SFSU College of Creative Arts
Press Release published by the College of Creative Arts and the
Office of Public Affairs
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
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
ADMISSION AND PARKING
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.