WCA Relaunch Party

We were excited to host the WCA Relaunch Party on Sunday, September 23rd! For those of you who weren’t able to make it, take a look at a quick review of the event, some pictures, and get more information about the purpose of the Relaunch in this blog post.

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"Kusama: Infinity" - A Discussion With USC Alum, Director Heather Lenz

“Kusama: Infinity” tells the story of Yayoi Kusama, the top selling female artist in the world.  For years, her talent went underappreciated as she was overshadowed by male artists of the time. Kusama persevered through trauma, mental illness, sexism, and racism in the art establishment to become the groundbreaking contemporary artist she is today.  

Heather Lenz (USC, MFA in Cinematic Arts ‘04) wrote and directed the documentary, which opened to glowing reviews in September 2018.  Heather also produced the documentary along with Karen Johnson (USC, MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program ‘95) and for over ten years they worked together to tell Kusama’s remarkable story and ensure that the film made its way to the big screen.  

On September 9th, members of WCA went to a special screening of the film followed by a Q&A with Heather Lenz.  Read on to learn more about Heather’s challenges and triumphs as she fought to get her film about this dynamic artist on screen.

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2018 WCA Wine Glasses

We are so excited to finally unveil these first-run WCA wine glasses, featuring our brand new logo. Please consider buying one (or several!) to support WCA. We use the proceeds from merchandise to pay for expenses like monthly website hosting, and we hope to raise enough to support bigger and better events.

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A Day In The Life Of TV Writer/Producer Lindsey Shockley

Lindsey Shockley, who received an MFA in Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2007, currently serves as a writer and Supervising Producer on ABC’s comedy Black-ish. Writing on Black-ish is part of her duties under her overall deal with ABC Studios, a two-year pact to staff on series as well as develop new projects for the studio. The deal stems from Shockley’s stint on ABC Studios’ comedy series Hello Ladies (HBO), Trophy Wife (ABC), and Benched (USA).  She recently sold a genre-bending comedy pilot, entitled The End, to Showtime. Previously, she’s written for FOX’s Ben and Kate and NBC’s Perfect Couples.

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Q&A with Ashley York

Ashley York, who received an MFA from USC's Interactive Media & Games Division in 2006, co-directed and produced Tig, a Netflix Original and an Official Selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Ashley is a filmmaker interested in documentaries, feminist media, and emerging modes of storytelling. She has worked on Academy Award® nominated teams and as a producer on projects that have premiered at the Sundance, Berlin, and SXSW film festivals as well as on Oprah Winfrey’s Network, A&E, HBO, and the Sundance Channel. Ashley received her MFA from the USC's School of Cinematic Arts, where she is a part-time lecturer in the Division of Media Arts + Practice.

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