News & Events 2017

 



Events 2016

Summer 2017



WATER & POWER: A CALIFORNIA HEIST


WATER & POWER: A CALIFORNIA HEIST

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB



Emmy award-winning director Marina Zenovich’s Water & Power: A California Heist unfolds like a real-life version of the 1974 film noir Chinatown. This National Geographic documentary film uncovers the ruthless exploits of California’s notorious water barons, who profit off the state’s resources while everyday citizens endure a debilitating water crisis. Water & Power peels back the layers of California’s history of water manipulations and examines pivotal events that now jeopardize the state’s groundwater reserves. These machinations threaten the future of the state's fertile farmlands, which provide nearly half the country’s fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Through candid interviews with award-winning journalists, local citizens, activists, state officials, environmental attorneys, farmers, investors, scientists and developers, the film shines a light on one of the most urgent crises of our time: the privatization of a dwindling natural resource that is essential to our survival as a species.

Executive Producer Lynne Kirby will join UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies Constance Penley for a post-screening Q&A.





Spring 2017



2017 GREENSCREEN STUDENT PREMIERE


2017 GREENSCREEN STUDENT PREMIERE


Thursday, June 15, 2017
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB



Join us for the premiere of the 2017 GreenScreen student environmental films. The evening will showcase four student-produced films focused on eco-conciousness.



Script to Screen: LA LA LAND


Script to Screen: LA LA LAND


Thursday, May 30, 2017
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB



Aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) and jazz musician Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) traverse a decidedly contemporary Los Angeles infused with the spirit of Hollywood's golden age musicals and rendered in the vivid primary colors of Jacques Demy's whimsical mid-sixties work, a feat of alchemy for which guests David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco took home this year's Academy Award for Best Production Design. UCSB Script to Screen hosted Production Designers David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco for a post-screening Q&A. The event was be moderated by Pollock Theater Director Matt Ryan.



THE ARAB FILM FESTIVAL: BEST OF SHORTS PROGRAM


THE ARAB FILM FESTIVAL: BEST OF SHORTS PROGRAMT

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


This event will feature a selection of six outstanding short films from the Arab Film Festival. The 90-minute program showcases the emergent voices and diverse approaches in cinematic storytelling by contemporary Arab filmmakers and artists.

CAFE REGULAR, CAIRO (Egypt, 2012)
AVE MARIA (Palestine, France, Germany, 2015)
TRANSIT GAME (USA, Lebanon, Canada, 2014)

SILENCE (Lebanon, 2016)

BAHIYA AND MAHMOUD (USA, Jordan, Lebanon, 2011)

PHATWA: THE NARCICYST (Canada, 2009)

Join us for a post-screening discussion and Q&A with the Director of the Arab Film & Media Institute Serge Bakalian and the Artistic Director and Festival Programmer of the Arab Film Festival Deana Nassar. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Mona Damlujiof the UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies.




Water Is Life: Standing with Standing Rock

Water Is Life: Standing with Standing Rock


Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 9:00am
to Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 1:00pm


Events at Standing Rock from April 2016 to February 2017 altered the media landscape, created new ways to protect the water and land, and launched a resurgence of indigenous-centered leadership. Join participants from the year-long encampment at Standing Rock, including two of the co-founders and some of the organizers of non-violent direct actions opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline, and indigenous media makers to celebrate and discuss this unprecedented gathering and its relevance to our shared future.



VEEP

SCRIPT TO SCREEN: VEEP

Saturday, April 29, 2017
2:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Former Senator Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) has accepted the call to serve as Vice President of the United States. The job is nothing like she imagined and everything she was warned about. Veep follows Meyer and her staff as they attempt to make their mark and leave a lasting legacy, without getting tripped up in the day-to-day political games that define Washington.

Please join us for a screening of Season 5, Episode 1 "Morning After" and Season 5, Episode 9 "Kissing Your Sister". The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Actress/Producer Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Writer/Executive Producer/Director David Mandel and Actor Tony Hale. The event will be moderated by the Pollock Theater Director Matt Ryan.



