Mobile Media Cultures Students Plug in to Podcasts
Sarah Murray's Mobile Media Cultures class (SAC 368) has been tuning in to sound to theorize mobility in contemporary digital cultures. As part of a semester-long project to develop and produce 5-7 minute podcast segments, students in SAC 368 welcomed Spark! podcast host Nora Young to class last month. Young is a longtime producer and host at the CBC and skyped in for a discussion about her professional and intellectual path to radio, on her experience being a cultural intermediary, and on emergent definitions of mobility in media industries. 
Screen Arts & Cultures Ranked in Top Ten Film Schools by USA Today College 
Screen Arts & Cultures was recently ranked as number 8 out of 10 in USA Today College's "The Ten Best U.S. Film Schools for Pursuing a Film Degree," published on March 10, 2017. To view the complete article, please click here
Matthew Solomon, Hubert Cohen, and Kathleen Dow Receive M-Cubed "Mini-Cube" Grant
SAC faculty members Matthew Solomon and Hubert Cohen, along with Special Collections Librarian Kathleen Dow, were awarded an MCubed "mini-cube" to help fund the project "The Heart of Darkness": An Annotated Digital Archive Edition. Funding will support the creation of a fully annotated digital edition of Orson Welles’s legendary un-produced 182-page film script The Heart of Darkness (which is interleaved with hundreds of drawings that illustrate Welles’s ambitious conception for the film). The final digital edition will include multimedia content drawn from the University of Michigan Special Collections Library’s extensive Welles holdings, extending the research completed by Vincent Longo's team of UROP student researchers in 2016-2017.
SAC Faculty and Alumni Contribute to True Blue! Festival
Interweaving the arts with testimonials from a spectrum of Michigan alumni and faculty, on April 8, 2017, True Blue! celebrated the history, accomplishments, traditions, character, and ethos that define Michigan via a live multimedia performance. Director of Screenwriting Jim Burnstein took part in the creative team that developed the show, along with the Chair of the School of Music, Theater, and Dance, Priscilla Lindsay; Director of Bicentennial Communications, Kim Clarke and Executive Director of the Bicentennial Office, Gary Krenz ; and alums Josh Buoy (SAC '13) and Avery DiUbaldo from Snowday video production company.  With the help of Robert Demilner, Jim Burnstein also developed the "Michigan on Screen" video -- a three-minute highlight reel of some of the amazing contributions that Michigan screenwriters, directors, and actors have made to film and television -- while SAC's Robert Rayher supervised the production of 30 video montages and clips that were used to highlight the 
university's history and many accomplishments on  the big screen above the stage (researched and organized by Richard Ferguson-Wagstaffe). One of the videos included the Observatory/Star Field/M that played behind President Schlissel during the show (pictured at right). "It was really something to see 3,500 people packed into Hill Auditorium for this very moving celebration," claims Burnstein.
Professor Amanda Lotz Quoted in Marketplace 
Writer Adrienne Hill in her article "CBS All Access puts up a 'Good Fight' in the Streaming Battle," discusses the future of the CBS's "CBS All Access" upon the launching of its new show, The Good Fight. Although the service has more than a million subscribers, Professor Amanda Lotz claims that CBS gains more than just subscribers from its All Access streaming channel; it also gets data on what and how much viewers watch, "and that data is valuable, both to share with advertisers about what the audience cares about, and with the main network, looking for a show that might be the next big hit." 
Professor Emeritus Richard Abel Gives Keynote inSpain
Professor Emeritus Richard Abel gave a Keynote entitled, "'Good Gracious, Girls!': Women Writers Take On the Movies in the USA, 1914-1920" at this year's 11th Girona seminar on March 30, 2017. This year's seminar topic was  "Presences and Representations of Women in the Early Years of Cinema 1895-1920,"
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).
SAC 236 Art of Film Inaugural Audiovisual Essay Festival
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Angell Hall, Auditorium A
4:00 p.m. 
Free Admission 
This winter, students in Matthew Solomon’s SAC 236 completed three different critical/analytical audiovisual assignments in place of written papers. This end-of-term festival showcases the best audiovisual essays created this term. The audience will vote on the winners. Please join us! 
FVSA Presents - Lightworks Winter 2017
Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22
Natural Science Auditorium
Screenings begin at 6:30 p.m.  on Friday and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday

Free Admission 

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 and support the creative efforts of our students!
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.
Kruz's Little Stones made its World Premiere at the Vail Film Festival (March 30 - April 2, 2017) and was honored to win the award for Best Documentary.
The film, that took four years to complete,  follows four women in India, Brazil, Senegal, Germany, Kenya and the United States as they use art to empower women and girls. Director/producer Sophia Kruz (pictured at left) and cinematographer/co-producer Meena Singh (at right) were both thrilled to accept the award at the festival. In just a few short weeks, Little Stones will make it's West Coast Premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Stay tuned....

photo and text (adapted) from Driftseed newsletter 

NYU Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis Andrew Ross conducted a Graduate Student Workshop on Friday, April 7, 2017, entitled, "Academia and Activism" in the SAC Conference Room.
Earlier that day, he delivered a public talk, "High Culture/Hard Labor: Looking Beyond the Creatives." Ross was a part of the 2017 SAC Speaker Series. 

Photo credit, Mary Lou Chlipala
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