten years ago as Second Unit Supervisor on Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”.

    Morrison has been blending photography and computer graphics for over twenty-five years. Pursuing an early interest in creating real-time visuals to be performed alongside live music, Morrison taught himself a graphical programming language and learned video-sampling techniques. Since then he has pursued a career as a VFX / CG Supervisor as well as a Lead Compositor on many tent-pole films including Peter Jackson’s Oscar winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” and Zac Snyder’s “300” as well as numerous commercial and television credits.

    Other motion picture credits (in assorted VFX roles) include “Mission Impossible II,” Sam Raimi’s "Spider-Man", a trio of projects for the Wachowski siblings (“Speed Racer,” “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions”), “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

    For the last 20 years Mark Russell has supervised and managed the visual effects in both studio and independent film projects with a broad range of commercial and artistic appeal. Mark began his career in film production in Los Angeles, working on groundbreaking films such as "Saving Private Ryan," "Minority Report," and "Hellboy." Since moving to Brooklyn in 2004, he has been advocating for the NY film and television community. He was the visual effects supervisor on J. C. Chandor’s "A Most Violent Year" and "Triple Frontier," "The Promise "with director Terry George and visual effects producer on Martin Scorsese’s "The Wolf of Wall Street." In addition to studio films like "In the Heights," "The Adjustment Bureau" and "Tower Heist," Mark has a soft spot for less commercial fare like "The Sleep Dealer," "Please Give, "Synecdoche, NY" and "The Europa Report."

    Mark is currently in pre-production on "Megalopolis" with Francis Ford Coppola which is scheduled to begin shooting in the fall.

    Ross Shain is a visual effects artist, software product designer, and the Chief Product Officer of Boris FX. Ross has been honored numerous times for his technical contributions to the film and television industry for Mocha planar tracking software. In 2013, he received an Academy of Motion Pictures science & technology award and in 2019 a Television Academy Engineering Emmy.


    More info HERE.

  • Harvardwood Suggests... Career Journey

    Tuesday, September 06, 2022 at 10:00 AM - PDT

    10:00am - 12:00pm PT / 12:00pm - 2:00pm CT / 1:00pm - 3:00pm ET

    PREREQUISITE: Must have attended The Career Center Orientation | Weekly on Mondays & Thursdays

    **Acts 1, 2 and 3 must be taken in order**

    In order to participate fully in the activities set out during this workshop, you’ll need to use either a computer or tablet and not a phone when signing onto the Zoom link.

    About the Series 

    A central challenge for many performing arts and entertainment professionals is navigating the episodic nature of their work in the industry. For many, survival work—initiated to make ends meet—ends up draining the creative professional and becoming more problem than solution. The purpose of this workshop series is to assist performing arts and entertainment professionals in their search to find meaningful work. Career Journey offers strategies to gain agency over your career.

    Career Journey - Act 1: Who Am I?
    Are you looking for meaningful work to support your artistic pursuits or new career options, but don't know where to start? In this workshop you will begin your career journey by:
    •    Identifying your work values to help you find meaningful work
    •    Identifying your interests to help you find engaging work
    •    Identifying  your personality preferences to help you find work environments where you thrive
    You'll discover what meaningful work looks like for you while developing language you can use in a resume, interview and while networking.

    Career Journey - Act 2: What Are the Possibilities? 
    Now that you know your values, interests and personality preferences, what are the possibilities? To continue on your career journey you will:
    •    Identify your transferable skills
    •    Develop your strategic career blueprint
    •    Utilize career brainstorm techniques to think outside the box
    You'll discover a sense of what is possible in your career moving forward.

    Career Journey - Act 3: How Will I Get There? 
    Now that you have brainstormed potential work opportunities, how will you get there? To continue on your career journey you will:
    •    Navigate labor market research resources and strategies
    •    Learn to develop your network to find people and organizations that can help
    •    Learn how to test work ideas through experience
    You'll evaluate your work ideas based on who you are and what you need to find a meaningful fit.

    Program Breakdown

    Sep 6 - Act 1: Who Am I?
    Sep 13  - Act 2: What Are the Possibilities?
    Sep 20 - Act 3: How Will I Get There?


    More info HERE.


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