At left, SAC major and Screenwriting sub-major Danielle Jacobson speaks with Writer/Producer and UM Alum Beth Schwartz (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Brothers & Sisters) about the role of female writers in the TV industry.  Last Friday afternoon, Schwartz shared her expertise and experience with a total of ten students from SAC 410, 411, and 427. 
The 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival 
March 15-20
Various Times and Venues; Please See Full Schedule
The 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival will feature more than 200 films, videos, and live performances with over 30 world, North American, and US premieres. 
On Tuesday, March 15, the Opening Night Screening (Michigan Theater, 8:15 p.m.) will feature Short Films in Competition with Drive In (2015)  by SAC's Joel Rakowski and Terri Sarris  Shot on Max 8mm, the film offers a "snapshot" of a summer evening at what was once the largest, and now one of the last, Detroit area drive-in theaters, still going 5-screens strong. 
On Sunday, March 20, the Regional Films in Competition at 11:00 a.m. in the Michigan Theater Screening Room will  feature Our Last Hurrah (2015)  by Terri Sarris (above) -- a cinematic portrait of family, nostalgia, and impending loss and The Human Body, Our Friend (2015) (below) by SAC honors student Andrew Day
Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Film Series-
Related Discussion with Assistant Professor Colin Gunckel 

March 16
Ypsilanti District Library
6:30 p.m. -- Free and Open to the Public 
Related Discussion with Assistant Professor Colin GunckelCivil Disobedience
Learn how art and activism influenced each other in 1970s Latino/a culture. 
SACapalooza: SAC's Undergraduate Declaration Event
March 18
Studio A, 1440 North Quad 
1:00 - 3:00 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! This year, in addition to the information session provided by our SAC advisors, the FVSA (Film & Video Student Association) and React to Film will be giving presentations about their organizations.
SAC Speaker Series Presents 
U-M Professor Katherine Sender: "Reality Television and Reflexive Audiences: Makeover Shows, Surveillance, and Shame"

March 18
Room 6360, North Quad 
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Do audiences watch makeover reality shows to laugh and point at ordinary people on screen, or do they use them for their own self-improvement?
Drawing on a large research study with 1,800 survey responses and 130 interviews, Sender found that audiences are highly reflexive about reality shows in three ways. They use the shows to be self-reflexive in terms of their appearance according to social norms; they are very savvy about the production and consumption of makeover television; and they explicitly constructed their responses to the shows within their understanding of what a research environment demands. In this talk, Sender illustrates these three types of reflexivity through audiences’ discussions of surveillance and shame in makeover television shows.
Il Cinema Ritrovato On Tour: Detroit 2016
Organized by SAC Certificate Student, Pierluigi Erbaggio
March 18, 19, and 20
Detroit Film Theater; See Full Schedule for Times 
Still from Roma (1972)  |  DCP - 130 min.
Directed by Federico Fellini
Each summer, the Cineteca di Bologna, one of the most renowned centers for film restoration, presents a film festival featuring an array of cinematic gems. During the eight-day festival, titled Il Cinema Ritrovato (Rediscovered Cinema), more than 400 titles are presented in six cinemas and on a giant screen at a free outdoor screening in Piazza Maggiore in Bologna. Il Cinema Ritrovato has been defined as “pure heaven for cinéphiles.” A small selection of the Cinema Ritrovato titles will be presented in this week in Detroit, at the Detroit Film Theatre of the Detroit Institute of Arts: Rocco and His Brothers, Assunta Spina, and Roma
Envisioning American Studies: A Conference in Honor of American Culture's 80th Year at Michigan
March 18
Rackham Graduate School, Amphitheater, 4th floor 
9:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Event is Free -- Advanced Registration is Required
Please See Complete Schedule for Details 
This conference is sponsored by the Department of American Culture and its constituent units with generous support from The College of LSA, Rackham Graduate School , University of Michigan Office of Research, The International Institute, The Humanities Institute, The Institute for Research on Women and Gender, The STAMPS School of Art and Design, The Residential College, The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Departments of  History, English, Communication Studies, Afroamerican and African Studies, Women’s Studies, Romance Languages and Literature, Sociology, Screen Arts & Cultures, and Comparative Literature.
Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Film Series
Screening of Peril and Promise

Hosted by Assistant Professor Colin Gunckel 

March 21
Ypsilanti District Library
6:30 p.m. -- Free and Open to the Public 
Episode 6, the conclusion of this PBS Seriesbegins in the '80s, when the nature of the Latino Diaspora changes again. A second wave of Cuban refugees floods Miami, and the same decade also sees the sudden arrival of hundreds of thousands of Central Americans fleeing death squads and mass murders at home. But a sea of change is underway: the coalescence of a new phenomenon called Latino American culture as Latinos spread geographically and make their mark in music, sports, politics, business, and education. 
LS&A Major/Minor Expo
March 23
Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

If you are a current undergraduate who is still undecided and/or undeclared, check out the Major/Minor Expo -- an expo wherein you will find all the departments in one place, for easy comparison shopping; friendly conversations with knowledgeable people; advisors who help students find the right questions to ask; a chance to find your passion -- and, of course, excellent swag!

