Cinematheque Management (San Francisco State University)

Cinema 506:Cinematheque Management is an elective class offered at  San Francisco State University. I have had the honor of teaching this class for the last two years.

Cinema 506:Cinematheque Management  examines the factors which film/video exhibitors work with when bringing media works to an audience: the programming, the environment, the inclusion of adjacency events (for example, panels, speakers, live musical performance), technical and social issues, and the role of the audience. In the class we explore traditional and non-traditional forms of programming and exhibition, examine how technology has changed the role of both the viewer and audience and also get up close and personal with local bay area film events and programmers.

The class takes a hands-on approach to putting on a film event and serve as the producers of the MFA Spring Show, Film Previews and Film Finals. Special attention is paid to practical aspects of marketing and publicity, press releases, event coordination, and community outreach and promotion.

Curious to learn more about this class?

  • Find the full curriculum, guest speakers and student’s assignments on the class website Towards the Cinemagical.
  • Check out the 2011 Film Finals website for the full experience (the website has a lovely and fun blog that gives you more insight into the event experience).
  • Read my magical message blog post that gives an inside glance at some of cinemagical rumblings my class and I did this year.

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