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The Alumni Script Reading Series gives AFI alumni the opportunity to submit a screenplay to be read with professional actors and receive constructive feedback from others in the artistic community. Please join us for the next selection of the series:

Written by Sylvia Sether (AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Class of 2009)

A troubled young woman returns to Norway to say goodbye to her dying father, and in the process, finds deliverance through love and letting go.

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time: 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Location: Ahmanson Room, Louis B. Mayer Library | AFI Campus
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Sylvia's love of music and photography led her to directing and editing music videos, which gave her the opportunity to explore different visual techniques. Ultimately, this helped her develop a distinct narrative style and visual aesthetic, which has become an obvious through-line in her work today.

In 2009, Sylvia was one of eight women to be selected for the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop For Women. Her latest short film KING OF NORWAY (KON) premiered at Palm Springs ShortFest in June 2013 and took home the award for "Best Narrative Short Film" at Napa Valley Film Festival.

KON went on to have a successful festival run, and KON's DP, VanNessa Manlunas, was one of eight honored by the International Cinematographers Guild with an Emerging Cinematography Award for her work on the film. KON is a proof of concept for her feature script NORWAY.

Recently, Sylvia was one of four fellows selected for the 2014 Sony Television Diverse Directors Program. She is currently producing a documentary called WE GOTTA GET OUT OF HERE about five youth struggling to thrive within the imploding California Foster Care system.


Ashley Barron (AFI Class of 2011) is the cinematographer of the short film WE'RE HAVING SEX, which screened at NewFilmmakers LA last month.

Stuart Cornfeld (AFI Class of 1975) will executive produce the second season of IFC's THE BIRTHDAY BOYS.

ROOMBACALYPSE: A VACUUM CLEANER TIMELAPSE ODYSSEY, a psychedelic short produced by Michael Darrow (AFI Class of 2006) and directed and edited by Gavin Heffernan (AFI Class of 2006), went viral last month after being featured on the front page of CBS News. It was also featured in Astronomy Magazine, The Daily Mail, Kotaku Japan, Scientific American and VICE's The Creators Project.

Arthur Dong (AFI Class of 1984) curated the "Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970" exhibition, which showcased memorabilia chronicling the magic and glamour of San Francisco's internationally celebrated Chinese American nightclub scene and its performers. Dong's exhibition and book were covered by The New York Times.

Autumn Durald (AFI Class of 2009) was interviewed by Indiewire on her role in Gia Coppola's PALO ALTO and being a female cinematographer.

Lou Howe (AFI Class of 2010) was interviewed by Indiewire and The New York Times on his first feature film, GABRIEL, which premiered at Tribeca.

Azazel Jacobs (AFI Class of 2001) is the director, associate producer and screenwriter of HBO's new show DOLL & EM. Tobias Datum (AFI Class of 2002) is the cinematographer, Nick Sinnott (AFI Class of 2009) is the tracking artist, Daniel Lynn (AFI Class of 2011) is the gaffer and second unit director of photography, Donald McKinnon (AFI Class of 2011) is the key grip and Grant Nellessen (AFI Class of 2000) is the main title designer.

Patty Jenkins (AFI Class of 2000) is one of the three inaugural Artists-in-Residence for 2014's Directing Workshop for Women.

Maggie Kiley (AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Class of 2009) wrapped on her second feature film, DIAL-A-PRAYER.

Scott Jacobs (AFI Class of 2007) recently edited an episode of CBS' PERSON OF INTEREST.

Jeremy Lerman's (AFI Class of 2013) short script THE TWELVE PLAGUES was one of the four finalists (out of 1,602 entries) in the BlueCat Screenplay Competition.

Jonathan Levine (AFI Class of 2004) is the director and screenwriter of USA Network's new medical drama series, RUSH. Tom Ellis stars.

Pin-Chun Liu (AFI Class of 2013) was interviewed by and featured in Taipei Times for her work on CONTRAPELO, which screened at Tribeca.

Ross Marks (AFI Class of 1990) is a professor at New Mexico State University, where he teaches film at the Creative Media Institute.

Valerie Weiss (AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Class of 2005) wrapped on her second feature film, A LIGHT BENEATH OUR FEET.