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For Students and Faculty of the School of Cinema at SF State

CinemaNews

Happy Holidays from the SFSU School of Cinema Faculty and Staff along with two wombats

From the Director

Dear SFSU Cinema Community:

 

As the holidays approach, I am thankful for all we have accomplished in the past semester and how I greatly look forward to 2020 in the School of Cinema at SFSU! 

 

The year began with our first All-School Convocation, and an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access (EDIA) workshop for the faculty so we can discuss our classroom dynamics and goals for establishing wonderful places of learning. We just set up our new Instagram @SFSUCinema account! And are hosting many events that we hope gives opportunities for community-building and expanding networks and career aspirations including our Halloween costume event where we debuted our new popcorn machine, speaker events with Pixar and a recent alumnus producer on THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO along with a film studies publishing event last week. 

 

An international students’ social event will be next week on Tuesday 12/17 from 4-5pm in the Sound Stage following an Internship 101 session from 1230-130 in FA344B which will be available via zoom link as well! Check your emails! This internship event is very timely as applications for summer need to be worked on over the break! 

 

A challenging housekeeping issue needs to be addressed. A number of students had trouble registering for classes for this Spring. We are working with the University Curriculum Coordinator to solve these problems and we just opened up new production classes. Thank you for your patience as we address these issues with full force! 

 

We begin 2020 with a faculty retreat to prepare for our Seventh Cycle Review which enables us to reflect on our School of Cinema: what we need, what we have done, and what we aspire to do in the next years. We have 3 searches for new faculty to start this Fall 2020 in Animation, African American Cinema Studies, and Social Justice Fiction Filmmaking on race and migration (Native American, Latin@x and African American communities and stories) and all of you are warmly invited to the candidates’ job talks this Spring.

 

The holidays can be very difficult as well as joyful; it is an opportunity to relish and reflect on our partnerships—including family, friends, and all of you—faculty, staff, and students. Students: I hope you return to campus invigorated to find and amplify your voices in making, analyzing, and writing about films. Staff and faculty: during this intense time of wrapping up and gearing up for the next semester, I hope the break is restful so you may return energized in 2020!

 

Let’s do great things together!

 

Best wishes,

Celine Parreñas Shimizu

Professor and Director of the School of Cinema

 

Celine Parreñas Shimizu, M.F.A., Ph.D.

Professor and Director
School of Cinema, SFSU

Undergraduate Advising

UPCOMING UNDERGRAD ADVISING EVENTS
 
Dear Students,

With the Spring semester on the horizon, the School of Cinema has planned several advising events(one left!). 

Please join us:

Planning to graduate this Spring or next Summer?
Graduation Workshop for Cinema Students
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Advising Resource Center / Humanities 110
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Snacks provided!

Hope to see you there!  

As always, you are welcome to visit a Cinema advisor during their regular office hours: Click here for more info!  

Professor Scott Boswell
Undergraduate Advising Coordinator

Classroom News

INSPIRING VISIT FROM ALUMNA NATALIE TETER
 
Natalie Teter presented in Professor Katie Morrissey's class as a recent graduate and was truly inspiring to the students who eagerly took in her advice. She shared how she brought together Ethnic Studies and Cinema, the various organizations she worked for, the responsibilities in her role as Associate Producer of LBMISF, and the way she immersed herself in the filmmaking culture and community of the Bay Area. Natalie was able to give the students concrete and inspiring advice. 
 The School of Cinema is grateful for her generosity to empowering the next generation of our diverse, talented and eager students!
 

QUEER CINEMA PROJECT LAUNCHES SPRING WORKSHOPS FOR LGBTQ STUDENT FILMS

Are you developing a queer-themed film or idea? Queer Cinema Project is seeking LGBTQ films of any genre for our spring mentorship program. Students receive input and guidance during the pre-production, production and post-production stages from QCP faculty. During shooting and editing, students screen clips of their films at monthly QCP feedback sessions. Finished films screen in our annual Queer Film Finals and are promoted via our online Showcase to maximize international distribution, visibility and social change.

For more info, contact Professor Johnny Symons at symons@sfsu.edu

Faculty News

IDA AWARD NOMINATION FOR WEB SERIES EDITED BY PROFESSOR LAURA GREEN

Season 2 of the documentary web-series The F-Word: A Foster-to-Adopt Story edited by Assistant Professor Laura Green has been nominated for an IDA award in the category of Best Short Form Series. The IDA Documentary Awards is considered one of the world's most prestigious events dedicated to the documentary genre, celebrating the best nonfiction films and programs of the year. Both seasons of the F-Word can be watched at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzvRx_johoA_st2RpliUnCX_goHQzPk1H

PROFESSOR SYMONS SCREENS NEW DOCUMENTARY CLIP ABOUT VOGUE, ART, RACE, AND GENDER

Professor Johnny Symons presents a work-in-progress clip from his upcoming feature documentary GET YOUR 10s at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) on Saturday, February 1st from 4-6pm. The film explores vogue femme dance as an expanding global phenomenon through the work of interdisciplinary artist and film co-director Rashaad Newsome. Tracing the lives of vogue performers in France, Japan, Brazil and South Africa, the film unearths complexities of race, sexuality, gender, globalization and cultural appropriation. The screening is followed by a workshop with legendary vogue dancer and film subject Omari Oricci.
 https://www.moadsf.org/event/film-screening-workshop-vogue-around-the-world/?instance_id=15603


PROFESSOR ALEX NEVILL IN AUSTRALIA

Assistant Professor Alex Nevill traveled to Australia during the fall break to give a presentation in the Sightlines Screen Production and the Academy conference at RMIT University. Alex’s paper, entitled ’Slow Cinematography’ explored the relationship between shot duration and wider aesthetic elements of a film, drawing on examples from his recent cinematography work.
 

