Monday, February 26, 2007

Media Studies Spring 07

The Media Studies events poster for Spring 2007 is now here. Check it out.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


More about the USF Media Studies Colloquia and Speakers Series


How to add a zvents calendar

If you're interested in adding a USF Media Studies events calendar to your blog (the calendar on the right side of this blog). Here's the easier, copy-and-paste, do-as-I-do solution. For those with more technical abilities, more complex, customizeable instructions are here.

(Note: These instructions are for people who use Blogger only.)

In your blog, go to: Customize > Page Elements > Edit Layout > Add a Page Element

Add an 'HTML/Javascript' element.

Copy and paste all the text contained in this document in the body of the 'HTML/Javascript' element.

Film Series on Latino Immigrant Labor

(More information to come.)

I want to mark your calendar for the weekend of April 27-28.

Cine Accion and Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is starting a new tradition of jointly sponsoring a exciting new film series featuring the best in Latino Cinema at MCCLA's intimate theater.

This new partnership will host it first film series focused on Immigrant Labor in the United States. Although there will be some of the finest documentaries presented, there will also be dramatic feature films on the same theme.

Classic documentaries such as the award-winning FIGHT IN THE FIELDS: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworker Struggle. This film is celebrating its 10th Anniversary and Ray Telles and Rick Tejada-Flores, the writers/directors of this historic film have been invited to tell about the making of the film.

Other documentaries will include the 1954 classic SALT OF THE EARTH, the only film ever to be banned in the U.S. because of its subject matter and blacklisted writer and director. Chicano miners and their wives fight for justice and equality.

Three recent documentaries include Pepe Urquio's popular FRUIT OF LABOR about a uncommon man and his determination to become his own businessman in Oakland's Fruitvale District. Pepe is being invited to speak and may bring the star of the film with him.

A new documentary that the New York Times called "poetry on film".... Mark Becker's ROMANTICO about the music and life of a struggling musician that works the bars of the Mission District. The film portrays the humanity and dignity of the undocumented immigrant underscored by some of Mexican music's most poignant songs. A beautiful film. Plans are being made to bring Mark Becker to the screening

Finally, there is THE SHORT LIFE OF JOSE ANTONIO GUTTIEREZ, a Sundance film festival audience winner about a young immigrant from Guatamala who makes it to the U.S., struggles to survive and decides to join the U.S. military. He becomes the first "American" to die in the war in Iraq. This is his story.

These filmmakers are being invited to talk about their films and we want to be the first to personally invite you, your friends, colleagues and especially your students to see their films, listen to their stories and ask questions of these exceptionally talented people.

In addition, some great feature films are on tap as well. The great British director Ken Loach's BREAD AND ROSES will be screened starring Academy Award Winner Adrien Brody. George Lopez, the comedian is featured in a dramatic role. The film takes place during the huge Janitors for Justice strike in the downtown highrises in Los Angeles. The story focuses on two sisters and a union organizer to bring fair wages to the forgotten janitors. Think of a Latino version of NORMA RAE...the film that got an oscar for Sally Fields.

Finally, a rare gem from the land of film noir, the 1948 BORDER INCIDENT starring Ricardo Montalban as a Mexican government agent who goes undercover as a undocumented farmworker to bust a greedy and callous American landowner and his thugs who abuse and murder farmworkers. A thriller with great cinematography. Don't miss it.

That is the line-up. Tickets will probably be no more than $5 a screening with discounts for students.

Please come and see some truly wonderful films and support CINE ACCION's new partnership with MCCLA. We need your support now more than ever!!

Monday, February 12, 2007

2007 ICA Film Program organized by USF

USF is organizing a Film Program at the upcoming International Communication Association (ICA) conference, May 27, 2007!

The Film Program will take place in connection with the 2007 ICA conference, focusing on films related to its theme: Creating Communication: Content, Control, and Critique. This one-day event will showcase productions by local independent Bay Area filmmakers and film collectives. These films, examples of alternative and democratizing communication, illustrate the diversification of content creation and distribution within diverse and complex communication environments. The program also highlights the relevance of film as a communication tool and how people, including marginalized voices, participate in the creative process.

Location: Hilton
Time: Sunday 9:30 AM-6:00 PM

Coordinated by Susana Kaiser and John Kim, Department of Media Studies, University of San Francisco.

