×

Lab turns fest guests into lecturers

Education Impact Report 2012: Media Mentor of the Year

UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television began a partnership with the Telluride Film Festival last September, bringing 10 graduate film students to Colorado for an intense series of workshops and networking events with the talent in attendance, which last year included Alexander Payne, Rodrigo Garcia and Glenn Close.

The visiting students included one, Peruvian-born Julio Ramos, whose Spanish-language short film, “A Doctor’s Job,” had already been accepted for a Telluride showcase. Of that selection, Telluride festival co-director Julie Huntsinger says, “It speaks to the quality of the students they brought.”

This inaugural Film Lab kicked off a two-pronged alliance between Telluride and the school that continued last week with another program, For the Love of Movies, which brings inner-city high-schoolers to UCLA’s Westwood campus for a year of co-curated screenings. West Adams Preparatory students enjoyed the initial offering of “Slumdog Millionaire,” followed by breakout sessions with UCLA faculty and graduate students.

“We want to help them focus on story and finding their personal voice,” says UCLA/TFT dean Teri Schwartz.

Adds Huntsinger: “It’s all about exposure, to movies and to an academic institution the caliber of UCLA.”

By all accounts, last fall’s Film Lab, which attracted UCLA alum and film school executive board member Frank Marshall as a founding sponsor, accomplished all its goals, immersing the 10 graduate students into the festival and filmmaking experience.

“We’re hoping — almost expecting — to see some of them back again someday,” Huntsinger says. “Creating this community within a community is very important to Telluride.”

Return to the Education Impact Report 2012 >>

Popular on Variety

More Biz

  • The Ringer Promotes Sean Fennessey, Mallory

    The Ringer Promotes Sean Fennessey, Mallory Rubin to Top Editorial Roles

    Mallory Rubin and Sean Fennessey have been promoted to top editorial posts at The Ringer, the pop culture and sports website and podcast network. Fennessey has been named chief content officer and Rubin has been named editor in chief. Both editors have been with The Ringer since it launched in 2016. Fennessey previously served as [...]

  • RihannaFenty Beauty By Rihanna Launch, Madrid,

    Rihanna's Diamond Ball Will Honor Activist Shaun King, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley

    Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley and civil rights activist Shaun King will receive this year’s Diamond Ball Award at Rihanna’s fifth annual Diamond Ball, which will also feature performances from Pharrell and DJ Khaled. “I can’t imagine a better night than this year’s Clara Lionel Foundation event with Seth Meyers, Pharrell and DJ Khaled,” said [...]

  • Rules Don't Apply

    Warren Beatty and Arnon Milchan Settle Suit Over 'Rules Don't Apply' Flop

    Arnon Milchan and Warren Beatty have settled their two-year legal battle over the disastrous release of “Rules Don’t Apply,” Beatty’s period drama about Howard Hughes. Milchan’s attorneys have filed a notice with the court dismissing his suit against Beatty. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Milchan’s company, New Regency, sued Beatty and other investors [...]

  • A Quiet Place

    Why Dynamic Pricing for Movie Tickets Could Be a Tough Sell

    People aren’t going to the movies as much this summer. Are they staying away because the films are duds, or is it because tickets are getting too expensive? AMC is making a bet that cost, not quality, is behind the recent downturn. Last week, the country’s largest exhibitor announced it will be testing a new [...]

  • Yara Shahidi

    Audible Teams Up With Big Names as Audio-Only Storytelling Expands

    Hobnobbing with the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Kate McKinnon and Yara Shahidi isn’t typically the gloss applied to the cerebral audiobook set, but Audible is putting the humble audio story through its own movie-makeover montage, inking high-profile development deals with entertainment names like “The Walking Dead” comics creator Skybound Entertainment, Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Lorne [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content