Issue 131 | December 2015


In This Issue:

  • Director's Notes
  • Message from Allison


  • Featured Member Posting: Executive Assistant to EVP (Global Digital Distribution at Collective Studio 71) - LA
  • Volunteer with Harvardwood for a free ticket to the SUGARPLUM SOCIAL, our Dec. 7th holiday party
  • Stumped for gift ideas? Shop the Harvardwood Silent Auction online | Open until Dec. 15th
  • Last month to submit to the 2016 Harvardwood Film Festival | Deadline Jan. 1st
  • Apply to join the Harvardwood Board of Directors in 2016
  • ***Harvardwood's 2015 Annual Appeal*** Make a tax-deductible donation by Dec. 31st


  • 2015 Harvardwood Volunteer of the Year: Patricia Danaher, Nieman Fellow '05
  • Congratulations to the 2015 Harvardwood Heroes!
  • Industry Successes
  • New Members' Welcome
  • Alumni Profile: Couper Samuelson '02 (President of Feature Production, Blumhouse Productions)


  • Calendar
  • Give the gift of Harvardwood membership this holiday season!

Director's Notes

partypeople.jpg'Tis the season for giving, so Harvardwood Helps is giving back to the community by volunteering with City Year Los Angeles on Sunday, Dec. 6th! We're heading to Cienega Elementary School from 1-4pm to paint murals on the campus. Volunteer with us to get a free ticket to the Harvardwood SUGARPLUM SOCIAL, co-hosted with Stanford in Entertainment, on Monday! Our annual holiday party is always a fun way to catch up with fellow Harvard alums and Stanford friends in the industry and recharge for the new year. Get your tickets online for a discount before next Monday.

And while we're feeling festive, let's give it up for the 2015 Harvardwood Volunteer of the Year, Board member Patricia Danaher! Read on below for all that she's done as the Director of Harvardwood Publishing. Thank you, Patricia!

Hope you all have a happy and relaxing holiday season—if we don't see you at one of our holiday parties in Los Angeles or New York, we'll connect with you in 2016!

— Dona

Message from Allison

hateful8.jpgThe holidays are here and so is Harvardwood’s Holiday Silent Auction! Check it out now to get in early bids on some of this year’s amazing items — including a Steve Jobs script signed by Aaron Sorkin and VIP lunches with: Carolyn Cassidy (SVP of Current Series at 20th Century Fox), Diane Nabatoff (Producer, Tiara Blu Films, Dancing in Jaffa), and Noah Oppenheim (Screenwriter, SVP of NBC News). The auction is not only a great way to find unique holiday gifts — but you’re also supporting Harvardwood!

Please also consider supporting Harvardwood this holiday season with a donation. As a donor, you will join a very important circle of Harvardwood members who are essential to our ability to continue to grow and support new voices and underrepresented perspectives in the arts, media, and entertainment. Additionally, you can also support Harvardwood year round by starting your Amazon shopping with AmazonSmile.

amazonsmile.jpgLastly, I want to add my thanks to our 2015 HARVY winner, Patricia Danaher, for her amazing contributions our community! Thank you, Patricia!!

— Allison

Featured Member Posting: Executive Assistant to EVP (Global Digital Distribution at Collective Studio 71) - LA

This role is for a high potential right hand with top notch communication and organization skills to keep a highly active media executive on track as he oversees a growing slate of original programming for multiple platforms. Collective Studio 71 is a new global MCN resulting from a merger with Collective Digital Studio and ProSiebenSat.1's German MCN Studio 71. Variety article about the company can be found here. Ideal job for an experienced Hollywood assistant looking to move into the digital side of the business at a fast-growing new media company. 


