photo credit, Mary Lou Chlipala
Screen Arts & Cultures welcomes the new SAC majors and Global Media Studies minors who declared at this winter's Sacapalooza, held in North Quad's Studio A on Friday, March 17, 2017. During the event, SAC Associate Chair Victor Fanucchi, members of the SAC faculty and staff, and student representatives from WOLV TV, M-agination, and the SAC Honors Cohort talked about SAC programs and offered information regarding new opportunities and events offered by their organizations. 
The Golden Apple Award is the only university-wide student nominations-based award that recognizes outstanding university teaching on campus. This year, members of the SAC faculty who received nominations from their students are as follows: Jim Burnstein, Daniel Herbert, Dawn Hollison, Candace Moore, Terri Sarris, and Oliver Thornton. 
Congratulations to all of you!
LSA Major Minor Expo 
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Rogel Ballroom, Michigan Union 
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Major Minor Expo is an ideal chance for undergrads to explore the world of academic opportunities at LSA and throughout the University, as it brings together representatives from nearly every discipline so students can gather information about all areas of study. To find out more about the event, click here. 
Lasting Synergies
A Historical Exhibit of the Ann Arbor Film Festival
Created by Terri Sarris's SAC 304 
North Quad, Space 2435
Tuesday, March 21 - Sunday, March 26, 2017
Opening Reception, Tuesday, March 21,  2:00 - 4:00 pm. 
The history of the Ann Arbor Film Festival is inextricably linked with the history of the University of Michigan. With support from the UM Bicentennial Committee and direction from designer Melissa Gomis, students in Terri Sarris’s Screen Arts course (SAC 304) worked with ephemera from the Festival archives at UM’s Bentley Historical Library to create an 
exhibition exploring aspects of the Festival’s history.  As part of the exhibition, films by current and former UM Faculty and students which have screened at the Festival will be looping on three monitors, along with works by Sarris's current students in SAC 304.  

Sharing the space is Peter Sparling's Pop Up Projection Pavillion, an installation on five screens. 

The exhibition will be up during the festival with open hours (during times the Fest doesn't have other talks/events in the space): Tues., 3/21, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (opening reception); Wed., 3/22, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 - 6:00 p.m; Thu., 3/23,  12:00 -3:00 p.m. and 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.; Fri., 3/24, 12:00 -6:00 p.m.; Sat., 3/25, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., and Sun., 3/26, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

A special thanks to Philip Hallman, Film Studies Field Librarian;  Melissa Gomis, Exhibition designer; and Cinda Nofziger, Bentley Historical Library for their help and input.
The 55th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival 
Tuesday, March 21 - Sunday, March 26, 2017
Michigan Theater (Main Venue)
See Schedule for Film Times and and Other Events/Locations

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences.

This year, on Wednesday, March 22, at 9:30 p.m., the musical trio Little Bang Theory (SAC's Terri Sarris, with Frank Pahl, and Doug Shimmin) will be providing live accompaniment, along with Japanese Benshi Ichiro Kataoka, to A Page of Madness (1926) by Teinosuke Kinugasa (programmed by Markus Nornes).  The original score, composed by Frank Pahl, is being performed on hand-made instruments and toys.

(From left to right) Little Bang Theory's Doug Shimmin, Terri Sarris, and Frank Pahl (far right) pose with  benshi Kataoka Ichiro (second from right). 

photo credit, Markus Nornes
Little Bang Theory's "Clowning Around" will be also showing on Saturday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the "Films in Competition 11 - Music Videos" category (Lorch Hall). On Friday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m., Sarris' film "Circular," a film adapted from the story "The Circular Ruins" by Jorge Luis Borges, will be screened in the "Films in Competition 6" category. 
from left to right, "Clowning Around," "Circular," and "Chicago, 1 (Intersection)"

On Saturday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m., SAC's Chris McNamara's "Chicago, 1 (Intersection)" will be screening in the "Films in Competition 12" Category. The latest in a series of studies of intersections in cities, shot at the magic hour, the film captures the comings and goings of people and cars and buses for a brief moment -- there and then gone. 

Also on Saturday, March 25, at 9:15 p.m., Professor Markus Nornes has programmed a special presentation entitled,
"Axes of Dwelling: the Video Art of Yuan Guangming," covering video artist Yuan Guangming's extraordinary career. For more information, please click here

Yuan Guangming’s INDICATION (2014 | 6 min loop | 3-channel video, programmed by Markus Nornes and pictured below) is now running at the Ann Arbor Art Association for the duration of the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Stop by and engage in the experience. 
Please come out to enjoy the festival and support our SAC faculty! 
Digital Studies Workshop Presents 
A Public Talk by Alexis Lothian (University of Maryland College Park) 
"Queer Geek Methodologies: Social Justice Fandom as a Transformative Digital Humanities"
Thursday, March 30, 2017
3512 Haven Hall
4:00 p.m. 
Mobilized in contexts ranging from the Movement for Black Lives to debates about safe spaces and freedom of speech on university campuses, digital demands for social justice are often expressed in creative forms that draw from popular media. This talk draws from early work on a new book project that explores the digital production of knowledge about gender, race, and disability through the intersection of social justice discourse
and fan culture, exploring ways that the creative production of media fan subcultures has preceded and shaped the development of contemporary digital politics.
Alexis Lothian is Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and Core Faculty in the Design Cultures and Creativity Program at University of Maryland College Park. Her scholarship is situated at the intersection of queer studies, speculative fiction, and social justice in digital culture. 

