On Saturday, October 3, Funny or Die Student Ambassadors Lauren Barrett and Ryan McDonough hosted an informative panel with Director/Writer Alex Richanbach and Supervising Producer Ben Sheehan in Space 2435 North Quad. Also included in their visit, Richanbach screened and discussed his independent feature film We Are Young.

Screening of The Hunting Ground 
Tuesday, October 6
North Quad Space 2435
8:00 p.m. -- Free Admission 

"The Hunting Ground, a documentary shocker about rape on American college campuses, is a must-watch work of cine-activism."

Manohla Dargis
New York Times
React to Film: University of Michigan presents a free screening of The Hunting Ground (2015), a chilling documentary from the makers of The Invisible War that presents a nationwide examination of sexual assault on American college campuses. The Sundance Institute comments on the film: "Scrutinizing the gamut of elite Ivies, state universities, and small colleges, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering reveal an endemic system of institutional cover-ups, rationalizations, victim-blaming, and denial that creates perfect storm conditions for predators to prey with impunity. Meanwhile, the film captures mavericks Andrea Pino and Annie Clark, survivors who are taking matters into their own hands—ingeniously employing Title IX legal strategy to fight back and sharing their knowledge among a growing, unstoppable network of young women who will no longer be silent." 
2015 UM Contemporary Chinese Film Series  
Tuesdays in September and October 
State Theater
7:00 p.m. -- Free Admission 
Still from Only You 命中注定 (2015), directed by Zhang Hao  
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute and Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at UM, Electric Shadows: 2015 Contemporary Chinese Film Series will feature six exciting Chinese films released in 2014 and 2015.  SAC Professor Markus Nornes helped curate the festival, which continues today, October 6, at the State Theater with the screening of Only You (2015). A romantic comedy directed by Zhang Hao and starring Tang Wei and Liao Fan, this film is a remake of 1994's Only You: a bride-to-be travels to Italy to find her fated lover and falls in love. 
Screening of Korla Followed by a Q & A with Director John Turner 
Thursday, October 8
Forum Hall, Palmer Commons 
5:30 p.m. -- Free Admission 
"Korla Pandit was a musician of dazzling inventiveness [...]. Long before synthesizers stalked the land, Korla figured out how to coax all manner of previously unheard percussion, brass, and string sounds out of the Hammond B-3 organ." 
Dan Epstein, La Weekly
Join us for a screening of Korla, a new documentary about Korla Pandit, a spiritual seeker, a television pioneer, and the godfather of exotica music. Known for his hypnotic gaze, Korla captured the hearts of countless Los Angeles housewives in the '50s with his live television program that featured a blend of popular tunes and East Indian compositions, theatrically performed on a Hammond B3 organ. In the '90s, he resurfaced as a cult figure with the tiki/lounge music aficionados, filling clubs, skating rinks, and bars with retro hipsters. Often pegged as a "man of mystery," Korla lived up to that billing when he took an amazing secret with him to his grave in 1998 -- one that is revealed in Korla. Read more about the film (with spoilers) here

This event is generously sponsored by Asian/Pacific Islander Studies; the Department of American Culture; the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies; the Center for South Asian Studies; and Screen Arts & Cultures. 
Lusophone Film Festival 
Festival Runs Through Early December
Films Screened at State Theater, Michigan Theater, and UMMA Helmut Stern Auditorium; See Schedule for Specific Times and Locations 
Free Admission  

The Lusophone Film Festival showcases the contemporary cinema of the Portuguese-speaking world. It is the second event of its kind in Ann Arbor and at the University of Michigan. The primary objectives of this event are to provide high visibility to the Portuguese language and its cultures at the University of Michigan and throughout the region, while contributing to program-building efforts currently underway in Portuguese.

This week, on Thursday, October 8th, at the State Theater at 7:00 p.m., see Njinga: Queen of Angola. One of the most ambitious recent film productions from sub-Saharan Africa and the grandest in the history of Angolan cinema, Njinga is an epic tale set in 17th-century Angola, at a time when the trans-Atlantic slave trade grew significantly. This visually stunning film follows the story of Njinga, leading her kingdom in a 40-year struggle involving the Portuguese, the Dutch, and rival as well as allied African kingdoms, for freedom and independence. Njinga stands today as a revered symbol of African resistance and is considered by UNESCO to be one of the 25 most important female figures in Africa.
Njinga: Queen of Angola with an introduction by Professor Anne Pitcher: Thursday, Oct. 8th, 7:00 p.m., State Theater
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.
Caryl Flinn and Mark Clague to Give Pre-Concert Talk Entitled "Music in Character and as Character: Bernstein's Musical Score to On the Waterfront"
Sunday, October 11
Hill Auditorium -- Talk will be given on the Mezzanine Lobby; Tickets to the performance are required to attend 
2:00 p.m. (talk); 3:00 p.m. (screening and performance) 
Join Mark Clague (Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research), Caryl Flinn (Chair and Professor of Screen Arts and Cultures), and Conductor David Newman as they explore the role of music as a storytelling device in Leonard Bernstein’s one and only score for a motion picture, On the Waterfront.
Karl Madden (left) and Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront, screened as the New York Philharmonic played the film's score at Avery Fischer Hall. 
Photo credit - Hiroyuki Ito, New York Times
After the talk, the University Musical Society will be screening the film, accompanied by the New York Philharmonic's live performance of the score. The magnificent soundtrack for On the Waterfront churns with dramatic intensity, underscoring the brutality of the docks, the tough combativeness of the longshoremen, and the dark, looming presence of the mob bosses who dominate their territory. Directed by Elia Kazan, the story is based on true events about crime and corruption on the waterfronts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, with Bernstein’s music accentuating the somber, yet triumphant, conclusion. Academy Award-nominated film composer and conductor David Newman leads the New York Philharmonic in this final concert of their 2015 residency. 
2015 Vivian Shaw Lecture: Piper Kerman (Author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
Tuesday, October 13
Rackham Auditorium
5:10 p.m. (doors open at 4:30 p.m.)
"Female incarceration has risen by 800 percent in this country," says Kerman. "I believe we have reached a point [...] where most people are questioning whether we have made the best choices." 
Based on the 13 months she spent in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut on money laundering charges, Kerman’s memoir, Orange is the New Black, explores the experience of incarceration and the intersection of her life with the lives of the women she met while in prison: their friendships and families, mental illnesses and substance abuse issues, cliques and codes of behavior. The book also raises provocative questions about the state of criminal justice in America, and how incarceration affects the individual and communities throughout the nation. 

