photo credit, Mary Lou Chlipala
SAC 301 Documentary students learn the ins and outs of the Panasonic AG-160 as David Marek discusses technique and tactics for shooting 2 camera interviews.
Free Screening of What Maisie Knew
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Angell Hall, Auditorium A
7:30 p.m. 
On the second page of What Maisie Knew, Henry James's 1897 novel about the divorce of two wretchedly selfish people and the effect it has on their young daughter Maisie, an acquaintance expresses sympathy for the girl. "The words were an epitaph for the tomb of Maisie's childhood," James writes, and the novel's
events go downhill from there. James didn't pull his punches, and (except for occasionally) neither does the modern-day film of this tale (Sheila O'Malley,
UM Alumnus & Producer David Siegal and Director Scott McGehee; this event is co-sponsored by SAC and the Departmnent of Theater & Drama
The Center for Japanese Studies Presents
A Free Screening of Happy Hour with an introduction and Q & A with Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, moderated by Markus Nornes and Kazuhiro Soda
Friday, January 20, 2017
Angell Hall, Auditorium A
5:00  p.m. 
Please join the Center for Japanese Studies in celebrating the visit of one of Japan's most important Japanese directors -- along with the screening of one of the most important Japanese films of 2015. 

Four thirty-something female friends in the misty seaside city of Kobe navigate the unsteady currents of their work, domestic, and romantic lives. They seek solace in one another’s company, but a sudden revelation creates a rift  and rouses each woman to take stock. Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s wise, precisely observed, compulsively watchable drama of friendship and midlife awakening runs over five hours, yet the leisurely duration is not an indulgence but a careful strategy—to show what other films leave out, to create a space for everyday moments that is nonetheless charged with possibility, and to yield an emotional density rarely available to a feature-length movie. Developed through workshops with a cast of mostly newcomers (the extraordinary lead quartet shared the Best Actress award at the Locarno Film Festival), and filled with absorbing sequences that flow almost in real time, Happy Hour has a novelistic depth and texture. But it’s also the kind of immersive, intensely moving experience that remains unique to cinema (film notes extracted from

Please note that two intermissions will be given during this film; light refreshments will also be served. 
The Center for Japanese Studies and the Michigan Theater Present
Kuro: The The Dark Edge of Japanese Filmmaking (Film Series)
Monday, January 23, 2017 - Monday, March 20, 2017
Michigan Theater
All films begin at 7:00  p.m. 
The 10-week series brings the genre of Noir and its underworld of crime and suspense through the lens of some of Japan’s most prolific filmmakers who have delivered what we now consider classics to the silver screen. Select films will be introduced by professors from CJS and Screen Arts & Cultures, giving viewers insight into the captivating world of Japanese intrigue, yakuza, revenge and redemption. 

The next films in the series, screening on January 23, 2017, are Tokyo Drifter (7:00 p.m.)  and Branded to Kill (9:30 p.m.). Tokyo Drifter is a 1966 yakuza film directed by Seijun Suzuki. The story follows Tetsuya Watari as the reformed yakuza hitman "Phoenix" Tetsu who is forced to roam Japan avoiding execution by rival gangs. Branded to Kill is an avant-garde take on the Japanese New Wave that finds director Seijun Suzuki working at breakneck speed on what has been called a “surrealistic…nightmare” film. 
Additional support will be provided by Nagomi Sushi Downtown who will host monthly menu samplings on-site and advertise additional offers in the weeks ahead to help support the series. 
Lecture and Film Screening
Lecture: Harlan Lebo and Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker's Journey
Monday, January 30, 2017
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery, 5:00 p.m. 
Screening of Citizen Kane
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Angell Hall, Auditorium A, 4:00 p.m. 
In conjunction with the library’s exhibition It’s Still Terrific: CITIZEN KANE at 75, currently on display through February 5, 2017, in the Audubon Room, author Harlan Lebo will present an historical overview of the film’s production, history and cultural significance in his 
lecture Harlan Lebo and Citizen Kane: A FIlmmaker's Journey. Using previously unpublished materials from studio files and the Hearst organization, Lebo’s recently published book charts the fascinating tale of how a then twenty-three-year-old Orson Welles reinvigorated Hollywood but suffered for it the rest of his life.
(Orson Welles, 1941, 120 min.)

Author Harlan Lebo will introduce the film and take questions following the screening of Orson Welles’s feature film debut, Citizen Kane.  Often cited as the greatest film ever made, the film chronicles through flashbacks the rise and eventual fall of Charles Foster Kane, an enigmatic newspaper tycoon.
This event is sponsored by the Special Collections Library, U-M Library, and the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures. 
photo credit, Vincent Longo
Students in Matthew Solomon’s SAC 236 lecture watch an oncoming train rush past them during a screening of one of the Lumière brothers’ early experiments with 3D motion picture technology.
SAC Faculty Spotlight: Professor Amanda Lotz 

While on sabbatical this winter, Professor Lotz will be doing a tour of talks in Europe. Among her many engagements, she will be speaking at King's College, London on January 18, 2017, at the Digital Distribution and Entertainment Media conference ("Is Netflix Television? Theorizing Portals as Internet-Distributed Television"); Lotz will also be giving a talk entitled, "Why U.S. Television Series Became 'Distinct': Exploring Contexts of Creative Change" at the CAMRI Research Seminar-University of Westminster, London, on January 19, 2017.

Lotz's new book, Portals: A Treatise on Internet-Distributed Television, will be released this month. "The book takes readers deep into the business of streaming and its underlying technological, industrial, and cultural foundations," claims Ramon Lobato of RMIT University, Melbourne. "[It is an] essential [read] for anyone who wants to understand the way TV and digital media are co-evolving." 

Cover photo designed by Rob Gingerich-Jones

In 2017, Professor Lotz will also continue to host (with Alex Intner) the podcast
Media Business Matters.  Her most recent podcast "The Media Business Year in Review, So Long 2016" looks back over the past year and highlights a few stories to watch in 2017.

Finally, Lotz was recently named a fellow in the inaugural class of fellows at the Peabody Media Center, a scholarly research center and digital media production arm of the prestigious Peabody Awards. 

For more on Amanda Lotz's accomplishments and to view a complete schedule of upcoming talks, please click here
Gindin Visiting Artist Tom Benedek's Photography in Special Collections at UMass Amherst Goes Digital 
All of the 1960s and 1970s era black and white photographs of The Tom Benedek Collection at the University of Massachusetts Library are currently being digitized for academic use. The hundreds of images in the Benedek Collection stem from his photographic work for the Collegian (the university college newspaper) and photos taken on his own around campus and beyond -- including trips to Boston and New Orleans, and his year studying abroad in Paris following shortly after the events of 1968. The collection consists entirely of 35mm black and white negatives and color slides. 
Benedek, Tom. Airplane passengers, 1972. Tom Benedek Photograph Collection (PH 073). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
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