Norman Anderson (Guinea Pig B, USC, screenwriting, 2002) produced the television series Being Terry Kennedy and was the producer of the Fly Girls television series in 2010. He also wrote Shark Attack Survival Guide for the Discovery Channel. He is developing a script he co-wrote that was a Sundance Lab Finalist.
Jay Burke (Whaling City, Columbia, screenwriting, 2005, and feature production, 2007) shot his feature, Whaling City, in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The story centers on a third-generation commercial fisherman struggling to keep his boat despite tightening regulations, and the relationship he develops with a local marine biologist studying fish counts. The project was one of 37 accepted into the 2008 No Borders International Co-Production Market at the 30th Annual Independent Film Week in New York. A sneak peek screening was held on September 24, 2011 in New Bedford.
Jeremy Craig (Terrebonne, Columbia, production, 2009) premiered his film Terrebonne at Cinequest in March 2011, and it was an official selection at the Sarasota Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Indianapolis International Film Festival, and Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, where it won the Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short. The Frontier, a microbudget feature documentary about the relationship between the people and places of coastal Louisiana.
James Darling (In Motion, NYU, screenwriting, 2005), won the Second Prize, the Best Directing Award, and a Screenwriting Craft Award at the 2007 NYU First Run Film Festival for his thesis film, Citizen (2007).
Christopher Ford (Robot and Frank, NYU, production, 2003) has completed his script, which is being made into a comedy directed by Jake Schreier, featuring Liv Tyler, James Marsden, Susan Sarandon, Liev Schreiber (as the voice of the robot), and Frank Langella. The story follows Frank, an old man who is starting to forget things. One day his son brings him a special surprise, a caretaker robot.
Nicole Haeusser (The Death Strip, UCLA, production, 2005) has received numerous awards for her film The Death Strip, which has played at many festivals. The awards include the Directors Guild of America Best Student Filmmaker award (West Coast/Women winner), the International Cinematographers Guild’s Emerging Cinematographers Award, and most recently a College Television Award (winner in the Best Drama category), also known as the Student Emmy. Nicole Haeusser feature documentary Little Joe had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival and its North American premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival.
Greg Harrison (Groove, November), who received a 2005 script development grant at Sundance’s Lab and was a recipient of a Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund for The Radioactive Boy Scout, has completed the script and is currently developing the film with producing partners Danielle Renfrew and Bill Horberg (The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Kite Runner) of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. The film tells the true story of a 16-year-old scout in Michigan who, in the pursuit of his Eagle badge, built the core of a nuclear reactor in his backyard shed.
Susan Henderson (Forever Yours, USC, screenwriting, 2000) is a healthcare architect and medical planner at the HOK architectural firm. She continues to work on her feature length documentary, Be Prepared, about a group of Kenyan Girl Scouts who try to educate their community about sex education.
Sean Hood (The Shy and the Naked, USC, production, 1997) won a CINE Golden Eagle Award for The Shy and the Naked. He has completed the script for the remake of Conan the Barbarian for Millennium Films. He continues his association with the Filmmaker’s Alliance of which he was a founding member, and he was awarded a Los Angeles Short Filmmaking Grant, presented by Eastman Kodak for his short film, Melancholy Baby.
Jason Todd Ipson (The First Vampire, USC, production, 2001), who directed the 2006 feature Unrest and the 2007 feature Everybody Wants to Be Italian, is working on a documentary project, writing his next feature film, shooting photography professionally, and donating his time as a physician at a free medical clinic. He has recently accepted an “out of match” position at Johns Hopkins University.
Joshua Kameyer (Chances Are, USC, production, 2004) runs his own production company, Unstoppable Entertainment that specializes in webisodes, promos, sizzles, commercials, music videos, and other kinds of media products. His clients include ebay, RoyalCaribbean, Warner Bros. Records, Geffen Company, the Getty Museum, and others.
Adam Kargman (Atrocity, USC, production, 2005), directed a short film in 2007, Repressions, which screened at various festivals including the 2007 LA International Shorts Festival. In 2009, he directed Reunion, selected at the 2009 LA International Shorts Festival, which focuses on the victims killed in the Columbine Massacre.
Eli Akira Kaufman (California King, UCLA, production, 2003) directed California King, which has been screened at festivals around the country and consequently been nominated for and won several important awards including: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 29th College Television Award, Student Emmy: 3rd Place Drama, 35th Student Academy Award as a Regional Finalist, the 2008 MTV Best Filmmaker on Campus Top 25, Award of Excellence in the Student Category at the Berkeley Video & Film Festival, Best Student Film at the Fargo Film Festival, and Best Short Subject Narrative and Best Acting (Male Lead) at the New York VisionFest. California King is being screened on The Sundance Channel.
David Marmor (In Theory, USC, screenwriting, 2000) completed production of his short film, Love & Other Unstable States of Matter, which was submitted to festivals, including the Williamstown Film Festival, and won the Jury Award for Best Narrative at the 1 Reel Film Festival in Seattle. He has been a member of a theater repertory company in Los Angeles. He also notes that he still receives emails from people who remember his Sloan film and have been affected by it; it keeps him going when “life or writing are getting me down.”
Royal McGraw (Origin, USC, screenwriting, 2005) has become best known for his work on the DC Comics’ flagship title Detective Comics (Batman) and the Batman: Battle for the Cowl tie-in, Commissioner Gordon #1. He is also creating an original pilot for the Syfy Channel called Legendary and writing new episodes of the Electronic Arts games, Cause of Death and Surviving High School.
Brian Oakes (Theremin: Out of the Ether, USC, production, 2000) runs his own design studio in New York, and he has provided the design work for the HBO sports specials Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV and McEnroe/Borg: Fire and Ice; PBS American Masters special on John Lennon, the PBS special The Botany of Desire; and programs for Comedy Central, the History Channel, and others. In feature films, he provided the design work for Bobby Fischer Against the World, Freakonomics, and Wordplay with Will Shortz. His studio animated the “Innovation and Expansion” stories at the new National Museum of Jewish American History.
Ian Shorr (The Profiteer, USC, screenwriting, 2007) sold his script The Count of Monte Cristo to Warner Bros., and according to this article in Variety, the project is being fast-tracked to directors. The new version is a futuristic retelling of the original story. His script, Substitution, recently got a director attached for Alcon Entertainment. He is represented by UTA and Mosaic.
Stuart Sperling (i, USC, production, 1998) has been an assistant editor of the television series White Collar, and in 2010 he was the assistant editor on the feature film Sex and the City 2 and the acclaimed television film Temple Grandin. He is also a professional still photographer who has had solo exhibitions at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum and the Southern California Institute of Architecture as well as numerous group exhibitions in galleries throughout the country. For the past five years, he has also recorded and edited the audio guides for the Getty Museum.
Ioana Maria Uricaru (The Witness, USC, production, 2007) defended her Ph.D. dissertation on “Intimate Beyond Words—reconsidering the cinematic subject in light of neuroscience.” Stopover, a short film she directed, premiered in competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was also selected for the Seattle International Film festival. She was awarded the Sloan Sundance Commissioning Grant for the project Paperclip, which she is developing. She co-directed Tales From the Golden Age, an omnibus feature that premiered as an official selection at Cannes in 2009, and was released theatrically by IFC on August 26, 2011.
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