An Opening Weekend Screening of SPARE PARTS
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Saturday, 17 January 2015 15:11

Note updated time! 4:40 PM

Direct purchase link on fandango here: https://tickets.fandango.com/transaction/ticketing/express/ticketboxoffice.aspx?row_count=74055555&mid=172386&tid=AAAWX

CUE, Harvardwood and Columbia SoCal co-host An Opening Weekend Screening of SPARE PARTS Followed by a Q&A with Producers David Alpert '97 (Harvard), Rick Jacobs, and Ben Odell (MFA, Columbia) SPARE PARTS, based on a true-life story, opens in theaters on January 16th, and Harvardwood is excited to organize a (Saturday) Jan. 17th screening that will be followed by a Q&A session with three of the film's producers: David Alpert AB '97, Rick Jacobs, and Columbia alum Ben Odell. Please scroll down for their bios.

Tickets to the movie can be purchased online (Fandango) or at the theatre box office upon arrival.

About Spare Parts: Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT. Starring Alexa PenaVega, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Lee Curtis—AND appearances by Harvardwood Co-Founder Mia Riverton Alpert, and CUE Co-Founder Ed McGinty!

8th Annual Holiday Party
Written by CUE Webmaster   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 08:25
It's time for the 8th Annual Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 10, 2014!

RSVP here!

Please note there has been a VENUE CHANGE for this Wednesday's Holiday Party.

With the popularity of last year's event and the RSVP numbers for this year, we've decided to move to a larger venue - Hemingway's Lounge & Bar (next door to Beso Restaurant).

6356 Hollywood Blvd., 1st Floor
Hollywood, CA 90028

Just off the bustling star walk of Hollywood Boulevard lies Hemingway's, an exclusive lounge that's lovingly dedicated to Papa. The restored historic storefront leads into a breezy indoor/outdoor foyer decked out in vintage chairs and impressionist art. Beyond that waits the main room, an impressive space featuring tin ceilings, soaring archways, antique crystal chandeliers, and over ten thousand books stuffed onto towering floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.

Literary partiers can peruse the shelves or check out the collection of fifty-seven vintage typewriters, each containing a sheet of paper with a Hemingway quote -- including his advice to "always do sober what you said you'd do drunk; that will teach you to keep your mouth shut."

Chic cocktail lovers can lounge on plush burgundy velvet banquettes or cozy up in the booths to nosh on small plates and sip their Death in the Afternoon or other cocktails named after Hemingway novels and mixed up by bartenders in Prohibition-era threads. The rustic elegance and strong drinks, makes Hemingway's a hangout worthy of its namesake.

There will be complimentary passed appetizers catered by Beso to kick off the night of dynamic networking with our core group of industry professionals. Hemingway's will have a cash bar.


Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Time: 7PM - 12AM
Location: UPDATED: Hemingway's
6356 Hollywood Blvd., 1st Floor
Hollywood, CA 90028

Parking: Valet is $10; and there are lots in the area or street parking

Seasons Greetings, The CUE Board

2014 CU Film Festival
Written by CUE Webmaster   
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 14:08
The 2014 Columbia University Film Festival site is online!  We'll post information on the Los Angeles portion as information is available.  CUE will be co-sponsoring a BBQ with alumni in Los Angeles.  http://cufilmfest.com
Beau Willimon on the Ides of March
Written by CUE Editor   
Monday, 10 March 2014 00:11

Beau Willimon (CC’ 99, SOA ‘03) wrote the Academy Award nominated screenplay for The Ides of March based on his play Farragut North before executive producing Netflix’s first original series House of Cards. Beau graciously agreed to talk to CUE about the steps of his career and the process of writing House of Cards.

1. What was your path from college to where you are now?

Well, it was a very rocky, curvy path. I went to Columbia College and majored in Visual Arts, specifically as a painter. I didn’t take any writing classes as an undergrad.

When I graduated, I worked for the Estonian Government for a little while. I lived on Lower Eastside and worked odd jobs. I spent four months in Vietnam researching a screenplay – my first screenplay – based on the life of Tomas Vu, a Visual Arts professor at Columbia who grew up in Vietnam during the war.

And then I bullied Eduardo Machado, who was then the head of the playwriting program at Columbia, into letting me audit a playwriting class he was teaching. And we met during office hours and he told me to write and play and apply to the program, and if it was good enough, he’d accept me.

So I wrote a play and he accepted me and I did my 3 years there. When I graduated I had no plan. I worked a hodge podge of jobs. I was a barista. I taught SAT prep classes. I did internships. It was very hand-to-mouth. The whole time, I kept writing plays, but no one wanted to do them.

Alumni Spotlight: Amy Talkington (FILM ‘99)
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Monday, 10 March 2014 00:22

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT - Amy Talkington (FILM ‘99)

Amy’s first book LIV, FOREVER will be published by Soho Teen in March, 2014. It has been chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection and an Amazon YA Book of the Month. Amy is currently adapting it for film with Offspring Entertainment attached to produce. You can see the trailer Amy directed for the book here.

Amy also has numerous film projects in active development including the “VALLEY GIRL” remake at MGM, “KICKED, BITTEN AND SCRATCHED” at Lionsgate, the “PRIVATE BENJAMIN” remake at New Line (with Anna Faris set to star) and “HOT FUSS,” based on a pitch she sold to Disney. Amy wrote and directed “THE NIGHT OF THE WHITE PANTS” which stars Oscar-nominee Tom Wilkinson, Nick Stahl and Selma Blair and was released in 2008. Amy wrote and directed six short films which were selected for numerous festivals (including Sundance and SXSW) and received many accolades. In the television arena, Amy wrote ABC Family’s “BRAVE NEW GIRL” and co-wrote “AVALON HIGH,” a children’s movie for which she won a 2011 WGA Award.

She is participating in a free event Thursday, March 13th at the Barnes and Noble in the Grove with Mickey Rapkin (Pitch Perfect) and Shauna Cross (Whip It) moderated by Beth Schacter, discussing screenwriting and young adult novels. For more information: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4680550

Below she tells us about her career so far and how she came to write her first novel.

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