photo credit, Mary Lou Chlipala
(Pictured from left to right) Matthew Solomon (SAC), Mark Williams (Dartmouth University),  Steven Anderson (UCLA), Jason Mittell (Middlebury College), Paul Conway (SI), and Anita Gonzalez (SMTD) participate in the Audiovisual Essay and Digital Humanities Mini Conference held on March 31, 2017, in the Michigan Union. The conference explored methodological questions relevant to digital scholarship and pedagogy while pressing new questions about the utility of audiovisual essays outside of cinema and media studies. 
This conference was organized by SAC PhD Student, Vincent Longo
Professor Johannes von Moltke to Participate in Dartmouth Conference 
"A Century of Filmkritik & Beyond" 
For more than a century - dating as far back as 1907, when the first German-language film publications were established - Filmkritik (criticism, historiography, all manner of cultural discourse on cinema) has been a prized form of 
expression, a thriving intellectual, journalistic, and professional enterprise. From its beginnings, German-language film criticism has been a relentlessly international affair, frequently undoing national borders and transcending the limits of language and origin. Moreover, it has persistently crossed the Atlantic - not only due to the migration of prominent critics and filmmakers themselves but also to the receptive audiences and readerships on both sides.
A Century of Filmkritik & Beyond at Dartmouth College (April 13-16, 2017) highlights this transatlantic dimension of film criticism and brings to Dartmouth a group of highly respected scholars, archivists, curators, print and online journalists, bloggers, and other advocates of film criticism from Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

Professor Johannes von Moltke will be be participating in the conference on the panel "Re-Visiting Weimar Film Criticism" and speaking on Early Kracauer on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 9:30 a.m.
Screening of 1984
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Askwith Auditorium, Lorch Hall
9:00 p.m. 
Students get in free! 

The Michigan Theater joins a group of independent movie theaters, including Alamo Drafthouse, IFC Center, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, in screening the now-timely film 1984 on April 4 (a date chosen because of its significance to the story). 

John Hurt stars as Winston Smith in this adaptation of George Orwell’s classic 1949 novel about a member of the Outer Party whose job is to rewrite and distort history. As a way to rebel and escape Big Brother’s tyranny, he begins a diary, which is an act punishable by death.

This screening is co-sponsored by the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, the Film and Video Student Association, and the Michigan Theater.

M-agination Film Festival
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Michigan Theater
8:00 p.m.; doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Free admission 

M-agination Films is a student production company through UAC at the University of Michigan. The Board of Producers, made up of Michigan students, chooses original passion projects that are submitted by other students to produce, shoot, and screen at the festival. This year the festival is happy to present a record 18 films which feature an audience choice winner from the Ypsi 24 Hour Shootout and two Screen Arts & Cultures Honors Thesis projects.

SAC Speaker Series Presents
A Talk by NYU Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis, Andrew Ross
“High Culture/Hard Labor: Looking Beyond the Creatives”
Friday, April 7, 2017
Room 250, Hutchins Hall - Law School
1:30 p.m. 

