The SCA Alumni Screening Series and JPIF Productions invite you and a guest to a special screening of
Burning Man & The Meaning of Life Directed and Produced by USC Alumna Julie Pifher
Followed by a Q&A with Julie Pifher and Director of Photography Tate Sonnack
2:00 P.M. on Sunday, September 15th, 2013
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
About the Guests
JULIE PIFHER (Director/Producer)
Julie Pifher graduated from the School of Cinematic Art’s Production track in 2007. She started her documentary work by producing and directing Children’s Children, a short documentary for Children’s Hospitals, which screened in their waiting rooms. She went on to produce and direct a short documentary at the Cannes International Film Festival entitled Cannes Food. The project won 1st Place Best in Show Documentary in the Adobe Reel Ideas Cannes competition. She screened two more short documentaries at the Cannes Film Festival since. She has also worked in Factual Entertainment/Reality TV Development for several years and has worked on many shows in this vein (The Dog Whisperer, My Strange Addiction, Pitbulls and Parolees, Hell on the Highway, Ultimate Soldier Challenge, I’m a Living Doll, etc.) She is currently the Director of Development for Workaholic Productions.
TATE SONNACK (Director of Photography)
Having grown up overseas, Tate Sonnack has lived more of his life outside the United States than he has here. His experiences as a Third Culture Kid help shape his storytelling process and his adventurous traveling spirit. After graduating from USC in 2007, Tate began freelancing in the camera department here in Los Angeles on such shows as Chefography, The World Poker Tour, New York Goes to Work, Catwalk, and The Enforcers. In 2009, he was offered a job as a filmmaking instructor for his high school alma mater in Singapore. He then spent the next two years teaching film fundamentals to aspiring filmmakers while continuing to work on side projects. It was during this time, he and director Julie Pifher teamed up to work on Burning Man and the Meaning of Life. Neither of them had ever attended the week-long gathering before, so filming a documentary and building an art piece created additional excitement to an already spiritually and emotionally overwhelming event. Then in 2011, Tate moved to Sydney, Australia, where he worked as a camera operator for several local production companies including pieces for corporate clients, a children’s program for the BBC, national sports programming, as well as government-funded PSA pieces. Tate has recently returned to Los Angeles.
Free to RSVP