Students gathered last week in NQ Space 2435 at 8:00 p.m. to watch React to Film's presentation of The Hunting Ground:  a chilling documentary from the makers of The Invisible War that presents a nationwide examination of sexual assault on American college campuses. 
                                   Photo courtesy of Kelsey Comeau
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.
2015 UM Contemporary Chinese Film Series  
Tuesdays in September and October 
State Theater
7:00 p.m. -- Free Admission 
Still from Lost and Love 失孤 (2015), directed by Peng Shanyuan
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 13, at the State Theater with the screening of  Lost and Love (2015)  After losing his two-year-old son, Lei (Andy Lau) begins a fourteen-year-long quest in search of his missing child. On the road, he makes a stop at a repair shop where he comes across a young repairman, Ceng (Jing Boran), who was also kidnapped at the age of four. Robbed of the life he was meant to live, Ceng can only vaguely remember snippets of home - a chain-link bridge, bamboo tress, and his mother's long braids. Lost and Love is an uplifting portrait of two lost souls who forge an unlikely friendship and, in the face of a hopelessness and despair, inspire courage and perseverance in one another (synopsis courtesy of China Lion Film Distribution)
Arthur Miller @ Michigan and Beyond Symposium 
October 14, 15, and 16

Walgreen Drama Center - Stamps Auditorium and Arthur Miller Theater 
See Schedule for Specific Dates and Times 

This symposium is a three-day event honoring one of Michigan's most distinguished alumni, the great American playwright Arthur Miller. 
Symposium sponsored by the UM Department of Theater & Drama and co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Office of Research; SMTD;  the Departments of American Culture, English Literature, and Screen Arts & Cultures; the Center for World Performance Studies; the Institute for the Humanities; and the Frankel Center for Jewish Studies. 

Arthur Miller Scholars' Symposium
October 14, 15, and 16
Walgreen Drama Center - Studio One and Arthur Miller Theater 
See Schedule for Specific Dates and Times 

A mini conference, sponsored by the U-M Drama Interest Group, this symposium features three panel discussions by Miller experts from around the globe. 
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 15th, at the UMMA Helmut Stern Auditorium at 7:00 p.m., see What Now? Remind Me (E Agora, Lembra-Me).

Joaquim Pinto has been HIV positive for almost twenty years and recently participated in experimental testing on new antiviral drugs that are not yet approved. What Now? Remind Me focuses on this heavy experience but presents it only as a part of Pinto's life -- which by no means can be defined by the conditions of his body. There is something else there: true love between Joaquim and his husband (and co-author) Nuno, absolute devotion displayed by their friends and - especially - dogs, Joaquim's memories about the past that are indestructible despite the fact that it is difficult for him to remember things that just happened. Considered one of the best films in 2013 by critics of Cahiers du Cinéma and Portuguese daily, Público, this film received the FIPRESCI Award and the Special Jury Prize at Locarno IFF.

What Now? Remind Me with an introduction by Professor David Caron: Thursday, Oct. 13th, 7:00 p.m., UMMA Helumut Stern Auditorium
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.
SAC Alumnus A. Brad Schwartz Presents Broadcast Hysteria at the Detroit Film Theater 
Thursday, October 29
Detroit Film Theater Auditorium
7:00 p.m. -- Free Admission 

On Halloween Eve, 1938, Orson Welles's brilliant radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds caused unprecedented mass hysteria --
or did it? 

In honor of Welles's centennial year and of the broadcast's 77th anniversary, join A. Brad Schwartz as he re-examines this landmark moment in history in his presentation of Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles's War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News.  Although Welles's live dramatization of The War of the Worlds did not cause mass panic, Schwartz will show that the broadcast was nothing less than history's first viral media phenomenon -- a dire warning for the age of Twitter and 24-hour news. 
This event is sponsored by Friends of the Detroit Film Theater. 
Alex Richanbach (far left) shares his comedic advice at the Funny or Die Panel he co-hosted with Ben Sheehan in NQ Space 2435 earlier this month. SAC students (from left to right) Abby Buchmeyer, Anna Garcia, Graham Techler, and Alison Hacker strike a pose as they anticipate the screening of Richanbach's We Are Young, a feature film that he acted in, directed, and wrote. 
photos courtesy of Lauren Barrett
Detroit Film Challenge Competition Still Open for Voting Until Tomorrow!
Just a reminder that students, faculty, staff, and friends can vote for their favorite film in the Detroit Film Challenge Competition until October 14th. Congratulations to David Marek's SAC 301 and "The Key of B," and best of luck in the competition!
Professor Emeritus Richard Abel and SAC Graduate Student Vincent Longo Contribute to Le Giornate del Cinema Muto 
Richard Abel curated three separate programs of early American westerns (1908-1912) at the Giornate del Cinema Muto (Pordenone, Italy), October 4-9: cowboy films, Indian pictures, and cowboy girl films. His book, Menus for Movieland, also was one of the three discussed during a "book launch" on October 8. 
Vincent Longo pauses to pose for a photo during his study in the Teatro Verdi in Pordenone. 
Vincent Longo, selected to attend the collegium, spent the week participating in several Platonic dialogues - sitting down with groups of experts in various disciplines - and then ultimately collaborating with his peers on a collection of papers on themes emerging from or inspired by these dialogues and his experiences. 
SAC 2015-16 Honors Cohort
Spotlight on Andrew Day
Andrew Day is entering his fifth year at U of M and is very excited to be a part of the SAC honors program. He has loved films from a young age, and he now has a particular interest in cinematography, visual storytelling, and suspense. Day is minoring in music and history of art, both of which play into his understanding of film and spark new ideas for approaching the medium. Modeled on the tone of The Twilight Zone, Day's project will be a suspenseful mystery production about a night watchman at a mall who begins to see a dog in the mall and fears that his past has come back to haunt him.
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."