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April 2018

Script To Screen: GET OUT

April 5, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Get Out

In Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out (2017), a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate and becomes ensnared in a series of terrifying events. Photographer Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) travel upstate to visit her parents Missy (Catherine Keener) and Dean (Bradley Whitford). At first, Chris reads the family’s overly-accommodating behavior as a nervous attempt to respond to their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead Chris…

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Media in the Americas

April 27, 2018 @ 8:00 am - April 29, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Media In The Americas

https://youtu.be/fTTno8D-b2E

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June 2018

Greenscreen 2018 Film Premiere

June 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Greenscreen2018

GreenScreen 2017 trailer from Carsey-Wolf Center on Vimeo.

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September 2018

Shakespeare on Film: Hamlet

September 18, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hamlet

Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet (1948) is celebrated for dramatizing the turmoil of its central character through means of expression unique to cinema.  Borrowing conventions both from German cinema of the 1920s and from contemporaneous classical Hollywood cinema, the film streamlines the play in order to foreground Hamlet’s subjectivity, written largely in the gloomy recesses of Elsinore. Adapted and directed by its star, Olivier’s film remains a touchstone both in the cinematic treatment of Hamlet and in the history of Shakespeare on film. Mark Rose (English, UCSB)…

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October 2018

In the Last Days of the City

October 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
In the Last Days of the City

In Tamer El Said’s In the Last Days of the City (2016), Khalid Abdalla plays a filmmaker from downtown Cairo who struggles to capture the soul of a city on edge while the world changes around him—from personal love and loss to the fall of the Mubarak regime. Friends send him footage and stories from Berlin, Baghdad, and Beirut, creating a powerful, multilayered meditation on togetherness, the tactile hold of cities, and the meaning of homeland. Shot in the two…

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Harlan County, USA

October 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Harlan County USA

This film screening is part of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Energy Justice in Global Perspective. In this documentary about labor tension in the coal-mining industry, director Barbara Kopple films a strike in rural Kentucky. After the coal miners at the Brookside Mine join a union, the owners refuse the labor contract. Once the miners start to strike, the owners of the mine respond by hiring scabs to fill the jobs of the regular employees. The strike, which lasts more…

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November 2018

Sound of Music

November 3, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sound of Music

The Carsey-Wolf Center is proud to present beloved musical The Sound of Music (1965) in stunning digital projection. The film was adapted from a 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical, and based on a memoir by Maria von Trapp. The story of aspiring nun Maria (Julie Andrews) and her appointment as governess to the seven von Trapp children, her romance with the widowed Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), and their flight from Austria in the wake of the rise of…

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RBG

November 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
RBG

At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG (2018) explores Ginsburg’s life and career through interviews, public appearances and archival material. Betsy West and Julie Cohen (co-directors) will join moderator Jeannine DeLombard (English, UCSB) for…

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Frankenstein Afterlives: Spirit of the Beehive

November 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Spirit of the Beehive

A masterpiece of Spanish cinema, Víctor Erice’s 1973 directorial debut The Spirit of the Beehive (El espíritu de la colmena) offers an allegory of life after General Franco’s victory in the Spanish Civil War. The film tells the story of Ana, a young girl in a remote village whose experience at a traveling film presentation of Frankenstein sends her into the Castilian countryside in search of her own monster. Released near the end of the Franco era, the film offers…

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January 2019

Point of No Return

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Point of no Return

Soaring at 28,000 feet without a drop of fuel, nothing is predictable: not the weather, not the technology, and certainly not the fate of a man, alone for five days in a fragile, first-of-its-kind aircraft with nothing but ocean below. Point of No Return takes you behind the headlines of the first solar-powered flight around the world, where two courageous pilots take turns battling nature, their own crew, and sometimes logic itself, to achieve the impossible. Their aim is not…

