Tom Benedek was recently commissioned to do a set of lost wax bronze sculptures to commemorate the final season of Girls on HBO.  Pictured above is Benedek's work -- the actual script of the final episode. Made entirely in Michigan -- including the prep of the script for mold making  in Benedek's 6th floor SAC office -- the bronzes were shipped from the foundry last week.
Fall 2016 Communication  & Media Speaker Series Presents
Matthew W. Hughey, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Connecticut
"Racializing Redemption: The Content and Characters of White Savior Films"
Thursday, December 1, 2016
2435 North Quad 
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
Recent research on the intersection of race and media representations
describes a trend of progressive, even anti-racist, narratives that showcase close inter-racial friendships and camaraderie on the silver screen. Films in which one character saves or helps another from some unholy or disastrous plight are common; while these films present a stark change from the patently racist and on-screen segregationist history of Hollywood cinema, however,  they are neither racially neutral nor without racist meanings. Specifically, many of these films are what critics call “White Savior Films" -- cinema in which implicit and explicit racial stereotypes are employed to structure the inter-racial interactions where one character labors to redeem another. In analyzing this genre, Professor Hughey will provide a framework for understanding both why and how modern cinema naturalizes the supposed cerebral rationality, work ethic, and paternalistic morality of select white characters while it normalizes people of color as primordially connected with nature, spiritually attuned, carnally driven, and/or possessive of exotic and magical powers. 
12 Years a Slave, Avatar, The Help, and The Last Samurai are among the films Hughey mentions in his research. 
LRCCS Film Series – “Night Scene”
After Film Discussion with S.E. Kile and Markus Nornes
Friday, December 2, 2016
Kraus Auditorium, 2140 Natural Science Building
7:00 p.m. 
Cui Zi’en’s "Night Scene" takes on one of the biggest taboos in contemporary China: male street prostitution. The gripping story follows a boy who discovers his father’s homosexuality and, in the process, discovers his own. “Night Scene” is a unique portrait of a twilight world in parks and clubs that veers between documentary and fiction. Cui Zi'en mixes real gigolos with actors, while making no strict distinction between homosexuals and prostitutes. It is an ambiguous, layered film, just as boundless as the lives of male prostitutes in China. 
The Institute for the Humanities Author's Forum Presents
"Movie Freak," A Conversation with Owen Gleiberman and Daniel Herwitz
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Gallery, Room 100 - Hatcher Graduate Library
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 
Owen Gleiberman reads from his latest book, Movie Freak, followed by a conversation with Daniel Herwitz and
Q & A.  Owen Gleiberman is an American film critic. He wrote for The Boston Phoenix and is best known as the founding movie writer for the then-startup Entertainment 
Weekly, where he was the lead critic for 24 years. Today, Gleiberman continues to write for; he is also the chief movie critic for Variety, one of the most important jobs in the business of film criticism. Daniel Herwitz is the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of Comparative Literature, History of Art, Philosophy, and Art & Design.
SAC Honors Information Session 
Thursday, December 8
SAC Conference Room (6360 NQ) 
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
SAC Speaker Series Presents
Dudley Andrew, R. Selden Rose Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of Film Studies, Yale University
"At Sea with 3D: Cinema's Changing Dimensions and Horizons" 
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. 
Osterman Common Room, Thayer Building 
The relative success of 21st c. 3D, after its failure in the 1950s (examined via Bazin), encourages a closer look at the intervening years for indications of changes in film style that address the relation to the spectator. The talk moves all too swiftly across several decades searching for
developments and comes to rest, surprisingly enough, on the 1970s when 3D had disappeared. But new forms of camera vision had been introduced. Those forms, associated with marine photography, ultimately find their champion in Ang Lee and his Life of Pi.
For more about Dudley Andrew, please click here
This talk is sponsored by the Departments of Screen Arts & Cultures and Romance Languages and Literatures and the Institute for the Humanities. 
Filmmaker and SAC Alum Andrew Day ('16)  was recently featured on CTN's "Let's Watch the Ann Arbor Film Festival" (hosted by Dana Denha). The show includes Day's discussion of his time and experience with the Festival, a showing of his film "The Human Body, Our Friend," and a discussion of his work. 
Chris McNamara Recognized by Ontario Association of Art Galleries 
The Ontario Association of Art Galleries recently named the Border Cultures Exhibition Catalog a winner of the "Art Publication Award." Chris McNamara was both an exhibiting artist and a writer for the catalog. 

