Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

It's Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez), a transgender sex worker, is back on the block in this critically-acclaimed indie comedy, which was entirely shot using modified iPhone 5S cameras.  Upon hearing that her boyfriend and pimp Chester (James Ransone) has cheated on her with a cis-gender woman while she was in jail, Sin-Dee and her best friend Alexandra (Mya Taylor) embark on a mission to get to the bottom of this scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, rendered by the film with uncommon verve and exuberance.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Actress Mya Taylor, moderated by Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center, Professor Patrice Petro.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:15pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Award-winning documentary Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen centers on the stories of six thoughtful, eloquent and diverse transmen. Preachers, teachers, students and activists educate us simply by making their presence known. Each man brings a colorful and complex richness as he describes his relationship to himself, as well as others in his life — the cadence of his voice keeping in rhythm with how the speaker displays himself to the camera.  The film received an Isaac Julien Experimental Award from Queer Black Cinema International Music Festival and an Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary in the ReelOut Queer Film + Video Festival.

Please join us for a screening of Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen.  The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Kortney Ryan Ziegler and Moderator Jennifer Tyburczy (Feminist Studies, UCSB).

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 9:00am - Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 1:00pm

Events at Standing Rock from April 2016 to February 2017 altered the media landscape, created new ways to protect the water and land, and launched a resurgence of indigenous centered leadership. Join us for four days of events exploring the legacy of Standing Rock.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

This event will feature a selection of six outstanding short films from the Arab Film Festival. The 90-minute program showcases the emergent voices and diverse approaches in cinematic storytelling by contemporary Arab filmmakers and artists.

Join us for a post-screening discussion and Q&A with the Director of the Arab Film & Media Institute Serge Bakalian and the Artistic Director and Festival Programmer, Arab Film Festival Deana Nassar . The discussion will be moderated by Professor Mona Damluji of the UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies.

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Congregating at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in North Dakota, the largest historical gathering of Native American tribes rose to national and international attention as they and their allies stood in solidarity against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Join us as the Chumash Coastal Band will formally invite Winona LaDuke, an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems and two-time vice presidential candidate for the Green Party, for a screening of Lucien Reed’s 2016 short Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

In 2011 CeCe McDonald survived a brutal attack, only to be incarcerated for defending her life. Her story inspired an international movement advocating for her freedom, and since her release she has worked to critique the prison-industrial complex and to advocate for reforms to the criminal justice system. Featuring CeCe McDonald and Laverne Cox, documentary Free CeCe confronts the culture of violence surrounding transwomen of color.

This screening of Free CeCe will be followed by a Q&A with Director Jacqueline (Jac) Gares and Documentary Subject CeCe McDonald, who will discuss the process of making the film with Moderator Lal Zimman of the Department of Linguistics.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Now in its third season, Jill Soloway’s award-winning series Transparent has been described as “revolutionary television” for its trans-affirmative approach to queerness, trans politics, and gender identity. Using innovative visual storytelling of the sort that is usually reserved for documentary feature productions, Transparent foregrounds and engages certain marginalized voices.  Please join us for a screening of two episodes: Season 2, Episode 9 "Man on the Land" and Season 3, Episode 1 "Elizah."  Professor Amy Villarejo, author of Ethereal Queer: Television, Historicity, Desire (2014), will join Carsey-Wolf Center Director Patrice Petro for a post-screening discussion of transgender emergence as well as Jewishness and queerness within this highly-acclaimed popular television series.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Documentary Raising Zoey offers a vibrant and inspiring portrait of family, following thirteen-year-old Zoey, her mother Ofelia and sister Letty as they navigate Zoey's transition, legal battles against discrimination in Zoey's public school, and the joys and complexities of adolescence. A powerful demonstration of how resilience, community, and love can be marshaled against prejudice and entrenched ignorance, the film addresses both the enormous accomplishments Zoey, Ofelia, and Letty have made together, and their hopestogether and individually—for the future.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Dante Alencastre moderated by Abigaíl Salazar of the UCSB Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (RCSGD).

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Former Senator Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) has accepted the call to serve as Vice President of the United States. The job is nothing like she imagined and everything she was warned about. Veep follows Meyer and her staff as they attempt to make their mark and leave a lasting legacy, without getting tripped up in the day-to-day political games that define Washington.

Please join us for a screening of Season 5, Episode 1 "Morning After" and Season 5, Episode 9 "Kissing Your Sister". The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Actress/Producer Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Writer/Executive producer David Mandel and Actor Tony Hale. The event will be moderated by the Pollock Theater Director Matt Ryan.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:45pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

In Utero is a cinematic rumination on what will emerge as the most provocative subject of the twenty-first century – life in the womb and its lasting impact on human development, human behavior, and the state of the world.

After the screening, Director Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal and Producer Stephen Gyllenhaal will be joined by Professor Brenda Major (Psychological and Brain Sciences, UCSB) and Professor Maya Rossin-Slater (Economics, UCSB) for a discussion and Q&A, moderated by Professor Maryam Kia-Keating (Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology, UCSB).

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Actors for Autism is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement, education, and training of people on the autistic spectrum. Its annual film festival celebrates the work of its students in the fields of visual effects, film/TV, animation, and video game design. This screening will feature 30 minutes of short films from the 2016 festival. 

The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A that addresses the work of Actors for Autism and the role of people with autism in entertainment industries from multiple perspectives. Panelists will include Actors for Autism Executive Director Alisa Wolf, Actors for Autism participant Patrick Doran, Patrick's mother Mary Doran, and animator Santosh Oommen, who has employed students from Actors for Autism. The post-screening discussion will be moderated by the Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center, Professor Patrice Petro.

There will be a post Q&A reception in the Michael Douglas Lobby.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Based on real events, Raging Bull tells the story of middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta and his path to success. His reputation for violence and tenacity gets him to the top in the ring, but domestic turmoil erupts as LaMotta's bad temper, extreme jealousy, and obsessive rage destroy his relationship with his wife and family. Robert De Niro famously gained 60 pounds for his starring role in this brutal yet poetic drama.

Professor Anna Brusutti of the Department of Film and Media Studies will join award-winning Make-up Artist and UCSB Alumnus Michael Westmore for a post-screening Q&A.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:45pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

The Edge of Seventeen is a coming-of-age movie in the vein of Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. It is an honest, candid, and often hilarious look at what it’s like to grow up as a young woman in today’s world. Growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). Nadine and Krista are inseparable best friends attempting to navigate high school together, until they realize that there is a fine line between best friends and worst enemies. 

UCSB Script to Screen will host Director/Screenwriter Kelly Fremon Craig for a post-screening Q&A. The event will be moderated by the host of Script to ScreenMatt Ryan.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 4:00pm
McCune Conference Room
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:45pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Award-winning documentary The Overnighters is an intimate portrait of economic migration, faith, and community in the tiny oil boom town of Williston, North Dakota. Inundated with thousands of job-seeking arrivals, yet lacking the infrastructure to house them, the town struggles to adapt. In response, local Pastor Jay Reinke initiates a controversial "overnighters" program, providing down-and-out workers refuge at his church. This well-intentioned project meets resistance from his faith community and local government. Escalating controversy over the program result in a series of increasingly difficult decisions for Reinke, ultimately revealing the tension between the promise and the limits of reinvention, redemption and compassion.

Director Jesse Moss will join UCSB Ph.D. student Tyler Morgenstern for a post-screening discussion.