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February 2019

Across the Universe

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Across the Universe

With the hallucinatory visual style of Revolver, the poppy sentiment of A Hard Day’s Night, and a songbook that spans the Beatles’ discography, Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe (2007) reimagines the Beatles music as the soundscape for art, revolution, and love in the 1960s. British dockworker Jude (Jim Sturgess) travels from Liverpool to the US in search of his father, but ends up falling in love with a young upper-class American, Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood). The film pays tribute to…

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March 2019

Beatles Revolutions: Yellow Submarine

March 2 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Yellow Submarine

Set in the psychedelic paradise of Pepperland, Yellow Submarine (1968) pits Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band against the Blue Meanies, enemies of fun and music. Director George Dunning and art director Heinz Eidelmann employ a constantly-shifting array of ’60s pop art settings in this revolutionary animated feature, which has inspired directors ranging from Terry Gilliam to John Lasseter. On its 50th anniversary, the film retains its ability to dazzle from its opening scene to the sing-a-long final credits. Artist…

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Floyd Norman: An Animated Life

March 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Floyd Norman

Invoking the energetic and defiant spirit of its main subject, Floyd Norman: An Animated Life offers a captivating tour of the sixty-year career of its eponymous animator and writer. Dubbed by peers as “animation’s Forrest Gump,” Norman had a remarkable professional journey that included time at Disney (from Sleeping Beauty to Mulan), Hanna-Barbera (The Smurfs), and Pixar (Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc.). Floyd Norman will join moderator Vilna Bashi Treitler (Black Studies, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion.

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April 2019

Shakedown

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Shakedown

Leilah Weinraub’s Shakedown (2018) chronicles the “high-femme performances” in the Los Angeles-based underground black-lesbian strip club Shakedown. The New Yorker claims that “Shakedown is neither an experimental art film nor an anthropology of gay, black femme performance in L.A. Rather, Weinraub sought to capture a moment and turn it into cinema.”The film chronicles the explicit performances and personal relationships of the party’s dancers and organizers in the early 2000s, revealing that Shakedown was more than a strip club; as one…

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Script to Screen: Game of Thrones

April 6 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Dragon and the Wolf

Based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, HBO’s epic Game of Thrones is notable for its high production values, expansive cast and engaging backstory.  The story of a succession war between powerful families is set against a genre-subverting backdrop of gritty realism. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones has become a widespread cultural phenomenon. In anticipation of the start of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones (which begins on Sunday, April…

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Short Films from the Viet Film Fest: Diaspora, Family, Memory

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Short Films from the Viet Film Fest: Diaspora, Family, Memory

Presented in conjunction with UCSB Reads 2019, this program of six shorts by filmmakers from the Vietnamese diaspora includes documentary, narrative, and experimental films. Like this year’s UCSB Reads text The Best We Could Do, these short films take up questions of Vietnamese heritage, family, and memory. This selection of films was curated in cooperation with the Viet Film Fest. Filmmakers Kady Le, Lan Nguyen, and Quyên Nguyen-Le will join moderator erin Khuê Ninh (Asian American Studies, UCSB) for a…

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New Waves: Rome, Open City

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rome, Open City

The production of Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City (Roma città aperta, 1945) began only months after the end of the Nazi occupation of Rome and the arrival of Allied forces during the Italian campaign of World War II. The film triangulates the tension of the German occupation through a rich cast of characters: children, landlords, clergy, military men, unwed mothers, cabaret girls, collaborators, resistance fighters, and subversives of all kinds, and of course the city itself. Filmed with both professional and non-professional…

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New Waves: Hiroshima Mon Amour

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hiroshima Mon Amour

Past and present, trauma and eros, the personal and the collective all intermingle in this groundbreaking film from French New Wave director Alain Resnais and visionary novelist Marguerite Duras. Centering on a short, intense affair between a French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada), Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) unfolds in a rebuilt and modernized Hiroshima. As the central couple explore their powerful attraction, their trysts are interrupted by memories of the war and the surrounding traces of atomic mass…

