The Carsey-Wolf Center provides space for the university and media industries to interact through public programs, film series, classes, research projects, and guest residencies. Facilities include a public film theater, a film and television archive, media labs, production suites, screening rooms, conference rooms, and classrooms located in two new buildings.
The Pollock Theater, funded by a generous gift from Dr. Joseph and Helene Pollock, is a 296-seat, state-of-the-art media exhibition hall equipped to show everything from early silent films to the latest in digital filmmaking. The Theater features a sound system by Meyer Sound, and video equipment supplied through a generous donation from Sony Corporation. More details about the Pollock Theater.
The Pollock Theater’s Michael Douglas Lobby, funded by Oscar-winner and UC Santa Barbara alumnus Michael Douglas (’68), is a beautiful gathering space for receptions and special events held at the theater. A café supports casual interaction and discussion before and after screenings. The lobby also features a media wall for screening art exhibits and announcing upcoming events.
The Palm Garden Terrace is used for receptions and events hosted at the Pollock Theater. It is also a place where faculty, students and visiting industry fellows can come together for informal conversation.
The Patio Terrace is a 2000-square-foot courtyard located between the Pollock Theater and the Social Science and Media Studies Building. The Terrace is used for receptions and events hosted at the Pollock Theater, and features tables and chairs that make it a perfect setting for discussions by students and moviegoers.
The Sound Stage provides student filmmakers with the equipment and facilities they need to create high-quality media productions. This 1250-square-foot production studio, located at the rear of the Pollock Theater, is the only dedicated space for student productions on the UC Santa Barbara campus.
Social Sciences and Media Studies Building
The Carsey-Wolf Center’s main offices are located on the 4th Floor of UC Santa Barbara’s Social Science and Media Studies building.
The Production Suite consists of an animation lab, an editing lab, and two demo/screening rooms. Its state-of-the-art facilities provide students with the space and technology they need to pursue creative, independent, experimental work.
The Scott and Jennifer Frank Screening Room, funded by a gift from screenwriter and alumnus Scott Frank (’82) and his wife Jennifer, is one of two screening rooms serving students, researchers and visiting filmmakers. The rooms offer facilities for screening student dailies, as well as production demonstration and spaces for visiting researchers and filmmakers who want to view films from the Center’s archive.
The Film and Television Archive houses an important collection of television shows, videos and films, intended primarily for preservation and consultation by researchers and scholars. The archive includes a full range of media formats, from 16 mm film through Blu-Ray. It is temperature and humidity controlled to preserve these essential materials.
The Wallis Annenberg Conference Room is a premiere meeting space located adjacent to the Carsey-Wolf Center’s office suite. Featuring a terrace with striking views of the campus, it is used for seminars, symposia, lectures, public events, and meetings with industry leaders and policymakers. The room also features a digital video and sound system provided by a generous donation from the Sony Corporation.