Pictured L-R: Ethan Sandler, Doug McIntyre, Joan Adler, and Craig Richey Photo by Rich Prugh


LOS ANGELES, CA – Syracuse University Los Angeles hosted a special screening of the award-winning indie film ‘No Pay, Nudity’ followed by a discussion with the filmmakers at the Real D Theater in Beverly Hills, Tuesday evening, March 14th.

Syracuse Assistant Vice President of Regional Programs in LA, Joan L. Adler welcomed an audience filled with local alumni and faculty, along with students participating in the spring immersion groups coming to LA to experience the culture, as well as drama students sponsored by alum Aaron Sorkin, Art graduate students on a gift from Marylyn and Chuck Ginsberg-Klaus, PR students from the Newhouse School of Communications, and ‘Communication and Rhetorical Study’ students from the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

‘No Pay, Nudity’, a 2016 comedy/drama starring Gabriel Byrne, Nathan Lane, and Frances Conroy, tells the tale of actors who spend most of their days hanging out at the Actors Equity Lounge. The film proved insightful to the 100 plus audience, many of whom were Syracuse University musical theatre and drama students visiting SULA for their spring break.
The panel consisted of screenwriter and actor Ethan Sandler and composer Craig Richey and was moderated by KABC Radio host Doug McIntyre of “McIntyre in the Morning”.

“This film shows the perseverance and fortitude actors have to maintain, to have the faith and confidence to move on in the face of adversity. It is part of their framework to never stop believing the dream,” moderator Doug McIntyre shared with the audience.

Author Ethan Sandler explained the title of the film: “We would see these ads in the theater trades demanding high levels of talent followed by ‘no pay, nudity’, and it would seem so ironic. It makes you question what would someone be willing to do to get their career in motion. “

The film also examines how fellow actors respond to another’s success. Composer Craig Richey said his personal philosophy is, “If you can’t celebrate somebody else’s success, you’re not ready for your own,” which drew huge applause from the audience.

Syracuse University Los Angeles is a satellite office for the upstate New York school. Their mandate is to engage with local alumni and bring students and alumni together enhancing the experience for both. The office also includes an admissions office, a development office, and an LA Semester office -in conjunction with the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications and the College of Visual and Performing Arts- a semester program for juniors and seniors to come to LA and intern in the entertainment industry and take classes with industry professionals.

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