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Film screening: Star Choir

April 12: Film Screening

This film chronicles cosmic opera Star Choir’s live premiere in fall 2023 at the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory, where an ensemble cast and orchestra performed inside the 100-inch telescope. The opera and film were developed by Department of Visual Arts faculty Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade.

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April 27: Careers in Animation and Video Games

Join us for a panel discussion exploring the careers of creators and recruiters in the animation, film and video game industries. Lead by UC San Diego alumnus and animator Marty Davis, panelists will discuss their work and career path, sharing insight and answering questions from the audience. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to connect with established professionals!

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2024 Events: 

  • Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024 | Suraj Israni Memorial Lecture featuring award-winning filmmaker Sara Dosa
  • Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024 | Jonathan Sacks: What Music Brings to the Movies, featuring film composer alumnus
  • Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 | Entertainment Insiders Roundtable: How to Break into the Business
  • Thursday, March 14, 2024 | 2024 Kyoto Prize Symposium featuring Nalini Malani 
  • Friday, March 15, 2024 | Film Screening of "Water for Life" as part of the San Diego Latino Film Festival
  • Saturday, April 6, 2024 | Film Screening of "RALLY"
  • Friday, April 12, 2024 | Film Screening of "Star Choir"
  • Saturday, April 27, 2024 | Animation Career Panel

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2024 Suraj Israni Memorial Lecture

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sara Dosa discussed her award-winning documentary, "Fire of Love" during her talk at the 2024 Suraj Israni Memorial Lecture on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024.

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