Documentary program getting a boost

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 14:55

As a counselor for the San Francisco Department of Public Health during the height of the AIDS crisis, Johnny Symons witnessed his fair share of emotional, heartbreaking moments. 

"I thought at the time, 'I wish I had a camera. I could share these stories,'" he said.

Today, Symons is a distinguished documentary filmmaker and one of SF State's newest assistant professors, and he's hoping to give a boost to the documentary program within the Department of Cinema.

"I want to create a more established program for documentary at SF State, with collaboration across the University," Symons said. "Within the cinema department, I want to streamline the curriculum so that the courses build on each other, and do some work to find out exactly the kinds of classes our students want."

Read the full press release here, written by Jonathan Morales, University Communications