Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


Arrival (2016)

Screening format: Sony 4K Digital Projection (116 minutes)

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Screenwriter: Eric Heisserer

Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker

Tickets are sold out. A standby line will be provided at the door.  We will let patrons in on a first come-first serve basis if tickets become available.

From the award-winning short story by Ted Chiang, one of today’s most celebrated science fiction writers, comes Arrival, a story about mankind on the verge of a global war.  When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the world, the military recruits an elite team to investigate, led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams). Louise must learn the aliens’ language in order to communicate with them, and the team must determine whether the aliens have come in peace or are a threat to humanity.

UCSB Script to Screen will host Screenwriter/Executive Producer Eric Heisserer for a post screening Q&A. 

The Carsey-Wolf Center and Paramount Pictures are proud to present a post-Q&A reception in the Michael Douglas Lobby.

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. Script to Screen: Arrival is co-sponsored by Paramount Pictures.

View the Arrival trailer

Screenwriter/Executive Producer Eric Heisserer's Arrival is adapted from the award-winning short story by Ted Chiang.  Heisserer’s script is a major contender for this years Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay, and  the film itself is in contention for many other Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Actress (Amy Adams).  Heisserer's feature career started in screenwriting with the revival of Nightmare on Elm Street in 2010. His other screenwriting credits include Final Destination 5 and the remake of The Thing.

In 2013, Eric wrote Hours starring Paul Walker, which tells the story of a father's struggle to keep his infant daughter alive in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He next wrote and produced the critically-acclaimed film Lights Out.

Matthew Ryan, Pollock Theater Director, pioneered the Pollock Theater Internship, which professionalizes students by helping them to develop production skills with hands-on experience. Ryan created and hosts the Script to Screen series, which has welcomed prestigious guests like Oscar® winning screenwriter John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave and Oscar® winning screenwriter Alan Ball for American Beauty

Matthew Ryan began his career as a video librarian at the legendary Kaufman Astoria Studios. As Events Manager at New York University’s Cantor Film Center, he produced a series of film programs that included evenings with Martin Scorsese, Tim Robbins and Alec Baldwin. In 2008, he received an MFA in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University. His primary writing interests are science fiction and comedy.