Exhibitions & Public Events

POSTPONED: Spring Student + Alumni Film Festival
Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 - Sunday, Mar 29, 2020
Scully Gray Box Gallery

Image: Toban Nicholas, Yarn Mountain, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.

Spring Student + Alumni Film Festival

March 28 + 29, 2020 | 12pm–6pm
Scully Gray Box at SFAI—Fort Mason Campus

Panel Discussion: Saturday, March 28 | 6–7pm (Reception to follow at 7pm)

Please note: This event has been postponed due to coronavirus-related measures. Pleach check back for updates on our exhibitions and events.

Starting in 1947, Sidney Peterson taught the first film course at San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), and since then the film department has produced many great filmmakers that learn, graduate, teach, leave, and ultimately return back to SFAI. The process of learning how to make films has changed dramatically since the inception of film. Technical improvements like the iPhone make filmmaking accessible to almost everyone. From 35mm to digital to iPhones, the SFAI’s film community has a history of delivering its legacy to the next generation and connecting artists in diverse fields. The legacy includes both celebrated alumna such as Kathryn Bigelow and Laura Poitras, and many other inspiring filmmakers. In this festival, SFAI’s current students will curate a program based in the legacy they dig out from SFAI’s film archive alongside the work of SFAI alumni.

SFAI is proud to present a weekend of films featuring SFAI alumni and students with additional shorts curated by SFAI students from our eclectic archives. The festival will also host a special screening of the award-winning feature films, Letters Not About Love by Jacki Ochs, and Art and Craft featuring notable art forger and SFAI alumnus Mark Landis. Opening on March 28, films will screen throughout the day from 12–6pm and will be followed by a panel discussion and reception. We invite the public to join our 2-day film festival to experience a vibrant film community and the rich history of SFAI.

Participating Artists: Richard Alpert, Zeina Barakeh, Monet Clark, Christopher Coppola, Kota Ezawa, Mark Freeman, Mike Henderson, George Kuchar, Mark Landis, Eric Lamothe, Julie McNiel, Liz Miller, Toban Nichols, Jacki Ochs, Jesse Eric Schmidt, Vivian Vivas, and Aaron Wilder.


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