Since her release, Kerman has worked to promote the cause of prison and criminal justice reform. She serves on the board of the Women's Prison Association, which provides preventative services for at-risk women, works to create alternatives to incarceration, advocates against practices like shackling during childbirth and offers programs to aid reentry into society.

This event is co-sponsored Department of Women's Studies, U-M Law School, Department of Sociology, Screen Arts & Cultures, the School of Social Work, and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

The Vivian R. Shaw Lecture is presented biennially by the Women's Studies Department and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Established in 1997 by Ellen S. Agress (U-M, 1968), to honor the memory of her mother, this lecture addresses "real world issues" affecting women.
On Friday, October 2, Funny or Die's  Director/Writer Alex Richanbach and Supervising Producer Ben Sheehan came to campus for a workshop in Terri Sarris' SAC 403, Sketch Comedy class.  Following a discussion about their careers and about comedy writing and production, students pitched sketch ideas and then formed into teams to write sketches based on the three ideas Richanbach and Sheehan picked as the most promising. In a short time frame, students produced three very funny sketch script drafts. At left, Richanbach and Sheehan talk with SAC 403 student Abby Buchmeyer.
David Marek's Winter SAC 301 Film Selected as Top 10 Finalist in The Challenge Detroit Competition
The Challenge Detroit Competition called for entries between five and fifteen minutes in length that fit the theme "Resurgence: A Comeback Story." The SAC 301 finalist, entitled "The Key of B," created by Alexander HolmesMaggie Marshall, and Jayden Hua, is a poignant exploration of the pivotal role that art and music play in human development. Focusing on the Brightmoor neighborhood in Detroit, the filmmakers document the views of spokesmen from Seven Mile Music, The City Covenant Church, and both the Brightmoor and the Woodbridge Community Centers in an effort to emphasize the importance of art and music exposure, education, and opportunity in fostering both individual and community growth.  Students, faculty, staff, and friends can vote for their favorite film until October 14th. Congratulations SAC 301 -- and best of luck in the competition!
SAC 368: Video Games as Culture and Form to Participate in Gender and Gaming Symposium at Hatcher in October 
In the past few years, issues of gender have become prominent in the discussion around gaming -- both in relating to the games themselves and in the larger gaming culture. This symposium aims to critically engage these ongoing narratives, explore how gaming culture can impact broader social spheres, and indicate how gender relations in gaming can be improved going forward through two keynote talks, a series of roundtable discussions, a panel discussion of student gamers, and a game gallery of significant texts. Attendees can expect to participate heavily throughout the day and leave with a deeper understanding of game culture, its social significance, and what its future might entail.

Participation in the symposium, which takes place on October 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. is free; space is limited though -- so if you would like to join Sheila Murphy's SAC 368 students, you must pre-register using this
registration form.
Assistant Professor Colin Gunckel Quoted in The Michigan Daily 
In an article entitled, "Hipster: An Ann Arbor Etymology," Senior Arts Editor Catherine Sulpizio traces the history of the term "hipster" and explores its relevance to Ann Arbor, recently named the "15th most hipster city in America" by CBS News. In an exploration of "The Hipster Today," Sulpizio defines the "current hipster stock" as those with a "[...] reflexive cynicism for the mainstream and a bottomless appetite for authenticity." In Colin Gunckel's estimation, however, [it is the] "mythic aura of authenticity surrounding the hipster [that] masks the real damage." Gunckel comments, "I think the close association of the hipster with the creative economy obscures the detrimental economic shifts that gentrification is having in certain cities. Equating this demographic with 'hipness' is a way of foregrounding that supposed dimension of the category, without owning up to their privilege and the role many of us -- hipster or otherwise -- may have in gentrification." Read the full article, including more of Gunckel's insight, here
SAC 2015-16 Honors Cohort
Spotlight on Chloe Gilke
Chloe is a senior SAC major, pizza aficionado, and Chicago native. Between her academic focus on television studies/theory and her job as Managing Arts Editor at the Michigan Daily, Chloe spends a large portion of her days writing and obsessing over TV. After graduation, Chloe hopes to earn a master's degree in media studies and communications. This semester, she is excited to begin teaching a mini-course on meta-cinema and self-referential humor and to begin work on her SAC honors thesis.
Chloe's academic thesis will examine audience reception and engagement with autistic characters on popular TV shows (NBC's Parenthood and Community). She will look at how autistic viewers connect with these characters and examine the discrepancies in how autistic persons are portrayed cinematically. Lastly, she hopes to draw attention to the recent boom in autistic/neuro-atypical characters on television and discuss the implications this has for the autistic community and for the TV landscape in general.
Attention Undergrads! Casting and Crew Calls Now Posted on the SAC Website
Are you interested in acting in or working on the crew of a SAC production? All SAC casting and crew calls will now be posted on our website under "Undergraduate/ Casting Calls" and "Undergraduate/Crew Calls." A new casting call -- for the science fiction short  "Human Resources" has just been posted. Check it out here