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RESPONSIVE CINEMA: Filmmaking Workshop

This workshop explores a humanist/political/activist/ approach to filmmaking within historical context. It establishes an improvisational and emotionally intensive cinema workshop as an ongoing potent, creative response to corporate encroachment in the political, economic and social realms. We’ll consider works by filmmakers from Méliès to Maya Deren, Cassavetes to Von Trier to Michael Moore and points in between, for their relevance to “responsive cinema,” and we will discuss the value of such an approach in general. Special emphasis is placed upon the wealth of challenging cinema made in the San Francisco Bay Area, from the silent era to the Cinema20 workshop of the forties and beyond, touching on the contributions of the SF Art Institute, the Cinematheque, Canyon Cinema, and the Beat, psychedelic, and other eras.

Location and time: Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St. (near Columbus and Grant). Tuesdays 6:30-9:30 p.m., November 13-December 4.

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.

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