SMC’s Communication & Media Series Continues Sept. 20

Sofía Espinosa Nickolas RosarioSanta Monica College continues its Communication & Media Series with “Nickolas Rosario and Sofía Espinosa: Creating a New Animated Classic” at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, September 20, in the SMC Center for Media and Design Room 180 (1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica).

Denice Frohman will present “The Power of the Spoken Word” at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, October 16, in the Main Stage at Theatre Arts Complex on the SMC main campus (1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica).

“While Time Stands Still: Documentary Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Elena Miliaresis” will be presented at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, November 13, in Stromberg Hall (HSS 165) on the main SMC campus (1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica).

“California’s Forgotten Children: Documentary Film Screening and Q&A with Director Melody Miller” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 30, in SMC Center for Media and Design Room 180 (1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica).

September 10, 2018

Santa Monica College (SMC) continues its Communication & Media Series this fall with a line-up of industry professionals who will talk about their work and experiences, and offer advice. The series continues on September 20.

All presentations in the series are free and will be held either on the Santa Monica College main campus (1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica) or at the SMC Center for Media and Design (1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica). Unless otherwise noted, all presentations are sponsored by the SMC Associates — a private organization that funds speakers and special programs on the Santa Monica College campus — and SMC Communication & Media Studies Department. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Street parking is restricted around the SMC main campus and extremely limited around the Center for Media and Design. Attendees are encouraged to arrive via the Expo line, the bus, or a ride-sharing service.

The Communication & Media Series line-up for fall 2018 is:

  • Thursday, September 20: “Nickolas Rosario and Sofía Espinosa: Creating a New Animated Classic” at 11:15 a.m. in SMC Center for Media and Design Room 180. Award-winning bilingual actor Sofía Espinosa and directing animator Nickolas Rosario will talk about their experiences creating the Pixar Animation Studios film Coco, and share their strategies for success. Espinosa, who voiced the Mamá character, is also a writer, producer, and director. Rosario helped animate Incredibles 2, Inside Out, Brave, Toy Story 3, and Wall-E. Cosponsored by the SMC Career Education Committee and SMC Design Technology Department.

  • Tuesday, October 16: “Denice Frohman: The Power of the Spoken Word” at 11:15 a.m. in the Main Stage at Theatre Arts Complex. Award-winning poet, writer, and performer Denice Frohman will perform a selection of poetic pieces and provide insight about the power each one conveys. Poems by the former Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion have appeared in The Adroit Journal, Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color, and Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, and garnered over 10 million views online. Cosponsored by the SMC Social Sciences/Philosophy Department, SMC English Department, and Associated Students of Santa Monica College.

  • Tuesday, November 13: “While Time Stands Still: Documentary Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Elena Miliaresis” at 11:15 a.m. in Stromberg Hall (HSS 165). The film While Time Stands Still shows the challenges America’s military families face during war. The documentary — in which filmmaker Elena Miliaresis, a former producer for ABC News and E! Entertainment TV, recounts her own experiences as a military spouse — follows two military wives to show the dramatic impact war has on families before, during, and after combat deployment. A Q&A with Miliaresis follows the screening. Cosponsored by the SMC Veterans Resource Center.

  • Friday, November 30: “California’s Forgotten Children: Documentary Film Screening and Q&A with Director Melody Miller” at 6:30 p.m. in SMC Center for Media and Design Room 180. California's Forgotten Children is a feature documentary about child sex trafficking. The film recounts true stories of girls and boys who were commercially sexually exploited in California and are now survivors and courageous leaders fighting for the rights of victims worldwide. Screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Melody Miller, a cinematographer and creative storyteller who has worked on numerous features and narratives, and whose awards include The Motion Picture Association of America Award, Women in Film Award, and Loreen Arbus Cinematography Award. Cosponsored by the SMC Film Studies program.

All programs are subject to change without notice, and new speakers may be added to the series. Up-to-date details are posted at smc.edu/eventsinfo and available by calling the SMC Office of Public Programs at (310) 434-4100.

Santa Monica College is a California Community College accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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