photo credit, Paul Sutherland
As part of the "Three Songs of Exile: Independent Chinese Filmmakers Far From Home" Program, Professor Markus Nornes and Film Scholar Akiyama Tamako (Rikkyo University, Tokyo) moderated a panel discussion with three Chinese filmmakers -- Ying Liang, Wang Wo, and Cui Zi'en -- on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 in Space 2435 North Quad. Final comments were given by Professor Johannes von Moltke, and the program ended with a public reception. 
SACAPALOOZA - SAC's Undergraduate Declaration Event
November 3, 2016
North Quad, Studio A
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
If you are interested in declaring a Screen Arts & Cultures major or a Global Media Studies minor and/or you just want to learn more about what these academic programs offer, join us at SACapalooza! 
Julia Sonnevend's Book Launch: Stories Without Borders: The Berlin Wall and the Making of a a Global Iconic Event 
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Literati Bookstore
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
Professor Sonnevend (UM, Communication Studies) will be joined in conversation by Professor William Uricchio (MIT, Comparative Literature)
What comes to be known and seen as a global iconic event? Focusing on news coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall and on contemporary retellings of the event, Julia Sonnevend discusses how storytellers build up certain events so that people remember them for a
long time. The East German border opening that we know as the "fall of the Berlin Wall" was, in fact, unintentional, confusing, and prompted in part by misleading media coverage of bureaucratic missteps. But its global message is not about luck or accident or happenstance in history. Incarnated as a global iconic event, the fall of the Berlin Wall has come to communicate the momentary power that ordinary people can have. The event's story, branded as a simple phrase, a short narrative and a recognizable visual scene, provides people from China to Israel to the United States with a powerful social myth. This myth shapes our debates about separation walls and fences, borders, and refugees, and the possibilities of human freedom to this day.
For more information, including biographies of Julia Sonnevend and WIlliam Uricchio, please click here
This event is organized by the Global Media Studies Initiative and sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies with support from the Sheldon Cohn Fund in the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures.
Screen Arts & Cultures Presents
Film and TV Producer Sara Colleton
Open Discussion on Producing TV and Film 
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Chem Building, Room 1300
8:00 p.m. 
Sara Colleton served as an Executive Producer on Dexter since its inception (2005) and through its eight-year run. The series has been nominated for a remarkable 77 awards, while Colleton has received
three PGA and Emmy nominations as the executive producer of the series. Colleton also produced the feature film The Painted Veil starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts, released by Warner Independent Films.  In 2002, she received a Golden Globe and Emmy nomination for Live from Baghdad for HBO Films, which earned Sara the David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award from the Producer’s Guild of America. Ms. Colleton also produced Riding in Cars with Boys, starring Drew Barrymore and directed by Penny Marshall for Sony Pictures. Renaissance Man, Colleton's first film, written by SAC's Director of Screenwriting Jim Burnstein and also directed by Penny Marshall, was made at Touchstone Pictures with Mark Wahlberg and Danny Devito.​  
LRCCS Film Series – “Night Scene”
After Film Discussion with S.E. Kile and Markus Nornes
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Angell Hall, Auditorium A
7:00 – 10:00 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. 
photo credit, Mary Lou Chlipala 
Director of Screenwriting Jim Burnstein introduces Academy Award Nominated Producer Gary Gilbert (at left), who visited UM on Friday, October 21, 2016, to conduct an open discussion on the Film and TV Industry. 
Associate Professors Daniel Herbert and Sheila Murphy show off their holiday spirit as they assume each other's identities in honor of Halloween.
Philip Hallman Curates "It's Still Terrific! Citizen Kane at 75" -- on Exhibit at Hatcher through February 5, 2017
photo credit, UM Special Collections
Artifacts from the University of Michigan Library's various Orson Welles collections highlight the production of Citizen Kane, often called the greatest film ever made. The year 2016 marks the film's 75th anniversary. The exhibit, curated by Film Studies Field Librarian and Curator for the Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers Collections, Philip Hallman, consists of many photographs, including images from the New York premiere at the RKO Palace Theater in 1941. "For me, the highlight is a group of about 100 photographs we acquired recently [...] They are continuity photographs taken on the set of Kane [...] They do not include any actors, and only a couple have crew included in them, generally only seen in shadow. They are familiar to those of us who have seen the film countless times, yet have a mystery to them and seem slightly unfamiliar at the same time" (qtd. in For more information on the exhibit and its location and hours, please click here
Professor Emeritus Richard Abel Publishes Overview Essay for the Women Film Pioneers Project
Richard Abel recently published an overview essay for the Women Film Pioneers Project entitled, "Newspaperwomen and the Movies in the USA, 1914-1925," Sofia Bull, Monica Dall-Asta, and Jane Gaines, eds., Women Film Pioneers Project: Overview Essay (September 1916). To read Abel's full essay, please click here
Alum Sheldon Cohn's The Pickle Recipe Featured on Eye on Detroit, CBS
Lisa Germani (CBS News) talked with Writers/Producers Gary Wolfson and Sheldon Cohn and Director Michael Manasseri about their new film The Pickle Recipe, a heartwarming comedy about a family recipe that, according to Manasseri, is really "a metaphor for life." The film, shot, produced, and set in Detroit, premieres this week in Michigan.

On Thursday November 3, there will be a sneak preview at The Maple Theater and the Emagine Novi at 7:00 pm and 9:20 p.m. After each showing, there will be a Q and A session from either the writers or the director -- or both. Screen Arts alumni holding key production roles on the film include Eddie Rubin (SAC '09), Executive Producer/Line Producer; Geoff George (Film/Video '08), Cinematographer;  and Elizabeth Ritenour (SAC '13), Art Direction.
Get your tickets in advance by clicking the theater links below: 

Emagine Novi
The Maple Theater 
SAC PhD Alum Katy Peplin Shares Tips and Advice through Blogging on "The PhD Experience"  
Katy Peplin successfully defended her dissertation, "Construction and Constraint: The Animal Body and Constructions of Power in Motion Pictures," in May of 2016. Her dissertation proceeds from the question, "How does the camera capture animals, and how does the medium of that image structure the relationship between camera, animal and spectator?" by arguing that both the terms of the question and the answer are culturally and historically contingent. Currently, Peplin is blogging on the PhD Experience, offering her advice for those who are engaged in pursuing the degree. Her first entry, entitled "Five Things that Helped Me Survive the PhD," can be viewed here. Peplin plans to update her blog twice a week with more on the PhD experience. 
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