Screen Arts and Cultures, University of Michigan


Orson Welles: Beyond the Canon and into the Archives 

Opening Reception 
Tuesday, April 28
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery (Room 100)
1:30 p.m.

Full Exhibition Runs April 29 - September 16 
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library 
Gallery & Audubon Room 

This student-researched exhibit -- marking the centenary of Orson Welles, one of
America's greatest directors of film, theater, radio, and television -- highlights letters, photographs, scripts, and production materials culled from the University of Michigan's extensive Orson Welles archives. The exhibit will open with a reception hosted by Matthew Solomon, director of the project and professor of SAC 330/English 330, Major Directors, and his students. Solomon comments on the exhibition experience: "With great help from Phil Hallman and a number of other librarians, the eleven students in SAC 330 have worked hard all semester to plan an original exhibition on Orson Welles. I am proud of what they have done, and I am especially pleased to see them applying what they have learned in their production courses to create several audiovisual pieces for the exhibition. This hard-working group of undergraduates has made some genuine discoveries in the University of Michigan Library Special Collections: Who knew that Welles was interested in aerial cinematography? Or that he was planning a film about the Jewish people? Please join us on Tuesday, April 28th, at 1:30 in the Harlan Hatcher Library Gallery for the opening [to hear comments from the students and enjoy some refreshments] or stop by before the exhibition closes to see the great work our students have done."  


Congratulations to the FVSA and SAC Faculty, Staff, and Students for Producing an Extremely Impressive Festival This Year! 

Best of Festival: First Date by Julia Braid  

Julia took the Best of Festival Award this year for her "out of this world" animation: in space, humanity and an alien race meet for peace talks in the aftermath of an interstellar war. In the midst of all the tension, one of the aliens hijacks a young human soldier and makes him act as a tour guide. Congratulations, Julia!

FVSA Co-President Mackenzie Cendrowski comments, "Lightworks went very well -- We had a fun and engaged audience who was supportive of every film that played. It was another wonderful semester of student productions!" A complete list of Lightworks Festival awards and honors follows; congratulations to all of you on your creativity and hard work!

Judges' Honorable Mention
Professor Yeidy RiveroThe Early Bird, by Linda Stoby Hoglund & Sean Tighe
Assistant to the Chair, Mary Lou Chlipala - Queens of the Void, by Jorge Gonzalez 
SAC PhD Graduate Student, Josh Morrison Come to Northwood, by Jayden Rathsam Hua
Best Animation - First Date, by Julia Braid
Animation Runner-up - Fruit Ninja, by Cali Liporace
Animation Honorable MentionWhat You See is Drama, by Clarissa Ortiz
Best Comedy - Title Pending, by Julia Fassnacht
Comedy Runner-up - Love Assassin, by Anthony Kalil
Comedy Honorable Mention - The Magnum Minute, by Amanda DiMare & Claire Holloway
Best Documentary - The Key of b, by Jayden Rathsam Hua
Documentary Runner-up - Trumpey, by Melissa Cho, Emily Eicher, Jennifer Schwab, and Lauren Megan McCarthy
Documentary Honorable Mention - The Art of Framing, by Levi Stroud
Best Drama
- A Sense of Sound, by Jeremy Borison
Drama Runner-up - Dragging it Out, by Rachel Goldberg
Drama Honorable Mention - All At Once, by Sam Gioia
Best Experimental - The Eye is Sublime, by Jeremy Bryson
Experimental Runner-up - Still, by Layne Austin Simescu
Experimental Honorable Mention - Mark's Hi-Tech Unboxing, by David Olonoff
Best Screendance - Women + Bed, by Layne Austin Simescu
Screendance Runner-up - Errors, by BDJ
Screendance Honorable Mention - The Engineer, by Jorge Gonzalez 



                                                                                                     photo credit Mary Lou Chlipala
Congratulations to the SAC 2015 Hopwood Award Winners! Pictured from left to right are Director of Screenwriting, Jim Burnstein, and award winners Riley Taggart, Julia Mogerman, Eric Grant-Frankel, Katie Hiipakka, Nadeem Persico-Shammas, Jacob Ginn, and Al Smith. 



Congratulations SAC Undergraduates! 

SAC is honored to honor our graduating seniors and their guests this Friday, May 1st, at the annual SAC Graduation Reception to be held in the Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom. Department Chair Caryl Flinn, Director of Screenwriting Jim Burnstein, SAC Honors students Anna Baumgarten, Jeremy Borison, Julia Braid, Will O'Donnell, Shira Steiner, and Tricia Williams, and FVSA Co-President Mackenzie Cendrowski will be speaking at the reception; their comments will be followed by a recognition of the graduating class of 2015. 

LSA Today Features SAC's Dan Herbert This Week

Brian Short, of LSA Magazine, talks with Herbert about the research he conducted for his book, Videoland: Movie Culture and the American Video Store. Short  explains,
"[Herbert] catalogs the way that our tastes have been changed by video stores and the ways that video stores serve and affect the communities around them." Read the full article "The Last Video Store" here


A Warm Welcome to New SAC Affiliate Faculty Nilo Couret and Mathumita Lahiri 

Nilo Couret is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Romance Languages and Literatures Department. His primary research areas and interests lie in Latin American cinema and popular culture, post-independence cinemas of Asia and Africa; theories of film, television, and new media; postcolonial studies; trauma studies and affect theory. Couret is currently in the process of preparing the manuscript of a book on early sound cinema in Latin America, the central aim of which is to trace the cultural significance of film comedies.

Mathumita Lahiri, an Assistant Professor in the English Language and Literature Department, works broadly in postcolonial studies, with particular interest in the intersections of language ideology and aesthetic form. She is currently working on the political and social implications of the adaptation of sound technology in the Indian commercial cinema of the 1930s and 1940s, when the convergence of dramatic technological and political changes manifested in what is now seen as Bollywood's distinctive relationship to sound.

SAC is so excited to have both of you join us!

SAC Extends A Big Thank You to Office Assistant and Graduating Senior Clarissa Ortiz! 

Working closely in conjunction with the SAC office staff for the last two years, Clarissa has made invaluable contributions to the planning, maintenance, and orchestration of a multitude of SAC programs and events. We couldn't have done it without you, Clarissa! Congratulations, best of luck -- and please know that we will truly miss you!

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