2017 Harvard College Film Festival Schedule
Thursday, April 27
HOw to pitch your screenplay or tv script
2:30-3:30 PM, 54 Dunster Street
Join the Harvard College Film Festival and Office of Career Services for an instructional workshop on how to Pitch a Movie or TV idea to producers! Joining us via Skype will be Daniel Chun and Sev Ohanian, two Hollywood creators and producers who will instruct participants on how to deliver a well-developed, concise pitch.
Sev graduated from USC Film School four years ago, and has been a producer on ten feature films since, three of which have been Sundance Film Festival Official Selections in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. His first film, Fruitvale Station, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2013. Last year’s Results premiered at Sundance and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures. And his most recent film, The Intervention, premiered at Sundance this year and was acquired by Paramount. He’s also produced films for Fox Digital Studios, James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions, and even an international co-production with China Film Group. He’s been named one of 11 Innovators Changing Hollywood by The Wrap, alongside Angelina Jolie, Jimmy Fallon, and other industry names. He also serves as an adjunct professor at USC.
Daniel Chun: Daniel Chun is an American comedy writer who has written for The Office and The Simpsons. A Harvard alum and former member of the Harvard Lampoon, Mr. Chun has been nominated for a Writers Guild Award and an Annie Award, as well as receiving two Emmy nominations for his work on The Office. His recent ABC Studios pilot Grandfathered, starring John Stamos, was recently ordered to series on Fox.
Friday, April 28
Advanced screening of Menashe
2-4 pm, Menschel hall, harvard art museums
Co-sponsored by Harvard Hillel and the Committee on the Study of Religion with support of the Rabbi Joseph S. Shubow Memorial Fund, HCFF is pleased to offer an advanced screening of Menashe, a film produced by award-winning studio A24. Menashe, directed by Joshua Weinsten and starring Alex Lipschultz and Musa Syeed, earned rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival for its immersive world-building and first-person perspective into a rarely-explored Hasidic community.
About Menashe: Set within the New York Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Menashe follows a kind but hapless grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven after his wife, Lea, passes away. Since they live in a tradition-bound culture that requires a mother present in every home, Rieven is supposed to be adopted by the boy’s strict, married uncle, but Menashe’s Rabbi decides to grant him one week to spend with Rieven prior to Lea’s memorial. Their time together creates an emotional moment of father/son bonding as well as offers Menashe a final chance to prove to his skeptical community that he can be a capable parent.
Shot in secret entirely within the Hasidic community depicted in the film, and one of the only movies to be performed in Yiddish in nearly 70 years, Menashe is a warm, life affirming look at the universal bonds between father and son that also sheds unusual light on a notoriously private community. Based largely on the real life of its Hasidic star Menashe Lustig, the film is a strikingly authentic and deeply moving portrait of family, love, connection, and community.
Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund. HUID is required for entry.
Saturday, April 29
Screening of 13 Million voices & discussion with writer/director janelle gueits
2-5 pm, Harvard hall 104
Join the Harvard College Film Festival and the Cuban-American Undergraduate Student Association for a special screening of 13 Million Voices, followed by a Skype Q&A with writer/director Janelle Gueits!
About 13 Million Voices: 13 Million Voices explores questions of peace and expression in Cuba through the parallel story lines of a massive peace concert in Cuba and the journey of young independent actors who supported, experienced, and suffered for it.
Sunday, April 30
screening of selected & winning films
12 - 2 pm, Menschel hall, harvard art museums
The Harvard Art Museums will screen the winning films in the fourth annual Harvard College Film Festival, which provides undergraduates across the world with an opportunity to create and submit films to be screened, judged, and awarded for creative excellence and powerful perspective.
Keynote Address: Susanne Daniels
2-3 pm, Menschel Hall, Harvard Art Museums
Following the Screening of student films, join HCFF for a keynote discussion with Susanne Daniels, current Head of Original Programming at YouTube Red, moderated by Katie Kohn.
About Susanne Daniels: Susanne Daniels is a successful TV executive, producer, author, and advocate. Ms. Daniels attended Harvard College, where as a student she was the producer of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals and a member of improv group On Thin Ice. After graduating in 1987, she held an internship at the Public Theater in NY for Joseph Papp, eventually becoming Lorne Michael’s assistant and a development executive at Saturday Night Live and Lorne’s company, Broadway Video. After moving to Los Angeles, Ms. Daniels served as a manager in the specials and reality department at ABC where she worked on such projects as America’s Funniest People and the Academy Awards, amongst others. From there, Ms. Daniels became a comedy executive at Fox where she developed several comedies including Living Single. Ms. Daniels was soon tapped to head development at WB, where as president she was responsible the network’s primetime hits, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek, Seventh Heaven, and Charmed. The network would go on to become a huge part of 90s culture and provide career breaks to Joss Whedon, JJ Abrams, Kevin Williamson, Jamie Foxx, Steve Harvey and many other talented people that Ms. Daniels promoted. Since then, Ms. Daniels has held positions as an independent producer, as President of both Lifetime and MTV networks, and as the Head of Original Programming at YouTube Red, where she is currently situated. In 2016, Ms. Daniels received received the Brandon Tartikoff award at the National Association of Television Program Executives meeting (NATPE) for the excellence of her career. Aside from her work in the entertainment industry, Ms. Daniels is also an author and has served as an advocate for social change, specifically for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, as well as issues involving girls and media.
Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund.