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  • 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
    Online

    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.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... Free Roadmap Writers Master 30-Minute Q&A Series - Oct.15th - 27th

    Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 03:00 PM - PDT through October 27, 2020

    Roadmap Writers is excited to announce a series of free 30 minute live Q&A's with some of the most in demand filmmakers in the industry. Join us via Zoom and learn what these exciting filmmakers look for in a script, tips on producing, advice on pitching, directing techniques and everything in between!

    All of these opportunities are free. For over 4 years, Roadmap's CEO along with the Animal Rescue Mission has rescued hundreds of animals from around the world. If you would like to support this cause when you sign up for the Q&A, please consider a tax exempt donation to Animal Rescue Mission. Any amount helps. It's because of donations like these that keeps this rescue alive.

    Speakers include Agents, Film Executives, Casting Directors, Producers, Publishers & more from outlets such as Anonymous Content, Sony, Creative Culture Entertainment, Verve, Rumble & a slew of well-known films and television shows. There will also be a surprise showrunner announcement

    REGISTER HERE

    About Roadmap Writers

    Roadmap Writers is a screenwriting education and training platform for writers looking for a guided path to success. Our programs are hosted by working industry executives and are designed to empower writers with actionable tools and insights to elevate your craft and cultivate relationships with industry professionals. Since 2016, we have helped more than 150 writers sign to representation and countless others get staffed, optioned, or sell their script.

  • Join ScreenCraft for a power-packed AMA with Screenwriter & Director, Emily Carmichael AB '04!

    Emily followed an unconventional path to becoming a writer-director. Today she is a sought-after action-adventure filmmaker who has co-written massive budget blockbuster films such as Pacific Rim: Uprising, Jurassic World: Dominion, and Disney’s reboot of the 1979 sci-fi film The Black Hole. Both a writer and director, her short films have screened at Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW, Tribeca, and numerous other top festivals all around the world.

    Emily is also a member of the 2020 ScreenCraft Action & Adventure Writing Competition jury. You do not want to miss this AMA! 

      • Speaker: Emily Carmichael, Screenwriter, and Director
      • Moderator: Kevin Bachar, Producer, Writer, and Cinematographer, Pangolin Pictures

    Register HERE free

  • Inspired by the Long 19th Amendment Project, spearheaded by the Schlesinger Library at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, this program will examine works from the collections at the Harvard Art Museums and Houghton Library that offer a lens on voting rights in the United States in the 20th century.

    Free and open to the public (registration required). To register and for additional information, click 
    here.

  • 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
    Zoom

    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

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
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  • Harvardwood Heads To... Halloween is NOT Cancelled: The Actors Fund

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 05:00 PM - PDT

    Staying safe at home this Halloween season? Well, that is no reason to not celebrate! Join The Actors Fund online on October 28 for Halloween is NOT Cancelled, hosted by Freestyle Love Supreme co-creator Anthony Veneziale with a special appearance by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark! This live stream event will celebrate all the things we love about Halloween: costumes, make-up and spooky treats, as well as tricks, treats and surprise guests!

    The evening will include appearances by American Idol’s Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, joined by Tony Award-winning costume designer Linda Cho (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder) and make-up artist and educator Eddie Duyos.

    Leading up to the streaming event there will be an Instagram costume contest with two divisions: people over the age of 18 and pets. To enter, post a picture of yourself or your pet in costume using #notcancelledcostumecontest or #notcancelledcostumecontestpet and tag the Instagram account: @theactorsfund. The top five posts in each category by October 19 will move on to donation voting on the Britesiders website. Britesiders voting ends October 27, and the top three costumes in each category who receive the most votes will then be featured on the Halloween streaming event and win a prize.

    The Actors Fund is excited to partner with Britesiders for this event. It means that every donation enters you for the chance to win something from the Prize Cauldron. So whether you are voting for your favorites in the costume contests or donating to help support all of the wonderful work The Actors Fund does to support the community, you will be entered to win one of several prizes.

