Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Under The Shadow (2016)

Screening format: Blu-Ray (84 Minutes)

Writer/Director: Babak Anvari

Starring: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi and Bobby Naderi

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

Under the Shadow was selected as United Kingdom’s 2016 Foreign Language Oscar® Entry.

Set in nineteen-eighties Tehran during the almost decade-long span of the Iran-Iraq War, horror thriller Under the Shadow follows a mother and daughter as they struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolutionary period, only to find that a mysterious evil haunts their home.

A post-screening discussion with UCSB Alumnus Nate Bolotin (Partner at XYZ Films) and Lucan Toh (Producer) will be moderated by Anna Brusutti, who teaches in the Department of Film and Media Studies. The Q&A will focus on contemporary global issues of financing and distribution.

Under the Shadow Movie Trailer


Nate Bolotin, Partner, XYZ Films

Nate Bolotin co-founded LA-based film production, financing and sales company XYZ Films with partners Nick Spicer and Aram Tertzakian in 2008. Prior to starting XYZ, Nate was an executive at The Collective where he focused on structured film finance deals and sales. With 10 years+ experience working in independent film, Nate has been involved in the production, financing and licensing of 200+ independent feature films. Nate received a B.A. in Business Economics and a B.A. in Film Studies from U.C. Santa Barbara in 2005. He received a Masters of Fine Arts for the UCLA's Producers Program in 2007.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Lucan Toh, Producer

Lucan Toh has a background in technology and media venture capital, he co-founded Wigwam Films in 2012 and produced his first feature film, Having You, starring Anna Friel, Romola Garai and Andy Buchan. In 2013, Lucan produced Shawn Christensen’s directorial debut, Before I Disappear starring Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley and Ron Perlman. The Film won the 2014 SXSW Audience Award and was distributed theatrically by IFC Films. In 2015, Lucan produced, Sundance 2016 break out, Under The Shadow, a Farsi language horror set during the Iran-Iraq war. Screen International also named Lucan a ‘Future Leader’ in 2015. This year Lucan has produced iBOY, a sci-fi action thriller for worldwide release on Netflix.

Anna Brusutti, Moderator

After studying psychology, theatre, and film, Anna worked at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles and has taught cultural studies and film at various institutions. She curates two annual film events and collaborates with cultural organizations.

She has welcomed the opportunity to teach in the Film and Media studies department and has done so for a number of years, teaching courses in Italian cinema, film noir, and children media.

This event is sponsored by The Carsey-Wolf Center and The Department of Film & Media Studies.