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Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn. Comic book women have been kicking ass across panels and pages for decades. But what is the secret sauce that makes some of these characters take off and others fall flat? Ming Chen (cast member, AMC's Comic Book Men, I Sell Comics! podcast), Amy Chu MBA '99 (writer, Poison Ivy, Red Sonja), Alitha Martinez (artist, Batgirl, Black Panther: World of Wakanda), and Terry Moore(creator, Strangers in Paradise, Motor Girl) analyze the key ingredients of successful character building and discuss the challenges of writing and drawing for today's audiences.
At any given time, our facility: “The FOB” (Forward Operating Base), is filled with millions of items donated by Americans from across the country. Once a month or more, we call on hundreds of eager and spirited Volunteers in the Southern California area to help us assemble these items to create the Operation Gratitude Care Packages. Join us! “Assembly” work includes production of the Care Packages, labeling, taping, running packages, re-stocking the lines, breaking down cartons, and other tasks.
Check out this short video on what happens on a typical Assembly Day and the type of work that you will help us complete.
Please check-in at the Volunteer Information Table when you arrive. At that point, you will receive a nametag and further instructions.
No food or drinks are allowed inside the building or around products and packages.
We greatly appreciate your volunteer efforts and spirit! To ensure your own safety and enjoyment, and to preserve our welcome at The FOB, we ask that you read and follow these requirements:
All Volunteer days include both “Prep” and “Assembly” work. “Prep” work consists of sorting donated items, folding shirts, screening letters, and otherwise preparing the products. “Assembly” work includes production of the care packages, labeling, taping, letter reading and writing, running packages, re-stocking the lines, breaking down cartons and many other tasks. In addition, if time allows, we will provide instruction and materials for making Paracord Survival Bracelets on site.
We have seated and standing jobs for everyone on all Volunteer Days.
As in the past, we welcome children ages 12 and older; those ages 12-16 must have a responsible adult with transportation on the premises at all times. Due to insurance, liability and safety concerns, we must strictly adhere to these rules–there are no exceptions. Younger children are encouraged to write letters and organize phone recycling drives from home.
Parking will be in the parking lot surrounding the building and along the street.
Speed limit around The FOB is 10 miles per hour. In congested areas, the limit is as slow as safety permits–even if that means a complete stop for an extended time.
Clothing, Shoes, Purses, Cell Phones, Food
Please wear closed-toe shoes, no sandals or flip-flops.
Wear comfortable, but respectful clothing; (NO “short-shorts” or revealing tops please); please avoid political statements on clothing.
Important Note: For security reasons, no bags, backpacks or briefcases are allowed in The FOB. Please lock purses, backpacks or other valuables in your car: We do not have a safe place for them and will not accept responsibility for personal property.
If you arrive by public transportation, please leave your purse/bag at the Sign-In table. Water stations are available throughout the facility.
No food or drinks are allowed inside the building or around products and packages.
Cell phones are permitted, but we ask that they are not used for making calls while volunteering. You are welcome to take pictures for personal or social media use. However,pictures of labels on care packages or anything with an address on it is strictly prohibited.
Volunteer Registration & Release Form
All volunteers must check-in at the Volunteer Table by the front door to register and must fill out a RELEASE FORM for the current year.
Due to heightened security requirements, all volunteers must present a government or school issued I.D. with photo when requested.
To receive Community Service Credit, you MUST sign-in upon arrival and sign-out upon departure at the COMMUNITY SERVICE TABLE, located separately from the Volunteer Sign In Table. Look for the Community Service Table signs.
Please wear the name tag provided at check-in at all times.
Near the intersection of Lassen Street and Variel Avenue (between Topanga Canyon Boulevard and De Soto Avenue; south of the 118 Freeway)
Parking: Parking is available in our parking lot and along the street
Public Transportation is available through Metro Orange Line and Metrolink located at nearby Chatsworth Station.
What do these powerhouse YA authors have in common? They all are writing groundbreaking, highly acclaimed (or highly anticipated) work that pulls from the trials and tribulations of real life to create mind-bending fantasy. Tomi Adeyemi AB '15 (Children of Blood and Bone) tackles systemic racism in the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy. Marie Lu (Legend trilogy) contemplates economic disparity and climate change in her series and the upcoming Rebel . Margaret Owen (The Merciful Crow) promotes social justice in her debut. And Hafsah Faizal (We Hunt the Flame) dispels myths about Arabian culture in her first novel. Moderated by Mary Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles, Dance of Thieves), author of the upcoming Vow of Thieves .
Dinner with production designer and art director Sue Chan AB '92 will be a rare treat, as she splits her time between the west coast and the east coast. Sue can share with attendees all they want to know about sets—on the big AND small screens! She has a wealth of experience working on films, TV series, and commercials.
