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UCLA to honor Dustin Lance Black

'Milk' scribe to receive screenwriting award

UCLA alumnus Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning "Milk" screenwriter, will be honored with UCLA's Distinguished Achievement in Screenwriting Award on June 10 at UCLA's Freud Playhouse.

The award will be presented to Black, a 1996 honors graduate of UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television, during UCLA's Screenwriters Showcase, staged readings of student screenplays and teleplays selected by a jury of industry professionals in an annual competition.

The showcase is part of UCLA Festival 2009: New Creative Work, a nine-day celebration of the newest work by students from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, which takes place at UCLA and other sites June 5-13.

The event will be hosted by screenwriter and UCLA alumnus Mike Werb, whose credits include "The Mask," "Face/Off" and "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider."

The Showcase feature winners are: Barbara Curry, "Talk of the Town"; Meg Gifford, "Paint It Black"; Ed Goodman, "Limbo Larry vs. Death Et Al"; Joseph Hartstone, "New Dogs"; and Nils Lyew, "Lutins."

The Showcase TV winners are Ben Taylor, "Lifers," and Doc Pedrolie, "Boss."

Finalists in the feature category are: Kyle Clayton ("The Man Who Fell off the Earth"), Steve Cuden ("The Memory Tour"), Maureen Johnson ("The Wedding Belles"), Tom Pugh ("The Irregulars") and Kit Steinkellner ("Billy and the Boyfriend"). TV finalists are Kelly Fullerton ("Maudlin") and Charlemagne Rafols ("Our Guy Shin").