Raging Bull

RAGING BULL

Thursday, April 20, 2017
7:00pm Pollock Theater, UCSB

Based on real events, Raging Bull tells the story of middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta and his path to success. His reputation for violence and tenacity gets him to the top in the ring, but domestic turmoil erupts as LaMotta's bad temper, extreme jealousy, and obsessive rage destroy his relationship with his wife and family. Robert De Niro famously gained 60 pounds for his starring role in this brutal yet poetic drama.

Professor Anna Brusutti of the Department of Film and Media Studies will join award-winning Make-up Artist and UCSB Alumnus Michael Westmore for a post-screening &A.



THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

SCRIPT TO SCREEN: THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

Thursday, April 13, 2017
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

The Edge of Seventeen is a coming-of-age movie in the vein of Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. It is an honest, candid, and often hilarious look at what it’s like to grow up as a young woman in today’s world. Growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). Nadine and Krista are inseparable best friends attempting to navigate high school together, until they realize that there is a fine line between best friends and worst enemies.

UCSB Script to Screen will host Director/Screenwriter Kelly Fremon Craig for a post-screening Q&A. The event will be moderated by the host of Script to Screen, Matt Ryan.



THE OVERNIGHTERS

THE OVERNIGHTERS

Thursday, April 5, 2017
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Award-winning documentary The Overnighters is an intimate portrait of economic migration, faith, and community in the tiny oil boom town of Williston, North Dakota. Inundated with thousands of job-seeking arrivals, yet lacking the infrastructure to house them, the town struggles to adapt. In response, local Pastor Jay Reinke initiates a controversial "overnighters" program, providing down-and-out workers refuge at his church. This well-intentioned project meets resistance from his faith community and local government. Escalating controversy over the program result in a series of increasingly difficult decisions for Reinke, ultimately revealing the tension between the promise and the limits of reinvention, redemption and compassion.

Director Jesse Moss will join UCSB Ph.D. student Tyler Morgenstern for a post-screening discussion.





Winter 2017



WESTWORLD

SCRIPT TO SCREEN: WESTWORLD

Saturday, March 11, 2017
2:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

The HBO one-hour drama series Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

Please join us for a screening of the two pivotal episodes: Season 1, Episode 6 "The Adversary" and Season 1, Episode 7 "Trompe L'Oeil." The screening will be followed by a Q&A with UCSB Department of Film & Media Studies Alumnus Fred Toye, director of these two episodes. Please note that the post-screening discussion will address the entire season of the show, including the finale.



THANK YOU FOR PLAYING

THANK YOU FOR PLAYING

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey in the form of an unusually beautiful and poetic video game. Thank You For Playing follows Ryan and his family over two years through the creation of “That Dragon, Cancer” as it evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz.

Director David Osit will join UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies Alenda Chang for a post-screening discussion.



The Birds

EXPANDED HITCHCOCK: THE BIRDS

Saturday, March 4, 2017
2:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

A flirtatious encounter involving a pair of lovebirds in a San Francisco pet shop leads socialite Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) on a trip to Bodega Bay in pursuit of lawyer Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in Hitchcock’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s short story. Over the course of several days, Mitch’s small hometown is harried by increasingly violent attacks by wild birds, which Melanie and the townspeople are at a loss to explain or predict.

In a post-screening Q&A, actress Tippi Hedren will discuss the process of filming The Birds with moderator Ross Melnick of the UCSB Film and Media Studies department. Following the discussion, Hedren will be available to sign copies of her new memoir, Tippi.



SEVEN SAMURAI

SEVEN SAMURAI

Saturday, February 25, 2017
2:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB
Screening format: 35 mm (3 hours and 27 minutes)

In a special Cinephile Saturday program, the Pollock Theater is proud to present Seven Samurai on 35mm film. Kurosawa's masterpiece tells the story of a poor village under attack by bandits, which recruits seven unemployed samurai to help the villagers defend themselves.

