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  • Harvardwood Suggests... Soda Fire Workshop with Dennis McLaughlin

    Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 10:00 AM - PDT

    Level: Beginner - Intermediate

    In this intensive, multi-session workshop, students will first attend an orientation session with instructor Denny McLaughlin where an overview of soda firing will be provided, as well as instruction on preparing the ceramic surface for this unique kind of firings with specialized slips for green-ware and glazes for bisque-ware. At the orientation, students will sign up for one 2-hour slot to experience preparing and loading work into the kiln. On the actual firing day, all students are invited to attend all, or part, of the firing. Finally, students will be expected to attend the unloading of the kiln to see the results and participate in clean-up of the kiln.


    Sunday, September 24, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Glazing/Slip preparation:
    Wednesday, October 22, 2:00pm-3:00pm

    Sunday, October 29, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Wednesday, November 1, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday, November 2, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Friday, November 3, 5:30 am-5:00 pm (spray @3:30pm) 

    Unload, Cleanup, and Critique work:
    Sunday, November 5, 11:00am - 2:00pm


    Soda firing is similar to the cone 10 reduction firing, but with these differences. 

    • The outside of the piece does not need to be glazed since the soda affect will create a finished surface without glazing.
    • The soda ash will create more melting with a glaze on the outside surface, which will make some glazes more fluid causing them to run if the glaze is applied too thick.
    • Not all high fire reduction glazes are suitable for soda firing.
    • Since the bottoms of pieces fired in the soda kiln are wadded with a mixture of clay and alumina hydrate, more space needs to be left between the lower edge of the outside glazed area and the bottom of the piece.
    • It’s a requirement to participate in either the loading or unloading and cleanup of the soda kiln if work is fired in the soda kiln.

    Registration for this workshop for students enrolled in the Fall 2023 semester will begin Tuesday, September 5 at 10am. Discount codes do not apply. Cost: $100. Free for Harvard Undergrads.


    More info HERE.

    Register HERE.



    About Boozin’ N Schmoozin’

    Want to meet indie filmmakers and film lovers around the world? Looking to find a team to work on your next project, volunteer your services for some set time, or just chat about movies with someone who can tell the difference between Fight Club and Dallas Buyers Club? Come to Raindance’s Boozin’ N Schmoozin’ – the monthly filmmakers networking event for people who love and make films!

    During the evening there will be an opportunity for attendees to address the virtual room with requests and offerings. For example, “I am a writer/director looking for a producer to work with on my new script”, or “I am a DoP looking for new projects to work on”, etc.

    Everybody welcome, producers, directors, actors, writers, composers, crew etc, etc.

    Get your cocktails ready and join us on Zoom.

    Virtual doors open at 7.:30pm. The main event starts at 8pm.

    Hosted by Alex di Cuffa


    More info HERE.


  • Harvardwood Suggests... Perelman Performing Arts Center Open House: Arts Community Day

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 02:00 PM - PDT
    251 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10007

    As we open our doors, we hope to center the community who we built this for and who built us. Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC) welcomes all who identify as artists or arts workers on September 27 from 5-8pm. Come tour our state-of-the-art theaters, explore our venue and connect with fellow artists, technicians, and administrators during this Arts Community Open House. Light refreshments will be served.


    More info and register HERE.



  • Harvardwood Suggests... Sweeney Todd Producer's Picks

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 05:00 PM - PDT
    Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th Street, New York, NY

    For the first time since 1980, Broadway audiences can experience Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award–winning score as it was performed in the original production—with Jonathan Tunick’s classic 26-piece orchestration on an epic scale. Tony-winning director Thomas Kail (Hamilton) helms the return of this epic musical thriller, starring Josh Groban (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford (Sunday in the Park with George).


    More info HERE.


  • Harvardwood Presents: TV for Young Audiences

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 05:00 PM - PDT · $10.00 USD
    Wednesday, September 27th 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET (virtual)

    Join Harvardwood for a conversation about television for young audiences with Kari Kim, Sean Presant AB '93Loni Steele Sosthand AB '97Tone Thyne, and Maiya Williams Verrone AB '84

    Kari Kim serves as Vice President, Animation Development for Nickelodeon, based in Nickelodeon’s Burbank, Calif. headquarters. Kim is responsible for all aspects of original series and shorts development from concept to pilot, including all creative and production. 

