Arts + Culture

Seven Student Filmmakers Receive UCLA Spotlight Awards at DGA Theatre June 10


The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television willpresent Spotlight Awards to seven student directors for outstanding achievementin filmmaking at a ceremony at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 10, at the DirectorsGuild of America Theatre, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.

All of the award-winning films will be screened at theevent, hosted by Robert Rosen, dean of the school, and UCLA alumna PatriciaCardoso ("Real Women Have Curves").

Prior to the screenings, Cardoso will receive the UCLAFilmmaker of the Year award from the students. Previous winners of this alumnihonor include Penelope Spheeris, Tim Robbins and Alexander Payne.

Admission to the UCLASpotlight Awards ceremony and screening is free and open to the entertainmentindustry. To R.S.V.P., call (310) 825-5761 or visit

The UCLA Spotlight Awards evening is part of "UCLAFestival 2003: New Student Work in Theater, Film and Television," an eight-day celebration of student work being held June 6–13.

The UCLA Spotlight Awardscompetition was created to provide an opportunity for students to present theirwork to an entertainment-industry audience. Since its inception more than adecade ago, Spotlight has helped launch several new filmmakers.

Award-Winning Films

                   "Heavy" by Kell McGregor, about the early lessons ofman.

                   "Doki-Doki" by Chris Eska. For years, strangers inTokyo wait together every morning in the same place, for the same seat, on thesame train ... never speaking. Finally, connections are made.

                   "Whispers" by Desha Dauchan, about a young manoverwhelmed with grief who seems to be losing touch with reality.

                   "Vibe" by Fred Tatasciore. Out of noise vibrationscharacters are formed. Through language, they create a world, and then fightover it. They resolve their conflict, and return once again to a singlevibration.

                   "Come Nightfall" by Abigail Severance. A boy getstangled up in his own desires when he discovers an old cowboy with a reverencefor ladies' shoes.

                   "Dollsville" by John Wray. The sparks fly on a firstdate between two paper dolls. It's just too bad their two-dimensional world isso flammable.

                   "The Anniversary" by Ham Tran. On the anniversary ofhis brother's death, a Buddhist monk is haunted by memories of war andbetrayal.

The Blue Ribbon panel of judges for the UCLA Spotlight Awards includedNathan Adolfson, Jeff Ford, Cedering Fox, Tucker Gates, Tracy Graham, AlexGoldstone, Keya Khayatian, David Kopple, Sarah Pillsbury, Brian Price, AllisonRosenzweig, Jewerl Ross, John Sweet, Brooklyn Weaver, Michael Weisbarth andJeff Werner.

All UCLA Festival 2003 events are free, but reservationsare suggested, as space is limited. Parking at UCLA is $7 per entry andis available in parkingstructure 3 near the intersection of Hilgard Avenue and SunsetBoulevard. To R.S.V.P. to anyevent, or for more information, please call (310) 825-5761 or visit



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