CSULB Film & Electronic Arts


At CSULB, we believe our mission is to educate the next generation of filmmakers and scholars, whose diverse voices tell compelling stories that speak directly to their individual communities, as well as society as a whole.

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Thanks to NewFilmmakers Los Angeles for another great film festival! Check out this picture of our film students enjoying the NFMLA Monthly Film Festival InFocus: Female Cinema in Downtown Los Angeles this past weekend!


Join us on Tuesday March 26th 6:30pm-8:30pm in UTC 127 for our Spring 2024 town hall with Department Chair Adam Moore! Come hear the current plans of the department and where we’re headed. Ask questions and share your experiences!

Did we mention FREE FOOD?!

Creating Globally Informed Filmmakers 03/20/2024

Check out our article about the study abroad film experiences we provide to students!

Creating Globally Informed Filmmakers Through partnerships with universities and film programs outside of the U.S., The Film & Electronic Arts Department fosters collaborative experiences for students which shape their world view as filmmakers.

Photos from CSULB Film & Electronic Arts's post 03/20/2024

It’s Women’s History Month and we’re celebrating all the incredible women filmmakers in our family! Shout out to Prof. Kate Trumbull-LaValle whose documentary film “Ovarian Psycos” will screen tomorrow 3/21 in The University of Illinois’ Roger Ebert Center for Film Studies Women’s History Screening series. “Ovarian Psycos” is a 2016 documentary about a new generation of fierce, unapologetic, and feminist women of color from the Eastside of Los Angeles who confront injustice, build community, and redefine identity through a raucous, irreverently names bicycle crew: The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade. The film was directed by Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle.


Photos from CSULB Film & Electronic Arts's post 03/18/2024

Congratulations to alum Martin Echavarria who recently started working at Kinetic Content as an Assistant Editor! Martin is also a graduate of the Streetlights program. Go Martin, we’re so proud of you and this huge accomplishment!

Photos from CSULB Film & Electronic Arts's post 03/15/2024

Thanks to everyone who showed up for our first stress-relief craft session with our department student ambassadors Melyssa and Alyson! Check out these creations and don’t forget to join the ambassadors for the remaining events this semester to de-stress and hang out with your fellow film students!

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM in UTC 201:

• March 26th, 2024 - Perler Bead Projects

• April 23rd, 2024 – Mood-Board Collaging

• May 7th, 2024 – Super Silly Slime

Supplies are provided, bring your friends!


Congrats to Creative Nonfiction film student Mia O’Neal who is the 2024 recipient of an grant for her 383 capstone film! Mia’s film “Detached City” is an observational city symphony documentary that captures various cities within Southern California as it observes people—old and young—as they navigate the cycle of daily life, highlighting their overconsumption of technology, as it distracts them from the material world and inhibits opportunities to connect with others. Come watch Mia’s film at the Full Spectrum end of year showcase on Saturday May 18th!

Photos from CSULB Film & Electronic Arts's post 03/13/2024

Big congratulations to student Zhen Smalls for receiving Disney and UNCF’s FX Storytelling Legacy Scholarship! This scholarship is in memory of the legendary director and producer John Singleton. The scholarship aims to encourage and empower the next generation of storytellers who are following in John’s footsteps and pursuing a career in film or television production, directing, or screenwriting. Along with the monetary support from the scholarship the recipient receives mentorship with a FX employee and professional development through The Walt Disney Company/UNCF Enhanced Corporate Scholars Program.

In addition to being in the Screenwriting track, Zhen also works as a student assistant in the department under FEA Technician, Robert Rhyu in the new UTC post production computer lab. Check out this link to watch the ABC7 interview of Zhen and Robert: https://abc7.com/videoClip/14474540/

Way to go Zhen, congrats!


Check out this screening of Prof. Annette Haywood-Carter’s film FOXFIRE, starring Angelina Jolie tonight at THE NEW BEV!

Thurs March 7, 9:30pm

New Beverly Cinema

7165 Beverly Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90036

The film will be a double feature with “The Outsiders”

More info: https://thenewbev.com/program/march-6-the-outsiders-foxfire/


Join us in person for one or both of our IAAM Spring 2024 listening tours to share your thoughts about our department.

Inclusivity Across All Media (IAAM) is committed to addressing equity, diversity and inclusivity in the FEA department and the film industry as a whole through focused outreach, discussion, assessment, reflection and action.

Help create the environment that you deserve, all are welcome!

IAAM Listening Tour #1 (In Person)

Monday | March 11th | 3:15PM - 5:15PM

UTC 123

IAAM Listening Tour #2 (In Person)

Thursday | March 14th | 10:00AM - 12:00PM

UTC 127


Save the date!! Join us as we celebrate our 2024 grads on Monday May 20th in our department graduation ceremony at 10am in the CSULB University Theater and the CSULB College of the Arts graduation ceremony, 6pm at Angel’s Stadium in Anaheim!

