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Hollywood Salon: Always the Second Monday of the month at the historic Culver Hotel, Culver City, Los Angeles. The Hollywood Salon is an educational program of events featuring guest lecturers working in film, television, entertainment and the arts, sponsored by the Nebraska Coast Connection.

July 10th: BETTER CALL SAUL Writer Heather Marion

A Nebraska writer is on the staff of one of the hottest shows on TV. Her rapid climb up the ladder from assistant to the writer’s room should be a series itself. She’s our special guest at the Salon on July 10th!

Heather Marion is originally from Superior, Nebraska, where she lived and worked in her family’s funeral home.  She attended Concordia University-Nebraska, majoring in Biochemistry, with the intent to dominate the mortuary empire. During a New York City exchange program, Heather became involved in theatre, both writing and acting.  She completed improvisational, stand-up, and sketch comedy training before ditching her embalming tools and moving to Los Angeles to pursue screenwriting.

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After working as a development intern for Laura Ziskin, Heather became Executive Assistant to Jill Soloway, showrunner of Diablo Cody’s UNITED STATES OF TARA (Showtime) and co-showrunner of HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA (HBO).  Heather then worked as Executive and Writer’s Assistant to Jeff Garlin during his work as Executive Producer/Co-star of Larry David’s CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO) and star of THE GOLDBERGS (ABC).  Heather became Garlin’s producing partner in 2012, earning the title of Associate Producer of his second feature film, DEALIN’ WITH IDIOTS (IFC/Killer Films).

Meanwhile, Heather wrote and performed in weekly sketch shows at Straitjacket Society and Upright Citizens Brigade, and attended graduate school full time, receiving her MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA in June 2013.  She worked as the Writers’ Assistant on season 1 of the Vince Gilligan/Peter Gould Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul (AMC), while continuing to write and produce with Garlin.  She took on a dual Writers’ Assistant/Script Coordinator role for Season 2 while co-writing the finale with Gilligan before promotion to her current position as Staff Writer on the series’ third season.

With one of her original pilot scripts, Bury Me, Heather was included as a writer in Sundance’s inaugural Episodic Story Lab.  She is represented by William Morris Endeavor & Management 360.

Come meet a Nebraskan who is creating one of the best shows in the Golden Age of Television. And her stellar advice for getting started in Hollywood will inspire YOU in your career. It’s going to be a terrific Salon on Monday, July 10th!

Also attending the July Salon will be Laurie Richards, Nebraska Film Commissioner. It’s been awhile since her last Salon visit, so we’ll look forward to her update on what’s happening in film back home. Laurie will be the recipient of the Mary Riepma Ross Award at UNL’s Ross Film Theatre in August–a big honor–Congrats, Laurie!

Nebraska Coast Connection
presents The Hollywood Salon…
Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

Salons are always on the Second Monday of every month.  7:30 to 10:30.
The Culver Hotel, Culver City, California.

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June Salon with UNL Dean of Journalism (and a chance to tell YOUR story in Nebraska publications!)

In addition to our esteemed Journalism guest this month, we will also be visited by the UNL Marketing Director, who wants to interview YOU for his article on the NCC. Yes, you could be featured in this fall’s magazines and websites! Please come and share your stories of your coast-connecting. All you have to do is show up at the Salon on Monday. See below for details…

Every so often the Salon welcomes visitors from the University of Nebraska to give us an update what’s happening at the schools back home. On June 12th, we will host Dean Maria Marron from the College of Journalism.

Come hear what great things are going on at UNL and in the world of Journalism.Dr. Maria Marron has headed the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at UNL since 2014. A native of Ireland, she worked as a journalist, editor and public relations professional in Ireland and the United States. She chaired the Journalism Dept at Central Michigan University as well as holding faculty positions at Ohio State, Texas State and Zayed University in Dubai before coming to Nebraska.

She edited Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, one of the premier journals in journalism and was president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Since her appointment in the CoJMC, the college has made big progress including plans for a new major in sports media and communication; created a new digital and social media hub, an innovation/makers’ hub and a new student lounge; remodeled classrooms and revised curriculum.

The college also has won prestigious national awards such as the Grand Prize in the RF Kennedy Awards for Reporting on Social Justice, the Hearst Intercollegiate Journalism Awards, and the Society of Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards, among many others.

This will be Dean Marron’s first visit to a Salon – she wants to get to know us at the Hollywood Coast and help her students find their way into careers here. Let’s give her a great NCC welcome and show her what we are all about!


