Member News: 2/13/14

We had so many wonderful submissions from our members! We’re so happy to see everyone accomplishing great feats! Make sure to read to the bottom of the email for all of the updates!!

Check out NU alum Stephan Smith Collins (SESP ’91) in the world premiere of The Different Shades of Hugh at The Road Theatre Company in North Hollywood.

Show description: THE DIFFERENT SHADES OF HUGH explores the very personal world of an artist’s creative process. Each artist is unique, but is there ever a time when that process should be altered? And does anyone have the right to try and impose that change morally, ethically, or personally?

More information and tickets at:

Check Out Cat Alter (C’12)’s Superbowl commercial:

Congratulations to Maxine Hupy (C11), who along with her partner, video game YouTube sensation EgoRaptor, won DANCE SHOWDOWN! Check out the finale episode here:

From Greg Porper (RTVF ’12):

I’m happy to announce that my short film, Dollop, was named as an official selection to the 2014 Phoenix Film Festival, which takes place April 3-10. The film will be screened multiple times during the festival (specific times of the screening are still tbd). For anyone in/near the Phoenix area that week, the festival will be held at the Harkins Scottsdale/101 Theater, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd, Pheonix, AZ.

Check out the trailer to the film:


  • Writer/Director/Editor: Greg Porper (RTVF ’12)
  • Producers: Dianne Lee (RTVF ’12) and Stephanie Hill (RTVF ’13)

Join NU alum Sam Bennett in celebrating the release of her new book, GET IT DONE, on Saturday, February 22nd at 3PM! Sam will be giving a reading and a mini-workshop, so there will be a ton to enjoy. You can ask Sam questions and chat with others on the livestream as well!

For more information, click here!

From Andy Wolf (C’94):

I am in a Reality Competition called “DreamMakers” to be the Director of a Feature Film, and need your help (and your friends!) Please log on and Vote for me in the “Director” category, by clicking “Like” under my videos (I have 5 of them). I just made it into the “Top 30″ contestants. Now it’s up to my “Network” to vote for me — the top 5 will be on the TV Show, and compete for the #1 slot and Direct the film. Please go to and vote for me, Andy Wolf.

Thanks!! And share with your friends!! You can vote once a day…

Check out NU alum Tenere Willilams in the pilot of TROUBLESHOOTING, a new webseries! If you like what you see and are down to help the cause, check out the Kickstarter link and like TROUBLESHOOTING’s Facebook page!




Congrats to NU alum Eoghan O’Donnell (MFA ’08), whose apocalyptic drama pilot THE MESSENGERS was picked up by The CW!

THE MESSENGERS starts with a mysterious object crashing down to earth. A group of seemingly unconnected strangers die from the energy pulse, but then awaken to learn that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending Apocalypse. Read more at Deadline.

Congratulations to NU alum Maeyen Bassey (C’98), whose documentary 419 (formerly MY NIGERIA) was spotlighted as one of the African films to watch in 2014! Read the article in Africa Screen, and like the documentary’s Facebook page!

NU alum Tucker May (C’12) was just chosen as the new Johnsonville Big Taste Grill Master and is touring the country on the Big Taste Grill Tour! Learn more and read blog entries by Tucker at the Big Taste Grill blog.

RUN AND JUMP, a new feature film directed by NU alum and Oscar-nominated director Steph Green (C’01) and starring Will Forte, is currently screening at the West Hollywood Sundance Cinema location. A ton of Wildcats worked on this feature, so it’s a great film to go out and support!

Learn more about the film at its IFC Films page, and buy your tickets here:

Lotti Pharriss Knowles (C92) is writer and producer of the feminist horror-comedy CHASTITY BITES, available now on DVD! Film Threat hails CHASTITY BITES as: “A delightfully cheesy horror comedy… It takes a John Hughes high school world and puts a blackened spin on it.”

There will be a DVD signing event with cast and crew this Sunday, February 16th, 2pm at Dark Delicacies, Magnolia & Hollywood Way in Burbank. For more info: To buy via Amazon:

Brian Patacca (C 98) had a wonderful time speaking at Northwestern University School of Communication in January. He taught a life and career coaching course to actors on how to balance a successful life and acting career once they graduate. Additionally, Actor Salon Los Angeles expanded into a new space in Miracle Mile this past month.

Come visit us. NU alumni are welcome to audit Actor Salon for free. For details visit or email .

From Sarah Zucker (C’08):

My design group, The Current Sea, is proud to present PRISM PIPE (, the new visual music // live film score event at pehrspace on the third Monday of every month. The event will take on a different form and feature new performers each time, while featuring the interplay between live music and projected visuals at its core.

This month’s Prism Pipe on February 17th features film composer Craig Wedren, fresh from the Sundance success of “They Came Together,” along with ambient musician Brian Griffith and video artist Zara Ruckus.