Seniors don’t forget to join our first department graduation committee meeting tomorrow, Wednesday March 6th 3pm-4:45pm in UTC 103. Contact our student ambassadors for more info (link in bio).

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Congratulations to recent alum Shannon S. Simpson whose senior film “What About Daddy?” was accepted into The Black Film Summit Festival! The Black Film Summit is a gathering of people who love films and want to celebrate black achievement in the cinematic arts. They are dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for filmmakers across the Pan African diaspora to gather, be heard, and have their work showcased. TBFS strives to give the African American community and its allies a safe space where they can enjoy, converse, and celebrate independent films featuring people of color.

TBFS 2024 offers 47 films from across the United States and around the world which will screen from March 20th-23rd.


Looking to de-stress? Join our Film & Electronic Arts Department Student Ambassadors Alyson and Melyssa for some fun craft sessions this semester to relax and unwind with your fellow filmmakers!

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM in UTC 201:

• March 5th, 2024 - Friendship bracelets
• March 26th, 2024 - Perler Bead Projects
• April 23rd, 2024 – Mood-Board Collaging
• May 7th, 2024 – Super Silly Slime

Supplies are provided, bring your friends!


Join FEA’s Inclusivity Across All Media (IAAM) group this Thursday 2/29 for a Community Conversation about Black Cinema- Who Can Tell Whose Story? This event will be moderated by Professor Tasha Hunter, MFA. We look forward to an open and reflective conversation. All are welcome to attend.

7pm via Zoom

Meeting ID: 786 249 0756

Photos from CSULB Film & Electronic Arts's post 02/22/2024

Congratulations to Professor, Tasha Hunter who is being recognized with the “Community Activist Award” in California’s 44th District this weekend by Congresswoman Nanette Barragan! Every year US Rep Nanette Diaz Barragán hosts a Black History Month Celebration Event to highlight and acknowledge the meaningful contributions of African Americans to California’s 44th Congressional District. This year’s theme is “African Americans and The Arts” acknowledging how Black artists have made history and shared their culture through their crafts.

Professor Hunter is a part time lecturer in the Film & Electronic Arts Department at CSULB where she teaches various courses including Black Cinema, Producing, and On-Set Safety & Best Practices. She also serves as one of the co-chairs of the department’s Inclusivity Across All Media (IAAM) committee which seeks to address equity, diversity and inclusivity in the FEA department and the film industry as a whole through focused outreach, discussion, assessment, reflection and action. When she’s not at CSULB, Tasha runs a highly sought-after consulting business, Wiggins Hunter Consulting Group and is an active leader in the Long Beach and surrounding communities.

Congrats on this well-deserved honor, Professor Hunter!


Join us next week on Tuesday February 27th at 9:30am in UTC 203 for our guest speaker event with director, Karyn Kusama!

Karyn Kusama is an Emmy-nominated film and television director. Her singular work utilizes elements of genre to explore complex human relationships and emotions such as grief, identity, and anxiety.

She has also worked extensively in television, directing numerous episodes of series such as Yellowjackets, which garnered seven Emmy nominations, including one for her direction of the pilot episode.

Karyn also co-owns the film and television production company Familystyle Film along with her husband, screenwriter Phil Hay, and his writing partner Matt Manfredi.


Continuing our partnership with @ NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, we’re excited to announce FREE tickets available for our students to attend their upcoming Female Cinema on Saturday March 9th from 2:30pm – 10:00pm in downtown Los Angeles (1139 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles 90015). In this festival NFMLA celebrates up-and-coming female talent in front of and behind the camera with this month’s InFocus: Female Cinema, along with a selection of shorts from NFMLA’s ongoing monthly program and Colton Van Til’s feature narrative Meltdown: A Nuclear Family’s Ascension into Madness.

Hurry supplies are limited! Fill out the form https://forms.office.com/r/nN2343EisX by March 5th!


Free orientation! Learn more about our media resources on Thursday, Feb 22 @ 3pm. Register at padnet.tv/classes

Photos from CSULB Film & Electronic Arts's post 02/15/2024

Thank you AJ Bleyer for coming to speak with our students this week! Our students had a blast hearing about your experiences in the industry and learning how to market themselves while they build a career as professional creatives. Special thanks to our cohost, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers - SMPTE for helping to make this event possible!


Happy heart day to everyone in our Film & Electronic Arts family. 🤍


Shoutout to alums (pictured here left to right) Joyce Ho, Samantha Iniguez, Nicole Acuna, Emily Torres-Rodriguez, and Jeff Vintimilla who were accepted into the Streetlights production assistant program, the only entry-level production training of its kind requiring each graduate to complete 240 hours of industry dictated job preparation, 120 of which are spent working on actual productions.

