Terri Sarris's SAC 403's Sketch Comedy Show RALPH LIVE! delivered a three-show extravaganza of gut-busting comedy at the end of fall term in Studio A;  if you missed their performances, please visit Tiny Notebook comedy to view a sampling of their work.
A Big Congratulations to all of the Lightworks Festival Fall 2015 Award Winners 
Congratulations to the Best of Festival Winner Anna Garcia for her documentary The Ice Cream Man. The film is a heart-warming and inspirational story of a wanderlust ice cream truck driver from Toledo, Ohio. Garcia invites us to take a look into the stories, adventures, and passions behind a man and his truck. 
Best ComedyDigital Extravaganza Tiny Notebook Egos, Sketch Comedy
Comedy Runner-upOn the Line, Kat Johnson
Comedy Honorable MentionThe Visitor, Camila Pena
Best DramaHuman Resources, Nick Sheehan
Drama Runner-upGood Company, Claudia Fuentes
Drama Honorable Mention - Nightmare #6, Sam Miller
Best DocumentaryHairitage, Antoinette Wade, Cortney Smalley, and Imran Moosvi
Documentary Runner-upDo It Together, Katie Colosimo
Documentary Honorable Mention - Misconduct, Kelsey Comeau
Best Experimental And Other Things, Laura Caruso
Experimental Runner-up
- Fingerprint, James Boyd
Experimental Honorable MentionRegarding Others, Kyle Weber
Best Animation - Goodnight, Jenna Halfant
Animation Runner-upDreaming of, Annabelle Hua & Larissa Rosen
Best Ensemble: Digital Extravaganza Tiny Notebook Egos, Sketch Comedy
Best Director: Anna Garcia, The Ice Cream Man
Best Editing: Ordinary Peach, Kat Johnson
Best Screenplay:  The Couch, Emma Winowieki
Best Cinematography: And Other Things, Laura Caruso
Best Sound Design:  Serial Programming, Deepak Singh
SAC Judges' Honorable Mention:
Doctoral Candidate, Josh MorrisonStagnation, Sage O'Brien
Assistant Professor, Candace MooreInmerso, Carina Teoh
Assistant to the Chair, Mary Lou ChlipalaThe Couch, Emma Winowieki
Rampant, Unfettered Narcissism: A Defense
A Talk by Professor Laura Kipnis

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 
Rackham Amphitheatre
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
Laura Kipnis is a cultural critic and former video artist whose work focuses on sexual politics, aesthetics, emotion, acting out, bad behavior, and various other crevices of the American psyche. She is the author of six books, which have been translated into fifteen different 
languages; her latest book is entitled Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Slate, Harper’s, Playboy, Bookforum, The New York Times Magazine and The Times Book Review, among others. Kipnis is a professor in the Department of Radio/TV/Film at Northwestern University where she teaches filmmaking; she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Michigan Society of Fellows, the NEA and Yaddo. She has temporarily put aside a short book-in-progress on narcissism to write a short book on campus sexual politics.

This event is sponsored by the Michigan Society of Fellows, the Stamps School of Art & Design, the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, and Women's Studies. 
Little Bang Theory Plays Frank Pahl's Original Live Score to the Film Laugh, Clown, Laugh
Thursday, January 21, 2016 
Peristyle Theater, Toledo Museum of Art
7:00 p.m. -- Free Admission 
For Lon Chaney’s 1928 tragic-romance Laugh, Clown, Laugh, composer Frank Pahl has written a brand-new score that will receive its world premiere by Pahl and his band Little Bang Theory performing on toy instruments and Toledo Museum of Art’s historic Skinner organ. In the film, Chaney plays Tito, a travelling circus clown who falls in a big way for the beautiful young Simonetta.
Screening of Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 
Helmut Stern Auditorium - UMMA
5:30 p.m. -- Free Admission 

Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphs into rock and roll, blossoms, and is nearly destroyed along with the rest of the country. This documentary film provides a new perspective on a country usually associated with only war and genocide. The film is a celebration of the incredible music that came from Cambodia and explores how important it is to Cambodian society both past and present.

This event is organized by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and co-sponsored by the Sheldon Cohn Fund in the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, the Center for World Performance Studies, and WCBN-FM. 

