Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater


Field of Dreams (1989)

Screening format: DCP (107 Minutes)

Director: Phil Alden Robinson

Writers: Phil Alden Robinson (screenplay), W.P. Kinsella (book)

Starring: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta

"If you build it, he will come.... to the Pollock Theater"

When Iowa farmer Ray (Kevin Costner) hears a mysterious voice one night in his cornfield saying "If you build it, he will come," he feels the need to act. Despite taunts of lunacy, Ray builds a baseball diamond on his land, supported by his wife, Annie (Amy Madigan). Afterward, the ghosts of great players start emerging from the crops to play ball, led by "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. But, as Ray learns, this field of dreams is about much more than bringing former baseball greats out to play.

Field of Dreams received 3 Oscar® nominations that include: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score.

This UCSB Script to Screen presentation of the film will be followed by a Q&A with writer/director Phil Alden Robinson, who was nomnated for an Oscar® for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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.

Field of Dreams Trailer

Kevin Costner on Field of Dreams: 25 Years Later


Phil Alden Robinson, Writer/Director

Phil Alden Robinson is a writer, director, and producer working in both television and feature films. He began his career writing and directing Field of Dreams in 1989. This movie earned Robinson nominations for the Directors Guild of America Award, the Writers Guild of America Award, and an Oscar® for Best Adapted Screenplay. In 1990, Robinson was named "Screenwriter of the Year" by the National Association of Theatre Owners.

His next feature, Sneakers (1992), was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Robinson's 2000 TV drama Freedom Song won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Longform Screenplay, was nominated for two Emmy Awards, three NAACP Image Awards (including Best TV Movie), a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Sound Editors Golden Reel Award, and the Humanitas Prize. It also received the Christopher Award, the San Francisco Film Society's "Golden Gate Award", and a National Association of Minorities in Communications Image Award. For the film Band of Brothers (2001), he was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award and won an Emmy Award for Best Directing of a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special.

He is now the Secretary on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Matthew Ryan, Pollock Theater Director

Matthew Ryan began his career at New York University as Events Manager at the Cantor Film Center, where he produced a range of events from an evening with Martin Scorsese to a media conference with then President Bill Clinton. In 2008, he received a MFA in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University.

He is director of the amazing Pollock Theater and 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.