Greetings, LA members! We need volunteers at next Thursday's Harvardwood Holiday Hurrah at The Parlor on Melrose. Volunteers will be needed for 1.5-hour shifts (7-8:30pm or 8:30-10pm) and are asked to arrive at least 10 minutes before their "shift" starts. We need folks to cover the registration desk, the raffle, and the silent auction table. Of course, all volunteers will receive free admission to the party and two complimentary drink tickets.
Please email us with the subject line "VOLUNTEER - HOLIDAY PARTY" if interested. Thank you!
GET READY TO BID: Our annual holiday silent auction goes live later this week on December 4th!
This year's auction items include exclusive, limited-edition memorabilia from:
- Avengers: Endgame
- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
- The Irishman
- Jojo Rabbit
- The Lighthouse
- The Farewell
- AND MORE!
As we speed toward the end of the year, we hope you'll consider Harvardwood in your year-end giving! We've spent 2019 commemorating our past 20 years and connecting with our members—longtime supporters and new faces. Now, we're looking ahead to the fresh initiatives we have on tap, thanks to YOUR feedback and insight. Your gift of any amount will go a long way toward supporting Harvardwood in 2020 and beyond.
From the Harvard Alumni Association...
Help students thinking about working in the public interest field by funding a Summer Community Service Fellowship (SCSF). Through this program, Clubs and SIGs have the opportunity to provide a fellowship to a Harvard undergraduate working with a nonprofit host organization in their local community or area. Participating Clubs and SIGs find the program to be an exciting and creative way both to support Harvard’s students and contribute to their home communities. Club and SIG members particularly applaud the degree of “hands-on” engagement and interaction, as they directly speak with students about their experiences, receive student reflection reports at the end of the summer and make recommendations on fellowship award recipients to a selection committee representing Harvard University, the HAA, the Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC), and hosting Clubs and SIGs.Read more
Harvardwood's Boston/Campus Chapter is looking for a member willing to open their home a couple times a year for Harvardwood Salons. These events are one of Harvardwood's most enjoyable and educational traditions: small group gatherings to hear from engaging speakers in a wide variety of entertainment industry positions. In the past, local salons have featured an entertainment lawyer, screenwriter for Hallmark, and the head of a TV festival.Read more
Become a champion of the Harvard arts, media & entertainment community by donating an item from your business or service in support of Harvardwood's education events, professional programs, and service initiatives. All donations are 100% tax-deductible and auction proceeds will go to the Harvardwood Fund.
All Harvardwood donors are crucial to aiding Harvardwood in equipping a community of bright and talented artists and art enthusiasts to ultimately serve the world with their talents and resources. Harvardwood donors will receive special recognition on our website, as well as recognition at selected events and programs throughout the year. They will also receive invitations to periodic exclusive VIP Harvardwood events.Read more
Harvard undergraduates, looking to learn more about careers in entertainment? Apply to the 2020 Harvardwood 101 program!
The Harvardwood 101 career exploration program brings two dozen current undergraduates to Los Angeles during the January term and provides a series of career-related activities in order to demystify Hollywood and educate them about careers in the entertainment industry. The program began in 2003 and is cosponsored by Harvard University's Office for the Arts and the Office of Career Services.
Harvardwood 101 begins with a mandatory "bootcamp" week of company visits, speaker panels, and networking mixers with Harvard alums who work in entertainment. Students also attend film and TV panels, in addition to getting a "behind the scenes" look at studios, working film sets, talent agencies, production companies, and music labels (see below for a list of companies that have participated in the past).
An optional J-termship is available for students to apply their knowledge in a hands-on, short-term internship experience for the balance of the term. Students can opt to stay only for the mandatory bootcamp week.Read more
Apply now to the Fall 2019 semester of the Jeff Sagansky Harvardwood TV Writers Program in Los Angeles! The deadline to submit your application is September 15, 2019.
The Jeff Sagansky Harvardwood TV Writers Program uses peer review, guest speakers and workshops to foster a motivating and supportive environment for each participant’s writing. There is a high expectation of preparation and writing done outside of the meetings (approx. 15-20 hours per week). Each module will have approximately eight participants, and will meet for approximately eleven sessions over a fourteen-week period beginning in late September 2019 or early October 2019. The program has a strict attendance policy, so please make sure that you can fully commit before applying. Participants are required to give constructive feedback to fellow writers in each session, so there is an expectation that you will have read applicable work prior to the meeting. The modules are successful because of this peer review, and you should expect a "writers room" format for your group.Read more
Harvardwood has announced its Writers Competition winners and Most Staffable TV Writers List. This year, every category is led by a writer from an under-represented group. Although the winners are chosen via a blind judging process, Harvardwood's writers programs and competition have always had a far more diverse population than any WGA statistics on TV writers’ rooms or feature projects. “Harvardwood has strived to support new voices in the industry, and we are proud to see those efforts reflected in our competition winners,” says President Allison Kiessling.
We're looking for volunteers to help out at the registration table alongside Harvard Club of SoCal volunteers for Global Networking Night on Wednesday, August 28th! The event runs from 6-10pm, and as always, we're expecting a HUGE crowd at the LA GNN. All hands on deck, please!Read more
The Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 5-15, 2019. If your film is premiering or screening, or if you plan to attend, get in touch! Harvardwood has a great new Toronto Chapter Head, and we'd love to be able to connect all the Harvardwood folks in town.
We are celebrating Harvardwood's 20 years this September at a festive gathering in Los Angeles, and we need you! If there's anything you can contribute to make this a memorable event, please get in touch. At this stage, we're particularly looking for anyone who might have a hookup to a local printer for programs and banners.Read more