Rampant, Unfettered Narcissism: A Defense
A Talk by Professor Laura Kipnis

Tuesday, January 12 
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. 
Television Didn't Die, But Broadband Distribution Revolutionized It: A Talk by Professor Amanda Lotz 
Thursday, January 21.
North Quad 5450
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
Beginning in the late 1990s, the technology and even mainstream press opined extensively on the coming death of television. A decade later—and a time that found television still very much alive—that theme evolved to instead pronounce the
coming death of cable. Rather than demise, the emergence of broadband-distributed television has both reinvented the medium and revealed how extensively our expectations and understandings of television are based not on the medium of television but on logics developed for its broadcast distribution.
Lotz's talk presents key arguments of her current book project, Being Wired: How Cable Transformed Television and the Internet Revolutionized It All with a focus on understanding what transpired when the long anticipated face off between "new media" and television finally took place in 2010.
Little Bang Theory Plays Frank Pahl's Original Live Score to the Film Laugh, Clown, Laugh
Thursday, January 21
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 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.
SAC Speaker Series Presents 
A Talk by USC Professor Akira Lippit: "Like a Sleeping Cat (In Roland Barthes's Empire of Sleeping Cats)"

Friday, January 22 
Space 2435 North Quad 
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

One hundred years after his birth, Roland Barthes remains an eccentric legacy in the fields he engaged: literature, semiotics, photography, and to some extent cinema. How might one understand Barthes’s legacy, his preferred spaces of photography, forms of erotic literature, imagined Japan, political stances, and his cinema? 
This presentation considers Barthes one hundred years after his birth, seeking to illuminate the distinct forms of affect that form not only the mood of his writing, but also its mode.  What sort of subject does Barthes project in his empires of signs?  Who or what forms the subject of his semiotics?

This talk is sponsored by the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures Sheldon Cohn Fund and the Departments of American Culture, English Language and Literature, and Asian Languages and Cultures.

Meet Akira Lippit at the Graduate Student Workshop to be held from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the SAC Conference Room (room 6330) North Quad. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by January 15th to Yuki Nakayama ( if you are interested in attending. 
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. 

WOLV TV Ann Arbor Anthem Winter Showcase 
Friday, January 15
The Shinola Lounge (301 S. Main Street)
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. -- free admission 
WOLV-TV's newest show, The Ann Arbor Anthem -- a show whose purpose is to recognize student artists, musicians, and performers in the Ann Arbor community -- is holding its Winter Showcase on Friday, January 15th. This is a free concert open to all U OF M students and will be held at The Shinola Lounge in Ann Arbor with musical performances by Cooper Anstett, Rella, and Tear Soup. WOLV will be covering the event to air for the upcoming semester.  
David Marek poses with a friend on the set of  the post-apocalyptic/adventure film, Thaw of the Dead, which Marek hopes to have premiere at festivals by the end of the summer to early fall.
Attention SAC Undergrads Interested in Applying to the Honors Program!
Image from Julia Braid's First Date, SAC Honors Project, 2014-15
The Department of Screen Arts & Cultures cordially invites you to attend our Information Session for the SAC Honors Program on Tuesday, January 19th, from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the SAC Conference Room (6360 North Quad). Honors is highly competitive and provides exceptional students with the opportunity to complete independent thesis work in the areas of screen studies, media production or screenwriting. If you are considering applying to SAC Honors for the 2016-17 academic year, this session will cover information about eligibility, the application process, and students' experiences in the program.
SAC Faculty Spotlight:
David Marek
David Marek was very pleased to returning to U of M as a Lecturer III this last fall, and 2016 looks to be a very exciting year ahead. With his feature film, Somewhere West finalizing its distribution deal, it should be available for steaming on iTunes and hopefully a few other VOD platforms before year’s end. In addition, David looks to complete two new feature films while enjoying a full docket of production classes this winter.

After a successful Indie-GoGo campaign, David has spent the last two years creating the post-apocalyptic/adventure film, Thaw of the Dead, which was shot in late winter at several extraordinary Northern Michigan locations. With sound design, scoring, and color correction slated for this spring, David hopes to have the film premiering at festivals by the end of the summer to early fall.

Also slated to finalize post-production this spring is a long form documentary that David and his company, The Treefort Collective, have been shooting over the last three years. The film visits a number of Detroit charter schools and discusses the challenges faced by educators in several largely under supported and traditionally poorly performing areas of the city.

If you are interested in video editing, please join David this spring semester for his SAC 304 - Editing Theory and Practice class. The prerequisite is SAC 290, but experience is not necessary – he hopes to see you there!
SAC Graduate Student Spotlight: Doctoral Student Joseph DeLeon
Joseph DeLeon, a 2nd-year PhD student in the SAC department, intends to pursue a dissertation project that combines an interdisciplinary approach to digital media studies, urban history, and American studies to inquire into the media practices that construct and contest the narratives and images of the “shrinking” or “rustbelt” American city. The project will incorporate archival research into media practices in Detroit tied to the underground newspaper The Fifth Estate in the 1960s as well as a focus on recent attempts to incorporate documentary film and digital tools to record and to remedy urban blight in Detroit. Joseph has greatly benefited from the resources of the Labadie Collection in the Special Collections Library as well as from the support and feedback of his colleagues in many courses within the SAC department. He is excited to attend the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Victoria, British Columbia, in June 2016.