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

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. 

Please join us in the Michael Douglas lobby for a post Q&A reception. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey in the form of an unusually beautiful and poetic video game. Thank You For Playing follows Ryan and his family over two years through the creation of “That Dragon, Cancer” as it evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz.

Director David Osit will join UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies Alenda Chang for a post-screening discussion.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

A flirtatious encounter involving a pair of lovebirds in a San Francisco pet shop leads socialite Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) on a trip to Bodega Bay in pursuit of lawyer Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in Hitchcock’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s short story.

In a post-screening Q&A, actress Tippi Hedren will discuss the process of filming The Birds with moderator Ross Melnick of the UCSB Film and Media Studies department.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:45pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

The documentary Starving The Beast examines the on-going power struggle on college campuses across the nation as political and market-oriented forces push to disrupt and reform America's public universities.

After the screening, Professor Lane Hall will discuss developments in Wisconsin as a case study of challenges to public higher education, as well as the disruptive role of art and activism in academia.  The discussion will be moderated by Professor Patrice Petro, Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Art Department Atrium #0642

Professor Lane Hall will discuss the work of the Overpass Light Brigade, an activist collaborative public art project that he co-founded in Milwaukee, and which has since gone viral worldwide. His talk will be followed by a workshop in which participants will construct signs like those used by the Overpass Light Brigade.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

In a special Cinephile Saturday program, the Pollock Theater is proud to present Seven Samurai on 35mm film.  Kurosawa's masterpiece tells the story of a poor village under attack by bandits, which recruits seven unemployed samurai to help the villagers defend themselves.

This event is presented in conjunction with the 2017 UCSB Reads program.  This year's text for the program, Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea, draws on the classic western The Magnificent Seven (1960), which in turn was based on Seven Samurai.

The event will be followed by a reception in the Michael Douglas Lobby.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Rebecca was Alfred Hitchcock’s first American film It has long been considered to be the director’s most “feminine” project, given its subject matter and appeal to female audiences. Hitchcock himself all but disowned the film later in his career for precisely these reasons.

In the post-screening discussion, Professor Tania Modleski, author of the groundbreaking book The Women Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock and Feminist Film Theory will discuss both the history and continuing legacy of Rebecca, now regarded as a film that not only explores women’s fears but also women’s desire for other women.  The discussion will be moderated by Professor Patrice Petro, director of the Carsey-Wolf Center.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

The documentary Cities of Sleep takes us into a heady world of insurgent sleepers' communities and the infamous "sleep mafia" in Delhi, where just securing a safe sleeping spot often becomes a question of life and death.

Director Shaunak Sen will join UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies Bhaskar Sarkar for a post-screening discussion.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:15pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

BlaxploItalian spotlights the careers of a population of entertainers that is seldom acknowledged: Black actors in Italian cinema. Through interviews and archival footage, this film explores the personal struggles and triumphs that Afro-Italian and African diasporic actors have faced both historically and in the contemporary moment as they work to find significant film roles.

Director Fred Kuwornu will join UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies Anna Everett and UCSB Professor of Italian Studies Claudio Fogu for a post-screening discussion.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

On a family vacation in Marrakesh, Dr. Ben McKenna (James Stewart), his wife Josephine “Jo” Conway (Doris Day), and their son Hank are embroiled in a murder mystery that will take them from Morocco to London, their paths crossing with spies, assassins, eminent politicians, and taxidermists.

John Hajda, associate director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind and lecturer in the Departments of Music and Psychological and Brain Sciences, will join Professor Anna Brusutti of the Department of Film and Media Studies to discuss the role of music in the film and moderate a post-screening Q&A.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

In this psychological thriller, John “Scottie” Ferguson (James Stewart) is a police detective whose career is derailed by a traumatic incident in the line of duty, which leaves him suffering from acrophobia and vertigo. He becomes a private investigator, and is hired by an acquaintance to follow Madeleine (Kim Novak), his employer's wife, who has been behaving strangely. Ranked by the AFI among the ten best films ever made, Vertigo was restored in 1996 by guest James Katz, and will be screened for this event from a 35mm print.

In a post-screening discussion, film preservationist James Katz and Tom Pollock, former Executive Vice President of MCA and Chairman of Universal Pictures, will discuss the restoration of Vertigo with Charles Wolfe, UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies.

The event will be followed by a reception in the Michael Douglas Lobby.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Privilege, Yvonne Rainer's sixth feature, is a genuinely subversive movie about menopause. Taking on a subject that has been virtually invisible on film, Rainer has fashioned a witty, risky work about sexual identity and the unequal economies of race, gender, and class.

Director Yvonne Rainer will join UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies Constance Penley for a post-screening discussion.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

This recently-restored early British film was converted from a silent film to a talkie during production, and was released simultaneously in silent and sound versions.   Blackmail revolves around vivacious Alice (Anny Ondra) and her Scotland Yard detective sweetheart Frank (John Longden). 

Join us for a screening of the silent film, with live piano accompaniment by pianist Michael Mortilla. There will be a post screening discussion with Michael that will be moderated by Charles Wolfe, UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 7:00pm - Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 2:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

The Carsey-Wolf Center and the Pollock Theater are pleased to present a series of films dedicated to exploring the work of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, whose career spanned two continents and more than six decades. “Expanded Hitchcock” will include classic Hitchcock films seen from a new angle, recently restored films, and a special screening of an early film with musical accompaniment.