Friday, February 7, 2014 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Pollock Theater


Nebraska (2013)

Screening format: DCP (115 minutes)

Director: Alexander Payne

Writer: Bob Nelson

Starring: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb

"Life's not about winning or losing. It's about how you get there in the end."

An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes marketing prize.

Nebraska received six Academy Award® nominations in 2014, including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Cinematography.

The UCSB Script to Screen presentation of the film is followed by a Q&A with Oscar® nominated screenwriter Bob Nelson and a pre-taped interview with Best Supporting Actress nominee June Squibb.

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.

Nebraska Trailer

Interview with Bruce Dern


Bob Nelson, Writer

Bob Nelson is a screenwriter with projects in development at Paramount, Warner Brotheres, Pixar, and Universal Studios. His original script Nebraska was released in 2013, directed by Academy Award® winner Alexander Payne, director and co-writer of Sideways (2004), Election (1999), and The Descendents (2011). Nelson spent six months at Pixar Animation Studios as a writer in residence.

Before screenwriting, Nelson was a journalist, talk radio producer, and wrote for Comedy Central, Fox Television, VH-1, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. He was a performer in the original Bill Nye PBS series, Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993) and a writer and performer for Eyes of Nye (2005). He was a cast member, writer, director, and segment producer for the iconic Seattle sketch show Almost Live! (1984). Nelson received five Emmys® for writing and one for performing.

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.