This event is presented in conjunction with the 2017 UCSB Reads program. This year's text for the program, Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea, draws on the classic western The Magnificent Seven (1960), which in turn was based on Seven Samurai.

This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center, the Department of Film & Media Studies and the UCSB Library's 2017 UCSB Reads Program.



REBECCA

EXPANDED HITCHCOCK: REBECCA

Thursday, February 23, 2017
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Rebecca was Alfred Hitchcock’s first American film. It has long been considered to be the director’s most “feminine” project, given its subject matter and appeal to female audiences. Hitchcock himself all but disowned the film later in his career for precisely these reasons.

In the post-screening discussion, Professor Tania Modleski, author of the groundbreaking book The Women Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock and Feminist Film Theory will discuss both the history and continuing legacy of Rebecca, now regarded as a film that not only explores women’s fears but also women’s desire for other women. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Patrice Petro, director of the Carsey-Wolf Center.



CITIES OF SLEEP

CITIES OF SLEEP

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2017
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

The documentary Cities of Sleep takes us into a heady world of insurgent sleepers' communities and the infamous "sleep mafia" in Delhi, where just securing a safe sleeping spot often becomes a question of life and death. The film traces the lives of two individuals, Shakeel and Ranjeet. Shakeel, a renegade homeless sleeper, has for the last seven years slept in a diverse range of improvised places like subways, under park benches, parking lots, abandoned cars and, most recently, at areas controlled by the sleep mafia. Ranjeet runs the “sleep-cinema” community at Loha Pul, a huge double-story iron bridge straddling the banks of the river Yamuna. A thin strip of land under Loha Pul houses shanty cinemas where over 400 homeless people sleep through the day for a nominal price. The flooding of the river Yamuna poses a threat to the people sleeping there each monsoon season. The film not only looks at the tremendous pressure that the need to find a safe place to sleep exerts on the homeless in the city, but also presents a broader philosophical exploration of sleep.



Director Shaunak Sen will join UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies Bhaskar Sarkar for a post-screening discussion.



BLAXPLOITALIAN

BLAXPLOITALIAN

Tuesday, February 15, 2017 2017
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

The documentary BlaxploItalian spotlights the careers of a population of entertainers that is seldom acknowledged: Black actors in Italian cinema. Through interviews and archival footage, this film explores the personal struggles and triumphs that Afro-Italian and African diasporic actors have faced both historically and in the contemporary moment as they work to find significant film roles. With the intention of challenging worldwide mainstream filmmakers and audiences, the film calls for ethnic and racial diversity in casting important roles within international film and media industries.

Director Fred Kuwornu will join UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies Anna Everett and UCSB Professor of Italian Studies Claudio Fogu for a post-screening discussion.



THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

EXPANDED HITCHCOCK: THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

Thursday, February 23, 2017
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

On a family vacation in Marrakesh, Dr. Ben McKenna (James Stewart), his wife Josephine “Jo” Conway (Doris Day), and their son Hank are embroiled in a murder mystery that will take them from Morocco to London, their paths crossing with spies, assassins, eminent politicians, and taxidermists.

The Man Who Knew Too Much was scored by Bernard Herrmann and featured an on-screen appearance by the composer. The film introduced the hit pop song “Que sera, sera” and featured a performance of the Storm Cloud Cantata, which was originally written for Hitchcock’s 1934 version of the film. More than any of the other seven films on which Hitchcock and Herrmann collaborated, The Man Who Knew Too Much foregrounds music.

John Hajda, associate director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind and lecturer in the Departments of Music and Psychological and Brain Sciences, will join Professor Anna Brusutti of the Department of Film and Media Studies to discuss the role of music in the film and moderate a post-screening Q &A.