Volunteer with Harvardwood for a free ticket to the SUGARPLUM SOCIAL, our Dec. 7th holiday party

HW-SIE_holiday_party.jpgThis Sunday, Harvardwood Helps is joining forces with City Year Los Angeles to paint Cienega Elementary School (2611 S. Orange Drive) from 1-4pm. We'll be helping to create fun and colorful murals across the campus. Please wear clothing/footwear appropriate for painting! Each volunteer at this Harvardwood Helps event will receive a complimentary ticket to the Sugarplum Social, Harvardwood's holiday party that is taking place the next day on Monday, Dec. 7th. Sign up to volunteer with Harvardwood Helps!

If you can't make Dec. 6th but would still like a complimentary ticket to the Sugarplum Social, we still need a couple volunteers for the SECOND shift (9:30pm - 11pm) of the holiday party! We need folks to cover the registration desk, the raffle, and the silent auction table. In addition to free admission to the party, volunteers will receive 2 months of complimentary Harvardwood membership. Please email [email protected] with the subject line "VOLUNTEER - HOLIDAY PARTY" if interested. Thank you!

Stumped for gift ideas? Shop the Harvardwood Silent Auction online | Open until Dec. 15th

We've gone LIVE with the 2015 Harvardwood Holiday Silent Auction!HolidaySilentAuction.jpg

Auction items include VIP lunches with top industry Harvard alums; VIP tickets to Dodgers, Lakers, and Clippers games in Los Angeles; gift certificates to screenwriting courses with JEN GRISANTI, COREY MANDELL, and STEVE KAPLAN; memorabilia signed by AARON SORKIN, LADY GAGA, JOHNNY DEPP, and tons more.

Start checking off those names on your gift list...or spoil yourself! All auction proceeds will go toward Harvardwood programs and events in 2016. This online auction will end at 11:59pm PT sharp on December 15, 2015, so head over to the auction page and #getyourbidon. Additional items will be added between now and December 15th, so bookmark the auction page and check it frequently for the most updated info!

Last month to submit to the 2016 Harvardwood Film Festival | Deadline Jan. 1st

It's the LAST month to submit to the 2016 Harvardwood Film Festival! Selected works will be screened at the Harvardwood Film Festival, scheduled to take place in Los Angeles in the spring of 2016. You do not need to be a Harvardwood member to submit your film, but a Harvard-affiliated person must be in a key creative position (e.g., writer, director, producer, main cast member) for your work to be considered for the Harvardwood Film Festival.

  • Categories include feature, short, TV pilot, web/digital series, and other (you will be asked to specify if you mark "other"). 
  • Genres include action, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental, horror, kids/family, animated, and other (you will be asked to specify if you mark "other").

Read the rest of the festival submission guidelines and submit your project by January 1, 2016.

Apply to join the Harvardwood Board of Decembers in 2016

The Harvardwood Board of Directors (BOD) is coming up on elections for its next term, and we are looking for some energetic individuals to fill a few great positions! The Harvardwood BOD is the managing body that oversees the volunteer efforts of Harvardwood members worldwide and has worked to create an impressive array of events, programs, and online resources over the past fifteen years. As a member of this dynamic team, you will play a large role in determining the priorities and setting the course for the entire organization.

This year's openings are Associate Director positions for Harvardwood Music, Membership Experience, our Summer Internship Program, and the Harvardwood Features Writing Program. See the position details and apply here.

Harvardwood's 2015 Annual Appeal

CYMERA_20151119_233722.jpgAs the year end draws closer, we invite you to look back at all that Harvardwood has accomplished in not just 2015, but also the fifteen years since its founding! That’s right—we’re celebrating Harvardwood’s fifteenth birthday and asking you to donate a birthday gift to our organization by December 31st.

Given Harvardwood’s stated mission, we’ve been delighted to see the arts and arts education achieve greater emphasis at Harvard University, especially with the recent launch of the Theatre, Dance, & Music concentration. This sentiment was heartily echoed by guests at our Harvardwood Heroes celebration in early November; longtime Harvardwood supporters and donors were invited to a private reception hosted by Advisory Board Member Lisa Henson in Los Angeles to recognize the recipients of our Heroes community service grants.

