For Immediate Release
January 9th, 2017

Contact: Jane Lehr; 805-756-6442

Cal Poly to Host Four Events for Local Filmmakers and Film Enthusiasts This Winter

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will host four events for local filmmakers and film enthusiasts in January and February. The speaker series is part of the university’s Media Arts, Society and Technology minor program, with two events co-sponsored by the Center for Service in Action as part of Change the Status Quo, an annual social justice conference at Cal Poly.

“These events will be especially useful to students who will be collaborating over the quarter to create short films that will be screened at the 23rd San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in March, but we would love to boost community participation in all of our film-focused events,” said event organizer Jane Lehr, chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and an associate professor in the Ethnic Studies Department.

The first two events in the series will take place Wednesday, Jan. 11, in the Advanced Technologies Lab (No. 7) on campus. From 9 a.m. to noon, Simo Nylander, filmmaker and former vice president of Aspect Studios, will give a presentation on the fundamentals of cinematography and lighting. From 4:10 to 5:30 p.m., Mark Stolaroff, filmmaker and founder of the No Budget Film School, will give a talk titled, “The Art of No Budget Filmmaking.”

On Friday, Feb. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Pavillion (No. 6, Room 128), there will be a screening of the documentary film “The Mind of Mark DeFriest” followed by a question-and-answer session with filmmaker Gabe London. The film explores the life and mind of a legendary escape artist who came up for parole after more than 30 years behind bars.

This event will be co-sponsored by the Center for Service in Action as part of Change the Status Quo, an annual social justice conference at Cal Poly that aims to challenge social norms and empower students to utilize their education to make a lasting social change.

London will present “Storytelling and Social Change,” the last event of the series, on Saturday, Feb. 18, as the closing session of the Change the Status Quo conference.

A minor in Media Arts, Society and Technology (MAST) is available to students as one of four recently introduced Science, Technology and Society (STS) minors under the College of Liberal Arts.

“As part of the STS minors program, we are committed to creating these opportunities for our students to showcase the process and products of Learn by Doing in STS,” Lehr said.

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About Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts comprises 15 departments and two interdisciplinary programs, offering highly selective programs in the arts, humanities, communications and social sciences. Providing nearly one-third of the university’s instruction, the college serves as an essential component of liberal arts education for all students at Cal Poly. The college fosters excellence within its cutting-edge disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses while diversifying, extending and enriching the broader polytechnic environment.

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