Issue 44 | September 2008

  • Message from Membership Directors Kibi & Angela
  • Message from Mia
  • Harvardwood Books
  • Industry Successes
  • Featured Member Posting: 20th Century Fox Seeks Senior Analyst

Message from the Membership Directors

Yes, it's September again, back to school and work time, but hopefully not just back to the grind! Harvardwood has plenty in store for you in the upcoming months so be sure to keep up with our weekly newsletter for the latest happenings. With Kibi in LA and Angela back in Beantown @HBS, your membership directors will be keeping busy on both coasts. As always, don't hesitate to contact either us or your local chapter heads if you have any ideas for fall events.

In the meantime, please continue to share your stories and achievements, as your participation is what Harvardwood is all about. Till next time...

Angela and Kibi

Message from Mia

Harvardwood's 4th annual Harvard in Hollywood symposium, "Media, Entertainment and Politics", was a huge success! Many thanks to all of our speakers, moderators, and attendees. Video selections from the symposium will soon be posted on the members-only section of the Harvardwood Channel.

We are also excited to announce the launch of Harvardwood Books, our new publishing imprint! Read on for more details, and check out the Harvardwood Channel for LA correspondent Marc Strassman's interview with Unlimited Publishing founder and Harvardwood Books copublisher Dan Snow '78:


Harvardwood Books

Harvardwood is pleased to offer its members the possibility of publishing their books under a new, dedicated imprint. In partnership with Unlimited Publishing LLC, a prominent print-on-demand publisher founded in 2000 by Danny O. Snow, a Harvard College graduate. Harvardwood Books will soon co-publish a select group of titles with UP. Full Members of Harvardwood are invited to submit their original manuscripts (or reprint editions of previously published books) to which they own all copyrights for consideration. For more info, please visit:

Industry Successes...

If you're heading out of town on American Airlines during the month of September, look (or rather listen) for Sara Melson's '90 song "Anywhere Anytime" on American's in-flight radio and in the mag. Bon Voyage!

Jayne Amelia Larson A.R.T. '92 is performing her play, DRIVING THE SAUDIS,
at the 92nd Street Y-Tribeca in October. The play, directed by Charlie Stratton (A.R.T. '93) was workshopped with Naked Angels in NYC last May, and will be in Memphis at Playhouse on The Square's New Works Festival in January, 2009.

Romina Garber '06 helped write and produce the Hillary Clinton tribute video for the Democratic National Convention.

VOTE for a short film by recent Harvard graduates! The Cure, an AARP-commissioned short film, will be featured and released on the website this September 15th -- part of an online VOTING competition. Anthony Onah '05 wrote and directed the Super 35mm short. Produced; Miqi Huang and May Lugemwa '04. Akis Konstantakopoulos '06 was cinematrographer. The film is part of AARP's ongoing "Divided We Fail" campaign. A non-partisan initiative, the campaign's goal is to encourage leaders and citizens at large to work towards affordable, quality health care and financial stability for all Americans. Go to to watch and VOTE for the film.

Artist Janai-Ami '81 will have a solo exhibition of several of her larger oil on canvas florals at the Malibu Courthouse located next to the Malibu Library. The paintings may be viewed Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. (inside the corner courtroom at the end of the main hallway). The exhibition begins September 4, 2008 and runs through November 2, 2008. The Malibu Court is located just off of Pacific Coast Highway PCH at Cross Creek behind the shopping area. "Fragrance", a Janai-Ami oil on canvas floral from the original 9/11 Collection of Florals, may be seen on the TV show "Ten Years Younger" when Laser Solutions Beverly Hills Salon is featured on the show this November. Janai-Ami began painting her colorful and contemporary florals in response to 9/11. Her work debuted nationally in L.A. at the Don O'Melveny Gallery and internationally at the Official State Residence of United States Ambassador Helen LaLime in Maputo, Africa; so it is appropriate20that the Malibu Art Association has selected her work to be shown beginning September 4th, 2008 and running through election day in November 2008 at the Malibu Courthouse.

Christopher Honett GSAS '07 is the executive director of the Manhattan Sinfonietta. He lives and works as a composer, non-profit administrator, and small business owner in New York City. On Friday, September 19, 2008, at 37 arts in New York City, the Manhattan Sinfonietta will present the US premiere of Argentine-French composer Martin Matalon's score to Fritz Lang's Metropolis, including the performance of 16 world-class instrumentalists under the baton of conductor and music director Jeffrey Milarsky, live electronics, and concurrent projection of the classic film. The composer will be present and will be giving an onstage talk at 7pm. The concert will begin at 8:00pm, with a reception to follow. The Manhattan Sinfonietta presents world-class performances of contemporary art music from America and abroad, with a particular emphasis on works for larger ensembles and works integrating ensemble with electronics. Conductor and music director Jeffrey Milarsky is the leading conductor of contemporary art music in New York and the Sinfonietta's membership consists of some of New York City's finest performers of contemporary music. For more information please visit or

Writer/Performer Julio Vincent Gambuto '00 invites the Harvard alumni community to two special industry presentations of his one-man show, "Julie from Staten Island," a comic stage memoir that follows Gambuto from New York's fifth and oft-forgotten borough of Staten Island to the ivy-covered gates of Harvard Yard to the streets of South Brooklyn. In NYC: Thursday, Sept. 18 (encore: Th Dec. 11) at Theatre Row ( In LA: Thursday, October 23 at ACME Comedy Theatre ( For comp tickets, email [email protected] For show information, visit

Sara Bibel '95 was accepted into Fox's Writers Initiative, a writer development program, on the basis of her drama pilot "God's Country."

Featured Member Posting: 20th Century Fox Seeks Senior Analyst

Seeking soon to-be ex-banker or ex-consultant (pre-MBA) who wants to transfer skills to an operating role within a major film and television conglomerate. High visibility role requires extensive modeling, powerpoint, and data analysis to guide senior executives' decisions on digital distribution initiatives across film, TV, and cable... To view full posting, please visit:



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