Photo credit, Mary Lou Chlipala 
On Monday, October 24, 2016,  students filled Angell Hall's Auditorium B to hear Disney Artist 
Amy Sneed's one-hour animation presentation on Disney's new movie Moana.
This event was sponsored by FVSA, the Screen Arts & Cultures Student Association; members of WOLV TV were also in attendance. 
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 & Literature, 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 6:00 p.m., there will be a public reception for the directors in NQ 2435. 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, 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
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! 
Julia Sonnevend's Book Launch: Stories Without Borders: The Berlin Wall and the Making of a a Global Iconic Event 
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Literati Bookstore
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
Professor Sonnevend (UM, Communication Studies) will be joined in conversation by Professor William Uricchio (MIT, Comparative Literatrue)
What comes to be known and seen as a global iconic event? Focusing on news coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall and on contemporary retellings of the event, Julia Sonnevend discusses how storytellers build up certain events so that people remember them for a
long time. The East German border opening that we know as the "fall of the Berlin Wall" was in fact unintentional, confusing, and prompted in part by misleading media coverage of bureaucratic missteps. But its global message is not about luck or accident or happenstance in history. Incarnated as a global iconic event, the fall of the Berlin Wall has come to communicate the momentary power that ordinary people can have. The event's story, branded as a simple phrase, a short narrative and a recognizable visual scene, provides people from China to Israel to the United States with a powerful social myth. This myth shapes our debates about separation walls and fences, borders, and refugees, and the possibilities of human freedom to this day.
For more information, including biographies of Julia Sonnevend and WIlliam Uricchio, please click here
This event is organized by the Global Media Studies Initiative and sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies with support from the Sheldon Cohn Fund in the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures.
photo credit, Mary Lou Chlipala 
TV Pilots (SAC 404) students rehearse a scene from “Recovering.” Director Yuri Ramocan (center) communicates with writer Matt Barnauskas (plaid shirt). On cameras are Alec Brabant and Talia Mayden; on sound (back turned) is Logan Gardner (who is also a writer on the show). (At left) Actor Annamarie Kasper sits opposite Veerendra Prasad. 
SAC 401 Shoots Footage at Homecoming Game, Saturday, October 22
SAC 401 (Direct Cinema, "The Big House Project") shot footage at their second UM game at the Big House this past Saturday.  The class, taught by Markus Nornes, Terri Sarris, and visiting filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda,  is collaborating on a film tentatively entitled, "Everything But the Game," focusing on the behind-the-scenes people and activity of a typical game day Saturday at the Big House.
Kevin Tocco arrived early in the morning to gather footage at the medical facility of the Big House.  Kevin shot everything from the president's tailgate party prior to the game to the garbage clean-up after the game ended.
Danny Kahn and Alex Brenner sport their photo vests, which gave them access to shoot footage on the sidelines during the game. 
Sarika Tyagi, a "one-person" band, gathered footage around town and around the stadium. 

Photo credit for all photos in this feature, Terri Sarris
Alum Erin Hill ('99) Publishes New Book on Women in Media Production
Erin Hill's Never Done: A History of Women's Work in Media Production introduces generations of women who worked behind the scenes in the film industry -- from the employees’ wives who hand-colored the Edison Company’s films frame-by-frame, to the female immigrants who toiled in MGM’s backrooms to produce beautifully beaded and embroidered costumes. Challenging the dismissive characterization of these women as merely menial workers, media historian Erin Hill shows how their labor was essential to the industry and required considerable technical and interpersonal skills. Sketching a history of how Hollywood came to define certain occupations as lower-paid “women’s work,” or “feminized labor,” Hill also reveals how enterprising women eventually gained a foothold in more prestigious divisions like casting and publicity.  
- Excerpt from Rutgers University Press
Alum Graham Techler Named Semi-Finalist in Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest 
Theater and Drama grad Graham Techler is a Semi-finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest in the Comedy/Rom-Com category for his script "Waffles."  Techler, a multiple Hopwood Writing Award winner while at UM,  wrote the first draft of "Waffles" as an independent study with Terri Sarris in Winter 2016. 
SAC 2016-17 Honors Cohort: Spotlight on Sarah Strand 
Sarah Strand is a Screen Arts & Cultures student who is also earning a degree through the Stamps School of Art & Design.  She specializes in large-scale abstract painting, as well as video installations, and is currently working as a graphic designer.  Sarah is a member of the Residential College and is completing a minor in French & Francophone studies.  Sarah recently returned from a summer  internship at Rolling Design in Shenzhen, China, and hopes to continue traveling throughout her career.
For her honors thesis, Sarah will be creating a series of video installations centering on the role of consumerism in American society.  Her work will involve sculptural alternative screens, as well as montage sequences.  She hopes to depict how consumers navigate their daily lives, as well as critique the privileging of nostalgic values over proactive social movements in small town America.
Sarah's SAC Faculty Advisors are Christopher McNamara (primary) and Dan Herbert (secondary).
SAC Senior Abby Buchmeyer Edits Documentary Your Street, Our Stage in Bolivia 

Over the summer of 2016, SAC major and honors cohort member Abby Buchmeyer traveled to Cochabamba, Bolivia on a Documentary Study Abroad Outreach Program and edited the film, Your Street, Our Stage (Tu calle, nuestro estrado). The film tells the story of Tania Coca Ardaya, a former student and current instructor for Performing Life International (Fundación Enseñarte), a before-and-after school performing arts organization dedicated to helping children from under-resourced neighborhoods surrounding Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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