Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB



A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

Screening format: DCP (Sony 4K Digital Projection)

Director: Scott Frank

Writer: Scott Frank

Starring: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, & David Harbour

"People are afraid of all the wrong things."

UCSB Script to Screen is proud to present A Walk Among the Tombstones. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Academy Award® nominated, UCSB Department of Film & Media Studies Alumnus, Writer/Director Scott Frank and a post-screening reception in the Michael Douglas Lobby.

Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson), formerly part of the NYPD, now works as an unlicensed private detective. His latest client is a drug trafficker (Dan Stevens) whose wife was kidnapped and brutally murdered, and as Scudder delves deeper, he finds that the crime's sequence is the modus operandi of the perpetrators. Before they can strike again and destroy other lives, Scudder races through the back streets of New York to catch the killers, blurring the lines between lawful and criminal, as he goes.

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.

A Walk Among The Tombstones Trailer

Interview with Liam Neeson


Scott Frank, Screenwriter/Producer/Director

Scott Frank graduated from UCSB in 1982 with a BA in Film Studies. Since then he has written movies for filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Sidney Pollack, Steven Soderbergh, Barry Sonnenfeld, Jodie Foster, and Kenneth Brannagh. In 2008, Frank’s directorial debut, The Lookout (, won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Frank’s other screenplays include Little Man Tate (1991), Dead Again (1991), Malice (1993), Heaven’s Prisoners (1996), Get Shorty (1995), Out of Sight (1990), Minority Report (2002), The Interpreter (2005), and Marley & Me (2008).

Out of Sight, nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay, won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America as well as Best Screenplay Award from the National Society of Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics. Minority Report won the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Screenplay. Get Shorty was nominated for both a Golden Globe and a Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and, along with Dead Again, was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Mystery Screenplay.

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.