"Yuan Guangming’s signature work in still photography digitally extracts the human from spaces that are typically teaming with people [...] They emerge from a deep, dark background to address the spectators—themselves bathed in darkness—lifting their arms to point, indicate…what? To the unknown or unnoticed? To the future? Or is the point an accusation? The answer surely depends on the specific time and place—here, now, America in 2017."  -- Professor Markus Nornes

Yuan Guangming’s INDICATION (2014 | 6 min loop | 3-channel video, programmed by Markus Nornes) is now running at the Ann Arbor Art Association for the duration of the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Stop by and engage in the experience. 

Oliver Thornton's documentary Inside Grand Hotel  premiered on March 2, 2017 on Detroit Public T.V. and will re-air on Thursday, March 16, at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 18, at 4:00 p.m.  Inside Grand Hotel explores some of the Grand Hotel’s most iconic spaces - including rooms, suites, the kitchen, and other staff areas - not normally experienced by the masses. Additionally, the film documents the hotel's unique business story, revealing the individuals behind the scenes who create the magic of Grand Hotel’s experience and disclosing the day-to-day operations behind this island tourist destination.
Inside Grand Hotel worked with Detroit Public Television for six months last year to film various people, spaces and events. It features long-time employees as well as celebrities such as Jane Seymour (Somewhere in Time) and Carleton Varney, the hotel's longtime interior designer.  The film is narrated by Paul W. Smith of WJR-AM.
Learn more about the film at; watch the trailer here.
Episode 2 ("An Eye for Science") of Oliver Thornton's 10-vignette series An Uncommon Education: Celebrating 200 Years at U-M, also aired on the first of the month. This segment explores how Tappan's building of the Detroit Observatory on campus a century ago is still reflected in the visionary work being done by students and faculty today. To view the episode, click here
Watching While Latinx: Media Reception and Latinx Audiences 
Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17, 2017
Marsh Screening Room, 7th Floor, North Quad 
Panel Discussions at 11:30 a.m. 
This two-day symposium explores Latinx audiences and the reception of US and Latin American media. Two guest scholars of Latinx Media Studies and two PhD Candidates (from SAC and American Culture) will participate in the panel presentations.
On March 16, 2017, at  11:30 a.m, Jillian Báez (College of Staten Island) will present Consuming Latinas: Latina Audiences and Citizenship, and Richard Mwakasege-Minaya (SAC) will present The Cuban Exile Campaign: Media Reception & Cold War Documentaries. 

On March 17, at 11:30 a.m., Isabel Molina-Guzmán (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign) will present “East Los High” and the Digital Centering of Chicana/Latina Audiences, and Orquidea Morales (American Culture) will present Vampires and Narcos: A Case Study of Border Audiences. 
This symposium is hosted by the Latino/a Studies Program and the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures and organized by Richard Mwakasege-Minaya and Orquidea Morales. 
SACAPALOOZA: SAC's Undergraduate Information and Declaration Event 
Friday, March 17, 2017
North Quad, Studio A
2:30 p.m. 
If you are interested in declaring a Screen Arts & Cultures major or a Global Media Studies minor and/or you just want to learn more about what these academic programs offer, please join us at SACAPALOOZA. This year, in addition to the information session provided by our SAC advisors Victor Fanucchi, and Dawn Hollison, FVSA (Film & Video Student Association), WOLV TV, and M-agination Films will introduce their organizations; students from the SAC Honors Program will discuss their experiences; Director of Screenwriting Jim Burnstein will give an overview of the Screenwriting Program; and Internship Coordinator Mary Lou Chlipala will give information and answer questions about SAC Internships. We hope to see you there!
CLIFF 2017: Undisciplined Readings: Rethinking Practices and Methods
Friday, March 17, 2017
Rackham, West Conference Room 
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Saturday, March 18, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Keynote: Ilya Kaminsky: March 17, 5:30, Rackham Assembly Hall 

How do we read texts, films and other objects? How do our methods reflect the intended and unintended audiences of a work, and how do they inform our interpretations? What do our readings include, and what do they exclude? In this conference, we aim to reflect on and reconsider our roles as readers, as well as the educational and political implications of our reading practices. 
This event is sponsored by CLIFF 2017, the Departments of Romance Languages & Literature, Slavic Languages & Literatures, English Language and Literature, American Culture, Philosophy, Screen Arts & Cultures,Classical Studies, Afroamerican and African Studies, Comparative Literature, and Judaic Studies; Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, International Institute, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers' Program, and the Institute for the Humanities.
The Center for Japanese Studies and the Michigan Theater Present
Kuro: The The Dark Edge of Japanese Filmmaking (Film Series)
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 final film in the series, screening on March 20, 2017, is The World of Kanako. 

An aimless, irresponsible cop is pulled into sharp focus by the sudden, inexplicable disappearance of his teenage daughter. His search for clues leads him into chilling detail of

an alternate realities with whom he believed his loved one to actually be, but will stop at no cost as a father to find her and the truth.

The film is the latest from the internationally award-winning TETSUYA NAKASHIMA, adapted from the best-selling mystery novel of AKIO FUKAMACHI, where noir is evolved from the underground of yakuza clans and the detectives looking to crack them with an investigative pivot into unknown, darkened subcultures of today’s youth.

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. 

