photo credit, Veerendra Prasad 
(Top left) UM Alum Juliana Roth (Screenwriter and Filmmaker of the webseries Middlebrook, Dir. V. Prasad) speaks with SAC Alum Sophia Kruz (Director and Producer of Little Stones) before the Little Stones Test Screening on October 5, 2016, at the Michigan Theater. After a successful screening to a full audience - beginning with an excerpt screening of Middlebrook, Roth and Kruz joined Meena Singh (choreographer) and Amirtha Vaz (composer) of Little Stones and Katie McGowen (Director of the AAFF) for a panel discussion with the audience. 
Screen Arts & Cultures Presents
Academy Award Nominated Producer & UM Alumnus Gary Gilbert
Open Discussion on the Film and TV Industry 
Friday, October 21, 2016
MLB 2 
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Gary Gilbert is an Academy Award nominated producer and the founder and president of Gilbert Films, a feature film and television production company based in Los Angeles. Gilbert has always striven to produce high caliber films with auteur writers & directors. Over the past twelve years, he has produced over a dozen feature films, including the 2004 critically acclaimed Garden State, starring Zach Braff and Natalie Portman. In 2005, Gilbert, along with Braff, won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature Film. In 2010, Gilbert produced The Kids Are All Right, which, after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, was immediately acquired by Focus Features (Universal Studios).The film was critically acclaimed, won two Golden Globes in 2011, and received four Academy Award nominations. 
Screening of the Documentary Borsalino City &
Q & A with Director and Producer Enrica Viola
Friday, October 21, 2016
CHEM 1400, Chemistry Building 
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Free and Open to the Public 
"Dear Vittorio, you may remember me..., my name is Robert Redford," wrote the actor in a letter to a Borsalino family member in which he wished for himself the same hat that Marcello Mastroianni was wearing in Fellini's 8 1/2. This letter epitomizes the history of the Borsalino, a hat that became an iconic garment all over the world but was produced with love and passion in Alessandria, a small town in Northern Italy.
Image at left from Borsalino City; image at right from Archivio storico della Borsalino
The narrative of Borsalino City is told by means of a commentary, partly in voice-over and partly spoken by a shadow - a hint to the imaginary world of movies associated with the hat. While depicting the destiny of a family company, the film leads us through the creation and consolidation of a brand that owes so much to the cinema. 
This event is sponsored by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Wayne State University, and the Departments of Romance Languages and Literatures and Screen Arts & Cultures at the University of Michigan in collaboration with the Consulate of Italy in Detroit. 
Iranian Film Festival - Final Festival Screening
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Rackham Amphitheatre
4:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public 
The Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Iranian Graduate Students Association are proud to announce the first Annual Iranian Film Festival of Ann Arbor, showcasing the work of a new generation of Iranian filmmakers.  For further information, visit our festival site (above) or email us at
Screening this Sunday, October 23
Still from My Tehran For Sale (Granaz Moussavi, 2009)
Marzieh is a young female actress living in Tehran. The authorities ban her theatre work and she is forced to lead a secret life in order to express herself artistically. At an underground rave, she meets Iranian born Saman, now an Australian citizen, who offers her a way out of her country and the possibility of living without fear.
Conversations on Europe. Italian Style: Fashion and Film 
Monday, October 24, 2016
Room 1636,  School of Social Work Building 
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
Italian cinema launched Italian fashion into the world. This lecture is based on Professor Paulicelli’s latest book, Italian Style: Fashion & Film from Early Cinema to the Digital Age, which tells the story of this launch and explores how film contributed to the shaping of an Italian style and fashion that ran parallel to and, at times, took the lead in the creation of an Italian national identity. Fashion and film are powerful industries and media machines that construct powerful symbolic narratives and identities. It is hardly surprising, then, that Italian filmmakers have been fascinated by the transformative power of the language of clothing and fashion and the impact it has on style, consumption, and behavior. 
This lecture is sponsored by the Center for European Studies, the International Institute, the Departments of Screen Arts & Cultures and Romance Languages & Literatures, and the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia.
LRCSS Chinese Film Series Presents a Panel Discussion Featuring Cui Zi'en, Wang Wo, and Ying Liang
With Moderation by Akiyama Tamako and Markus Nornes and Final Comments by Johannes von Moltke
Friday, October 28, 2016
North Quad 2435
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 
At 6:30 p.m., there will be a reception for the directors at Babo, located at 403 E. Washington St.
This reception is free and open to the public!

Cui Zi’en (崔子恩) is from Harbin and is now living in Florida. He is a director, film scholar, screenwriter, novelist and an pioneering queer activist.  He founded the Beijing Queer Film Festival, the first LGBT film festival in 2001. Cui’s work circulates freely between fiction and documentary, the conventional and the avant-garde.

Wang Wo (王我) was born in Hebei Province and is currently living in the US.  He began making films in 2004, establishing himself as an innovative independent documentary filmmaker. Along with his filmmaking, Wang works as an artist and graphic designer. His powerful posters for the Beijing Independent Film Festival are admired the world around.

Ying Liang (应亮) is a feature film director currently living in Hong Kong. He began his career making short films, before making his first feature, Taking Father Home, in 2005. Ying is also the founder of the Chongqing Independent Film and Video Festival, which started in 2007 and was the first film festival in Western China.

For more detailed biographies on the directors, including their work, please click here.
LRCSS Chinese Film Series Presents the Screening of
"A Sunny Day" and "Filmless Festival" 
Directors Present for Discussion after Screening 
Saturday,  October 29, 2016
Angell Hall, Auditorium A
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
"A Sunny Day" (dir. Ying Liang, 25 min., 2014) is a touching short film centered on a young woman’s visit to her father, after not having seen him for a while. Together the father and daughter reminisce about the past while contemplating their very different futures: he is packing up to enter a nursing home; she is deeply involved in the intensifying Umbrella Movement. Lovingly shot, this gentle film raises questions about citizenship, responsibility, and the relationship between generations.
Stills from "A Sunny Day" (left) and "Filmless Festival" (right)
Wang Wo served as editor of footage collected by filmmakers, artists, festival volunteers, journalists, and audience members at the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival. The festival had always had problems with authorities, often having to move underground to universities, artist studios, or other cities. In 2014, the festival was shut down in no uncertain terms, with thugs beating cameramen and the detaining of organizers. "Filmless Festival" (dir. Wang Wo, 85 min., 2015) documents the proceedings from a multiplicity of perspectives, in both public and private spaces.
The directors' panel discussion and the screening are sponsored by the International Institute and the Departments of Asian Languages and Cultures and Screen Arts & Cultures. 
SACAPALOOZA - SAC's Undergraduate Declaration Event
Thursday, November 3, 2016
North Quad, Studio A
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
If you are interested in declaring a Screen Arts & Cultures major or a Global Media Studies minor and/or you just want to learn more about what these academic programs offer, join us at SACapalooza! 
(From left to right) Writers of the 404 TV Pilot "Unplugged" Katherine Sherry, Carly Keyes, and Matthew Barnauskas listen to Guest Artist Pamela Guest (Alumnus, Acting Coach, and Actor) discuss character issues relating to how the actors can bring the characters to life as fully-rounded, believable people interacting with one another. 
Photo credit, Mary Lou Chlipala
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