Opening Day Festival

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Location: Creative Arts and Fine Arts buildings
Visitors at the Gallery

Join us for an afternoon of fun and creativity at our second annual Opening Day Festival, showcasing the best from the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. Enjoy a concert by SF State's own Alexander String Quartet, stroll through an art exhibit, experience live theatre and dance, groove to live jazz, watch student films and grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks. Free.


  • Noon: Allegorical Procedures: Bay Area Collage, 1950 – Present, Fine Arts Gallery
  • Noon: Cinema student shorts, Coppola Theatre
  • 1pm: Brown Bag Theatre Company, Brown Bag Theatre
  • 1pm: New Moves dance showcase, Fine Arts Building, Room 203
  • 1pm: Readings by Creative Writing graduate students, Casablanca Room
  • 1pm: Jazz ensemble, Knuth Hall 2pm: Morrison Artists Series pre-concert talk, McKenna Theatre
  • 3pm: Morrison Artists Series: Alexander String Quartet, McKenna Theatre (Tickets required)

Cinema student shorts

Please join us for a screening of recent student work from the Cinema Department programmed at the most prestigious film festivals in the world, including Sundance, Berlin and Cannes. This sampling of shorts from Cinema will show you why The Hollywood Reporter recently named the department as one of the top 25 film schools in the country.

  • Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story by Oscar Bucher (Sundance Film Festival – Best Short Documentary): An engaging documentary short that examines the life of a Japanese emigrant, Toshio Hirano, who fell in love with American Bluegrass in Tokyo and followed his passion for the music for 30 years, to Appalachia, Texas, and beyond.
  • Mothersbane by Jason Jakaitis (SXSW Winner – Best Documentary Short): This personal documentary explores the filmmake’'s ambivalent relationship to his mother’s physical disabilities and chronicles his attempts to be at peace with her suffering and disfigurement. It is a mixed-media portrait, alternating between the present — in which his mother battles a staph infection and prepares for a major surgery — and recollections of the filmmaker’s past.
  • Stepsister by Joey Izzo (Cannes Festival Cinéfondation): Fearing her own displacement, Anna torments her stepbrother’s new fiancée in this short fiction piece.

Readings by Creative Writing graduate students

Readers: Jennifer Cheng, Dylan Brie Ducey, Yume Kim, Kendra Schynert, Ryan Nash, Jane McDermott, Erik Blachford, Karlee Johnson, Austin Messick, Loria Mendoza. Refreshments will be served.