And that's a wrap, 2016!
A BIG thank you to all of the Screen Arts faculty, staff, students, and guests who helped to make this past year such a success.
Congratulations to all of the Fall 2016 Lightworks Festival Award Winners!
  • Best Comedy - ZOORP Sketch Comedy (DIrector, Jake Ferguson)
  • Comedy Runner-up - Message (Director, Shudi Zheng)
  • Best Drama - Recovering (Writer, Carly Keyes; Directors, Yuri Ramocan, Nick Sheehan, Jin Kim, Sara Otto)
  • Drama Runner-up - Going Home (Director, Ava Burnham)
  • Best Experimental - Decomposed (Director, Adrianna O'Brien)
  • Experimental Runner-up - Please Clap (Director, Maxim Vinogradov)
  • Best Animation - Produce, Produce (Director, Shelby Polisuk)
  • Animation Runner-up - Reintegrate (Director, Kevin Tocco
  • Best Cinematography - Decomposed (Director, Sage O'Brien)
  • Cinematography Runner-up - Tracks Leading Somewhere (Director, Marissa Butler)
Original Score
  • Best Original Score - Please Clap (Composer, Maxim Vinograpdov)
  • Original Score Runner-up - Tracks Leading Somewhere (Composer, Katie Burke)
SAC Judges' Honorable Mentions
  • Paul Sutherland - Going Home (Director, Ava Burnham)
  • David Marek - Produce, Produce (Director, Shelby Polisuk)
  • Mary Lou Chlipala - "You There, God?" sketch  (Writer/Director, Clare Higgins; Actor, Katrina Anderson) and the cameo appearance as boombox operator by Clare Higgins in the "Dance Off" sketch
Thank you to FVSA for all of their work throughout the year!

photo: Lightworks transfer day in the SAC Conference Room;
photo credit: Mary Lou Chlipala
Free Screening of OBIT Followed by a Q & A with Director Vanessa Gould and Writer Bruce Weber
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Angell Hall, Auditorium A
8:00 p.m. 

Every morning, a small staff of obituary writers at The New York Times deposits the details of three or four extraordinary lives into the cultural memory – each life’s story spun amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores. It’s amazing what goes on in the obits.

OBIT is the first documentary to look into the world of editorial obituaries, via the legendary obit desk at The Times. The film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory and the inevitable passage of time. What do we choose to remember? What never dies?

SAC is co-sponsoring this event with the Wallace House/Knight-Wallace Fellows

The Center for Japanese Studies and the Michigan Theater Present
Kuro: The The Dark Edge of Japanese Filmmaking (Film Series)
Monday, January 16, 2017 - 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 know consider classics to the silver screen.

The series begins on January 16, 2017, with a screening of the Akira Kurosawa classic suspense thriller High and Low, a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film and Winner of Best Film at the Mainichi Film Concours in Japan when it was released in 1964. 

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.
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. 
Free Screening of What Maisie Knew
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Angell Hall, Auditorium A
7:30 p.m. 
On the second page of What Maisie Knew, Henry James's 1897 novel about the divorce of two wretchedly selfish people and the effect it has on their young daughter Maisie, an acquaintance expresses sympathy for the girl. "The words were an epitaph for the tomb of Maisie's childhood," James writes, and the novel's
events go downhill from there. James didn't pull his punches, and (except for occasionally) neither does the modern-day film of this tale. (Sheila O'Malley,
UM Alumnus & Producer David Siegal and Director Scott McGehee; this event is co-sponsored by SAC and the Departmnent of Theater & Drama
The Center for Japanese Studies Presents
A Free Screening of Happy Hour with an introduction and Q & A with Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, moderated by Markus Nornes and Kazuhiro Soda
Friday, January 20, 2017
Angell Hall, Auditorium A
5:00  p.m. 
Please join the Center for Japanese Studies in celebrating the visit of one of Japan's most important Japanese directors -- along with the screening of one of the most important Japanese films of 2015. 

Four thirty-something female friends in the misty seaside city of Kobe navigate the unsteady currents of their work, domestic, and romantic lives. They speak solace in one another’s company, but a sudden revelation creates a rift  and rouses each woman to take stock. Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s wise, precisely observed, compulsively watchable drama of friendship and midlife awakening runs over five hours, yet the leisurely duration is not an indulgence but a careful strategy—to show what other films leave out, to create a space for everyday moments that is nonetheless charged with possibility, and to yield an emotional density rarely available to a feature-length movie. Developed through workshops with a cast of mostly newcomers (the extraordinary lead quartet shared the Best Actress award at the Locarno Film Festival), and filled with absorbing sequences that flow almost in real time, Happy Hour has a novelistic depth and texture. But it’s also the kind of immersive, intensely moving experience that remains unique to cinema (film notes extracted from

