April 12, 2004
Dedication of newly remodeled Communications
Building set for April 17
Film and Digital Media Department to celebrate
new home with Open House and Film Screening
By Scott Rappaport
The spotlight will shine on the UCSC Film and Digital Media Department
on April 17 when the campus dedicates its newly renovated Communications
UCSCs renovated Communications Building, the new home
of the Film and Digital Media Department, will be dedicated on
The festivities will begin at 3 p.m. with a welcome reception in front
of the building, accompanied by a sound mix of film scores provided
by a student D.J.
UCSCs Acting Chancellor Martin M. Chemers and Dean of the Arts
Edward F. Houghton will host a brief formal dedication ceremony at 4:15
p.m. before inviting guests into the remodeled building for a program
by faculty, students, and alumni.
A film profile of the departments faculty, recently put together
by Assistant Professor Gustavo Vazquez, will be presented after an introduction
by department chair Chip Lord. Current students and alums will also
speak about why they chose UCSC to study film, and how their education
has made a difference in their career.
From 5 to 6 p.m., student and faculty work will be showcased at an
open house. This will include the screening of student works in an ongoing
loop, a screening of a 3-D film by student Larry Cuba, and a room devoted
to the discussion and exhibit of the critical studies program in film,
which will include published works and film loops of faculty research.
Tours of the building will also be available with student docents on
hand to answer any questions.
At 8 p.m., the Film and Digital Media Department will present a screening
of More Than Famous, a film produced and directed by UCSC alum
Graham Rich. The movie is a documentary love story about International
Boxing Federation super featherweight champion Carlos Famoso
Hernandez, as he struggles against tremendous odds to pursue his dream
of becoming a champion. The film has been shown at numerous film festivals
and was broadcast by the HBO Latin channel last year.
Department chair Chip Lord noted that the remodeled Communications
Building now provides the Film and Digital Media Department with a new
centralized location on campus that will be more accessible to the public.
The department office and faculty offices were previously located at
The new building gives us a home and a strong sense
of community as almost all of our faculty--as well as both administrative
offices and technical staff--are here, Lord observed.
Improvements in the renovated Communications Building include:
A new production classroom
A 90-seat media theater/classroom
Two new seminar rooms and a small screening room
A general-purpose studio restored to its original function
A computer lab with space for 25 workstations
Additional space for checkout and storage of equipment
Eleven faculty offices
An expanded department office with improved public access.
All dedication events are free and open to the public. Parking is available
in the Core West Parking Structure. For more information, contact Jenny
Brown in the Film and Digital Media Department at (831) 459-3204 or
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