Harvardwood LA heads to Arclight Hollywood for a screening of sc-fi thriller Freaks, followed by a Q&A with writer-director Adam B. Stein AB '99! We will be attending the 4:45pm screening of the film on Sunday, September 15th. Afterward, head over to the Arclight Cafe & Bar for the Q&A with Adam. Look for Harvardwood's Executive Director, Dona Le, who will be wearing a Harvardwood 20th anniversary T-shirt!
To attend, please purchase your tickets to the 4:45pm screening of Freaks at Arclight Hollywood (link at the bottom of this page). You can also RSVP at the bottom of this page (note: you need to purchase your own tickets to the screening via the Arclight Hollywood website; the RSVP below is to let us get a headcount of how many people will attend the Q&A).
About FREAKS: A bold girl discovers a bizarre, threatening, and mysterious new world beyond her front door after she escapes her father's protective and paranoid control.
While at Harvard, Adam Stein '99 acted in and directed HRDC productions, designed the Advocate literary magazine, studied literature in Spain, and did lots of other artsy stuff. When he moved to Los Angeles in 1999 it was in the dark days before Harvardwood existed. He spent years toiling in the salt mines of Hollywood, doing almost every kind of job you can think of, to try to make his way as a filmmaker. He started as an Assistant Editor and PA, worked on sets as a Grip or Boom Op, wrote scripts and made his own short films in his free time. After a few years, he started film school at USC. He made more shorts (including a music video for Yo-Yo Ma '76) and started editing independent feature films. In 2007, he competed on a reality show called On The Lot that Spielberg produced for Fox—a competition show for filmmakers to make short films every week. He didn't win the competition, but the shorts he made opened a lot of doors. He started directing commercials and got hired by Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2011 to direct comedy bits. Still trying to direct a feature, Adam got attached to multiple movies that never got made and wrote multiple scripts that also never got made.
In 2015, he was hired by Disney Channel to direct episodes of Mech-X4, an action adventure series that is best described as "Pacific Rim for kids," and he was ultimately nominated for an Emmy for directing. This led to co-directing the live-action Kim Possible TV movie with his best friend from On The Lot, Zach Lipovsky. In the meantime, Zach and Adam had been working on their passion project, a feature called FREAKS that they were determined to get made no matter what. They raised the money from friends and family, invested blood and sweat and tears, and called in a lot of favors. The resulting film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2018 and was one of the biggest sales at the festival. Freaks will be released in theaters across the country on September 13th. Adam's journey has been a long circuitous path full of uncertainty and frustration, but one that was also full of learning and fun times making things... ultimately, totally worth it!