photo credit, Rob Gingerich-Jones 
WOLV TV hosted their annual WOLVies Award Ceremony on April 9 to recognize and honor those staff members who demonstrated continued hard work and dedication throughout the year. Congratulations to all of this year's award winners!
SAC Honors Film Screenings
Tuesday, April 19
Michigan Theater Screening Room 

Screening - 6:30 p.m.
(Left) Stills from Andrew Day's "Night Watch"; (right) stills from Joseph Biglin's "February 14, 1992"
SAC honors students Andrew Day and Joseph Biglin will screen their original films "Night Watch" (22 minutes) and "February 14, 1992" (35 minutes) at the Michigan Theater on April 19 and be available to answer questions after the screenings. Please join us and support the creative work of our students!
American Cultures Authors Celebration 
Wednesday, April 20
UMMA Commons 
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Please join the American Culture Department for a celebration and discussion of the year's publications from the following American Culture faculty: Stephen Berrey, Greg Dowd, Anna Fisher, Jonathan Freedman, Colin Gunckel, Tiya Miles, and Alex Stern
II North American Symposium of Galician Studies Academic Renewal, Artistic Communication and Social Innovation
Wednesday, April 20 - Saturday, April 23 
Rackham Graduate School, 4th Floor 
Please see full conference schedule for more information 
As a continuation of the first conference organized by the Galician Studies Research Group at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May, 2014, this second meeting at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor brings together researchers and professors who work in the field of 
Galician Studies, understood in the broadest sense of the term and from any disciplinary and multidisciplinary approach. The conference has attracted papers with innovative theoretical reflections from diverse geographic intersections as well as essays that recover, revitalize, and give visibility both to the Galician cultural tradition and the most recent cultural production, through engagement with political approaches in the study of culture. The conference includes presentations and research projects that contribute to Galician studies in all its complexity.

This symposium is organized by Romance Languages & Literatures and sponsored by Rackham Graduate School, the International Institute, the LSA Dean's Office, and the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures. 
FVSA Lightworks Festival
Saturday, April 23 (beginning at 7 p.m.)
Sunday, April 24 (beginning at 2 p.m.)
Natural Science Auditorium
The Lightworks Festival is a showcase of Screen Arts & Cultures' student films. Presented by SAC's student organization, FVSA (Film and Video Student Organization), the Lightworks Festival is the venue for students to present their end-of-the-term production coursework to classmates, family, and friends of Screen Arts & Cultures. Please join us to support the art of production -- and our talented students!
photo credit, Mary Lou Chlipala
SAC honors student Kristen Batko takes center stage surrounded by her cast of readers for her original one-hour television drama, Psychos. Batko's reading took place last Thursday, April 14, in the CC Little building.
Director of Screenwriting Jim Burnstein Quoted in Concentrate Regarding Demise of Michigan's Film Incentive Program
         photo credit, Doug Coombe

As the Michigan State Film Incentives Program has truly come to an end, writer Jenn McKee of Concentrate interviewed local filmmakers, asking them, "What legacy, if any, did they leave behind?"  After talking with Director of Screenwriting Jim Burnstein about the impact of the program during its "golden years," McKee questioned him about the factors he believed contributed to the program's downfall, and then ended her interview with the query, "After all the time and energy [you] invested in Michigan's now-dead film incentives, [do you] now feel they were a waste?" Burnstein responded, "I feel like that's a tough question [...] If I had to do it over again - I don't know. For a few years, I couldn't talk about it [...] But now I look back at the experience and the careers it provided for my students, and that part of it makes me very happy." 

Read more of Jim Burnstein's remarks, along with other local professionals' opinions on the incentive program, in "Local Filmmakers weigh in on the demise of Michigan's film incentive program" here
Owen Gleiberman Visits Professor Cohen's SAC 340 Writing Film Criticism Class

Owen Gleiberman, a former student of Professor Cohen's and a UM graduate, recently visited Cohen's SAC 340 (Writing Film Criticism) class. Gleiberman conducted a discussion based on his query, "Why did you sign up for Writing Film Criticism?," coupled with students' responses to a chapter in his new book on the evolution of his interest to pursue a career as a film critic. Students read the chapter -- extracted from Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies -- in preparation for Gleiberman's visit.

"In Movie Freak, Gleiberman's enthrallingly candid, funny, and eye-opening memoir, he  captures what it's like to live life through the movies, existing in thrall to a virtual reality that becomes, over time, more real than reality itself" (Goodreads). 

SAC Graduate Students Kayti Lausch and Richard Mwakasege-Minaya Achieve Candidacy
A big congratulations goes out to Kayti Lausch and Richard Mwakasege Minaya, who passed their comprehensive exams last week and have achieved doctoral candidacy. 
Congratulations to the Bess Vennema and Sydney J. Winer Scholarship Winners!
The Bess Vennema Scholarship provides support for travel to study film abroad. This year's recipients are McKenna Cartwright and Anna Garcia. The Sidney J. Winer Scholarship for Internship Support assists students with the costs associated with an internship in the entertainment industry. This year's recipients are Matthew BarnauskasAva BurnhamMonica DolliveErich EberhardAlison Hacker, and Clare Higgins. A big congratulations to all of you -- and best of luck in your travels and internships!
SAC Major and Senior Maiya Lindsey Lands Job at CTN Following Internship This Winter 
CTN of Ann Arbor provides free television production workshops to residents and non-profit organizations and creates local cable programming about the Ann Arbor community. Maiya Lindsey completed an internship at CTN this winter, wherein she created and proofed over 50 electronic bulletin board messages for all four channels (Comcast channels 16, 17, 18, & 19), input information into A-list (our interactive cable TV guide), dubbed old VHS tapes onto DVD for archiving purposes, and assisted on various CTN production studio shoots, among other duties. Her hard work, skill, and dedication led to her landing a full-time job at CTN, starting April 18, 2016. Congratulations, Maiya!
Alumni Updates on SAC Website in Full Swing 
A big THANK YOU to all of you who responded to updating your information for our newly redesigned SAC website! If you have not yet submitted information to us regarding your career and/or creative exploits, please do! We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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