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RESPONSIVE CINEMA: Performance Workshop

“Our path is toward our fear.” Join this vibrant, participatory workshop that meets each week to make, watch, and discuss scenes from our own improvisations, with inspiration (and occasional screenings) drawn from the pioneering work of certain artists such as Cassavetes, Von Trier, Nilsson and others whose visions and tenacity have reshaped the cinematic experience. The magic of film and raw performance is explored through exercises with camera and character. Open and free in structure, the workshop explores the complexity of human emotion, mining the treasure of a cinema based not on traditional notions of plot, scripted control, and technology, but instead upon the ever-changing, intuitive responses of real people to pressures of life. We are all “actors” and humans with a fundamental desire to share our innermost workings; technique is the enemy of natural expressivity. We seek nothing less than emotional/intellectual epiphany, to say our piece and to make our own film(s) about the challenges we face as struggling, sensitive citizens. Come prepared to take a risk and liberate the lightning from the bottle.

Instructor: Rand Crook, a SFSU cinema alumnus, has over 36 years of extensive film and media production experience, beginning as a child actor, then cinematographer, audio technician, producer and director. He co-founded the Tenderloin Action Group with Rob Nilsson and Ethan Sing, and with it co-produced the acclaimed pool-hustling drama CHALK ( He is a partner with Pacific Rim Media (SF), an international media company specializing in environmental, cultural and civil rights issues, and has taught at the Free University SF and lectured at SFSU, Western Carolina University, California State Monterey Bay and elsewhere. His work has been internationally exhibited and featured at prominent film festivals.

Location and time: The Convent, 660 Oak St. (between Fillmore and Webster) Sundays, 2-4:30 p.m. March 24-April 28. Information may change. See or before attending first class.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It's been a rea;;y hard week. I hope to be there next week.

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • rand c.

    We are doing very engaging work and immersing ourselves in great cinema. I am very inspired by each participant and look forward to Sundays with you, at the Convent Collective.

    April 10, 2013

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