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Cinematheque: Bringing the classics to the valley

Cinematheque: Bringing the classics to the valley

Leah Arzu

November 10, 2014

If you’ve been to Manzanita Hall, you’ve seen it; the alcove tucked away behind the glass doors, with walls that are adorned in classic movie posters from an era when movie stars exuded glamour while being triple threats and when the films themselves defied their time. Nestled between the row...

Short film provides students with experience

Short film provides students with experience

Kyle Hufnagel

October 1, 2014

Students who are approaching graduation will inevitably find professional experience, whether it’s paid or not, is absolutely essential to reaching their career aspirations. You have to check off all the right kind of boxes and no field is more difficult to break into than the film industry. As com...

Film students know how to impress: Reasons why Hollywood Reporter didn’t forget them

Film students know how to impress: Reasons why Hollywood Reporter didn’t forget them

Silvia Gutierrez

September 2, 2014

>>>CORRECTION: The story incorrectly stated that the department has the opportunity to employ lectures and part-time instructors such as television star Bill Cosby.  Bill Cosby has never taught a class, he has only met with some students. Additionally, the department has the opportunity t...

The art of chaos: CTVA professor and her students make a documentary about the Northridge earthquake

The art of chaos: CTVA professor and her students make a documentary about the Northridge earthquake

Alex Vejar

January 17, 2014

During the immediate aftermath of the devastating 1994 Northridge earthquake, which reduced much of the Cal State Northridge campus to rubble, one film professor and a large group of her students saw an opportunity to record history.  “I always think that it’s the responsibility of storytellers to ...

Director Alexander Payne on his new film, “Nebraska”

Director Alexander Payne on his new film, “Nebraska”

Patrick J. Wilkinson

November 29, 2013

It only seemed inevitable that director Alexander Payne would pay homage to his beloved home state of Nebraska by naming one of his films after it. His film credits brim with love for the state, so much so that he has shot and set three of his six films there, just don’t ask him why he keeps coming...

Why you should enroll in ‘Monsters University’

Natalie Rivera

June 22, 2013

Making a prequel based on a film that was a huge success by a movie company that has a reputation for making some of the best animated films, is no walk around the park. Yet, this challenge was met gracefully by Disney when they released “Monsters University” the unexpected prequel to "Monsters Inc." It...

Production films on campus this week

Christina Bennett

May 8, 2013

A major production is filming on campus this week and will be using the VPAC and a Jacaranda Hall lab to film several scenes. CSUN students have been recruited as extras for the film. On the film set at the VPAC, manager of facilities Michael Bergantzel said he could not disclose details about the...

Manic Pixie Dream Girls are invading your heart

Cynthia Gomez

April 3, 2013

What in the world is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl? What kind of girl does the average guy likes to see on film? A bubbly, vivacious, and shallow girl that enters a man’s life magically and breaks their heart in order to get a point through? That's exactly what they are. The typical MPDG is the breath...

Resident Evil: Retribution makes improvements

Resident Evil: Retribution makes improvements

Donna Rodriguez

September 17, 2012

"Resident Evil: Retribution" accomplishes something that no other "Resident Evil" film  has done. It finally brought the essence of the video games into the film. "Retribution" brings back familiar faces from the franchise and the games.  The film brought back characters such as Rain Ocampo and J...

Chatsworth theater premieres San Fernando Valley’s largest movie screen

Ashley Soley-Cerro

May 12, 2011

Chatsworth’s Winnetka 21 Theater recently premiered the largest movie screen in the San Fernando Valley. Audiences could experience the largest movie screen in the Valley for the first time midnight May 6, for the opening weekend of Thor 3D. The screen measures at 71 feet by 41 feet 9 inches and ...

‘The Beaver’ is a Disturbingly Good Film

Alison Geller

May 12, 2011

“The Beaver,” director and co-star Jodie Foster’s latest film, is a mental rollercoaster. The movie, which is only playing at a handful of theaters, stars Academy Award winner Mel Gibson as Walter Black, a husband who has sunk so low in his depression that his wife (Foster) kicks him out. Walter...

Film student overcomes obstacles, showcase similar stories

Brian De Los Santos

May 11, 2011

Luz Sanchez has been through a lot. She was mugged for her school books. She also saw her mother become a victim of domestic abuse. She was also forced to move to the United States in search for a better life for her and her son. But these obstacles have not stopped Sanchez. The cinema and television arts major took on mo...

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