Screening format: DCP (128 Minutes)
Director: Tom McCarthy
Writers: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy
Starring: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams
"Break The Story. Break The Silence."
When the Boston Globe's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.
Spotlight received 6 Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay (Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy), Best Director (Tom McCarthy), Best Supporting Actress (Rachel McAdams), Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), and Best Editing (Tom McArdle).
This UCSB Script to Screen presentation of the film will be followed by a Q&A with 2016 Academy Award® nominee, and 2016 Writers Guild of America Winner for Best Original Screenplay, screenwriter Josh Singer.
There will be a post-discussion reception in the Michael Douglas lobby.
The UCSB Script to Screen series examines the screenplay and its transition to the big screen from the perspective of the writers, directors, producers, and actors. This series is hosted by the Pollock Theater Director, Matt Ryan, and sponsored by The Carsey-Wolf Center and the Department of Film and Media Studies.
Josh Singer, Writer/Producer
Josh Singer is a film and television writer and producer whose credits include The West Wing (1999), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), Lie To Me (2009), and Fringe (2008). He received a 2005 WGA nomination for Best Episodic Drama for The West Wing: “Memorial Day.”
In 2013, he wrote the screenplay for The Fifth Estate (2013), a film based on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. He co-wrote Spotlight (2015) with writer/director Tom McCarthy. They earned four Academy Award® nominations, including Best Director (Tom McCarthy), Best Supporting Actress (Rachel McAdams), Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), and Best Editing (Tom McArdle).
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.