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For release: Oct. 25, 1999

A 20-Year Retrospective of Student Films and Videos

De Anza College's Film/Television Department to Showcase its Best Student Work

If you are a movie buff, potential filmmaker, or film/television professional, don't miss the chance to view the best films and videos ever produced by De Anza College students at a special showing on Friday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Forum 1 on the Cupertino campus. It should be quite an event because students in the Film/Television Department have won more than their share of Student Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, and Focus Awards.

Tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased at the door.

The department has named its anniversary celebration "A Best of the Best: A 20-Year Retrospective of Student Films and Videos" and has selected 19 films and videos to showcase to the general public and college community. They range in length from 30 seconds to 13 minutes; cover a wide range of subject matter; and include comedy, experimental, live action, and animation.

One of the selected films, "Extended Play," holds the record for the most awards ever won by students, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. In 1981, David Casci and Chris Perry wrote and produced "Extended Play" which anticipated the popularity of video arcade games and even closely predicted the content of some of the games.

Each quarter the Film/Television Department enrolls almost 1,000 students who come from as far south as Modesto and as far north as Sonoma and as far away as Japan, Sweden and Spain. Twenty-seven courses are offered in such disciplines as film and video remote and studio production, screenwriting, animation and media studies.

"What makes our department unique is that many of our students -- both men and women -- have advanced degrees in computer-related fields and are employed in companies like Silicon Graphics, Intel, and Sun Microsystems," said Zaki Lisha, a film/television instructor and department coordinator. "They want to know how their hardware and software are being used in visual storytelling, and they have a deep interest in the power of these communication media."

The Film/Television Department, which is housed in the Advanced Technology Center, strives to stay on the cutting edge. Lisha, for instance, teaches a new course on non-linear digital editing to forge ahead into digital film and television. In addition, course offerings have been expanded in animation since a full-time animation instructor was hired and a new SGI lab opened.

Faculty keep abreast of developments in the field through regular contact with the motion picture and video industry, professional alumni, and local film commissions, as well as the art house, film exhibition and film festival circuits.

De Anza student projects have been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, New York Film Festival, Los Angeles International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, USA Film Festival, Cinequest, MTV, and San Jose Joey Awards. According to Lisha, numerous former students have achieved major studio or independent film careers in Southern California; and some 125 people who recently studied at De Anza are working in the electronic games industry.