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SFSU Cinema Professor receives Recognition

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.

SFSU Student’s Film gets National Attention

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…Read more

SFSU Alum Premiers Documentary

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…Read more

Incoming SFSU student honored for Film Work

Dinuba High School senior Domonik Hernandez has long admired filmmakers Stanley Kubrick and Paul Thomas Anderson. Now, 18-year-old Domonik is an award-winning filmmaker himself. His short films were chosen among the top four in two categories for this year’s Slick Rock Student Film Festival sponsored by the Tulare County Office of Education. Student-made films in…Read more

SFSU Lecturer’s Documentary a Success

Jesse Moss, a lecturer in the Cinema department at San Francisco State, spent 18 months in North Dakota as a one-man documentary crew, capturing intimate portraits of desperate, broken men chasing their dreams and running from their demons in the oil fields, and a local pastor who risks everything to help them. Moss’ effort has…Read more