Ten Skies: New Book Examines James Benning Film

London-based film studies scholar and critic Erika Balsom explores “one of the great works of the American avant-garde” in Ten Skies (Fireflies Press). The book is named for School of Film/Video faculty James Benning’s 2004 film of the same name, succinctly described as...

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CalArtians Create Opera Miniseries Desert In

Boston Lyric Opera is pushing the boundaries of opera with its recent release of the groundbreaking eight-part miniseries, Desert In. An opera, TV show, and music video all in one, the show was created by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid (Music MFA 11), playwright Christopher Oscar...

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Zhuoyun (Yun) Chen: Love Language, a Mixed-Media Installation

Love Language, a mixed-media installation by CalArts alum Zhuoyun (Yun) Chen (Film/Video MFA 17) was on view at Chicago’s Zhou B Art Center earlier this year. Her installation was part of the group show 思考回路 • Shikoukairo III: Patterns of Thought (running from April 16-May 31) by Asian Improv...

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We the People: CalArtians Direct New Netflix Series

Netflix delivers a crash course in American civics with its upcoming short-form animated childrens’ series We the People, created by Chris Nee (Doc McStuffins) and executive produced by Barack and Michelle Obama and Kenya Barris (Black-ish). The short form series features CalArtians Jorge...

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Sophie Diao on Doodles, Illustration, and Sarah Gerhardt’s Story

To prepare for the task of illustrating Bonnie Tsui’s newly released children’s book about the first woman to surf the massive waves at the Northern California surf break known as Mavericks, Sophie Diao (Film/Video BFA 13) took an active approach. But she was wise enough not to get too active....

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