Thursday, November 18, 2010

Project: Involve Presents Contracorriente (Undertow)

Tuesday November 23rd at 7pm
Harmony Gold Theater, 7655 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Miguel is a handsome, young and beloved firsherman in Cabo Blanco, a small fishing village in the Northern coast of Per, where the community has deep-rooted religious traditions. Miguel is married to the beautiful Mariela, who is 7-months pregnant with their firstborn, but Miguel harbors a scandalous secret: He is having a love affair with another man, Santiago, a painter who is ostracized by the townsfolk for being agnostic and open about his sexuality.

With sweeping images of the beautiful Peruvian coastline, Contracorriente (Undertow) is the emotional intersection of contemporary sexuality, confronted by tradition and belief. This sexy and redolent love story is the feature film debut by Javier Fuentes-Len and stars Manolo Cardona (Beverly Hills Chihuahua), Cristian Mercado (Che), and Tatiana Astengo. This film is produced by Javier Fuentes Leon and Rodrigo Guerrero (Maria Full of Grace, Dog Eat Dog.)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Art Installation Show November 18th!

Come to Weigart Galleries Thursday night to experience an art show brought to you by Professor Besemer's Advanced Projects class.  Bessie, Zoe, Josh, Sam, Brenna, Seth and Kate are providing the masses with installation and performance art!  The show begins at 5:00 pm and goes until 7:00 pm.  Stop by and get your art on!  Refreshments will be served.

"The Committed Generation" Tuesday, Nov 30

Filmmakers Carolina Rivera and Nando Grancelli will be on campus Tuesday, Nov. 30th to screen and discuss their documentary Manlio Argueta: Poets and Volcanoes profiling El Salvadoran poet and revolutionary Manilo Argueta and his contemporaries--a cohort of artist/activists who have come to be known as "The Committed Generation" The screening is in J-200 (11:30-1) with a small reception after the event in the Keck Language and Culture Studio.

Manlio Argueta, through the voice of a writer and survivor, reveals El Salvador turbulent historical era when many writers suffered persecution, imprisonment, and exile.

Tuesday, November 30
11:30 a.m.
Johnson 200
Occidental College
Carolina Rivera is an educator, writer, performer, and filmmaker. born in Antiguo Cuscatlán, El Salvador.
Nando Grancelli is a filmmaker, film-adviser, and an educator. He was born in Valparaiso, Chile.

Interested in the Cannes Film Festival?

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL - May 11th to May 22nd, 2011

The Cinefondation, student film selection of the Cannes Film Festival, the aim of which is to discover new talented filmmakers, will present films from film schools (fiction or animation).

In 2010, 13 films were selected (Belgium, Croatia, Cuba, Finland, France, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States).

The deadline to apply and send student films to the Cinefondation is February 15th, 2011.

From now on, you can send films of your students. A working version of the film is accepted.

Applications must be filled in directly online HERE

The Cinefondation rules and a mini-poster with the selection deadline can be downloaded using the link below:

We thank you in advance for circulating the information in your school and remain at your disposal for any further information.

Georges Goldenstern

Cinefondation Executive Director

Monday, November 15, 2010

Cinémathèque Screening Monday, 11/15, 7 p.m. J200 Big Fish Introduction by Cara Pardo (FMS ’11)

Red Fish, Blue Fish: Color and Production Design in Big Fish
This Cinémathèque presentation analyzes the use of color punctuation in Tim Burton’s film Big Fish (2003) as it relates to the emotional states of the characters as well as the film’s broader implications of truth versus myth and fact versus fiction. Using Patti Bellantoni’s text If It’s Purple, Someone’s Gonna Die as a foundation for color theory, Cara will examine specific color palettes used throughout the film, focusing primarily on the color evolution of Edward Bloom and how it reflects the colorful interpretation of his life, particularly when contrasted with our own cultural expectations of real world aesthetic. Ultimately, this is part of Cara's larger senior thesis, which explores how production design is used to establish and blend the worlds of reality and fantasy within the filmic medium.
Color plays a surprisingly integral role in the way we perceive and interpret our surroundings. Color, in fact, has such a powerful associative qualities that filmmakers often utilize specific colors to subconsciously establish and manipulate the viewer’s attitude towards a given environment. Bellantoni argues that “[c]olors indeed have their own language, which can visually help define a character arc or layer a story…. it is color that can determine how we think and feel” (xxvii). In Tim Burton’s film Big Fish, punctuated color acts as artifice and as rhetorical device to serve as a visual reflection of one man’s attempt to reconcile between the bittersweet reality of his father’s life with the catharsis of memory and fantasy.
Big Fish uses neutral colors to establish the relationship between Will and his estranged father; tranquil turquoises, pale gold, and passive lavender help to set a melancholy tone that reflects the reality of the characters’ lives.  The coldness of these colors subtly manipulates the viewer, referencing the controlled confines of reality within which Will Bloom initially believes he must operate. This color palette is starkly contrasted with the vibrant, exaggerated color choices in the fantastical stories of Edward Bloom’s past, where aggressive colors that reflect passion, hope, and confidence, dominate the frame. For example, the young Edward Bloom is never shown without some sort of red embellishment that serves as a visual reference to his own confident exuberance. Bellantoni writes, “Red is like visual caffeine…. Red can activate whatever passions you might bring to the table, or to the movie. Red is power” (2). In Big Fish, red advances the plot; it demands to be noticed by the audience, much as Edward Bloom demands to be noticed in his own life.
Ultimately, as Will Bloom begins to explore the power and freedom of his imagination, color quite literally returns to his life. It is important to look at color design in film as a strong persuasive device, not only as it affects the overall aesthetic of a piece, but how different colors elicit specific, unconscious associations that can change an entire audience’s perception of a film.

