Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 7:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


Lost (2004-2010)

Screening format: Blu-Ray

Director: Jack Bender

Creators: Damon Lindelof, Jeffery Lieber, J.J. Abrams

Starring: Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Terry O'Quinn, Josh Holloway, and Jorge Garcia

"We have to go The Island."

We were joined for a 10th anniversary screening of this beloved series, and completely immerse yourself in a Lost experience. We screened Season 1, Episode 4 "The Walkabout," which reveals the mystery of John Locke. We also screened Season 1, Episode 23 "Exodus: Part 1"--the very dramatic season finale that aired ten years ago.

The screening was followed by a Q&A with Executive Producer/Director Jack Bender. He unlocked the production secrets of translating Lost from script to screen.

We were joined in the Michael Douglas lobby for a “Dharma Initiative" themed reception, which included fish biscuits, Mr. Cluck’s Chicken, polar bears, exotic island fruit, and a smoke monster.

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.

Lost Trailer

Lost Interview with Terry O'Quinn on the Legacy of John Locke


"Thank YOU, Matt. Of all the interviews I have ever done, your questions were the most directorial/storytelling perceptive I have ever been asked.  The evening was a complete pleasure revisiting that wonderful work that was done on Lost" - Jack Bender


Jack Bender, Executive Producer/Director

Jack Bender is an acclaimed television and film director, television producer, and former actor. He was the lead director for the TV series Lost having directed 38 episodes of the series including the finale. He has also done work on several other popular shows including The Sopranos (1999), Carnivále (2003), Alias (2001), and Boston Public (2000) and has more recently become lead director for the shows Under the Dome (2013) and The Last Ship (2014).

One of Jack Bender's more unique duties on the production of Lost included designing some of the show's most important artwork. He painted the infamous hatch door design, the Swan Station Mural, and sculpted Annie's dolls in the epsiode "The Man Behind the Curtain."

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.