Join Professor Yeidy Rivero this afternoon as she speaks with Professor Ruth Behar about her book Broadcasting Modernity as a part of the Author's Forum at Hatcher.
Author's Forum Presents - Broadcasting Modernity: Cuban Commercial Television, 1950-1960: A Conversation with Yeidy Rivero and Ruth Behar
Tuesday, September 29
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery 100
5:30 p.m. -- Free Admission 
Join SAC Professor Yeidy Rivero as she presents her book in conversation with Ruth Behar, Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies, as a part of the Author's Forum.  In Broadcasting Modernity, television historian Yeidy M. Rivero shows how television owners, regulatory entities, critics, and the state produced Cuban modernity for television. The Cuban television industry enabled different institutions to convey the nation's progress, democracy, economic abundance, high culture, education, morality, and decency. After nationalizing Cuban television, the state used it to advance Fidel Castro's project of creating a modern socialist country. As Cuba changed, television changed with it. Rivero not only demonstrates television's importance to Cuban cultural identity formation, but also, she explains how the medium functions in society during times of radical political and social transformation.

The Author's Forum is a collaboration among the U-M Institute for the Humanities, the University Library, and the Ann Arbor Book Festival. 
2015 UM Contemporary Chinese Film Series  
Tuesdays in September and October 
State Theater
7:00 p.m. -- Free Admission 
Still from Police Story 新警察故事, 2014
Directed by Ding Sheng  
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute and Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at UM, Electric Shadows: 2015 Contemporary Chinese Film Series will feature six exciting Chinese films released in 2014 and 2015.  SAC Professor Markus Nornes helped curate the festival, which continues today, September 29th, at the State Theater with the screening of  Police Story, a film that tells the tale of a man looking for the release of a long-time prisoner who takes a police officer, his daughter, and a group of strangers hostage. Jackie Chan plays a police officer Zhong Wen in this Chinese-Hong Kong crime thriller. This newest version of Police Story has a darker tone, whereas the previous Police Story films were more comedic. 
Screening of We Are Young Followed by Q & A with Alex Richanbach
Friday, October 2 
7:00 p.m. - Free and Open to the Public 
We Are Young, (image from
On Friday, October 2, Alex Richanbach and Ben Sheehan, writers/producers from Funny or Die in Los Angeles, will be on campus. They will be conducting an exclusive workshop with Terri Sarris's sketch comedy class on Friday afternoon. Later that evening, however, at 7:00 p.m. in MLB 1, there will be a free and open to the public screening of Richanbach's feature film We Are Young (a romantic comedy about twenty-somethings, described on IMDb as "a film about guys who act like girls and girls who act like guys") followed by a Q & A with writer/director/actor Richanbach.
Panel Discussion about Writing and Directing Comedy
Saturday, October 3
NQ 2435 
1:00-3:00 p.m. 
On Saturday, October 3rd from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in North Quad Space 2435, Funny or Die's Alex Richanbach (actor, director, writer) and Ben Sheehan (supervising producer, talent & artist relations) are available to answer questions about writing and directing comedy.
AN RSVP is required to attend this event. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here
Screening of Altman Followed by Q & A with Director Ron Mann
Saturday, October 3
Michigan Theater
7:00 p.m. 
Robert Altman directs on the set of his film The Company  in 2003. 
photo credit, Matt Dinerstien
Join us for a beautiful tribute to an artist who created some of our favorite films, and a film that will make you appreciate Altman's great work even more. Ron Mann's biographical documentary Altman traces the idiosyncratic career path of iconic director Robert Altman, charting a filmography that spanned over fifty years and earned him five Oscar nominations. Assembled with the help of Altman's widow Kathryn -- and a wealth of home movies, archival interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage -- Mann's film allows Altman to tell his story largely in his own words, giving a rare insight into the mind of a movie-making maverick whose uncompromising vision helped shape the American filmmaking landscape for decades to come. The film includes cameos from many of the faces that Altman collaborated with over the years including Elliott Gould, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Lily Tomlin as they answer one question: What is Altmanesque?

