As an Interdisciplinary Studies Field major, wearing many different hats on her debut feature film LOST & FOUND IN CLEVELAND felt organic for writer-producer-director Marisa Guterman ’10. Using the foundation of her created focus at Berkeley – Art’s Potential for Social & Political Change – she put her studies into action.
LOST & FOUND IN CLEVELAND is a look at the post-Industrial American Dream in the Industrial Midwest – a slice of life depiction over a 24-hour period that follows the personal odysseys of five very different people, whose lives intertwine when America’s favorite televised antiques appraisal show comes to Cleveland. It’s Best in Show meets The Wizard of Oz.
The Wizard of Oz was a political allegory at the turn of the last century, where Dorothy represented the common man, Tin Man the factory workers, Scarecrow the farmers. LOST & FOUND is a modern retelling of the condition of the American Dream 120 years later, set against the backdrop of America’s Rust Belt. Much like Tin Man, Scarecrow and Dorothy in the original myth, these everyday heroes – a retired LTV steel plant worker, a mailman and a Latino child – are emblematic of the archetypes who occupy contemporary life. Instead of a heart or a brain, they bring their objects to the Roadshow to the Great & Powerful Oz.
Through storytelling and the power of film, she explored the themes and motifs that echoed her research at Berkeley. Guterman says, “In a world marked by cynicism, a film about the sincerity of hope becomes a rebellious act.”
The kernel of the idea for the movie gestated while she was a student at Berkeley. It came to fruition when she met Keith Gerchak, co-founder of their production company Double G Films. For a better part of a decade, they navigated the rigorous and unpredictable course of the independent film world on their own Yellow Brick Road journey. With the film now completed, they are gearing up for an anticipated Holiday 2024 release.
Casting the film themselves, their award-winning ensemble includes Martin Sheen, Dennis Haysbert, Liza Weil, Stacy Keach, June Squibb, Santino Fontana, Esther Povitsky, Loretta Devine, Jon Lovitz, Jeff Hiller, Rory O’Malley, Dot-Marie Jones, and Mark L. Walberg (Host of Antiques Roadshow).
Their impressive creative team includes Cinematographer Davon Slininger (La La Land, Don’t Look Up), Editor Tricia Holmes (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), and Composer Sven Faulconer (The Elephant Whisperer, Top Gun: Maverick). Their producing partners are Oscar winners Shaun Redick & Yvette Yates (Get Out, Blackkklansman) and Tony winners Kevin McCollum (Rent, Avenue Q) and Hunter Arnold (Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown). Their score is played by a 50-piece orchestra comprised of the musicians from La La Land and John Williams’s films.
Roberta Satow ’66, Ph.D., is a practicing psychoanalyst in Washington, CT. She is a senior member of the faculty and control analyst at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. Roberta is Professor Emerita of Sociology at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In addition to her non-fiction book Doing the Right Thing: Taking Care of Your Elderly Parents Even if They Didn’t Take Care of You (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006), she is the editor of Gender and Social Life (Allyn and Bacon, 2000) and she has written a novel, Two Sisters of Coyoacan (2017). Roberta writes a blog for Psychology Today (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/life-after-50). She has been a contributor to ThirdAge.com (http://thirdage.com/authors/roberta-satow-ph-d/) and is a frequent contributor to Psychotherapy.net. Her new novel, Our Time is Up, is partly based on her undergraduate experience at Cal in the 1960s.
Mary-Margaret Anderson ’73, a retired administrative law judge with the California Office of Administrative Hearings from 1997 until 2017, has been elected chair-elect, or 2025 chair-in-waiting, of the Board of Trustees of The National Judicial College, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most widely attended school for judges. In 2009, she was appointed to the Medical Quality Hearing Panel, which hears physician discipline matters. She also presided over the full range of cases heard by OAH, including those brought by state, county, and local agencies, such as school districts. She has been a trustee of the judicial college since 2016.
Judy Kutulas ’75 writes: “Enjoying retirement, but I’ve just published one last scholarly work, Sitcom Mom: The Evolution of a Classic Television Character, on Lexington Press.”