Monday, 11/15, 7 p.m. J200

Argentina New Cinema November 19 - 21, 2010 at the Egyptian Theatre

The ninth annual Argentina New Cinema series returns with another impressive lineup, including Argentina’s official Oscar submission for Best Foreign-Language Film, Pablo Trapero’s CARANCHO! Opening the series is the first of many Los Angeles premieres: BROTHER AND SISTER, Daniel Burman’s trenchant drama about dissimilar siblings coping with the death of their mother. In ROMPECABEZAS (directed by Natalia Smirnoff), which had an impressive debut at the Berlin International Film Festival 2010, a bored housewife discovers a new passion. Hector Olivera’s period piece EL MURAL tells the real-life story of Mexican muralist David Siqueiros constructing his masterpiece while in Argentina in the 1930s, and Rodrigo Grande’s sly comedy A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE looks at a humorous, ethical power struggle between two willful coworkers.

Also in the mix are the fascinating documentaries MUNDO ALAS, an inspirational tale of a troupe of musicians with disabilities who tour Argentina led by popular singer and composer León Gieco, and TRACES AND MEMORY OF JORGE PRELORÁN, a beautiful portrait of one of Argentina’s most important documentarians.

Begins Friday, November 19th at...
American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
For parking information and other details:

Documentary Screenings

KASA (Korean American Student Alliance) is collaborating with LiNK
(Liberty in North Korea) to show the documentary "Hiding - Exposing
the Life of North Korean Refugees Living in China."

About 300,000 North Koreans fled to neighboring China in search for
food, work, and freedom. In China, over 80% become trafficked and
children become orphaned or "stateless" with no paperwork or
protection. As refugees must remain in hiding from Chinese authorities
who will send them back, North Koreans flee again to Southeast Asia
where they seek asylum or resettlement to safe countries such as South
Korea or the US.

The documentary "Hiding" captures the lives of North Korean refugees
after they have fled the country. Film Screening will be followed by
Q&A session by Nomads (North Korean refugees).

When: Wed. Nov. 17th - 7pm
Where: Mosher 1

This event is also co-sponsored by Departments of DWA, Politics, Asian
Studies, and ISO.

Please come join us, and learn more about Human rights issues that
might be related to your field of study.

New Jobs

Administrative Assistant for Commercial Production Company, West LA. 35K plus benefits after 3 months. Busy commercial production company that works with some of the best in the business seeks a strong assistant to support the Executive Producer of Commercial Production as well as offer back up support to the President of the company. Ideal person will be coming off a desk at an agency and is interested in commercial production.  If you are not interested, then PLEASE do not apply as this is not the right role for you. We seek someone who is  excellent at multitasking,  who is EXTREMELY detailed, organized, is a true go getter and wanting/willing to learn. Due to the fact that this is a very busy environment we seek someone who is calm and collected, doesn't crack under pressure and can handle strong personalities. Must be extremely computer savvy, have strong office skills AND social skills! This position is strictly an administrative role.


Hollywood-based PR Firm is seeking a full-time Junior Publicist. This position will assist Account Executive in managing and executing entertainment, corporate and social responsibility campaigns. Candidate will also assist with events.

Support Account Executive with day-to-day activities. Job duties include: Interacting with Hollywood representatives to secure talent for campaigns and events; client interface and status report creation; writing press releases, media alerts, pitches, and additional needed correspondence; creating comprehensive media lists; pitching local and national media; participating in strategic brainstorming meetings. 


- Bachelor Degree in communications or related field.
- 1-2 years entertainment experience.
- Ability to multitask and prioritize in a very fast paced environment.
- Team player who can also work independently when needed without constant oversight.
- Ambitious and eager to excel in the PR field with a strong interest in entertainment and social responsibility. 
- Experience working with Photoshop, Outlook, Microsoft Office, Media Databases (Cision, Vocus, etc).
- Second language is a plus.

This is a full time position with room for growth within a young, dynamic and quickly expanding company. Salary based on experience. To apply for this position send cover letter, resume and two writing samples (1 press release, 1 pitch) to


Santa Monica-based commercial real estate company seeks administrative assistant. Candidate must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, with ability to interface with senior level management.  Please send resumes to


Producer Vince Gerardis (GAME OF THRONES, FLASHFORWARD) seeking assistant to start January 3rd. Must have industry desk experience, preferably at agency. Must be multi-tasker, detail-oriented, organized, and work well under pressure. Legal/contract background a plus. Growth potential for the right person.  Email resumes and cover letter to