On Monday, April 13th, there will be a screening of the rock documentary US & Them: Korean Indie Rock in a K-Pop World. Cosponsored by the Global Studies Initiative, East Asian, Languages and Cultures, KCSB-FM and the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music, the film debuts CISM’s annual “Rock Docs” 2015 series.
Directed by Stephen Epstein and Tim Tangherlini, US & Them dispels the notion that Korean music is nothing more than idol groups and viral videos. Narrated by noted Korean-American musician Mike Park of Skankin’ Pickle and the B. Lee Band and the founder of DIY label Asian Man Records, the new rockumentary reveals Korea’s vibrant indie and punk scene that has been active for the past two decades.
The screening will be held at 5 PM in the McCune Conference Room on the 6th floor of UCSB’s Humanities and Social Sciences Building, and will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with the film’s co-producers, moderated by UCSB Music Professor David Novak.
KCSB is also a proud sponsor of The Global Performance Studies Initiative at UCSB’s related interdisciplinary programming, KPOP: Korean Popular Music and Its Global Reach.
Along with the US & Them presentation, there will be an exhibit of K-pop Material Culture and Global Fandom (April 13th-May 29th) on the 8th floor of UCSB’s Davidson Library, and a K-pop Symposium in the McCune Conference Room between 930am-5pm on Saturday, April 18th, with performances and more than five presentations on Korean popular music, performance, fan culture, and more.