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

Bridget Pocasangre
March 8, 2017
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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 during finals week, May 18 - 24. Cinematheque Management class is currently planning out the e...

Oscar-winning alumnus attributes success to SF State cinema department

Oscar-winning alumnus attributes success to SF State cinema department

Devery Sheffer
March 7, 2012
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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 a total of 17 pounds of pure win. Van der Ryn graduated from SF State in 1986 with a bachelor'...

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
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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 her world of creativity. For the first time the School of Cinema will have a woman of color as its ...

School of Cinema ranked as one of best in country

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)

Gabriela Cazares-Lopez
September 16, 2017
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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 the School of Cinema as 22nd in the country out of the 29 listed. “To be recognized by The Hollywood Reporter yet again means a lot to our students and alumni and the U...

Increased fees bittersweet for art department

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

Cody McFarland
February 9, 2016
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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 semester. Of the 80 studio art classes currently requiring materials fees, 38 of those had their...

Oscar nominees spark strong opinions amongst cinema students and faculty

Jeremy Porr
February 3, 2016
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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 began trending on social media this year after the list of nominees that was revealed appeare...

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

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

Anna Hecht
October 11, 2014
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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 with, the old lights in a dressing room and the very stage on which she last performed 34 years ago. Bening’s...

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

Nicole Paradise
September 12, 2014
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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 than 30 years later, Dunye has made numerous films focusing on different forms of oppression...

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

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

Jennie Butler
March 18, 2014
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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 at New People Cinema March 17. Photo by Lorisa Salvatin / Xpress Hidden between the high rise apa...

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

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

Jennie Butler
February 18, 2014
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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 a new film project that tells the unfamiliar story of a marginalized San Francisco teenager. Scot...

Cinema speaker series will feature screenwriter Michael Grais

Anna Hecht
February 15, 2014
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SF State will get a little taste of Hollywood when screenwriter Michael Grais comes to campus to speak about the profession's evolving presence in the city. Grais is set to speak from 5:15 - 7:55 p.m. on Feb. 13, at Coppola Theatre. He is the first featured guest in a three-part speaker series hosted on campus by Jul...

Cinema alum discusses Hollywood screenwriting career with students

Nelson Amaya
November 12, 2013
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Before his career as a Hollywood screenwriter, there was once a time when SF State alumnus Anthony Peckham's most interesting job was to refile an entire room at the Pacific Stock Exchange. "The previous clerk had not believed in the tyranny of the alphabet," Peckham said. After some refiling and a...

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