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Reach Me Director and Actor Reach Out to Film and Theatre Students

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Reach Me Director and Actor Reach Out to Film and Theatre Students


By Barbara Gutierrez
UM News

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Actor Danny Aiello, left, and director John Herzfeld shared tricks of their trade with film and theatre students.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 19, 2014)–On campus for the premiere of their newest movie, director John Herzfeld, a UM alumnus, and veteran actor Danny Aiello treated about 50 film and theatre students to a candid master class in the School of Communication’s Studio A, where they shared tricks of their trade and juicy stories on their film careers.

“My advice to first time directors is, ‘If you don’t know something, fake it,”’ Herzfeld told students Thursday afternoon, hours before Reach Me, which stars Aiello, Sylvester Stallone, and a host of other stars, premiered at the BankAtlantic Center Fieldhouse. “Eventually you will learn how to do it. Never let them see you sweat.”

Director of more than a dozen films, Herzfeld studied at UM where he roomed with Stallone. Even as a student, he said he knew all he wanted to do was make movies. Since then, he has collaborated with Aiello in four films, including 2 Days in the Valley, which he and Aiello recommended to the students as a primer for working in Los Angeles.

Assistant Professor Thomas Musca moderated the lively, casual discussion with Aiello and Herzfeld.

Aiello said that he “loved” working with Herzfeld because the producer allows actors a great deal of freedom. “You want your director to be a minimalist,” Aiello said. “A director should be someone who gives you direction, but never tells you how to do a line. It’s got to be your way of doing the line.”

A respected film and stage actor with close to 80 films under his belt, Aiello lauded Herzfeld for continuing to roll the camera even when a scene has concluded.

“Often you get the gold after the scene is finished,” he said.

More than 900 alumni and students attended the evening premier of Reach Me, which was moved to the Fieldhouse to accommodate the overflow crowd. The film is about a motivational book, which written by a mysterious man, quickly gains popularity, inspiring a group of people, including a journalist, his editor, a former inmate, a hip-hop mogul, an actor, and an undercover cop to re-evaluate their lives by confronting their fears.

The film also stars Kyra Sedgwick, Thomas Jane, Kevin Connolly, Nelly, Kelsey Grammer, Tom Berenger, Danny Trejo, and others.

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UK Theatre Director Seeks Participants for Game Design and Drama Workshops


Jamie Harper, an award-winning theatre director from the United Kingdom who is conducting research at the School of Communication on the merger of game design and drama, is seeking volunteers to participate in a number of workshops this week to assist him in developing several projects. See details about these workshops below and spread the word to students and faculty who may be interested in participating. RSVP for each workshop at the links below.

Interactive Game Play-Testing of Archipelago

Monday, November 17, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Thursday, November 20, from 2 to 5 p.m.

For this workshop, Harper is seeking participants (student and non-student) to provide player feedback on the narrative story and rule set for Archipelago, a game he designed for Camden People’s Theatre. Those interested in game design or interactive narrative should participate and will be part of a fun and unique interactive theater experience.

To sign up for one or both sessions, which will be held in School of Communicaiton Lab 1018, click here.

 

Narrative and Games Workshops: Story-Making for Archipelago

Tuesday, November 18, from 12 to 3 p.m.

For this workshop, Harper is seeking participants (student and non-student) to provide player feedback on the narrative story and rule set for Archipelago. He invites participants to brainstorm the content and form of additional story material. Those interested in narrative storytelling and/or game design should participate, and will be part of a fun and unique interactive theater experience.

To sign up for the session, which will be held in School of Communicaiton Lab 1018, click here.

 

Structured Improvisation: Acting Technique and Narrative Development Workshops 

Wednesday, November 19, from 2 to 5 p.m.

For this workshop, Harper aims to provide an acting and structured improvisation workshop for students and non-students alike. He will give participants an opportunity to experiment with the fundamental building blocks of dramatic scenarios: place, time, character, objective and obstacle.