Attendees will cover their own food & drink at dinner
The Harvardwood Salon Series gives attendees the unique opportunity to engage in in-depth discussion with the featured guest in an intimate setting. Salons are only open to Harvardwood Members & Friends. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to find out how you may attend.
Sue Chan AB '92
Production Designer & Art Director
Sue was born in New York City and raised in central New Jersey where her parents co-owned the only Chinese restaurant in town. After studying design with a minor in East Asian Studies at Harvard (’92), she and her husband (Gideon Yaffe AB '92) moved to San Francisco where she found work first in architecture, then in theater before entering film and television. She splits her residence between Los Angeles and Connecticut.
Over the years she has worked in both independent and studio film projects as well as short form and long form T.V. and commercials. Her design credits for film include The Half of It upcoming for Netflix, Shirley upcoming for Killer Films, The Etruscan’s Smile with Oscar Nominated Directors Oded Binum and Mihal Brezis, Colossal with Oscar Nominated Director Nacho Vigalondo, The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, The Congress with Oscar Nominated director Ari Folman, Dancing in September for HBO films, Peep World for IFC Films, and Shades of Ray for Film1 Sundance Channel. The Congress was selected for the director’s fortnight at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. She is currently in prep for the Marvel Studios Film Shang Chi with director Destin Cretin.
Series design credits include Patriot Season 2 for Amazon Studios, the Fox T.V. series The Grinder and Weird Loners, as well as a pilot for Greg Daniels. the producer of The Office.
As a supervising art director, her recent credits include the critically acclaimed Gone Girl for director David Fincher (20th Century Fox Films) which was nominated for Excellence in Production Design by the Art Director’s Guild and the sequel to the visually groundbreaking film 300: Rise of an Empire (Warner Brothers Pictures).
“I love what we do in the art department. Designing the world that characters inhabit for the 2 or 3 hours that the audience lives with them is a fascinating challenge and it never grows old. Every project has its unique set of worlds to knit together and the collaboration with the talented men and women who come together to tell each story is endlessly rewarding. I wouldn’t trade my job for anything. My work has taken me all over the US, Europe and now Australia and Asia. Working with international and US regional crews has given me a bigger perspective on the world.”
If you're interested in attending this Harvardwood Salon, please read the information below carefully and follow the steps.
1) You must be a dues-current Harvardwood Member or Friend. Not a member?
2) Complete this brief interest form so we can learn more about you and your interest in attending this event. Please log in to access the form. The deadline for the interest form is July 19, 2019.
3) You will be contacted by the Directors of Harvardwood Salons. If it is possible for you to attend, the Directors will send you the link to RSVP. If not, you will be placed on a waitlist. Capacity is extremely limited, and priority for future Salon registrations will be given to people who have previously been waitlisted in order to ensure equitable distribution among the membership.
This is a restricted event, and advance and approved registration completed per the steps above is required. Due to extremely limited capacity, no walk-ins will be admitted; anyone who is not registered will be turned away at the door.
We appreciate you waiting to be contacted by the Directors. Please read this page carefully to make sure your question can't be answered by information here before reaching out with any email inquiries.
The Summer days are drifting away and uh oh those Summer nights! Tell you more, tell you more? Well-a, well-a, well-a, uh! The Beverly Hilton’s Aqua Star Pool is one of the most famous pools in Beverly Hills and is considered a getaway within a getaway. Your Summer dreams won’t be ripped at the seams when you meet The Ivy Plus Society at our exclusive cabana. Join us at this private oasis for a networking night under the stars.
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You are invited to the IVY Entertainment Summit and Awards, an exclusive experience at AFI. The event will feature insider tools and strategies to stay viable in a changing industry, how to leverage diversity and inclusion in ways that are good for your pocketbook, and mentoring roundtables. This once-a-year one-of-its-kind exclusive and elite event is quickly becoming the pre-emmys and pre-oscars taste-making industry event of the year. The full day event will culminate with an exclusive power networking reception FREE for All Access Pass Holders.
The 1960s counterculture rises again and shines a blazing light on today's realities in UNDERGROUND 68, the new film from independent filmmaker Peter Coonradt AB '68. Watch this thought-provoking and wildly original film at a special screening on July 28th at Emerson LA, an event co-hosted by Harvardwood and the Harvard Club of Southern California. Peter Coonradt will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion.
The late 1960s counterculture was a mass awakening. It was a renaissance of music, art, experimental films, underground comix, psychedelic drugs, Eastern philosophy and cosmic consciousness. It was the dawn of the movements for peace, civil rights, environmentalism, sexual diversity and women’s liberation.
UNDERGROUND 68 is the story of Ariel Smolik-Valles '17, a Harvard student writing her 2017 senior thesis about campus opposition to the Vietnam war fifty years ago. She digs up more than she bargains for in the unconventional lives of artists, musicians, and activists from Harvard's Class of 1968.
