Film News

Posted on Friday, January 22, 2010 by Clay Walsh

No better time than the present to kick off CCA’s new Film blog now that the Sundance Film Festival (January 21–31), the largest independent cinema festival in the United States is up and running. And you’re invited to join us for a behind-the-scenes look at all things Sundance.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Design for the 60th Berlin International Film Festival is attributed to designers of Berlin-based Büro Otto Sauhaus

These are the words every filmmaker hopes to hear: "It is my pleasure to invite your film to the Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin." While not every filmmaker actually hears these words, CCA Media Arts faculty member Cheryl Dunye has heard them more than once—most recently for her latest feature The Owls, which has been selected to screen at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival this February.

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Posted on Friday, January 1, 2010 by David Meckel

David Meckel describes the Carmen M. Christensen Production Stage and its uses; Alfonso Alverez, working with his class in the Production Stage, provides a description of his 16 mm Film Production course.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

(photo by JoJo Whilden)

Howl, a feature film written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, will have its world premiere on the first night of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on January 21. The opening-night structure is new this year. Instead of one single headliner, there will be three, one in each of three categories: short film, narrative, and documentary. Howl will be featured in the narrative category; the jurors selected it for this special honor out of nearly 2,000 submissions.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 by Clay Walsh

The winning short videos in CCA’s annual R.A.W. Video (Real Artists at Work) student competition are playing near you! As expected, the range of subject interpretation was as impressive and wildly creative as the CCA student body itself.

For this year’s competition in which each of the five winning filmmakers received $500 (and a $100 award for honorable mention), undergraduate contestants were challenged to create a short video depicting the CCA-based theme “culture of critique.”

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Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

Mike Bianco in front of his newly renovated Airstream, near the WaypointView slideshow 

I imagine Mike Bianco (MA Curatorial Practice 2007) planting a flag in the ground in Marfa, Texas, like some kind of Arctic explorer. It's not the greatest metaphor—Marfa has been an art destination for decades, after all. But Bianco's decision to head there, of all the possible places, to establish a gallery and residency program makes him a great example of CCA's curator alumni, who are relentlessly staking out new territories.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

Frederick Loomis, The DIOS Neuroprocessor . . . a Proposal for the Cover of the New Yorker, 2008View slideshow 

It's 3 p.m., and the Interface exhibition opens in four hours, but Media Arts chair Barney Haynes is calm amid a sea of laptops and electronics. "It'll all come together," he says. "Well, most of it will."

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Posted on Monday, March 2, 2009 by Jim Norrena

Gregory Jacobs, aka the "bushman of Fisherman's Wharf," is the subject of Hanh Nguyen's short documentary, The Bush Man (2008, film still)

Note: Zero Film Festival is currently offering a West Coast tour in which The Bush Man will screen locally Wednesday, March 4 at 8 p.m. at The Dark Room in San Francisco ($6 admission).

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Posted on Friday, January 30, 2009 by Chris Bliss

Jordan Kantor, Untitled (Lens Flare), 2008; oil on canvas; 26 x 34 in.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art recently announced the recipients of the 2008 SECA Art Award, administered by the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art. Two of the four winners are CCA faculty members: Jordan Kantor (associate professor, Painting/Drawing Program) and Desirée Holman (lecturer, First Year Program, Media Arts, and Interdisciplinary Studies). Tauba Auerbach and Trevor Paglen are the other recipients.

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