Recent writing about “creative labor” has helped us to understand how “working for exposure” has become a central economic principle
of the media and knowledge industries. But this focus on the attention economy has neglected how the “groundstaff” are employed to construct and maintain our brand-name institutions. How can arts and media activists turn such institutions into communities of conscience where the rights of all workers are upheld?
Currently a Professor at NYU, Dr Ross has been a leading figure in cultural studies, sociology, and labor and labor conditions in transnational networks for nearly three decades.  His recent work, which he calls “scholarly reporting,” is an innovative meshing of ethnography, sociology, and investigative/activist journalism.  Most of his activist work concerns issues surrounding labor and labor justice, Recently, he was denied entry into the UAE for his expose of an NYU construction project there. A longtime editor of SOCIAL TEXT, he was a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship.  In addition to his writing for various newspapers, Ross is the author or editor of nearly 20 academic books. For more information on Ross's publications, please click here. 
This program is organized by The Department of Screen Arts & Cultures and co-sponsored by Rackham Graduate School; the Institute for the Humanities; the Departments of Communication Studies, History, Romance Languages & Literatures, English Language and Literature, and Comparative Literature; the Anthropology Graduate Program; the Department of American Culture, and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
SAC Speaker Series Presents
A Talk by UC Irvine Professor Victoria E. Johnson
“More Than a Game: 'Humanizing' Sports Studies and the Case of LeBron James”
Thursday, April 13, 2017
SAC Conference Room, 6360 North Quad
11:30 a.m. 
Dr. Johnson's presentation focuses on LeBron James’s 2010 “decision” and 2014 “homecoming” as critical moments that show how sports celebrity is integral to the construction of place-identity. When James, who comes from Ohio, announced his “Decision” (in collaboration with ESPN), the outrage was 
immediate from Clevelanders and across the U.S. sports world, with most interpreting the move as an act of betrayal of James’s previously loyal commitment to his home state. Literally overnight, this sports hero moved from “The Chosen One” to a “breathtaking narcissist.” How does James’s return to Cleveland, four years later, enable his recuperation as "King James"?
Victoria E. Johnson is Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies and the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine.  In 2009, her Heartland TV: Prime Time Television and the Struggle for U.S. Identity (NYU Press) was awarded the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ prestigious Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award.  Her essays on sports and the media have appeared in numerous journals, and her forthcoming book, Sports Television, will be published with Routledge.
SAC Honors Film Screenings 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Michigan Theater Screening Room
6:30 p.m. 
SAC honors students Abby Buchmeyer & Emily Browning and Clare Higgins will screen their original films Low Expectations and Origins at the Michigan Theater on April 18, 2017, and be available to answer questions after the screenings. 
Origins - A collection of three filmic adaptations that explore the artistic possibilities and challenges of the translation of different mediums onto the screen, Origins encompasses dance (Phantasm), poetry (Pledge Allegiance), and written narrative (Built to Last). By adapting a work from each medium into its own film, this project focuses on filmmaking style, directional objectives, and collaboration with different artists. 

Directed by Clare Higgins; featuring work by Robert Maynard, Carlina Duan, and Alyssa Honsowetz; produced by Christina Oh and Fahim Rahman; Associate Producer, Maria Mikhailova. Clare's SAC Faculty Advisors are Victor Fanucchi (primary) and Daniel Herbert (secondary). 
Low Expectations - In this sketch and improv-based honors TV pilot, three girls navigate the trials and tribulations of college in a modern take on the undergraduate experience. 

Winner of the Frank and Gail Beaver Scriptwriting Prize; funded with help from the Arts of Michigan Mini-Grant. Directed by Abby Buchmeyer; produced by Emily Browning; Associate Producer, Anita Koltun. 
Abby & Emily's SAC Faculty Advisors are Terri Sarris (primary) and Candace Moore (secondary).
2017 Italian Film Festival -- Metro Detroit
The Last Will Be the Last
Friday, April 21, 2017
Rackham Amphitheater
7:00 pm. 
Short Film Program & Feather
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Askwith Auditorium, Lorch Hall
5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 
All films are free and open to the public. 
For more information on the featured films, please click on the titles below. 
The Last Will Be the Last (2015, dir. Massimiliano Bruno, Drama, 103 minutes) 
Short Film Program (2016, Comedy, Drama, Stop Motion, 90 minutes ) 
Feather (2016, dir. Roan Johnson, Comedy, 98 minutes) 

Co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and Screen Arts & Cultures. For a full list of sponsors and more information about the festival, please visit the festival's website.
Save the date for the Winter 2017 Lightworks Festival -- April 21 and April 22 in the Natural Science Auditorium (times TBA)

The Lightworks Festival is a showcase of Screen Arts & Cultures' student films. Presented by SAC's Student organization FVSA, the Festival provides a venue for students to present their end-of-term production coursework to classmates, family, and friends of Screen Arts & Cultures. Please join us!

If you are a student interested in submitting to the festival, please click here for project information and transfers. 
photos courtesy of Sophia Georginis

Pictured (top left) are Actress Natalie Anderson; (top right) Camera Operator George Jayne; (bottom left, alphabetically) Kostya Dombrovski, George Jayne, Josh Lank, Alex Rawlik, Ryan Roose, and Alec Shapiro; and (bottom right) Actress Anna Markowitz.

Students in Terri Sarris's SAC 402: Television Sitcom class share photos of their recent shoot for their "coming of age comedy," Rush DBAG. Directed by Jake Ferguson and created by Sophia Georginis, the show tells the tale of a girl named Jackie who, usually obedient,  is commanded by her mother to join a sorority.  Instead, however, Jackie decides to successfully rush a fraternity. Thus begin her adventures as the first frat girl in existence at her university...

The show is produced by Preston Horvath and Spencer Carmen (Horvath is also DP); Gillian Greenbaum is the writer and head of the art department. 
Below, members of SAC 402 celebrate their successful shoot. 
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