Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Pollock Theater


12 Years a Slave (2013)

Screening format: DCP (134 minutes)

Director: Steve McQueen

Writer: John Ridley

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender

"The extraordinary true story of Solomon Northup."

Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.

12 Years a Slave received nine Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Costume Design, Best Editing, and Best Production Design.

This UCSB Script to Screen is proud to present 12 Years a Slave, followed by a Q&A with 2016 Oscar® nominated screenwriter John Ridley.

The UCSB Script to Screen series examines the screenplay and its transition to the screen from the perspective of writers, directors, producers, editors, and actors.

UCSB Script to Screen is sponsored by the department of Film and Media Studies, The Carsey-Wolf Center, and The Scott Frank Fund for Screenwriting. It is hosted and executive-produced by the Pollock Theater Director, Matt Ryan, and produced by the Pollock Theater student staff.

12 Years a Slave Trailer

Interview with Chiwetel Ejiofor


John Ridley, Screenwriter

John Ridley is a writer, working on feature films, television series, and novels. His novel Spoils of War was adapted into the 1999 David O. Russell-directed Three Kings. Ridley then became a writer and a supervising producer on the NBC crime drama Third Watch (1999). In 2015, he led the ABC series American Crime as executive producer.

His work as screenwriter includes 12 Years a Slave, Red Tails (2012), and Undercover Brother (2002). His script for 12 Years a Slave won the 2014 Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Matthew Ryan, Pollock Theater Director

Matthew Ryan started his academic career at NYU to run the Cantor Film Center, where he produced a range of events from a screening and Q&A with Martin Scorsese to a media conference with then President Bill Clinton. In 2008, he received a MFA in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University.

Now, he is director of the amazing Pollock Theater.  He pioneered the Pollock Theater Internship, which is a selective program offering industry-level experience to students interested in event planning and live TV production. The TV shows produced through this program have generated more than 10.6 million views on UCTV. Many of these episodes come from events in his own series, UCSB Script to Screen, including 12 Years a Slave with Oscar®-winner John Ridley and American Beauty with Oscar®-winning screenwriter Alan Ball.