Film News

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 by Jim Norrena

[photo: Daniel Nicoletta]

Documentary Exhibition at New York MoMA

CCA Film chair Rob Epstein's 1985 Academy Award–winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk will screen at the New York Museum of Modern Art as part of the museum's Oscar’s Docs, 1964–85: The Front Lines at Home and Abroad, a film exhibition series inspired by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that celebrates Oscar-nominated and winning documentaries that have had a major impact over the years.

Posted on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 by Jim Norrena

(film still) Terri, by Azazel Jacobs (2011), 101 min.View slideshow 

Film Program faculty member Julia Shirar (MFA 1997) is the sound designer for Azazel Jacobs's film, Terri, one of 16 films entered into the dramatic competition at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The largest independent cinema festival in the United States, Sundance will take place January 20 through 30 in Park City, Utah.

Posted on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 by Jim Norrena

CCA is proud to announce a special guest lecture appearance by acclaimed film director Gus Van Sant, scheduled for Tuesday, January 25, 2011, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Timken Lecture Hall. The event is presented by CCA's Film Program and is free and open to the public on a space-available basis.

Academy Award-Nominated Filmmaker

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