Also attending the June Salon will be Andrew Swenson, Director of Marketing & Communications at UNL. He’s doing a big article on the NCC for their fall publications, and he wants to interview YOU! Wouldn’t you (and your folks back home) like to see your quote and photo in print and online? All you have to do is show up at the Salon. Here’s Andrew’s pitch:

One of the most important considerations high school students have in evaluating colleges is how well they will be prepared for a great career. Students want to know how alumni have gone on to make it in their chosen fields. As you know, there’s so much more to learn about how the real world operates after you graduate, even if you’ve honed your creative and technical skills. The Nebraska Coast Connection shows our values of community, humility and hard work don’t end at the state line. You are helping Nebraskans make their dreams real. We want to share that story—your story—to inspire students and show them that living their passion is possible. The Nebraska Coast Connection story will be distributed to all prospective students (more than 100,000) and featured in a magazine and online.

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May 8th Salon with Writer/Producer Amanda Green

Our previously announced May guest Heather Marion from BETTER CALL SAUL has had to reschedule to July 10th. The next three Salons in MAY, JUNE and JULY are booked with some terrific special guests…see below and mark your calendars to attend all three!

Our Special Guest:  TELEVISION PRODUCER/WRITER AMANDA GREEN (Law & Order, Lethal Weapon, Mysteries of Laura)

Our guest for the May Salon is a major TV writer/producer with over 350 hours of produced one-hour dramas. Come meet her at the Salon on Monday, May 8th.

Amanda began her career in law enforcement and transitioned into television writing, specializing in crime dramas that allow her to draw upon her wealth of experience in the criminal justice system. Amanda was a writer/producer for eleven seasons of NBC’s long-running crime drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Amanda also wrote and produced FOX’s Lethal Weapon, TNT’s Perception and NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura. Other television credits include Blue Bloods, Outlaw and Trial By Jury. She has also developed projects for major studios and networks including HBO, 20th Century/FOX, and TNT.

Amanda is heavily committed to mentoring the professional development of young writers in the workplace and to supporting professionals in other disciplines transition to television writing. She also teaches screenwriting at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. She just returned from heading the first-ever TV writer’s workshop in Lithuania at the request of the US State Dept’s American Film Showcase. Next year, she’ll be teaching TV writers for this program in the Middle East.


You want to learn how to break into TV writing? Want to hear the war stories from the writer’s rooms at the highest levels of network television? No matter what area of the business you are in, Amanda will have secrets for you about maximizing your creative process. Don’t miss this Salon!

 

Upcoming Salons in 2017:
Monday, May 8th with LAW & ORDER Prod/Writer Amanda Green
Monday, June 12th with UNL College of Journalism Dean Maria Marron
Monday, July 10th with BETTER CALL SAUL Writer Heather Marion

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April 10th Salon with Director/Writer Christine Conradt!

Our April guest has written more movies than almost all our other guests combined! Now she’s branching out into directing, including her latest film which just finished shooting in Fremont, Nebraska! Come and meet her and hear all about her latest career moves into directing at the Hollywood Salon on Monday, April 10th.

Christine Conradt
has written more than 60 produced films and TV movies which have aired on Lifetime, LMN, USA, Fox, and Showtime. She has directed three feature films including her most recent Christmas-themed movie 12 DAYS OF GIVING, and produced several others. 

Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Christine got her BFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California. She went on to obtain a Masters in Criminal Justice from Boston University.In addition to writing, directing, and producing, Christine provides script consulting and development services, gives seminars and workshops across the U.S. and Canada, and has three online webinars available at the Writers Store. She has been a contributor to Now Write! Screenwriting, Now Write! Speculative Genres, Tailslate.net, and Writer’s Tricks of the Trade magazine. She also signed a three-book deal with HarperCollins earlier this year. 

Her latest film directing gig, shot on location in Nebraska, is 12 DAYS OF GIVING: When disillusioned photographer Baxter Billings (David Blue) wins $50,000 in a sweepstakes, he uses the money to help people in need, indavertently becoming his small town’s Secret Santa. One recipient of his good deeds, a 7 year old boy named Westin (Jax Connolly), figures out that it’s Baxter and threatens to reveal his identity if he doesn’t teach him how to play hockey. In doing spending time with the boy, Baxter begins to fall for Westin’s single mother Pamela (Ashley Jones).

Christine is in post now on the film, and she promises to bring us a sneak peek of the work-in-progress, and share stories about the rare opportunity to shoot in small-town Nebraska.

Come meet a prolific screenwriter and one of the biz’s new female film directors. It’s going to be a great Salon on Monday night, April 10th!

