Saturday, August 24

Alumni Susan Cartsonis (Middle) and Nick Moceri (Right) produced the film “Deidra & Laney Rob a Train.”  The comedy tells the tale of two sisters who begin robbing a train to support themselves after their mother goes to jail. (Courtesy of Fred Hayes)

Alumni focus on diversity in Netflix film ‘Deidra & Laney Rob a Train’

Susan Cartsonis watched “The Wizard of Oz” every year as a little girl. However, she quickly realized that there weren’t many other feminist role models like Dorothy on screen. Read more...

Photo: Alumni Susan Cartsonis (Middle) and Nick Moceri (Right) produced the film “Deidra & Laney Rob a Train.” The comedy tells the tale of two sisters who begin robbing a train to support themselves after their mother goes to jail. (Courtesy of Fred Hayes)

Alumni Susan Cartsonis (Middle) and Nick Moceri (Right) produced the film “Deidra & Laney Rob a Train.”  The comedy tells the tale of two sisters who begin robbing a train to support themselves after their mother goes to jail. (Courtesy of Fred Hayes)

Alumna Rippin Sindher reached out to Bruin Bhangra, a cultural dance team at UCLA to choreograph the dance sequences of her short film "The Hideout." (Courtesy of Shane Karns)

Alumna fuses Punjabi, modern dance for Bollywood-inspired film ‘The Hideout’

Instead of attending law school, Rippin Sindher decided to take a trip to the Amazon rainforest. The trip allowed her to think about her aspirations and made her realize she wanted to pursue film. Read more...

Photo: Alumna Rippin Sindher reached out to Bruin Bhangra, a cultural dance team at UCLA to choreograph the dance sequences of her short film "The Hideout." (Courtesy of Shane Karns)

Alumna Rippin Sindher reached out to Bruin Bhangra, a cultural dance team at UCLA to choreograph the dance sequences of her short film "The Hideout." (Courtesy of Shane Karns)

Thomas Miller, a communication studies senior lecturer and debate coach, collaborated with director Douglas Day Stewart to add details from his experiences coaching UCLA's debate team to the 1989 film "Listen to Me," which follows a college debate team through the competition process. (Erin Gong/Daily Bruin)

UCLA debate coach reflects on contribution to 1989 film ‘Listen to Me’

Roy Scheider was an actor, not a debate coach. So when the actor was cast to play a debate coach in “Listen to Me,” he sought help from UCLA senior lecturer and debate team coach Thomas Miller. Read more...

Photo: Thomas Miller, a communication studies senior lecturer and debate coach, collaborated with director Douglas Day Stewart to add details from his experiences coaching UCLA's debate team to the 1989 film "Listen to Me," which follows a college debate team through the competition process. (Erin Gong/Daily Bruin)

Thomas Miller, a communication studies senior lecturer and debate coach, collaborated with director Douglas Day Stewart to add details from his experiences coaching UCLA's debate team to the 1989 film "Listen to Me," which follows a college debate team through the competition process. (Erin Gong/Daily Bruin)

UCLA alumna Marta Savina directed a film based on the true story of Franca Viola, an Italian woman who refused to marry her rapist.  She learned about Viola's story in a bookstore in Florence, Italy. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo editor)

UCLA alumna premieres film shining light on story of Franca Viola

Marta Savina was browsing through a bookstore in Florence, Italy, when she came across the story of Franca Viola. The UCLA directing alumna picked up a book about women who changed history – a subject that already interested her – and randomly opened it to the story of Viola, a Sicilian woman who was the first Italian woman to refuse what was called a “reparatory marriage” to her rapist, even though such marriages often took place in 20th-century Italy. Read more...

Photo: UCLA alumna Marta Savina directed a film based on the true story of Franca Viola, an Italian woman who refused to marry her rapist. She learned about Viola's story in a bookstore in Florence, Italy. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo editor)

UCLA alumna Marta Savina directed a film based on the true story of Franca Viola, an Italian woman who refused to marry her rapist.  She learned about Viola's story in a bookstore in Florence, Italy. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo editor)

Leslie Odom Jr., who played Aaron Burr in the award-winning musical "Hamilton," spoke and sang at De Neve Commons Lecture Auditorium on Wednesday night. (Katherine Zhou/Daily Bruin)

UCLA hosts first of New York Times’ discussion series with Leslie Odom Jr.

The soundtrack of the musical “Hamilton” blared from the speakers as students streamed into De Neve Commons Lecture Auditorium, eagerly awaiting The New York Times’ Get With The Times, a conversation between New York Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor and “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. Read more...

Photo: Leslie Odom Jr., who played Aaron Burr in the award-winning musical "Hamilton," spoke and sang at De Neve Commons Lecture Auditorium on Wednesday night. (Katherine Zhou/Daily Bruin)

Leslie Odom Jr., who played Aaron Burr in the award-winning musical "Hamilton," spoke and sang at De Neve Commons Lecture Auditorium on Wednesday night. (Katherine Zhou/Daily Bruin)

(Courtesy of Wilson Webb)

Movie review: ‘Gifted’

Advice for seeing “Gifted” – bring a box of tissues. The film packs a surprisingly honest emotional punch, thanks to the earnest yet nuanced performances of the film’s cast and a refreshing plot that keeps the familiar family drama from feeling stale. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Wilson Webb)

(Courtesy of Wilson Webb)

(Courtesy of Matt Kennedy)

Movie review: ‘The Fate of the Furious’

The best action sequence of “The Fate of the Furious” isn’t in the trailers. It’s not the scene where self-driving cars go rogue in New York City, nor is it the car chase involving a tank, an orange Lamborghini and a submarine racing across a frozen Russian bay. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Matt Kennedy)

(Courtesy of Matt Kennedy)


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