Alum’s Oscar-nominated film shows transformative power of kindness

Author: Jamie Oppenheim
February 24, 2023
Conall Jones and Joshua Seftel
Photo Credit: Producer Conall Jones (left) and director Joshua Seftel's film "Stranger at the Gate" was nominated for an Oscar.

‘Stranger at the Gate’ is screening in San Rafael Feb. 28

San Francisco State University alumnus Conall Jones (B.A., ’05) was floored when he learned the short documentary film he produced with the production company Smartypants was nominated for an Oscar. “Stranger at the Gate” is his proudest accomplishment to date, but the film wasn’t getting critical recognition at first. It wasn’t accepted into the Sundance, Telluride or SXSW film festivals, he says. But Jones wasn’t looking for recognition — what he wanted was people to see the film because of its powerful message.

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