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Upcoming Events


Shakespeare on film: chimes at midnight

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:45pm

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

Tickets will be released on Wednesday, January 3 at 11:00 AM.

Falstaff commands center stage in Chimes at Midnight, Orson Welles’ groundbreaking film. Considered by some to be Welles’ greatest accomplishment in film, Chimes at Midnight incorporates elements of five of Shakespeare’s plays to reframe the larger-than-life comedic presence of Falstaff to magnificent effect. 

Joseph McBride (School of Cinema, San Francisco State University, author of Orson Welles), will join moderator Jim Kearney (English, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion.


SHAKESPEARE ON FILM: macbeth

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:45pm

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

Tickets will be released on Wednesday, January 3 at 11:00 AM.

The latest, and possibly darkest, film adaptation of Macbeth, stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Critically acclaimed for its stunning visuals and charismatic performances, the film offers a sustained meditation on power and violence.

Screenwriters Todd Louiso & Jacob Koskoff will join moderator Jim Kearney (English, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion.


GAVIOTA: The End of Southern California

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:45pm

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

Tickets will be released on Wednesday, January 10 at 11:00 AM.

Gaviota: The End of Southern California explores one of the most threatened biodiversity hotspots in the world. Meticulously filmed over the course of five years, the film leads audiences from the ocean floor of the Santa Barbara Channel to the peaks of the jagged Santa Ynez Mountains. 

Director Shaw Leonard will join moderator Courtney Thomas (Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion.

SHAKESPEARE ON FILM: Haider

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 7:00pm - 10:15pm

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

Tickets will be released on Thursday, January 11 at 11:00 AM.

In this final installment of his trilogy of Shakespeare adaptations, Vishal Bhardwaj reimagines Shakespeare's Hamlet as a contemporary crime drama. 

Priya Jaikumar (Cinema and Media Studies, USC) will join moderator Bhaskar Sarkar (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion.


Score

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:00pm - 09:30pm

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

Tickets will be released on Tuesday, January 9 at 11:00 AM.

Score: A Film Music Documentary follows the creative struggles of designing a modern film soundtrack from scratch. Featuring some of Hollywood's premier composers, the film explores the power and influence of film scores in the modern world and gives viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges of the process of composing a score.

Producer Robert Kraft will join moderator David Novak (Music, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion.


SHAKESPEARE ON FILM: HAmlet

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 7:00pm - 10:30pm

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

Tickets will be released on Thursday, January 25 at 11:00 AM.

Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet is celebrated for dramatizing the turmoil of its central character through means of expression unique to cinema. Adapted and directed by its star, Olivier’s film remains a touchstone both in the cinematic treatment of Hamlet and in the history of Shakespeare on film.

Mark Rose (English, UCSB) will join moderator Jim Kearney (English, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion.


Script to screen: She's the man

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Admission: students / $5, community / $7

Tickets will be released on-line Thursday, January 18th at 11 AM.

She’s the Man resets William Shakespeare’s cross-dressing comedy Twelfth Night in a contemporary boarding school. Teenage Viola (Amanda Bynes) takes her brother Sebastian’s place on his school’s boys soccer team while he runs off to London with his band, and romantic complications ensue when she meets her new roommate and team captain, Duke (Channing Tatum).  

This UCSB Script to Screen and Shakespeare on Film presentation of She's the Man will be followed by a Q&A with screenwriters Karen McCullah & Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde & 10 Things I Hate About You).The event will be moderated by Pollock Theater Director Matt Ryan.

There will be a post Q&A reception in the Michael Douglas Lobby.


GABRIEL OVER THE WHITE HOUSE

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:00pm - 09:30pm

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

Tickets will be released on Thursday, February 8 at 11:00 AM.

Newly-elected President Judson “Major” Hammond (Walter Huston) falls into a coma after a car accident, and is resurrected a changed man in this fascist fantasy, shaped and promoted by media tycoon William Randolph Hearst and directed by former Hearst animator Gregory La Cava. No longer a glad-handing partisan hack, Hammond embarks on a single-minded mission to consolidate power in the executive branch. He violently eliminates enemies and rivals, and strong-arms the European powers into both unequivocal disarmament and the immediate repayment of war debt to the U.S. 

Journalist Jeff Greenfield will join moderator Patrice Petro for a post-screening discussion.


14: DRED SCOTT, WONG KIm ARK & VANESSA LOPEZ

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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

Tickets will be released on Thursday, February 15 at 11:00 AM.

While the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees citizenship to those born or naturalized in the U.S., this Constitutional right has endured attacks since its passage in 1868, and it continues to be at risk today. 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez traces these battles from their roots in the struggles against slavery prior to the Civil War, to the fight against the Chinese Exclusion Act in the late nineteenth century, to current anti-immigrant agitation.

Director Anne Galisky will join moderator Helen Morales (Classics, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion.