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October 22, 2013

Cinema Visionaries

California College of the Arts (CCA)
Photo courtesy Montclair Film Festival.

California College of the Arts is pleased to announce that the famed filmmaker, author, social critic, and political activist Michael Moore will be coming to the college’s San Francisco campus on October 24 as part of the ongoing Cinema Visionaries series. Moore will speak about his career and engage the audience in an extended Q&A.

Please note that seating for this event is extremely limited, and advance reservations are required. (Tickets are free, and available through Brown Paper Tickets.) There will be a simulcast and some additional seats in a nearby space on campus.

Moore’s films include Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), which won the Palme d’Or, the highest prize awarded by the Cannes Film Festival; Sicko (2007); Bowling for Columbine (2002), which won the Academy Award for best documentary feature; and Roger and Me (1989), among many others.

Cinema Visionaries is an initiative by CCA’s Film Program. Each guest in the series not only gives a free public lecture but also leads a master class, giving students invaluable direct exposure to successful practitioners from the professional film industry.

The series is funded with the generous support of Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein. It began in 2010 with a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Past Lecturers
A selected list of the diverse filmmakers who have come to CCA as part of the Cinema Visionaries series:

Sam Green (spring 2013) is an Oscar-nominated documentarian, experimental filmmaker, and performance cinema pioneer. His recent work The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller features Green and seminal indie rockers Yo La Tengo performing live with the film.

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Werner Herzog (fall 2012) is a film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and opera director. The filmmaker François Truffaut once called him “the most important film director alive,” and the film critic Roger Ebert stated that he “has never created a single film that is compromised, shameful, made for pragmatic reasons, or uninteresting. Even his failures are spectacular.”

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Barbara Hammer (fall 2012) is a pioneer of LGBT cinema and one of contemporary film’s most important and fearless chroniclers of hidden histories of marginalized people. She is known for such experimental films as Tender Fictions (1996), Nitrate Kisses (1992), and Dyketactics (1974).

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John Waters (spring 2012) first became known for the transgressive cult film Pink Flamingos (1972) and has since made such legendary works as Female Trouble (1974), Polyester (1981), Hairspray (1988), Cry-Baby (1990), Serial Mom (1994), and A Dirty Shame (2004).

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Gus Van Sant (spring 2011) is a remarkable filmmaker whose work runs the gamut from experimental investigations to mainstream blockbusters. His films include Milk (2008), Good Will Hunting (1997), My Own Private Idaho (1991), and Drugstore Cowboy (1989).

Lourdes Portillo (spring 2011) is an acclaimed filmmaker and Oscar nominee whose films focus on the search for Latino identity. They range from television documentaries to satirical video-film collages: Night Passages (2013), Al Más Allá (2008), My McQueen (2004), Señorita Extraviada (2001), and Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo (1985).

Barry Jenkins (fall 2011) had his feature film debut, Medicine for Melancholy (2008), hailed as one of the best films of the year by A. O. Scott of the New York Times. His other projects have included the shorts Chlorophyl (2011), Tall Enough (2009), and A Young Couple (2009).

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About California College of the Arts
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) offers 22 undergraduate and 12 graduate programs in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers BFA, BA, MFA, MA, MBA, BArch, MArch, and MAAD degrees. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, and currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students. CCA students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner, undertaking projects and collaborations with students in other majors and engaging with outside communities.

Noted alumni include the artists Nathan Oliveira, Jules de Balincourt, Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the Oscar-winning filmmaker Audrey Marrs; the illustrator Tomie de Paola; the conceptual artists Harrell Fletcher, David Ireland, and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas, Michael Vanderbyl, and Gary Hutton. For more information about CCA, visit cca.edu.

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