Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


Dead Poets Society (1989)

Screening format: Blu-Ray (128 Minutes)

Director: Peter Weir

Writer: Tom Schulman

Starring: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke

"He was their inspiration. He made their lives extraordinary."

A new English teacher, John Keating (Robin Williams), is introduced to an all-boys preparatory school that is known for its ancient traditions and high standards. He uses unorthodox methods to reach out to his students, who face enormous pressures from their parents and the school. With Keating's help, students Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard), Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke) and others learn to break out of their shells, pursue their dreams and seize the day.

The UCSB Script to Screen series is proud to present Dead Poets Society, including a post-screening Q&A with Oscar®-winning screenwriterer Tom Schulman.

The UCSB Script to Screen series examines the screenplay and its transition to the screen from the perspective of writers, directors, producers, editors, and actors.

UCSB Script to Screen is sponsored by the department of Film and Media Studies, The Carsey-Wolf Center, and The Scott Frank Fund for Screenwriting. It is hosted and executive-produced by the Pollock Theater Director, Matt Ryan, and produced by the Pollock Theater student staff.

Dead Poets Society Movie Trailer

Dead Poets Society Interview: Robin Williams on Late Night with David Letterman (1989)


Tom Schulman, Writer

Tom Schulman is a screenwriter best known for his semi-autobiographical screenplay for Dead Poets Society (1989). The film won the Oscar® for Best Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director (Peter Weir) the year it was released.

Though Schulman had already written a number of telemovies, Dead Poets Society (1989) was his first movie script to reach the screen. He was also hired to rewrite the hit movie Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) shortly before the film was due to begin shooting. Schulman had just seven days to turn it from a drama into a comedy. Other scripts written or co-written by Schulman include comedies Welcome to Mooseport (2004), What About Bob? (1991), Second Sight (1989), and Holy Man (1998), which stars Eddie Murphy.

In 2009 Schulman was elected Vice President of the Writers Guild of America, West.

Matthew Ryan, Pollock Theater Director

Matthew Ryan started his academic career at NYU to run the Cantor Film Center, where he produced a range of events from a screening and Q&A with Martin Scorsese to a media conference with then President Bill Clinton. In 2008, he received a MFA in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University.

Now, he is director of the amazing Pollock Theater.  He pioneered the Pollock Theater Internship, which is a selective program offering industry-level experience to students interested in event planning and live TV production. The TV shows produced through this program have generated more than 10.6 million views on UCTV. Many of these episodes come from events in his own series, UCSB Script to Screen, including 12 Years a Slave with Oscar®-winner John Ridley and American Beauty with Oscar®-winning screenwriter Alan Ball.