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Ghana’s Electric Dreams

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ghana’s Electric Dreams

Ghana’s Electric Dreams presents the planning and wide-ranging impact of the Akosombo Dam, Ghana’s most ambitious development project. The film visits sites affected by the hydroelectric dam and by the broader vision of modernization that it represents. Historical footage and interviews with Ghanaians reveal the complexity and contradictions, unintended consequences, social inequities, rural/urban divides, and gender differences that underlie this confluence of energy, power, and creativity in the West African country. Rudo Sanyanga (International Rivers Network, Africa Program Director), R. Lane Clark (director/producer),…

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May 2019

Gulabi Gang

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gulabi Gang

Gulabi Gang (2012) is set in the badlands of Bundelkhand in central India, a place of dust, oppression, and resistance. This film follows the Gulabi Gang, an unusual group of rural women led by the energetic and charismatic Sampat Pal. They travel long distances to fight for the rights of women and Dalits. Often they encounter apathy, corruption, and even ridicule. Sometimes whole villages connive against them to protect the perpetrators of violence. While we see Gulabi Gang members struggling against gender violence and state corruption,…

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New Waves: Red Sorghum

May 18 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
New Waves: Red Sorghum

Directed by celebrated Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero) and based on Nobel Prize-winning author Mo Yan’s novel, Red Sorghum is a landmark in contemporary Chinese cinema and culture. The film blends the stories of three generations of a family with their region’s journey through feudalism, war, and revolution. After several years as a cinematographer, Zhang Yimou chose Mo Yan’s novel for his directorial debut. In the film, he crafts an evocative rural landscape, and lead actors…

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New Waves: Memories of Underdevelopment

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
New Waves: Memories of Underdevelopment

Based on Edmundo Desnoes’ novel and presented here in a new 4k restoration, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s Memories of Underdevelopment (1968) is a fictional meditation on disillusionment in post-revolutionary Cuba. Left behind by his wife and family, the protagonist Sergio elects to remain in Havana following the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, an historical moment that the film chooses to reflect on through Sergio’s unmoored, flâneur-like lifestyle and anomie. The Cuban capital engulfs Sergio and simmers beneath the social and political…

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New Waves: This is Not a Film

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
New Waves: This is Not a Film

In 2010, after Jafar Panahi was arrested and charged with making propaganda against the Iranian government, he was banned from making films or operating a camera for twenty years. In 2011 he made This is Not a Film, which was shot entirely in Panahi’s home, using the help of his friends, a camcorder, an iPhone, and the legal loopholes in his ban. The film debuted at Cannes after being smuggled there in a cake. With a playful charm, This is…

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June 2019

Graduation 2019

June 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Graduation 2019

UCSB Film and Media Studies Graduation Recognition Ceremony Sunday, June 16, 2019 Starting at noon in the Pollock Courtyard Reserve a space now! RSVP joepalladino@ucsb.edu by June 1st.

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August 2019

Blue Horizons 2019 Film Premiere

August 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Blue Horizons 2019 Film Premiere

Join us for the premiere of several engaging and topical short films produced by students in the Blue Horizons Summer Program for Environmental Media. During this nine-week summer program, students learn elements that are essential to producing documentary films – from developing a film’s core idea and story, to thinking about its impact on its audiences, to the nuts-and-bolts of video production. After examining the critical issues of our region’s oceans and seashores, students develop their own stories and produce…

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October 2019

Special Effects: Mad Max: Fury Road

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mad Maz Fury Road

With Kristen Whissel (Film and Media, UC Berkeley) The Carsey-Wolf Center is delighted to kick off its Special Effects series with George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). Winner of major awards for art direction, visual effects, costumes, stunts, and makeup, Fury Road pulses with stunning design elements and unforgettable action set pieces. Set in a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland where fuel and water are scarce commodities, the film follows Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), who is captured and enslaved by the tyrannical Immortan Joe…

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Special Effects: The Wizard of Oz

October 5 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wizard of Oz

With Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece (English and Film Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland), her house, and her dog Toto are whisked to the magical land of Oz. At the advice of a chorus of locals, they follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City in search of the infamous Wizard. En route they are joined by a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and…

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