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Inside Out

INSIDE OUT

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
7:00pm

UCSB Professor of Psychology David Sherman and Professor Keltner, both affiliates of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind, will join UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies Anna Brusutti for a post-screening discussion.

This event is free but a reservation is recommended to guarantee a seat




Investigating My Father

INVESTIGATING MY FATHER and "Reading Hunger" with The Memory Project

Saturday, November 19, 2016
7:00pm

A screening of short film selections from the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival will be followed by a discussion about festival shorts programming and curation with Tribeca’s vice president of filmmaker relations and long-time head of shorts programming Sharon Badal.



Tribeca Film Festival

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL SHORTS AT THE POLLOCK

Thursday, November 17, 2016
7:00pm

A screening of short film selections from the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival will be followed by a discussion about festival shorts programming and curation with Tribeca’s vice president of filmmaker relations and long-time head of shorts programming Sharon Badal.



7 Islands and a Metro

7 ISLANDS AND A METRO

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
7:00pm

All The Way offers a riveting behind-the-scenes look at President Lyndon B. Johnson’s tumultuous first year in office after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Staking his presidency on what would be an historic unprecedented Civil Rights Act, Johnson finds himself caught between the moral imperative of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the expectations of the southern Democratic Party leaders who brought Johnson to power. UCSB Script to Screen will host Director Jay Roach (Austin Powers trilogy, Meet The Parents, and Trumbo) for a post-screening Q&A.



Hannah Goodwin Juan Llamas-Rodriguez

Graduate Student Research Panel



Featuring Hannah Goodwin
and Juan Llamas-Rodriguez
Wednesday,
November 9th, 2016,
4:00 pm, SSMS 2135

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All the Way

All The Way

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

UCSB Script to Screen hosted Director Jay Roach (Austin Powers trilogy, Meet The Parents, and Trumbo) for a post-screening Q & A

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Festival of (In)Appropriation

FESTIVAL OF (IN)APPROPRIATION

Thursday, October 27, 2016
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


There will be a post screening Q&A with curator G. D. Cohen and moderator Constance Penley (Department of Film & Media Studies).

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Arabian Nights: Volume Three, The Enchanted One

ARABIAN NIGHTS: VOLUME THREE, THE ENCHANTED ONE

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


A post-screening discussion will be moderated by Department of Film and Media Studies Professor Peter Bloom.




Mr. Six

MR. SIX

Thursday, October 13, 2016
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


Join us for a post-screening discussion and Q & A led by Lora Chen (CEO of China Media Consulting) and Mayfair Yang (Director of UCSB Confucius Institute & Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies Departments).

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O.J. : Made in America

O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA

Monday, October 10, 2016
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


Join us for a post-screening discussion and Q & A led by Jennifer Holt, Film and Media Studies Professor and Steven Secular (PhD student in Film and Media Studies) with Director Ezra Edelman.


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Michael Westmore

LIFEFORMS: AN EVENING WITH MAKE-UP ARTIST MICHAEL WESTMORE

Thursday, October 6, 2016
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


Join us to celebrate the career of the legendary, award-winning make-up artist and UCSB Alumnus Michael Westmore. The evening begins with the 20th anniversary screening of Star Trek: First Contact. We meet the man behind the masks in a post-screening conversation as we talk about his film work (Raging Bull, Rocky, and his Academy Award® for Mask), his 18 years working on Star Trek, and his role as a mentor on the Syfy Channel's show Face-Off. Pollock Theater Director Matt Ryan will moderate the Q & A with Michael Westmore.
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Latino: The Changing Face of America

LATINO: THE CHANGING FACE OF AMERICA

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


Join us for a post-screening discussion and Q& A with Director Roxanne Frias, moderated by Professors Mario Garcia (Chicano Studies & History) and Cristina Venegas (Film and Media Studies).
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Under the Shadow

Under the Shadow



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On September 29th, UCSB will be screening Under The Shadow, a film distributed by UCSB Alum Nate Bolotin’s company, XYZ films. Nate Bolotin co-founded LA-based film production, financing and sales company XYZ Films with partners Nick Spicer and Aram Tertzakian in 2008.