Upcoming Salons in 2017:
Monday, Apr 10th with Director/Writer Christine Conradt
Monday, May 8th with BETTER CALL SAUL Writer Heather Marion
Monday, June 12th with UNL College of Journalism Dean Maria Marron

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Monday 3/13: Disney Studios Manager Manie Ellis

How’d you like to have a career at the same major studio for over a quarter of a century? A job where you get to work on entertainment magic with feature films and tv shows, rubbing elbows with legends like Carol Burnett, Tim Allen and Jimmy Kimmel every day? And have a free pass to Disneyland? Our March Salon guest has done just that, as a longtime manager at The Walt Disney Studios. Come and meet him at the Hollywood Salon on Monday, March 13th.

MANIE ELLIS came out to Hollywood from Philadelphia in the late 1980s, and after a gig working for The Complex studio with the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Robin Williams and Jerry Seinfeld, he landed at the Disney Studios in Burbank in 1990. He has been a support to production activity on many projects such as The Carol Burnett Show, Home Improvement, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Grey’s Anatomy, Muppets and General Hospital.

Last year, Manie celebrated his 25th year with the same studio. His current role is Manager of Production Facilities and Services for Walt Disney Studios. In addition to working regularly with Disney CEO Bob Iger and corporate headquarters, he interfaces with all production groups including ABC Studios, Marvel, Time Square Studios, Prospect Studios, ABC News and Walt Disney Archives.

Manie was one of the Coast Connection’s first guests almost 25 years ago – now we’ve got him coming back to fill us in on all his adventures since. Come to the Salon on Monday, March 13th to meet Manie and hear his many stories of a long successful career.

Salons are a great way to network, catch up with old friends and new ones, and have a taste of home in Hollywood.

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon…Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

 

Salons are always on the Second Monday of every month.
7:30 to 10:30.
The Culver Hotel, Culver City, California.

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Monday’s NCC Salon with Director Dan Mirvish!

At the February Hollywood Salon, we welcome back our old friend Dan Mirvish!  It’ll be a TRIPLE TREAT:  Fresh from adventures at Slamdance (the festival he co-founded), he’ll be sharing about his latest film now underway, and he’ll be signing copies of his brand new book!

As one of the most independent of film directors working today, Dan is in post on his latest feature, BERNARD AND HUEY, written by the esteemed Pulitzer Prize and Oscar-winning Jules Feiffer (CARNAL KNOWLEDGE, POPEYE).  The film is a comedy about two old friends who reconnect after 30 years apart, and the women who complicate their lives.

Dan has some amazing stories about how he tracked down the nearly forgotten unproduced screenplay by the living legend Jules Feiffer and garnered his trust to make the film.  After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, Dan shot the film last fall in NY and LA starring Oscar-winner Jim Rash, David Koechner, Richard Kind, Lauren Miller, and Nancy Travis

Dan’s other baby of the moment is his brand-new book, The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking, a rich exploration of the process and culture of making low-budget, independent films. Once labelled a “cheerful subversive” by The New York Times, Mirvish shares his unfiltered pragmatic approach to every aspect of a career in filmmaking.  Check out the book trailer here.

The book draws on Dan’s own 25 years of experiences in the trenches of indie filmmaking, as well as lessons he’s learned personally from such luminaries as Robert Altman, Christopher Nolan, Steven Soderbergh, Alexander Payne, John Carpenter, Jon Bokenkamp, and many more. Dan will have a stockpile of books to sell and sign, so be sure to come and get yours at the Salon!

He’ll also report on the latest doings at the just-completed 2017 Slamdance Film Festival, the festival that Dan co-founded in 1995 and where he continues to play host each year.  For more on Dan and all of his latest shenanigans, go here.  Hope you can make it on Monday, February 13th for a jam-packed Salon with one of our favorite guests.  See you there!

Salons are a great way to network, catch up with old friends and new ones, and have a taste of home in Hollywood.

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon…Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

 Salons are always on the Second Monday of every month.
7:30 to 10:30.
The Culver Hotel, Culver City, California.

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Monday’s NCC Salon is our Three-Minute Festival!

Our Annual Three-Minute Festival: SALONFEST 2017!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR from all your Coast Connection friends! Monday, January 9th will be the first Salon of 2017.  And it’s the one where YOU get to show us what you got…

Yep, it’s the return of SALONFEST: THE THREE MINUTE FILM FESTIVAL, our ever-popular NCC mini-film festival! This is where we will show three minutes of anything you want to showcase. Up on the Big Screen.

There’s a ton of talented folks in the NCC, and many of you have created some amazing work in the past year. This is our chance to see what you’ve been up to.

Cue up your latest short, or your reel, or anything you helped to create, and we’ll show 3 minutes of it at the January Salon. You’ll get a minute to tell us about it, before or after. (Got something longer? Barter with others to share your time…)  For format, DVD is preferred, but we can screen from most thumbdrives or internet streams, too.

It will be an eclectic and fast-paced evening…no telling what surprises we will be seeing. Webisodes. New acting reels. Kickstarter promos. All kinds of latest masterpieces. Whatever you want to share with the group — this is your chance to show off.