    Prior to Nickelodeon, Kim was a development executive at King Features Syndicate, Inc., where she developed and produced content for many of the company’s properties, including CUPHEAD, POPEYE AND FLASH GORDON. Kim also worked as a development executive at pocket.watch, Vice President of Program Development at HLN, and was a founding member of the venture capital-funded production company, Worldwide Biggies. She has also held roles and produced content at Nickelodeon, Spike TV and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. 

    Kim resides in Los Angeles with her family, but in her heart she’ll always be a Midwest kid from the suburbs of Detroit.

    Sean Presant is an Emmy nominated and NAACP Image Award winning writer, producer, director, and showrunner whose work has taken him repeatedly around the globe, writing about everything from European Nazi occupations to penguin inventory in Antarctica. His first film, SUBURBAN MONOGAMY, won the Art Institute of Chicago's award for Best Independent Film Comedy, played Cannes, South by Southwest, and Deauville, and sold to Canal Plus. Writing and producing credits since include ALMOST PARADISE, INSTANT MOM (TVLand), WIPEOUT (ABC), HAPPILY DIVORCED (TVLand), THE WAYNE BRADY SHOW (ABC), PLANET SHEEN (Nickelodeon), TAB TIME (YouTube Kids) and the Dean Devlin sci-fi film THE DEAL.

    A firm believer that stories can change the world, Sean runs the Save Santa’s Home movement, which introduces kids to the issues of climate change and environmental activism.

    Loni Steele Sosthand is currently a Co-Producer going into her third season on THE SIMPSONS. Prior to that, she was partnered with Jim Hope as Consulting Producers on Nickelodeon's COUSINS FOR LIFE. Loni has written for various multi-cam family comedies including LAB RATS, DOG WITH A BLOG and BEST FRIENDS WHENEVER. Loni also co-created, co-wrote, and co-produced KATRINA, a half-hour dramedy pilot for The-N (Teen Nick), executive produced by Warrington Hudlin.  Loni is a graduate of Harvard University where she wrote a novel for her honors thesis.  In addition to her writing life, Loni lives in Santa Clarita with her husband, a Stunt Coordinator/Stuntman, her ten-year-old triplets, two dogs, and one very abused minivan.  

    As VP of Moonladder, Tone oversees Development and Production of FableVision Studio’s original  animated and live-action broadcast properties. He has acted in the role of Writer, Director,  Showrunner and Executive Producer on several long and short form projects for Aardman Animation,  Sesame Studios, The Dodo, SuperProd, The Boston Pops, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, SpinMaster, and  Guru Studios. Tone was Showrunner/Executive Producer of SpinMaster’s hit preschool series SAGO MINI FRIENDS (Apple+); he was Showrunner/Head Writer for Emmy-award winning series GO GO CORY CARSON (Netflix); Executive Story Consultant on PIKWIK PACK (Disney); and the Supervising Producer for the Emmy award-winning WONDER PETS! (Nick Jr.) During his eleven years at Walt Disney Feature  Animation, Tone contributed to blockbuster films including THE LION KING, POCAHONTAS, TARZAN, and TOY STORY, among others. He has produced animated projects for Mattel, Nickelodeon, PBS, and SyFy  Channel and has personally animated segments for SESAME STREET. Tone is a former advisory board  member of the Fred Rogers Center and the Co-Creator/Co-Executive producer of the CSA award winning series THE ADVENTURES OF NAPKIN MAN!

    Maiya Williams grew up in New Haven, Connecticut and Berkeley, California.  She was the first black writer on the Harvard Lampoon and served as Vice President under Conan O'Brien's presidency. After graduating with honors she embarked on a writing career in Hollywood and has been writing and producing television shows ever since.   Her more well known work has appeared on FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, MAD-TV, RUGRATS, FUTURAMA, and THE HAUNTED HATHAWAYS.  She is also a writer of novels for middle-grade readers, and has five published novels.  Maiya is currently in the process of earning a Masters degree in African American Studies at UCLA.  In her free time, Maiya is a mentor at Write Girl, plays piano and harp, and hikes in the Santa Monica mountains. She is married to fellow TV writer-producer Patric Verrone, they have three lovely adult children and live with their very stubborn chow-husky, Leo.  

    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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  • Want to meet and network with like-minded filmmakers while setting your professional intentions for the fall and beyond?

    Join us for a night of connection on Wednesday, September 27, from 5-6p.m. PT/8-9 p.m.ET!

