Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

VEEP (HBO, 2012– )

Screening format: Sony 4K Digital Projection (1 Hour)

Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Timothy C. Simons, Sufe Bradshaw, Gary Cole and Kevin Dunn

Executive Producers: David Mandel, Chris Godsick and Frank Rich

Producers: Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Stephanie Lain

The Event is sold out

Former Senator Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) has accepted the call to serve as Vice President of the United States. The job is nothing like she imagined and everything she was warned about. Veep follows Meyer and her staff as they attempt to make their mark and leave a lasting legacy, without getting tripped up in the day-to-day political games that define Washington.

Please join us for a screening of Season 5, Episode 1 "Morning After"  and Season 5, Episode 9 "Kissing Your Sister". The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Actress/Producer Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Writer/Executive Producer/Director David Mandel and Actor Tony Hale. The event will be moderated by the Pollock Theater Director Matt Ryan.

There will be a reception in the Michael Douglas Lobby.


Actress/Producer Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus earned worldwide acclaim for her portrayals of Elaine Benes in hit series Seinfeld (NBC, 1989–1998) and Christine Campbell in The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS, 2006–2010), and is celebrated for her current work as Vice President Selina Meyer in Veep, for which she has won five consecutive Emmy awards, a Television Critics Award, a SAG award, in addition to three Golden Globe nominations. She has received eight Emmy awards (twenty-two nominations total), one Golden Globe award (eight nominations total), seven Screen Actors Guild awards (sixteen nominations total), two Television Critics Association awards (three nominations total), five American Comedy Awards (ten nominations total), and has received the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.

Her other television credits include multiple appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO, 2000– ), and recurring roles on The Simpsons (FOX, 1989– ), Arrested Development (FOX, 2003–2006 and Netflix, 2013– ), and Watching Ellie (NBC, 2002–2003). She was a cast member from 1982 to 1985 on Saturday Night Live (NBC, 1975– ). Louis-Dreyfus’ feature film credits include the animated features A Bug's Life (dir. Lasseter and Stanton, 1998), Animal Farm (dir. John Stephenson, 1999), and Planes (dir. Klay Hall, 2013), as well as Academy-Award winner Hannah and Her Sisters (dir. Woody Allen, 1986), Jack the Bear (dir. Marshall Herskovitz, 1993), North (dir. Rob Reiner, 1994), Fathers' Day (dir. Ivan Reitman, 1997), Deconstructing Harry (dir. Woody Allen, 1997), Picture Paris (dir. Brad Hall, 2012), and Enough Said (dir. Nicole Holofcener, 2013).

Louis-Dreyfus' upcoming work includes producing the HBO miniseries, Soldier Girls. The show is based on journalist Helen Thorpe's Soldier Girls: The Battles Of Three Women At Home And At War (2014), which reports in meticulous detail on a twelve-year span in the lives of three friends who decided to join the National Guard shortly before September 11, 2001, and find themselves deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq during one of the most tumultuous periods in recent military history.

Louis-Dreyfus is a committed and steadfast defender of the environment. She serves as a member of the leadership council for the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), and is on the Board of Directors of Heal the Bay and the Honorary Board of Heal the Ocean. She studied theater at Northwestern University where she was also a recipient of a Doctor of Arts in 2007. During college, she was a member of The Practical Theater Company, and Chicago's famed Second-City comedy troupe.

Actor Tony Hale                                                                                                                                                          Tony Hale Photo by Sean Hagwell

Award-winning actor and author Tony Hale is known for his work across a variety of critically acclaimed television programs and films. Prior to his Emmy Award-winning work on Veep (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2013 and 2015) as Gary Walsh, the downtrodden personal aide to Vice President Selina Meyers, he co-starred as the socially awkward Buster Bluth in the ground-breaking Arrested Development (FOX, 2003–2006 and Netflix, 2013– ).

In 2013, Hale worked with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in Paul Feig’s action/comedy hit The Heat, which grossed over $229 million worldwide. Hale co-starred with Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg in American Ultra (dir. Nima Nourizadeh, 2015) and starred in Twentieth Century Fox’s animated/live-action film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip (dir. Walt Becker, 2015). Last summer, Hale—alongside Jason Sudekis, Danny McBride, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph—lent his voice to the Sony Pictures animated film, Angry Birds (dir. Kaytis and Reilly, 2016), based on the hit mobile video game. Other notable film credits of Hale's include Stranger than Fiction (dir. Marc Forster, 2006), The Informant (dir. Steven Soderbergh, 2009), and Happythankyoumoreplease (dir. Josh Radnor, 2011).

In 2014, Hale released his first children’s book, Archibald’s Next Big Thing (Boxing Clever Publishing), which follows a young chicken named Archibald who is always looking for his “next big thing” at the expense of recognizing all the big and beautiful things already around him. The theme of the book stemmed from Hale’s professional and personal experiences, and celebrates mindfulness and being grounded in the present moment.

Hale grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, where he attended The Young Actors Theatre, and went on to study acting at The Barrow Group Theatre Company in New York.

Executive Producer/Writer/Director David Mandel

David Mandel is the Emmy Award-winning show runner and Executive Producer of Veep.  He also wrote for shows such as Saturday Night Live (92-95), Seinfeld—for which he wrote the “The Bizarro Jerry” (aka “Man-Hands”) and “The Betrayal” (the “backwards” episode with Peter Mehlman)—, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and even an episode of The Simpsons (“Treehouse of Horror XXIII” with Brian Kelley). He is the cowriter of Eurotrip and The Dictator and if you press him on it The Cat in the Hat. His directing credits include Veep (Emmy nominated for “Kissing Your Sister”), Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Comedians, and Eurotrip (uncredited).  He is the co-author of “Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie,” and an avid collector of original comic book art, Star Wars memorabilia, and movie props.

Moderator Matthew Ryan

Pollock Theater Director Matthew Ryan pioneered the Pollock Theater Internship, which helps students to develop professional production skills through hands-on experience. Ryan created and hosts the Script to Screen series, which has presented exciting events like a discussion of 12 Years a Slave with Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley, a discussion of American Beauty with Oscar-winning screenwriter Alan Ball, and a discussion of Hidden Figures with writer/producer/director Theodore Melfi, actor Kevin Costner and President of Fox 2000 Pictures Elizabeth Gabler.

Matthew Ryan began his career as a video librarian at the legendary Kaufman Astoria Studios. As Events Manager at New York University’s Cantor Film Center, he produced a series of film programs that included evenings with Martin Scorsese, Tim Robbins and Alec Baldwin. In 2008, he received an MFA in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University. His primary writing interests are science fiction and comedy.

The UCSB Script to Screen series examines the screenplay and its transition to the screen from the perspective of writers, directors, producers, editors, and actors.  UCSB Script to Screen is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center, the Department of Film and Media Studies and the Scott Frank Fund for Screenwriting. It is hosted by the Pollock Theater Director, Matt Ryan, and co-produced by the Pollock Theater student staff. Script to Screen: VEEP is co-sponsored by HBO and the Rick Rosen Fund for Television Studies.