MFA Film News

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 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, 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!

View Past Cinema Visionaries Guests »

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.com, Discovery Go, and Discovery On Demand August 5.)

Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2016 by Jim Norrena

CCA Film and MFA in Film cochair Rob Epstein's and Jeffrey Friedman's latest film, Hellraiser -- produced by the two-time Academy Award-winning Telling Pictures -- debuts later this month on Amazon Prime Video as part of its groundbreaking new series The New Yorker Presents, a 10-part series produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Jigsaw Productions) and Condé Nast.

Hellraiser is about "a former Evangelical preacher who left the church and is making his own way through the world in this really positive way."

Cinematic Landscape for Readers

The New Yorker Presents brings America's most award-winning magazine, the New Yorker, to the screen with documentaries, short narrative films, comedy, poetry, animation, and cartoons from the hands of acclaimed filmmakers and artists. Thus far the series is composed of 10 parts plus a pilot, with two parts being added to Amazon Prime each week.

Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2016 by Jim Norrena

Editor's note: FACULTY SPOTLIGHT is an editorial series that showcases CCA's wide range of professional faculty members.

Here we learn more about Writing and Literature and MFA in Writing faculty member Faith Adiele, who was born of a Nordic-American mother and a Nigerian father. 

Adiele was raised as the sole African girl on a farm in the Pacific Northwest. She later won a fellowship to Nigeria, where she met for the first time her father -- originally thought killed in the Biafran War -- and her siblings.

Adiele serves as an advisory faculty member position for the college's Students of Color organization. She has lectured and taught writing all over the world.

Schedule of upcoming community events »

 

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Jim Norrena

2016 Sundance Ignite Fellow Janak Reddy VootkuruView slideshow 

MFA in Film program's Janak Reddy Vootkuru, a second-year student and digital photographer and filmmaker who moved to San Francisco from India to study film at CCA, was recently accepted into the 2016 Sundance Ignite Fellowship program!

Now in its second year, the competitive Sundance Ignite program accepts only a select group of 18-to-24-year-old emerging filmmakers each year. This year’s participants will engage in a rigorous and exciting program schedule set for January 27 to 31 during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

According to MFA in Film co-chair Rob Epstein, “CCA was one of only a select group of schools invited to submit candidates, so this is a really great accomplishment for Janak, our program, and CCA.”

As a studying filmmaker, Vootkuru is exploring the possibilities of time-based media. He is working in narrative, nonfiction, and hybrid forms, immersing himself in a range of practices throughout CCA’s two-year MFA in Film program. 

Watch a selection of Vootkuru’s films

Posted on Monday, July 27, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Oscar-winning directors Alex Gibney (l) with Rob Epstein at a Film master class

CCA's Cinema Visionaries Lecture Series is a popular public programs lineup of screenings and engaging Q&A sessions with today's most luminary filmmakers.

The lecture series is also part of the undergraduate and graduate Film programs curricula that gives students the invaluable opportunity to learn from the best directors in the industry

  • Alex Gibney (spring 2015): Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015); Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015); The Armstrong Lie (2013); Taxi to the Dark Side (2008)
  • Lisa Cholodenko (spring 2014): The Kids Are All Right (2010); Cavedweller (2004); Laurel Canyon (2002); High Art (1998)
  • Michael Moore (fall 2013): Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004); Sicko (2007); Bowling for Columbine (2002); Roger and Me (1989)
  • Sam Green (spring 2013): The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller (ongoing); Utopia in Four Movements (2010); The Weather Underground (2002)
  • Lucy Walker (spring 2013): The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011); Wasteland (2010)
  • Barbara Hammer (fall 2012): Tender Fictions (1996); Nitrate Kisses (1992); Dyketactics (1974)
  • Werner Herzog (fall 2012): Into the Abyss (2011); Grizzly Man (2005); Fitzcarraldo (1982)
  • John Waters (spring 2012) A Dirty Shame (2004); Serial Mom (1994); Cry-Baby (1990); Hairspray (1988); Polyester (1981); Pink Flamingos (1972)
  • Barry Jenkins (fall 2011): Chlorophyl (2011); Tall Enough (2009); A Young Couple (2009); Medicine for Melancholy (2008)
  • Lourdes Portillo (spring 2011): Night Passages (2013); Al Más Allá (2008); My McQueen (2004); Señorita Extraviada (2001); Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo (1985)
  • Gus Van Sant (spring 2011): Milk (2008); Good Will Hunting (1997); My Own Private Idaho (1991); Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

The successful lecture series, founded in 2010 with a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is funded with the generous support of Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein.

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