|Oscar-nominated Kevin Tent has been a film editor in Hollywood for nearly 25 years, best known for his long time collaboration with Director Alexander Payne. Last year, CRASH PAD became Kevin’s directorial debut. Kevin has been a guest at the NCC Salon many times, but returns on February 12th to share not only DOWNSIZING but stories of his new career as a director.
Kevin recently made his directorial debut with an Original Black List selected screenplay CRASH PAD written by Jeremy Catalino. In this film, starring Christina Applegate and Thomas Haden Church, the heartbroken ex-lover and neglectful husband of a beautiful woman move in together in order to enact revenge. See the trailer here.
As editor, Kevin has teamed with Director Alexander Payne for over twenty years, editing every one of Payne’s films from CITIZEN RUTH and ELECTION to SIDEWAYS and DOWNSIZING. Most of these collaborations earned him A.C.E. Eddie nominations, with a win and Academy Award nomination for DESCENDANTS.
Kevin’s first break after LA City College film school was recutting a movie for legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman. Some of Kevin’s other credits include BLOW, Ted Demme’s drug epic staring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz, James Mangold’s GIRL INTERRUPTED staring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, DISCONNECT and PARCHED. He has also worked on numerous projects with director Barry Sonnenfeld and on projects with directors Garry Marshall, Nancy Meyers and Martin Scorsese.
Don’t miss this chance to meet this terrific Hollywood professional, longtime editor and now director. Our Salon on Monday, February 12th will be a great one!
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|HAPPY NEW YEAR from all your Coast Connection friends!
Monday, January 8th will be the first Salon of 2018. 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 three 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, we can screen from DVDs, thumbdrives or internet streams.
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.
See you Monday, January 8th, 2018! Salons are a great way to network, catch up with old friends and new ones, and have a taste of home in Hollywood.
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|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.
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.
THIS MONTH ONLY at Paramount Studios:
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.
|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.
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.
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.
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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|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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Salons are always on the Second Monday of every month.
|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 Bender, who 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!
Salons are always on the Second Monday of every month.
|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.
|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.
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).
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!
|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!
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.
|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.
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