January 2024 Newsletter


Being (the Digital Griot) is a non-binary artificial intelligence who writes and reads poetry and teaches workshops that help people decolonize their minds. Created by artist Rashaad Newsome and produced by Cinema professor Johnny Symons, Being will lead an interactive experience as part of the New Frontier showcase at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Being is a key character in Symons and Newsome’s forthcoming feature documentary Get Your 10s, on which Cinema students and alums have worked as editors, cinematographers, associate producers and interns. See the trailer of Being here:


Congratulations to alumna Anna Rottke who edited the comedy feature film “Weak Layers” released in cinemas January 5, 2024. The movie tells the story of a young woman evicted from her home and living in a van who enters a competition to shoot a ski film in 72 hours.

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The Feminist Filmmaker Fellowship (F3) aims to provide an open and safe space, virtual or in-person, advocating for womxn and non-binary filmmakers. Our events allow leadership development to flourish by listening to members to help bring their ideas to life.  

Follow us on Instagram @feministfilmmakerfellowship for all our updates and to help us make some films. 

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Queer Cinema Coalition ensures a safe and creative space for LGBTQ+ filmmakers on campus to learn how to make our mark in an industry that doesn’t prioritize our voices. Through guest speakers, screenings/discussions, and community organizing, we build life-long connections to help us survive and thrive as filmmakers at SF State and beyond. 

Follow us on Instagram @queercinemacoalition

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The Animation Society strives to educate and provide an inclusive space for creative SF State students to learn about and discover a love for animation. 

Email: animationsocietyatsfsuofficial@gmail.com
Website: Animation Society Wixsite
Instagram: @animationsocietysfsu 

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Dear Prospective Students: 

The School of Cinema offers in-person tours of our facilities. Please make an appointment by contacting the Cinema Office at cinema@sfsu.edu

  • Drew Lewis: School of Cinema, Tech 
  • Pablo Riquelme: Production Coordinator
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Saturday, January 20, 2024

  • Spring '24 Open Registration for All Students Begins
  • Spring '24 CSU Fully Online (AB386) Continued Registration Begins

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

  • Spring '24 Academic Semester Begins
  • Spring '24 University Retreat

Thursday, January 25, 2024

  • Spring '24 Academic Workday

Friday, January 26, 2024

  • Spring '24 College & Department Meetings

Sunday, January 28, 2024

  • Spring '24 Coursematch Ends
  • Spring '24 Open Registration for All Students Ends
  • Spring '24 CSU Fully Online (AB386) Continued Registration Ends

Monday, January 29, 2024

  • Spring '24 First Day of Instruction
  • Spring '24 Adding classes | Permission numbers ARE NOT required to add most classes Begins

Sunday, February 4, 2024

  • Spring '24 Adding classes | Permission numbers ARE NOT required to add most classes Ends

Monday, February 5, 2024

  • Spring '24 Adding Classes | Permission numbers ARE Required Begins

Thursday, February 15, 2024

  • Spring '24 Last Day for Faculty Drops

Friday, February 16, 2024

  • Spring '24 Adding Classes | Permission numbers ARE Required Ends
  • Spring '24 Audit Grading Option Deadline
  • Spring '24 Last day to Drop/Withdraw classes without a W grade

Saturday, February 17, 2024

  • Spring '24 Withdrawal from Classes or University for serious and compelling reasons Begins