"A dreamlike, multilayered film... spins out different threads of the 1960s revolution and weaves together something quirky and hopeful and touching." - Harvard Magazine
Doors open at 3:00pm and the film screens at 3:30pm, followed by the discussion and mixer until 6:00pm.
Members, Register Here
Purchase tickets $10.00 Members & Friends
Cost: FREE, but you must RSVP below, and you MUST bring something to eat or drink to be admitted!
We have a special Priority Registration Period for dues-paying Harvardwood members only (and their guests) through Friday, July 19. Others may register beginning July 20 if space is available.
Sure, Summer in New York is hot--but Harvardwood is HOTTER! Yes, it's time for our 2019 sizzling spectacular Summer PARTY! And this will be an especially great one, and a fabulous opportunity to meet more of our smart, sexy, scintillating, and, of course, exceedingly estival Harvardwood members!
Major FUN alert! Admission is free, but you MUST bring something to eat or drink! Wine, beer, salad, chicken, cheese, pizza, pasta, brownies--everything will be welcome! Things that are real FOOD (as opposed to chips and such) are especially strongly encouraged. Harvardwood members are HUNGRY people!
See you there!
Special thanks to NoHo Sound & Stereo,
and to Anne Griffin!
ATTENTION: The event date has been moved to Wednesday, August 14, 2019!
In this masterclass, Andrew Sachs will present and demystify one of the latest and most exciting creative and technical developments in years that is shaping the visual language of filmmaking: Large Format Cinematography.
Andrew will touch on the history of motion picture image capture, with particular focus on how the “Super 35mm” standard imaging language evolved, past trends in large negative, widescreen and anamorphic imaging, and how we now find ourselves with the widest array of image choices ever available for cinematographers, directors, and producers, and what factors ought to be weighed in consideration of the shooting format.
Through this topic, Andrew will also discuss fundamentals of cinematography, including framing, focal lengths, focus, depth of field, lighting, color and contrast, and how the Large Format trend affects all of these.
Depending on the interest and experience of the audience, the masterclass will include a dialogue about various aspects of the craft techniques, specific cameras, lenses, and lighting tools. There will be an opportunity to get hands-on with some of the latest camera tech as well. If you are interested in why and how films look the way they do, there will be much for you to learn!
This masterclass is open to dues-current Harvardwood Full Members and Friends; advance registration below is required. You must be logged in to the site to access the RSVP link below. Join or renew your membership.
Andrew K. Sachs
With over 20 years of experience in physical production, Andrew Sachs AB ‘97 is a master of film and digital cinema. From Anamorphic to VR, Andrew brings hands-on creative and technical experience as a director of photography to his work as a producer. He has produced numerous documentary series, feature films, and commercial/branded content, and is currently Vice President, Head of Production, at production company Dirty Robber.
Born and raised in New York City, Andrew graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies. At Harvard, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Robb Moss and legendary director Dusan Makaveyev provided lasting inspiration.
Early in his career, Andrew produced and shot a short film starring Harvardwood CoFounder Mia Riverton Alpert AB ‘99 and Bashir Salahuddin AB ‘98, “Officer Goodnight” (2001), and continued the collaboration with Salahuddin and writing partner Diallo Riddle AB ‘97 over the next decade on several shorts including “All Access” (2010).
Andrew’s experience as director of photography has spanned music videos for the likes of will.i.am to independent feature films including “Johnny Got His Gun” (2008, starring Ben McKenzie) and stoner noir “Sunken City” (2012), and many documentaries along the way.
After being asked by clients to provide production services, Andrew founded Walking Pictures and produced corporate and branded films as well as a few experimental features, including LA Film Critics Award-winning “The David Whiting Story” (2014).
At Dirty Robber, Andrew line produced the company’s first documentary series “Religion of Sports” and helped pivot the business from branded work to docu-series.
Notable among the various shows Andrew has produced with Dirty Robber are:
- National Geographic Network’s first branded documentary feature (with NIKE) “Breaking 2” (Line Producer)
- Winner AdAge Best Marketing Campaign of the Year
- Nominated for a Sports Emmy for Best Editing
- Winner Cannes Lions GOLD and BRONZE
- Winner One Show Golden Pencil
- Winner Sports Clio
- Showtime’s “Shut Up and Dribble” (Docu-series) (Supervising Producer)(EMMY and NAACP AWARDS nominated)
- Apple’s “Wiz Khalifa: Behind the Cam” (Docu-series) (Producer)
- Facebook’s “Tom vs. Time” (Supervising Producer)(EMMY WINNER: Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary)
- NIKE’s “Shoe Therapy” (Commercial) (Supervising Producer)
- A Netflix Original documentary series (in production) (Supervising Producer)