For our next installment of Alumni in Action, I'd like to introduce the Penntertainment community to Marc Stuart Weitz. In addition to having been the Producing Director for the Obie Award-winning New Ohio Theatre for many years, Marc is also the founder of the NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival. After graduating from Penn, he earned an MFA in Acting at the American Conservatory Theater. The final submission deadline for the 2021 NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival is this Friday, February 12th! Find out more about the festival here: filmfreeway.com/NYCIndieTheatreFilmFestivalMarc is also a co-creator of the culinary comedy hybrid Constance Cooks, a web series that is equal parts cooking show and narrative single camera comedy. Check it out at www.constancecooks.com. ... See MoreSee Less
In case you missed it, the 9th Annual Penn/Wharton Sundance Schmooze was a huge success! Over 80 total attendees (including a broad assortment of Penn Alumni and current students from around the world) learned from our esteemed panelists about Penn's involvement in and impact on the film industry. Professor Peter Decherney, the Director of Cinema & Media Studies at Penn, moderated a panel including Maori Karmael Holmes, Jean Lee, Abner Benaim, and Jon Avnet. The Q&A was intriguing! While we couldn’t gather in Park City to enjoy food, drinks, and camaraderie in person, we were able to interact with our panelists and each other through the virtual break-out groups after the panel discussion. Next year, we hope to be back on Main Street to capitalize once again on Penn's powerful presence in the film industry at Sundance 2022! To be added to the list for next year, please contact Jesse R. Tendler (email@example.com). If you’d like to learn more about this year’s panelists, you can check out their bios at www.alumni.upenn.edu/sundance2021. Cheers! P.S. Zoom doesn’t lend itself to event photography quite the same way that an in-person event does, so forgive us for the lack of photos this year! 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
The 2021 Sundance Film Festival is fast approaching, and while it will look a little different this year, Penn will be part of the magic again with our annual Penn/Wharton Sundance Schmooze! Sundance is happening virtually and in truncated form from January 28th through February 3rd. As such, we will be holding the 9th Annual Penn/Wharton Sundance Schmooze online via Zoom at 4PM Eastern Time on Saturday, January 30th, 2021. More info and a registration link for the event can be found here: www.alumni.upenn.edu/Sundance2021 [The Zoom link for the event will be sent out the morning of the event, i.e. Saturday, Jan. 30th.]We are very excited to announce our slate of renowned panelists: Maori Holmes (Curator/Writer/Filmmaker) Jean Lee (Writer/Director) Abner Benaim (Writer/Director) Jon Avnet (Writer/Director/Producer) Bios for all of our panelists are available on the registration website. The panel will be moderated by Penn Cinema Studies Professor Peter Decherney. The panel discussion will include audience Q&A and be followed by a facilitated Zoom breakout networking event. Please spread the word to anyone who might be interested. For info about last year's panelists, click here, and check out photos of last year's event here: powerofpenn.upenn.edu/8th-annual-penn-sundance-schmooze/. We look forward to having the event in person in Park City, Utah again in 2022! Questions? Email Penntertainment-NYC chairperson and PennNYC board member Jesse Tendler at Jesse@Penn.NYC ... Cheers! ... See MoreSee Less
Peter Decherney is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and teacher. He is Professor and Director of Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and has been an Academy of Motion Picture A...
Tune in tonight (January 12th) at 8PM EST to find out if Mid-Atlantic Champion Penn Masala will defeat New England Champion Harvard Opportunes in the NCPA College A Cappella Championship!www.broadwayondemand.com/series/YEHEx6RL9dcU-upstagedaid-one-world-every-student-voiceBroadway On Demand will showcase the announcement with Ringling Bros.’ Last Ringmaster, Johnathan Lee Iverson, hosting and Hamilton’s Jared Dixon (Aaron Burr) congratulating the finalists.Formed in 1996, Penn Masala is renowned as the world’s first and leading South Asian A Cappella group, having performed worldwide for celebrity audiences from the White House to the Bollywood Music Awards. Penn Masala entertains us in the Hollywood blockbuster Pitch Perfect 2. Their cover of “Any Way You Want It” was part of the Best Soundtrack Winner at the 2015 American Music Awards.NCPA Mid-Atlantic Champion Penn Masala dominated fellow NCPA A Cappella All-American, Midwest Region Champion, and Big 10 A Cappella powerhouse Illinois No Comment to reach the Closing Quartet after stunning last minute come-from-behind victories over NBC’s The Sing-Off competitors Howard Afro Blue and Ivy League rival Princeton Footnotes. Penn Masala is competing for Black Men Heal, which is a social justice charity that provides mental health treatment to men of color.See more from Penn Masala here: www.PennMasala.com... See MoreSee Less
Penn Masala has done it again! Legendary Penn Masala defeated NCPA Midwest Champion Illinois No Comment to advance to the A Cappella Championship “Closing Quartet”!Now it’s up to the judges to see who will emerge as the ultimate champion. Announced this past week on NPR’s Peabody Award-winning Morning Edition, the four “Closing Quartet” finalists are Penn Masala, Harvard Opportunes, BYU Vocal Point, and Vanderbilt Melodores.The champion will be announced the week of January 4th.See more from Penn Masala here: www.PennMasala.comBelow is more info about the competition (the brainchild of a Penn alum!):In a brave new virtual world, the NCPA selected 64 of the nation’s most decorated college A Cappella groups to compete in its unprecedented “UpStagedAID: One World, Every Student Voice” virtual national A Cappella Championship for $10,000+ in cash prizes for teams and their social justice charity of choice.NCPA A Cappella All-American and NCPA Mid-Atlantic Region (#2 seed) Champion Penn Masala reached the Closing Quartet by dominating NCPA Midwest Region (#2 seed) Champion and Big 10 A Cappella powerhouse Illinois No Comment after two stunning come-from-behind victories over NBC’s The Sing-Off competitors, acclaimed Howard Afro Blue and longtime Ivy League rival Princeton Footnotes. Penn Masala competes for Black Men Heal, which provides mental health treatment to men of color.In the Closing Quartet, Penn Masala faces NCPA New England Champion Harvard Opportunes (NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund) who held off NCPA Northeast & South Asian National Champion Rutgers RAAG after defeating decorated Ivy nemesis Doox of Yale and top-ranked Berklee Pitch Slapped.Teams are competing for the NCPA College A Cappella Championship, NCPA A Cappella All-American status, and $10,000+ for teams and their Social Justice Charities. Nearly 150K votes were cast in head to head matches to reach the Quartet. Now judges will determine the 2020 NCPA Champion. ... See MoreSee Less
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