photo credit, Markus Nornes and Terri Sarris
SAC 401: "The Big House Project," taught by Markus Nornes, Terri Sarris, and visiting filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda,  made a scouting visit to Michigan Stadium during the Colorado-Michigan game on September 17, 2016, in preparation for a direct-cinema style documentary the class is making on The Big House.  With the gracious hosting of Associate Athletic Director Kurt Svoboda, students visited the press box, control room, early morning locker room, the field, and many other spaces before, during, and after the game.  
Thanks also to V. Prasad who joined the group for the day.
Screen Arts & Cultures Presents The Jonathan Glickman Producers' Series featuring
Kent Alterman, President of Comedy Central 
Friday, September 30, 2016
Angell Hall, Auditorium B
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 
Kent Alterman is the president of Comedy Central. He is responsible for the leadership, strategy and management of the #1 brand in comedy and oversees the development and production of all original content
produced by Comedy Central.  Alterman rejoined Comedy Central in 2010 as head of original programming and production after a previous stint at the network as head of east coast development from 1996-2000. He was promoted to president, original programming in 2013 and rose to his current position of president in 2016.
From Little Stones to a Mosaic Event Series: Open Classes with Director & Producer Sophia Kruz (SAC '11)
Open Classes for Affiliated Students 
(100 seats have been reserved for students affiliated with co-sponsors of the event, but registration required - see link below)

UC 270: Friday, September 30; Location TBD; 1:00 -2:30 p.m. 
UC 470: Monday, October 3; Location 2155 NQ; 8:00 -9:30 p.m.
In her presentation for UC 270, Sophia will focus on four women's rights activists using art in innovative ways to address issues profiled in her film, Little Stones. In her presentation for UC 470, she will focus on her use of filmmaking for social change, identifying the important stakeholders in this work, challenges faced, and strategies employed. 

If you are a SAC undergrad, and you are interested in attending one or both of these open classes, please Click here to RSVP.
Iranian Film Festival 
Sundays - October 2  to October 23, 2016

Rackham Amphitheatre
4:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public 
Still from Parviz (Majid Barzegar, 2012)
Screening this Sunday, October 2
Parvis, a fifty-year-old man who has lived his entire life with his father and never held a job, is suddenly, kicked out from his home, as his father decides to remarry.
Please note that film scholar Amir Ganjavie, who will introduce Parviz on October 2, will also deliver a lecture on October 3 entitled "Utopia and Censorship: Iranian Cinema at the Crossroads of Love, Sex, and Tradition"
(4:10–5:30pm, 2022 STB). 
The Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Iranian Graduate Students Association is 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 the festival site (above) or send an email  to

This festival is sponsored by Arts at Michigan, the Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies; the Depts. of Near Eastern Studies, Screen Arts & Cultures, Anthropology, and Women's Studies; the Iranian Graduate Students Association; the Islamic Studies Program; the Language Resource Center; and the Persian Students Association. 
Screening of Little Stones
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Michigan Theater 
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; film begins at 6:30 p.m. 

(Free and open to all -- but RSVP required. See link below)
Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and former PBS producer Sophia Kruz (SAC '11) along with cinematographer Meena Singh, will host a test-screening of their upcoming 90-minute documentary Little Stones, which explores the role of art in the global empowerment of women and girls. From a graffiti artist in the favelas of Brazil raising awareness about domestic violence, to a choreographer in India using dance to rehabilitate victims of sex trafficking, Little Stones profiles four artists who have found innovative ways to use their art to tackle the most pressing issues facing the women in their communities.

Click here to RSVP if you are a SAC undergrad 
All other interested parties, click here to register. 
IRWG Community of Scholars Symposium
Friday, October 7, 2016
2239 Lane Hall
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
During this symposium, the 2016 IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars fellows present their research. SAC Doctoral Candidate Josh Morrison will present his paper, "Killer Camp: 'Bad' Feelings, Communal Healing, and Consumptive Camp," on the second panel, entitled, Murder, Harassment, and Righteous Reproduction: What’s a ‘Good’ Woman to Do? (10:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m.), chaired by Professor Caryl Flinn. Later in the symposium, Assistant Professor Candace Moore will chair panel four, entitled  Politics of Representation: Papas, Pastors, and Poets (2:30 - 4:00 p.m.)

