Visiting Professor Kazuhiro Soda (front, left) snaps a selfie with his two colleagues, Professor Markus Nornes and Senior Lecturer Terri Sarris (directly behind), capturing the enthusiasm of their students in SAC 401: The Big House Project. Throughout the term, students will collaborate on producing a feature-length documentary on the Michigan Stadium. 
An Introduction to the Ann Arbor Film Festival
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
2435 North Quad 
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
(Still from the film Please Say Something, by David O’Reilly)
The Ann Arbor Film Festival Membership & Outreach Committee presents an introduction to the Ann Arbor Film Festival. The Committee will show several short films, including Please Say Something (Director David O'Reilly), and talk about the Festival's screening process. Additionally, SAC's Senior Lecturer Terri Sarris will discuss the special winter 2017 SAC production class (SAC 304: Experimental Media Production: the AAFF)  that she is teaching about the festival in connection with the University Bicentennial Theme Semester. Please join us to learn more about this beloved Ann Arbor tradition and Sarris's unique plan to celebrate and honor it with a community of students. 
Iranian Film Festival
Sundays Sept. 18  to October 23, 2016

Rackham Amphitheatre
4:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public 
Still from I Am Diego Maradona (dir. Bahram Tavakoli, 2015) Screening this Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016
In this energetic black comedy, a stone thrown through a window becomes the catalyst for a family feud between two sisters and their families.
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 our festival site (above) or email us at

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 and Discussion of The Lies of Victors
Monday, September 19, 2016

Lecture Room 2 (1420) MLB 
8:00 p.m. 
Screenwriter Ulrich Peltzer will be joined for the discussion by Bastian Obermayer, Knight-Wallace Fellow from the Süddeutsche Zeitung who helped break the Panama Papers. Johannes von Moltke, Chair of German and SAC, will moderate. The Lies of Victors (2014; Die Lügen der Sieger) by Christoph Hochhäusler, is a tight-knit thriller that takes place at the intersection of politics, finance capital and the world of journalism. Told in stunning images captured by Reinhold Vorschneider’s roaming camera, the film follows the exploits of investigative journalist Fabian Groys as he becomes sucked into a story of corruption and manipulation that threatens to devour him and his career.

Christoph Hochhäusler, whose previous films include Milchwald (This Very Moment, 2003), Falscher Bekenner (Low Profile, 2005) and Unter Dir die Stadt (The City Below, 2010), has been at the forefront of contemporary German cinema as member of the “Berlin School” and co-editor of the influential journal Revolver. With Lies of Victors, Hochhäusler joins a trend of many fellow Berlin-School-Filmmakers who have begun to explore and revise the conventions of Hollywood and genre filmmaking – which receive a cinephile nod in Lies when we see Bogart making a phone call in the Hollywood reporter film Deadline USA (1952) declaring “That’s the Press, Baby!”
Sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, and the Screenwriting Program.  For questions, please contact Gitta Killough (
New Writings from Germanic Languages and Literatures
Friday, September 23, 2016

Literati Bookstore 
7:00 p.m. 
Please join us at Literati to celebrate the new work by the esteemed faculty of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures: Johannes von Moltke, Helmut Puff, Scott Spector, and Silke-Maria Weineck. Authors will be presenting and discussing their work -- and will have copies available for purchase. For a full list of works to be discussed, please click here
Little Stones Test Screening and Q & A 
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Michigan Theater 
6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Free, but registration 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 register. 
WOLV TV Executive Board, 2016-17
photo credit, Morgan Cullen
Meet the new Executive Board of WOLV-TV at the mass meeting TODAY, September 13, in Studio A of North Quad at 6:00 p.m. Both Co-General Managers, Jack Springgate and Karen Brownman, are eager to share why they care so much about WOLV. Jack explains how WOLV allowed him “to find a passion in something [he] love[s] with people [he] love[s].” He goes on to say, “WOLV has given me a place to apply my creativity and consistently challenge myself.” Karen is continuously blown away by WOLV because “we’re completely student run.” She explains how it illustrates what “the sheer willpower an amazing group of people can do!”

If you are interested in learning more about television production, producing, directing, advertising, marketing, PR, and other media-related careers, join WOLV-TV. As a purely student-run television station for the University of Michigan, you will gain valuable, hands-on experience to add to your repertoire! No prior experience required. Come ready to learn and meet spectacular students. Fill out the form on our website to get connected!

