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Events for FALL 2014

November 20
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered For Christmas"
Premiere Screening in Elkins at 6pm followed by Q&A

Be among the first to see this laugh-while-you cry movie hailed by 
Entertainment Weekly as "An Instant Classic" and hear firsthand what inspired 
her to write this timely story. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered For Christmas" 
will be broadcast on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Nov. 23rd at 9/8 p.m.

Meet Martha Williamson, the executive producer of "Touched By An Angel", 
for an advance VIP screening of her highly anticipated Hallmark Original Movie. Martha Williamson

 

 Martha Williamson made television history when her groundbreaking CBS series, "Touched By An Angel" set a new standard for inspirational family programming growing to a weekly audience of 25 million during its initial nine-year run. As Executive Producer, she was the visionary who guided the series into previously uncharted territory with her unique brand of inspirational storytelling that produced more than strong ratings, it changed lives. She went on to seal her place in history when she became the first woman to solely executive-produce two one-hour dramas simultaneously with "Promised Land" which aired for three years on CBS. She began her career in comedy with the producing teams for Carol Burnett and Joan Rivers and went on to write and produce situation comedies such as "The Facts of Life," "Family Man" and "Jack's Place" for all the networks. Her work has been inducted into the Television and Radio Hall of Fame and honored with numerous awards, including the Edward R. Murrow Responsibility in Television Award, the Templeton Prize Epiphany Award and nine Emmy® nominations.


Pepperdine University's Payson Library is now the proud steward of The Martha Williamson Collection. In 2013, Williamson donated her "Touched By An Angel" scripts, notes, tapes, and memorabilia to the library's growing archive of quality entertainment and media.

Presented by the Pepperdine University 
Center for Entertainment, Media & Culture

 

October 22-24
Climate Calling: Student Responses to Climate Change
Please join us for this three-day conference dedicated to exploring climate change, its consequences, and our moral calling to respond.

Conference includes discussion with Stephen D. Davis, Ph.D., a leader in the study of plant response to climate. Watch how students are learning about plant ecology in the post-fire landscape of Sycamore Canyon in Malibu.

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October 25 & November 8
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
7pm in Elkins Auditorium

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Events for SPRING 2014

FEB 28th

Education DisruptedEDUCATION: DISRUPTED
Enhancing Creativity and Learning Through Music, Media, and Technology

"Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status." – Ken Robinson

 

MAR 28th

Cuban Dream

THE CUBAN DREAM Premier Screening with Luke Salas

Watch the trailer at http://www.thecubandreammovie.com/

The Cuban Dream is a feature-­length documentary that takes viewers to the country of Cuba, following the journey of Cuban-­American baseball player Luke Salas. Luke sets out to use baseball as a way to connect the people of Cuba with the people of the United States by playing in La Serie Nacional - Cuba's version of Major League Baseball. Since Fidel Castro seized power, no foreigner, let alone American, has played in Cuba's system of baseball since 1961. Through the lens of baseball, the film captures the reality and truth of Cuba, exposing the struggle of the Cuban people -­ specifically, the difficulty that Cubans are faced with everyday known as "La Lucha". The Cuban Dream is a testament to the power of the human spirit, while recognizing the reality of Cuba's vast political and social issues; and the stifling effect they have on the development of Cuba's future generations.

 

 

Events for FALL 2013

 

SEPT 10  BROTHER'S KEEPER
Sometimes the greatest revenge is forgiveness.
An exclusive preview of an upcoming theatrical release that both enlightens and entertains. Featuring special guests, producer Josh Mills and cast members.
SEPT 17 MARY PICKFORD Foundation

Documentarian and film historian, Elaina Archer, breaks down the production process from idea to premiere including an introduction to a new film documenting Pepperdine music students creating original scores for classic films starring Mary Pickford.

SEPT 24 FOUR WINDS

Malibu locals, Nick Brokaw and Jerry Wolf, combined forces to create this acclaimed story of a Native American serving in the American Civil War who heads west after being discharged from an Army hospital. This haunting short film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and co-stars Malibu's own A. Martinez.

