SFTV is proud to welcome 18 members into its fifth cohort of the Incubator Lab! Co-curated with Film Independent, the Incubator Lab is a competitive post-graduate program that provides recent alums with the guidance and mentorship of industry professionals as they develop their first post-graduate projects, and bridges the gap between film school and the industry. This year’s cohort was announced at the LA Film Fest’s Diversity Speaks Brunch June 4, 2016. Congratulations to the new cohort!
Emily Aguilar (PROD – B.A. ’15)
L. Marie Anderson (PROD – M.F.A. ’13)
Morten Forland (PROD – M.F.A. ’15)
Terence Grant (WPTV – M.F.A ’16)
Terrence Johnson (PROD – M.F.A. ’16)
Jimmy Kehoe (English, SCWR minor – B.A. ’15)
Mariyam Mahbub (PROD – M.F.A. ’14)
Chris Martens (PROD – M.F.A. ’14)
Samantha McRoberts (PROD – B.A. ’14)
Chase Mohseni (PROD – M.F.A. ’14)
Ana Christina Perez (SCWR – B.A. ’14)
Bret Polish (PROD – M.F.A. ’16)
Cruz Quinonez (SCWR – B.A. ’15)
Raeesah Reese (SCWR – B.A. ’14)
Dani Shank (SCWR – B.A. ’13)
Elizabeth Tapang (SCWR – B.A. ’16)
Brian Williamson (PROD – B.A. ’16)
Taylor Zann (PROD – B.A. ’15)
To learn more about the Incubator Lab, click here.
Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television Professor Glenn Gebhard received a regional Emmy® Award in the category of Best Documentary for his recent film Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented Gebhard with the award on June 18th, 2016 at the 47th Annual Lower Great Lakes Chapter Awards ceremony in Sandusky, Ohio.
Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution tells the virtually unknown story of Cuban revolutionaries Frank Pais and José Antonio Echeverría — a school teacher and architecture student, respectively – whose names seldom appear alongside their more famous contemporaries, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. Through archival stock footage, recreations and exclusive interviews with Cuban revolution participants and observers, family members of the men, Americans who fought alongside Castro and Guevara, and a former CIA agent, we learn how these young men, who worked largely independently from each other, played critical roles in the eventual overthrow of dictator Fulgencio Batista y Zaldíva. The documentary was co-produced by WTIU Public Television from Indiana University, a PBS affiliate in Bloomington, Indiana, and aired nationally on PBS this past year.
“It was a great honor to be awarded an Emmy® for my film Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution. Many years in the making, I especially appreciate my colleagues who worked with me to bring this film to the public, and to everyone who contributed to the production. Hopefully the themes of this film will resonate beyond Cuba and highlight the importance of readdressing history, and understanding the reasons why history can be used in any country for political manipulation,” said Gebhard.LMU SFTV contributors include alumnus Tim Guest (Screenwriting – B.A. ‘10), who co-wrote the film; SFTV lecturer Mario Congreve served as the film’s co-producer and cinematographer; SFTV Recording Arts Department’s Associate Professor Kurt Daugherty recorded sound; Professor Mladen Milicevic composed the music; and Clinical Assistant Professor Gino Brancolini, the Associate Producer, contributed to both the scripting and editing of the film.
Glenn Gebhard is an award-winning film and video producer. He directs both documentaries and narrative films. His 2012 documentary Greetings from Fire Island received the J. Stuart Blackton Award for Best Documentary at the Long Island Film Festival and won first place in the 2014 Press Club of Long Island awards in the Arts category. His other awards and honors include the Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant; Ageis Award; Telly Award (multiple); Cine Eagle Award; Chris Award; Scan/Nato Award; Communicator’s Award; and Winner of the Boston Film festival documentary.
Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution is currently available on Netflix.
As we call “wrap” on the 2015-2016 school year, the School of Film and Television congratulates all of our graduating students and also recognizes those students among the class of 2016 who were honored with various academic awards.
SFTV Student Awards (faculty selected awards based on department criteria):
Animation: Hunter Gibson (ANIM)
Recording Arts: Stefan Richter (RECA)
Production Undergraduates: Claire Andreae (PROD)
Production Graduate: Sadia Qutubuddin (PROD)
Ian Connor Cinematography: James “Billy” Yates (PROD)
Undergraduate Screenwriting: Rachel Sassara (SCWR), Elizabeth Tapang (SCWR)
M.F.A. Feature Screenwriting: Evan Romansky (SCWR)
M.F.A. Writing and Producing for TV: Terrence Grant (WPTV)
Academic Awards (based on GPA):
College Scholar: Claire Andreae (PROD )
Program Scholar: Katarina Klask (ANIM), Claire Andreae (PROD), Evan Schaaf (RECA), Kimiko Wotjena (SCWR)
Graduate Award: Frank Cohen (PROD), Evan Romansky (FFSW), Jonathan Talbert (WPTV)
SFTV Grad of the Year: Nicholas Pangilinan (FFSW)
2015 Student Service & Leadership Awards: Jane Chow (PROD), Sierra Hegle (SCWR), Peter Schrupp (RECA, MGMT)
Woody Woodpecker Award (faculty selected annual award for the Best Animator – winner receives a a Woody Woodpecker statuette and a $2500 check from the Walter Lantz Foundation): Micaela McCauley (ANIM)
Student Athlete Awards: Toni Boteva (PROD), Tyler Laboda (ANIM), Grant Lapovich (RECA), Jacquline Verdugo (PROD), Erin Williams (PROD)
As President Bill Clinton told Lions in his 2016 Undergraduate Commencement address, “Set the world on fire – in the right way.” SFTV graduates are well on their way.
Caps off to you, Lions! Well done!
This past month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) honored LMU with the “Innovator Award,” recognizing the University for its commitment to providing full-ride scholarships to high achieving young women in the BBBS mentoring program. The award was presented at the organization’s Accessories for Success Scholarship Luncheon, hosted by fashion icon and actress Amber Valletta at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Current LMU sophomore and 2014 BBBS scholarship recipient Paola Franco, SFTV alumnus Melissa Blake (TV writer/producer Sleepy Hollow, Ghost Whisperer) and her husband Roberto Orci (writer/producer Transformers, Star Trek, Spider Man 2) presented the award to LMU SFTV Dean Stephen Ujlaki, who accepted on behalf of the University.
“Loyola Marymount University is incredibly proud to be recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, an organization that has positively impacted countless lives,” said Dean Ujlaki. “We have had the privilege of partnering with them since 2013, and to date, we have provided nine young women in the BBBS Mentoring Program full-ride scholarships to our University. It has been particularly gratifying for me personally to see many of these young women now thriving at LMU as freshmen and sophomores.”
The afternoon also honored Rebecca Campbell, president of ABC Owned Television Station Group & ABC Daytime, with the “Excellence in Mentoring Award.” In her acceptance speech, Campbell said that one of her proudest moments was when her “Little” Victoria Arevalo received a four-year scholarship to LMU in recognition of her hard work and dedication. Victoria will join the LMU class of 2020 this Fall.
In addition to offering young women of color the guidance and support to achieve their higher education aspirations, LMU also continues to be a leader in providing outstanding services for “first-to-go” college students.
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