Schlockalypse Now (Say THAT three times fast…)

381As noted elsewhere, and for better or worse, the best science fiction and fantasy films reflect their era and cultural environment. Some observers argue that this dictum applies even more strongly to the – how shall one put it delicately – the more offbeat, financially-compromised examples of the genre. Let the viewer be the judge (while acknowledging that not every filmmaker can be Bergman).

Don’t miss this week’s movies:

1761Creature From the Haunted Sea
American crook Sparks Moran sees a chance to make a bundle when a Caribbean island has a revolution.

1754The Giant Gila Monster
A small town in Texas finds itself under attack from a hungry, fifty-foot-long gila monster.

1742White Zombie
A devilish scientist is hired by a man, to change the girl he likes into a zombie so he can marry her, since she truly does love another. But a twist happens when the scientist captures the man as well to turn him into a zombie as well. But there is a happy ending.

1742The Brain That Wouldn’t Die
After a car crash, a man keeps his wife’s head alive in his laboratory. To complicate matters, an evil beast pounds and screams from a locked room adjacent to the lab.

1742Robot Monster
Moon monsters launch attack against Earth! Only science can keep the astral assassins at bay.

1742The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
A man named Francis relates a story about his best friend Alan and his fiancee Jane. Alan takes him to a fair where they meet Dr. Caligari, who exhibits a somnambulist, Cesare, that can predict the future. When Alan asks how long he has to live, Cesare says he has until dawn.

Watch all of these movies this Saturday on UCSD-TV. Find out where to watch UCSD-TV in your neighborhood.

Visit World Cinema Saturdays on UCSD-TV to see what’s playing in the weeks ahead.

Jazz Camp 2014 – Finale Concert Highlights

8232What is jazz? The late great Stan Getz described jazz thusly:

“It’s like a language. You learn the alphabet, which are the scales. You learn sentences, which are the chords. And then you talk extemporaneously with the horn. It’s a wonderful thing to speak extemporaneously, which is something I’ve never gotten the hang of. But musically I love to talk just off the top of my head. And that’s what jazz music is all about.”

UC San Diego Jazz Camp exemplifies Getz’s definition. In its twelfth year, Jazz Camp transports its students through a one week, one-of-a-kind journey into the world of jazz. Combining the expertise of more than a dozen nationally- and internationally-known musicians and jazz educators, this extraordinary faculty brings students of jazz together to explore a full spectrum of approaches to jazz improvisation.

At the end of the week, UC San Diego Jazz Camp culminates in a finale concert, featuring student ensembles performing standards and original compositions with the participation and under the direction of faculty members.

Watch the latest season of Jazz Camp and browse past performances.

In the Living Room with Henry E. Brady: UC Public Policy Channel

8232We’ve always loved Henry Brady, the dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, for his wit and intellect. But when we went to talk with him about developing a theme channel on public policy for UCTV, we discovered something else.

He is equally passionate about the building that houses the GSPP, so much so that he held his own wedding there. After one look around, we could see why. It’s an old English-style house built in the late 1800’s with wood-paneled public rooms filled with natural light, Craftsman lamps, Stickley-style furniture and energetic graduate students. That became the setting, minus the students, for the new interview series, “In the Living Room,” featuring Dean Brady in conversation with UC faculty and other leading analysts of public policy.

28511Check out the premiere with economist Sol Hsiang detailing the economic risks of climate change on the new UC Public Policy Channel, a platform for, as Dean Brady says, policymakers, critics, and innovators to come together and debate solutions for the good of all.

Watch Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change with Sol Hsiang

Visit the new UC Public Policy Channel to browse more programs from The Goldman School of Public Policy at Berkeley.


Submitted by Shannon Bradley, UCTV Executive Producer

Fighting Cancer with a Virus

8232Can cancer cells be killed without harming the healthy cells around them? A new clinical trial is testing that hypothesis using a treatment based on the vaccinia virus. Vaccinia has played a huge role in eradicating smallpox but is now taking on a new part in the fight against cancer.

Dr. Loren Mell, a radiation oncologist at UCSD Moores Cancer Center, explains how this treatment built on the vaccinia virus backbone may be the key to more effective cancer fighting tools. Dr. Mell and host Dr. David Granet discuss this current research and the importance of clinical trails for cancer patients. Dr. Mell is the Principal Investigator of many clinical trials at UCSD and oversees several nationally and industry-funded research grants.

Watch Fighting Cancer with a Virus.

Browse more programs in the Health Matters series.

Sharks Without Borders: A Binational Effort to Study and Conserve Threatened Shark Species

8232Sharks have been around, essentially unchanged, for 400 million years. Their size, power, and massive jaws fill us with terror and fascination. And even though sharks kill fewer people than dogs each year, media coverage and movies of shark attacks have portrayed them as insatiable killing machines.

They may rule the ocean, but sharks are vulnerable. They grow slowly, produce few young, and are exceptionally susceptible to overfishing. Sharks are being depleted faster than they can reproduce. This threatens the stability of marine ecosystems around the world. A healthy and abundant ocean depends on predators like sharks keeping ecosystems balanced.

Sharks migrating between California and Baja California, Mexico, are threatened by commercial fishing activity in both countries. Join Scripps shark expert Dan Cartamil as he explores the ecology and behaviors of these fascinating animals, and discusses the issues relevant to the sustainability of our local shark populations.

Watch Sharks Without Borders: A Binational Effort to Study and Conserve Threatened Shark Species.

Browse more programs in the Perspectives on Ocean Science series, taped at Birch Aquarium at Scripps since 2001.