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UNder the Shadow

Under the Shadow


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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Recent Documentaries worked on by current UCSB Film & Media Studies Students

Slum Dreams

"Slum Dreams"
Alexandra Muckle



"Saruen"
Spencer Byam-Taylor

Charles Champlin

Professor Cristina Venegas quoted in the NEW YORK TIMES.

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Haskell Wexler
Haskell Wexler

In Memoriam: Haskell Wexler

(February 6, 1922 - December 27, 2015)

The Department of Film and Media Studies remembers and mourns Haskell Wexler, the Academy Award-winning Director/Cinematographer known for his brilliant, tireless, and affecting work for social justice.

In November 2013, Haskell Wexler screened his landmark film MEDIUM COOL at the Pollock Theater and participated in a lively Q&A organized by Greg Burris (PhD 2015) and Director Andrew Davis. Haskell Wexler also contributed to the intellectual and creative life of our department and campus by teaching a UCSB course during Summer Sessions 2002. The course he created for that occasion was on the subject of comparative media: features, documentary, advertising. In his characteristic no-nonsense way, he titled it “Truth and Images." In memory of a great person, artist, activist, and friend.

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Films by Professor Chris Jenkins and student filmmakers slated to screen at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF)!!!


Lift Off by Chris JenkinsFive films involving UC Santa Barbara student filmmakers will hit the big screen this week as part of the 2016 Santa Barbara International Film Festival lineup, which continues through February 13th!



LIFT OFF: Behind the Scenes of LAUNCH PAD, the documentary film directed by Chris Jenkins and created through a great collaboration between the Department of Theater /Dance and the Department of Film and Media Studies has two screenings this week.

Friday, February 12th at 4:30PM - Lobero Theatre
Saturday, February 13th at 8:40PM - Metro 3


Saving Sasquatch, Anchored and  Go Glean at SBIFF This same Short Docs 2 program also features three environmental documentaries created by teams of students in Chris Jenkins's GreenScreen course: Anchored, Saving Sasquatch, and Go Glean.

Also showcasing the talent of our students, Why We Fight, made by students in FLMST 106: Crew Production, will be screened as part of the Santa Barbara Shorts 2 program.

SWhy We Fight at SBIFF Tuesday, Feb. 9th at 8:40pm - Metro 3
Thursday, February 11that 11:20 a.m. - Metro 2

For more information including descriptions of these lively films see the article in The UCSB Current Read the Article in the UCSB Current.




10/11/15

Professor Allison Anders featured in the NEW YORK TIMES article "Women of Hollywood Speak Out".



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10/11/15

Congratulations, Dr. Burris, on the recent publication of your article, “Prometheus in Chicago: Film Portrayals of the Chaining and Gagging of Bobby Seale and the “Real-ization” of Resistance,” in Cinema Journal, the flagship journal of the Society and Cinema and Media Studies...an extremely prestigious venue!

Dr. Burris received his PhD from our department in Spring 2015 and is now Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies at the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon. We wish him all the best!




01/04/15

Graham Thiel, former UCSB Screenwriting student, wins the Disney Writing Fellowship for 2015


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12/11/14

Warmest congratulations to Professor Ross Melnick who has just been awarded a highly prestigious and competitive National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for 2015-2016! The fellowship is in support of his book project, Screening the World: Hollywood's Global Exhibition Empires, a study of the enormous industrial and cultural changes that took place in global movie theaters between 1925 and 2013 as vertically integrated American film companies began buying, building, and/or leasing cinemas in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand and exporting their U.S. exhibition personnel, architects, and cultural and industrial practices to these markets. As new Paramount, MGM, Warner, and Fox theaters opened around the world, Hollywood not only dominated the content on the screen but increasingly owned the screens themselves. This of, course, generated a frequently fraught, often lucrative, and at times violent and politically adverse relationship with local audiences, distributors, exhibitors, and politicians around the world. Honored in France, boycotted in England, burned in Egypt, or protested in Colonial Zimbabwe, this global expansion of American exhibition highlights the complications and opportunities generated by this early wave of physical global expansion. Professor Melnick has already conducted research in the US, at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and New York Public Library, and abroad in South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Articles related to this project are forthcoming in Cinema Journal and Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. Congratulations, Ross!