Please note that two intermissions will be given during this film; light refreshments will also be served. 
After the holiday recess, WOLV is gearing up for some great new seasons of shows! Each week, WOLV shows post new episodes on YouTubeVimeo, and our website. You may visit any of those pages to keep up with your favorite shows and to explore new ones.
To learn more about getting involved with WOLV, come talk to us at  the WOLV TV winter mass meeting on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, in the studio in the basement of the North Quad academic complex. Stop by at 7:00 p.m. to receive more information about what we do and how you can play a role.
We are looking forward to meeting you -- and to sharing a great season of new episodes!
Writer Credit, Morgan Cullen
SAC alumna Sally Volkmann worked as the additional and assistant editing and post-production coordinator for ICARUS (dir. Bryan Fogel), a film that exposes a complex doping operation at the heart of Russia's Olympics program.
Exemplifying the special bond between filmmaker and subject ICARUS is a vital portrait of the sacrifice some people will make to stand up for truth. The film was selected for this year's Sundance Film Festival (Park City, Utah; January 19-29) competition in the US documentary category.
photo credit, Patrice Peck 
SAC '11 Alum Tian Jun Gu (House of Cards writer) poses with Assistant to the Chair Mary Lou Chlipala after stopping by on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, for a short visit and a tour of the production studios. 
Professor Caryl Flinn Publishes Essay in The Cambridge Companion to Film Music 
The wide-ranging and thought-provoking collection of specially-commissioned essays in this anthology conveys a uniquely comprehensive overview of the many ways in which music functions in film soundtracks. Flinn's essay, “Music in Screen Musicals,” provides a brief overview of film-musical scholarship and explores its impact on conceptions of the genre and our understandings of its music. Challenging the classical paradigm of 'what defines a musical,' Flinn, in discussing the roles played by their songs and their music, argues how diversified musical production actually is, and reflects on the complexity of categorizing this rapidly evolving genre.
Associate Professor Daniel Herbert Gives Talk at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
On December 8, 2016, in his talk, entitled, "Rambo vs. Carmen: On the Historical Relationship between Video Stores and Libraries," Daniel Herbert illustrated how video stores and public libraries distinguished themselves from one another in the 1980s by offering different kinds of videos and movie genres and, in this way. marked out different cultural territories.
Associate Professor Giorgio Bertellini Gives Talk at Columbia University
On December 9, 2016, Giorgio Bertellini gave a talk at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America entitled, “The Divo and the Duce: Illusions of Direct Democracy in 1920s U.S. Celebrity Culture.” The respondent was Professor Eugenia Paulicelli of the Graduate Center, Columbia University, New York. 
The seminar in Modern Italian Studies is concerned with political, social, cultural, and religious aspects of Italian life from 1815 to the present. In recent years, the seminar has stressed an interdisciplinary approach to Italian studies, increasing the participation of anthropologists and scholars of art, film, and literature. 
Associate Professor Colin Gunckel Contributes Essay to Exhibition Catalog of Upcoming Exhibit in Los Angeles
Thanks to two generous grants from the Getty Foundation, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries will present Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. at the ONE Gallery, West Hollywood, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles’ Pacific Design Center location from September 9 to December 31, 2017. 
In conjunction with the Axis Mundo exhibition, ONE will also present public programs at venues throughout Los Angeles and publish an exhibition catalogue featuring essays by several university professors across the nation, including Colin Gunckel
Professor Amanda Lotz Publishes Article Distributed by Newsweek and Gives Keynote at Conference in Germany
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In her article entitled, "Hulu, Google's 2017 Plans to Bundle Channels Looks a lot Like Cable" published in on December 31, 2016 (and originally published in The Conver-sation), Professor Amanda Lotz discusses why a viewer would want to switch to the "skinny bundles" now offered by Hulu and Google; she also answers the questions, "Why are such bundles starting to saturate the market?  and "What do they mean for the future of television?" 

Professor Lotz is also to give the keynote - entitled "Watching White Men on TV: Intersectionality in Fictional Media" - at the Intersections of Whiteness Conference at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, January 11-13, 2017. The DFG-funded conference aims at discussing the current state of Critical Whiteness/Race Studies in the light of current developments and events such as the rise of right-wing populism, the Black Lives Matter movement, the Brexit vote, and the refugee crisis. 
Professor Emeritus Richard Abel's Menus for Movieland Receives Recognition from Huffington Post
The Huffington Post named Abel's Menus for Movieland a "Best Film Book of 2016." Praises The Post, "[The book] explores the way one traditional medium aided another then new medium. Abel offers a richly textured view of early film stardom, early film criticism, advertising campaigns, and even fan activities on both the local and national level. Published late last year, this fascinating book is a fascinating read."
For more on Menus for Movieland, please click here
Congratulations to Roberto Vezzani on his Successful Dissertation Defense 
Roberto Vezzani successfully defended his dissertation, Reframing Italianness: Circulation of Italian Fiction Films in the United States During the 1930s. Together with his doctorate in Italian (RLL), Vezzani will also receive his Certificate in Screen Arts & Cultures this year.  

Vezzani’s original work focuses on a never-explored chapter of both American and Italian film culture—the distribution and exhibition in interwar America of fiction films produced during Fascism.His research stands at the crossroads of different disciplines, with significant implications for scholars interested in Fascism’s international propaganda and the circulation of foreign films in America before the emergence of the so-called art cinema.

Vezzani is currently a member of the World Languages Faculty at North High School in Grosse Pointe (MI), where he teaches Italian language. 
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