Join us for an informative series of FREE talks and panel discussions exploring developments in communication and media today. Unless otherwise noted, series sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Communication & Media Studies Department. Call (310) 434-4003 for details and more information.

Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.


AND iDANCED

Film Screening and Q&A with Christopher “Play” Martin

SMC film and media studies instructor Timothy Conley joins award-winning film director, actor, and Kid N Play member Christopher “Play” Martin to present a screening and discussion of AND iDANCED, a documentary on the women and men who danced, helped create exciting and unforgettable performance presentations for many 80s-90s rappers and singers, and contributed to making Hip Hop a global phenomenon. Part of the Communication, Media & Design Series. Additional sponsors: SMC Communication & Media Studies Department and SMC Design Technology Department.

Wed, February 26 | 2:30 p.m. | Free
SMC Student Services Center, Orientation Hall (S183)


True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality

Film Screening and Discussion

SMC faculty and justice reform advocates will screen and discuss the HBO documentary True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality. Stevenson is the Alabama attorney whose life is now the basis for the film Just Mercy. As founder/executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, he continues his decades-long effort to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. Part of the Communication, Media & Design Series. Additional sponsors: SMC Public Policy Institute, SMC Communication & Media Studies Department, SMC Law Pathway, and SMC Design Technology Department.

Thu, February 27 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)


Grease

Randal KleiserFilm Screening and Q&A with Director Randal Kleiser

Director Randal Kleiser will screen and discuss his popular musical rom-com Grease, and talk about his new book, Grease: The Director’s Notebook and his current work in virtual reality narrative series. He is known for his 12-part 360-degree virtual reality series Defrost and other experimental approaches.

Thu, March 19 | 7 p.m. | Free
Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180


Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Midge CostinFilm Screening and Q&A with Midge Costin

First-time filmmaker Midge Costin — Kay Rose Professor in the Art of Sound Editing at the USC School of Cinematic Arts — will screen and discuss Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound. The award-winning documentary explores the history and aesthetics of sound design and aural appreciation, and includes interviews with cinematic notables such as Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Ryan Coogler offering fascinating insights into this mysterious (and often overlooked) cinematic dimension.

Tue, March 24 | 7 p.m. | Free
Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180


Amplify Your Voice with Audio Podcasts

Kristina Lopez and John Asante

Podcast producers Kristina Lopez and John Asante will share their expertise and advice on how to launch a podcast, build an audience, and take a production to the next level. Lopez — a 2017 AIR New Voices scholar and a digital producer for The Hilarious World of Depression, Brains On, and more — and Asante, managing producer at podcast production company Neon Hum Media, have worked for years to increase diversity in the industry and to ensure the voices of more communities are heard. Additional sponsor: SMC Adelante Program.

Thu, May 14 | 7 p.m. | Free
Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180