Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


Legally Blonde (1993)

Screening Format: DVD (97 minutes)

Director: Robert Luketic

Writers: Kisten Smith, Karen McCullah Lutz

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair

"Boldly going where no blonde has gone before."

When a blonde sorority queen (Reese Witherspoon) is dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined.

This 10th Anniversary of Legally Blonde event is the premiere of the UCSB Script to Screen series. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with screenwriters Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah Lutz.

Following the Q&A, we will host a "Bend and Snap: Fashion Show Contest" judged by our honored guests. The laughs and conversation continue during a reception featuring 300 pink cupcakes, which will be baked and decorated by our energetic and creative Pollock Theater Interns.

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.

Legally Blonde Trailer

Legally Blonde: Reese Witherspoon Interview


"It was such an incredible night.  Thank you so much for organizing it all and for taking such good care of us.  We were, and are, thrilled, and have been raving about the experience to all our friends and colleagues."- Kirsten Smith, Screenwriter


Karen McCullah & Kirsten Smith

Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith wrote their first feature film together in 1999: 10 Things I Hate About You. They went on to become writing partners for a number of screenplays, including Legally Blonde (2001), Ella Enchanted (2004), She's the Man (2006), The House Bunny (2008), and The Ugly Truth (2009). They are currently working on an all-female version of The Expendables, titled The Expendabelles.

Karen McCullah is also a novelist. Her book The Bachelorette Party (2006) will be adapted into a film in the near future.

Kirsten Smith has produced films including Whip It (2009), American Virgin (2009), and the upcoming Entanglement. Her first novel was 2006’s The Geography of Girlhood, a novel in verse, which fulfilled her lifelong dream of having a book of poetry published. Her poems have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah and Rush Hour: Reckless (2006).

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.