    During this event, we'll break attendees into small groups and provide helpful questions to prompt meaningful discussion. It's an opportunity to meet other filmmakers in various roles from the comfort of your home.

    Find someone to collaborate with on your next project or an accountability partner to help you reach your goals!

    In honor of the fall season marking “new beginnings,” the theme for this month is autumn intentions! The best way to stay accountable to your goals are to share them with your peers. Let's set our intentions together!

    Space is limited and RSVP is required.


    Do I need to be a filmmaker?

    Yes! We welcome filmmakers of every gender identity at all stages of their careers.

    Will this be recorded?

    This will not be recorded.

    Will I need to be on video?

    Yes, everyone will be on screen for the breakout sessions.

    When will I receive the link for joining the virtual event?

    We will send the link to join the Zoom call on the morning of the event. You will get an email from Eventbrite and from [email protected] with the link.


    More info HERE.



  • Harvardwood Co-Presents: Welcome to Your City: Los Angeles

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 06:00 PM - PDT
    Love.Life, 8900 Venice Blvd, Suite 101, Culver City, CA, 90232
    Calling all Los Angeles-based Harvard alumni! 

    On Wednesday, September 27, alumni around the world will come together to welcome members of the Class of 2023 to their new cities! Harvard alumni who graduated between 2013 and 2023, from the College or any of the graduate schools, are invited to participate.

    Whether you are new to the area or have called it home for years, the Harvard community is your community—so we hope you will join us on September 27! Register with your LinkedIn profile or other social media accounts to see who's coming and connect with others before, during, and after the event.

    Shared Interest Group Contacts:
    Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, Felix Bustos ALM20
    [email protected] 
    Harvard Alumni for Mental Health    
    [email protected]
    Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance (H4A), Peter Shimamoto JD '85
    [email protected]
    Harvard Christian Alumni Society
    [email protected]
    Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance, Dr. Gus Frias
    [email protected]
    Harvard Black Alumni Society, Maiya Williams Verrone
    [email protected]


    More info and register HERE.


    Harvard Alumni

  • Harvardwood Presents: In-Person 101 Info Session

    Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 06:00 PM - EDT
    Thursday, September 28th, 6-7pm ET (in-person)
    Harvard Campus, Mignone Center for Career Success

    Harvardwood invites current students to come learn more about Harvardwood and the annual Harvardwood 101 career exploration program, which takes place during the January term and offers a one-week “boot camp” portion (which will be in-person again for 2024) as well as optional 1-2 week “J-termships” (virtual and/or in-person opportunities).
    We will also be having a virtual info session for those who cannot attend in-person on September 28th. 

    Hope to see you there!

  • Harvardwood Suggests... Zoom Workshop: Your Age Is Your Greatest Asset

    Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 04:00 PM - PDT

    Does your age stop you in your tracks in your entertainment career? Do you look at your age as defining who you are just by the number? How relieved would you be if you could truly embrace your age and all the gifts that come with it?

    Join Career Coach/Talent Agent Consultant/Writer Guild Foundation Workshop Facilitator Jim Arnoff in an immersive, interactive Zoom workshop that will give you the coaching tools to redefine your age in a way that is empowering, expansive and sets you apart from everyone else. Learn the skills to look at age in powerful new ways that go far beyond the number. Embrace all of your assets and turn your perspective around so that you are pursuing an entertainment career that truly honors your value. 

    Workshop starts at 4:00pm Pacific time.

    After signing up, you’ll receive information on how to access the Zoom meeting.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected].

    To encourage attendees’ open participation, we will not record this workshop.


    More info HERE.


  • The RNPN, FEMA and Sundance Institute will cohost the eighth Annual Partnership Forum, Stories of Resilience: Voices that Inspire. The Forum will highlight how storytelling can build community resilience. The RNPN and the Sundance Institute will bring filmmakers, artists, and community leaders together to show how stories inspire behavioral change, boost empathy, and imagine different futures.

    Event Details:
    Wednesday, October 4, 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET
    Tribal Migration: Adapting to Climate Hazards

    Wednesday, October 11, 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET
    Building Climate Resilient Agriculture: Lessons from Island Communities

    Wednesday, October 18, 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET
    Rising Tides, Rising Divides: Climate and Equity in the Built Environment  

    Wednesday, October 25, 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET
    Extreme Heat: Reflecting on the Hottest Summer to Date  

    More info HERE.
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