Professor Shimizu on Gender, Race, Sexuality in Film

Friday, July 08, 2016
IMPACT MANIA -- Celine Parreñas Shimizu, author, award-winning filmmaker and professor recently accepted a permanent position at the San Francisco State University School of Cinema. “I’m very excited to work with SFSU students who are not only talented in terms of identifying this passion for learning how to speak a visual language but they are also very hungry,” Shimizu says. “They want meaningful, intense relationships with faculty and with each other so they can make work that really matters. “Many of them are self-supporting or work full-time jobs. Whenever I walk into a classroom I want to make sure to give them worthwhile learning experiences. I present them information in a way that reaches them across their exhaustion and across the messiness of life. “In terms of actual content, I bring an experimental understanding of genre, disrespect of disciplinary boundaries and a focus on social aesthetics or moving image representations of race, sexuality and gender issues.”