11/16/14

The Department of Film and Media Studies mourns the passing of Charles Champlin, the renowned film critic and arts editor for the The Los Angeles Times, and a pioneer in cultural affairs programming on local, network, and cable television. During his visits to our campus in the 1980s and 1990s, Mr. Champlin enlivened our department with his wit and erudition, and his unfailingly humane commentary on topics related to cinema, media, and culture. We extend condolences to his grandson, Alexander Champlin, who is a graduate student in our program, and to the entire Champlin family.





06/04/14

Professor Jennifer Holt and Graduate Student Steven Malcic Participate in FCC Workshop:

See the article in "The Current"



04/21/14

Professor Ross Melnick writes about the golden age of Movie Palaces in the Hollywood Reporter

Read the article here.


04/18/14

Two Day ‘Dry Immersion’ In The High Desert

Professor Dick Hebdige, Director of UCIRA Desert Studies Project, kicked off the Spectacular Sub-Division event with the opening night performance Short Sale. Hebdige’s piece masterfully integrated cell phone video footage of a cardboard cabin structure torn apart and borne aloft by the wind, a 2 minute segment from Werner Herzog's "How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck" and the closing sequence from Antonioni's "Zabriskie Point," synchronized with a reading of a text by Edmund Jabes on the desert and silence, an assortment of real estate ads, foreclosure notices, supermarket coupons, classified ads and postings from the miscellaneous romance category on Craig’s list). Artist and UCSB doctoral student Anastasia Hill opened the second day of performances with SHU a 6-hour open-air reading of letters sent over a period of 12 years from a family friend in prison. The events took place at two remote locations in Wonder Valley next to the Twenty Nine Palms Marine Base in the Mojave Desert and were organized by UCSB Art alumnus Jay Lizo. It included 46 artists (15 under the UCIRA umbrella, mostly UCSB Art MFA's + Film and Media Studies’ Anastasia Hill):

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A blog on the installations and performances on the Ironage Road site from Kim Stringfellow for KCET:
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04/08/14

Congratulations to Professor Lisa Parks on receiving the 2014 Best Essay in an Edited Collection from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies for her essay "Mapping Orbit: Toward a Vertical Public Space," which appeared in Public Space, Media Space, edited by Chris Berry, Janet Harbord, and Rachel Moore (Palgrave, 2013)


04/08/14

Daniel Reynolds: Media studies and the mind


Dan Reyonlds featured in the Emory News Center



Events of 2013







































Events


Nov. 19th, 2015

3PM
SSMS 2135


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Oct 25th, 2015

12:30PM
Pollock Theater




Nov. 19th, 2014

4PM
SSMS 2135


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Nov. 5th, 2014

University Press
Publishing in the Age of Kindle
4PM
SSMS 2135


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Oct. 30th, 2014

Pollock Theater

UCSB




May 14th, 2014

Jon Leaver
University of La Verne
4PM
SSMS 2135


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May 3rd, 2014
Pollock Theater, UCSB 7:00pm

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May 1st, 2014
Pollock Theater, UCSB 7:00pm




April 15th, 22nd & 29th, 2014
Pollock Theater, UCSB 7:00pm




April 16th, 2014

Allyson Nadia Field
UCLA
Third Cinema in the First World:
L.A. Rebellion & the Aesthetics
of Confrontation
4PM
SSMS 2135


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Dolores Inés Casillas
UCSB Chicana and Chicano Studies

April 2nd, 2014
SSMS 2135 4:00pm
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Dr. Marsha Gordon
North Carolina State University

March 12th, 2014
SSMS 2135 4:00pm
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Giuliana Muscio

March 12th, 2014
SSMS 2135 4:00pm
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Michaela Wuensch, UCLA

Feb 12th, 2014
SSMS 2135 4:00pm
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News of 2013