Harvardwood continually strives to provide meaningful resources, educational programs, and professional events for our 6,500+ members globally. Although we do not receive financial support from the University, we’re proud of the tremendous growth of our organization and excited to report the following key achievements in 2015:

  • Winter 2015: A record number of current undergrads were placed in J-termships with major studios, agencies, and management companies in Los Angeles as part of Harvardwood 101.

  • Spring 2015: We launched a new, user-friendly website to better serve the needs of our growing membership database and expanding programs.

  • Summer 2015: Harvardwood hosted a number of exciting events, including the Women in TV Comedy Panel and the Diversity in TV Panel. Additional Harvardwood guest speakers included Nancy Cotton (Senior VP of Creative Affairs, Fox 21 TV Studios) and Jonathan Steinberg (Executive Producer, BLACK SAILS).

  • Fall 2015: To kick off the 2015-16 Harvardwood Writers Program, Harvardwood offered TV writing masterclasses with Steve Tompkins (THE BERNIE MAC SHOW, THE SIMPSONS, ENTOURAGE) and Peter Blake (HOUSE, HEMLOCK GROVE).

  • Harvardwood Helps organized community service events for members! Our members donated blood for MLK Day and helped restore hiking paths in the Santa Monica mountains, to name just a few service opportunities. This month, we’re joining forces with City Year Los Angeles to paint a local elementary school.

  • We received a record number of submissions to the annual Writers Competition (this year's winners will be announced shortly). New voices from the Competition and the Harvardwood Writers Program have been staffed on AGENT CARTER, THE FLASH, RICK & MORTY, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, JANE THE VIRGIN, and more. Additionally, our writers have sold pilots to ABC, Showtime, Sony, Spike, Syfy, and TV Land.

  • The 2015 Harvardwood Heroes grants will support the following arts-related nonprofit initiatives: Storytelling Arts (Princeton, NJ), Art & Resistance Through Education New York, NY), Venice Arts (Los Angeles, CA), and Margot’s Murals (Johannesburg, South Africa).

  • And finally, we’ve supported our fine arts community with jazz and classical concerts, exclusive Q&As and book signings with new authors, and New York theater events.CYMERA_20151119_233549.jpg

We hope you noticed from the snapshot above that Harvardwood’s program offerings are diverse—to meet the needs of our diverse membership! Compared to the data presented in 2015 Hollywood diversity studies by UCLA and USC, our membership base and programs are dramatically more representative in terms of race and gender than the current entertainment landscape.

We need your support at this crucial time, as we strive to offer more professional programs and resources to our fast-growing membership. A Fall 2015 Membership Survey confirmed that members consider Harvardwood a “great resource for connecting students and alumni who have a true passion for the arts,” but our members want more! With your donation, Harvardwood can continue to support new voices and underrepresented perspectives in the arts, media, and entertainment.

Crimson-level donors and above ($250+) will receive exclusive invitations to private Harvardwood events, so join the (birthday) party and make a donation!

Please make your tax-deductible donation to Harvardwood by December 31st: We’re proud that 100% of our Board of Directors donates to Harvardwood financially, in addition to dedicating their time to our nonprofit as volunteer program directors, and we hope you’ll pitch in with them by donating to Harvardwood this year. 

Thank you for your consideration and support of Harvardwood!

2015 Harvardwood Volunteer of the Year (HARVY) Winner: PATRICIA DANAHER, Nieman Fellow '05

Since 2010, Harvardwood has identified and honored a volunteer who has demonstrated outstanding service and dedication to our organization every year. This year, we're excited to announce that the HARVY winner is Patricia Danaher, Nieman Fellow '05! Patricia has done an extraordinary job as the Program Director of Harvardwood Publishing, in addition to being a generous donor to Harvardwood's annual silent auction.danaher.jpg

More about Patricia: 

Patricia Danaher is Director of Harvardwood Publishing and has been an active member of Harvardwood for ten years. Originally from the West of Ireland, she writes about entertainment, culture and travel for a variety of publications internationally including The Sunday Times and The Daily Mail. She was one of the founders of the Harvardwood Fiction Programme in Los Angeles and is actively seeking new voices in both fiction and non-fiction for publication by Harvardwood Publishing.

