In 1983, Tom Cohen '64 read a book that changed his life. Written by David James Duncan, The River Why is the story about Gus Orviston, a fishing prodigy, who struggles to come to grips with the modern world. Cohen first discovered the book while working as an independent filmmaker following several years in television production at KQED-TV. In 1984, he bought the rights from Sierra Club Books. "I read the book and loved it. I knew that it would make a great independent movie," he said. With the help of John Jay Osborn, Jr., a friend best known for his book The Paper Chase, the two completed a script. After a few years of trying to secure financing, he put the film on hold to attend Hastings College of Law where he graduated in 1991. Cohen went on to build a successful career as an entertainment lawyer and civil litigator in the years to come.
Fast forward to 2008 and Cohen and his wife Kristi Denton Cohen are on location in northwestern Oregon on the banks of the Wilson River. Kristi, the film's producer, secured financing and signed on the stellar cast that includes William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Body Heat, Children of a Lesser God), Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13), William Devane (Knots Landing), and Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights). “The River Why” hit the big screen in 2010.
Cohen has also directed and produced two films. The first of which was Hungry Reunion (1980), a reunion documentary featuring such well known personalities as Bill Cosby, Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, Jonathan Winters and Professor Irwin Corey; they all got their starts at San Francisco's legendary Hungry I comedy club. The second, Massive Retaliation (1985), starred the young Jason Gedrick and featured a group of survivalists who head to a retreat in order to discuss how to save the world from the cusp of World War III.
Amara Berry ’12 truly embodies what it means to think boldly, mindfully and creatively. In October 2017, she was invited to give a Tedx Talk in Providence, Rhode Island, where she spoke on the legacy of her grandparents, how their work inspired her and the incredible work she is doing with our youth through The Sparkle Program.
We are pleased and excited to announce the appointment of Jennifer Liu as Webb’s Director of Parent Relations and Special Events effective November 1. In this position, Liu will oversee our parent relations program, which serves more than 750 current parents worldwide and an active volunteer network through our Affiliates parent organization.
An opportunity to pick the brain of award-winning author John Scalzi '87, is not one you want to miss. Discussing topics ranging from what exactly defines a burrito to what projects he currently has in production, there's never a dull moment with Scalzi.
For Webb sports fans who can’t attend a game, or if you’d like to follow along with the live stats and scores from our athletic contests, most of our home games will be covered live with video and play-by-play at The NFHS Network.
To learn more about working in independent schools and meet with school representatives about open positions, please join Webb and 30 other participants on Saturday, February 23 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City.