SEPT 25 STILL LAUGH -IN: A Toast to George Schlatter
Stars like Larry King, Lily Tomlin, Goldie Hawn, and Tim Conway, come together to honor George Schlatter, Pepperdine alum and creator of the seminal TV show, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. George also directed the first Grammy Awards telecast, pioneered reality TV with the series, Real People, and created the American Comedy Awards. This gala will benefit the new George Schlatter Comedy Collection at Pepperdine.
This is the kickoff of the Hollywood Visionaries series, honoring Jewish leaders who founded the entertainment industry. It is sponsored by Johnny Brenden and the Brenden Mann Foundation to honor his grandfather, theater impresario, Ted Mann.
OCT 1 LEGACIES: AMERICAN DREAMS & THE BIG SCREEN

The Hollywood Visionaries series welcomes three sets of visionary fathers and sons: Bruce and David Corwin; Hawk and Robert Koch, and Walter and Larry Mirisch including clips from their films West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, The Way We Were, and Wayne's World. Sponsored by the Brenden Mann Foundation.

OCT 8 LEBANESE NDU STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL

Enjoy the finest films from student filmmakers at Notre Dame University – Louaize in Lebanon

OCT 15 JEWISH HUMOR IN THE TV WRITERS' ROOM:
MY FAVORITE YEAR

This madcap peek behind the scenes of classic comedy show earned Peter O'Toole an Oscar nomination and sparked a Broadway musical. Our special guest will be the screenwriter Norman Steinberg (who also wrote Blazing Saddles!). Sponsored by the Brenden Mann Foundation as part of the Hollywood Visionaries series, honoring Jewish leaders who founded the entertainment industry.

OCT 20 ETHEL

Emmy winning documentarian Rory Kennedy explores her mother's enduring influence in this warm tribute that premiered at Sundance and on HBO. This screening will benefit the Malibu Community Labor Exchange

OCT 22 THE QUARREL
A brilliant exploration of faith and doubt between a rabbi and a writer during Rosh Hashanah. Producer David David Brandes will be hosted by Pepperdine professor Monica Osborne. Presented with the Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies.

OCT 29

FROM DRACULAS TO DYBBUKS:
The Laemmle Families and Universal's Horror Films

A pre-Halloween party feature classic scenes from Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy up through 2012's hit, The Possession, written by Pepperdine grad, Stiles White. Sponsored by the Brenden Mann Foundation as part of the Hollywood Visionaries series, honoring Jewish leaders who founded the entertainment industry.

NOV 3 [un]COMMON SOUNDS

Pepperdine professor Craig Detweiler directs this documentary exploring songs of peace and reconciliation among Muslims and Christians. Musicians and scholars based in Egypt, Libya, Turkey, Malaysia, and the United States gather in Beirut, Lebanon and Yogyakarta, Indonesia to make music and foster sustainable peace. A WORLD PREMIERE prior to this month's broadcast on ABC.

NOV 5 UNSUNG HEROES:
American's Female Patriots

Ron Howard executive produced this heretofore hidden story of women serving in our armed forces. Prepare for Veteran's Day with these inspiring first hand accounts of women in combat from the Revolutionary War through today. Our special guest will be director Frank Martin.

NOV 12

 

 

Tom Shadyac will present films and discussion

NOV15&16

WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD:
100 Years of Negotiating the System

Delve into the special issues and challenges facing women individually and collectively in the entertainment industry. Featuring film historian Cari Beauchamp; producer Lucy Fisher (Divergent), director Lesli Linka Glater (The Newsroom), director Victoria Hochberg (Ghost Whisperer); producer Nina Jacobson (The Hunger Games); entertainment attorney Linda Lichter of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman; former WGA president Victoria Riskin; screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg (The Twilight Saga), writer Nell Scovell (Lean In); and Tom Sherak, former president of the Academy.

Sponsored in part by the Brenden Mann Foundation as part of the Hollywood Visionaries series, honoring Jewish leaders in the entertainment industry.

NOV 19 WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL

Where activism gets inspired. Considered one of the nation's premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year's films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.

DEC 3

MANDELA: Long Walk to FreedomA chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa