UCSB Alum and Director Roxanne Frias spoke with students after a moving screening of Latino: The Changing Face of America. More>

Michael Westmore, another UCSB alum, brought some of his work to display in the lobby after a screening of Star Trek: First Contact. More>

Ezra Edelman, director of Best Documentary Feature Oscar contender O.J.: Made in America, discussed his epic film with the Pollock Theater audience.  More>

Script to Screen welcomed Director Jay Roach (All The Way) for its 6th Season Premiere More>

We were honored to bring back UCSB alumn and 2016 Oscar nominee for Best Animated Short for his film World of Tomorrow, Don HertzfeldtMore>

Upcoming Events

Expanded Hitchcock: Blackmail

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 7:00pm - 09:30pm

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

This recently-restored early British film was converted from a silent film to a talkie during production, and was released simultaneously in silent and sound versions.   Blackmail revolves around vivacious Alice (Anny Ondra) and her Scotland Yard detective sweetheart Frank (John Longden).  

Join us for a screening of the silent film, with live piano accompaniment by pianist Michael Mortilla. There will be a post screening discussion with Michael that will be moderated by Charles Wolfe, UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

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

Privilege, Yvonne Rainer's sixth feature, is a genuinely subversive movie about menopause. Taking on a subject that has been virtually invisible on film, Rainer has fashioned a witty, risky work about sexual identity and the unequal economies of race, gender, and class.

Director Yvonne Rainer will join UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies Constance Penley for a post-screening discussion


Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

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

In this psychological thriller, John “Scottie” Ferguson (James Stewart) is a police detective whose career is derailed by a traumatic incident in the line of duty, which leaves him suffering from acrophobia and vertigo.

In a post-screening discussion, film preservationist James Katz and Former Executive Vice President of MCA and Chairman of its Motion Picture Group, Universal Pictures Tom Pollock will discuss the restoration of Vertigo with Charles Wolfe, UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies. The event will be followed by a reception in the Michael Douglas Lobby.

EXPANDED HITCHCOCK: The Man who knew too much

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

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

The Man Who Knew Too Much was scored by Bernard Herrmann and featured an on-screen appearance by the composer.  The film introduced the hit pop song “Que sera, sera” and featured a performance of the Storm Cloud Cantata, which was originally written for Hitchcock’s 1934 version of the film. More than any of the other seven films on which Hitchcock and Herrmann collaborated, The Man Who Knew Too Much foregrounds music.

John Hajda, associate director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind and lecturer in the Departments of Music and Psychological and Brain Sciences, will join Professor Anna Brusutti of the Department of Film and Media Studies to discuss the role of music in the film and moderate a post-screening Q&A.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:15pm

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

The documentary BlaxploItalian uncovers the careers of a population of entertainers seldom heard from before: Black actors in Italian cinema. Through interviews and archival footage, this film explores the personal struggles and triumphs that Afro-Italian and African diasporic actors have faced historically, comparing them to those of contemporary actors working diligently to find respectable and significant roles. With the intention of challenging worldwide mainstream filmmakers and audiences, the film calls for ethnic and racial diversity in casting important roles within international film and media industries.

Director Fred Kuwornu will join UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies Anna Everett for a post-screening discussion.

Cities of Sleep

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

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

The documentary Cities of Sleep takes us into a heady world of insurgent sleepers' communities and the infamous "sleep mafia" in Delhi, where just securing a safe sleeping spot often becomes a question of life and death. The film traces the lives of two individuals, Shakeel and Ranjeet. Shakeel, a renegade homeless sleeper, has for the last seven years slept in a diverse range of improvised places like subways, under park benches, parking lots, abandoned cars and, most recently, at areas controlled by the sleep mafia. Ranjeet runs the “sleep-cinema” community at Loha Pul, a huge double-story iron bridge straddling the banks of the river Yamuna. A thin strip of land under Loha Pul houses shanty cinemas where over 400 homeless people sleep through the day for a nominal price. The flooding of the river Yamuna poses a threat to the people sleeping there each monsoon season. The film not only looks at the tremendous pressure that the need to find a safe place to sleep exerts on the homeless in the city, but also presents a broader philosophical exploration of sleep.

Director Shaunak Sen will join UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies Bhaskar Sarkar for a post-screening discussion.


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

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

Rebecca was Alfred Hitchcock’s first American film.  It was produced under contract with David O. Selznick and is an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel. Starring Laurence Olivier as the brooding aristocratic widower Maxim de Winter and Joan Fontaine as the young woman who becomes his second wife.

In the post-screening discussion, Professor Tania Modleski, author of the groundbreaking book, The Women Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock and Feminist Film Theory, will discuss both the history and continuing legacy of Rebecca, now regarded as a film that not only explores women’s fears but also women’s desire for other women.  The discussion will be moderated by Professor Patrice Petro, director of the Carsey-Wolf Center.


Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 2:00pm - 5:30pm

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

In a special Cinephile Saturday program, the Pollock Theater is proud to present Seven Samurai on 35mm film.  Kurosawa's masterpiece tells the story of a poor village under attack by bandits, which recruits seven unemployed samurai to help the villagers defend themselves.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:45pm

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

The documentary Starving The Beast examines the on-going power struggle on college campuses across the nation as political and market-oriented forces push to disrupt and reform America's public universities.

After the screening, Professor Lane Hall will discuss developments in Wisconsin as a case study of challenges to public higher education, as well as the disruptive role of art and activism in academia.  The discussion will be moderated by Professor Patrice Petro, Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center.


Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

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

A flirtatious encounter involving a pair of lovebirds in a San Francisco pet shop leads socialite Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) on a trip to Bodega Bay in pursuit of lawyer Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in Hitchcock’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s short story. Over the course of several days, Mitch’s small hometown is harried by increasingly violent attacks by wild birds, which Melanie and the townspeople are at a loss to explain or predict.

In a post-screening Q&A, actress Tippi Hedren will discuss the process of filming The Birds with moderator Ross Melnick of the UCSB Film and Media Studies department.  Following the discussion, Hedren will be available to sign copies of her new memoir, Tippi. 

Thank You for Playing

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

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

When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey in the form of an unusually beautiful and poetic video game. Thank You For Playing follows Ryan and his family over two years through the creation of “That Dragon, Cancer” as it evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz. Lauded as "unimaginably intimate" by The New Yorker and "profoundly moving" by Indiewire, Thank You For Playing is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the ability of art and technology to document profound experiences in the modern age.

Director David Osit will join UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies Alenda Chang for a post-screening discussion.