DIRECTOR CELINE SHIMIZU’S NEW BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE FROM OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS!

Transnational films that represent intimacy and inequality produce new experiences that result in the displacement of the universal spectator, in a redefinition of the power of cinema for today's global audiences. The Proximity of Other Skins examines such transnational films that achieved global prominence in presenting a different cinematic language of love and sex. Author Celine Parreñas Shimizu traverses classical Hollywood to the cinema of Park Chan-wook, Gina Kim, and Ramona Diaz, and Cannes award-winning director Brilliante Mendoza by looking at films that represent transnational intimacies. In doing so, she addresses unexpected encounters in the global movement of people and goods within their geopolitical, historical, and cultural contexts.

Undergraduate Student News

NEW EXPERIMENTAL COLLEGE CINEMA COURSE

The Indian Cinema course taught by undergraduate cinema student
Diksha Sharma will provide an overview of the Indian cinema from its origin and evolution over time. It will focus on classic films from each significant time period as well as current Indian movies. After watching films in class, it will discuss the social, economic and political conditions that have shaped modern film making  in India. Students will become familiar with well known artists and their work and understand the essence of Indian Cinema/Bollywood.

Graduate Student News


MFA CANDIDATE DAVID MAI SCREENS HIS THESIS FILM
Pictured MFA Candidates and Alumni: Haley Gilcrest, Kun She, Jed Bell, Daivid Mai, Director Celine Shimizu, Priya Vashist, and Pablo Riquelme-Cuartero
 
MFA Candidate David Mai presents his thesis film, Ashes of Alyssa, to friends, family, and the School of Cinema. After everyone enjoyed an assortment of vegan finger food, followed by kind words of farewell from Director Celine Parreñas Shimizu, the audience experienced a short horror film about sororal bonds in an exploration of loss, trauma, and revenge. During the talkback, David invited his cast and crew to the front in a celebration of communal filmmaking. Moving forward, David makes this statement: "Thank you to everyone in the School of Cinema for helping find my voice in the medium of film. However, I am only one voice and my goals for revisionist representation of women in film can only be possible with the shared collective voices of everyone."


FESTIVALS START EARLY SUCCESS FOR MFA CANDIDATE RAPHAEL MALLARI


In Fall 2019, Raphael Mallari directed a spec short for his MFA thesis film LUCID  This short was produced to promote the official thesis film and build a public relationship with audiences.  LUCID has recently been accepted to two film festivals for screening: Bright Ideas Film Festival, and UT Austin's 512 Film Festival.

 

LUCID has Miguel Moreno as Producer, William Mcneill as Cinematographer, Arman Billimoria as Sound Operator, Rocio Camacho as Makeup, and Emil Manson as Soundtrack Artist.

 

The official version will be filmed in early March 2020.

 

For more information on "Lucid", visit http://www.nyoomedia.com/lucid
 

Alumni News

ALUMNA IVANA SANTOS SELECTED TO ATTEND CTN EXPO

 

Walt Disney Studios offered two exceptional Cal State animation alumni to join their expo area at the 2019 CTN Animation Expo, Nov 21-24th 2019 in Burbank, CA. Faculty from all CSU campuses nominated two outstanding recent animation alumni from their respective programs. This high visibility 4-day platform showcased animation work and offered networking opportunities with animation industry professionals.

 Ivana Santos from San Francisco State was one of two candidates selected to represent CSU animation. Santos, screened her thesis film along with her current animated documentary in progress.
After the event, Santos stated: “
The event itself was really amazing. Disney had given me an all access pass to almost all the panels and workshops at CTN which was a great opportunity for learning and networking. Having industry professionals review my work sure was scary, but very much needed, especially from animators I look up to.

Programs & Events

PUBLIC PERFORMANCE TONIGHT

Free!

Sketch Comedy Show

SFSU Live !!!

Featuring Comedy Writers from CINE 656

When: Wednesday, December 11th 2019, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

What: Hilarious Comedy Sketches performed LIVE at a Table-Reading

Where: The Casablanca Room, Room 158 Creative Arts Building – First Floor -- SFSU

Come for the fun and LAUGH your head off!



FINAL CINE650 MASTERCLASS

Director Nathan Hollis is visiting the school to screen and discuss his micro-budget feature Harry & Avis which won the Audience Award at Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and the Directors Award at AM/FM Fest in 2015. Following the screening, Assistant Professor Alex Nevill (who worked as DP on the film) will host a Q&A with Nathan to reflect on their director-cinematographer relationship and wider collaborative approaches in independent filmmaking.
 
