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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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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

SFSU Alum Premiers Documentary

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The United States is home to more than 11 million undocumented immigrants. Alum Jose Antonio Vargas is one of them, and he has taken his Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism career to advocate for immigration reform. His debut film, Documented, opened in theatres in May to critical acclaim, following several years of highly visible activism and commentary. It will debut on CNN on June 29.

“Few people have done as much to illuminate the kinks and contradictions of America’s broken immigration policy as Jose Antonio Vargas,” the Guardian writes. “Perhaps no one has done as much to put a human face on the crisis.”

Documented chronicles Vargas’ journey to America from the Philippines, his journey through America as an immigration reform activist and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in person in more than 20 years.

“I don’t have the right papers to prove that I’m American, so I have to believe in my heart that I am American,” he said at SF State’s 2012 Commencement, where he was honored as Alumnus of the Year. “I thank the kind and generous people at San Francisco State for welcoming me.”

Vargas (B.A., Political Science, ’04) moved to the U.S. at age 12, living with his grandparents in Mountain View. At 17, an SF State summer camp sparked his interest in journalism. “I attended the Bay Area Multicultural Media Academy, a two-week journalism camp for minority students. It sealed my career as a journalist,” Vargas says.

He joined the Washington Post’s news staff just two days after graduating from SF State, then in 2008 was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for its coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings. In 2011, Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in The New York Times Magazine. While accumulating professional successes, Vargas kept his citizenship status a secret until publishing his groundbreaking essay.

Vargas is founder and board co-chair of Define American, a nonprofit aimed at shaping public opinion around immigration, identity and citizenship. He also appears frequently on television to provide commentary on political topics.

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