LSA Major Minor Expo 
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Rogel Ballroom, Michigan Union 
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Major Minor Expo is an ideal chance for undergrads to explore the world of academic opportunities at LSA and throughout the University, as it brings together representatives from nearly every discipline so students can gather information about all areas of study. To find out more about the event, click here. 
Lasting Synergies
A Historical Exhibit of the Ann Arbor Film Festival
Created by Terri Sarris's SAC 304 
North Quad, Space 2435
Tuesday, March 21 - Sunday, March 26, 2017
Opening Reception, Tuesday, March 21,  2:00 - 4:00 pm. 
The history of the Ann Arbor Film Festival is inextricably linked with the history of the University of Michigan. With support from the UM Bicentennial Committee and working with designer Melissa Gomis, students in Terri Sarris’ Screen Arts course (SAC 304) worked with ephemera from the Festival archives at UM’s Bentley Historical Library to create an 
exhibition exploring aspects of the Festival’s history.  UM faculty and former student work exhibited at past fests will loop on monitors in the gallery.  
A special thanks to Philip Hallman, Film Studies Field Librarian;  Melissa Gomis, Exhibition designer; and Cinda Nofziger, Bentley Historical Library for their help and input.
The 55th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival 
Tuesday, March 21 - Sunday, March 26, 2017
Michigan Theater (Main Venue)
See Schedule for Film Times and and Other Events/Locations

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences.

This year, on Wednesday, March 22, at 9:30 p.m., the musical trio Little Bang Theory (SAC's Terri Sarris, with Frank Pahl, and Doug Shimmin) will be providing live accompaniment, along with Japanese Benshi Ichiro Kataoka to A Page of Madness (1926) by Teinosuke Kinugasa (programmed by Markus Nornes).  The original score, composed by Frank Pahl, is being performed on hand-made instruments and toys. The band's "Clowning Around" will be also showing on Saturday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the "Films in Competition 11 - Music Videos" category (Lorch Hall). On Friday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m., Sarris' film "Circular," a film adapted from the story "The Circular Ruins" by Jorge Luis Borges, will be screened in the "Films in Competition 6" category. 

from left to right, "Clowning Around," "Circular," and "Chicago, 1 (Intersection)"

On Saturday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m., SAC's Chris McNamara's "Chicago, 1 (Intersection)" will be screening in the "Films in Competition 12" Category. The latest in a series of studies of intersections in cities, shot at the magic hour, the film captures the comings and goings of people and cars and buses for a brief moment -- there and then gone. 

Also on Saturday, March 25, at 9:15 p.m., Professor Markus Nornes has programmed a special presentation entitled,
"Axes of Dwelling: the Video Art of Yuan Guangming," covering video artist Yuan Guangming's extraordinary career. For more information, please click here

Please come out to enjoy the festival and support our SAC faculty! 
Future of Digital Media Business Symposium
Featuring Amanda Lotz and Daniel Herbert 
Symposium - Thursday, March 30, 4:00 p.m. 
Question and Answer - Friday, March 31, 12:00 p.m. 
North Quad Space 2435

Digital technologies have substantially disrupted operations of all media industries in the last two decades. Their implications have changed nearly all aspects of the production and distribution of media and produced enormous consequences for those who make media and for the media that circulate in the culture as a result.  The two-day event begins Thursday, March 30 at 4:00 with a Symposium featuring 30-minute presentations from four experts in the transition to digital production and distribution of media industries. Speakers will discuss how and why each business has changed, the consequences for those working in the industry and the media they make, and what remain the greatest challenges going forward.
Sponsors - the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts | UM Office of Research | Department of Communication Studies | The School of Music, Theatre & Dance EXCEL Program | Michigan Publishing | Institute for the Humanities | Rackham Graduate School
The Audiovisual Essay and the Digital Humanities Mini-Conference
Panel Presentations 
Friday, March 31, 2017
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. 
Kuenzel room, Michigan Union
This mini-conference will act as a critical introduction to the audiovisual essay that seeks to assess its scholarly and pedagogical applications while bringing several of its proponents in cinema and media studies into conversation with digital humanists working in
a range of disciplines at the University of Michigan. The mini-conference will explore methodological questions relevant to digital scholarship and pedagogy while pressing new questions about the utility of audiovisual essays outside of cinema and media studies, and considering the possible place of audiovisual essays within digital humanities debates.

Opening Remarks, Matthew Solomon, (SAC); Panel Presentations (moderated by Anita Gonzalez, SMTD) Jason Mittell, (Middlebury College); Mark Williams, (Dartmouth University); Steven Anderson, (UCLA); Respondent, Paul Conway (School of Information)

This conference is organized by SAC Professor Matthew Solomon and PhD Candidate Vincent Longo and generously supported by the Departments of  
American Culture, Communication Studies, Digital Studies, English, History, History of Art, the Institute for the Humanities, UM Office of Research, and the Sweetland Center for Writing.
SAVE the DATE - SAC Speaker Series
Save the date for the last two speakers in our SAC Speaker Series: 
Andrew Ross, NYU Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis
"High Culture/Hard Labor: Looking Beyond the Creatives"

Friday, April 7, 2017; 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Room 250 Hutchins Hall, Law School
Victoria E. Johnson, UC Irvine Professor of Film/Media Studies
"More Than a Game:'Humanizing' Sports Studies and the Case of LeBron James"

Thursday, April 13, 2017; 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
SAC Conference Room, 6360 North Quad 
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