This talk is co-coordinated by SAC PhD Student Joseph DeLeon and
American Culture PhD Student Meryem Kamil 

For more information on Lothian's talk, please click here
Future of Digital Media Business Symposium
Featuring Amanda Lotz and Daniel Herbert 
Symposium - Thursday, March 30, 4:00 p.m. 
Question and Answer - Friday, March 31, 12:00 p.m. 
North Quad Space 2435

Digital technologies have substantially disrupted operations of all media industries in the last two decades. Their implications have changed nearly all aspects of the production and distribution of media and produced enormous consequences for those who make media and for the media that circulate in the culture as a result.  The two-day event begins Thursday, March 30 at 4:00 with a Symposium featuring 30-minute presentations from four experts in the transition to digital production and distribution of media industries. Speakers will discuss how and why each business has changed, the consequences for those working in the industry and the media they make, and what remain the greatest challenges going forward.
Sponsors - the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts | UM Office of Research | Department of Communication Studies | The School of Music, Theatre & Dance EXCEL Program | Michigan Publishing | Institute for the Humanities | Rackham Graduate School
The Audiovisual Essay and the Digital Humanities Mini-Conference
Panel Presentations 
Friday, March 31, 2017
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. 
Kuenzel room, Michigan Union
This mini-conference will act as a critical introduction to the audiovisual essay that seeks to assess its scholarly and pedagogical applications while bringing several of its proponents in cinema and media studies into conversation with digital humanists working in
a range of disciplines at the University of Michigan. The mini-conference will explore methodological questions relevant to digital scholarship and pedagogy while pressing new questions about the utility of audiovisual essays outside of cinema and media studies, and considering the possible place of audiovisual essays within digital humanities debates.

Opening Remarks, Matthew Solomon, (SAC); Panel Presentations (moderated by Anita Gonzalez, SMTD) Jason Mittell, (Middlebury College); Mark Williams, (Dartmouth University); Steven Anderson, (UCLA); Respondent, Paul Conway (School of Information)

This conference is organized by SAC Professor Matthew Solomon and PhD Candidate Vincent Longo and generously supported by the Departments of  
American Culture, Communication Studies, Digital Studies, English, History, History of Art, the Institute for the Humanities, UM Office of Research, and the Sweetland Center for Writing.
The 27th Golden Apple Award: "The Unexpected Benefits of Pain, Passion, Pets"
A Talk by 2017 Winner, Professor Edward Cho
Monday, April 3, 2017
Rackham Auditorium
7:00 p.m. 
Each year, the winning professor of the Golden Apple Award hosts an "ideal last lecture" in which he/she constructs a lecture on a topic of choice. We, the Golden Apple Award Committee, welcome you to join us in honoring this year's winner, Professor Edward Cho from the Department of Economics, and to be a part of his ideal last lecture, which he has titled "The Unexpected Benefits of Pain, Passion, and Pets". Given Professor Cho's popularity, this surely is a lecture that you will not want to miss! Admission is free for all attendees,and a reception with refreshment will follow.
There are multiple sponsors for this event; to view a complete list, please click here
SAC Speaker Series Presents
A Talk by NYU Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis, Andrew Ross
“High Culture/Hard Labor: Looking Beyond the Creatives”
Friday, April 7, 2017
Room 250, Hutchins Hall - Law School
1:30 p.m. 

Recent writing about “creative labor” has helped us to understand how “working for exposure” has become a central economic principle
of the media and knowledge industries. But this focus on the attention economy has neglected how the “groundstaff” are employed to construct and maintain our brand-name institutions. How can arts and media activists turn such institutions into communities of conscience where the rights of all workers are upheld?
This program is organized by The Department of Screen Arts & Cultures and co-sponsored by Rackham Graduate School; the Institute for the Humanities; the Departments of Communication Studies, History, Romance Languages & Literatures, English Language and Literature, and Comparative Literature; the Anthropology Graduate Program; and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Sophia Kruz (SAC '11), Documentary Filmmaker  
The Combat of Women Culture | Sophia Kruz | TEDxUofM
Last month, Driftseed, co-founder Sophia Kruz gave a TEDxUofM talk to a sold-out audience on her new documentary Little Stones, and the power of art and culture to empower women and girls around the world. Watch her video here

A special thanks to our Office Assistant Madison Fyke for all of her help organizing and coordinating our Sacapalooza event on Friday, March 17, 2017.

You are the best, Maddie! 

photo credit, Carrie Moore
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