Streetlights’ goal is to create careers, not just jobs for underrepresented individuals from diverse backgrounds. Their PA program taught by industry professionals, brings a skilled, ethnically diverse workforce to the behind-the-camera world of film, TV, commercials, and all media platforms. Check out how you can apply to the Streetlights program here: https://www.streetlights.org/application-requirements!

Congrats to our alums who are currently training at Television City! We are so proud of you and can’t wait to see what you do next! 🎬❤


Join us for a special event next week, cohosted with ! DGA Director and Photographer, AJ Bleyer shares his experience shooting for elite vehicle manufacturers like Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin, Porsche, Tesla and many more. When he’s not adding to his portfolio of award-winning photo and video work, he serves as an ambassador for brands like Fujifilm, RED Digital Cinema, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences like NAB and Adobe Max.

This event will be in person in UTC 123 on the CSULB campus as well as on Zoom.

When: Tuesday February 13, 2024 10:00 AM

Zoom Webinar: 885 5603 5221
Passcode: 870478

See you there!


to last spring when our very own Helen Hood Scheer received the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award from at CSULB! Helen heads our creative nonfiction track as well as serving as the department’s internship advisor. Her nominator describes Helen as “a force of nature” sharing “Helen’s students reach into themselves to mine stories that are important to them. They become proficient in the nuts and bolts of shooting, lighting, editing, recording sound and so on, but alongside this, they become self-reflective and invested in themselves too. She helps them identify what matters to them as individuals.”

Congratulations again to Helen for this honor and your years of teaching at !


🌧️EVENT UPDATE!🌧️ Due to the storm and change to university operations today, this event has moved ONLINE.

JOIN US for a special event film screening of HOW TO HAVE AN AMERICAN BABY (117 minutes, USA, Mandarin and English w/ English subtitles) followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

FILMMAKER Q&A LIVE VIA ZOOM: Monday February 5, 2024 at 11:30 am
ZOOM LINK: https://csulb.zoom.us/j/83290712080
MEETING ID: 832 9071 2080

WATCH THE FILM ON YOUR OWN FOR FREE (ideally before the filmmaker Q&A!): https://www.pbs.org/pov/films/howtohaveanamericanbaby/

FILM SYNOPSIS: There is a city in Southern California that is teeming with pregnant women from China. HOW TO HAVE AN AMERICAN BABY is a kaleidoscopic voyage into the booming shadow economy catering to Chinese tourists who travel to Southern California on “birthing vacations”–in order to obtain U.S. citizenship for their babies. Unraveling the underground supply chain from Los Angeles to Beijing, the film weaves together vignettes and multiple storylines. Inside bedrooms, delivery rooms, and family meetings, the story of a hidden global economy emerges—depicting the fortunes and tragedies that befall the ordinary people caught in the web of its influence.

The documentary film is artful and has been hailed for its “[e]xtraordinary intimacy” (Wall Street Journal). “It gives a balanced look at issues with which many of us are unfamiliar and allows the audience to form its own opinions” (Forbes) and is “[s]trikingly tender” (The Guardian).

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Last day to check out our film clubs at Week of Welcome! Head out to the upper campus quad until 2pm today and visit Women in Film Club, Producer's Club, and Film Club!


CSULB Film & Electronic Arts Department is proud to be a 2024 academic partner! Through this partnership we are providing film students at with a FREE pass to various NFMLA festivals throughout the year. Click the link below to apply for a free pass to their NFMLA’s upcoming Black Cinema film festival on February 10th 02:30pm PST - 10:00pm PST in Downtown Los Angeles. Hurry tickets are limited, apply by February 6th!

Sign up here: https://forms.office.com/r/AqnmbnpwMw

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is hosting its February Monthly Film Festival and annual InFocus: Black Cinema program! This program spotlights Black stories and emerging Black talent in front of and behind the camera, a selection of short film highlights from NFMLA’s ongoing monthly program, and Michael Lewis Foster’s feature narrative, To Fall In Love.


Welcome to the Spring 2024 semester! We're excited to see all of our students back on campus and return to our remodeled building! Late last night the California Faculty Association (CFA) announced a tentative agreement has been reached with The CSU. The strike has been canceled and all classes will resume. Film students please check your email with important information from Department Chair Adam Moore and your professors regarding classes. Welcome back!


Free Orientation Tomorrow!!

Get an introduction to the media resources available at PADNET! Learn how to gain free access to equipment, studios, and edit suites through our media training classes. We’ll also cover policies and procedures.

Register here - https://padnet.tv/classes/


Happy New Year! Wishing you a prosperous 2024!


Happy Holidays from CSULB's Film & Electronic Arts Department! We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season.

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