Attention history buffs! Professor Glenn Gebhard’s documentary, Greetings from Fire Island (2013, 57 mins), has been released online at Amazon and Cinecliq. The film is also available to watch on Vimeo. The made for TV movie has aired on select PBS stations. Discover the natural beauty of this tiny island located off the coast of Long Island’s south shore and the people who have inhabited the island, past and present.
There was not a dry eye in the room when Angelina Jolie presented not one, but two full-ride scholarships for Loyola Marymount University during The Hollywood Reporter’s 23rd Annual Women in Entertainment breakfast, Dec. 8 at Milk Studios. Melissa Sandoval and Megan Castillo – LMU class of 2019 – will join last year’s LMU/WIE Scholarship recipients, LMU Freshmen Paolo Franco and Melissa Martinez, becoming the first members of their families to attend college. All four scholarship winners are high-achieving teenage girls who completed the Women in Entertainment Mentorship program, a partnership between the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and The Hollywood Reporter.
“It was an incredibly tough decision for the committee to choose the two LMU/WIE Scholarship recipients. It really came down to making two dreams come true,” said LMU SFTV Director of Development Stacy Barnes. “Both Melissa and Megan wrote eloquently in their essays how LMU was their dream university and what our mission meant to them. We know their commitment to service and leadership will be a tremendous asset to our student body.”
Melissa and Megan credited their mentors with helping them to achieve this milestone. Melissa’s mentor, Janice Marinelli, President, Disney Studio Global, and Megan’s mentor, Shana Waterman, a former SVP at FOX Television, were there every step of the way, helping the girls study for SAT’s, prepare college applications and just providing life guidance.
Of course, it was also a thrill for the girls to receive the news and a hug from Angelina Jolie. “She is my dad’s favorite actress,” said Melissa. (Just wait until he hears!) Among the many other inspirational women at the breakfast were Shonda Rhimes, recipient of the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award; Melissa Rivers and Sarah Silverman, who presented a tribute to the late “brave” comedienne Joan Rivers, and a couple of men, too, including Jay Leno.
The scholarships are made possible through the generosity of donors [Associated Television International founder] David and Laura McKenzie and through the philanthropy of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. The LMU/WIE Scholarships are awarded in partnership with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and The Hollywood Reporter, and LMU School of Film and Television.
USA Today named Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television the fifth best school in the country for film majors. LMU SFTV ranked higher than UC Berkeley and the Pratt Institute in New York. The college rankings were based on graduate rates, student loan default rates and average starting salary. The article states, “Classes in current cinematic practices are blended with exposure to past film innovators to give students a complete understanding of the film industry and where it is heading. Film, TV and media studies majors are equipped with the skills and knowledge to enter a fast-paced and exciting career, earning average starting salaries of $45,000 and mid-career salaries of $65,000.”
Click here to read the full article and congratulations to all of our faculty, staff, alumni and industry partners!
The School of Film and Television is seeking applications for three new full-time faculty positions in the areas of Visual Storytelling, Creative Producing and International Film Studies. Ranked among the top 10 film schools in the U.S., consider joining us on our beautiful Westside campus, where our student-to-teacher ratio is 12:1, giving students and faculty alike ample opportunities for collaboration and cross-pollination between programs. The deadline for application materials is November 15, 2014. Links to the positions are as follows:
An MFA in Production, Digital Arts, Animation or a closely related field by the time of appointment is preferred but not required. A PH.D is preferred but not required for the Assistant Professor in International Film Studies position.