This past semester, WOLV-TV expanded their horizons with a show that adds a new campus perspective on sports. Typically a male-dominated topic, Wolverine Women focuses on women’s views of collegiate and national sports. Each week a new Michigan and a new national hot topic is discussed along with a pressing topic of choice to keep the material fresh and exciting. The crew makes their way down to the athletic campus to talk with student athletes on their home turf, or they invite them into the studio to talk about their seasons, play fun games, and get to know the players underneath the jerseys. Focusing on the female perspective doesn’t mean this show is just for girls! It’s no secret that what goes on in front of the camera is just a small portion of the TV process; therefore, any and all students are welcome and encouraged to join. To learn more about Wolverine Women or to watch their episodes, visit

A special thanks to WOLV TV's Julie Fassnacht and Emily Haydel for contributing this article.
SAC Welcomes Lecturer Thomas Delapa
As an adjunct faculty member, Thomas Delapa has developed and taught undergraduate film studies courses at many Colorado-based universities and colleges. He joins us this term in Screen Arts & Cultures, where he will be teaching a section of 272, Classical Film Theory.  Delapa has a rich history of working in the industry outside of the classroom. He has worked as Film Curator at the Denver Art Museum, programming, managing, and hosting a popular series of classic and contemporary films; as a guest curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art-Denver, programming and hosting a quarterly series of avant-garde films and documentaries; and most recently, as acting Film Curator at Denver’s Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre, the oldest “summer stock” theater in the U.S., where he programmed and co-hosted a summer series of classic Hollywood films. Delapa has regularly written on film, theater, and TV for such U.S. print and Web publications as the Chicago Tribune and Alternet.organd his film reviews have been quoted in numerous publications and websites including Rotten Tomatoes and AltWeeklies. Delapa holds two Master's degrees: one in Cinema Studies from NYU Tisch and the other in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. We are thrilled to welcome Thomas Delapa to SAC!
Terri Sarris Receives Grant for UM Bicentennial Theme Semester, Winter 2017
The year 2017 will mark two hundred years since the founding of the University of Michigan. The College of LSA will sponsor two Bicentennial Theme Semesters in Winter and Fall of 2017, offering students a wide range of special courses that critically address aspects of the past, present, and future of U-M and its place in the development of public higher education, in American life and culture, and in world affairs. SAC Senior Lecturer Terri Sarris has received funding from the Bicentennial Theme Semester to develop and teach a special topics course in Winter 2017 focused on the Ann Arbor Film Festival and its long connection to the University.  The course will explore the world of the festival:  its beginnings, its history, and its spirit. Course work will include production (on 16mm or Super 8 film, edited digitally), screenings, presentations, and response papers. Students will receive tickets or passes to the AAFF and will attend the festival and related programs as well. Congratulations, Terri!
Veerendra Prasad Wins Award from Gilbert Whitaker Fund to Pursue Innovative Media Project
The Gilbert Whitaker Fund provides grants to faculty who "engage in activities that enhance the quality of student learning at the University of Michigan." Veerendra Prasad recently received an impressive grant from the fund to create an innovative media production project entitled "Middlebrook: an anthology web series about campus life." Each year, students will produce a season of a web series set on the fictional Middlebrook University campus; each season will consider an important issue related to campus life. The Gilbert Whitaker funding will be used to support the production of season one, in which a sexual misconduct complaint serves as a springboard for a complex story about the issues surrounding campus rape. Students who take the spring/summer SAC 404 course entitled, "The Indie Film and Web Series" will begin work on season one, which will then be edited by those students who elect SAC 304, Advanced Editing, and/or PAT 441 - Image, Sound, and Story in the Fall of 2016. Congratulations, Veerendra, on this innovative and exciting endeavor!
SAC Faculty Spotlight: Oliver Thornton
Oliver Thornton has a number of local production projects in development for 2016 in addition to his busy SAC teaching schedule. He is currently in production on the fifth season of Oakland Basketball All Access for Oakland University and Good Problem Productions, airing on Fox Sports Network, as well as writing and producing J.P.: The Voice Of Detroit, a documentary for Detroit Public Television. The New Year will also see the start of production on a series of documentary vignettes on the history of the University of Michigan for the school’s bicentennial celebration in 2017, set to air on public television stations throughout the state next year. Thornton is also working to secure funding for a documentary about John Sayles, one of the department’s “Mavericks at Michigan” filmmakers. While he is looking forward to another semester of developing TV spec scripts and pilots with students in his two classes, he is also looking forward to Fall 2016, when Thornton and Professor Robert Rayher will undertake a new class in television production in an attempt to fully produce one of the pilot scripts written in his SAC 411 class during the 2015-2016 academic year.
SAC Graduate Student Spotlight: Doctoral Candidate Dimitri Pavlounis
Dimitri Pavlounis is in the process of completing his dissertation, "Sound Evidence: A Mediated History of Audio Surveillance." This project traces the historical appropriation of sound recording technologies for the purposes of surveillance from 1910-1975. It argues that popular media generally, and crime cinema and television in particular, must be understood as constituent parts of this history, playing a central role in transmitting knowledge and shaping public understandings of surveillance technologies that continue to resonate in the present. Dimitri will present some of this research at the 2016 Society for Cinema & Media Studies conference as part of a panel on media archaeologies of the surveillance state. His paper examines how Sidney Lumet’s 1971 film The Anderson Tapes enacted and ultimately disrupted a contemporary policing fantasy that imagined sound recordings within far-reaching digital surveillance networks.