Past Events

ACTI Faculty Fellow Presentation with Ace Vo

William H. Hannon Library, Von der Ahe Family Suite, 3rd Floor

October 30th

4 – 6 PM 

Our justice system upholds the common good, deterring and punishing actions detrimental to our society. However, our justice system is imperfect. At times, wrong conviction degrades the dignity of each human being despite the efforts to provide a fair and objective sentence. The Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 engendered the federal sentencing guidelines to ensure that sentencing was appropriate and sentences fell within the predetermined range based on the severity of the offense. After United States v. Booker (2005), the federal guidelines changed from mandatory to advisory, further degrading its effectiveness.

Recently, advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and data science have been a boon in fighting and deterring crime. Technology has risen quickly, and along with it, anxiety for humanity. Despite these advances, AI generates angst and uneasiness for all involved parties and the community. Dr. Ace Vo aims to examine the public perceptions of bias and assess the perception of AI within the criminal justice system in the US as an effort to increase diversity in viewpoints in the criminal justice system. Currently, no single measurement instrument thoroughly evaluates this combination of concepts. Dr. Vo’s research is interdisciplinary in nature: it combines technology, psychology, and criminology to explore the effects of AI on the criminal justice system.

There will be a brief reception following the event.




A poster of a film ACTI is sponsoring

Documentary filmmaker Paul Freedman has produced and directed over a dozen films on global human rights abuses in Darfur, Eastern Congo, and Rwanda, among other places. In The Dirty Divide, he turns his camera on what former Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (2013-22) called “the greatest moral and humanitarian crisis of our time”: houselessness. L.A.’s Main St., the “dirty divide,” separates the increasingly gentrified section of downtown—land of lattes and lofts—from the fifty-two square blocks that has become home to between approximately thirteen to fifteen thousand unhoused Angelinos. La La Land is in crisis.

Join us for a screening of The Dirty Divide followed by a panel discussion with director Paul Freedman, advocacy group LA CAN’s executive director, Pete White, woman and men featured in the film, and LA Catholic Workers, including an LMU student and alumnus.

Light refreshments, 6:30 pm, Howard Fitzpatrick Patio / Doors open 7:00 pm, Mayer Theater

Contact: Anna Harrison @Harrison, Anna


22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows

After a two-year Covid hiatus, the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS returns to theaters and campuses across North America this fall. This (90 minute) 22nd edition comprises 10 films -- nine recent, along with one restored classic -- which deal with both the anxieties and hopes of a world faced with a seemingly endless series of existential crises. All are inventive, their tone ranges from the whimsical to the profound; their techniques, from stop-motion to hand-drawn to computer-aided.
“Animation is a natural medium for dealing with abstract ideas and deeply felt concerns, and the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS has always strived to scour the world for the most affecting and engaging films,” says founder and curator Ron Diamond. “While the recent films were conceived and some finished, before the Covid lockdowns, all but the most abstract display a concern with the ways in which we are all interconnected...or sadly alienated from our sense of human connection.”
This year's films are:
Beyond Noh -- Patrick Smith/Kaori Ishida (U.S./Japan) - 3m55s, 1.78, color, Stop Motion Animation, No dialogue, US & Japan, 2020.
Empty Places -- Geoffroy de Crecy (France) - 8m49s, 1.78, color, 3D computer animation, No dialogue, France, 2020. 
Beseder (Good and Better) -- Gil Alkabetz (Germany) - 4m23s, Aspect Ratio,1.77, color, 2D hand drawn animation, Hebrew (subtitled English) 
Zoizoglyphe -- Jeanne Apergis (France) - 7m44s, minimal color, 2D hand drawn animation, France, 2021.
Rain (Deszcz) -- Piotr Milczarek (Poland) - 5m13s, 1.78, color, 2D Hand Drawn Animation, no dialogue, Poland, 2020
Average Happiness -- Maja Gehrig (Switzerland) - 7m03s, 1.78, color, 2D Hand Drawn Animation, No dialogue, Switzerland, 2019
Aurora -- Jo Meuris (U.S.) - 5m15s,1.77, color, 2D hand drawn animation, US, 2020.
Yes-People -- Gísli Darri Halldórsson (Iceland) - 8m35s,1.77, color, 3D computer graphics animation, US, 2019.
Ties -- Dina Velikovskaya (Germany/Russia) - 7m36s, 1.85, color, Stop Motion replacement animation, Germany / Russia 2019.
The Man Who Planted Trees -- Frederic Back (Canada) - 30m8s, 1.33, color, 2D Hand drawn, Canada, 1987




 Man with a hat looking over a wall, which has a mural of the rest of his body painted on it.

Shepherd like man wandering amongst trees

Character gestures for another person to use a tree swing


St. John's Bible ICON ANIMORUM Exhibit

The Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination held the Saint John's Bible ICON ANIMORUM exhibit from March 28-April 12, 2022 in the William H. Hannon Library.

The Saint John’s Bible Immersive Experience (ICON ANIMORUM) is a continuous multidisciplinary exhibition that looks to promote awareness in the LMU Community and related constituencies, in the LA Metropolitan Area, of the extraordinary value of the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible, and which is part of the Special Collections Archive at the LMU Hannon Library. ICON ANIMORUM is also an opportunity to incorporate immersive technologies as powerful Catechesis tools, which follows a long tradition of spiritual instruction through images, and in this case of avant-garde immersive techniques, such as hologram projection, augmented reality, digital projection.




Soft White Underbelly at LMU

Mark Laita, a filmmaker and photographer in Los Angeles, will visit the LMU campus on April 19th to share a curated collection of Soft White Underbelly. José García Moreno will lead a panel discussion during the screening. The goal of this event is not to shock, entertain, or haunt. This evening may not bring immediate hope, but hearing stories of the voiceless and of human beings at the margins is not only an ethical call but also a cinematic necessity. Laita's work isn't easy, but his reputation is growing as a documentary filmmaker. He converses with people who seem unapproachable and allows audiences to find dignity when trauma overwhelms the least fortunate. Please join us for a community event surrounded by unforgettable documentary filmmaking. If you are a guest external to LMU, please click the RSVP button below. LMU Students, Faculty, and Staff may RSVP through LEO. Link to LEO Event Page

We look forward to seeing you in Mayer Theater on April 19, 2023. The screening begins at 7:30 PM and ends at 10:00 PM. The LMU School of Film and Television and The Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination sponsor this event.






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