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Long Beach Indie International Film Festival Full of Cal State Long Beach Contributions

Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) artists will play a big part in the upcoming Long Beach Indie International Film Festival, which showcases global diversity through film, television and digital media. The festival will take place Aug. 27-31, in downtown Long Beach. Screening more than 100 international and domestic films, the event brings together established and aspiring filmmakers, scholars, creative professionals and movie lovers from around the globe, offering a world-class entertainment experience.

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It will take place at the Cinemark at the Pike Theaters as well as the Long Beach Convention Center and will include a number of screenings and activities created by the CSULB’s departments of dance, film and electronic arts, and more than 10 CSULB student and alumni filmmakers.  Altogether, the festival will be screening more than 90 films from across the globe.

“One of the key aspects of this international festival is showcasing to the world the great programs and people at CSULB. I am so happy to have such a great representation of innovative and thought-provoking filmmaking from the faculty and students,” said Daniel E. Walker, director of the film festival.

The Long Beach Indie International Film Festival also includes an opportunity for scholars and creative professionals to come to Long Beach to discuss the latest developments in film, television and digital media, and for community advocates to learn how to create and use film and digital media to raise awareness, build community, impact policy, and change lives. In addition, a college and career fair and an award ceremony will be held.

Some events highlighting CSULB include:

  • Thursday Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. – A documentary filmed during CSULB’s Carpenter Performing Arts Center’s acclaimed B-Word Project featuring the Department of Dance’s production of Bill T. Jones’ moving piece “Reading, Mercy and the Artifical Nigger,” performed on campus in 2012. The film follows student dancers working with Jones, one of America’s most prestigious choreographers, as well as touching on his personal experiences with censorship. CSULB choreographers Keith Johnson, Sophia Monat and Andrew Vaca are featured alongside some of the top students in the department.
  • Thursday, Aug. 28 at 4:15 p.m. – Four CSULB filmmakers will be featured in the Student and Rising Stars Showcase.
  • Thursday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. – The screening of “A Dog’s Life” by CSULB alumnus Seth Craven.
  • Saturday, Aug. 30 at 5:30 p.m. – The CSULB Student Showcase featuring the work of seven current and former Department of Film and Electronic Arts’ students. It also includes Joshua Hoh’s award-winning film, “Steven Spielberg and the Return to Film School,” which was shot on campus and traces Spielberg’s return to CSULB to finish his degree.

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