Screen Arts and Cultures, University of Michigan


Salon Exhibition of SAC 404 Student Work 

Monday, April 20
Space 2435 North Quad 
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Chris McNamara and his SAC 404 students are taking over Space 2435 on Monday night, April 20, to showcase various student projects produced in McNamara's Experimental Screen class. Pictured above is the work of students David Siev and Layne Austin Simescu. Come wander the galleries and support the creative efforts of our students. 

SAC Honors Screening and Q&A with the FIlmmakers

Tuesday, April 21
Screening Room, Michigan Theater 
6:30 p.m. 

A Sense of Sound, by Jeremy Borison, follows the story of Robert Schamen as he faces a medical condition of musical hallucinations. When Robert realizes his hallucinations consist of original music, he sets out to complete his new symphony. Pitted against his family's concern for his health, Robert must face the issue of balancing the parts of his life he holds most dear. 

First Date, by Julia Braid, takes place in space -- where peace talks between two species get
disrupted by a blossoming romance.

"Co-Education," a TV pilot by William O'Donnell and Anna Baumgarten, tells the story of trouble-making twins Bella and Chris: after being expelled from their public school for wheeling and dealing test answers, they wreak havoc upon their new homes: same sex, Catholic boarding schools. 

Assistant Professor Damon Young Participates in Panel Discussion at the Queer Art Poetics Conference 

Thursday and Friday, April 23 and 24
Wesleyan University

The Queer Art Poetics Conference, sponsored by the Wesleyan Center for the Humanities, will address such questions as "What does theory do when it takes queer art seriously?" and "How does queer theory remain artful while unpacking the objects, strategies, and politics of queer aesthetics?" On Friday, April 23, at 1:00 p.m., Assistant Professor Damon Young will participate in a panel discussion entitled "Public Privates: Mediations of Queer Intimacy." 

FVSA Lightworks Festival

Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25
Angell Hall, Auditorium A 
Friday, 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.; Saturday, 4:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. 

The Lightworks Festival is a showcase of Screen Arts & Cultures' student films. Presented by SAC's student organization, FVSA (Film and Video Student Association), the Lightworks Festival is the venue for students to present their end-of-the-year production coursework to classmates, family, and friends of Screen Arts. Please join us to support our students. 



Orson Welles: Beyond the Canon and into the Archives 

April 29 - September 16 
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library 
Gallery (Room 100) & Audubon Room 

This student-researched exhibit -- marking the centenary of Orson Welles, one of
America's greatest directors of film, theater, radio, and television -- highlights letters, photographs, scripts, and production materials culled from the University of Michigan's extensive Orson Welles archives. The library's Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers collection is home to extensive archives and materials documenting the careers of three American filmmakers known for coloring outside the lines: John Sayles, Robert Altman, and Orson Welles. 


                                                                                                 Photo Credit -- Mary Lou Chlipala

Above, Peter Benedek is pictured at the Q&A hosted by SAC's Director of Screenwriting Jim Burnstein.

Burnstein comments about the session: "[It] was an amazing opportunity for SAC students to hear first-hand from one of Hollywood's true legends and super agents about how to navigate the entertainment industry. Peter answered every question and didn't pull any punches! It was a great way to end the year, especially for our seniors who are hoping to work in film, television, and the brave new world of digital media." 



Congratulations to Dr. Colin Gunckel and Dr. Candace Moore, Co-Directors of a New Project: Cultivating Diversity in the Screen Arts & Cultures Curriculum

This two-year project is charged with initiating dialogue in SAC about diversity in its undergraduate curriculum. It is based on the assertion that film, television, and new media not only help us understand contemporary conceptions of race and ethnicity but also are critical to how most of us understand ourselves as well as our relations to others and to social and political issues. Supported by the UM Center for Research and Learning and Teaching through the Faculty Development Fund, the project will coordinate conversations across disciplines about pedagogy, course design, and classroom strategies and will develop two new courses to examine issues of diversity in media through theoretical and historical frameworks. These courses, that will be developed and initially taught by Moore and Gunckel, will also work to produce a web resource called the Diversity in Media Archive, which will be built and maintained collaboratively by undergrads and faculty in SAC.

Peter Benedek Honored by UMMA and Subsequently Appears at Q&A Sponsored by SAC

At the biennial signature event UMMA Glow on April 16, the work and leadership of Peter Benedek was celebrated: special guests included renowned American screenwriter, director, and producer Lawrence Kasdan; Director of the UCLA Hammer Museum, Ann Philbin; and celebrated American artist, photographer, and filmmaker Laurie Simmons. Jim Burnstein, the director of the Screenwriting Program in SAC, was the only UM faculty member to speak at the event. Burnstein described the many contributions Benedek has made to LS&A and discussed the impact he has had on the lives of Michigan students. On Friday, April 17, Burnstein hosted a Q&A with Benedek on the TV and film industry in MLB 2. A Founding Partner and Board Member of the leading talent and literary agency United Talent Agency (UTA), Benedek is known as one of entertainment's top representatives of television writers and creators, with a reputation for packaging many critically acclaimed and beloved television series. 

Assistant Professor Colin Gunckel Presents Paper at Upcoming Conference at Notre Dame

Gunckel is presenting his paper entitled "Ambivalent Si(gh)tings: Stardom and Silent Film in Mexican America" at the IUPLR Siglo XXI Conference, Intra-Latinos/as: Reconceptualizing Nations, Regions, and Disciplines. The conference runs from April 23-25 at the University of Notre Dame. For a complete conference schedule, click here

Markus Nornes Delivers Keynote at Rikkyo University on April 25th

Markus Nornes will give a keynote speech for a symposium on film translation at Rikkyo University this Friday. His lecture revisits an essay he published in the 1990s and is titled "Afterthoughts on 'For an Abusive Subtitling.'" It analyzes the English subtitles for Sono Shion's Tokyo Tribe (2014), the first battle rap musical. To view the Tokyo Tribe theatrical trailer, click here

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