“Cinema Visionaries”: an evening with Joshua Oppenheimer

“Cinema Visionaries”: an evening with Joshua Oppenheimer

California College of the Arts (CCA)

Joshua Oppenheimer, The Look of Silence, 2014. Courtesy of Drafthouse Films and Participant Media.
November 3, 2015
“Cinema Visionaries”: an evening with Joshua Oppenheimer

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 6:30pm

California College of the Arts
Timken Lecture Hall
1111 Eighth Street (at 16th & Wisconsin)
San Francisco, CA


Presented by the Film programs at CCA, the “Cinema Visionaries” series has become an important event for the Bay Area film community. Every year, CCA hosts a renowned filmmaker for an evening of conversation and film.

American film director Joshua Oppenheimer’s debut feature film, The Act of Killing (2012), is about the people who participated in the Indonesian killings of 1965–66. It was named Film of the Year by the Guardian and the Sight and Sound Film Poll, and won 72 international awards, including the European Film Award 2013, BAFTA 2014, Asia Pacific Screen Award 2013, and the Berlinale Audience Award 2013. The film also was nominated for the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary and has been released theatrically in 31 countries.

His second film, The Look of Silence (2014), is a companion piece to his first. It premiered in competition at the 71st Venice Film Festival, where it won five awards, including the Grand Jury Prize, the international critics award, and the European film critics award. Since then The Look of Silence has received the Danish Academy Award for Best Documentary, the Danish Film Critics Prize for Best Documentary, and the prestigious Danish Arts Council Award.

The film screened at many film festivals, including Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Busan International Film Festival (Best World Documentary).

Oppenheimer, a MacArthur grant recipient, is a partner at Final Cut for Real in Denmark and the artistic director of the Centre for Documentary and Experimental Film at the University of Westminster in London.

Past filmmakers
A selected list of the diverse filmmakers who have shared their work as part of the “Cinema Visionaries” series:

Alex Gibney (spring 2015): Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine (2015); Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015); We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks (2013)

Lisa Cholodenko (spring 2014): The Kids Are All Right (2010); Cavedweller (2004); Laurel Canyon (2002); High Art (1998)

Michael Moore (fall 2013): Sicko (2007); Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004); Bowling for Columbine (2002); Roger and Me (1989)

Sam Green (spring 2013): The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller (ongoing); Utopia in Four Movements (2010); The Weather Underground (2002)

Lucy Walker (spring 2013): The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011); Wasteland (2010)

Barbara Hammer (fall 2012): Tender Fictions (1996); Nitrate Kisses (1992); Dyketactics (1974)

Werner Herzog (fall 2012): Into the Abyss (2011); Grizzly Man (2005); Fitzcarraldo (1982)

John Waters (spring 2012): A Dirty Shame (2004); Serial Mom (1994); Cry-Baby (1990); Hairspray (1988); Polyester (1981); Pink Flamingos (1972)

Barry Jenkins (fall 2011): Chlorophyl (2011); Tall Enough (2009); A Young Couple (2009); Medicine for Melancholy (2008)

Lourdes Portillo (spring 2011): Night Passages (2013); Al Más Allá (2008); My McQueen (2004); Señorita Extraviada (2001); Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo (1985)

Gus Van Sant (spring 2011): Milk (2008); Good Will Hunting (1997); My Own Private Idaho (1991); Drugstore Cowboy (1989)


About California College of the Arts
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) offers 22 undergraduate and 13 graduate programs in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers BFA, MFA, BArch, MArch, MAAD, MBA, and MA degrees. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland and currently enrolls 2,000 full-time students. CCA students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner, undertaking projects and collaborations with students in other majors and engaging with outside communities.

Noted alumni include the artists Nathan Oliveira, Jules de Balincourt, Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the Oscar-winning filmmaker Audrey Marrs; the illustrator Tomie de Paola; the conceptual artists Harrell Fletcher, David Ireland, and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas, Michael Vanderbyl, and Gary Hutton.

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