Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater


Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Screening Format: Blu-Ray (105 minutes)

Director: Nora Ephron

Writers: Jeff Arch, Nora Ephron, David S. Ward

Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger

"What if someone you never met, someone you never saw, someone you never knew was the only someone for you?"

After the death of his wife, Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) moves to Seattle with his son, Jonah (Ross Mallinger). When Jonah calls in to a talk-radio program to find a new wife for his father, Sam grudgingly gets on the line to discuss his feelings. Annie Reed (Meg Ryan), a reporter in Baltimore, hears Sam speak and falls for him, even though she is engaged. Unsure where it will lead, she writes Sam a letter asking him to meet her at the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day.

This UCSB Script to Screen presentation of Sleepless in Seattle will be followed by a Q&A with Oscar® nominated screenwriter Jeff Arch.

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.

Sleepless in Seattle Trailer

Tom Hanks and James Corden Act Out Tom's Filmography


Jeff Arch, Screenwriter

Jeff Arch graduated in 1972 from the Harrisburg Academy. From 1972 to 1976 he studied Theater and Film production at Emerson College in Boston, where he later had a production company.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993) was Jeff Arch's first screenplay to be produced. He got the idea in 1990, after four unsold scripts and a failed off-Broadway attempt. Since the sale of the "Sleepless" script, he has written nonstop for virtually every studio in town, as well as producers Brian Grazer, Mark Johnson, Lauren Shuler-Donner, and directors Penny Marshall, Ron Howard and Barry Levinson. Four other movies have been made from Arch's scripts: Disney's Iron Will (1994), a production rewrite, Sealed with a Kiss (1999), an original romantic comedy for CBS, Saving Milly (2005), an adaptation of the Mort Kondracke memoir that scored a Humanitas Nomination for Arch's screenplay, and the indie comedy Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys (2005), which Arch also directed.

Arch was nominated for an Academy Award® in 1994 for Sleepless in Seattle.

Matt Ryan, Pollock Theater Director

Matthew Ryan began his career at New York University as Events Manager at the Cantor Film Center, where he produced a range of events from an evening with Martin Scorsese to a media conference with then President Bill Clinton. In 2008, he received a MFA in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University.

He is director of the amazing Pollock Theater and 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.