Oscar-winning producer Cathy Schulman has been named UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television commencement speaker, the university announced Thursday.
Schulman, who won an Academy Award for 2006’s Crash, will address nearly 200 students in the department of theater, film and television at the 66th annual commencement ceremony held Friday, June 14, from 4-6 p.m. at UCLA’s Dickson Court North.
In 2007, Schulman was named president of Mandalay Pictures and launched Mandalay Independent Pictures with Peter Guber. Under the Mandalay Independent banner, she produced Darfur Now, a documentary that spotlighted genocide in Sudan. Horns, starring Juno Temple and Daniel Radcliffe, is slated for an October theatrical release. Schulman also serves as president of Women in Film.
“We are honored to have Cathy Schulman as this year’s commencement speaker. Her outstanding film work as a producer and executive, along with her remarkable service to the entertainment industry, will undoubtedly inspire and galvanize our 2013 graduating class,” said Teri Schwartz, dean of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, in a statement. “She is an amazing advocate as the president of Women in Film, and she has a great passion for telling great stories that are very much in harmony with our vision to use the power of story to enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world.”
Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (’96) will be honored as distinguished alumnus in film, television and digital media. In 2009, Black won the original screenplay Oscar for Milk and has since penned J. Edgar and 8.
Theater director Kristin Hanggi (’98) will be honored as distinguished alumna in theater. Hanggi was nominated for a Tony Award for her Broadway debut Rock of Ages and recently wrapped filming on her first musical movie, Dear Dumb Diary, airing on Hallmark Channel later this year.
This year’s commencement will center on the power of story to make a difference in the world.