Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


Rain Man (1988)

Screening format: Blu-Ray (133 Minutes)

Director: Barry Levinson

Writers: Barry Morrow (story), Ronald Bass (screenplay)

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino

"A cross-country trek of pure love and understanding."

When car dealer Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) learns that his estranged father has died, he returns home to Cincinnati, where he discovers that he has an autistic older brother named Raymond (Dustin Hoffman) and that his father's $3 million fortune is being left to the mental institution in which Raymond lives. Motivated by his father's money, Charlie checks Raymond out of the facility in order to return with him to Los Angeles. The brothers' cross-country trip ends up changing both their lives.

The UCSB Script to Screen series is proud to present the 25th Anniversary of Rain Man and a post-screening Q&A with Oscar®-winning screenwriter Barry Morrow.

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.

Rain Man Movie Trailer

Rain Man Interview: Dustin Hoffman


Barry Morrow, Writer

Barry Morrow is an Emmy and Oscar®-winning writer/producer best known for his original story and screenplay for the 1988 Best Picture, Rain Man (1988).  Early film projects related to disabilities, child and elder abuse led Barry to become an advocate for marginalized groups, and he received a lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Social Workers.

Several of Morrow's scripts are inspired by real people, especially people with disabilities and/or extraordinary talents. These include mentally disabled Bill Sackter, played by Mickey Rooney in the TV movie Bill (1981), and the savant played by Dustin Hoffman in the film Rain Man (1988), inspired by the real savant Kim Peek. Both of these won Oscar®, Emmy and other awards for Morrow and for the actors who portrayed them. Morrow gave his Oscar® statuette as a gift to Kim Peek. Morrow also wrote CBS's Bill: On His Own (1983) and his relationship with Sackter is presented in the feature length 2008 documentary A Friend Indeed – The Bill Sackter Story.

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.