Professor Markus Nornes (far right) recently served as a juror at the 8th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival. Here he stands with (right to left) Kim Il-rhan and Lee Hyuk-sang (directors of award-winning The Remnants), fellow juror Lee Hyun-jung, and festival director Cho Jae-hyun (better known as a star and the onscreen alter ego of director Kim Ki-duk). 
Iranian Film Festival 
Sundays - Oct 16  to October 23, 2016
Rackham Amphitheatre
4:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public 
The Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Iranian Graduate Students Association are proud to announce the first Annual Iranian Film Festival of Ann Arbor, showcasing the work of a new generation of Iranian filmmakers.  For further information, visit our festival site (above) or email us at
Still from Risk of Acid Rain (Behtash Sanaeeha, 2015)
Screening this Sunday, October 16
Manoochehr is 60 years old, has retired from the tobacco department where he worked, and is now a pensioner; yet, he continues to go to work since he has nothing else to do. His mother wanted him to marry when she was alive. To this day, however,  Manoochehr keeps no friends except Khosro. Risk of Acid Rain is a minimalist poetic tale of the bitter reality of loneliness.
This festival is sponsored by Arts at Michigan, the Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies; the Depts. of Near Eastern Studies, Screen Arts & Cultures, Anthropology, and Women's Studies; the Iranian Graduate Students Association; the Islamic Studies Program; the Language Resource Center; and the Persian Students Association. 
Conversations on Europe. Italian Style: Fashion and Film 
Monday, October 24
Room 1636,  School of Social Work Building 
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
Italian cinema launched Italian fashion into the world. This lecture is based on Professor Paulicelli’s latest book, Italian Style: Fashion & Film from Early Cinema to the Digital Age, which tells the story of this launch and explores how film contributed to the shaping of an Italian style and fashion that ran parallel to and, at times, took the lead in the creation of an Italian national identity. Fashion and film are powerful industries and media machines that construct powerful symbolic narratives and identities. It is hardly surprising, then, that Italian filmmakers have been fascinated by the transformative power of the language of clothing and fashion and the impact it has on style, consumption, and behavior. 
This lecture is sponsored by the Center for European Studies, the International Institute, the Departments of Screen Arts & Cultures and Romance Languages & Literature, and the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia.
LRCSS Chinese Film Series Presents a Panel Discussion Featuring Cui Zi'en, Wang Wo, and Ying Liang
With Moderation by Akiyama Tamako and Markus Nornes and Final Comments by Johannes von Moltke
Friday, October 28, 2016
North Quad 2435
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 
At 6:30 p.m., there will be a public reception for the directors at Babo, located at 403 E Washington St.
This reception is free and open to the public!

Cui Zi’en (崔子恩) is from Harbin and is now living in Florida. He is a director, film scholar, screenwriter, novelist and an pioneering queer activist.  He founded the Beijing Queer Film Festival, the first LGBT film festival in 2001. Cui’s work circulates freely between fiction and documentary, the conventional and the avant-garde.

Wang Wo (王我) was born in Hebei Province, and is currently living in the US.  He began making films in 2004, establishing himself as an innovative independent documentary filmmaker. Along with his filmmaking, Wang works as an artist and graphic designer. His powerful posters for the Beijing Independent Film Festival are admired the world around.

Ying Liang (应亮) is a feature film director currently living in Hong Kong. He began his career making short films, before making his first feature, Taking Father Home, in 2005. Ying is also the founder of the Chongqing Independent Film and Video Festival, which started in 2007 and was the first film festival in Western China.

