For 15 years, Ojai Playwrights Conference has nurtured playwrights — established and emerging — through the development of their plays in a two-week, retreat-like residency that culminates in public readings of the work. Developed work from the conference ranges from Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Motherfucker with the Hat (2009) to Charlayne Woodard’s The Night Watcher (2007).
In this 16th summer of the program, four of OPC’s nine selected playwrights are women from diverse backgrounds, who are each coming to the conference for the first time: Alice Tuan, Jiehae Park, Lucy Alibar and Laura Schellhardt.
With open minds and an eagerness for the work to come, from emerging new voices to seasoned dramatists, these writers are preparing for Ojai by thinking through the personal connections driving the stories of their scripts.
Cock’s Crow by Alice Tuan
A recipient of Center Theatre Group’s 2000 Sherwood Award for emerging theater artists, Alice Tuan first made waves with her play Ajax (por nobody) at the Flea Theater in NYC (2001). Her work has been produced at Los Angeles Theatre Center, by East West Players, and internationally. She teaches at CalArts and has been a visiting professor at Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Austin. Read More.
The excitement surrounding Google Glass has been tempered by concerns regarding the device's potential impact on personal privacy. Nevertheless, the device remains one of the hottest topics in the field of wearable computing, with a constant stream of photos and videos from users and new Glass apps from developers setting the stage for a major mainstream debut sometime in 2014.
But behind the scenes, Google has also been working to make the device an integral part of the entertainment industry through a little-known program designed to put Glass in the hands of top tier film students.
According to the AP, the program loaned three sets of Glass to five film schools to experiment with and report back with observations and video work. The schools in the program include UCLA, the American Film Institute, the California Institute of the Arts, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Southern California.
July 30, 2013 The Hollywood Reporter by Seth Abramovitch
USC, CalArts, RISD, UCLA and AFI are among the film schools chosen to take part in the forward-looking creative partnership.
What will the film school of the future look like? All of the students could be wearing specs if Google has its way. The tech giant has revealed to The Hollywood Reporter its plans for the Glass Creative Collective, a partnership with film schools including USC, CalArts, RISD, UCLA and AFI, which will each be loaned three sets of Google Glass for the fall semester. The goal is to get curious students to check them out, become comfortable with their voice-activated interface and built-in video cameras.
One Big Barrier to Google Glass's Hollywood Career
July 30, 2013 The AtlanticWire
Google Glass is going to Hollywood in a new partnership with the USC, CalArts, RISD, UCLA and AFI film school, which sounds dandy for the creative potential of Google Glass, if only the glasses had better battery life. Google hopes that filmmakers will use the face-gadget of the future to think up new ways to capture footage. "This technology is pretty revolutionary, and a lot of people in the film world are really excited about how it could drive not just film capture but documentary filmmaking, character development, action-based storytelling and things we haven’t even come up with yet," Google's marketing director Ed Sanders told The Hollywood Reporter's Seth Abramovitch. But, Google's computer glasses aren't going to be able to record for more than the 45 minutes a Google spokesperson tells The Atlantic Wire the device can capture before recharging. (Doing just regular tasks, Glass's battery is rated for five hours.) That kind of kills the ability to film anything substantial. Read more.
July 30, 2013 New York Times By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Beauty is in the eye of the Google Glass wearer.
At least that's what the Internet search giant hopes a handful of young filmmakers will discover. Google is enlisting film students from five colleges to help it explore how its wearable computing device can be used to make movies.
The $1,500 Google Glass headset is already being used by 10,000 so-called explorers. The device resembles a pair of glasses and allows users to take pictures, shoot video, search the Internet, compose email and check schedules.
As part of its experiment, Google will lend each school three pairs of Google Glass.
The participating schools are American Film Institute, California Institute of the Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Southern California.