Border Cultures presents a critical insight into the complex and shifting notions of ‘borders’ and ‘boundaries’ via the work of a plethora of exciting and established artists working both nationally and internationally in the field.

The jury of the OAAG Awards comments, "Borders continue to be an ongoing concern as in the indigenous legacy and Canada-US border and how we move and negotiate between them. The publication does justice to the conversations about Borders."
Tom Benedek to Host SAC Faculty and Alum on Upcoming Podcasts 
On his podcast TheProcess.Ink on iTunes, Tom Benedek talks the creative process with writers, showrunners, directors, producers, actors, executives, agents, managers, and other cultivators of truth and beauty. In the coming weeks, Director of Screenwriting Jim Burnstein will be featured on the show, followed by SAC alum and Benedek's former student Tian Jun Gu (now a writer on House of Cards), and Professor Markus Nornes
Johannes von Moltke to Discuss The Curious Humanist in Princeton
On Thursday, December 1, 2016, at Labyrinth Books in Princeton, Professor and Chair Johannes von Moltke will be discussing his book The Curious Humanist with film critic A.O. Scott. In the text, Johannes von Moltke details the intricate ways in which the American intellectual and political context shaped Kracauer’s seminal contributions to film studies and shows how, in turn, Kracauer’s American writings helped shape the emergent discipline. A.O. Scott has been a film critic for the New York Times since 2000 and is currently a professor of Film Criticism at Wesleyan University. 
FVSA Hosts Ugly Sweater Party
SAC undergrads, graduate students, faculty, and staff -- please join FVSA as they kick off the holiday season with a festive Ugly Sweater Party!
Free food and movie trivia will be provided, and prizes will be awarded - so come and join the fun!

Thursday, December 1
SAC Conference Room (6360 NQ) 
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
May your sweaters be ugly and bright!
SAC 401: The Big House - Documentary to Screen December 9
photo credit, Markus Nornes

This semester's SAC 401 class on direct cinema had unprecedented access to the Big House. Students collaborated on a feature-length documentary tentatively titled, Everything but the Game. This is a behind-the-scenes film about all the people that come together to host 100,000 spectators on game day. Students prowled the side-lines, looked over the shoulders of the journalists in the press box, shadowed medical teams, threw a Go-Pro in a dishwasher, and got busted by the head sniper.

Come check out the rough cut of this day-in-the-life of our Big House.
Friday, December 9
Natural Science Auditorium
7:00 - 11:00 p.m. 
Photo - point of view of a paraglider dropping into the Big House just before kickoff. 
SAC 403 Sketch Comedy to Perform Live Show , ZOORP
End of semester blues creeping up on you? Not to fear, sketch comedy is here! There's no better way to relax before finals than with some laughs with friends. ZOORP Comedy presents a college-focused collection of digital and live sketches to keep your sides splitting all-night long. 
Saturday, December 10 &
Wednesday, December 14
6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
(two shows on each day)
Studio A, North Quad 

Please join us! 
FVSA Lightworks Festival
 Coming Soon!
The Lightworks Festival is a showcase of Screen Arts & Cultures' student films. Presented by SAC's student organization FVSA (Film and Video Student Association), the Lightworks Festival provides a venue for students to present their end-of-term production coursework to classmates, family, and friends.
Friday, December 16 & Saturday, December 17
6:30 -11:30 p.m.
Natural Science Auditorium 

Please join us to support the art of production -- and our talented students!
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