Peace Officer is a feature documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of William “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained his rural state’s first SWAT team, only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Disturbing trends grown out of the war on drugs and the federal program that supplies military surplus to police in cities and small towns alike ultimately lead Peace Officer to ask the question: what force is necessary to protect the lives of both officers and citizens?
Co-director Scott Christopherson and editor Renny McCauley — both SF State graduates — will participate in a Q&A following the screening.
Location: Fine Arts Building, Coppola Theatre.
Screening: 7pm-9pm with Q&A to follow.
Cinema in the News
July 12, 2016
Nicole Opper, a graduate of the School of Cinema, screens Visitor’s Day at the AFI DOCS film festival!
July 6, 2016
The School of Cinema invites you to take advantage of our special two-year curricular celebration of Women in Film starting this Fall term! We are kicking off this historic program in Fall 2016 with 15 new course topics focused on the history of women in film — as directors, writers, critics, actors and others crucial to the filmmaking process — as well as numerous classes considering the representation of women and femininity in film. Among the offerings are weekend survey classes on film star Ingrid Bergman and French film visionary Agnes Varda, a Director’s Cinema class centered on pioneers Dorothy Arzner, Ida Lupino and Elaine May, special courses and Master Class workshops focused on women Cinematographers, a special class on women Documentarians, a genre course with emphasis on the feminine in Science Fiction, and more! A list of the classes participating in this curricular initiative can be found on the poster. Check back in mid-Fall term to see the lineup for Spring!
May 20, 2016