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Cinema department gets ready for the 57th annual student film festival

Bridget Pocasangre March 8, 2017

For the 57th year in a row, SF State’s annual Film Finals will give student filmmakers a place to show off their work. This year’s SF State School of Cinema Film Festival is scheduled to take place...

Oscar-winning alumnus attributes success to SF State cinema department

Devery Sheffer March 7, 2012

This golden knight holds the sword of a crusader, stands at 13.5 inches tall and weighs 8.5 pounds. His name is Oscar. For SF State alumus Ethan Van der Ryn, the recipient of two Academy Awards, that's...

Honey Gold Jasmine and Addae Hill (Left to Right) share a moment on the set of Everything That Makes Your Heartbeat music video in West Oakland on Sept. 3, 2020. (Photo Courtesy of Fumbah Tulay)

SFSU’s Black Film Club aims to propel Black cinema forward

Miles Voci October 7, 2021

When Seretse Njemanze and Eric Webb met in an introductory film class at SF State, they bonded over a shared problem: a glaring need for Black representation within the cinema department’s student body...

Dr. Nazia Kazi raised a question about the phrase, Never Forget, during a Zoom Webinar hosted through SF State’s School of Cinema on Sept. 29, 2021. Conversations during the webinar raised the point that though often framed as a war on terror, 9/11 acted as a catalyst for pre-existing U.S. nationalist attitudes. (Cameron Lee/ Golden Gate Xpress)

American exceptionalism, Islamophobia, 9/11 discussed in School of Cinema-hosted event

Miles Voci September 30, 2021

In the 20 years following the attacks perpetrated on Sept. 11, 2001, one phrase has stood tall to embody American sentiment surrounding that day: “Never Forget.” But what exactly are we supposed to...

New School of Cinema director strives to create equity, inclusiveness in industry

New School of Cinema director strives to create equity, inclusiveness in industry

Felicia Hyde September 10, 2019

Giant lime green-bordered letters spell “director” across her floral sequined chest. Her black fur-covered ankles completed the eccentric outfit. A grin flashed across her face, welcoming all into...

Cinema students try to assemble a film camera in cinematography and lighting class  at San Francisco State University on Tuesday, September 05, 2017. (Aya Yoshida / Golden Gate Xpress)

School of Cinema ranked as one of best in country

Gabriela Cazares-Lopez September 16, 2017

SF State’s School of Cinema is listed as one of the best film schools in the country for the fourth year in a row. The Hollywood Reporter published its annual ranking of top film schools and placed...

Studio art major Nick Oh works in the ceramics studio in the Fine Arts Building Tuesday, Feb. 2. (Qing Huang / Xpress)

Increased fees bittersweet for art department

Cody McFarland February 9, 2016

SF State's art department made its first major increases to instructional materials fees in 20 years this spring, forcing returning studio art majors to pay double or even triple the fee costs of last...

Oscar nominees spark strong opinions amongst cinema students and faculty

Jeremy Porr February 3, 2016

This year’s Academy Awards nominations were greeted with a large amount of controversy after it was revealed that every actor and actress that received a major nomination was white. #OscarsStillSoWhite...

Annette Bening sits in a dressing room in the Creative Arts Building Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.

Actress Annette Bening revisits alma mater and treats theatre and cinema students to inspiring talk

Anna Hecht October 11, 2014

While a crowd of eager students stood in the halls awaiting her presence, actress Annette Bening slowly toured the rooms of her alma mater’s theatre department, reminiscing about directors she worked...

Cinema assistant professor’s films inspired by richness, social justice and injustice in humanity

Nicole Paradise September 12, 2014

When new assistant professor of cinema Cheryl Dunye could not find any documentation of African-American lesbians in the history of black cinema, she found inspiration to create an archive of her own. More...

Cinema students document life in Lan Yan slum, hidden in shadows of Shanghais skyscrapers

Cinema students document life in Lan Yan slum, hidden in shadows of Shanghai’s skyscrapers

Jennie Butler March 18, 2014

Lan Yan filmmakers, Pawara Soh, Jamie Oliveira, Danielle Schmidt, Sany Lu, and Lena Zeng in the seats of the Sundance Kabuki CInema for CAAMFest 2014 Sunday, Mar. 16. Their film Lan Yan will be screening...

Cinema lecturer Scott Boswell stands in the film equipment room on the fourth floor of the Fine Arts Building Monday, Feb. 17. Photo by Tony Santos / Xpress

Cinema lecturer’s film tells story of undocumented teen, based on true events

Jennie Butler February 18, 2014

Cinema lecturer Scott Boswell stands in the film equipment room on the fourth floor of the Fine Arts Building Monday, Feb. 17. Photo by Tony Santos / Xpress An SF State cinema lecturer has embarked on...

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