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Infinite Possibilities Part 2 is a continuation of a two-day free event series, presented by Harvard Dance Center, on the history, culture, and concepts behind freestyle dance. Both days feature Boston-based dancer, educator, curator, and community organizer Ashton Lites, aka Stiggity Stackz, founding creative director of Stiggity Stackz Worldwide, and curated into three parts: panel discussion, workshop, and mini battle.
Infinite Possibilities Part 2 will be held at Lowell Lecture Hall and begin with a conversation with Stiggity Stackz, Chad Shabazz, and popping OG Megatron– one of the founding members of the original Floor Lords Crew– around the history of freestyle dance in Boston. Stiggity Stackz will then lead a workshop providing an introduction to popping, one of the pillar traditions within freestyle dance. The event will culminate into a session/mini battle where the winner and runner-up will be invited to a popping battle organized by Megatron later in the month. The Harvard Breakers’s event, Breakeasy 9, will immediately follow.
Free and open to the public!
About Stiggity Stackz
Ashton Lites, also known as Stiggity Stackz, is regarded as one of Boston's most renowned veteran freestyle dance specialists. With 15+ years of intensive training in many different street styles and classical dance forms including Krump, Popping, Locking, House, Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Afro- Haitian, and beyond. Lites is an experienced event organizer, instructor, and choreographer, and is well-traveled in the underground Hip Hop competition circuit. Beyond dancing and instructing, Ashton has established himself as a creative inspiration specialist and life coach through his journey of activism and public speaking in the city of Boston, focusing on improving artists' finances, health, spirituality, purpose, and creativity. He believes that if artists can succeed in these aspects in their own life, they can be of better service to their community.
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What better way to understand the mechanics of film and TV writing than to sit down with a writer and break down a script with them?
In this virtual event series, the WGF Library team gathers acclaimed writers for the ultimate script dissection. Hosted by WGF Librarians Javier Barrios and Lauren O'Connor, we'll take a painstaking look at scripts on screen to analyze and learn about description, dialogue, character voice, text on screen, plus much more.
For this live session, we welcome Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as Daniels, the writers and directors of Everything Everywhere All at Once. They’ll take us through the pages of their screenplay and share their approach for crafting the original story.
The Zoom webinar starts at 4:00pm Pacific time.
After signing up, you’ll receive information on how to access the Zoom panel.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]
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This bittersweet comedy is the story of the indomitable Fanny Brice, a girl from the Lower East Side who dreamed of a life on the stage. Everyone told her she'd never be a star, but then something funny happened—she became one of the most beloved performers in history, shining brighter than the brightest lights of Broadway.
Starring Lea Michele and featuring some of the most iconic songs in theatre history including “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star” and “People,” Michael Mayer’s bold new production marks the first time Funny Girl will return to Broadway since its debut 58 years ago.
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Wednesday, February 15th at 6pm PST / 9pm EST (Zoom)
Join us for a conversation with senior executive Gaude Paez AB ‘96 (Riot Games, Hulu, Fox) about all aspects of communications, corporate social responsibility and PR in the global entertainment and media industry.Gaude Lydia Paez AB '96 serves as Senior Vice President & Head of Global Corporate Affairs at Riot Games, the game developer and publisher behind blockbuster PC games including League of Legends and Valorant, and operator of the League of Legends World Championship, the most popular esports tournament in the world. In this role, she leads Riot’s global Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility and Government Affairs practices and serves as a member of the company’s executive management team.
Paez is an accomplished leader with experience in the global media and entertainment, technology, and advertising industries. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President & Head of Corporate Communications at streaming service Hulu, where she led the communications organization during a period of growth that saw the company more than triple its base of paid subscribers and integrate into The Walt Disney Company’s global streaming portfolio. Among their many successes, Paez and team architected the company’s multi-year communications strategy supporting Hulu’s entrance into the live TV streaming market and its rise to become the largest digital MVPD service in the U.S.
Prior to Hulu, Paez held leadership roles at Fox Broadcasting Company and Yahoo! Inc., and began her career in New York at global agency BSMG Worldwide (now Weber Shandwick). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Harvard University, recently completed her Masters in Business Administration at Oxford’s Said Business School and sits on the Board of Women in Film Los Angeles.
Master Classes are in-depth, interactive learning experiences focused on craft and career building and led by renowned industry experts. Topics include fiction and documentary filmmaking, TV writing and production, and navigating and succeeding in the entertainment industry.
What do Bottle Rocket, Whiplash, and Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul have in common? All three films started out as shorts before being reimagined and expanded into feature-length films. One of the best ways to showcase your craft as a filmmaker is to write and direct a short film. Over the years, many independent filmmakers have used their short as a proof-of-concept and learning opportunity for a feature-length project. But how do you make that leap from short to feature? What should you consider creatively? How do you leverage the success of your short to find opportunities for financing? In our live, interactive three-hour Master Class, twin sisters/filmmakers Adamma and Adanne Ebo will guide you through the journey from short to feature, sharing the journey from award-winning short film to their critically acclaimed feature film Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul (SFF ‘22) as a case study.