VERTIGO

EXPANDED HITCHCOCK: VERTIGO

Saturday, January 28, 2017
2:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

In this psychological thriller, John “Scottie” Ferguson (James Stewart) is a police detective whose career is derailed by a traumatic incident in the line of duty, which leaves him suffering from acrophobia and vertigo. He becomes a private investigator, and is hired by an acquaintance to follow Madeleine (Kim Novak), his employer's wife, who has been behaving strangely. Ranked by the AFI among the ten best films ever made, Vertigo was restored in 1996 by guest James Katz, and will be screened for this event from a 35mm print. In a post-screening discussion, film preservationist James Katz and Tom Pollock, former Executive Vice President of MCA and Chairman of Universal Pictures, will discuss the restoration of Vertigo with Charles Wolfe, UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies.



PRIVILEGE

PRIVILEGE

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Privilege, Yvonne Rainer's sixth feature, is a genuinely subversive movie about menopause. Taking on a subject that has been virtually invisible on film, Rainer has fashioned a witty and risky work about sexual identity and the unequal economies of race, gender, and class. Privilege is set in motion by clips from an old black-and-white educational film, and features a cast of characters with varied, provocative, and often contrasting political viewpoints. Jenny, the white, middle-aged protagonist, agrees to be interviewed by Yvonne, an African-American friend who is making a documentary on menopause. Her candid observations are punctuated by intense flashbacks, which reveal an experience that she has kept secret for 25 years. Director Yvonne Rainer will join UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies Constance Penley for a post-screening discussion.



BLACKMAIL

EXPANDED HITCHCOCK: BLACKMAIL

Saturday, January 19, 2017
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

While out on a date, sweethearts Alice (Anny Ondra) and Frank (John Longden)—a Scotland Yard detective—have a spat, and Alice leaves with Mr. Crewe (Cyril Ritchard), whom she had arranged to meet on the sly. A tryst at Mr. Crewe’s apartment takes a threatening turn, and when Alice decides to leave she is attacked by Mr. Crewe. Defending herself with a bread knife, she inadvertently kills her assailant and flees the scene. Frank is put on the case, and attempts to conceal Alice’s involvement, unaware that the couple's actions have been observed from the start by a third man, who threatens to expose them both unless they meet his demands.

Featuring a signature cameo by the director and a stunning chase sequence through the British Museum, Blackmail was shot and released simultaneously in silent and sound versions; the latter release was the first British sound film production.

Join us for a screening of the silent film, with live piano accompaniment by pianist Michael Mortilla. There will be a post screening discussion with Michael that will be moderated by Charles Wolfe, UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies.



THE LAST ARISTOCRATS

THE LAST ARISTOCRATS

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Four young Chinese women from elite Shanghai families become stranded in the US when the communists take over Shanghai in 1948. This film was based on a short story by Professor Kenneth Pai, UCSB Professor Emeritus, and directed by Academy of Motion Pictures and Directors’ Guild of America member Xie Jin. The film will be presented in its original 35mm format. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Professor Pai, moderated by Professor Michael Berry of UCLA. A reception will be held in the Michael Douglas Lobby after the discussion.



HIDDEN FIGURES

SCRIPT TO SCREEN: HIDDEN FIGURES

Thursday, January 12, 2017
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA in the 1960s. They served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, changed the course of the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Hidden Figures has earned Golden Globes® Nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer) and Best Original Score (Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch). The film also received a Writers Guild Nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay (Allison Schroeder & Theodore Melfi).

This UCSB Script to Screen presentation of the film will be followed by a Q&A with writer/producer/director Theodore Melfi, actor Kevin Costner and President of Fox 2000 Pictures, UCSB alumnae '77, and Carsey-Wolf Center Advisory Board member Elizabeth Gabler. The event will be moderated by the executive producer/host of Script to Screen, Matt Ryan.






Arrival

SCRIPT TO SCREEN: ARRIVAL

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

From the award-winning short story by Ted Chiang, one of today’s most celebrated science fiction writers, comes Arrival, a story about mankind on the verge of a global war. When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the world, the military recruits an elite team to investigate, led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams). Louise must learn the aliens’ language in order to communicate with them, and the team must determine whether the aliens have come in peace or are a threat to humanity.



UCSB Script to Screen will host Screenwriter/Executive Producer Eric Heisserer for a post screening Q&A.





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