2012 Holiday Party!
Written by CUE Webmaster   
Friday, 30 November 2012 12:58
6th Annual CUE Holiday Party!
RSVP NOW! - closed to the public!
Wednesday December 12, 2012 - 7:30 PM

Dear CUE,

It's the most wonderful time of the year again! The 6th Annual Holiday Party is on the books for Wednesday, December 12, 2012.


This year we're getting back to our roots and making the festivities highlight what's important to us - networking with our core group of industry professionals!  On that note, we are hosting an intimate gathering exclusive to Columbia alumni and their guests.  Take this opportunity to seize the night and have fun, insightful, and candid conversations with connections new and old!

For this night of merriment we've reserved St. Felix/Hollywood.  St. Felix is the spacious new Hollywood counterpart of the rated Best of LA Weekly West Hollywood bar/lounge/bistro.  St. Felix/Hollywood is an East-Village type lounge that balances the funky-cozy vibe of a neighborhood bar thanks to exposed brick, wood paneling, comfy banquettes, damask wallpaper, and outlandish accoutrements.  The lounge serves excellent gastro pub food (the Kobe sliders and Cubano tacos are especially good) and premium cocktails made with spirits like Boru vodka, Jefferson's Reserve bourbon and Gosling's rum, to sangria served in Mason jars and blue-collar-chic Colt 45 in 40-ounce bottles.

In addition, there will be complimentary passed appetizers to fuel the networking late into the night!  Note that early birds can enjoy Happy Hour pricing until 8PM!

We look forward to seeing you - so please RSVP today as capacity is limited due to the intimate setting.

Parking: Valet parking is a reduced rate of $8; and there are other lots in the area or street parking.

Please note that this is a private event for members and guests of CUE only.

Seasons Greetings,
The CUE Board

RSVP now

Interview With Allegiance Filmmakers, Mike Connors and Sean Mullin
Written by CUE Editor   
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 01:17

Writer/director Michael Connors (FILM ‘06) and producer Sean Mullin (FILM ‘06) recently collaborated on their debut feature film, Allegiance an independently produced military thriller starring Seth Gabel, Pablo Schreiber, Shad “Bow Wow” Moss and Aidan Quinn. Connors and Mullin are both graduates of the MFA Film program and longtime collaborators. Both have military backgrounds, which connected them to the material and to a network of veterans and ex-military who helped the project get off the ground. Allegiance was acquired by XLrator Media and will be released On Demand in December and theaters in January. You can view the trailer here.

CUE: Congrats on gaining distribution for Allegiance, which is also just beginning its festival run. Can you tell us the plan for the film’s release?

Sean Mullin: Our film was picked up for distribution after we premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in June. Our distributors have found that the best way to release an independent film these days is to compress the three major platforms – Theatrical, VOD and DVD – into one tight window. This not only maximizes awareness for our film, but it also allows us to keep our P&A costs at a reasonable level. Our premium VOD release is scheduled for December 7th, our limited theatrical is planned for December 28th through January 4th and our DVD will follow on January 15th. We’ve also just partnered with an International Sales Agent and – assuming our projections for both domestic and international sales hold – we’re on pace to return all of our investors’ equity, along with a solid profit.

You two have been working together on this project for a long time. When did you start collaborating? Was it your common military backgrounds that first brought you together, or your approaches to filmmaking and storytelling? How has the collaborating process worked over multiple projects?

SM: Our similar Army backgrounds definitely helped bring us together, but we also have a very close mutual friend – Brian Reidy – who introduced us right around the time we were beginning the MFA program at Columbia. We weren’t in the same class, but we worked on all of our major projects together. I produced Mike’s thesis film (Recalled) and Mike was the cinematographer for the three films I wrote and directed, including my thesis (Sadiq). Our creative sensibilities aren’t completely the same, but there’s enough overlap that we’re really able to help push each of our projects in the right direction.

2012 Screenplay Showcase Winners Announced
Written by CUE Webmaster   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 00:02
Screenplay Showcase Winners Announced
The participants in CUE’s first annual Screenplay Showcase have been named! See below for info on the writers and their scripts. And stay tuned for further details on the showcase itself. Without further adieu, here are this year’s scripts! 

ALL IN (TV Drama Pilot) by Abdi Nazemian (CC ‘98)

BACK IN BLACK (or: How to Save America Without Really Trying) (Feature Comedy) by Jon Stahl (Teachers College ‘00)

BELOW SUNSET (TV Drama Pilot) by Jonathon Roessler (FILM ‘07)

IN HOUSE (TV Drama Pilot) by Daria Polatin (THEATER ‘07)

Read below for full synopsis and writer bios...
Columbia University Entertainment (CUE) Fall Mixer - 11/13/2012
Written by CUE Webmaster   
Monday, 29 October 2012 01:57
We have the rooftop deck @ The Standard Downtown to eat, drink and be merry (and maybe a little dancing). 

Columbia SoCal and CUE

We'll be mixing it up with alumni from all of Columbia's schools and it promises to be a memorable night (but you don't have to be in the entertainment business to attend).

We have reserved space on the rooftop deck at this high end and trendy hotel bar; there will be are $4 beers, low-priced bottles of champagne, a small bar food menu, and plenty of nooks and crannies to carry on good conversation. 

So come one, come all to mingle in style with your fellow Columbians and meet new friends along the way. RSVP soon to this exclusive event before all the spots are taken!

We look forward to a great night and to seeing you all there! 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 6:30 - 9:30 pm
The Standard Hotel
550 S. Flower Street (@6th)
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Valet parking available at the hotel entrance on Flower
CUE Food Bank Volunteer Opportunity - 11/3/2012
Written by CUE Webmaster   
Monday, 29 October 2012 01:50
Start your holiday season with a Saturday morning spent giving back, alongside fellow CUE members. CUE will be hosting a group of volunteers at the LA Food Bank from 9-12 on Saturday, November 3rd. Consider it a fun alternative to traditional mixers and networking events, and join us for a few hours spent sorting donations, meeting fellow alums, and serving your community. 

Saturday, November 3rd

Registration is from 8:30 am – 8:50 am 
Volunteer project starts at 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
1734 E. 41st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90058
Please bring in your release form on the day of your service project. Minimum age requirement is 14 (sorry, no exceptions). All volunteers must wear closed toe shoes.

Password: entertainment

Once you register you will receive an email confirmation with all the logistics and forms.
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