Everything You Need to Know About SF State's School of Cinema

Thursday, March 04, 2021
By the Cox Stadium track, a student works with an celluloid film camera while another takes notes
Students in a Film Production Workshop course in 2016 plan their shoot.

BACKSTAGE -- Celine Parreñas Shimizu, the director of San Francisco State University’s School of Cinema (and a professor there, as well), speaks with Backstage about how the program nurtures the filmmakers of tomorrow.

“Students learn in a community invested in film language — both love for it and unhappiness with it. They will find a world-class faculty teaching auteur cinema, independent and industry film, regional and national cinemas, social justice fiction filmmaking, animation, producing, directing, cinematography, post-production, sound and so much more,” Shimizu said. “Cultures of collaboration are vital to our community. Student groups work together on programs as well as films. Programming during the pandemic brings us together with a focus on race, resistance and rebellion, and includes a series on women of color in Hollywood this spring.”