Screen Arts and Cultures, University of Michigan


SAC Honors Screenplay Reading: after by Trisha Williams

Tuesday, April 14th 
CC Little 1528
8:00 p.m. 

Based off of the classic Cinderella - with a few modifications to make the beloved tale a bit more interesting - after is a story set in London in the early 1900s that tells the tale of Catherine Roberts who, after the death of her father, has to find a way to defeat her evil stepmother (as the story goes). Williams first got the idea for the "roots" of her story upon taking a history class on Britain that spanned 1900-1939 and covered the women's suffrage movement. The reading, cast and directed by Williams, includes SAC students Anna Baumgarten, Abby Buchmeyer, Amanda DiMare, Jameson Duggan, Anna Garcia, Alan Osinoff, and Will Raynor -- and LS&A students Isabelle McCalla, Anna Winthrop, and Justin Wong. 

MUSIC Matters Presents FilmFest

Thursday, April 16
Natural Science Auditorium, Kraus Building
Doors Open at 8:00 p.m. 

As a kick-off to the annual Music Matters SpringFest event, FilmFest will feature student films Bad Girls and Thru Traffic, which were selected to screen at the 2014 Traverse City Film Festival, along with movies by the FVSA (Film and Video Student Association) and M-agination. The night's agenda will also include Q & A sessions with the cast of the Traverse City shorts following their screening. FilmFest will celebrate SpringFest's themes of Art, Innovation, and Social Identity. Come and support your peers and enjoy what they have created! 

Italian Film Festival

Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18
Lorch Hall, Askwith Auditorium
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Take a cinematic tour of Italy right here in Ann Arbor and Detroit! The 2015 Italian Film Festival offers a seventeen-film line-up of recent Italian cinema from award-winning directors as well as debut films from exciting new talent. Three films will be screened in Ann Arbor this year: on Friday at 7:30 p.m, Il giovane favoloso (Leopardi), a biopic of the celebrated 18th century poet, essayist, and philosopher Giacomo Leopardi who created immortal verse while struggling through a debilitating illness; on Saturday at 5:00 p.m., I Nostri Ragazzi (The Dinner), a film that traces the rising tensions between two brothers and their families as the truth about a foolish act potentially committed by their children surfaces; and on Saturday at 7:30, Ti Ricordi di Me? (Remember Me?), a tale about Roberto and Ben, a kleptomaniac and an elementary school teacher who meet in front of their therapist's office and begin a determined and comic courtship. Ti Ricordi di Mi will be followed by a Q & A with film director Rolando Ravello at 9:00 p.m. 

This festival is sponsored in part by The Sheldon Cohn Fund in Screen Arts & Cultures, Literature Science and the Arts, and Romance Languages & Literatures. For a full list of sponsors and the full Detroit area festival schedule, click here


Salon Exhibition of SAC 404 Student Work 

Monday, April 20
Space 2435, North Quad
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. 

Chris McNamara and his SAC 404 students are taking over Space 2435 on Monday night, April 20, to showcase various student projects produced in McNamara's Experimental Screen class. Pictured above is the work of students David Siev and Layne Austin Simescu. Come wander the galleries and support the creative efforts of our students! 

Assistant Professor Damon Young Participates in Panel Discussion at the Queer Art Poetics Conference 

Thursday and Friday, April 23 and 24
Wesleyan University 

The Queer Art Poetics Conference, sponsored by the Wesleyan Center for the Humanities, will address such questions as "What does theory do when it takes queer art seriously?" and "How does queer theory remain artful while unpacking the objects, strategies, and politics of queer aesthetics?" On Friday, April 23rd, at 1:30 p.m., Assistant Professor Damon Young will participate in a panel discussion entitled "Public Privates: Mediations of Queer Intimacy." 

FVSA Lightworks Festival

Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25
Angell Hall, Auditorium A
Friday, 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m; Saturday, 4:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

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 is the venue for students to present their end-of-the-year production coursework to classmates, family, and friends of Screen Arts. Please join us to support our students.



SAC students Shudi Zheng and Adrianna Sage O'Brien shoot the title sequence for their 16mm film project in Dawn Hollison's SAC 290 class.

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SAC Undergraduates Receive Multiple Hopwood Honors This Year Totaling Over $28,000 in Awards!

Jacob Ginn, Hopwood Award, the Naomi Saferstein Literary Award, and the Kasdan Scholarship in Creative Writing

Kathleen Hiipakka, the Kasdan Scholarship in Creative Writing

Julia Mogerman, Hopwood Award

Nadeem Perisco-Shammas, Hopwood Award

Al Smith, the Frank and Gail Beaver Scriptwriting Prize

Riley Taggert, the Hopwood Drama Award 

The SAC Department is so proud of all of you --
Congratulations on work well done!

Congratulations to Dr. Nathan Koob!

Nathan Koob successfully defended his dissertation "Out-siders: Auteurs in Place" last Friday, April 10th; in his work, he examines three "maverick" directors' relationships with particular towns and cities, arguing that these places and artists help to define one another.  His committee compliments his work: "[It is a] highly original and insightful contribution to the scholarship about film authorship." 
Congratulations, Nathan!

SAC PhD Student Ben Strassfeld Achieves Rackham Summer Award

Ben Strassfeld recently won a competitive Rackham summer award for this spring and summer. The award will enable him to work on research, scholarly, or creative projects in collaboration with faculty mentors until August of 2015. Congratulations on this honor, Ben!

SAC's Chris McNamara Headed to London, Ontario, for Residency and Performance in Early May

Chris McNamara has been awarded a residency wherein he will engage with local London artists and demonstrate certain digital tools for production and demonstration. The residency will culminate in a new performance piece that McNamara will perform with live electronic music and video. 

Interested in Participating in This Year's Lightworks Festival? 

Important Dates to Note:

Transfer Sign-ups: April 16th 11:59 p.m. 

Transfers: April 22nd and 23rd, 12 noon - 5:00 p.m. both days

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105 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285

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