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Entertainment Industry Initiative

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The CSU prepares students to serve the artistic, business, social, and cultural needs of entertainment industries. The Entertainment Industry Initiative sets—and strives to achieve—curricular and technological goals driven by evolving industry standards. The Initiative benefits thousands of media students by offering top-notch programs and faculty, state-of-the-art equipment, and internships with renowned companies. The Initiative has four major components:

  • Visiting Fellows Program - Industry professionals lead workshops and seminars, offering students the opportunity to learn firsthand from prominent leaders in entertainment.
  • Equipment Acquisition - The CSU leverages the buying power of the 22 campus entertainment programs to equip students and faculty with the most current hardware and software that the industry requires.
  • Internship Program - Students can take advantage of meaningful year-round internships that provide the relevant and practical training needed for entertainment industry careers. More than 400 students have taken advantage of these internships each year, with housing assistance provided to those outside of the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.
  • Advisory Board - The CSU has partnered with highly knowledgeable and talented entertainment leaders who enhance the CSU's media education programs by providing insight into industry trends and needs related to career preparation.
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CSU Students Awarded at 2014 Media Arts Festival

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Lights, camera, action! CSU Summer Arts welcomed students from across the state to enhance and showcase their media talents at the 24th annual CSU Media Arts Festival on November 8. The festival is one of the CSU’s many leading-edge activities that prepare future media moguls for workforce success by offering access to the biggest names in Hollywood and helping students enhance their talents.

This year, 30 finalists were chosen from 170 entries received from 14 CSU campuses. First place winners—who were chosen by CSU faculty and industry professionals—were honored for their accomplishments with $500-$1,000 in cash prizes. The finalists’ films were screened at Cal State L.A., where the festival offered the audience a special opportunity to cast their votes for who they thought had the best film.

For the full story and a list of winners, click Media Arts Festival 2014

SFSU Cinema Professor receives Recognition

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A faculty member for the Department of Cinema is landing on SF State’s campus just as she nabs a new accolade: Filmmaker, artist and educator Cheryl Dunye has been recognized for writing and directing “Black Is Blue,” the winner of the audience award for Best Short Film at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival in June.

Dunye will be leading both undergraduate- and graduate-level fall courses “with a queer bent, doing the things that I do best” as assistant professor in the Cinema Department. She’s also working with her “Black Is Blue” crew on a piece for November’s San Francisco Dance Film Festival, and looking to develop another feature set in Oakland. “I’m so happy to be at SF State,” she said.

Read the full story about Professor Dunye here.

SFSU Student’s Film gets National Attention

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When filmmaker and SF State student Max Maddox started seeing “so many mustached cars drive by,” he was led to create “Taxi 2.0,” a short documentary film “not just about the heated war between taxis and rideshares” in San Francisco, but “about the lives of drivers caught in the crosshairs.”

Talking to both passengers and drivers of traditional taxi cabs as well as “ridesharing” companies like Lyft, Sidecar, and Uber, Maddox and his crew present a provocative mix of reactions to the “disruption” presently occurring in the industry, from a woman who seems proud of her ignorance of the rules that new companies may be flouting, to a cab driver who says he considered switching to Uber until he realized he wouldn’t be insured.

Read the full article about Max’s film here! Video: The War between Taxi’s and Rideshares

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