SAC Speaker Series Presents 
Teaching Race and Media: A Roundtable Discussion

March 24
Space 2435, North Quad
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
This interdisciplinary roundtable discussion focuses on strategies and issues related to teaching race and media. The purpose of this event is to create a conversation about teaching in this area, while sharing expertise and experience that will be useful to faculty and graduate students alike. Participants Robin R. Means Coleman (Professor, African American Studies and Communications), Yeidy Rivero (Professor, Screen Arts & Cultures), and Colin Gunkel (Assistant Professor, American Culture and Screen Arts & Cultures) will have a wide-ranging discussion about a number of topics including syllabus design, classroom dynamics, assignment strategies, and the teaching of potentially controversial subjects. This event was made possible by the Diversity in Media Project, organized by Colin Gunkel and Candace Moore, the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Faculty Development Fund, and the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures.   
Greater Questions in Neuroscience Presents
Neurocinematics: The Mind on Movies and Movies on the Mind 

featuring Drs. Shelly Flagel, Taraz Lee, Julia Lippman, and Markus Nornes 
March 25
Undergraduate Science Building, 1230
4:00 - 6:00  pm. 
During this colloquium, a panel of experts from different fields will be leading an open discussion on Neurocinematics in which they will consider the following questions: 
  • What happens in the brain when we watch movies?
  • Why do people respond so viscerally to something they know to be a performance?
  • What causes people to form such strong connections and lasting memories with movies?
  • How are movies made to take advantage of the brain’s responses?
  • How are the advances in neuroscience used to market movies?
Associate Professor Daniel Herbert Wins Outstanding Academic Title Award by CHOICE 
Daniel Herbert was awarded CHOICE's Outstanding Academic Title of 2015 Award for his book, Videoland, a comprehensive view of the "tangible phase" of consumer video, when Americans largely accessed movies as material commodities at video rental stores. Wheeler Winston Dixon, of CHOICE, praises Herbert's text: “Written in a clear, clean, accessible style, this is a masterful study of a cultural moment whose time has come and gone.” 

This selective list, announced every year in the January issue, consists of only about ten percent of the 7,000 works reviewed by CHOICE during the previous calendar year. It is a reflection of the best scholarly titles reviewed by CHOICE, based upon the following criteria: overall excellence in presentation and scholarship; importance relative to other literature in the field; distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form; originality or uniqueness of treatment; value to undergraduate students; and importance in building undergraduate library collections.

Oliver Thornton Writes and Produces J.P. McCarthy Documentary in Collaboration with SAC Alum Matthew Stinson
The documentary "J.P. McCarthy - The Voice of Detroit," (Writer/Producer Oliver Thornton; Co-writer/Associate Producer, SAC Alum Matthew Stinson '10)  aired this past Sunday on Detroit Public T.V. and will air again on Thursday, March 17th, at 8:00 p.m. J.P McCarthy was an icon of Detroit broadcasting who ruled the radio waves in the Motor City for thirty years. 

Based upon extensive work with the McCarthy family and over twenty interviews with J.P.’s friends, family, co-workers and contemporaries,  "J.P. McCarthy – The Voice of Detroit" is a fitting memorial to someone who was considered more of a family member than a voice on the radio to anyone who tuned in to hear his morning show or the Focus program over the years.

Media Scholars Meet in Atlanta for Annual SCMS Conference 
The SCMS annual conference provides a forum for scholars and teachers of film and media studies to present and hear new research; it promotes a supportive environment for networking, mentoring, and collaboration among scholars otherwise separated by distance, language, or disciplinary boundaries; and it promotes the field of cinema and media studies among its practitioners, to other disciplines, and to the public at large, in part through public recognition of award worthy achievements and other significant milestones within the field.

Look for the SCMS Special Edition of the SAC Newsletter (coming soon!) for a complete schedule of SAC presentations and faculty/student involvement in this conference.
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