SFTV’s Monday Nights Series kicks off August 31st in Mayer Theater with a screening of We Come as Friends followed by a Q&A with Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker Hubert Sauper.
We Come as Friends is a moving and surreal journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent’s biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old “civilizing” ideology re-emerges – one of colonialism and a clash of empires – with new episodes of bloody wars over land and resources. Hubert Sauper takes us on a voyage in his tiny, self-made aircraft constructed from tin and canvas, leading us into the most improbable locations and into people’s thoughts and dreams in both stunning and heartbreaking ways. Variety described the film as “a masterfully composed and suitably outraged look at the neocolonialist exploitation of South Sudan.”
The film has already won multiple awards, including the Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Cinematic Bravery and the Berlin Film Festival’s Peace Film Award.
Start the year off right and head to Mayer Theater next Monday. Be sure to RSVP and grab your tickets here.
This summer, SFTV and the award winning, independent film organization Ghetto Film School (GFS) in Los Angeles launched the College Residency program, a unique instructional course for 14 underserved high school GFS LA Fellows.
The students, who are from surrounding high schools including Crenshaw and Roosevelt, got a taste of college life as they lived on campus and created a four-part web series called “Cheese Brothers.” The Fellows received instruction from SFTV faculty as well as industry experts including SFTV alum James Wong (American Horror Story, X-Files), and they also met with representatives of LMU’s admissions office to learn about the college application process and tips for financing their college education.
Los Angeles Times profiled the College Residency program in their article “Teens try out college, entertainment worlds in Ghetto Film School-LMU program.” Read the full-piece piece here.
For the third year in a row, Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television has been named one of the top 10 film schools by The Hollywood Reporter, coming in at #8. This year’s rankings were based on visits to campuses, and interviews with educators, insiders and alums. The publication recognized SFTV for our industry access, and they interviewed Francis Lawrence for the piece:
“I applied to a couple of schools, but after I toured Loyola, I actually canceled my applications to the others,” recalls The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 and 2 director Francis Lawrence (’91) of his time at this picturesque campus nestled in the bluffs over West L.A. But there’s more to Loyola than a pretty setting; the school is wired into the industry like few others…
Click here to read the full article, and congratulations to all of our faculty, staff, alumni and industry partners. And to our students, thank you for all of your outstanding work.
Congratulations to the LMU alums whose work received Emmy® nominations today!
James Wong (‘83)
Co-Executive Producer for American Horror Story: Freak Show, the show is nominated for 19 Emmys including Outstanding Limited Series
André Jacquemetton (‘89)
Executive Producer for Mad Men, the show is nominated for 11 Emmys including Outstanding Drama Series
Emily Spivey (‘96)
Writer for Modern Family, the show is nominated for 6 Emmys including Outstanding Comedy Series
Christian Buenaventura (‘05)
Dialogue Editor for Marvel’s Daredevil, nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series
Rachel Corrales (‘10)
Sound Editor for Houdini, nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special
Jason Krane (‘04)
Dialogue Editor for American Horror Story: Freak Show, nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special
Chris McCaleb (’00)
Editor for Better Call Saul, nominated for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series
The winners will be announced on Sunday, September 20, 2015 when the show airs live on FOX. For more information and a full list of nominees click here