Upcoming Events



FOCUS ON: Social Issues in Modern Cinema is a special film series highlighting the challenges of inequity around race, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic circumstances, in an attempt to illustrate complex issues at work in contemporary America.



FOCUS ON: SOCIAL ISSUES IN MODERN CINEMA - OCCUPY THE FARM

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Occupy the Farm portrays the inspiring story of a community engaging in collective action in order to create a healthier and more just food system, as well as question the stewardship of a precious resource: publicly owned urban farmland. 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Todd Darling, as well as a reception with organic produce from local farmers.



FCOUS ON: SOCIAL ISSUES IN MODERN CINEMA - MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine is a powerful feature documentary about Matthew Shepard, A University of Wyoming student who was brutally beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die because he was gay. Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt's, revisits the shocking case as Matt's brief life is remembered in this searing, poignant, and multi-layered biographical and sociological portrait. 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Michele Josue.

The event is free, but a reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat.


FOCUS ON: SOCIAL ISSUES IM MODERN CINEMA - HIP HOP: BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes  provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Director Byron Hurt, former college quarterback and gender violence prevention educator, pays tribute to hip-hop while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for glamorizing destructive stereotypes of manhood. 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with guests Director/Activist Byron Hurt and Chuck D, as well as a reception in the Michael Douglas Lobby.

The event is free, but a reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat.



A CONVERSATION WITH HARVEY LEVIN: THE NEW JOURNALISTIC ENVIRONMENT

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 7:00pm - 09:00pm

Mr. TMZ himself, Harvey Levin, UCSB class of '72, will be sharing insights on his amazing career that has included working as an attorney, TV news reporter, Host of "The People's Court" and most recently, creating and starring in TMZ!

The event is sold out. There will be a stand-by line at the door. We will let in patrons on a first come/first serve basis if tickets become available.


FUTURE OF THE PAST: 1941

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

1941 is a period comedy that looks at hysterical Californians after the attack on Pearl Harbor who are convinced that they are the next target. The film was directed by Steven Spielberg and stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. The film received three Oscar nominations.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with screenwriter Bob Gale (who also wrote the Back to the Future Trilogy).

Students - $5, Community - $10



INSIDE PERSPECTIVES: NEO NOIR AND THE CONTEMPORARY CITY

Inside Perspectives: Neo Noir and the Contemporary City will examine different aspects of the film noir style. The films showcase the "soul of the city," interpreting the Los Angeles of the past, present, and future. 

Community - $24 (20 percent discount for community) , Students - $15


INSIDE PERSPECTIVES: NEO NOIR AND THE CONTEMPORARY CITY - CHINATOWN

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974) adopts a film noir style to evoke the Los Angeles of the thirties as a spiritually and ecologically arid land. A private detective, played by Jack Nicholson, is hired to expose a tawdry affair. He finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.

Students - $5, Community - $10

 


INSIDE PERSPECTIVES: NEO NOIR AND THE CONTEMPORARY CITY - COLLATERAL

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Collateral (Michael Mann, 2004) brings noir to a modern-day Los Angeles. Jaime Foxx plays a cab driver who becomes the hostage of a contract killer. During the night, the cab driver and the killer (Tom Cruise) take us across the city in a murderous spree, from LAX to East L.A., from the beach to the hills.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with screenwriter Stuart Beattie.

Students - $5, Community - $10


INSIDE PERSPECTIVES: NEO NOIR AND THE CONTEMPORARY CITY - BLADE RUNNER

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Blade Runner ( Ridley Scott, 1982) adopts the noir style as it evokes the not-so-distant  “futurescape” of Los Angeles, a dystopian city-world corroded by acid rain. Harrison Ford plays Deckard, a hunter of replicants, androids created to look “more human than human.” Their quest for a longer life span brings them to Earth, where they become a challenge to Deckard’s abilities and his ethical boundaries.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Chris Jenkins (Award-winning documentarian and UCSB Department of Film & Media Studies production faculty member). He will discuss the cinematographic challenges in shooting a film such as Blade Runner.

Students - $5, Community - $10


MERCHANTS OF DOUBT

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin.

The Screening will be followed by a Q&A with discussants:

Jennifer Ouellette, author of 4 popular science books, and science blogger for Scientific American.
Ronald E. Rice, Arthur N. Rupe Professor in the Social Effects of Mass Media; Co-Director, Carsey-Wolf Center; Chair, Department of Communication; UCSB.

The event is free, but a reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat.


DON'T THINK I'VE FORGOTTEN

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Don’t Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphs into rock and roll, blossoms, and is nearly destroyed along with the rest of the country. This documentary film provides a new perspective on a country usually associated with only war and genocide.

Students - $5, Community - $10