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Students write their own screenplay in summer pre-collegiate course

Designed to give high school students grades eight to 11 a taste of Stanford residential life and the chance to take a three-week course of their choice, the first session of Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer (SPCS) Institute commenced on Jun. 25. One of the courses offered by the program’s writing and humanities department is Screenwriting, taught by director, screenwriter and producer William Stribling.

“Difret” spotlights feminist issues in Ethiopia

In the opening scene of “Difret,” Zereseney Mehari’s first feature film, human rights lawyer Meaza Ashenafi (Meron Getnet) reassures one of her clients: “Don’t worry,” she says. “There are laws in this country. No one is above the law.” But Meaza’s faith in Ethiopia’s justice system comes to a head when she hears about Hirut Assefa, a fourteen-year-old facing the death penalty for killing her rapist in self-defense.

An insider’s look at the San Francisco International Film Festival

Noah Cowan, who recently assumed his new role as executive director of the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS), opened the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) press conference on Tuesday morning by discussing his excitement at becoming involved with the Bay Area film scene. After stepping down as artistic director for the Toronto International Film Festival, where he spent over 10 years, Cowan said that he is ready to take on and embrace the Bay Area’s film and arts culture.

Italian filmmakers shine in San Francisco

Last weekend, the New Italian Cinema Festival at the Embarcadero Center Theater in San Francisco closed The San Francisco Film Society’s (SFFS) impressive annual Fall Season of mini-festivals. The season included a series of film festivals–Kong Cinema, French Cinema Now, Taiwan Film Days, NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival, SF International Animation Festival–each lasting a few…