Cheryl Dunye is an award-winning filmmaker and native of Liberia whose work as a queer black cinema artist attempts to provide visibility to disenfranchised identities and bring the most marginalized of our society to the center. She has five feature films under her belt and currently works as an Associate Professor of Film, Diversity Studies, and the Graduate Writing Programs at California College of the Arts.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013 by Allison Byers
Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Minnie Phan
Minnie Phan with work presented at her Junior Review
Prior to hearing about CCA, college was not an option in my mind. Aside from financial issues and living in an immigrant household with little experience with higher education, my teenage years were rocky.
I never thought more than two steps ahead when it came to my future. I struggled throughout my schooling and was consumed with (infamous and debilitating) angst. I spent many nights alone.
The turning point of my life occurred when I began to use my hobby of art as an outlet -- as therapy, even. Having my sketchbooks and journals bear witness to my manic thoughts and wild ideas became something of a ritual. It became a channel for every stupid decision I had made, every jerk who harassed me, every class I failed.
Art and writing became profound parts of my persona, and, thankfully, I found a community and companionship in fellow artists.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, June 14, 2013 by Jim Norrena
In December 2012, luminary filmmaker Werner Herzog (third from right) taught a Film master class at CCA.
Last fall, on December 4, 2012, the Film Program, in association with CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, brought renowned German film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and opera director Werner Herzog to California College of the Arts as a featured guest in its Cinema Visionaries lecture series.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by Jim Norrena
The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are heralded as the "Oscars of the comics industry." This month CCA's MFA in Comics and Writing and Literature faculty member Justin Hall received an Eisner Award nomination for No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics (Fantagraphics Books, 2013), which he edited.
The publication is nominated in the Best Anthology category. (The publisher, Fantagraphics Books, is the leading publisher with 24 Eisner Award nominations.)
"I'm thrilled to have received an Eisner Award nomination for No Straight Lines," exclaimed Hall. "The Eisners are the most important awards in the American comics industry, and this is a dream come true for me!"Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by Jim Norrena
Rob Fatal's "La Bamba 2" premieres April 13 at the Victoria Theatre
Fewer than six months ago we reported alumnus Rob Fatal (MFA 2012) had completed his first feature film, La Bamba 2: Hell Is a Drag, which came to fruition as his Graduate Program in Fine Arts thesis. (Look for the CCA all-star crew listed in the credits!)
Fatal was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Berkeley FILM Foundation, which was instrumental in finishing post-production on the film.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Allison Byers
At a Castro church, the organizers of March4Equality stood in a circle holding hands below red mesh hearts made from contorted Hula Hoops and, in a meditative trance, vocally imagined themselves rallying for same-sex marriage amid a lively evening at Castro and Market streets.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 by Jim Norrena
Dunye, a native of Liberia, has directed such feature films as My Baby's Daddy (Miramax), Stranger Inside (HBO Films), and The Watermelon Woman, which was awarded the Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1996.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Jim Norrena
"Lovelace" and "The Battle of amfAR," directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman of Telling Pictures.
Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Allison Byers
A queer Oakland woman has won the grand prize in an artistic competition and is looking forward to a residency program in New York next year.
Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski, a self-identified racially mixed, artistically inclined, lover-of-all-things-nerdy, queer femme woman of color, is being celebrated for all the identities she embodies and expresses through her dynamic and spirited artwork.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook
No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics
Hardcover, 304 pages, $35
This book, edited by Writing and Literature faculty member Justin Hall, showcases some of the best and most interesting queer comics of the last four decades. The work tackles complex issues of identity and a changing society with intelligence, humor, and imagination. No Straight Lines showcases major names such as Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, and Ralf Koenig; high-profile, cross-over creators who have dabbled in LGBT cartooning, such as the legendary artist David Wojnarowicz and media darling and advice columnist Dan Savage; and many talented but lesser known creators whose work deserves wider attention.Read the rest