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Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Art of Nonfiction Movie Making
Praeger, 2012
Hardcover, 248 pages, $48

The past few years have featured such blockbusters as Super-Size Me, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, March of the Penguins, and An Inconvenient Truth. And as news articles proclaim a new era in the history of documentary films, more and more new directors are making their first film a nonfiction one. But in addition to posing all of the usual challenges inherent to more standard filmmaking, documentaries also present unique problems that need to be understood from the outset. Where does the idea come from? How do you raise the money? How much money do you need? What visual style is best suited to the story? What are the legal issues involved? And how can a film reach that all-important milestone and find a willing distributor?

Film Program chair Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (co-founders of Telling Pictures Inc. and Academy Award-winning documentary filmmakers) tackle all of these important questions with examples and anecdotes from their own careers.

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 by Rachel Walther

Natasha Wheat (MFA 2011) won't let you appreciate her work sitting down. The audience is always required to engage socially in order to fully appreciate it. Wheat's installations and performances are constructed environments that examine the power dynamics inherent in modern society.

You may know Wheat from her contributions to CCA's 2011 Bean-In, an all-day event that involved free bean-based meals, lectures, and conversations centered on the idea of agriculture-as-resistance. She's one of the featured artists in the CCA Wattis Institute's fall show When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, open now through December 1.

Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 by Allison Byers

In putting together "No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics," cartoonist and teacher Justin Hall has taken a very broad subject matter and managed to condense decades of fiction and nonfiction comics into an impressive, singular work.

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Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 by Allison Byers

Over the next month leading up to the presidential election, four separate designers / design firms will tackle the not-so-small problem of rebranding the United States. A more detailed post on this project series can be read here. First up: MendeDesign from San Francisco.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by Erin Wheeler

On December 15 and 16, four CCA students and one recent alumna will showcase and sell their work at the 4th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market in San Francisco.

Inspired by the students who took part in the American Craft Council exhibition and the CCA coursework linking craft to entrepreneurship, CCA’s Career Development Office offered students a free shared booth.

Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by Jim Norrena

(film still) "Design Thinking" by CCA alumna and faculty member [Indhira Susana Rojas Sánchez

The Huffington Post published the following article by Aaron Sankin October 8, 2012:

America's Greenest City: San Francisco Now Reuses 80 Percent of Its Waste

San Francisco has reached a crucial milestone in its quest to become the greenest city in America. Late last week, the city announced that it successfully diverted 80 percent of its waste away from landfills and into compost or recycling programs in 2011 -- the highest level achieved by any major city in the country.

Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by Allison Byers

Public Bikes' international design show, 'Public Works,' kicks off tonight at the California College of the Arts with 27 ginormous posters answering one question: what does "public" mean to you?

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Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 by Allison Byers

A former national arts magazine editor and freelance writer with a degree in literature, Jeni Tu studied Industrial Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, finished her degree in San Francisco at California College of the Arts, and re-launched her career as a furniture and product designer. Tu lends us the details of a busy day for this month’s Designer Dailies.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 by Tan-ya Gerrodette

An iPad app models video and audio display configurations that correspond to characteristics of different location studies.

CCA Graduate Program in Design faculty member Rachel Strickland's Walk-in Theater for iPad has arrived and the free app is available to download at the App Store.

Posted on Monday, October 8, 2012 by Clay Walsh

First place: "Making a 16-foot-Long Book," by Jocelyn Chang, Graphic Design

Congratulations to all the student finalists in CCA’s third annual R.A.W. Photo (real artists @ work) contest, which featured the theme “I Belong at CCA.”

Contestants were challenged to submit images that depict a project, moment, mood, or other quality of CCA life taken from a student perspective. As expected, the results were as varying as the students themselves!