Come to share or come to see what your friends have been creating. It’s a great way to get to know all the talent in this group, and to participate by showing us what you got, in a safe and friendly environment. SALONFEST is always one of the most fun Salons of the year. We’ll have the popcorn ready.

See you Monday, January 9th, 2016!

Salons are a great way to network, catch up with old friends and new ones, and have a taste of home in Hollywood.

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon…Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

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NCC Holiday Party is Dec 12th, with special guest Actress Molly Parker and music by The Martini Kings!

 

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It’s that time of year again. Before you go home for the holidays, come knock one back with your Hollywood family. Come join us in The Velvet Lounge of the Culver Hotel for delicious hors d’oeuvres and specialty beverages at our own private bar. Great raffle prizes, a visit from Santa, and all your glamorous Nebraska friends in holiday spirits.

 

Our special guest will be the lovely and talented MOLLY PARKER,
star of House of Cards and Deadwood

Swingin’ live jazz music from The Martini Kings

 

This is the most fun party we have all year… and it won’t be the same without YOU.

Celebrate the holidays with your Home Sweet Home in Hollywood…

Buy your tickets early and save some green before the prices go up. We give early bird and couples discounts to help everyone attend. Need more help?…ask about volunteering at the party in exchange for discounts on admission.  (And if Santa’s been extra good to you this year, we even have a way for you to donate a little extra to help our hard-working volunteers attend).

     Tickets on sale now…
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Before you go home for the holidays, come knock one back with your Hollywood family.

Come join us in The Velvet Lounge of the Culver Hotel for delicious hors d’oeuvres and specialty beverages at our own private bar. Live music from The Martini Kings, a visit from Santa, and a stocking-stuffer boutique.

This is THE event of the year, with all the celebrities and power brokers and famous & soon-to-be famous Hollywood Nebraskans you know and love. Our raffle will have all the best prizes and the most opportunities to go home with Hollywood and Nebraska themed swag. We give early bird and couples discounts to help everyone attend. And if you’ve had a good year and you can buy a few hard-working volunteers their tickets, we appreciate it!

This is the most fun party we have all year…and it won’t be the same without YOU.

Monday, December 12th from 7:30 to 10:30pm at Culver Hotel

Join the celebration of your Home Sweet Home in Hollywood…    

 
Need more help?…ask about volunteering at the party in exchange for discounts on admission.  

(And if Santa’s been good to you this year, we even have a way for you to donate a little extra to help our hard-working volunteers attend).
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NCC Salon Monday 11/14: Alexander Payne’s Production Designer Stefania Cella


SPECIAL GUEST:  Stefania Cella, Production Designer for Alexander Payne’s new film DOWNSIZING

Director Alexander Payne is underway with a new film, now in post, called DOWNSIZING, starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Kristen Wiig. As we always do, the NCC will be hosting Alexander and some of his key collaborators on DOWNSIZING in the months to come. His Production Designer on this film is our guest at the Salon on Monday, November 14th. 

Designing sets on sound stages and bringing locations to life in major cities and random villages on every continent is the way Stefania Cella has spent the last 20 years. Born and raised in Milan Italy, educated in theater and art history, Stefania developed a design style highly influenced by the interplay of light, shadow and color.

Stefania has designed films with Nick Cassavetes (JOHN Q), Barry Levinson, (MAN OF THE YEAR & WHAT JUST HAPPENED?), Robert Duvall (ASSASSINATION TANGO) and Paolo Sorrentino (THIS MUST BE THE PLACE & THE GREAT BEAUTY). THE GREAT BEAUTY won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film and brought her the highest award in Italy as Best Designer 2014. Before DOWNSIZING, her latest movie was BLACK MASS, with Johnny Depp, directed by Scott Cooper.

Cella is a petite woman with a larger-than life personality, and as her website says, “She punctuates her point of view through a heavy-accent under wild hair, offering sharp wit, pointed humor and passionate commitment. This is an unrelenting pursuit of exquisitely authentic and balanced, sometimes delicate, often beautiful and always functional design.”

Come Monday night and meet the newest member of the Alexander Payne filmmaking team. It’s going to be an exciting evening.

Every month your Hollywood Salon brings you terrific guests who teach, inspire and motivate you to become the best YOU that you are here to become. All we need is you. Hope to see you on Monday, November 14th.

Salons are a great way to network, catch up with old friends and new ones,
and have a taste of home in Hollywood.

 
Salons are always on the Second Monday of every month.
7:30 to 10:30pm at the Culver Hotel in Culver City, California.
Nebraska Coast Connection presents
The Hollywood Salon…
Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.
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