    • Donate $1 or more to vote for your favorite costume
    • Donate $250 to get a shout-out from our host during the show
    • Donate $500 to be included in the end-of-show freestyle, performed by Anthony Veneziale

    More info & register HERE 

  • Learn about careers in the Motion Picture Industry from working Academy members and film professionals as well as the skills, education and hard work required to achieve your dreams!

    This virtual event is FREE and open to high school seniors and college students! However, a Zoom access link is required. Registration is now open and will be required to receive the Zoom access link. Capacity is limited so first come, first served.

    REGISTER HERE

  • Harvardwood Heads To... Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 04:00 PM - PDT

    The Actors Fund and the Lymphoma Research Foundation are proud to announce a one-night-only virtual Halloween benefit concert presentation of the songs from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Disney’s classic animated film, as interpreted by some of Broadway’s most ghoulishly talented artists. The evening will be presented by Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart, in cooperation with Tim Burton, Danny Elfman and Disney Music Group. The terrifyingly tantalizing one-night-only event will be available to stream for 24 hours, beginning Saturday, October 31 at 7 pm ET.

    James Monroe Iglehart, who dazzled audiences as the Genie in his Tony Award-winning performance in Disney Theatrical’s Aladdin, and his Broadway friends, using only items and clothing found around their house combined with their imaginations, will bring this delightful evening of music, storytelling and Halloween fun to life for one-night-only. 

    The cast includes: Rafael Casal (Blindspotting, Bad Education), Adrienne Warren (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Shuffle Along, Bring It On: The Musical), James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin, Hamilton, Memphis), Danny Burstein (Moulin Rouge!, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof), Nik Walker (Ain’t Too Proud, Hamilton, Motown The Musical), Lesli Margherita (Dames at Sea, Matilda, EmojiLand), Rob McClure (Chaplin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Beetlejuice) and more.

    More info HERE & TICKETS HERE

  • Tech in Entertainment: Video Games, VR, and Beyond - with Jonathan Hamel

    Monday, November 02, 2020 at 05:00 PM - PST · $10.00 USD
    A live Q&A / AMA discussing interactive technologies, their ever-increasing impact on entertainment and the world, and the strange career path of our own Jonathan Hamel AB '91. More about Jonathan is below: 

    Jonathan Hamel is an author and veteran game designer with over 20 years of experience in entertainment and software development. As a Designer/Programmer on What Remains of Edith Finch (winner of Best Game at the 2018 BAFTAs), he proved that yes, a game can make people cry. He helped reinvent one of the most recognizable and commercially-successful game franchises in the world with his design leadership on the Tomb Raider reboot (2013) and its sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015). He gave players new battle strategies to explore in The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king. And he has made children smile, launching over 100 games on SesameStreet.com. He currently works as Lead Game Designer at Ready At Dawn, part of Facebook Reality Labs, where he supports teams on two of the most beloved VR games in the world--Lone Echo and Echo VR--as well as future unannounced projects.

    We are so excited for our members to join this event! 



    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

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    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.

  • Harvardwood Social Impact: A Conversation with Rebecca Henderson

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 04:00 PM - PST · $5.00 USD
    In the next installment of Harvardwood's social impact entertainment initiative, we examine how social problems of our time can be addressed through narrative storytelling.  Harvard Business School Professor Rebecca Henderson has developed a new way of thinking about the purpose of business, their role in society, and their relationship to society.  Her framework strives to build a profitable, equitable, and sustainable capitalism to address three great problems of our time:  environmental degradation, economic inequality, and institutional collapse.  In addition to this "meta-story" her work contains a number of additional fascinating storylines that can be used for film and television.  HBS alum Erik Osmundsen transformed waste management from a boring, corrupt industry to one using technology to solve both the increasing global waste problem and diminishing future supply of natural resources.  At Lipton, Michael Leijnse reinvented the tea business by committing Unilever, the parent company, to purchasing 100% sustainably grown tea.  While this move increased costs in an intensely competitive business, it not only expanded Lipton's tea business, but also transformed the entire industry across the globe to follow Lipton's lead.

    Hosted by Gene Pao HBS '97 and Director of Harvardwood's Social Impact initiative, join us for a highly interactive discussion on how film and television can help advance the messages in Professor Henderson's stories!


    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

    Registration   Free

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