Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


Westworld (2016)

Screening format: Sony 4K Digital Projection (1 hour and 53 minutes)

Director: Fred Toye

Writers: Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, Halley Gross, Dan Dietz, and Charles Yu

Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Ed Harris, and Jeffrey Wright

Tickets are sold out. A standby line will be provided at the door.  We will let patrons in on a first come-first serve basis if tickets become available.

The HBO one-hour drama series Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

Please join us for a screening of the two pivotal episodes: Season 1, Episode 6 "The Adversary" and Season 1, Episode 7 "Trompe L'Oeil."  The screening will be followed by a Q&A with UCSB Department of Film & Media Studies Alumnus Fred Toye, director of these two episodes. Please note that the post-screening discussion will address the entire season of the show, including the finale. 

A reception will follow in the Michael Douglas lobby. 

This event is sponsored by the UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies, the Carsey- Wolf Center, the Scott Frank Fund for Screenwriting, the Rick Rosen Fund for Television Studies and HBO.

More information about Westworld:

Discover Westworld vacation destination

From the Hollywood Reporter: Westworld Director (Fred Toye) Digs into the Show's Biggest Scene Yet

More information about UCSB Script to Screen:

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 by the Pollock Theater Director Matt Ryan, and co-produced by the Pollock Theater student staff. 

Director Fred Toye is an UCSB alumnus (1989). He made the move into television directing after working for five years as a production assistant and a decade as an editor.  Los Angeles native Toye got his first screen credit working as a production assistant on Billy Crystal's 1989 HBO special Midnight Train to Moscow, before moving into visual effects on films like The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993), assistant editor on hit films such as Forrest Gump (1994), and title designer on Men in Black (1997) Courage Under Fire (1997) and “The Siege (1998) among others.

After joining J.J. Abrams' spy fantasy Alias (ABC 2001-06) as editor, Toye directing in season 4, becoming a co-producer the same year. Toye has since then worked as a director on popular series including Ghost Whisperer, Chuck, Hawaii Five-0, Falling Skies, Lost, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, and Hulu’s 11.22.63 with James Franco.  His connection with Abrams led to producing and directing roles on another of the prolific producer's TV projects, the science-fiction drama Fringe. He is now Co-Executive Producer/Director on ABC’s Designated Survivor.

Matthew Ryan, Pollock Theater Director, pioneered the Pollock Theater Internship, which helps students to develop professional production skills through hands-on experience. Ryan created and hosts the Script to Screen series, which has hosted exciting events like a discussion of 12 Years a Slave  with Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley, a discussion of American Beauty with Oscar-winning screenwriter Alan Ball, and a discussion of Hidden Figures with writer/producer/director Theodore Melfi, actor Kevin Costner and President of Fox 2000 Pictures Elizabeth Gabler.

Matthew Ryan began his career as a video librarian at the legendary Kaufman Astoria Studios. As Events Manager at New York University’s Cantor Film Center, he produced a series of film programs that included evenings with Martin Scorsese, Tim Robbins and Alec Baldwin. In 2008, he received an MFA in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University. His primary writing interests are science fiction and comedy.