 This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Ron Mann

This event is sponsored by the University Library, the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, and the Michigan Theater.
Screening of The Hunting Ground 
Tuesday, October 6
North Quad Space 2435 
8:00 p.m. -- Free Admission 

"The Hunting Ground, a documentary shocker about rape on American college campuses, is a must-watch work of cine-activism."

Manohla Dargis
New York Times
React to Film: University of Michigan presents a free screening of The Hunting Ground (2015), a chilling documentary from the makers of The Invisible War that presents a nationwide examination of sexual assault on American college campuses. The Sundance Institute comments on the film: "Scrutinizing the gamut of elite Iives, state universities, and small colleges, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering reveal an endemic system of institutional cover-ups, rationalizations, victim-blaming, and denial that creates perfect storm conditions for predators to prey with impunity. Meanwhile, the film captures mavericks Andrea Pino and Annie Clark, survivors who are taking matters into their own hands—ingeniously employing Title IX legal strategy to fight back and sharing their knowledge among a growing, unstoppable network of young women who will no longer be silent." 
Screening of Korla Followed by a Q & A with Director John Turner 
Thursday, October 8
Forum Hall, Palmer Commons 
5:30 p.m. -- Free Admission 
"Korla Pandit was a musician of dazzling inventiveness [...]. Long before synthesizers stalked the land, Korla figured out how to coax all manner of previously unheard percussion, brass, and string sounds out of the Hammond B-3 organ." 
Dan Epstein, La Weekly
Join us for a screening of Korla, a new documentary about Korla Pandit, a spiritual seeker, a television pioneer, and the godfather of exotica music. Known for his hypnotic gaze, Korla captured the hearts of countless Los Angeles housewives in the '50s with his live television program that featured a blend of popular tunes and East Indian compositions, theatrically performed on a Hammond B3 organ. In the '90s, he resurfaced as a cult figure with the tiki/lounge music aficionados, filling clubs, skating rinks and bars with retro hipsters. Often pegged as a "man of mystery," Korla lived up to that billing when he took an amazing secret with him to his grave in 1998 -- one that is revealed in Korla. Read more about the film (with spoilers) here

This event is generously sponsored by Asian/Pacific Islander Studies; the Department of American Culture; the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies; the Center for South Asian Studies; and Screen Arts & Cultures. 
Caryl Flinn and Mark Clague to Give Pre-Concert Talk Entitled "Music in Character and as Character: Bernstein's Musical Score to On the Waterfront"
Sunday, October 11
Hill Auditorium -- Talk will be given on the Mezzanine Lobby; Tickets to the performance are required to attend 
2:00 p.m. (talk); 3:00 p.m. (screening and performance) 
Join Mark Clague (Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research), Caryl Flinn (Chair and Professor of Screen Arts and Cultures), and Conductor David Newman as they explore the role of music as a storytelling device in Leonard Bernstein’s one and only score for a motion picture, On the Waterfront.
Karl Madden (left) and Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront, screened as the New York Philharmonic played the film's score at Avery Fischer Hall. 
Photo credit - Hiroyuki Ito, New York Times
After the talk, the University Musical Society will be screening the film, accompanied by the New York Philharmonic's live performance of the score. The magnificent soundtrack for On the Waterfront churns with dramatic intensity, underscoring the brutality of the docks, the tough combativeness of the longshoremen, and the dark, looming presence of the mob bosses who dominate their territory. Directed by Elia Kazan, the story is based on true events about crime and corruption on the waterfronts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, with Bernstein’s music accentuating the somber, yet triumphant, conclusion. Academy Award-nominated film composer and conductor David Newman leads the New York Philharmonic in this final concert of their 2015 residency. 
2015 Vivian Shaw Lecture: Piper Kerman (Author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
Tuesday, October 13
Rackham Auditorium
5:10 p.m. (doors open at 4:30 p.m.)
"Female incarceration has risen by 800 percent in this country," says Kerman. "I believe we have reached a point [...] where most people are questioning whether we have made the best choices." 
Based on the 13 months she spent in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut on money laundering charges, Kerman’s memoir, Orange is the New Black, explores the experience of incarceration and the intersection of her life with the lives of the women she met while in prison: their friendships and families, mental illnesses and substance abuse issues, cliques and codes of behavior. The book also raises provocative questions about the state of criminal justice in America, and how incarceration affects the individual and communities throughout the nation. 