Patricia has lived and worked as a journalist and DJ in Japan and Argentina and was Bureau Chief in Dublin for UTV for many years, where she broke stories in covering the implosion of the Catholic Church and the Northern Ireland peace process.

She is also on the board of the American Ireland Fund and is a volunteer with the Young Storytellers Foundation in Los Angeles. She has written short stories, plays and a novel and is adapting a musical biography for TV. Patricia also serves on the jury for the Golden Globes, visiting film festivals in different parts of the world every year in the search for new voices in film.

Congratulations to the 2015 Harvardwood Heroes

After reviewing numerous outstanding community service proposals, we are delighted to present to you the following 2015 Harvardwood Heroes. Each grant recipient will receive $500 to use at his/her discretion.


We thank all of the applicants who submitted proposals for consideration. It was truly inspiring to read about the amazing service work that Harvard students and alums are performing across the globe! We would also like to recognize and thank this year's generous Harvardwood Heroes sponsors:

David Alpert and Mia Riverton Alpert
Carlton and Christiane Cuse
Jeff Sagansky
Patric Verrone and Maiya Williams Verrone

Industry Successes

ZEN & THE ART OF DYING, the latest feature documentary by Broderick Fox AB '96, is an Official Selection of the 2015 Santa Fe Film Festival. The film will screen at 11 AM 12/6 at The Screen Santa Fe with a Q&A with Fox to follow. Full details here.

Congratulations to Nicky Weinstock AB '91, who has joined Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld's Red Hour Films. Red Hour recently announced its partnership with Bold Films and will be to Bold Films' offices in LA and NY.

Earlier this fall, Dave Stearns AB '07 became the MLB's youngest general manager when he joined the Milwaukee Brewers! Congrats, Dave!

New Members' Welcome

Harvardwood warmly welcomes all members who joined the organization over the past month, including:

  • Jane Bessin, LA, HBS
  • Igor Darbo, LA, GSAS
  • Dictson Fu, NY, FOH
  • Holly Victoria Furman, NY, College
  • Leslie Hakala, LA, College
  • Emma Rose Kantor, NY, College
  • Kelly KaWai Lam, NY, College
  • Catherine Lee, DC, KSG
  • Benjamin Lopez, LA, College
  • Meredith Min, LA, HBS
  • Kenneth Offricht, LA, GSE
  • Patricia Reilly, DC, HLS
  • Abby Suckle, NY, GSD
  • Nicole Torres, LA, College
  • Timothy Vanech, BOS/Campus, College
  • Brian Wendel, LA, HR Membership
  • Cindy Zhou, NY, FOH

FOH = Friend of Harvardwood

And in case you missed the Board openings announcement, we are looking for an Associate Director of Membership Experience! See above for more details. Thank you!

Alumni Profile: Couper Samuelson '02 (President of Feature Production, Blumhouse Productions) 

by Terence O'Toole Murnin

A TALL MAN RISES IN STATURE: The “Harvard Mafia” is alive and well in Hollywood with Couper Samuelson producing a new paradigm for art and commerce to coexist on the silver (really any) screen

samuelson.jpegWilliam Couper Samuelson is a human dynamo, and with all respects to the late, great James Brown, the very tall (6’6”) producer may have just snatched the title as the “hardest working man in show business” and claimed it for himself.  Known for such hits as the Academy Award-nominated WHIPLASH, WE OWN THE NIGHT, and THE GIFT, the lanky livewire has no less than five films already set for release in 2016, including HUSH, AMITYVILLE: THE WAKENING, DELIRIUM, 6 MIRANDA DRIVE, and THE PURGE 3.