More information about the event and films:

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Eric Byler

In association with the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival:

March 21, 2007
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Harney 232 (where?) (please note change of location)
:: Eric Byler, Film Director of "Charlotte Sometimes" and "Americanese"
title :: Asian Pacific Americans in 2006-2008: Art, Media Representation, and Social Responsibility

Co-sponsored by Asian American Studies & Media Studies

Asian Pacific Americans in 2006-2008:
Art, Media Representation, and Social Responsibility

Award-winning writer/director Eric Byler (Charlotte Sometimes) will share clips from his upcoming theatrical release Americanese and his PBS television pilot My Life Disoriented, as well as YouTube videos he directed as a grassroots volunteer during 2006 Virginia Senate race (including Lost star Daniel Dae Kim’s response to the infamous “Macaca” incident).

Byler will talk about his film and television career, dedicated to transforming the way Asian Pacific Americans are represented in mainstream media, and explain why his endeavors in the arts are intimately connected to his work as a grassroots activist and community organizer. He will also discuss identity issues from the perspective of a Chinese American of mixed ancestry, and how early encounters with prejudice influenced his work as an artist and an activist.

Presentation will also include a preview of Byler’s upcoming documentary about APA political empowerment.

2006 VA Senate Race: Looking Back at Role of Asian Americans

Daniel Dae Kim Calls Out the APA Community

Democratic Party Acknowledges APA Role In Virginia Senate Victory


“A m e r i c a n e s e “


Americanese Clip 1 (w/ Chris Tashima, Autumn Reeser, Joan Chen)

Americanese Clip 2 (w/ Joan Chen, Chris Tashima)

Americanese Clip 3 (w/ Sab Shimono, Chris Tashima)




YouTube Clip#1 (with Karin Anna Cheung, Autumn Reeser, Di Quon)

YouTube Clip#2 (with Tamlyn Tomita, Dennis Dunn, Phil Young)

Friday, February 9, 2007


More about the USF Media Studies Colloquia and Speakers Series


MARCH 19, 20, 21, 2007

For more about the films and the festival: (under construction)


2:00 PM

YAIPOTA ÑANDE IGÜI - QUEREMOS NUESTRA TIERRA (WE WANT OUR LAND), Argentina, 2006, Dir. Lorena Riposati, Grupo de Cine Insurgente, 74m

4:00 PM

TOTAL DENIAL Bulgaria/Italy, 2006, Dir. Milena Kaneva, 65m (Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival)

5:30 PM

SWITCH OFF (APAGA Y VAMONOS) Spain, 2005, Dir. Manel Mayol, 87m (Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival)

7:30 PM

FOREST FOR THE TREES USA, 2006, Dir. Bernadine Mellis, 53m (Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival)


4:00 PM

MAQUILAPOLIS [City of Factories], USA, 2006, Dir. Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre, 68m

5:30 PM

WINTER IN BAGHDAD (INVIERNO EN BAGDAD) Spain, 2005, Dir. Javier Corcuera, 78m (Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival)

7:30 PM

ROSITA US/Nicaragua, 2005, Dir. Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater, 55m (Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival)


LGBTQ Caucus Sponsored Films

“Queer 360°: Many Faces of Queer Civil Rights”

4:00 PM


5:00 PM

ONE WEDDING AND A REVOLUTION USA, 2004, Dir. Debra Chasnoff, 20m

6:00 PM

I EXIST USA, 2003, Dir. Peter Barbosa and Garrett Lenoir, 57m


THROUGH THICK AND THIN USA, 2005, Dir. Sebastian Cordoba, 60m

A discussion lead by director Sebastian Cordoba to immediately follow the film.

For more information: (under construction)

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Thursday, February 1, 2007


February 21, 2007
4:30 - 6:00pm
UC 421 (where?)
presenter :: Andrew Goodwin, USF Department of Media Studies
title :: Let Me Take You On A Trip: On Trying To Write Fiction (Whilst Not Jumping The Shark) In The Era Of Postmodern Media

March 6, 2007 (tuesday)
4:15 - 5:30 pm
UC 419
presenter :: Bill Brown, USF Department of Media Studies
title :: The Next Best Place: Road Movies with Bill Brown

March 21, 2007
4:00 - 6:00 pm (where?)
Harney 232
:: Eric Byler, Film Director of "Charlotte Sometimes" and "Americanese"
title :: Asian Pacific Americans in 2006-2008: Art, Media Representation, and Social Responsibility

April 11, 2007
UC 421
presenter :: Bernadette Barker- Plummer, USF Department of Media Studies
title :: Fixing Gender: Transgender Discourses around the Araujo Murder Case

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presenter :: Susana Kasier, Department of Media Studies
title :: Media, Memory, Oral History

presenter :: Steven Runyon, Department of Media Studies
title :: TBA