Issue 55 | August 2009

* Message from Mia
* Pencil Me In:

  • Harvardwood Tour of CBS 5 News Station, Fri., Aug. 7 – SF
  • Harvardwood Heads To…Gourmet Dinner and Concert at the Levitt Pavillion, Sun., Aug. 9 – LA
  • Harvardwood Tour of Pixar Animation Studios, Tues., Aug. 18 – SF
  • Harvardwood Summer Party, Thurs., Aug. 20 – NYC
  • Harvardwood Presents…Harvard ROCKS NYC, Wed., Aug. 26 – NYC

* Calling all Harvardwood filmmakers screening in the San Francisco / Bay Area!
* Are you going to the Toronto International Film Festival?
* Seeking Panelists for Frankfurt (Germany) Book Fair Publishing Panel
* Industry Successes
* Featured Member Posting: Entertainment Industry Job List

Message from Mia

With the dog days of summer comes plenty of Harvardwood activity to keep you cool, wherever you are! For you Bay Area folks, we've got tours of Pixar and CBS 5 LA we'll be joining the Harvard Club of SoCal for an evening of dinner and music...and NYC will be bringing down the house with a summer party AND the first-ever HARVARD ROCKS NYC! Keep reading for details on these events, and get involved with planning our upcoming autumn agenda -- SF film screenings, Frankfurt Book Fair, Toronto International Film Festival events, and more...

- Mia

Pencil Me In...

Harvardwood Tour of CBS 5 News Station, Fri., Aug. 7 – SF

Interested in seeing what goes on behind the scenes of the first television news station to go on the air in Northern California? KPIX-CBS 5 was the 49th station nationwide to go on the air, the fourth in the state, and the first in Northern California. See what the newsroom looks like, check out the studio where the nightly news is broadcast, and find out what goes on for the weather report! Space is limited and RSVP is required. For more info and to register, please visit:

Harvardwood Heads To…Gourmet Dinner and Concert at the Levitt Pavilion, Sun., Aug. 9 – LA

Come and join the Harvard Club in a Summer extravaganza: an open air gourmet dinner and concert at the newly restored Levitt Pavilion in Old Pasadena. Meet venture philanthropist Liz Levitt Hirsch and Levitt Foundation President, Glen Williams HBS '83, newly elected HAA Director and event coordinator Liz Ryan, President of the HCSC Ken Williams, and other HCSC officers and Board members. Following the reception and dinner, hear acclaimed Urban Folk and Jazz musician KJ Denhert. For more info please visit:

Harvardwood Tour of Pixar Animation Studios, Tues., Aug. 18 – SF

Already seen UP this summer? Fan of THE INCREDIBLES? Quote Buzz Lightyear on a regular basis? Come see what goes on behind the scenes to bring the Pixar movie hits to life! With the help of our fellow Harvardwood member Kitt Hirasaki, we will be holding a tour of the Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville on Tuesday, August 18 from 5:45-6:30 p.m. Space is extremely limited, with preference given to Full Members. For more info and to register, please visit:

Harvardwood Summer Party, Thurs., Aug. 20 – NYC

Bluegrass! Blues! Art! It's Our Fabulous Harvardwood Summer Party! Join some of the best looking, most intelligent, most talented, and sexiest people in New York--your fellow Harvardwood members, of course--for an evening of cutting edge art, bluegrass, blues, and general fun! Our host is Harvardwood member Gregory de la Haba, artist-in-residence at the Jack the Pelican gallery in trendy Williamsburg. For more info and to register, please visit:

Harvardwood Presents…Harvard ROCKS NYC, Wed., Aug. 26 – NYC

This is the first of its kind….This is a coup de Rock led by your classmates…This is a revolution...Are you ready?? Whether you've been to Coachella, SXSW, or All Points West - see what happens when Harvard reveals its very own best! From the school that gave you Chester French, Weezer, & Rage Against The Machine, (yes, all bands carry 1 or more crimson diplomas) be there when we reveal tomorrow's IT bands today...Bringing YOU the freshest indie music to alums, by alums at one the hottest joints in town...Come shake off work and drink in the end of summer with your classmates, cocktails and cares aside when Harvard ROCKS NYC! Tickets are only available online. For tickets and more info, please visit:

Calling all Harvardwood filmmakers screening in the San Francisco / Bay Area!

If you have submitted your film to a local film festival in the San Francisco / Bay Area, let us know about the screening. Contact Chapter Head Julia Ogrydziak at [email protected] about any upcoming release or festival screening that you're involved in, and we will be sure to add it to our calendar. Also, if you notify us ahead of time, we'll do our best to plan an event for fellow Harvardwood members to come watch and support your film! To view full posting, please visit:

Are you going to the Toronto International Film Festival?

