Screen Arts and Cultures, University of Michigan


Free Screening and Q & A with Filmmaker Rola Nashef of Detroit Unleaded

Monday, April 6
Forum Hall, Palmer Commons
7:00 p.m.


A fresh take on boy-meets-girl comedy set in Detroit, Sami runs his immigrant family's gas station with his cousin Mike, a charismatic hustler with dreams of expanding into an unleaded empire. More than just a pit stop for late-night gas and rolling papers, their station is where a steady stream of unforgettable and often hilarious customers flow through. When a gorgeous "up-do girl" named Najlah comes to deliver cheap, long-distance phone cards, Sami quickly falls for her from behind the bulletproof glass. Afraid her overprotective brother Fadi will disapprove, Najlah begins an under-the-counter romance with Sami, making his shift anything but routine. 

This screening is sponsored by the Departments of American Culture, Communication Studies, and Screen Arts & Cultures. 

To view the trailer, click here.
To learn more about filmmaker Rola Nashef, click here.

Screen Arts & Cultures' Hubert I. Cohen Film Criticism & Film Scholarship Lecture Series Presents "Do We Really Need Film Criticism?" -- a Talk by Neil Gabler

Thursday, April 9
CC Little 1528
7:00 p.m

Neal Gabler is a distinguished author, cultural historian, and television commentator who has been called "one of America's most important public intellectuals." His first book, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History and the Theatre Library Association Award for the best book on television, radio, or film. On the centenary of the first public exhibition of motion pictures in America, a special panel of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named it one of the one hundred outstanding books on the America film industry. His second book, Winchell: Gossip, Power and Culture of the Celebrity, was nominated for the National Book Critics' Circle Award and was named the non-fiction book of the year by Time Magazine. It recently placed sixth on Newsweek's list of "Books to Read Now." His third book, Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality, is currently being used in college courses across the country to examine the convergence of reality and entertainment. His most recent book, Walt Disney, The Triumph of the American Imagination, a New York Times best seller, was named biography of the year by USA Today and won Mr. Gabler his second Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was also the runner-up for the prestigious Kraszna-Krausz Book Award in England. 

Mr. Gabler and Jeffrey Lyons replaced departing co-hosts Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel on the public television review program, "Sneak Previews." He has also been the host of the American Movie Classics cable television network and of "Reel to Real" on the History Channel; he currently hosts "Reel Thirteen" on WNET, the public television station in New York, for which he won an Emmy. Finally, Gabler contributes to the Bill Moyers' series, "Moyer & Co."

Mr. Gabler is a contributing editor at Playboy and a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and Reuters Opinion; his essays and articles have appeared in Newsweek, Vanity Fair, The Nation, The New Republic, Men's Journal, George, Time, TV Guide, and Variety. In 2014, he won the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award from the Los Angeles Press Club. An alumnus of the University of Michigan, Mr. Gabler is currently researching a book on the late Sen. Edward Kennedy and the course of modern American liberalism. 

FVSA Lightworks Festival

Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25
Angell Hall, Auditorium A
6:00 p.m. until midnight 

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.

Have any upcoming SAC news or events?
Please contact by Monday of every week.



Jim Burnstein, Veerendra Prasad, and Dan Shere Featured in Michigan Daily 

Karen Hua, in her article "Screenwriters return home to rewrite," interviews SAC's Veerendra Prasad, Dan Shere, and Program Director Jim Burnstein about both their personal and career experiences in screenwriting. Delving into their childhood motivations, their personal inspirations, their philosophies on writing, and exploring the interconnectedness among the three men that arose from their shared academic experiences, Hua offers an insightfully inspiring, personal look at what makes a successful screenwriter in today's highly competitive market. 

Read Hua's full article here


March 26, 2015

Professor Hugh Cohen Nominated for Golden Apple Award

The Golden Apple Award is the only student-nominated award that recognizes outstanding university teaching. Hugh Cohen joins Mark Kligerman and Candace Moore (featured last week) in receiving this honorable nomination from his students. One student says of Professor Cohen, "He is the most passionate teacher I have ever had the privilege to be taught by"; another claims, "HIs interesting life experience carried over to what he was teaching and made me really appreciate the importance of film." 

Congratulations on receiving this honor, Hugh!

March 21, 2015

Sultan Sharrief's Street Cred' Team Enters Bootcamp -- Stage Two of the Competition

Sharrief's project, Street 'Cred, a reality TV series that challenges Detroit youth to learn entertainment producing skills and compete for a chance at a dream internship, enters the "incubator phase" with the other NBPC 360 winners. During this six-week residency period, Sharrief's crew will be paired with a mentor and experience intense, hands-on training and preparation for the upcoming pitch and pilot phases of the program. The "boot camp" will culminate with "Pitch Black," an interactive session where they will pitch their projects in front of a live audience to a high-profile public media and industry executives, distribution and production companies, and public television stations. Three teams will be selected for an award of between $50,000 and $150,000 to cover the production of their show. Best of luck Street Cred' team! 

Read the full press release about the project here

March 20, 2015

Emeritus Professor and Film Critic Frank Beaver Publishes "Take That" in Michigan Today 

Beaver opens "Take That" with the idea that "Hindsight is 20-20," claiming that "Not all films that go on to become classics are greeted with rave reviews." He then focuses his article on four motion picture classics that "on their arrival garnered less-than-ecstatic appraisals from national film critics": The Sound of Music, Cabaret, Citizen Kane, and Victim.

Read Frank Beaver's complete text online at Michigan Today

March 11, 2015

Screen Arts and Cultures
6330 North Quad
105 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

phone: 734.764.0147


University Of Michigan

Copyright © 2012 The Regents of the University of Michigan
Privacy Statement | Non-discrimination Policy