Since her release, Kerman has worked to promote the cause of prison and criminal justice reform. She serves on the board of the Women's Prison Association, which provides preventative services for at-risk women, works to create alternatives to incarceration, advocates against practices like shackling during childbirth and offers programs to aid reentry into society.

This event is co-sponsored Department of Women's Studies, U-M Law School, Department of Sociology, Screen Arts & Cultures, the School of Social Work, and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

The Vivian R. Shaw Lecture is presented biennially by the Women's Studies Department and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Established in 1997 by Ellen S. Agress (U-M, 1968), to honor the memory of her mother, this lecture addresses "real world issues" affecting women.
Shelia Murphy's SAC 354: The History of New Media screened The Imitation Game last week, a 2014 historical thriller based on the life of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, as a part of their study of  "Computational Histories and Views." 
Professor Emeritus Richard Abel Publishes Menus for Movieland: Newspapers and the Emergence of American Film Culture.
"Blending local close ups and sweeping nation-wide panoramas, Abel offers a richly textured view of emergent film stardom, advertising campaigns, early film criticism, and even fan activities  -- all crucial aspects of American film culture that were enabled and shaped by the nation’s countless newspapers.”
Gregory A. Waller, editor and author 
At the turn of the last century, the main function of a newspaper was to offer “menus” by which readers could make sense of modern life and imagine how to order their own daily lives. Among those menus in the mid-1910s were several that mediated the interests of movie manufacturers, distributors, exhibitors, and the rapidly expanding audience of fans. This writing about the movies arguably played a crucial role in the emergence of American popular film culture. Negotiating among national, regional, and local interests, it shaped fans’ ephemeral experience of moviegoing, their repeated encounters with the fantasy worlds of “movie land,” and their attractions to certain stories and stars. Moreover, in weekend pages and daily columns and film reviews, much of this was served up by women and consumed by women, including at least one teenager compiling a rare surviving scrapbook. Based on extensive original research, Richard Abel substantially revises what the movies and moviegoing meant and for whom “on the way to Hollywood" (excerpt from UC Press)

Read more about Menus for Movieland here
SAC 2010 Alumnus Joong Yub Kim Wins Award at 5th olleh International Smartphone Film Festival in Seoul 
Joong Yub Kim won the “Best Short Award Under 10 Minutes” for his short “The Present Future,” which he directed and wrote. The short is set in AD 2065 when brother and sister Su-min and Su-jin Ha astonish the world with their achievements: reunifying North and South Korea, eliminating malaria, abolishing temporary employment and preserving glaciers in the Arctic and the Antarctic. None of these achievements would have been possible, though, had it not been for one fateful decision before their birth. Congratulations to Joong Yub for this honorable achievement!
SAC 2015-16 Honors Cohort
Spotlight on Joseph Biglin 
Biglin's honor's project, February 14, 1992, is a series of interconnected short films. Utilizing a multi-media format and dissociative editing, Biglin aims to synesthetically inspire ugly emotions (i.e. regret) while contrapuntally mixing in elements of incongruity and humor to develop an intellectual concept - that perspective assuages these feelings, and life moves on. As Biglin believes the process of creation is completely iterative and features an academic component which includes phenomenologically testing viewers' reactions to the film, he will respond and remake the material to facilitate greater synesthesia. His final project with annotated comments will be available on a website, offering an experimental form of exhibition and providing a transparency in the process and product.
Casting and Crew Calls Now Posted on the SAC Website!
Are you interested in acting in or working on the crew of a SAC production? All SAC casting and crew calls will now be posted on our website under "Undergraduate/ Casting Calls" and "Undergraduate/Crew Calls." The first casting call -- for the short film "Drew Came Back" has just been posted. Check it out here