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SFSU Cinematographers Screen MFA
Thesis Films in On the Verge/Reel Tasty,
Friday, October 4, 7:00 pm


Ariane Bicho
SFSU College of Creative Arts

(415) 338-1442

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Press Release published by the College of Creative Arts and the Office of Public Affairs


SAN FRANCISCO, September 18, 2002 -- San Francisco State University's Cinema Department, one of the nation s top film programs, presents On the Verge/Reel Tasty, an MFA thesis show, Friday, October 4, 7:00 pm in the Dolby surround-sound equipped August Coppola Theatre. An eclectic compilation of documentary, experimental and narrative films in 16mm and 35mm, On the Verge/Reel Tasty highlights the cutting-edge work of the next generation of filmmakers. A reception with the makers precedes the screening in the August Coppola Theatre lobby at 6:00 pm. The SFSU films are as follows:

ONE FINE MORNING -- Scott Boswell, 16 minutes, color, 16mm
It s the first day back to school in 1988. In this bittersweet comedy, high school senior Adam returns to face Matt, the boy of his fantasies, after a summer of wondering if Matt shares his feelings.

BLUEJAY -- Heather Carawan, 18 minutes, color, 16mm
In a meditation on aging, the filmmaker examines the world of her 94-year old grandmother. The shifting rhythm between grandmother and granddaughter expands to include other changing relationships: separated sisters, caregiver and client, and a circle of friends.

FIZZ -- Ramsey Dennison, 6 minutes, color, 16mm
All Zannon wanted was a can of Fizz soda. All the world wanted was to keep him from getting one.

LE JOUR DEVANT SOI -- David Dennick, 8 minutes, color, 35mm
Caroline can no longer maintain her composure on the first anniversary of her father s death. With Rachel as her witness, Caroline confronts an image of her father she never knew.

HEARING FOR ONESELF -- Dean Hurley, 8.5 minutes, color, 16mm
Seven isolated events systematically unfold endowing empty landscapes with narratives relayed in the second person.

TOFF -- Arti Jain, 10 minutes, color/black and white, 16mm
A tragic turn of events flips Toff s life upside down. As he tries to gather himself together, a glimmer of hope shines but is short lived.

A RARE AND DESOLATE BEAUTY -- John Lightfoot, 22 min, color/black and white, 16mm
Over the past 100 years the former copper mining city of Butte, Montana has been called many names the richest hill on earth, the black heart of Montana , perch of the devil , poisonville. This film juxtaposes literary descriptions of Butte in its heyday with images of the city today as it struggles with the legacy of copper mining.

CONFLAGRATION -- Derek Owen, 14 min, color, 16mm
A dream research subject begins to lose his grip on reality. Danger looms.

HAND -- Son Bo-Wook, 3 min, color, 16mm
This film is about hand processing. Without hands, says Son Bo-Wook, I would not have dared to make this film. I am deeply grateful to the fact that I have hands.

FENCELINERS -- Chelsea Walton, 10 min, color, 16mm
Move over cows, here come the Bradleys. Inspired by a Chicago Tribune article, this film explores suburban sprawl into farm territory.

For more information about the show, please call the Cinematheque Hotline at 415/338-6507.

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Admission to On the Verge/Reel Tasty is free. The August Coppola Theatre is located in the Fine Arts Building on the SFSU campus, 19th and Holloway avenues, San Francisco. Public parking is available in Lot 20 on the SFSU campus, accessed from Lake Merced Boulevard between Winston Drive and Font Boulevard. Parking is $1 per hour with a $5 daily maximum. Nearby on-street parking is readily available on weekends.

Founded amid the political activism and artistic experimentation of the 1960s, the SFSU Cinema Department has educated generations of filmmakers including Academy Award winners Christopher Boyes (Best Sound Effects, Pearl Harbor, 2001 and Titanic, 1998), Steven Zaillian (Best Screenplay Adaptation, Schindler s List, 1994) and Steve Okazaki (Best Short Documentary, Days of Waiting, 1991). Films and videos produced by cinema students have screened at such prestigious festivals as the Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Telluride and the San Francisco International Film Festival, receiving awards from the Directors Guild of America, American Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Kodak and the Princess Grace Foundation. SFSU animation alumni have also made significant contributions to the Bay Area s cutting-edge animation industry, working at such companies as Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), Wild Brain and Pixar. For admission information, please call (415) 338-1629.

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