photo credit, Yasmine Akki 
Curator of Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers Collection Phillip Hallman gave a presentation earlier this month at the Media Conference at Lincoln Center upon film producer and marketer Ira Deutchman's donation of his personal archive. Hallman commented in an interview with the Daily, "We're very excited [about receiving the archive; Deutchman] is very well positioned in the film industry that he's worked in for over 40 years and possesses such a vast, tremendous wealth of experience and knowledge." 
SAC 403 Sketch Comedy Show: Ralph Live! 
Wednesday and Thursday, December 16 and 17
North Quad, Studio A 
7:00 p.m. (12/16 and 12/17) and 9:00 p.m. (12/17)
Free and Open to the Public -- Seating is Limited!
Come join Tiny Notebook as they launch The First Campaign rally (AKA sketch comedy show) for Ralph: the only University of Michigan CSG presidential candidate hand-picked from the common man. In this three-performance extravaganza, we'll be celebrating Ralph's candidacy with a line-up of gut-busting SKETCH COMEDY. We'll also have special guest President Barack Obama who has agreed to come be a part of our show --- what a great guy!

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FVSA Lightworks Festival 
Friday and Saturday, December 18 and 19 
Angell Hall Auditorium A
7:00 p.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) -- a dynamic student organization that is dedicated to enriching both the educational and the social communities in SAC -- the Festival provides a venue for students in SAC production classes to showcase their hard work at the end of each term. Students, faculty, family, and friends come together during Lightworks to celebrate the moving image creations of our talented students.  Please join us!
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 (including SAC's Terri Sarris) 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. 
Welcome to our new SAC newsletter feature, Tuning In To WOLV TV. This section will feature the multiple programs and departments of WOLV, illuminating the talents of the students both behind the scenes and on the screen. Below, WOLV TV  E-Board members Julie Fassnacht and Jess Knight introduce the station. 
WOLV TV is the University of Michigan’s only student-run television station. Partnered with SAC, WOLV TV uses Studio A to shoot episodes ranging from Entertainment to News, Sports, and more! We welcome any University of Michigan student to join us, regardless of his/her major or experience level. We take pride in being a teaching organization that can make anyone into an industry professional! 
Where can you find us? Around campus reporting on the recent climate change rally, on the sidelines of the football games capturing highlights, or at a local concert venue interviewing popular artists! WOLV TV goes into the field to cover the latest the stories our University and community has to offer. Interested in learning more? Catch up on the latest episodes, find out more about our student producers, and learn how to join by visiting
Associate Professor Matthew Solomon poses with Madeleine Malthête-Méliès [left], the granddaughter of Georges Méliès, and her daughter, Anne-Marie Quévrain, in her Paris apartment on December 2nd after a discussion about the work of their grandfather/great-grandfather. Solomon visited France to present a paper at the The Genesis and Performativity of Mediation Conference at the Maison de la Magie in late November.
Phillip Hallman Participates in Media Conference to Celebrate Ira Deutchman's Legendary Donation
photo credit, S. Hawkins

Phil Hallman (right) poses with Michigan Theater's Russ Collins (left) and Ira Deutchman (middle) at Lincoln Center.
Film producer and marketer Ira Deutchman announced December 2nd at the Lincoln Center that he will donate his entire personal archive to the U-M Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers Collection. Deutchman's contribution will complement the current collection -- a collection that comprises the papers and memorabilia of Orson Welles, Robert Altman, Alan Rudolph, and John Sayles -- as Deutchman has worked with Altman, Sayles, and Rudolph on many projects. Sydney Hawkins of Michigan News notes, "Deutchman's personal documents and e-mails, photographs, ephemera from art house exhibits, [and] collection of film festival catalogues [...] from films he has represented will reveal an inside look at the business of independent film from the mid-1970s to the present."  Read more about Deutchman's donation in Indiewire, The Michigan Dailyand The University Record
"I believe that it is important to understand the role of marketers, distributors, exhibitors, and curators in the support and creation of film culture in the U.S." 
-- Ira Deutchman
SAC Faculty Spotlight: Associate Professor Daniel Herbert
Daniel Herbert has been involved with a number of projects since his book Videoland came out in 2014. He recently had two essays accepted into peer-reviewed journals: an essay about media and garbage will appear in Media Industries in 2016, and an essay about VHS distributors will come out in the Journal of Film and Video in 2017.  Herbert has also been involved with a collaborative project that is mapping various media in the American Midwest that has received funding through the MCubed initiative as well as from the Institute for the Humanities; for his part, Herbert is mapping video stores and other “entertainment retail" sites in relation to different ethnic groups. The first part of that work can be found here
Herbert will be on leave in Winter 2016, but he will remain busy.  He is giving a number of invited presentations, including talks at King’s College London, the University of Kansas, and at Yale.  Herbert will also write a short book about film remakes and franchises that has been contracted with Rutgers University Press.  Finally, he is making a movie with director Alex Ross Perry about the representation of video rental stores in commercial films and television programs; they hope to have that completed in 2016 as well. 
Associate Professor Matthew Solomon's Gold Rush Reviewed in Cineaste
"Matthew Solomon explains in his excellent BFI monograph [...that]  technical reproducibility makes film especially vulnerable to [...] variation [...] and [...] textual confusion. [...] Solomon faces this problem squarely, emphasizes it, and makes an interesting theoretical move that gives his book relevance far beyond The Gold Rush [...]. Solomon is very good at showing how much our concepts of originality and authorship are determined by legal rulings. [...The] book is exceptionally well illustrated with production stills, archival documents, and images from early twentieth-century visual culture. [...] Every page of this small book [...] brims with useful information." --Cineaste
SAC Graduate Student Spotlight: Doctoral Student Kaelie Thompson
Born and raised in the state of Michigan and having completed all her post-secondary education in state, Kaelie Thompson considers herself fortunate to be a graduate student at the University of Michigan so close to home. Almost half way through her second year in the graduate program, Kaelie is currently working on reigning in a broad range of research interests toward a central topic of study. From studio era American cinema to adaptations and heritage productions, Kaelie is currently considering the various industrial, historical and cultural relationships between Hollywood and Scotland in film and television. As one who fully embraces her Scottish and Irish heritage through an absolute love for all things classically Scottish—kilts, Irn Bru, bagpipes, and even haggis—she is excited about the possible places this avenue of research may take her. Kaelie is delighted to be a part of the Screen Arts and Cultures department where such ideas and interests are cultured and supported
SAC Doctoral Candidate Yuki Nakayama Passes Prospectus Defense
On Friday, December 1st, Doctoral Candidate Yuki Nakayama passed her prospectus defense. She will be writing her dissertation on Japanese variety programs, addressing an understudied genre and national television context. Congratulations, Yuki!
SAC 403 Students Win Funny or Die University Video Competition 
The sketch "Boy Meets Girl Snapchat" beat out both Iowa University's and Indiana University's video finalists to win the competition with 594 Funny Votes and 1073 views (compared to their competitors' combined total of 257 Funny votes and 1378 views). Competitors were asked to upload a three-minute (or less) video and then promote their videos via social networking; they had one week to promote their work. The winning video (contains adult comic content) - and more information about Funny or Die at Michigan can be found here. A big congratulations to everyone involved!