Film News

Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Terrence Malick: Film and Philosophy
Continuum, 2011
Hardcover, 240 pages, $130

Terrence Malick's four feature films have been celebrated by critics and adored as instant classics among film aficionados, but the body of critical literature devoted to them has remained surprisingly small in comparison to Malick's stature in the world of contemporary film. Critical Studies faculty Stuart Kendall edits this volume in which Malick's films are discussed as individual objects, as a corpus, within contemporary film studies, and within a wider cultural discussion. Each of the essays is grounded in film studies, philosophical inquiry, and the emerging field of scholarship that combines the two disciplines.

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Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs win the best documentary feature award for Inside Job (photo: Mark Ralston, Getty Images)

From the mosh pits of Olympia, Washington, to collecting an Oscar on stage at the Staples Center. From indie music scenester to hit documentary maker. (With a stop along the way in CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.)

Audrey Marrs -- former punk rock musician, Ladyfest cofounder, and CCA alumna -- won the 2011 Academy Award for best documentary feature for producing Inside Job, the story of the 2008 financial crisis. The statuette was handed over to Marrs and her artistic partner, the director Charles Ferguson, by none other than Oprah Winfrey. Marrs and Ferguson had been nominated in 2008 for their documentary No End in Sight about the American occupation of Iraq.

(Watch their Academy Award acceptance speech on YouTube)

The two began working together in 2003. Ferguson posted a job listing on Craigslist for an "assistant to a writer/investor," and three (grueling) interviews later, Marrs got the gig.

Fast forward a bit. Marrs really likes her assistant job but wants more out of life. She applies to and enters CCA's Curatorial Practice Program, but continues working for Ferguson, and they begin making No End in Sight.

Fast forward again. Six months prior to her thesis deadline, she and Ferguson realize that she has actually been producing No End in Sight since the beginning. "We were so naive about the process of filmmaking," she says, "that we didn't realize that 'producer' was the function I'd been performing all along!" The film was received to great acclaim and led naturally to the next documentary project, Inside Job.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Directed and edited by Yoni Klein (Photography) and Alka Joshi (MFA Writing 2011)

Blink, a short documentary directed and edited by the talented interdisciplinary team of Photography undergraduate Yoni Klein and Alka Joshi, a soon-to-be MFA Program in Writing graduate, has been programmed into the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, the longest-running, largest, and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 by Brook Hinton

"MANHOLE 452," an exhibition by Jeanne Finley and John Muse

Patricia Sweetow Gallery is pleased to welcome Jeanne C. Finley and John Muse in presenting their exhibition, MANHOLE 452. On view are charcoal and graphite drawings and a 12-minute film. This exhibition runs through May 14.

A reception for the artists takes place tonight, April 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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Posted on Monday, April 4, 2011 by Simon Hodgson

Kota Ezawa, still from City of Nature, 2011

For Kota Ezawa, it's crunch time. The German-Japanese artist and Film Program faculty member has barely recovered from the tumult and applause surrounding the acquisition of one of his digitally animated works by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC. Now, he's plunged into a residency at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito and is presenting a public piece in the most iconic city in film history: New York. From March 31 to May 15, Madison Square Park is hosting Ezawa's City of Nature project, in which he distills images of nature -- a waterfall, a mountain, a marlin -- from movies and shows them as animations on four LCD screens. The commission is officially a part of Mad. Sq. Art, a program of the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Ezawa sourced more than 40 movies for the project. "I was really interested in scenes where nature drives the story," he says. "Shots without human presence. No people. No buildings." Eagle-eyed viewers will detect some familiar films -- Brokeback Mountain, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, The Old Man and the Sea -- as well as a few that are less recognizable, for example a jungle shot from Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo, or a waterfall from the 1960s German Western Winnetou.

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Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Film chair Rob Epstein shares his views about today's documentaries

Celebrated documentary filmmaker and chair of CCA's Film Program, Rob Epstein, whose not one but two Academy Award wins (Times of Harvey Milk, 1985; Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, 1990) have catapulted the openly gay filmmaker to ineludible master status both within and outside the LGBTQ community, was recently interviewed by Movieline.

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Posted on Monday, March 21, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Join us at the many events scheduled to celebrate CCA's 2011 graduating class

Note: This page showcases the wide selection of end-of-year events CCA hosted in 2011. Events listed here are for illustrative purposes only; all events have passed.

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Posted on Friday, March 4, 2011 by Carol Pitts

Film Workshop: Collaborative Production

Instructor: Etienne Kallos
SF / FILMS–270–01 / 15 sessions
Prerequisite: none
August 1–19, MTWTHF, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Film making is one of the most collaborative of art practices, and this is perhaps most conspicuously evident in the hierarchical, industrial production models used by Hollywood. But new technologies have opened up exciting new possibilities for creating a film, from the "lone-gun filmmaker" to more dynamic and inclusive forms of collaboration.

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Posted on Monday, February 28, 2011 by Chris Bliss

Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs on stage at the Academy Awards

Audrey Marrs (Curatorial Practice 2008) won an Oscar last night for best documentary feature for Inside Job, which she coproduced with director Charles Ferguson. Only her second feature film, it exposes the truth behind the global financial crisis of 2008 and includes interviews with major financial insiders, politicians, and journalists.

The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2010 and was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. The film has won many other top awards, including Best Documentary by the New York Film Critics and Outstanding Directional Achievement in Documentary by the Directors Guild.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 by Jim Norrena

(l to r) Film chair Rob Epstein and Gus Van Sant [photo: Nikki Ritcher]

On Tuesday, January 25, California College of the Art welcomed celebrated filmmaker Gus Van Sant to the San Francisco campus, where Film chair Rob Epstein engaged him in conversation before a maximum-capacity audience gathered inside Timken Lecture Hall. As part of his visit to the college, Van Sant also guest lectured a master class with Epstein the following day.

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