The screening will take place at 6.30pm on Friday 13th December in the Coppola Theatre (FA 101) and is open for all cinema students, staff and faculty to attend. https://vimeo.com/119135051
 

SCREENING THIS WEEKEND! PROFESSOR PAT JACKSON FEATURED IN
MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND


Directed by veteran Hollywood sound editor Midge Costin, the film reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema, introduces us to the unsung heroes who create it, and features insights from legendary directors with whom they collaborate. Featuring the insights and stories of iconic directors such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Barbra Streisand, Ang Lee, Sofia Coppola and Ryan Coogler, working with sound design pioneers–Walter Murch, Ben Burtt and Gary Rydstrom–and the many women and men who followed in their footsteps.

Making the work of a largely unsung group of technical artists accessible to the general moviegoer, Midge Costin’s very enjoyable Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound presents a century-plus history of the evolution of sound in film while occasionally, quietly suggesting that what a movie offers to the ears is more important than what’s onscreen. However seriously we take that claim, the documentary — a polished directing debut for veteran sound editor Costin — will leave many geekier audience members wishing it were three times as long. – Hollywood Reporter

IN PERSON after the 12/14 show:
Director Midge Costin & producer Bobette Buster with Richard Beggs (APOCALYPSE NOW, REPO MAN, GHOSTBUSTERS), Pat Jackson (TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, THE ENGLISH PATIENT) &
Gary Rydstrom (TITANIC, JURASSIC PARK, TERMINATOR 2)
https://www.roxie.com/ai1ec_event/making-waves-the-art-of-cinematic-sound/?instance_id=38244
 

Opportunities

JEROLD ROSENBERG FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
The Jerold Rosenberg Family Scholarship provides financial assistance (the equivalent to full-time tuition), with the possibility of extension for up to 3 years, to full-time students who may not have yet attained their potential due to financial or personal circumstances. 

 

Criteria:

  • Undergraduate student completing their freshman year (in spring 2020) with a major or minor in LCA
  • Full-time enrollment
  • Cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 3.33
  • A statement of financial need, education goals, and life goals.
  • Recommendation letter from one reference

 

A complete list of criteria and application requirements is available online. Applications are submitted through AcademicWorks beginning January 15th and due by April 1st 11:59 pm.

 

IMPORTANT APPLICATION INFORMATION: All LCA scholarships require one or more reference letters as a part of the application. All reference letters must be received, via AcademicWorks, no later than the application deadline in order for an application to be considered qualified and reviewed. This requires applicants to submit their application before the deadline, which includes providing the reference name and email address. References should be notified by the applicant that letters need to be submitted through AcademicWorks no later than a week before the application deadline, to allow time to solve any potential issues. Applicants should check their AcademicWorks student portal to ensure that reference letters have been submitted before the application deadline, resending reference letter requests for letters not submitted. Applications that do not have the required reference letter by the deadline will not be reviewed and are not eligible for the scholarship.


PENTIMENTI GRANT
The Pentimenti Emerging Filmmakers Grant endeavors to support work by up-and-coming female, non-binary, and/or LGBTQ voices. In keeping with Pentimenti’s mission, eligible projects must pertain to art or artists in some capacity, although they needn’t necessarily be a documentary. Awardees of the grant will receive $2,000 toward a film or video project, access to equipment and editing, creative consultation, feedback sessions, and a spotlight feature.
Deadline: December 31, 2019
https://www.pentimentiproductions.org/grant

THE WAVE GRANT
The WAVE Grant is for a first-time female filmmaker of color directing and/or producing a short documentary or narrative. To apply, please submit the following by January 1, 2020
Learn more: https://www.wavelengthproductions.com/the-wave-grant

SFSU ACADEMIC WORKS--various deadlines for awards that include the Rosenberg Family Scholarship “You never know when brilliance will come out in a student”--The Rosenberg Family Scholarship is a three year full tuition scholarship for first year SFSU student applicants with a 2.5.-3.25 GPA. 

Learn more: sfsu.academicworks.com/donors/rosenbergfamily

OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE BACK

The School of Cinema is seeking donors for The Gordon B. Thomas Memorial Animation Scholarship Endowment. The scholarship is awarded to a San Francisco State University junior, senior or graduate student, currently attending SFSU, majoring in cinema and emphasizing or minoring in animation.

Gordon “Don” Thomas (pictured here), animator and filmmaker, earned the first Master of Fine Arts in Cinema, with an animation emphasis at San Francisco State University. Don was also an instructor at SFSU teaching beginning and advanced animation classes. With this scholarship, Don’s family and friends honor Don’s memory and promote his values: creativity, diligence, inspiration to others, and celebration of human diversity. In addition, the scholarship is intended to promote Don’s commitment to learning, his love for teaching and his belief that we need to hear each other’s voices to make a difference.

Coming soon: A website to highlight Don's films and the SF State Animation Program.

Make a difference in the next generation of animators today!  Any amount is appreciated.

Your tax-deductible charitable contribution can be made here: https://give.sfsu.edu/dthomas2019

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