Hand-Held Half-Truths: The Home and the Home Movie

Instructor: Malic Amalya
5 Sessions / Tuesdays, October 8–November 5
Time: 7:30–10:30 pm
Location: Studio 25
Number: FM1003-02
Tuition: $210
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Memories and histories are shaped by the stories we tell and the images we create, as well as by the undercurrent of unrevealed circumstances and unseen events. This course uses the home movie as a point of departure for exploring the construction of home, identity, and relationships in video. In the tradition of experimental film, students will create three short videos that reference what has previously been left out-of-frame. Screenings from SFAI’s extensive film collection will serve as inspiration and provide an art historical framework. Through this course, students will also gain technical skills in cinematography, sound recording and mixing, and video editing. No prerequisites for this course, but a working understanding of Mac OS X is necessary.

Malic Amalya makes experimental films about the deterioration (and reformulation) of memory, language, and identity. His work has screened extensively, including in San Francisco’s CROSSROADS Film Festival, the TIE Cinema Exposition, MIX NYC, the San Francisco National Queer Arts Festival, and the Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. In 2012, his film Gold Moon, Sharp Arrow won “Best Experimental Film” at the Northwest Filmmaker’s Film Festival. Amalya holds an MFA in Film/Video from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an MA in History and Theory of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute. Originally from Vermont, he lives in Oakland with his two rabbits.

Short Film Serial: Video Production Workshop

Instructors: David Borengasser and Tiffany Doesken
3 Sessions / Friday, October 4; Saturday, October 5; and Sunday, October 6
Time: Friday 6–9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am–4 pm
Location: Studio 8
Number: FM-1002
Tuition: $200
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This intensive weekend workshop will immerse students in a crash-course collaborative production where experimentation and improvisation rule. Learn the basics of working with the narrative form by wearing multiple “hats” on set. All students will be required to act, operate equipment, and contribute to the creative process. A rough script will be provided by the instructors on Friday evening for revision by the students. Production will continue through the weekend, all day Saturday and Sunday. Editing will not be included in this course, but a final edited video will be screened by the instructors the following weekend online and on the SFAI campus. Team participation will be critical to this learning process. No prerequisite.

David Borengasser creates short films and videos that range from formal abstraction to experimental narrative. His films have screened at TIE The International Exposition of Experimental Cinema, Iowa City Experimental Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive Alternative Requirements, San Francisco Cinematheque, Portland Documentary and Experimental Film Festival - Retinal Reverb and Peripheral Produce, FO(A)RM Magazine Festival of Sound and Video, GENART Emerge Exhibition, and Artists’ Television Access in San Francisco. He received his MFA in Film from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007.

Tiffany Doesken lives and works in San Francisco where she makes films that capture the intimacy and remoteness of people, objects, and surroundings. Doesken studied dance and theater arts before graduating with an MFA in Film from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her films screen widely throughout the U.S. and internationally. She has exhibited at the Mill Valley Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, New York Anthology Film Archives, Athens Ohio Film Festival, ISCM World New Music Days, University of San Diego, New Nothing Cinema, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Artists’ Television Access, SF Shorts, and the Pratt Museum. She was awarded a residency at the Corporation of Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York to work on her film Ocean Faint. Her recent films, collaborating with composer Koji Nakano, have screened in venues around the world.