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Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

If you are planning to go to the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, you may bump into some familiar faces: Film program co-chair and professor Robert Epstein’s Netflix short documentary End Game is making its world premiere; faculty member Pratibha Parmar has been invited as a fellow in the documentary film program to work on her feature docu

Posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Rob Epstein, co-chair of CCA's Film Program

Source: Movie Maker Magazine

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Accomplished Faculty: California College of the Arts

When a two-time Oscar-winner is the film program’s co-chair, it’s safe to assume standards are high. At this San Francisco- and Oakland-based school, documentarian Rob Epstein, who received his statuettes for The Times of Harvey Milk and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, spearheads a team of educators that range from accomplished independent director Chris Mason Johnson (Test) to expert sound mixer Dan Olmsted and Emmy-winning Guggenheim Fellow Jack Walsh. 

Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017 by Laura Braun

By the time she was 15, attending Norland High School and later North Miami Beach, she hand-painted on leather for a local artisan who was the first to tell her she could make a career of painting. She attended California College of the Arts, where at first she focused on photography and film.

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Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 by Jim Norrena

Highest filmmaking honors went to Barry Jenkins, a former visiting Film faculty member and Cinema Visionaries guest lecturer, at the 89th Academy Awards held in Los Angeles February 26. His film Moonlight won the Best Picture Oscar, bringing to three the film's total number of Academy Awards.

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Jim Norrena

It Is What It Is - Trailer

Second-year MFA in Film student Cyrus Yoshi Tabar's short documentary It Is What it Is will screen as part of the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival, taking place January 20-26 in Park City, Utah.

This marks the first time a CCA graduate Film student has earned such an honor.

The short documentary will also have its California / Bay Area premiere at CAAMFest35 (Asian American International Film Festival) in San Francisco March 19 at 12:10 p.m., preceding the documentary Random Acts of Legacy (directed by Ali Kazimi).

Posted on Monday, January 9, 2017 by Jim Norrena

Janelle Monae and "Moonlight" writer-director Barry Jenkins. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Editor's Note: It was announced January 24 Barry Jenkins' Moonlight was nominated for a 2017 Academy Award for Best Picture.

Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2017 by Laura Braun

More than three decades later, “The Times of Harvey Milk” is still earning accolades. Rob Ebstein’s 1984 documentary about the life and assassination of California’s first openly gay elected official is set to receive the 2017 Legacy Award at the 10th Annual Cinema Eye Honors, which will take place next month.

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 by Jim Norrena

CCA’s undergraduate Film and MFA in Film programs welcomed filmmaker visionary Kelly Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff, Wendy and Lucy) to the San Francisco campus October 6 as part of the fall 2016 Cinema Visionaries lecture series.

CINEMA VISIONARIES: An Evening with Kelly Reichardt consisted of both a public screening of the director-writer’s latest film, Certain Women (starring Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, and Laura Dern), followed by a Q&A, and included an exclusive master class the following day for undergraduate and graduate Film students.

Cinema Visionaries lecture series connects students with some of today's most notable industry filmmakers: Gus Van Sant, Lisa Cholodenko, John Waters, Werner Herzog, Michael Moore, Barbara Hammer, and many others!

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Posted on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 by Jim Norrena

CCA Film and MFA in Film co-chair Rob Epstein's latest film, Killing the Colorado, will have its exclusive Discovery Channel premiere tomorrow night, Thursday, August 4, at 9 p.m., as part of Discovery Impact. (The film will also be available on, Discovery Go, and Discovery On Demand August 5.)

Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016 by Jim Norrena

On Thursday, April 7, Center for Art and Public Life (CAPL) at California College of the Arts presented the spring 2016 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards, at which three juried interdisciplinary teams each were awarded a $10,000 grant to create innovative and creative solutions to social problems by collaborating with community experts and partners.

Through such grants, the awards program enables a new generation of creative innovators to develop meaningful social change. Students are challenged to apply their critical and creative problem-solving skills to make a difference locally, nationally, and internationally by developing proposals and facilitating actionable next steps.

In the spring CAPL received an unprecedented amount of grant proposals from undergraduate and graduate students across 15 different disciplines with project sites in San Francisco, Utah, India, Pakistan, China, and Columbia.