The session will focus on improvisation as an acting discipline – the primacy of acting as “doing” and the need to “receive” from your acting partner. Those interested in acting, writing, and/or directing should participate, but anyone is welcome.

To sign up for the session, which will be held in School of Communicaiton Lab 1018, click here.

 

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View ‘The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things” and Q&A with Filmaker November 10


CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 6, 2014) — Join the School of Communication for a screening of The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things, on Monday, November 10, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Shoma Hall, Room 3053, in the Communication International Building. A Q&A session with producer/director and School of Communication alumna Sarah Moshman, one of the filmmakers, will follow the screening. The event is free and open to UM students and faculty members.

The Empowerment Project is the incredible journey of five female filmmakers driving across America to encourage, empower, and inspire the next generation of strong women to pursue their career ambitions. Covering more than 7,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York over the course of 30 days, the documentary spotlights 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries.

Along the way, these filmmakers relay the candid insight on how these women define their success, what it takes to be a woman in their position, and valuable advice on how to improve the female role in the workplace. In celebration of the all-female focus in front of and behind the camera, the filmmakers turned the cameras on themselves, capturing their transformational journey. Created for women by women, they challenge the audience to ask themselves, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid to fail?”

 

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Noted Journalist Speaks at UM about the Dangers Foreign Correspondents Face Abroad

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Noted Journalist Speaks at UM about the Dangers Foreign Correspondents Face Abroad


In a gripping talk presented at UM’s Miller Center, international journalist Ilene Prusher explained that reporters are no longer only truth-seekers but also targets of extremist terrorist groups.

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

Ilene Prusher, left, is interviewed by School of Communication faculty members Tsitsi Wakhisi and Joseph Treaster during the Q&A portion of her talk. Prusher, who has worked for Time, The Christian Science Monitor, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and other notable publications, once worked with a group of UM students who participated in the University of Miami-Jerusalem Press Club reporting seminar in Israel in the summer of 2013.

Ilene Prusher, left, is interviewed by School of Communication faculty members Tsitsi Wakhisi and Joseph Treaster during the Q&A portion of her talk. Prusher, who has worked for Time, The Christian Science Monitor, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and other notable publications, once worked with a group of UM students who participated in the University of Miami-Jerusalem Press Club reporting seminar in Israel in the summer of 2013.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 5, 2014) – Ilene Prusher got the disturbing news in an email from a close friend: Daniel Pearl, The Wall Street Journal correspondent taken hostage in Pakistan in early 2002 while investigating an alleged link between shoe bomber Richard Reid and al-Qaeda, had been decapitated by his abductors.

The news shook Prusher to her core. As a staff writer for the Christian Science Monitor, she had crossed paths with Pearl on a few occasions, staying at the same guesthouse in Islamabad while covering the war in Afghanistan. Read the full story

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Alumnus’ Gift to Launch Speaker Series on the First Amendment


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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 11, 2014)—James Hoffman, A.B. ’80, has made a $50,000 pledge that will create the James Hoffman Family Endowed Speaker Series in the School of Communication at the University of Miami. The gift will be used to fund an annual lecture on the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“Our founders knew how tyranny operated, and this knowledge offered them the insight to craft the First Amendment to the Constitution,” said Hoffman, a businessman in the Denver area. “This led to a set of rights that became the fabric of the new society. It is essential that students are forever mindful of these rights that guarantee our democracy.”

Hoffman, a longtime UM volunteer and past president of the UM Alumni Association’s Denver Alumni Club, and his wife, Joy, are pleased to present this gift to the School of Communication “with the hope of continuing free expression in all its forms.”

Professor Sam Terilli, chair of the Department of Journalism and Media Management, expressed his gratitude to Hoffman and his family for this commitment.

“The First Amendment and journalism are inextricably linked not just through the free press clause, but through all of the freedoms encompassed by the amendment,” Terilli said. “These freedoms are the subject of daily news coverage and public debate. This series will allow us to offer students, faculty, and the public a wonderful opportunity each year to look beneath the surface and understand the deeper issues.”

 

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