A classroom by day, The Pollock Theater hosts the popular Film and Media Studies 54, Hollywood: Anatomy of an Industry. More>

Blue Horizons, a 9-week summer program, offers students interested in digital production and environmental science the chance to make videos about issues of the world's ocean. More>

Our Media Internship program offers internships for highly qualified students with companies in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. More>

Dirty Sexy Policy (Feb. 20 & 21) is the first conference to bring into conversation experts in obscenity, indecency, and broadband infrastructure policy. More>

CWC Spotlight

  • The Carsey-Wolf Center is pleased to welcome Professor Patrice Petro as the new Dick Wolf Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center and Presidential Chair in Media Studies. Formerly at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), Dr. Petro was Professor of English, Global Studies and Film Studies, Vice Provost for International Education, and Founding Director of the Center for International Education. She is the author, editor, and co-editor of eleven books, including After Capitalism: Horizons of Finance, Culture, and Citizenship (with Kennan Ferguson, 2016), Teaching Film (with Lucy Fischer, 2012), Beyond Globalization: Making New Worlds in Media, Art, and Social Practices (with A. Aneesh and Lane Hall, 2011), Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s (2010), Rethinking Global Security: Media, Popular Culture, and the ‘War on Terror’ (with Andrew Martin, 2006), Global Currents: Media and Technology Now (with Tasha Oren, 2004), Global Cities: Cinema, Architecture, and Urbanism in a Digital Age (with Linda Krause, 2003), Aftershocks of the New: Feminism and Film History (2002),  Truth Claims: Representation and Human Rights (with Mark Bradley, 2002), Fugitive Images: From Photography to Video (1995), and Joyless Streets: Women and Melodramatic Representation in Weimar Germany (1989). She is currently completing an additional volume, entitled The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender (with Kristin Hole, Dijana Jelaca, and E. Ann Kaplan).  She served two consecutive terms as President of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), the US’s leading professional organization of college and university educators, filmmakers, historians, critics, scholars, and others devoted to the study of the moving image.
  • The 10th annual Blue Horizons Premiere took place on Friday, August 19, 2016. This year’s films highlighted key topics affecting the California Coast, including an effort by activists to designate a 140-mile stretch of unprotected California coastline as a Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary (Coastal Guardians); the regenerative practices of one rancher along the last stretch of undeveloped Southern California Coastline to go against blanket legislation on any exploitation of the environment and thus protect this area from urban sprawl (Losing Ground); the campaign by hunter to convince his peers to make the switch to non-lead ammunition and save the California condor population (Lead End); and the debate about what to do with decommissioned oilrigs on the California coastline (Remnants). [http://www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/pollock/events/2016-blue-horizons-student-film-premiere]
  • On October 1, 2016, the CWC will host the Cousteau Fellowship’s premiere screening of a short film shot on location in Namibia, Africa, and focused on the life of conservationist and wildlife activist Aleksandra Orbek-Nilssen and her work with the indigenous Ju/'hoan San Tribe. Focusing their lens and education on how a tribe considered to be one of the world's oldest cultures are currently leading efforts to preserve Namibia's most coveted natural habitats, while fighting to preserve their own cultural ecosystems. About the Cousteau Fellowship: http://www.thecelinecousteaufilmfellowship.org/#the-cousteau-film-fellowship 
  • On April 29-30, 2016, the CWC’s Environmental Media Initiative co-sponsored Power Dynamics: 2016 Media and the Environment Conference, which was organized by graduate students Danny Grinberg (Film and Media Studies) and Chris Walker (English). Responding to the pivotal era of Anthropocenic climate change and rapidly transforming media economies, the conference brought together scholars and media practitioners whose work explores the many significant confluences of media and the environment. It aimed to conceptualize the terms "media" and "environment" in expansive and innovative ways to encourage a diverse range of approaches. In particular, the organizers were interested in scholarly presentations and media exhibitions that explored the heuristic of "power dynamics," considering the dynamics of power relations but also power itself as a dynamic and mutable notion. Presenters addressed some of the multiple manifestations of power—political, activist, cultural, economic, military, judicial—and how they simultaneously shape and are shaped by media and environments. [http://www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/emi/upcoming-emi-events]
  • Four short documentaries and one short fiction film produced by students from the Film and Media Studies’ GreenScreen program premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February 2016. Read more at http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2016/016342/sbiff-2016
  • Two publications related to the Media Industries Project came out in 2015-16: Precarious Creativity: Global Media, Local Labor, edited by Michael Curtin and Kevin Sanson (UC Press, 2016) and Connected Viewing Initiative Year Three Report, edited by Jennifer Holt and Karen Petrushka (2015). The latter can be downloaded here http://www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/mip/cvi

Pollock Theater

Pollock TheatreThe Pollock Theater is a superbly equipped and beautifully appointed facility, dedicated to year-round programming of an international range of films and filmmakers. A classroom by day and a public theater by night, the Pollock Theater is a place in which students and the community come together to screen films and engage in direct conversations with filmmakers, critics, and scholars. More >


Environmental Media Initiative

Environmental Media InitiativeThe Environmental Media Initiative (EMI) draws on UC Santa Barbara’s exceptional strengths in media/ communication studies and environmental science and creates a unique interdisciplinary program to explore the power of media to translate science to solutions. More >

Media Industries Project

"Hollywood Sign Station Fire" by Anthony Citrano (CC via flickr)The Media Industries Project (MIP) examines the rapid and dramatic changes affecting media industries worldwide. At a time of tremendous uncertainty, MIP offers a unique forum bringing together top scholars and industry professionals to encourage innovative thinking about the future and purpose of media. More>

Internship Program

Internship ProgramThe Carsey-Wolf Center’s Internship Program provides selected UC Santa Barbara students with opportunities to develop practical applications of the knowledge gained in their studies. Media interns learn the processes of making compelling media content by working with leading creative professionals. Center and Pollock Theater interns gain hands-on experience in event planning and theater management. More >