Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


Trumbo (2015)

Screening format: DCP (124 Minutes)

Director: Jay Roach

Writer: John McNamara

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, & Elle Fanning

"Are you now or have you ever been..."

Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, recounts the complex, sometimes absurd machinations of an industry in the grips of paranoia and political purges, and the struggle by Dalton Trumbo and others against the Hollywood blacklist of the 1940s and 1950s. 

UCSB Script to Screen will host director Jay Roach (Austin Powers trilogy) and screenwriter John McNamara for a post-screening Q&A.

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.

Dalton Trumbo

Dalton Trumbo’s celebrated career as a top screenwriter during Hollywood’s golden age came to an abrupt end when he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and was blacklisted as one of the infamous Hollywood Ten.

But Trumbo’s spirit was not broken. Imprisoned for defying HUAC, and subsequently harried by Red Scare crusaders, Trumbo used pen names and granted credit to other writers on screenplays he wrote in exile, including the Academy Award®-winning script for The Brave One in 1957. The revelation of Trumbo’s authorship of the blockbusters Exodus and Spartacus in 1960 helped to break the blacklist.

Trumbo Movie Trailer

Trumbo Interview with Bryan Cranston


Jay Roach, Director

Jay Roach is the winner of four Emmys®, a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. He is best known for directing such comedy classics as the Austin Powers trilogy (1997-2002), Meet the Parents (2000), Meet the Fockers (2004) and The Campaign (2012). Roach gained critical acclaim directing the feature Mystery Alaska (1999) as well as the made-for-HBO movies Recount in 2008 and Game Change in 2012. He recently directed the first episode of the new HBO series The Brink (2015).

John McNamara, Writer/Producer

John McNamara is a writer/producer, showrunner, and television creator. He created the NBC series Aquarius (2015), starring David Duchovny, and is the co-creator of the new Syfy series The Magicians (2016), based on Lev Grossman’s best selling book series. In 1996, he co-created and executive-produced the critically acclaimed series Profit, followed by Vengeance Unlimited (1998), The Fugitive (2001), Fastlane (2002), Eyes (2005), and In Plain Sight (2008).

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® winning screenwriter John Ridley and American Beauty with Oscar® winning screenwriter Alan Ball.