Topics covered include:
- Crafting your short film as a proof of concept for a feature
- Understanding each format’s strengths and weaknesses
- Expanding your story and character arcs (and letting things go)
- Financing your feature
- Building an audience through your shortlist of donors
- Evaluating attachments for cast and crew
- Production considerations when setting up your feature
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please complete this form, contact us at (435) 776-7790 or email us at [email protected] to discuss your specific needs. Every effort will be made to accommodate advance requests; requests made within 5 days of the event may not be guaranteed.
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Ceramics Program Instructor Caroline Staller is a ceramic sculptor and educator. She attended New Mexico State University 2011 and graduated in 2015 with degrees in Fine Art and Biology with a minor in Biochemistry. In 2021 she completed her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Missouri where she studied under mentors Bede Clarke and Joseph Pintz. Her small-scale tableaus of horses are considered peaceful and reflective. Caroline also works as a Gallery Associate at the Pucker Gallery in Boston’s Back Bay.
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When: February 21st, 5pm PT / 8pm ET
This will be a virtual event for HARVARDWOOD MEMBERS and MEMBERS OF CRAFT SERVICES.
Join us for the first Harvardwood Lowdown of the year, with special guest Nicky Weinstock AB '91!
Nicky will be discussing his platform CRAFT SERVICES: an online network and support system for emerging screenwriters and directors across the world. We'll also be joined by the Harvardwood leadership team: Allison Kiessling, Adam Fratto, and Mia Riverton Alpert. The Lowdown is a time to ask any questions about Harvardwood and learn more about the org. We'll also talk more about CRAFT SERVICES and how you can get involved.
ABOUT CRAFT SERVICES
CRAFT SERVICES is an online network and support system for emerging screenwriters and directors across the world. Free of cost, welcoming of diversity, and undaunted by geography, Craft Services is devoted to building the kind of global on-ramp into the creative entertainment business that – in the L.A.-centric ways of traditional Hollywood – has never existed before.
Originally founded by Emmy-nominated producer Nicky Weinstock (BRIDESMAIDS, ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA,SEVERANCE) during the pandemic to provide resources and information about the film and TV business to new and emerging writers, Craft Services now reaches over 300 members across Europe, Africa, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, North America, and more.
Our goals are to provide resources and a network of peers to aspiring screenwriters across the world; to inform new creators about current Hollywood trends and opportunities; to help new writers complete their scripts and gain greater exposure in Hollywood and professional circles; and to answer questions anyone may have about writing and creating movies & TV and how to launch their creative careers.
The Sundance Episodic Program is an entry point for emerging scripted fiction writers that includes alumni like Katori Hall (Starz's PVALLEY), Barry Jenkins (Amazon's UNDERGROUND RAILROAD), and Heather Rae (Amazon's OUTER RANGE). We provide artists with the tools, guidance, and industry access to move your projects and careers forward. The Lab is the cornerstone of the program, an immersive six-day opportunity to develop original series under accomplished showrunners, creative producers, and development executives at the Sundance Mountain Resort. Pitch Parlor, is a separate event held in Los Angeles, to showcase alumni and their projects in front of the wider Hollywood industry. So how will your submission cut through and bring you into the fold? Join us for a direct Q&A with the program director and recent alumni who will give you all the pro tips when you're ready to apply! Submissions Open FEBRUARY 9th & Close MARCH 9th.
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Ceramics Program 2022-23 Visiting Artist In Residence Nicolas Touron is a storyteller. Born in France, he graduated from the Gerrit Rietvelt Academy in Amsterdam before coming to the USA with a Fulbright grant to complete an MFA at School of Visual Art (SVA) in New York City where he currently teaches. Nicolas Touron’s work has been featured in art galleries, museums, and public spaces in both the U.S and abroad. His work is in numerous private collections around the world. Residencies and awards include Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Space, Socrates Sculpture Park, Lower East Side Printshop and Sculpture Space NYC.
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Saturday & Sunday, March 4 & 5, 2023
10am to 5pm each day
Lindsay Rogers will demonstrate her making and surfacing processes in this two-day workshop. Demonstrations will include throwing and finishing pots, and how to use a Cricut® cutting machine to make tools for creating layered surface designs on greenware and bisque. Decorative methods will employ the use of photography, design software, paper masks, texture, rolling mats, silk screen printing, and vinyl resist. While using the Cricut cutting machine will be a topical focus (as it is one of Rogers’ primary tools), participants can readily utilize many of the techniques shown without a machine after the workshop.
Students will have the opportunity to try several of these techniques on clay tiles provided by the studio on Sunday afternoon. Tools will be provided for all students.
Lindsay Rogers is a potter, educator, and gardener living in the mountains of East Tennessee. She received her BA with a concentration in printmaking from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. Over the years, Lindsay has used her work as a ceramic artist to advocate for a more locally based, sustainable food system. She has participated in collaborations with artists, chefs, and farmers. Her pottery and words can be found in a range of publications from books to blogs, magazines, and podcasts. She is currently an Associate Professor of Ceramics at East Tennessee State University.
Cost: $25 for Harvard College Undergraduates, $200 for adults and Harvard Graduate students enrolled in a course at the Ceramics Program, and $250.00 for those not enrolled in a course.
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