Author: Dana Welch

Media Inside Out conference honors pioneers and provocations in film and media studies

Debra Herrick April 15, 2024 form The Current Dozens of mediamakers and scholars will convene on campus for the conference Media Inside Out (April 25–26) to reflect and speculate on the field of film and media studies, its origins and its futures. As a focal point, participants will also engage, think and play with the … Continued

Fossil Free Exhibition Sheds Light on Student Activism

The latest UC Santa Barbara Library Exhibit praises the power of student activism to create environmental change. Located in the Ocean Gallery, this exhibition engages students with the archival blueprints of the Fossil Free UC grassroots campaign. In 2019, the University of California Board of Regents announced its divestment from fossil fuels, a direct effect … Continued

Coastal Media Project student documentaries to screen at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

“841” and “The Salt on Our Skin” are both part of the festival’s Santa Barbara Documentary Shorts programming, which begins at 8:40 p.m. on Feb. 13 and 5:40 p.m. on Feb. 16 at Metro 4 Theatre (618 State St). The student filmmakers will be on hand after each screening to talk about their movies and … Continued

Adventuresome filmmaking meets theory, technique and environmental education (The Coastal Media Project in The Current)

Each summer, the Coastal Media Project filmmaking bootcamp at UC Santa Barbara culminates with long days and nights of editing and final touches ahead of a public showing of student-crafted documentaries, each an environmental short that’s conceptualized, shot, edited and screened in just nine weeks. This year’s films reflect a range of storytelling as diverse … Continued

Cheri Steinkellner’s ‘Summer Stock” at The Goodspeed theater.

Summer Stock July 7 – Aug 27, 2023 Forget your troubles—come on, get happy! The tradition of turning a barn into a theater finds fertile new ground in a joyous world premiere inspired by the classic Judy Garland-Gene Kelly movie. When theatrical Gloria invites fellow troupers to the family farm with the idea of putting … Continued

Tara Plath provides project coordination and supporting research for Border Forensics’ most recent investigation “Mission Accomplished? The Deadly Effects of Border Control in Niger”

The investigative agency Border Forensics has launched their most recent report, “Mission Accomplished? The Deadly Effects of Border Control in Niger” with project coordination and supporting research provided by Tara Plath. The investigation applied remote sensing and geospatial analysis to challenge the reported success of Law No. 2015-36, adopted in May 2015 by the Parliament … Continued

Trinankur Banerjee has won the 2023 Graduate Student Essay award for SCMS Comedy and Humor SIG

Trinankur Banerjee has won the 2023 Graduate Student Essay award for SCMS Comedy and Humor SIG for his essay ,”On the Problems of Being Together: Post-Partition Popular Comedy and the Crisis of Dwelling.” Trinankur was informed that “this year’s submissions were the strongest” and it was further mentioned during the in-person announcement that the judges … Continued

Congratulations to James McNamara for the success of Cooper.

Congratulations to James McNamara for the success of Cooper, which is a television series that he created and serves as the show runner. See this recent review in Variety: https://variety.com/2023/global/global/series-mania-forum-co-pro-pitching-sessions-1235526262/  “Cooper,” (8 x 45 minutes, Australia, South Africa)Genre : Crime drama Produced by Kylie du Fresne for Goalpost Pictures and Nimrod Geva for Quizzical Pictures Written by … Continued

Stranger at the Gate

Mona Damluji served as consulting producer for the Oscar nominated short film Stranger at the Gate is distributed by the New Yorker and available to watch for free online.

Casting Announced for Disney+ Australian Original Series, The Artful Dodger, co-created by James McNamara

Dr. James McNamara, our esteemed colleague and lecturer in the department, just shared with us that casting was just announced for his show The Artful Dodger. Dr. McNamara is the showrunner for this production which is currently in Production with Disney+ in Sydney, Australia. We look forward to his return to teaching in Spring Quarter … Continued