Our interview is a fit of stops and starts. Calls and deadlines — and details — and a dinner to attend this evening. At last, he’s ready and it’s easy to see why the man has charmed his way into the upper echelons of Hollywood with a combination of brains, luck, pluck and networking savvy extraordinaire.

“I am so sorry,” Samuelson interjects as he finally has time to talk. “I have officially become a Hollywood D-Bag! (Laughs)”

It’s this kind of self-deprecating humor, combined with talent, vision and a unique system of producing and distributing films that has made Samuelson a man in demand, especially among a young cadre of Harvard filmmakers. Samuelson works for Jason Blum at Blumhouse Productions, and the company, which made its mark with such micro- and low-budget horror movies as PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, INSIDIOUS and THE PURGE currently has a 10-year first-look deal with the studio Universal Pictures. They’ve thoroughly established that there is more than one way to make a movie.

BlumhouseBanner.jpg“The Blum system is unusual in that we partner with extraordinary filmmakers and let them do what they want,” explains Samuelson. “The films are for the most part shot in LA, with the same crews, and the director becomes very much like a TV auteur, an episodic director with complete freedom. It’s like TV on rails, and talented visionaries are drawn to us because the question of ‘how do I make this’ becomes simplified. The movies are made independently, but then placed into the infrastructure of a giant machine that puts it out to the world.”

Samuelson clearly relishes his role at this unique intersection of artists and entrepreneurs where the old studio system meets the democratization of filmmaking by technology in the new independent film world.

“Once the barriers to being green-lighted are removed, there’s an amazing amount of positive energy that’s created on a crew,” effuses Samuelson. “On my projects, since no one is waiting for permission, everyone works hard and there’s a tremendous sense of purpose.”

This sense of drive and ability to empower others began at Harvard and he continues to network and “pay it forward” today because the notion of karmic enlightenment has been so good to him, and it has also proven to make good business sense. Samuelson’s first internship in town at Warner Brothers was made possible by the television producer Jeff Melvoin, who Samuelson affectionately refers to as the “Fairy Godfather for Harvard Hollywood Wannabees!”

“I recently had the pleasure of helping to honor Melvoin at the WGA awards where he received a lifetime achievement award for showrunners, and I reminded him how insanely comforting it was to be fresh off the boat, and yet welcomed in this community-driven world,” beams Samuelson.

Samuelson laughs when he remembers the first time he heard from a young filmmaker from Harvard named Damien Chazelle who reached out to Samuelson via a cold e-mail from a listing on the OCS/OCL (Office of Career Services) website. Chazelle and WHIPLASH composer Justin Hurwitz had met at Harvard playing in the same band and had just completed a student film entitled GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH. Chazelle had really admired James Gray’s TWO LOVERS, which Samuelson co-produced, and reached out to Samuelson on a lark.

“In this business, there really is a sense of randomness and luck, so by having the shared experience of being on the same campus, you really feel like you know someone, and this shared commonality makes the Harvard and Harvardwood community a unique force in this town,” shares Samuelson.

This “cultish outpost of talent,” as Samuelson refers to it, or “the Harvard Mafia,” by other envious onlookers includes the before mentioned Chazelle (WHIPLASH), as well as the directors Nick Weiss (DRUNK WEDDING), Rob Cohen (THE BOY NEXT DOOR), Jesse Peretz (THE EX) and John Stockwell (STRETCH), who have all worked with Samuelson on notable projects.

Samuelson readily admits that he was once the eager guy at many Harvardwood mixers when he first came to Los Angeles, and being referred for an opportunity to work as a boom operator on a CAA training video led to an internship at the agency where he was roommates with another legendary Harvard Hollywood icon, Franklin Leonard.

“I am proud to note that I was there at the ‘Alexander Graham Bell’ moment when Franklin sent around his first PDF of favorite screenplays, which ultimately became the Black List that we know and love today,” recounts a proud Samuelson. “There really is only a finite number of insiders in this business, and what Leonard has done is to actually create a system of organizing the outsiders in a super helpful way.”

