Francesco Casetti


April 12, 4pm, 2017
UC Santa Barbara
McCune Conference Room
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Ross Melnick has been named a 2017 Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.



The honor, one of two for scholars bestowed by the academy this year, will support Melnick as he writes a book--“Screening the World: Hollywood’s Global Exhibition Empires”-- on the history of Hollywood’s foreign ownership and operation of hundreds of theaters around the world. Coming on the heels of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, this prestigious award places Professor Melnick in the league of leading U.S. film scholars. We are thrilled with this remarkable recognition, and look forward to his work that not only sheds light on the largely neglected question of Hollywood’s film exhibition infrastructures, but also places it in a global context by looking at the history of American-run theaters in global cities such as Cairo and Calcutta, Lima and London. As Melnick explains, beyond securing first-run distribution for Hollywood films all over the world, these theaters also emerged as “flashpoints” for local anxieties about growing US soft power and Hollywood’s cultural and industrial hegemony.






Congratulations to Michael Curtin on his newly published book,
“Voices of Labor: Creativity, Craft, and Conflict in Global Hollywood”
(UC Press, 2017).

See the article in the UCSB Current...

CONGRATULATIONS to all the current graduate students, UCSB PhDs, and faculty who presented their work at the March 2017 Society for Cinema and Media conference in Chicago!


And congratulations to Professor Chung (PhD UCSB 2011) for her win!

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