Category Archives: Hollywood Salon

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.

NCC’s DOWNSIZING Screening with Alexander Payne Q&A and our 25th Anniversary Holiday Reception at Paramount Studios

The NCC is turning 25. To celebrate, for the December Salon Paramount Pictures invites you to a screening of DOWNSIZING with Director Alexander Payne.

We’ve been hosting many of the team behind Downsizing at recent Salons, and we’ll have more coming in 2018, but at the December 11th Salon — along with a special screening of the film — we will welcome back our old friend and Nebraska favorite son, Director Alexander Payne.

This is the biggest film of his career to date, and the first to use a multitude of visual effects. Come see what they raved about at festivals from Venice to Toronto — and what the country will get to see at Christmastime and right through Oscar season.


Written by Alexander Payne and his longtime
writing partner Jim Taylor, the film stars Matt Damon,
Christoph WaltzHong Chau, and Kristen Wiig.
<watch the trailer here

 

Downsizing imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small.  People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world, and with the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life changing adventures.


Come see the film, join the Q&A with Alexander, and toast your Coast Connection friends at holiday time. We can’t wait to see you on Monday night December 11th at Paramount Studios!

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

THIS MONTH ONLY at Paramount Studios:


Paramount Theater

Paramount Studios
5555 Melrose Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90038
(enter Melrose Gate)

 

This invitation is non-transferable — ID required to enter studio

This event is free, but RSVPS REQUIRED by Mon 12/11 at noon. Seating is limited, so please let us know if your plans change. For Paramount Security, all guests must provide full name.

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Monday’s Nov 13th NCC Salon welcomes back Paramount VP Jim White

Jim White grew up in Carter Lake, Iowa, just across the way from Omaha. After studying at Bellevue University and University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, he has built a career focused on human resources and organizational development for the entertainment industry. His career path took him to live & work in 22 countries, and companies like Blockbuster, Universal Music Group, Video game company Activision Blizzard, and music tech company Napster.
 
For over ten years, he has been Vice President of Human Resources at Paramount Pictures. There have been lots of changes at Paramount recently, and Jim will give us an update on all the latest happenings, including the eagerly-awaited Alexander Payne film, DOWNSIZING, coming from Paramount in December.
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Jim has a long-time commitment to community involvement and philanthropic development. He’s on the board of
Beyond Shelter, a non-profit that combats poverty and homelessness.
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He’ll also be filling us in on his work for United Way’s HOMEWALK, a fundraising walk to support efforts to end homelessness, coming up in downtown LA on Saturday, November 18th.
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Jim is the author of the book, The World Is a Safe Place, another part of his making a difference in the world.
  
Hope to see you at the November Hollywood Salon Monday night, November 13th at the Culver Hotel!
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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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Oct 9th Salon: Filmmaker ANNA MUSSO screening her new short film

Alexander Payne’s new film DOWNSIZING just premiered at the prestigious Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals to great reviews. Over the coming months, the Hollywood Salon will be hosting members of the team who made the film.

ANNA MUSSO
is the longtime assistant to our old director friend Alexander Payne, working with him on many of his projects including THE DESCENDANTS and NEBRASKA. She was also very involved from start to finish on Payne’s new film, DOWNSIZING. She was even able to attend the film’s recent premieres at Venice and Telluride.
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In addition to sharing stories about this new film, she will also be sharing her own film with us. At her last Salon appearance a couple years ago, Anna told us about a new short film she wrote and directed called RUN FAST. The film has been screened to great acclaim in festivals around the world, and now she will be bringing it for us to see at the October Salon.
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RUN FAST stars Robert Forster and Yetide Badaki. Coached by an aging former runner, a Kenyan competes in the Los Angeles Marathon, where losing will cost her more than just the race.


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A native of Chicago, Anna earned a BFA in Film Directing from New York’s School of Visual Arts. In New York she was a member of The National Board of Review and a videographer for The Actors Studio. L TRAIN, her first solo directorial work premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was the recipient of the Women In Film Award. L TRAIN went on to screen in festivals around the world and was awarded The Chicago International Film Festival’s Chicago Award and The Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Oscar qualifying Bruce Corwin Award.
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Come Monday night, October 9th, to learn another piece of the DOWNSIZING story, and to see a new short film by a talented woman filmmaker. Hope to see you there!
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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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Sept 11th NCC Salon with DOWNSIZING Post Supervisor Heidi Vogel

Alexander Payne’s new film DOWNSIZING just premiered at the prestigious Venice and Telluride Film Festivals to great reviews. Over the coming months, the Hollywood Salon will be hosting members of the team who made the film.

Our September Salon guest on Monday night will be DOWNSIZING’s Post Production Supervisor, who–like Director Alexander Payne–just happens to be from Omaha!

Heidi Vogel has worked as Post Production Supervisor on feature films for more than twenty years. Her credits include PULP FICTION, JACKIE BROWN, GOOD WILL HUNTING, KILL BILL: Vol 1 & 2, PETE’S DRAGON and THE INTERN. 

Most recently Heidi worked on the much anticipated DOWNSIZING with Matt Damon and Kirstin Wiig for Alexander Payne, whom she has known since seventh grade in Omaha at Lewis & Clark Jr. High.

After graduating Boston University, Heidi began her career in post production as John Sayles’s assistant and Post Production Coordinator on MATEWAN, EIGHT MEN OUT and CITY OF HOPE.

Later moving to Los Angeles, Heidi did a brief stint at the Sundance Institute, where she met producer Lawrence Benderwho invited her to work on several A Band Apart Productions, including FRESH, FOUR ROOMS and PULP FICTION.

Come meet another Omaha to Hollywood success story, who is working at the highest levels of filmmaking with some of the best in the business.

It’s going to be another great night at the Hollywood Salon TOMORROW Monday, August, 11th. Hope to see you there!

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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August 14th NCC Salon with Disney’s RYAN QUINCY

South Park and Disney couldn’t be more different, but one talented animator has made his mark at both. Taking his childhood love of drawing to the top of the industry, our August 14th guest will be making a return to the Salon to tell us all about working for both the South Park gang and for Mickey Mouse.

Emmy Award-winning director and producer Ryan Quincy is creator and executive producer of Disney XD’s animated comedy adventure series FUTURE-WORM!

Ryan is best known for his work on the long-running animated series SOUTH PARK, for which he won two Emmy Awards in 2008 and 2009 and was nominated in 2010 and 2011, all for Outstanding Animated Program. He also created IFC’s animated series OUT THERE, for which he also voiced the lead role of Chad. OUT THERE was based on Ryan’s small-town Nebraska roots, and had many autobiographical elements.

Ryans’s career as an animator began on the full-length feature film SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT, and spent twelve years working on the series in various roles including lead animator, animation director, and animation producer.

A native of Holdrege, Nebraska, Ryan – in a weird Hollywood coincidence — actually grew up in the same childhood room as our NCC founder Todd Nelson (his family bought Todd’s family’s home!).

Ryan received his B.A. in English and a graphic design minor at the University of Nebraska Kearney.

 

Whether you have an interest in animation, producing hit shows or doing voiceover, you won’t want to miss Ryan at the Salon on Monday, August, 14th.  

 

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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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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