From CAA, Samuelson went on to work for the independent financier, 2929, and then eventually went on to work for Paramount and it was there, as a junior executive that he met Nick Weiss. In the wake of the phenomenal success of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, the company created an “insurge” movement, looking to make $100,000 movies, and Samuelson and Weiss pitched DRUNK WEDDING, which was shot in Nicaragua after financing was approved by the Minister of Tourism for the country. The stars definitely aligned to create a great experience for Samuelson and Weiss on this successful project brilliantly utilizing found footage, and the production came off without a hitch.

“Couper is a jumble of contradictions. On the one hand, he's this analytical dork hailing from a family of famous economists who brings hyper-logical supply-and-demand-style thinking to every element of producing,” muses Weiss. “He's also a sneaky prankster who loves messing with you, and still plays elaborate April Fool’s Day pranks on his college roommates. But he's also a sweet, dopey 6 foot 6 teddy bear of a dude who inspires not just loyalty, but genuine affection because he is always really truly trying to help (and smart and strategic enough to be effective in doing so).” 

Weiss reminisces about the Nicaragua shooting as a magical, watershed moment in both his and Samuelson’s careers: “I remember one time looking up at him in awe, a goofy grin plastered on his face, and realizing how hard he had worked and fought to get us down there, to make this movie happen, the number of fires he had been and was continuing to put out that I never even heard about, but dammit, he was still having a blast. It was a great ‘Couper’ moment - and one of my favorite little moments in the movie.”

Jason Blum saw the first cut of DRUNK WEDDING, and Samuelson and Blum have now worked together ever since. Over the past four and a half years, Samuelson has worked on numerous movies and he truly believes that his ever-expanding network is critical to his success.

“You can’t do it alone, and a lack of network is really a barrier to entry in this business,” reflects Samuelson. “Finding enough talented people to follow you into a film is of the utmost importance.”

As for the future, Samuelson notes that while the distribution of movies gets more and more complicated, the “pipes” at times also become more transparent and legible with vehicles like video-on-demand and limited theatrical release as important options.

“I love being a part of this new paradigm where filmmakers know what they’re getting – and so does the distribution system. I’m constantly looking for new ways of distributing innovative content from talented directors.”

Terence_J._Murnin_Photo.jpgAnd speaking of which, it’s getting late and Samuelson has a dinner to attend – off to his next networking opportunity – and perhaps, his next film adventure….

Terence O'Toole Murnin is a raconteur and provocateur currently pitching his latest feature-film screenplay, LOVE YOU. MISS YOU. KISS YOU., as well as a TV Pilot, CLUB CASUALTIES. Coming Soon: Bhang Lassi.



Last year's turnout to the annual Harvardwood/SIE December bash was spectacular, and we're expecting an even BIGGER and MORE FESTIVE crowd this year! Come enjoy holiday revelry, good cheer, & tasty appetizers with our friends from Stanford in Entertainment at Harlowe in WeHo on Monday, Dec. 7th, from 8-11pm. You're sure to meet up-and-coming grads and rub shoulders with established alumni in the industry. Appetizers will be served; cash bar.

All guests will be able to view silent auction items and submit bids in person (the online auction closes on December 15th)! You can also enter a raffle to win fun prizes such as DVD sets of the hottest shows and movies, screenwriting software, and more to keep for yourself or gift for the holidays! toydrive.jpgIf you bring a toy to donate to our toy drive, you'll receive one free raffle ticket per toy. The Los Angeles County Fire Department's "Spark of Love" drive collects new toys and sports equipment for the Department of Children and Family Services for distribution to the foster children of Los Angeles County. Any remaining toys are then distributed to non-profit charitable organizations within Los Angeles County. New, unused, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for every age are appreciated. Every year, however, there is an extra need for "Toys for Teens" and "Infant Toys.

