Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


It's Such A Beautiful Day (2011), Everything Will Be Ok (2006), and I Am So Proud of You (2008)

Screening format: 35mm Film

Writer/Director: Don Hertzfeldt

"That night, Bill dreamt of a monstrous fish head that fed upon his skull."

This short film trilogy follows the story of Bill, a young man whose daily routines, perceptions, and dreams are illustrated onscreen through multiple split-screen windows. Bill's seemingly mundane life, narrated in humorous and dramatic anecdotes, gradually grows dark as we learn he may be suffering from a possibly fatal mental disorder.

The UCSB Script to Screen film presentation will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker and UCSB Film and Media Studies alumnus Don Hertzfeldt.

There will be a post-discussion 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.

It's Such A Beautiful Day: Clip


Don Hertzfeldt, Animator/Writer/Director

Don Hertzfeldt is an Oscar®-nominated American independent filmmaker whose animated films have been critically acclaimed around the globe. His work has screened worldwide receiving over 250 awards. In 2001 Don Hertzfeldt was named one of the "Top 25 Directors to Watch" by Filmmaker Magazine, an honor not surprising given that he has created some of the most popular animated shorts of our time. As a college student, Hertzfeldt wrote and directed four animated shorts (one for each of his four years at UCSB) including: Ah, L’Amour (1995), Genre (1996), Lily and Jim (1997), and Billy’s Balloon (1998). Along with Hertzfeldt’s nomination for an Academy Award for his critically acclaimed animated short Rejected (2005), he has won 99 awards at film festivals for his films to date. Hertzfeldt also co-founded The Animation Show in 2003, a festival of animation that puts an unprecedented number of animated shorts into North American movie theaters.

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® winning screenwriter John Ridley and American Beauty with Oscar® winning screenwriter Alan Ball.