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    Academy of Art Alumnus Works On New Disney Series

    Mark Seidenberg, one of the school's first animation students, is co-executive producer of Disney Junior's Mickey and the Roadster Racers

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    (L-R) Rob LaDuca (Executive Producer, Mickey and the Roadster Racers), Mickey Mouse, Mark Seidenberg (Co-Executive Producer, Mickey and the Roadster Racers). Photo credit: Disney Junior.

    “After seeing the first little film that I made in class, I knew that's what I wanted to do,” said Mark Seidenberg, one of Academy of Art University’s first animation students.

    Seidenberg is now the co-executive producer and supervising story editor of Mickey and the Roadster Racers, the new Disney Junior preschool series, which is set to debut on Jan. 15, 2017. The show will unveil the wild car-racing adventure between Mickey Mouse and his gang.

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    The School of Web Design & New Media’s Fall 2016 Ideate Conference Showcases Innovation and Opportunity

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    Photo by Raina Maes.

    The School of Web Design & New Media’s Ideate Conference debuted in Fall 2015, but already the daylong summit has become a must-attend end-of-semester event. With a combination of one-on-one portfolio review sessions, face time with prospective employers and a tech showcase featuring trailblazing projects, the multifaceted conference offers students an indispensable tool for building industry knowledge and highlighting their work.

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    A Special Year for the Academy's Car Collection

    The collection wows with 32 cars on display during the annual auto show

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    The 1959 Cadillac 62 Coupe DeVille was in the spotlight at this year’s reception. Photo by Bob Toy.

    For over a decade, the Stephens family has hosted a reception in honor of the annual San Francisco Chronicle International Auto Show, which took place this year at the Moscone Center on Nov. 19–27. 

    Academy of Art University Chairman Emeritus Richard A. Stephens has always had a passion for cars and never dreamed that one day he’d be able to host a collection this huge. Now, at 91 years old, his dream has come true and he is able to share his love for cars with not only his family, but other car enthusiasts in the area.

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    Inside the 21st Annual Faculty + Alumni Fine Art Auction

    Proceeds benefit the Academy’s Student Scholarship Fund

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    School of Fine Art Executive Director of Painting & Printmaking Craig Nelson addresses the guests at the Fine Art Auction. Photo by Bob Toy.

    Just one street away from the hustle and bustle of Fisherman’s Wharf, art collectors and enthusiasts were enjoying wines and hors d’oeuvres under the open arches of The Cannery. It was the Academy of Art University’s 21st Annual Faculty + Alumni Fine Art Auction, held on Nov. 12. Between friendly chats, attendees were carefully observing, ready to bid on 424 original paintings, prints, jewelry and sculptures created by Academy faculty and alumni.

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    In Loving Remembrance: Curran G. Engel

    September 23, 1963 – November 22, 2016

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    We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former instructor, colleague, and friend, Curran Engel. Curran was an integral part of Academy of Art University’s School of Motion Pictures & Television for nearly 20 years, first as an adjunct instructor and most recently as Head of the Producing Track.

    Throughout his time at the Academy, Curran helped shape countless students through his unique combination of thoughtful mentorship and keen insight into the world of independent film. A lover of cinema, particularly classic films, Curran’s passion made him a joy to speak with and learn from. More so, his kindness, clever humor, and gracious manner left an indelible mark on each person he met, as evidenced by the enormous outpouring of love and condolences from family, friends, and former students.

    Curran was a beloved member of the Academy Community and will be sorely missed by all of us at the School of Motion Pictures & Television.  We offer our heartfelt sympathy to Curran’s wife and two sons.


    Producer Leky Lin Harnesses Film Festivals' Promotional Power

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    The Lottery team. (L–R) Jialiang He (Director of Photography), Jingwei Zhou (Composer), Xixi Liu (Editor) and Leky Lin (Producer). Photo courtesy of Leky Lin.

    As producer of the short film The Lottery, Academy of Art University School of Motion Pictures & Television graduate student Leky Lin wasted no time putting classroom teachings into practice. The lessons from Patricia Pawlak’s film distribution and film festival preparation class, in combination with Lin’s work ethic and the strength of the film itself, have propelled The Lottery to remarkable success on the film festival circuit.

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