Wednesday, January 29

UCLA student film exposes pressure for minority artists to conform to labels

Claudia Rodriguez’s senior thesis film has art lovers sniffing drugs off priceless works. The fourth-year film student said she brainstormed the premise for her film “Illegal Artist” after burrowing deep into assorted Wikipedia articles on obscure artists. Read more...

Photo: Claudia Rodriguez, a fourth-year film student, said her film “Illegal Artist” was inspired by her deep dive into Wikipedia articles. From her research, Rodriguez said she made a film that tackles art and its commercialization. (Mia Kayser/Daily Bruin staff)


Student’s short film champions putting self first over societal pressures

Nicole Corona Diaz said she doesn’t think it’s ever too late for someone to change their career path. Filmed over the weekend, the fourth-year film student’s untitled 12-minute short film tells the story of a rising college senior who suddenly decides not to take the LSAT despite having prepared her entire academic career for it. Read more...

Photo: Fourth-year film student Nicole Corona Diaz created a 12-minute short film detailing a student who decides not to take the LSAT, despite preparing for it for her whole life. The film reflects Corona Diaz’s own Latina upbringing. (Niveda Tennety/Assistant Photo editor)




Q&A: Actor and puppeteer discusses unique experience of portraying a monkey on HBO

Monkeying around on set is no laughing matter for Brian Fisher – especially when he has to screech like one too. As the voice actor and puppeteer for the Golden Monkey on HBO’s “His Dark Materials,” Fisher said the role demands a willingness to feel silly on set as he mimics the sounds and breaths of a golden monkey. Read more...

Photo: Brian Fisher is the puppeteer and voice actor for the Golden Monkey in HBO’s “His Dark Materials.” He works alongside Ruth Wilson to bring life to both her character, Mrs. Coulter, and her dæmon. (Courtesy of Alex Bailey/HBO)


Los Angeles Unveiled: Alum pursues passions to better representation of Muslims in media

This post was update Nov. 18 at 8:19 p.m. Hollywood has never been so accessible for Muslim creators. Los Angeles is the go-to spot for fostering creativity and making it big – and it’s also home to dozens of promising Muslim artists who are breaking into the industry and redefining what it means to be Muslim. Read more...

Photo: UCLA alumnus Haidar A. Anwar began his college trying his hand out at science and law, but his passions eventually led him to Deluxe Entertainment Services Group. After serving as a project manager for various shows, Anwar said he wants to focus on providing Muslims representation in media. (Courtesy of Saagar Shaikh)


UCLA Film & Television Archive showcases 40 years of student filmmaking

Maya Montañez Smukler said student films are often at the forefront of experimental filmmaking – and they have been for decades. As a tribute to both the history of student filmmaking and UCLA’s centennial anniversary, Smukler, the Archive Research and Study Center officer, curated the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s newest program, “40 Years of UCLA Student Filmmaking.” One hundred short films made between 1949-1989 are being screened at the Billy Wilder Theater through Dec. Read more...



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