For complete information on the program and/or to register for lunch, please click here
Capitalism-Catholicism-Colonialism Workshop
Friday, October 7, 2016
2435 North Quad 
9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
In The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1904), Max Weber famously argued that the inner rationality of capitalist accumulation first emerged during the Protestant Reformation in the form of the Puritan concept of the “calling” and an associated sensibility of 
worldly asceticism. Taking Weber’s work and legacy as a point of departure, this one-day, interdisciplinary workshop aims to explore the intersections of Capitalism, Catholicism, and Colonialism in the early modern Iberian world. 
Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Rackham Graduate School, U-M Office of Research, International Institute, Screen Arts & Cultures, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies,and the Department of History.
photo credit, Mary Lou Chlipala
SAC and German Chair Johannes von Moltke moderates the Q & A after the screening of The Lies of the Victors (September 19, 2016) with screenwriter Ulrich Peltzer  and Bastian Obermayer, Knight-Wallace Fellow from the Süddeutsche Zeitung. 
Associate Professor Giorgio Bertellini Publishes New Essay and Gives Keynote Address at Oxford University
Professor Bertellini has just published an essay on Italian silent cinema's failure to dramatize the Great War without rhetoric and reticence. Government's interference, self-censorship, and commercial aspirations contributed to the manufacturing of films that appeared unwilling to convey the reality and significance of the war beyond the safe and farcical achievements of familiar strongmen and the juvenile routines of slapstick comedians.  

Giorgio Bertellini, “‘Quando la realtà cammina più rapida della fantasia:‘ Italian Cinema and World War I,” in Graziella Parati ed., Italy and the Cultural Politics of World War I (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield/Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016), 67-85. 
On September 23, 2016, Bertellini gave a keynote address at Oxford University at the conference, "Cultures on the Move: Italy and the USA: Language, Cinema, and Literature." His talk, entitled "Modern Throwbacks: Screening Italians in America—The First Fifty Years," dealt with the aesthetic patterns that American film culture deployed in its reception of Italian characters and narratives, from the turn of the 20th century to neorealism.
SAC Certificate Student Pierluigi Erbaggio Successfully Defends Dissertation 
Erbaggio's dissertation, entitled Writing Mussolini: Il Duce’s American Biographies on Paper and Screen, 1922-1936, looks at the American response to Mussolini within the broader narrative and historical framework of biographical writings, newspaper history, and non-fiction cinema. While the dissertation builds on previous research on Mussolini’s fame in America (i.e. John Diggins), it also fills a major void in terms of broad evidence and broader historiographical framework. 

Erbaggio, who is also about to earn a Certificate in Screen Arts and Cultures, will now return to his position as Administrative Assistant at the Italian Consulate in Detroit. 

Congratulations, Dr. Erbaggio!
Top Television Director Mark Cendrowski Visits SAC for Seventh Year in a Row
Mark Cendrowski, UM alumnus & director of The Big Bang Theory, marked his seventh year as visiting guest artist in television writing and directing for SAC undergraduates.  So far this fall, he has conducted three workshops for the following classes:  Thornton's SAC 311 - Writing for Television: The Spec Script; Rayher and Thornton's SAC 404 - TV Pilots; and Sarris's SAC 403 - Sketch Comedy (pictured below).     

During his recent visit to Sarris's SAC 403, Sketch Comedy class on Friday, September 23, Cendrowski gave tips on writing and directing comedy, and the class then table-read students' scripts.  Two sketches, "Devil's Advocate" and "Names Names Names", written by Kelsey Fox and Aline Mayagoitia, respectively, were workshopped in the studio, with Cendrowski offering suggestions for both blocking and performance.
(Above) Cendrowski workshops Kelsey Fox's "Devil's Advocate" while SAC 403 students perform and listen; (below) Cendrowski workshops Aline Mayagoitia's "Names Names Names."
SAC 2016-17 Honors Cohort: Spotlight on Clare Higgins

Clare Higgins is a double major in Screen Arts & Cultures and Creative Writing & Literature through the Residential College. She recently spent her summer in Los Angeles and plans to move back soon in the hopes of joining the television industry while writing scripts of her own. On campus, she is an active member of the RC Players and enjoys writing for the stage as much as the screen. She can't wait to work with vastly talented artists this year in order to put together a project that encompasses the many mediums she loves. 

This year, Clare will be adapting a dance number, a poem, and a short story for the screen (making three short films). She will be working closely with a dancer, a poet, and a fiction writer in order to make these adaptations true to the essence of their originals while adding something to them that only video could. 

Clare's SAC Faculty Advisors are Victor Fanucchi (primary) and Dan Herbert (secondary) 

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