Prior to starting XYZ, Nate was an executive at The Collective where he focused on structured film finance deals and sales. With 10 years+ experience working in independent film, Nate has been involved in the production, financing and licensing of 200+ independent feature films. Set in nineteen-eighties Tehran during the almost decade-long span of the Iran-Iraq War, horror thriller Under the Shadowfollows a mother and daughter as they struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolutionary period, only to find that a mysterious evil haunts their home. Under the Shadow has received rave reviews from critics across the board, scoring a perfect 100% on Rotten tomatoes. Eric Kohn of indieWIRE analyzed that “Under the Shadow smartly observes the emotions stirred up by a world defined by restrictions, and the terrifying possibility that they might be inescapable”, while Justin Chang of Variety described the film, saying “Shadow delivers the sort of sleek, swiftly placed freakout that streaming customers will gladly look past subtitles to experience.” Under the Shadow has played at Film Festivals including Sundance, the Seattle International Film Festival, the Phoenix Film Festival, among many others. It will release in a limited theatrical showing on October 7, 2016. Under The Shadow will also show on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 7 to 10 pm at the Pollock theater. This is a free event, where Bolotin will also be discussing what it means to be the distributor of an international film. Be sure to pay attention to http://www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/events/all for more upcoming UCSB screenings and events.

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Digital Workshops of the World - Leon Gurevitch

The Digital Workshops of the World

Software, Source Code and Skills Migration in the Global VFX Industry

Leon Gurevitch
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand
Wednesday, Sept. 28th, 2016 at 4 pm
SSMS 2135

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SUMMER 2016

Blue Horizons 2016

2016 BLUE HORIZONS STUDENT FILM PREMIERE


Friday, August 19, 2016
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB



Sonic Sea

SONIC SEA


Thursday, July 28, 2016
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

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SPRING 2016

Greenscreen 2016

2016 GREENSCREEN STUDENT PREMIERE


Thursday, June 9th, 2016
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB



Finding the Funk

FINDING THE FUNK: BEHIND THE SCENES OF "WE WANT THE FUNK"


Wednesday, June 8, 2016
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB



Cemetary of Splendor

CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR


Thursday, May 26, 2016
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Join us for a screening of Cemetery of Splendor, the most recent, critically acclaimed film from celebrated Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, 2010). UCSB Film and Media Studies Professor Naoki Yamamoto will lead a post-screening discussion with the audience.



Because the Girly Man Won't Dance - S.V.Srinivas

BECAUSE THE GIRLY MAN WON’T DANCE

Stars and the Blockbuster in South India

S.V. Srinivas
School of Liberal Studies, Azim Premji University
Bangalore
MAY 25, 4pm SSMS 2135

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Star Wars

SCRIPT TO SCREEN - STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Sunday, May 15, 2016
2:00pm Pollock Theater, UCSB


This Script to Screen presentation of the film will be followed by a Q & A with Oscar®-Nominated editor Maryann Brandon.

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Dig

TELE-talk: Dig

Thursday, May 12, 2016
7:00pm Pollock Theater, UCSB


Please join us for a special evening with UCSB Alum Tim Kring (Co-Creator/Producer/Writer of Dig, Creator of Heroes and Heroes Reborn) and Gideon Raff (Co-Creator/Producer/Director/Writer Dig, who was also Executive Producer/Writer of Emmy, WGA and Golden Globe winning series Homeland) as they discuss this topic following a screening of the pilot episode of Dig.