We are looking for Harvardwood members who will be attending the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. The Toronto Chapter of Harvardwood is planning to do an event with the Harvard Club of Toronto that centers around the showing of a film at the TIFF. Last year a group from Toronto did this in conjunction with the wonderful documentary HARVARD BEATS YALE 29-29. We met beforehand for dinner, attended the movie, and then had drinks with the director and Harvard alum Kevin Rafferty. So, if you are coming to Toronto with a film this year (or just as an audience member) and would like to be involved, please contact Mark Solovey at [email protected] by Wednesday, Aug. 5th. To view full posting, please visit:

Seeking Panelists for Frankfurt (Germany) Book Fair Publishing Panel

Harvardwood and the Harvard Club of Frankfurt are planning an event during the Frankfurt Book Fair on the 14th,15th or 16th of October, for which we are seeking additional panelists. Publishing Professionals, Authors and other Media Professionals who would like to talk about recent trends, their books or their projects to Harvard alumni in the formal setting of a panel discussion are welcome to contact Antje Clasen at [email protected] To view full posting, please visit:

Industry Successes...

Leonard Chang (Harvard College) has a new novel published this month. Entitled CROSSINGS, the novel is about a friendship between an illegal immigrant Korean woman and a man who tries to help her. For more information visit Leonard's second novel, DISPATCHES FROM THE COLD, was also just released in a new paperback edition.

Kevin Rafferty, Harvard alum, cult filmmaker and attendee of the Harvard-Yale football game of 1968, has a book coming out in October. Following the DVD release of his hugely successful documentary of the same name, HARVARD BEATS YALE 29-29 is a fully-illustrated, star-studded oral history of the greatest game of all time. Alternately suspenseful, hilarious, and poignant, it constructs a vivid portrait of American lives, American sports, and American ideals both tested on the playing field and transformed by turbulent times. The book will be published by Overlook Press on October 13, 2009. Rafferty will be signing books at the Yale Bowl for the Harvard-Yale Game on November 21 along with the team captains of ’68, Vic Gatto and Brian "BD” Dowling. He also will sign books with Frank Champi, Pete Varney and J.P. Goldsmith on October 24th at the Harvard-Princeton game at Harvard Stadium. For more information, please contact Vida Engstrand, Overlook Press, [email protected]

Paul M. J. Suchecki ‘76 received his first Emmy nomination, in Instructional Programming for writing, producing, hosting and editing the ½-hour documentary OUTDOOR ELECTRICAL SAFETY which aired on LA Cityview Channel 35. It is now part of the curriculum of 600 schools throughout the LA Unified School District. The show took first place at the 2009 STAR Awards as the Best Public Safety Documentary of the year as judged by SCAN NATOA, the regional chapter of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. It’s playing on You Tube and here:

Eva Gordon HMS '00 executive produced PLAY THE GAME, a feature film that will be released in theaters across the nation on August 28th, starring Andy Griffith, Doris Roberts, Paul Campbell, Marla Sokoloff, and Liz Sheridan. The film is a romantic comedy about a young ladies' man who teaches all his dating tricks to his lonely widowed grandfather. Eva's husband, Marc Fienberg, was the writer/director of the movie, which was based upon the life of his own grandfather who started dating again at the age of 89. The movie has already played in test markets in Florida for more than 3 months, earned over $370,000 in box office, and won awards at every film festival in which it played. PLAY THE GAME will be released in 15 cities on over 50 screens on August 28th. Theaters, showtimes, and the movie trailer can be found at

Rupak Ginn '05 booked a recurring guest star role on the new hit series "Royal Pains" on USA. He plays Raj, Divya's fiance, and has already been introduced in the series. Be sure to tune into the series finale to find out how things resolve between Raj and Divya!

Cinematographer Morgan Schmidt '94 recently completed work on Anthony Zuiker's (Creator: CSI) newest cross-platform venture LEVEL 26, a "Digi-Novel" which combines an intense crime thriller, novel and interactive community. Financed through Dutton Publishing, LEVEL 26 is the first in a trilogy of books Zuiker envisions as a "revolution in publishing for the YouTube generation." Each book is enhanced with 20 three-minute movies; after reading twenty pages or so, viewers can watch the story's peaks unfold. The visuals are far edgier than CSI: an unveiling at Comic-Con shows presented Zuikers' twisted Sqweegel character (who wears a white latex evidence-proof bodysuit) to audiences with tastes for the creepy and unusual. LEVEL 26 is scheduled for full release on September 8. Watch the online trailer here:

Liz Ryan wants to thank the Harvardwood members whose votes helped elect her Harvard Alumni Association director. Additionally, she is pleased and honored to report that last weekend she was re-elected as an Associate to the National Board of the Directors Guild of America, as well.

Steven Schardt '95 was co-producer on HUMPDAY and encourages all Harvardwood members to see the film after it opens in LA on July 24.

Featured Member Posting: Entertainment Industry Job List

Find career opportunities in television, film, and music on the Entertainment Industry Job List. To view the full posting, please visit:



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