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Alumnus F. X. Feeney recalls a screenwriting class "like no other"

January, 2013

A course in Screenwriting like no other. Sandy Mackendrick’s Master Class

By F.X. Feeney

Imagine a well-lit, double-size classroom in the bowels of a still fairly new school building. The year is 1974. The place: the California Institute of the Arts, then a boxy labyrinth on a bare lunar hillside. “The sub-level,” a maze of hallways where daylight never reaches, is home at all hours to insomniac film students.

It is in here that the coming semester— January to May—will house a demanding new course: the Writer-Director’s Workshop. Four hours per class, twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays. We were to arrive at 10, break for lunch at roughly 12:30, then return for another 90 minutes of intensive discussion, ending approximately three p.m.

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CalArts student discusses his views on Animation

January 24, 2013

Q&A with Eusong Lee ('will')

by Marcus Gorman

There are moments when we all wish we could "turn back the clock," as it were, and regain something we've lost. Why focus this tale of loss on 9/11? Do you have a personal connection to the events of that day, or is there another reason it stands out to you as a setting for your story?

I am a foreigner and have no connection with 9/11. I wasn't even in the U.S. when it was happening. As a human who has emotion, I know this might sound weird, but in the beginning, inspiration came along when I went to a concert of my friend, Julian Kleiss, who is the composer of the film. He played one of his songs that was not released yet. The song was so beautiful, I came up to him after the concert and decided to make a music video for him. While I was searching where the song had come from and his inspiration, I found out that the entire song was inspired from one page from a book called "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." And yes, the book is about 9/11.

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CalArts Alumnus and Filmmaker premieres film at the 63rd Berlinale Film Festival

January 17, 2013
Spy Ghana

New film breathes creative life into old West African Fable

By Ghana News -SpyGhana.com

The short film “Kwaku Ananse” makes its World Premiere on February 12th at the 63rd Berlinale Film Festival in Germany, where it is competing for the Golden Bear Prize for Best Short Film. Written and directed by Ghanaian-American Akosua Adoma Owusu, it is a creative retelling of a West African fable about wisdom. Owusu puts her unique stamp on the story by weaving it with a semi-autobiographical thread that makes the story deeply personal.

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Art Faculty discusses the importance of a theoretical approach through Content and Form

January 18, 2013
The Collegian

Former Fresno State professor Charles Gaines leaves legacy

By Roe Borunda

Behind a Filipino restaurant in Glendale exists a small guarded building. The area looks abandoned and not maintained.

A bedspring rests on a rusted chain-linked fence that leads the eye to a small building.

The building, after it was reconstructed into an art studio, now houses the studio of a modest artist who has made a career in both art and educating students about the importance of art.

Charles Gaines, 63, an instructor working at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), had once left his mark at Fresno State.

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Animation Alumnus shifts from Television series into Feature Films

January 24, 2013
Cartoon Brew

“El Tigre” Creator Jorge Gutierrez Moves Into Features with “Book of Life”

By Amid Amidi

El Tigre co-creator Jorge R. Gutierrez is moving into feature film directing.

He continues the recent trend of TV artists transitioning into feature animation, following Genndy Tartakovsky’s Hotel Transylvania and Rich Moore’s Wreck-It Ralph.

Gutierrez’s CG feature, Book of Life, will be released on October 10, 2014, by Fox Animation Studios. Unlike Tartakovsky and Moore who took over the reins of existing studio projects, Gutierrez is working from an original idea he’s been developing on and off since 2001.

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Lighting Design faculty Anne Militello creates jewel-like display for World Financial Center

January 23, 2013
Downtown Express

Battery Park City

Scrolldown to Winter Garden light show:

That prism in the middle of Battery Park City glowing in the winter darkness with jewel-like colors is the Winter Garden as transformed by Anne Militello. Her distinguished career as a lighting designer has included Broadway and off-Broadway shows and operas as well as four previous commissions in Manhattan to transform architectural exteriors with light. She was the resident lighting designer at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and worked extensively with playwright Sam Shepherd for two decades. Now, she heads the lighting design department at CalArts in Los Angeles.

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Alumnus turned architect designs levee for San Francisco Bay shoreline

January 18, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle

Architect team applies high design to high tides

By James Temple

One day in the early 1980s, Byron Kuth walked into a studio at the Rhode Island School of Design and spotted renderings that stopped him in his tracks.

He asked around about the artist and soon tracked down a brunette with fine features named Elizabeth Ranieri, an encounter that would mark the beginning of a long personal and professional partnership.

At the time, the school was drifting away from postmodernism and settling around "unprecedented realism," as professors like Rodolfo Machado asserted that all public structures were fair game for forward-thinking design, even highway clover leafs, retaining walls and, perhaps, levees.

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LA Weekly: CalArts Alumni Yung Jake at Sundance

January 16, 2013
LA Weekly

Yung Jake, a Recent CalArts Grad, Could Be the Breakout Art Star of Sundance

By Amanda Lewis

Although half of Los Angeles will decamp this weekend to the snowy hillsides of Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, not everyone is going for the movies. Starry-eyed attendees relish access to the suits, the skiing and the swag, but what about the art?

Shari Frilot has curated Sundance's experimental New Frontier films and exhibitions for the past seven years, and this year, rather than pushing anyone to see James Franco's film Interior. Leather Bar, (hint: it involves sexually explicit gay BDSM), Frilot is encouraging us to notice Yung Jake, whose work blurs the lines between memes, hip hop and video art.

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Faculty Ajay Kapur and technology collaborators featured in Princeton Alumni Weekly

January 16, 2013
Princeton Alumni Weekly

Musical machines
Are we ready for orchestras composed of computers and robots?

By Mark F. Bernstein ’83

Someone in Vietnam with the screen name “yipiehk” is ­picking out “Amazing Grace” with the Ocarina 2 app on a mobile-device-turned-musical-instrument, and so am I. It’s easy; just blow into the microphone and finger four “keys” on the screen (lights guide your fingers), like a digital flute. We’re both terrible, to be honest, but in addition to making music, the app shows me yipiehk’s location on a globe; I click a button marked “Love” to send him or her some encouragement

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Alumna Julie Holter makes "crystalline pop hymns"

January 11, 2013
The Guardian

Domino bares its soul with Julia Holter and Matthew E White

One label is showing that being indie is about more than chasing guitar boys in tight trousers – art and devotion are the way to go

Where some indie labels expend their energies looking for and claiming to have found "the new Libertines" every new year, Domino can be relied upon to do things a little differently. This year, the label's two most exciting propositions are neither traditionally callow "January push" bands, nor likely ever to have heard of Carl Barât, mercifully.

Julia Holter is a CalArts graduate making ornate, crystalline pop hymns that tap into some celestial line; Matthew E White is a hirsute, white-suited Virginian who grew up in Manila with missionary parents, now making a distinctly southern, Lambchop-like gospel that explores his Christian faith with soft seduction.

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