Code

CODE: DEBUGGING THE GENDER GAP

Thursday, May 5, 2016
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

UCSB Script to Screen hosted Director Jay Roach (Austin Powers trilogy, Meet The Parents, and Trumbo) for a post-screening Q & A

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Updating to Stay the Same - 
Wendy Chun

Updating to Stay the Same

Habitual New Media

WENDY CHUN
Professor of Modern Media and Culture
Brown University
May 5th, 3:30 pm, SSMS 2135

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Beautiful Duckling

BEAUTIFUL DUCKLING

AN EVENING WITH LEGENDARY SCREENWRITER CHANG YUNG-HSIANG

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Join us for a rare 35mm screening of a classic film from the golden era of Taiwan cinema, with special guest, screenwriter Chang Yung-hsiang. UCSB Professor Michael Berry will lead a discussion with the renowned screenwriter of over 100 films.

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Women in Media - Leading Ladies

WOMEN IN MEDIA - LEADING LADIES



Sunday, May 1, 2016
4:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Women in Media: Leading Ladies is a high profile panel looking at some of today's leading women writers, directors, and producers. Panelists include: Starshine Roshell (moderator), Jane Espenson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Once Upon a Time, Warehouse 13), and Anne Cofell Saunders (Battlestar Galactica, Smallville, Chuck, The Small Ship, Revolution).

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Women in Media - You Do What?

WOMEN IN MEDIA: "YOU DO WHAT!?" WOMEN WORKING IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY



Saturday, April 30, 2016
4:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

A panel of UCSB alumni working in the technical, creative, and producing areas discuss career paths both "above and below the line" for women in the entertainment industry. Panelists include: Entertainment publicist and Film and Media Studies alum, Brittany Sandler (moderator), Brittany Vu (Film and Television Development at MASproduction), Laura Foody (Entertainment Lawyer at Anonymous Content), Andulka "Annie" Wilkes (Editor at Moving Art), Lauren Haroutunian (Cinematographer and Dean of RocketJump Film School), and Stephanie Choi (Set Lighting Technician/Director).

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The Wanted 18

'THE WANTED 18' AND INTERVIEW WITH AMER SHOMALI



Tuesday, April 26, 2016
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Join us for a screening of the 2014 award-winning animated documentary The Wanted 18 and post-screening skype interview with director Amer Shomali led by Professor of History Sherene Seikaly and Professor of Film & Media Studies Laila Shereen Sakr.

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La Revolucion de los Alactraces

LA REVOLUCION DE LOS ALACTRACES



Thursday, April 21, 2016
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Join us for a screening of the documentaryLa Revolución de los Alcatracesfollowed by a conversation with director Luciana Kaplan moderated by Juan Llamas-Rodriguez, PhD Candidate in UCSB Film and Media Studies..

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Conan O'Brian

CONAN O'BRIEN - HOSTED BY DICK WOLF AT THE ARLINGTON THEATER



Saturday, April 16, 2016
4:00pm
Arlington Theater, Santa Barbara

Arts & Lectures presents Conan O'Brien in Conversation with Television Producer Dick Wolf.



Jaws

SCRIPT TO SCREEN: JAWS



Thursday, April 14, 2016
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

This Script to Screen presentation of the film will be followed by a Q & A with screenwriter Carl Gottlieb, writer/actor who also co-wrote the hit Steve Martin comedy, The Jerk.

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A Conversation with Ian Kellett

EXPLORING & FILMING THE OCEAN: A CONVERSATION WITH CINEMATOGRAPHER IAN KELLETT



Monday, April 4, 2016
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Join us for an evening of conversation with cinematographer Ian Kellett who will share the challenges and opportunities of capturing images of the ocean aboard the Alucia. Filmmaker and UCSB Film and Media Studies faculty Chris Jenkins will interview Kellett.

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Picture Petroleum - Mona Damluji

PICTURING PETROLEUM

Industrial Film and the Cultural Infrastructure of Oil Modernity

Dr. Mona Damluji
Stanford University
Thursday, March 10th, 9 am, SSMS 2135

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Austerity Media - Patrice Petro

AUSTERITY MEDIA


Patrice Petro
Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 2016 at 9am, SSMS 2135

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War Reporting as a Media Industry - Lindsay Plamer

WAR REPORTING AS A MEDIA INDUSTRY

The Invisible Labor of News “Fixers”

Dr. Lindsay Palmer
Friday, Feb. 5th, 2016 at 3pm, SSMS 2135

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The Department is pleased to welcome and introduce two new Assistant Professors whose brilliant research, creative activities, and exciting new courses (see below!) will add greatly to our collective endeavor.

