Terri Sarris (top right) discusses the SAC major, the Global Media Studies minor, and the Screenwriting sub-major as she navigates the website during the annual SACAPALOOZA declaration event held in Studio A last Friday. At left and at bottom, several newly declared students display their SAC tees as they pose for group photos. 
photo credit - Mary Lou Chlipala 
Screening of The Mask You Live In 
Tuesday, November 17
North Quad Space 2435
8:00 p.m. -- free admission 

"From watching this movie, I realized that my experiences as a young man were not unique. Men are just told never to talk about their feelings." 
Stephen Lopez, student, Cal State San Marcos
React to Film: University of Michigan presents a free screening of The Mask You Live In, a documentary that follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even adults in their lives, the protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. The film ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men. 
Storyboarding Workshop with Emmy Award-Winning Animator David Knott 
Wednesday, November 18
Room 2255 North Quad
7:00 p.m. 
David Knott studied film at U of M when SAC was known as "Film/Video Studies," North Quad was the Frieze building, and students used VHS, 4-track recorders, film splicers, and Super-8.  He graduated in 1992 with a B.A. in Film/Video and English Literature.  Knott moved to L.A. in 1993, and after a brief and challenging foray into live action as a production assistant, he found a home in animation, spending the next 20 years as a storyboard artist and eventually a director at studios like Hanna-Barbera, Disney TV Animation, and Nickelodeon.  Some of the shows he has worked on include RecessKim PossibleThe Emperor’s New School, and Penguins of Madagascar, the film that won him two Emmy Awards.
 In this workshop, by taking participants through the process of idea generation and preliminary character and setting design, Knott will provide a rare glimpse into the art of storyboarding. While Knott works primarily in storyboarding for animation, this workshop/talk will be of value to any student interested in the process of pre-visualizing moving image making.
Institute for the Humanities Living Room Series Presents The Lovely and the Wretched
Thursday, November 19
Kerrytown Concert House
8:00 p.m. 
Frank Pahl, photo courtesy of Doug Shimmin
The Lovely and the Wretched is a seven-piece ensemble consisting of Abby Alwin, Clem Fortuna, Tim Holmes, Frank Pahl, Mary Riccardi, Terri Sarris, and Doug Shimmin. Originally formed to accompany recent Nick Cave performances, the current lineup will perform original music written by Frank Pahl on a combination of symphonic instruments and original instruments built by Frank. 
Lusophone Film Festival: Tattoo (Tatuagem)
Thursday, December 3
State Theater
7:00 p.m. 
Still from Tattoo, directed by Hilton Lacerda (Brazil, 2013)
On Thursday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m. at the State Theater, see Tattoo, with an introduction by Professor Larry LaFountain. The Brazilian military dictatorship lasted more than 20 years, from 1964 to 1985, and withstood several waves of youthful rebellion, usually by cracking down on cultural movements that threatened to get out of hand. By the mid-1970s, it was possible for an anarchist theatre group to emerge in suburban Recife and put on subversive, queer, avant-garde cabaret shows, just so long as it stayed underground and criticism of the military remained implicit.
The Lusophone Film Festival is sponsored by the Brazil Initiative/Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, LSA, International Institute African Studies Center, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Institute for the Humanities, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Sheldon Cohn Fund/Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, Center for European Studies, and Rackham Graduate School.
SAC Alums J.B. Armstrong (left) and Josh Gibert (right) joined Terri Sarris (middle) to pose for a group photo at the Detroit Screenwriters' Intensive held earlier this month. Guided by veteran screenwriter Joan Twekesbury, the trio participated in a series of intense writing activities designed to help them further develop the characters of their works in progress. 
photo credit -- Terri Sarris
Christopher McNamara Publishes Essay in Border Cultures 
The Border Cultures book launch will take place on Friday, November 20th from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Rodzik Gallery, Art Gallery of Windsor.
Border Cultures presents a critical insight into the complex and shifting notions of ‘borders’ and ‘boundaries’ via the work of a plethora of exciting and established artists working both nationally and internationally in the field. The contemporary practitioners featured in the book are those who took part in Border Cultures, a research-based platform for artists and cultural producers to explore and examine the concept of the ‘border’ through different lenses, which took place in three parts consecutively from 2013 to 2015 at the Art Gallery of Windsor. McNamara's essay, entitled "It Don't Exist," is a reflection upon his multiple migrations across the US/Canadian border and the effects of living in the shadows of Detroit -- on both his creative life and on his psyche. Along the way, McNamara considers the punk and techo landscape of the motor city as well as the legacy of Japanese-American architect Minoru Yamasaki. 

Border Cultures is published in partnership with Black Dog Publishing and edited by Srimoyee Mitra, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Windsor.
SAC Doctoral Student Joseph DeLeon Receives Grant to Attend 2016 Digital Humanities Summer Institute in British Columbia

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute provides an ideal environment for discussing and learning about new computing technologies and how they are influencing teaching, research, dissemination, creation, and preservation in different disciplines via a community-based approach. DeLeon received his grant to attend the Institute --  that will be held at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, in June of 2016 -- from the Institute for the Humanities.

During his time at the DHSI, DeLeon will be taking the course "R, Interactive Graphics, and Data Visualization for the Humanities"; he will also have the opportunity to share ideas and methods -- and to develop an expertise in using advanced technologies.  

Congratulations, Joseph!
SAC Graduate Student Spotlight: Doctoral Candidate Katy Peplin 
Just about seven years ago, Katy Peplin, then Katy Ralko, was an undergraduate SAC major about to defend her undergraduate thesis on documentary films about war in the Middle East. Now, she's finishing her dissertation on the changing place of animals in media -- from Topsy the elephant to Grumpy Cat. She is proud to have "come home" to SAC, where she's had the privilege of teaching many of the same classes she once took to students who are bright, motivated, and full of creativity. She credits her SAC undergraduate degree with instilling in her a deep respect for creators of media, and a passion for understanding the stakes of how and why media is made and consumed. She feels lucky to write her dissertation in a place full of dedicated, creative, and generous faculty, staff, and students.