For more detailed biographies on the directors, including their work, please click here.
LRCSS Chinese Film Series Presents the Screening of
"A Sunny Day" and "Filmless Festival" 
Directors Present for Discussion after Screening 
Saturday,  October 29, 2016
Angell Hall, Auditorium A
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
"A Sunny Day" (dir. Ying Liang, 25 min., 2014) is a touching short film centered on a young woman’s visit to her father, not having seen him for a while. Together the father and daughter reminisce about the past while contemplating their very different futures. He is packing up to enter a nursing home; she is deeply involved in the intensifying Umbrella Movement. Lovingly shot, this gentle film raises questions about citizenship, responsibility and the relationship between generations.
Stills from "A Sunny Day" (left) and "Filmless Festival" (right)
Wang Wo served as editor of footage collected by filmmakers, artists, festival volunteers, journalists and audience members at the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival. The festival had always had problems with authorities, often having to move underground to universities, artist studios, or other cities. In 2014, the festival was shut down in no uncertain terms, with thugs beating cameramen and the detaining of organizers. "Filmless Festival" (dir. Wang Wo, 85 min., 2015) documents the proceedings from a multiplicity of perspectives, in both public and private spaces.
The directors' panel discussion and the screening are sponsored by the International Institute and the Departments of Asian Languages and Cultures and Screen Arts & Cultures. 
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! 
photo credit, Valerio Grelo
At the Giornate del Cinema Muto last week in Pordenone, Italy, SAC Doctoral Student Vincent Longo spoke with Simon Crocker, the Chairman of the John Kobal Foundation, who organized the exhibit at the festival about Hollywood studio portrait photographers.
Professor Markus Nornes Featured in Online Publication, L'Écran traduit 
An excerpt from Professor Nornes's Cinema Babel entitled "The benshi and talking pictures in Japanwas recently published in the online publication, L'Écran traduit. The article discusses the role of benshi in interpreting for talkies before the invention of subtitles in Japan. 
Professor Emeritus Richard Abel Curates Programs for Giornate del Cinema Muto
During the Giornate del Cinema Muto (Silent Film Festival) in Pordenone, Italy, on October 1-8, Professor Emeritus RIchard Abel curated three programs of early American westerns (1912-1913): six cowboy films of one to two reels each, six cowgirl films of one reel each, and five Indian pictures of one to two reels each. Along with four colleagues, Abel also participated in a Collegium session for graduate students on the subject of R.W. Paul, Emile Cohl, and early westerns.
photo credit, Vincent Longo 
Pictured above, Professor Emeritus Richard Abel (right) speaks with collegiates about using his western program as a case study to examine genre formation. Abel is next to Jay Weissberg, the new director of the Giornate del Cinema Muto.
Alum Sheldon Cohn's The Pickle Recipe to Premiere Locally November 3
After a fabulous reception at its world premiere at the 31st Santa Barbara Film Festival in February, Cohn's The Pickle Recipe -- the tale of a "down-on-his-luck" party emcee who, in his desperation for cash, is corrupted by his shameless uncle to steal his grandmother's top secret pickle recipe -- is coming to 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 Alum Zack Arnold ('03) Receives HPA Nomination for Editing 
from "The Macon 7," episode 1, season 1 of Underground
The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced nominees for its 2016 HPA Awards, which honor excellence and innovation in entertainment technology. Zack Arnold (and Ian Tan, Sony Pictures Television) received a nomination for outstanding editing in television for Underground, "The Macon 7." For a complete list of HPA nominees, see the article in Variety
SAC 2016-17 Honors Cohort: Spotlight on Logan McCulloch
Logan McCulloch is a senior SAC major, President of the Michigan Animation Club, and works for Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

For his honors thesis, he is studying opposition television with a focus on hybridized genres. His project will include a three-chapter theory book incorporating primary and secondary research, analysis, and a creative screenwriting portion that puts his theories to the test.

Logan's Faculty Advisors are Candace Moore (primary, SAC) and Raymond McDaniel (secondary, LSA Lloyd Hall Scholars Program) 

WOLV TV: Spotlight on Entertainment Director, Marie Monark 
Marie Monark joined WOLV during the second semester of her sophomore year at Michigan and hasn’t turned back. Her current role as Entertainment Director involves overseeing both Turned On and The Entertainment Buzz. Beyond reading over scripts to ensure the best content (that resonates with students) is being produced, she also connects with organizations on campus related to the shows in the Entertainment Department to foster meaningful partnerships.

To date, her favorite episode (that she has worked on) is the 2016 Oscar Special for EBuzz. Marie expressed how it allowed her to “talk movies, dress up, and have fun on camera with some of [her] closest friends in WOLV”. Along with many valuable technical, professional skills, she says the most valuable thing she has learned through WOLV is the importance of communication. “Making a show is completely a team effort and respecting everyone crewed with you is the factor that'll determine if your content will be successful and enjoyable or not,” Marie explained.

Marie’s final encouragement to students is to join WOLV-TV “because it is fun!” She went on to explain how “There are so many people involved with so many different majors and backgrounds.” She described the collaborative atmosphere that produces “amazing” ideas. “It's a great way to escape from homework for a few hours and have fun in an awesome, professional studio. There really is something for everyone at WOLV.”

Be sure to check out new WOLV-TV shows on Vimeo and WOLV’s other social media channels. Feel free to connect via email ( to learn how to get involved with WOLV-TV.

Written by Morgan Cullen, WOLV TV
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