Welcome Dr. Alenda Chang and Dr. Laila Shereen Sakr! Long may you flourish in Film and Media Studies here at UCSB!



Alenda Chang Alenda Y. Chang received her PhD in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, following an MA in English from the University of Maryland and a BA from Cornell University where she studied biology, English, and film. Her scholarly interests reflect this multidisciplinary training and she researches and teaches in areas including but not limited to new media, ecomedia, science and technology studies, and video games.

Professor Chang’s dissertation, Playing Nature: The Virtual Ecology of Game Environments, moves beyond representational analysis of video game aethetics (e.g. scenery and other in-game pictorial components) and beyond ideological analysis of video games’ infamous proclivities (e.g. video game violence), to an expansive understanding of game environmentsas virtual worlds, certainly, but also as mediascapes nested with the broader ecologies of the built and natural environments. Concerned with the relationship between mediated “playing” and mediated “nature,” Chang examines how digital games and interactive play are “implicated in and by natural systems,” including technology’s natural resource demands, computational protocols, modeling dynamics, feedback, scale, and extra-game landscapes and systems, and social ecologies.

Her current projects include Playing Nature, an ecological approach to computer and video games, as well as new and ongoing research in documentary, sound and media studies, and environmental literature. She also maintains the Growing Games blog, http://growinggames.net, which is a resource for game studies, environmental humanities, and ecomedia scholars.

An award-winning teacher, Professor Chang’s courses slated for the coming year are FAMST 166BA: Growing Games and, at the graduate level, FAMST 242ES: Ecologies of Scale.

Her published essays appear in Ant, Spider, Bee; The Information Society; Qui Parle; and Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.



Alenda Chang Laila Shereen Sakr holds a PhD in Media Arts + Practice from the University of Southern California, an MFA in Digital Arts and New Media from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. She is a digital media theorist and artist working in computational art, live cinema, data visualization, and media activism. Her scholarship uses media analytics, data visualization, and immersive storytelling techniques to map how participation in virtual worlds and networked publics influence the formation of a virtual body politic.

This research led her to design the R-Shief (in Arabic, “archive”) media system for archiving and analyzing content from social networking sites. The platform for a mind-boggling set of data—blogs, digital art works, and, according to Shereen Sakr, over twenty-six billion hashtag posts and “tweets”—R-Shief provides diverse groups the tools to track real-life developments and parse emergent patterns of discourse via semantic associations and circulating visual memes. Such pattern recognition mechanisms took on a pressing significance during the Arab Uprisings of 2011, as recurring hashtags like #Tahrir and #Jan25 rose to an informatic crescendo to produce discernible trends.

Laila Shereen Sakr is also a multimedia artist: working as VJ Um Amel (a video disc jockey with more than one hundred works of video remix and data visualization to her credit); as a live cinema performer; and as creator/presenter of R-Shief-related visualizations, computer applications, and media systems.

http://vjumamel.com

Professor Shereen Sakr’s areas of research and teaching span across Arab world and United States. She is fluent in Arabic (Egyptian dialect) and French. Her courses slated for the coming year are, in the Winter, FAMST 165DA Digital Activism and New Media in the Middle East and the graduate seminar, Data Visualization as Media Praxis, and, in the Spring FAMST 109:GA Glitch Art and Remix Cinematic Production.

She has shown her work in museums across the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East, and has published extensively. Recent reviews appear in The Wall Street Journal, Science, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Voice of America, The Monocle, Art Territories, Digital Media and Learning, Egypt Independent, Mada Masr, Jadaliyya, and The Creators Project.





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