Written by Morgan Cullen 
Tune in for a great year -- and stay connected.
photo credit - Rob Gingerich-Jones
Senior Lecturer Robert Rayher and Lecturer Oliver Thornton's SAC 404 kicks off with a table read of the teleplay "Unplugged," by Carly Keyes (originally written in Thornton's SAC 411). Actors (left to right) Carley Costello (playing Diana), Annamarie Kasper (playing Cally), Ben Ahlers (playing Dr. Bradley), and Madeline Rouverol (playing Lucille), are joined by Nick Sheehan filling in for “Jones” who will be played by Kevin Corbett.
SAC Welcomes Toyota Visiting Professor Kazuhiro Soda
Kazuhiro Soda is an award-winning filmmaker, known for his observational method and style of documentary filmmaking. His films have been screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Venice International Film Festival, and the Locarno International Film Festival, among others. He is also the author of seven books published in Japan. As a Toyota Visiting Professor (Center for Japanese Studies), Soda is happy to join SAC Professor Markus Nornes and Senior Lecturer Terri Sarris in  teaching SAC 401: The Big House Project, a collaborative course wherein students will make a feature-length observational documentary about the Michigan Stadium.

Soda's film Mental ('08), a feature-length documentary that observes the complex world of an outpatient mental health clinic in Japan, will be screened on Friday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. at the Michigan Theater.  The screening will be followed by a Q & A with Professor Soda. 
SAC Welcomes Back Lecturer Thomas Delapa 
Thomas Delapa has developed and taught undergraduate film studies courses at such large universities and colleges as the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of Denver, Regis Jesuit University (Denver), the Colorado Film School/ Community College of Aurora, and Mott College (Michigan). Along with teaching Classical Film Theory at SAC, he is also currently on the Humanities faculty at Nevada State College, teaching online film courses. He has regularly written on film, drama, and TV for such U.S. print and Web publications as the Chicago, Boulder Weekly (CO), Pulitzer/Lerner newspapers (Chicago), Fort Collins Now (CO), and Village Voice Media's Westward weekly (Denver). His reviews have been quoted in numerous publications and websites including the Journal of Film and Video and the Daily Beast.  From 1998 to 2008, Delapa was Film Curator at the Denver Art Museum, programming, managing, and hosting a popular series of classic and contemporary films. In 2005, the series was voted “Best Special Film Festival” by the Denver Rocky Mountain News daily.
Prasad's Spring-Summer SAC 404 Begins Shooting Webseries, Middlebrook -- Seeks Volunteers for Future Shoots
Veerendra Prasad's Spring-Summer SAC 404: The Independent Film and Webseries spent the term working on Middlebrook, an anthology webseries set on a fictional college campus. Season one tells the story of a freshman navigating the criminal justice system and the university's internal process for dealing with a sexual assault. Production on season one will continue through this fall; any students who are interested in volunteering on future shoots can contact Veerendra Prasad at 
Photos courtesy of V. Prasad
Doctoral Candidate Josh Morrison Attends Trans*Studies Conference in Arizona
Photo courtesy of Josh Morrison

Josh Morrison recently attended Trans*Studies: An International Transdisciplinary Conference on Gender, Embodiment, and Sexuality" (Sept. 6-10). Morrison reflects upon his experience: " [The conference] was an invigorating and inspiring experience, with over 400 scholars, activists, and artists coming together to grow an exciting and vibrant field of study." Josh is pictured above with Valérie Robin Clayman, a trans (and) media scholar at the University of Ottawa.
SAC 2016-17 Honors Cohort: Spotlight on Emily Browning and Abby Buchmeyer 
Emily Browning is a Senior SAC major and part of the Ross School of Business Sales Track program. She is on the producer board for the M-agination club and a member of the Varsity Women's Water Polo Team. She just finished a summer interning for NBC Sports at the Olympics and is excited for her last year at Michigan. For her honors thesis, Emily is working with Abby Buchmeyer. Their project will be a 30-minute sketch and improv TV pilot depicting raw, unfiltered female perspectives. They intend to work together as show runners in definite roles: Emily as head producer and Abigail as writer and director. 
Abby Buchmeyer is a SAC student with a minor in Performance Arts Management. She discovered her admiration for film and TV when she was a freshman by joining M-agination Films, a student production organization that she is president of this year. She now exercises her long-time love of writing and comedy through participating in screenwriting courses and writing/producing for Funny or Die - University of Michigan. Over the past two summers, she has worked for Red Hour Films (Zoolander, Tropic Thunder) and Animal Kingdom Films (Short Term 12, It Follows) as a development intern, created a documentary in Bolivia through Actuality Media, and taught screenwriting and film at an intensive arts camp in Ontario. Abby is thrilled to take on her thesis with her producer and co-honors cohort member Emily Browning and create something unique, honest and (hopefully) funny.
Attention Filmmakers and Dissertation Writers -- Copyright Law Workshops Available This Fall 
The UM Copyright Office is offering several workshops that might be of interest to SAC students -- including an Introduction to Copyright, What Copyright Covers, Fair Use, and Copyright and Your Dissertation. Please click here for more information about dates/ times and how to register. 
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