Celebrating 50 Years of People-Powered Radio, KCSB-FM 91.9 presents Popped Culture: Radio Goes to the Movies, a free series of significant motion pictures from around the globe that feature radio as a key element.

Originating during UCSB’s Winter quarter (with screenings of Ousmane Sembène’s Moolaadé and George Armitage’s Grosse Pointe Blank), Popped Culture intends to: shed new light on both classic and lesser-known films, unveil new works, entertain, improve media literacy, and inspire discussion — goals consistent with the mission of Santa Barbara’s only community station and the University of California’s first radio licensee.

KCSB has been compiling a list of radio-related films for several months now: to see all of the titles we’ve collected, CLICK HERE.

And please feel free to suggest new films for our list and possibly for us to present at a future public screening!

Here’s the complete list of films and more information about our Spring Popped Culture calendar!

Popped Culture: Radio Goes to the Movies calendar - CLICK TO ENLARGE

TUESDAY, APRIL 10th, 7pm: UCSB Pollock Theater

Radio Bandido (Pepe Urquijo, 2012, USA)

A Special Sneak Preview featuring a Q&A with Filmmaker Pepe Urquijo

Oscar Gomez was a soldier for the people, armed only with a microphone. This new documentary explores the unsolved mystery surrounding the death of this UC Davis student and Chicano radio activist at UCSB in 1994.

For more info and to reserve your tickets: CLICK HERE.

Co-Sponsors: UCSB’s Carsey-Wolf Center and Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM).
Hospitality parterns are The Presidio Motel and the Agave Inn.

THURSDAY, APRIL 19th, doors 730pm, showtime 8pm: Isla Vista Theater 2

Pump Up the Volume (Allan Moyle, 1990, USA: 105 minutes)

Christian Slater plays an intelligent but shy teenager in suburban Arizona who sets up shop as a provocative pirate-radio DJ, becoming a hero to his peers while inspiring the wrath of local officials.

For Official Trailer: CLICK HERE.

plus: The Last Broadcast (Jason Hallows, 2012, USA: 19 minutes)

A radio DJ’s girlfriend leaves him on the same day the world appears to be ending. This local short was an official entry in the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival and created by two KCSB alumni!

For More Info: CLICK HERE.

Updated: For the official KCSB announcement of twin bill, CLICK HERE!

THURSDAY, MAY 3rd, DJ set 730pm, showtime 8pm: Outdoors at UCSB’s Music Bowl, aka “The Bollywood Bowl”

Dil Se (Mani Ratnam, 1998, India: 158 minutes)

The clash between love and ideology is portrayed in this love story between a radio journalist and a beautiful revolutionary. A Hindi film that was an international success, with elaborate dance sequences featuring the music of A.R. Rahman.

For Teaser Trailer: CLICK HERE.

Co-Sponsor: UCSB’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM).

Updated: For official KCSB announcement of this screening, CLICK HERE.

THURSDAY, MAY 17th, doors 730pm, showtime 8pm: Isla Vista Theater 2

Vanishing Point (Richard C. Sarafian, 1971, USA: 106 minutes)

Barry Newman plays Kowalski, who bets that he can deliver a 1970 Dodge Challenger from Colorado to San Francisco in less than 15 hours. Super Soul, a blind DJ with a police radio scanner (played by Cleavon Little), guides Kowalski through an interstate chase in this existential cult movie.

For Official Trailer: CLICK HERE.

THURSDAY, May 31st, doors 730pm, showtime 8pm: Isla Vista Theater 2

Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989, USA: 120 minutes)

On the hottest day of the year, hate and bigotry smolders and builds on a street in Brooklyn until it explodes into violence. Samuel L. Jackson plays the neighborhood DJ Mister Señor Love Daddy, a “Greek chorus” who knits together a colorful cast of characters including Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Spike Lee, John Turturro. Do the Right Thing received two Oscar nominations: Spike Lee for best original screenplay and Danny Aiello for best supporting actor.

For Official Trailer: CLICK HERE.