$16 for Harvardwood Members & Friends // $20 for non-members // $25 for ALL WALK-INS at the event

Los Angeles

Harvardwood Heads To... The 10th Annual IVY Entertainment Holiday Party - Thursday, Dec. 3rd

Check out the annual holiday party hosted by IVY Entertainment at Station (W Hollywood Hotel).

Harvardwood Heads To... The Ivy Plus Society's Special Holiday Gala - Friday, Dec. 4th

Check out the annual holiday party hosted by The Ivy Plus Society at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica.

Harvardwood Helps with City Year Los Angeles - Sunday, Dec. 6th

helpspaint.jpgCity Year Los Angeles invites Harvardwood Helps to pitch in on Sunday, December 6th, at Cienega Elementary School and paint murals! The purpose of the event is to transform an elementary school through beautifying it with educational, fun and colorful murals, inspirational quotes, and college logos.​ Volunteers do not have to bring any materials but should wear clothing/footwear appropriate for painting.

EACH VOLUNTEER WILL RECEIVE ONE COMPLIMENTARY TICKET TO THE HARVARDWOOD HOLIDAY PARTY ON DEC. 7TH! So sign up, and invite your friends and family to participate with Harvardwood Helps!

Harvardwood Heads To... Meet Annet Mahendru (Nina on The Americans) starring in SALLY PACHOLOK - Wednesday, Dec. 9th

Winner - Best Feature - 2015 DC Independent Film Festival
"Meet the New Erin Brockovich" - Politico
starring Annet Mahendru
directed by Elissa Leonard AB '79

Feisty nurse takes on the medical establishment when she uncovers an epidemic of misdiagnosis. Based on the true story of Sally Pacholok RN. Meet Annet Mahendru at the December 9th Q&A.

New York

Our Happy Harvardwood HOLIDAY PARTY! - Friday, Dec. 11thnycholiday.jpg

The Holiday Season is here! And that means—it's time for our Happy Harvardwood HOLIDAY PARTY!! And this will be a great one, and a wonderful opportunity for you to meet more of our incredibly smart, sexy, and scintillating Harvardwood members! Major jubilation alert! And although we, all by ourselves, are more than special enough, the location will be special as well! We're being hosted again by one of New York's smartest and most sophisticated non-profit (no selling) art venues, the wonderful AC Institute. And our friends at the AC Institute have just moved to a NEW home in a fabulous new location, smack in the middle of midtown, so we'll be celebrating their new home as well!

Everyone is asked to bring something to eat or drink. No wine needed—a selection of wines, more than enough for the whole party, will be generously provided by Harvardwood member Bill "Tish" Tisherman of Wine For All. But beer, salad, chicken, cheese, pizza, pasta, brownies—everything else will be welcome! RSVP and tell us what you're bringing!

Other U.S.

Harvardwood Heads To... Do Death Differently with filmmaker Broderick Fox AB '96 and the Santa Fe Film Festival - Sunday, Dec. 6th

Zen & the Art of Dying, the latest documentary by filmmaker Broderick Fox AB '96, is an official selection of the 15th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival, which runs December 2-6, 2015. Fox will be attending the festival.

The film is a portrait of Zenith Virago, Australia’s premiere ‘deathwalker’ whose personal and professional experiences challenge our core assumptions about life and dissolve our taboos around death. Zenith's work models an international Natural Death Care Movement gaining momentum as Baby Boomers begin to retire and are demanding more personalized, empowered, and meaningful choices around end-of-life decision making, just as they did with the natural childbirth movement.

The film will screen 11 AM Sunday December 6 at The Screen: Santa Fe University of Art and Design, with a Q&A with Fox to follow. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the venue.

Give the gift of Harvardwood membership this holiday season

Harvardwood membership is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Why? Harvardwood members receive special industry discounts, discounted or free admission to our events, program eligibility, and lots more. You can now offer Full or Friend of Harvardwood Membership as a gift to your family, friends, and associates! Click below to purchase the annual membership fee, and just let us know the name and email of the person for whom you are buying the gift and we'll take it from there! Learn more and purchase a gift membership here.


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