Jill Cheng (BA Architecture, 1996), AIA, LEED AP BD+C, was recently promoted to Associate Principal at Los Angeles firm CO Architects. She has more than 20 years of experience in planning, design, and project management in institutional projects, include healthcare, higher education, justice, and K-12 facilities. A member of the firm from 2001-2017, Jill rejoined CO Architects in 2020 to lead the day-to-day management of the UCI Health-Irvine Medical Center project, the country’s first all-electric hospital.
Author and educator Keith Hatschek’s (’73) most recent book, The Real Ambassadors: Dave and Iola Brubeck and Louis Armstrong Challenge Segregation, was selected for the prestigious ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Book on Popular Music for 2023. Hatschek majored in History and says that the research methods he learned during his undergraduate years were essential in discovering the untold story of the Brubecks and Satchmo Armstrong who set out to overturn segregation using wit, musical ability, and celebrity to demand changes in America at the height of the Civil Rights movement.
Jason Anderson (2004 MBA, Haas School of Business) says: “While my Haas classmates would never have predicted this from my horrible showing in speech class, in early January I became a candidate for the Kansas Senate legislature. Recent years found me working on public education advocacy work back home in the Kansas City suburbs, and redistricting in 2020 created new challenges and demands. It‘s already been a rewarding experience that‘s created so many opportunities to meet with business leaders and community organizers. Like most state legislators in Kansas, I still have a day job — in my case, leading engineering for a growing biotechnology startup. I wouldn’t dare make any predictions about what I’ll be doing in 5 or 10 years, as all of my past expectations have been pretty far off.”
Elaina Dente ’13 was promoted to Associate by Delawie (San Diego, Calif.) in 2023. Dente joined Delawie in 2021 and boasts over a decade of architectural experience. She supports Delawie’s Science + Technology endeavors and is the Project Manager of several ongoing projects in the Sorrento Valley and Torrey Pines neighborhoods of San Diego.
Michael Ackley (Journalism, ’66) has self-published “A Contemporary Bestiary,” poetry about things learned from animals. (Available via Amazon.) His introduction says, in part: “It is common for the aged to look back over the scribblings they have collected . . . and decide they really ought to be shared. As I am no different in this regard than any other aged person, I have been pleased to discover that some of my own versifications . . . ought to be unveiled for the edification of succeeding generations. Within (the Bestiary) are related some animal encounters to which I have been fortunate to be party, and some animal philosophy the beasts have been pleased to impart. Most of the poems . . . tell little stories. A couple pose questions; a few may suggest moral lessons.”
Sneed B. Collard III, Class of 1983, received the 2024 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for his children’s picture book, Border Crossings (Charlesbridge Publishing). The book, illustrated by Howard Gray, takes a look at the impact of the border wall on wildlife. The Orbis Pictus is the nation’s oldest children’s nonfiction award and is given out each year to the best children’s nonfiction book of the past year. Sneed’s inspiration for the book came from birding trips along the US/Mexico border both before and after the wall was constructed.
David Wurtzel ’70 has just published his second novel, The Chosen City: Hollywood in the 1930s, with Discript Ltd. (available on Amazon). Having been born in Hollywood himself, David has taken inspiration from his own family’s involvement in the motion picture industry over the last century. The narrator, Bobby, is the outsider member of a Jewish family who own and run a studio. After four years at Yale keeping up with a smart, moneyed set of amoral young men, he takes a lowly job at the studio. But his past catches up with him thanks to a novel written by a friend in which the protagonist is a thinly disguised Bobby and which the studio plans to turn into a major motion picture. Catapulted into the role of writer and then director, he nevertheless finds it impossible to escape his past. Thanks to the experience of his junior year abroad, David went to live in England, studied law at Cambridge, and became a barrister and a Bencher of his Inn of Court.
Class Secretary Barbara Chin received an activity report today on the Class of 1956 Humanities Preservation Endowment for the Library. She says, “It was terribly disappointing to see only $925.00 was received in gifts during 2023. Our class supports the salary of a conservator in the Preservation Department for the University. We will not be able to continue this valuable contribution unless we give to our endowment. The Library’s Preservation Department is a vital part of the University. Revelations are part and parcel of the work happening every day in the department along with making sure that library collections are not lost to time. Among its most unique tasks has been working with the 2,000 year old papyrus fragments from ancient Egypt. Besides making artifacts from special collections accessible to today’s scholars, the department ensures that current materials will be available to the scholars of the future. Please continue to give. It does have a large impact on the department and University.”