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Marc Francis

Film and Digital Media PhD graduate student Marc Francis seemed destined to be a storyteller. As a child he put his wild imagination to work, dreaming up fanciful stories and movie plots, and even back then thought of becoming a film director and screenwriter.

Francis... [more]

Danette Buie; photo by Julie Rogge

As the first person to be the Director: Student Opportunity, Success and Equity, for the Arts Division, Danette Buie is thrilled about her new role in this recently created position. “I’m truly excited about working at an institution that is committed to student... [more]

Dency Nelson

With an amazing career in Hollywood spanning nearly 40 years, Dency Nelson has been the stage manager for almost every major award and event show for the past 25 years, including the Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, and Kennedy Center Honors. On top of that, he also worked on the Opening... [more]

Sarah Flores

Over ten years ago, Koret Scholar and UC Santa Cruz Film and Digital Media major Sarah Flores made her way from her hometown in Sacramento, California to San Francisco and at the young age of 20, found herself working in film.

“I fell into a really nice group of... [more]

The 31st annual Irwin Scholarship Award exhibition showcases the outstanding work of 12 of UC Santa Cruz’s most promising young artists.

This year’s theme, Love, Sex, Tenderness, & Trauma features graphic scenes of sexual abandon and murderous violence –... [more]

Nick Yarborough

Growing up, UC Santa Cruz alum Nick Yarborough knew early on that he wanted to dedicate his career to filmmaking. His love for films started as a child and developed into a passion when he started writing as a teenager. Now, having written screenplays for over ten years, his... [more]

Julie and Kristen Gautier-Downes

Twin sisters, Julie and Kristen Gautier-Downes both decided to pursue the arts at UC Santa Cruz, graduating in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Julie earned her BA in Studio Art, with... [more]

Mohamed Abousalem, Scott Brandt, Dean Susan Solt, Vin Di Bona

On February 27, 2017, the Arts Division at UC Santa Cruz presented its next generation of thinkers, makers, and creators in a dynamic Salon with UCSC alumni, trustees, and special friends. Hosted by Arts Dean Susan Solt and chairman of Lionsgate Television, Kevin Beggs... [more]

Edward Shanken

Associate Professor Edward Shanken’s distinguished career in both arts and academia has led him to take on the exciting role of Director of the Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) MFA program. He comes to UC Santa Cruz directly from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he... [more]

Assistant Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC), Kyle Parry works at the intersections of digital media, art and visual culture, and the environmental humanities. As a scholar, teacher and researcher, his practice has taken him in many thought-provoking directions, but one of his... [more]

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