Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


Screening Format: Amazon Prime

Season 1, Episode 6 - "The Wilderness"

Director: Jill Soloway

Writer: Ethan Kuperberg and Jill Soloway

Season 1, Episode 8 - "Best New Girl"

Director: Jill Soloway

Writer: Bridget Bedard, Jill Soloway

Starring: Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass

Transparent chronicles the lives of a Los Angeles family after they discover that their father, Mort (Jeffrey Tambor), is transgender. An original series produced by Amazon Studios, Transparent won the 2015 Golden Globe for best TV series, musical or comedy, and Tambor took home a trophy for best actor. 

We were joined for the Q&A by Producer Rick Rosenthal and Associate Director of LBGT Services in the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity at UCSB Klint Jaramillo. The event was moderated by Dr. Kevin Sanson, research director of the Carsey-Wolf Center’s Media Industries Project.

TELEtalk examines historical and contemporary television across all platforms. 

Presented by the Carsey-Wolf Center.

Transparent Season 1 Trailer

Rick Rosenthal is an American television and film director, best known for directing Bad Boys, the 1983 drama film that helped launch Sean Penn's career as well episodes of many popular TV series (including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Smallville). His filmography includes the horror sequel Halloween II, the romantic comedy American Dreamer, and the 1987 drama film Russkies. In recent years, Rosenthal has turned to the independent film world, continuing to direct ("Nearing Grace"), but also producing as well, giving opportunities to first time directors. The first production under the Whitewater Films banner was the Sundance Film Festival hit Mean Creek, winner of two Independent Spirit Awards as well as a Humanitas Prize.Rosenthal is a producer on the Amazon hit series "Transparent" and was nominated in 2015 for Directors Guild of Canada award.


Klint Jaramillo has been a founding member and co-chair of LUNA, the University’s first association for Latina and Latino faculty and staff. This past spring, Klint was named one of the recipients of the Margaret T. Getman Service to Students Award – the highest honor in the UCSB Division of Student Affairs. Beyond his responsibilities in Santa Barbara, he serves as director of Chapter Services for Phi Iota Alpha, the oldest Latino fraternity in existence, and co-representative for NASPA’s Region VI GLBT Knowledge Community. In 2014, he joined Antioch University’s Clinical Psychology Department as adjunct faculty for their multicultural counseling courses. Prior to moving to the West Coast, Klint served as therapist, social worker and case manager in Chicago. He has vast experience providing direct clinical services to youth, families and undergraduate students. Klint earned a master’s degree in Education from Loyola University Chicago, a master’s degree in Social Work from University of Chicago. He earned his bachelor’s degree Sociology with concentrations in Latino Studies and Critical Sexualities Studies from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Dr. Kevin Sanson is the Research Director of the Media Industries Project. His research focuses on the spatial dynamics of media production and examines issues of location, labor, and identity.  He most recently completed a critical study of the role film, television, and digital media production plays in the economic and cultural strategies of Glasgow, Scotland, focusing especially on the experience of media workers. He is co-editor, with Jennifer Holt, of Connected Viewing: Selling, Sharing, and Streaming Media in the Digital Era (forthcoming), and his writing appears in Popular Communication and The Velvet Light Trap and on the MIP website. In addition to his research, Sanson has served on the Board of Directors for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) and the Steering Committee for the SCMS TV Studies Scholarly Interest Group. He also has served as a member of the Editorial Collective for The Velvet Light Trap. Sanson’s professional experience prior to graduate school includes time as sponsorship stewardship manager and prospect researcher for the Field Museum of Natural History and editorial assistant for the media concern Tribune Co., both in Chicago. Sanson earned his Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.A. with Distinction in Film Studies from the University of Southampton in England. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Communication from Loyola University Chicago.