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

Note updated time! 4:40 PM

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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!

DAVID ALPERT '97 is a partner in Circle of Confusion LLC, a film and television management and production company with offices in Los Angeles and New York. Circle represents writers, directors, actors, producers and content creators. In addition to his dual role as a representative and producer, David runs the operations of the rapidly-growing company.  David is also a partner at Skybound Entertainment, a multiplatform entertainment company with a presence in comic books, television, film, live events, digital content, and gaming.

On the television front, David is an Executive Producer on the record-breaking hit AMC series The Walking Dead, based on the Skybound comic by Robert Kirkman, as well as the much-anticipated spinoff series,Fear the Walking Dead, also for AMC.  Alpert will once again team up with Kirkman to executive produceOutcast with Fox International and Cinemax, based on Kirkman’s graphic novel.  The series is set up at Fox International and Cinemax.  David’s other television projects, to name a few, include Clone (SyFy) and Pax Romana (Syfy).

On the feature production side, David produced three films in 2014.  He recently wrapped production on the action comedy, American Ultra starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg.  His other films include Air, a sci-fi thriller starring Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) and Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) and the true life story, Spare Parts featuring Marisa Tomei and George Lopez.  To start off 2015, David is producing the feature film Wake, starring Bruce Willis.   

David is shepherding over a dozen studio projects, including Intern’s Handbook at Sony Pictures with David Franco attached to star, Inherit the Earth with Michael Bay at Sony, and Antwerp with J.J. Abrams for Paramount.  David is also prepping an adaptation of the graphic novel Lore at Warner Brothers with Dwayne Johnson attached to star and David Green attached to direct. 

As a manager, David oversees and advises the careers of many established and developing clients including directors John Pogue (The Quiet Ones), J.T. Petty (The Burrowers), and Seith Mann (The Wire and Californication); screenwriters Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), Gary Whitta (Book Of Eli), Dan Mazeau (Wrath Of The Titans), and Max Landis (Chronicle); television writers Paul Guyot (Leverage) and Kyle Harimoto (Hawaii 5-O).

David is an honors graduate of Harvard University and New York University Law School. 


RICK JACOBS is a Producer and Manager based at Circle of Confusion. Rick specializes in “genre” development and the convergence of media between feature films, television, video games and print publication. 

Rick focuses on adapting projects from source material including comic books & graphic novels, video games, Asian remakes, and magazine articles. Rick produced SPARE PARTS, based on the Wired Magazine article La Vida Robot which Lionsgate is releasing on January 16th. Rick is also in post-production on MR. RIGHT which stars Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick & Tim Roth.

In addition, Rick represents and consults with creators, video game publishers, journalists and comic book publishers including Celestial Media who own The Shaw Brothers library of Martial Arts films, IDW Publishing (30 DAYS OF NIGHT), Top Cow Productions (WANTED), The Atavist, and Epic Magazine. 

Prior to aligning with Circle, Rick Co-Produced the SPY KIDS: CHALLENGER game boy game for Dimension Films and Carbon6 and worked as vice president of production at Dimension films based Collision Entertainment and overseeing the development of MAX PAYNE and VENOM.


BENJAMIN ODELL (MFA, Columbia University) is currently partner of 3pas Studios with Mexican comedian and director Eugenio Derbez. They are in development on many feature films including a remake of the French comedy, THE VALET.  They have a deal with Pantelion Films, the joint venture between Lionsgate and Mexican media conglam, Grupo Televisa.

Odell was previously Head of Production for Pantelion Films. In his role there Odell developed and produced films aimed at the Hispanic market in the US as well as for Mexico and Latin America.   Amongst others, he produced inspirational true story, SPARE PARTS, starring Goerge Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis and Marisa Tomei and the coming of age comedy, GIRL IN PROGRESS, starting Eva Mendes, Mathew Modine and Patricia Arquette.  

Odell also produced UN CUENTO CHINO (a Spanish/Argentinean co-production), starring Ricardo Darin (EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOS).  CHINO was the top grossing Argentinean film of 2011 and one of the highest grossing Argentinean films of all times. It won the Argentinean Academy Award for best feature and the Goya, the Spanish Academy Award, for Best Latin American Film. 

Odell also produced the art house Spanish language thriller, SANGRE DE MI SANGRE. SANGRE (under its then title, PADRE NUESTRO) won the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival (2007). It was released by IFC.  SANGRE received two  Independent Spirit Awards nominations, for Best First Feature (for which Odell was nominated) and Best Screenplay.  

Odell lived in Colombia, South America from 1992 to 2000.  He first worked as a freelance journalist before becoming a Spanish language television writer and screenwriter there. He co-wrote the Colombian political satire feature film, GOLPE DE ESTADIO, which was nominated for the Goya in 1999, and was Colombia’s nomination to the Oscar in 2000. 

Odell holds an MFA in film from Columbia University where he graduated with honors.