Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


Footloose (1984)

Screening format: Blu-Ray (107 Minutes)

Director: Herbert Ross

Writer: Dean Pitchford

Starring: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, Christopher Penn, John Lithgow

"The music is on his side."

Moving in from Chicago, newcomer Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon) is in shock when he discovers the small Midwestern town he now calls home has made dancing and rock music illegal. As he struggles to fit in, Ren faces an uphill battle to change things. With the help of his new friend, Willard Hewitt (Christopher Penn), and defiant teen Ariel Moore (Lori Singer), he might loosen up this conservative town. But Ariel's influential father, Reverend Shaw Moore (John Lithgow), stands in the way.

The UCSB Script to Screen series is proud to present the 30th Anniversary screening of Footloose, followed by a Q & A with Writer/Songwriter Dean Pitchford in celebrating the movie and music from this beloved classic.

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.

Footloose Movie Trailer

Footloose: Behind the Scenes with Kevin Bacon


Dean Pitchford, Writer/Songwriter

Dean Pitchford’s songs, films and musicals have played on radios, screens and stages the world over and have become part of the popular cultural landscape. His creations have earned him an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, as well as nominations for three additional Oscars®, two more Golden Globes, eight Grammys and two Tonys. He was named BMI Songwriter of the Year in 1984 and won BMI’s Country Song of the Year in 1986, for Dolly Parton’s “Don’t Call It Love.” His records, to date, have sold over seventy million copies.

Paramount Pictures’ remake of the motion picture Footloose –  based on Dean’s original screenplay and featuring six of his songs – was released in October, 2011, at which time Blake Shelton had a hit with his re-make of the title song.

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.