Thursday evening, July 11, 2013, the Disneyana Fan Club/Ryman Arts Charity Dinner, entitled “The 100th Birthday Celebration of Marc Davis” was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Anaheim/Garden Grove, California. At 5:00 p.m., the guests began entering the ballroom and chose their tables, where one or two seats at each table had been blocked off for the celebrity guests, who were waiting at the back of the room for their introduction. Everyone was seated at a table with a celebrity for the evening, which was a unique and enticing twist to a lovely dinner. After everyone was seated, the celebrity guests were announced and then learned the number of their tables. Salad, steak and chicken, as well as dessert were served to all the guests, while there was both a vegan and vegetarian option.
Iran’s top contemporary artists command high prices at auction. Do you know who they are?
In the 35 years since the revolution, Iran has emerged as one of the most prolific and productive countries for contemporary art in the Arab region. As a number of exhibitions and cultural fairs are highlighting Iranian art in 2013, Art Radar spotlights eight of Iran’s best known contemporary artists.
The Asia Society in New York will host “Iran Modern” from 6 September 2013 to 5 January 2014. According to the Society’s website, the exhibition will include “100 paintings, sculpture, photography, and works on paper by the most noteworthy Iranian artists of the 1950s to 1970s” such as Siah Armajani.
The Asia Society’s exhibition focuses on Iranian modern art created during the vibrant time period before Iran’s revolution. That was then, this is now. Contemporary art is happening in post-revolution Iran, with five contemporary artists leading the field in terms of sales. Read more.
There’s an apocryphal story about a director on “The Simpsons” who didn’t like the way a scene looked and asked to see the other two camera angles. If you don’t understand the absurdity of that anecdote, well, you’re not alone. Lots of people don’t understand how animation works, how time consuming it can be, how every single thing on screen has to be meticulously planned and often assembled over months (if not years).
So it takes a combination of dedication and Job-like patience for any artists working in animation today to elevate themselves above the pack.
In search of this year’s rising stars, we canvassed industry sources, academics, fans and others before settling on this list of five faces to watch: Rebecca Sugar, who helped create the romantic misadventures of a weird-looking boy and a flame-spewing princess; Minkyu Lee, who shows the Fall of Man wasn’t all bad, damnation aside; Timothy Reckart, who lived with his characters for a year, in slow motion; Justin Roiland, who hit on his idea by angering lawyers; and Jason Ruiz, who likens his bumbling detective hero to “Scooby-Doo solving murders.” Read more.
Interview: A Comic-Con Chewbacca on His Sacrifices for Star Wars, Dating a Sith, and Almost Getting Run Over by Harrison Ford
Each year at Comic-Con, one can expect to see a number of attendees dressed as Stormtroopers, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader circumventing the floor of the San Diego Convention Center. But it takes an especially devoted fan to don Chewbacca’s hairy costume in the July heat for the four-day-long fan festival. This year, we decided to get an insiders’ perspective on Comic-Con events and Star Wars mania from a Star Wars Society member so devoted to playing Han Solo’s first mate that he imported yak hair to complete his custom-made, to-scale costume and drives a Chewbacca-themed sedan outfitted with Millennium Falcon decals and a specially made Chewie “roar” horn.
That diehard fan is 25-year-old Christopher Petrone, a San Diego resident whose love of the George Lucas series began 20 years ago. In addition to owning his own prop-making company, Nerd Co. Creations, Petrone moonlights as the beloved Wookiee during children’s-hospital visits, parades, and other functions as part of the San Diego Star Wars Society. Before putting on his furry costume to pose with guests and their dogs at a Petco-sponsored Star Wars “Yappy Hour” on Friday, Petrone sat down with us to breathlessly discuss his passion for the iconic franchise, the sacrifices one must make to channel Chewbacca on a sometimes daily basis, and how he feels about the slutty Princess Leias strolling around Comic-Con’s Hall H. Read More.
Startup business demo night Entrepreneurs show their wares
Members of SCV Startup gathered in Santa Clarita Tuesday night as four risk-takers demonstrated their businesses — all in various stages of readiness for product or service launch.
Before introducing the entrepreneurs, Brian Tippy and Erick Arndt of SCV Startup announced that they had had a “fantastic meeting” with California Institute of the Arts — better known as simply CalArts — in which the two groups explored the prospect of working together to support CalArts students and the local hi-tech community. Read more.