Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 7:00pm - Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

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.



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. 

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine

OCCUPY THE FARM tells the story of 200 urban farmers who walk onto a publicly owned research farm and plant it with two acres of crops in order to save the land from becoming a real-estate development.  - See more at: http://occupythefarmfilm.com/#sthash.lW0p8cWh.dpuf
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. 

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & 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 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.

FOCUS ON is presented by the Carsey-Wolf Center.