Photo credit - Mary Lou Chlipala
In what has become an annual tradition, UM alum and animator David Knott visited campus to share his experiences and knowledge of the field of television animation with several SAC classes. On Wednesday, November 16, Knott led a master class in story conceptualization and visual development (pictured above) for students from SAC and Stamps School of Art & Design, who then worked individually to create thumbnails and rough boards for a short script that Knott wrote. Once completed, Knott conducted individual critiques with each student.
For more information on Knott's visit, please see the news article featured in "News."
Fall 2016 Communication  & Media Speaker Series Presents
Matthew W. Hughey, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Connecticut
"Racializing Redemption: The Content and Characters of White Savior Films"
Thursday, December 1, 2016
2435 North Quad 
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
Recent research on the intersection of race and media representations
describes a trend of progressive, even anti-racist, narratives that showcase close inter-racial friendships and camaraderie on the silver screen. Films in which one character saves or helps another from some unholy or disastrous plight are common; while these films present a stark change from the patently racist and on-screen segregationist history of Hollywood cinema, however,  they are neither racially neutral nor without racist meanings. Specifically, many of these films are what critics call “White Savior Films" -- cinema in which implicit and explicit racial stereotypes are employed to structure the inter-racial interactions where one character labors to redeem another. In analyzing this genre, Professor Hughey will provide a framework for understanding both why and how modern cinema naturalizes the supposed cerebral rationality, work ethic, and paternalistic morality of select white characters while it normalizes people of color as primordially connected with nature, spiritually attuned, carnally driven, and/or possessive of exotic and magical powers. 
12 Years a Slave, Avatar, The Help, and The Last Samurai are among the films Hughey mentions in his research. 
LRCCS Film Series – “Night Scene”
After Film Discussion with S.E. Kile and Markus Nornes
Friday, December 2, 2016
Kraus Auditorium, 2140 Natural Science Building
7:00 p.m. 

Please note -- This is a new time/location for this event
Cui Zi’en’s "Night Scene" takes on one of the biggest taboos in contemporary China: male street prostitution. The gripping story follows a boy who discovers his father’s homosexuality and, in the process, discovers his own. “Night Scene” is a unique portrait of a twilight world in parks and clubs that veers between documentary and fiction. Cui Zi'en mixes real gigolos with actors, while making no strict distinction between homosexuals and prostitutes. It is an ambiguous, layered film, just as boundless as the lives of male prostitutes in China. 
The Institute for the Humanities Author's Forum Presents
"Movie Freak," A Conversation with Owen Gleiberman and Daniel Herwitz
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Gallery, Room 100 - Hatcher Graduate Library
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 
Owen Gleiberman reads from his latest book, Movie Freak, followed by a conversation with Daniel Herwitz and
Q & A.  Owen Gleiberman is an American film critic. He wrote for The Boston Phoenix and is best known as the founding movie writer for the then-startup Entertainment 
Weekly, where he was the lead critic for 24 years. Today, Gleiberman continues to write for; he is also the chief movie critic for Variety, one of the most important jobs in the business of film criticism. Daniel Herwitz is the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of Comparative Literature, History of Art, Philosophy, and Art & Design.
SAC Honors Information Session 
Thursday, December 8, 2016
SAC Conference Room, 6360 North Quad 
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Assistant to the Chair Mary Lou Chlipala artistically captures Professor Hugh Cohen in the limelight as he lectures on High Noon in SAC 236, The Art of Film 
Professor Caryl Flinn Visits Hendrix College as the Odyssey Shivley Guest Professor
Last week, Professor Caryl Flinn was the Odyssey Shivley Guest Professor at a small liberal arts college outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. While at Hendrix College, she gave a talk on “Mutating Musicals, Mutating Utopias'; guest taught courses on documentary, musicals, and Intro to Film; introduced and did a Q & A for a film, and led a discussion with (their absolutely amazing) students. "It was great getting to know, and be in that part of the country for the first time," comments Flinn. 
Oliver Thornton's New Documentary Premieres at Rochester Hills Emagine Theater 
Thornton's documentary, Pioneer Family - On Van Hoosen Farm, recently premiered at the Rochester Hills Emagine Theater; its broadcast premiere is scheduled for December 6, 2016, on Detroit Public Television at 8:00 p.m. On Van Hoosen Farm explores how five generations of Taylors and Van Hoosens raised their families and worked the land: "There are countless stories of the families who established the communities we live in today, but seldom is there a story as unique, incredible and engaging as the story of Van Hoosen Farm in Rochester Hills. Settled among the woods and rolling hills east of Rochester on the banks of what would become known as Stony Creek, the story of—first the Taylor family—and then eventually the Van Hoosens is one of survival. But where most pioneer adventures are a tale of survival against the challenges of building a life in the wilderness, the survival story of Pioneer Family – On Van Hoosen Farm is primarily one of four formidable and determined women who defied the prejudices of their time to leave a legacy not just in Southeast Michigan but throughout the world."
On Van Hoosen Farm
photo from Rochester Media
Animator and UM Alum David Knott Visits Campus 
photo credit, Mary Lou Chlipala

Animator David Knott recently visited UM  to share his experiences and knowledge of the field of television animation with several SAC classes: SAC 236, SAC 306, and SAC 311. In Cohen's SAC 236, The Art of Film, Knott gave a mini-lecture on storyboarding and animation. While in McNamara's SAC 306, New Media Practices, Knott discussed his own career trajectory and described the current field of animation. In Thornton's SAC 311, Writing for Television: The Spec Script, Knott discussed the process of working his way up through animation after graduating from Michigan. He also participated in three "table reads" of specs currently in development in the class, including one of the two animated shows the class is covering, "Bob's Burgers." Finally, Knott led a master class in story conceptual-ization and visual development for students from SAC and Stamps School of Art & Design. Please see this week's banner photo for details and photos of this class.  
FVSA Hosts Ugly Sweater Party on December 1, 2016
SAC undergrads, graduate students, faculty, and staff -- please join FVSA as they kick off the holiday season with a festive Ugly Sweater Party!
Thursday, December 1
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
SAC Conference Room (6360 NQ) 
May your sweaters be ugly and bright!
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