UCLA hails Sorkin with scribe kudo

Will receive Achievement in Screenwriting Award

Aaron Sorkin will be awarded the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s 2011 Distinguished Achievement in Screenwriting Award by “The Social Network’s” Armie Hammer.

Award ceremony will take place June 6 at the Ralph Freud Playhouse in Westwood and be hosted by Mark Werb. It is one of two parts of the TFT’s Festival of New Creative Work’s Screenwriters Showcase. The school also will host the Producers Marketplace on June 7, at which producer Lawrence Bender will receive the Vision Award.

This is the 16th year of the showcase, which is mainly dedicated to honoring and celebrating the work of UCLA grads.

Scripts by eight grad students have been selected for recognition — Nicole Riegel’s “Trapped,” Scott Sullivan’s “Dear Chuck Norris,” Megan Green’s “The Family Harvest,” Tony Baker’s “Stunt Cock,” Spencer Ballou’s “Wetwork, Inc.,” Jeff King’s “Ashburton Prep,” Diana Densmore’s “Simone’s Masterpiece” and Paul Bertino’s “Bad Dogs.”One of three grad students will receive the UCLA Producers Marketplace Award as well as a cash prize from alum Dan Angel after they present their film projects to an audience and engage in a Q&A with judges. Contenders are Ryan Slattery with “Burden of Proof,” Aisha Summers with “Confessions of a Modern Day Dog” and Michael Acosta with “The Poker Kid.”

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