November 1, 2018

Every semester Professor Christina N. Baker-Foley asks her students to name a black film director. Spike Lee and Tyler Perry come to mind to most. Some students more film savvy might say Ryan Coogler, director of Marvel’s Black Panther or recent Academy Award Best Picture winner ...

california typewriter poster
Connie Field, director of "The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter" (1980)
Alexandre Phillippe director of 78/52
January 4, 2018

The documentary film “California Typewriter” opens the Sonoma Film Institute's spring 2018 season at Sonoma State University. The film by Doug Nichol, tells the story of one of the last typewriter stores located in Berkeley, along with fascinating interviews with famous typewriters enthusiasts,...

Leela Dance in "The Son of The Wind"
March 29, 2017

Sonoma State University is hosting a pair of premieres at the Green Music Center with the world premiere of Leela Dance Collective's kathak dance drama "Son of the Wind" at Weill Hall on April 8 and the West Coast premiere of the restored 1948 Hindi film "Kalpana" in Schroeder...

Marco Calavita in the new documentary, 78/52
February 28, 2017

Why would Hollywood make a 90-minute documentary about a three-minute scene? When it's the famous shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho," Sonoma State University Communications Department Chair Marco Calavita says there's plenty to talk about -- and he does, as one of the interview...

Ajay Gehlawat
December 3, 2015

Sonoma State University professor Ajay Gehlawat is speaking at the History Museum of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa on Dec. 10 in conjunction with the Smithsonian's traveling exhibition, "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation."

This specific talk is entitled "Here Comes the...

band led by sax player
January 11, 2016

The Sonoma Film Institute's spring schedule includes fantastic films from around the world, including Cuba, Poland, Italy, India and more. Classics like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and new films like "The Pearl Button" are screened in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall at Sonoma State University on...

scene from Herzog's new film
December 19, 2016

Werner Herzog's new film, "Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World," opens the Sonoma Film Institute's fall 2017 season at Sonoma State University. It explores the digital landscape with a fervent curiosity that has characterized Herzog's recent documentaries.

"Lo and Behold"...

Alex Bretow, third from left, with the director and members of the cast and crew at the world premiere of "The Secret of 40" in San Jose on March 4
March 8, 2016

Alex Bretow, a Sonoma State University student whose short film was shown at the Cannes film festival last year, is producer of the first-ever horror film for Barco Escape's 3-Screen Experience. The film, "The Secret of 40" premiered at Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose on March 4 and screens...


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