News from Justin Germono, RTVF Grad 2012

JGRecent RTVF grad Justin Germono checked in recently with Professor Scott Sublett and offered the following update:

After graduating from the department in the Spring of 2012, I made the move down to Los Angeles diving right into freelance production work, specializing in non-fiction television. I quickly climbed the ranks, landing my first producing job on hit CBS reality series ‘Big Brother’ in the Summer of 2013. Since, I’ve done several more seasons of ‘Big Brother,’ and associate produced other hits such as FOX’s ‘MasterChef,’ CNBC’s ‘Restaurant Startup.’”

I just launched a website, too; www.germono.net.” 

Sounds as if things are going great for Justin! RTVF graduates rock!

What We Did This Summer

THE YELLOW WALLPAPER

THE YELLOW WALLPAPER

Spartan Films teamed with the TRFT department to produce the short film The Yellow Wallpaper. Based on the 1892 short story of the same name by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, it tells the tale of Eleanor, a young woman who struggles with postpartum depression. However, when her over-protective husband refuses to recognize her illness, he locks her in a room in their new Victorian mansion. Slowly, Eleanor loses sight of her sanity, and the patterns in the room’s yellow wallpaper begin to come to life.

The TRFT YELLOW WALLPAPER Team

The TRFT YELLOW WALLPAPER Team

“The Yellow Wallpaper” is an old story. and it has been adapted for film and stage many times. However, this film’s approach is different in that it does not over-emphasize the horror and thriller elements which sometime downplay the crucial message of female subjugation. Instead, the time period has been updated to the 1950s, not only to make it more accessible to contemporary audiences but also because that decade represented a period in which many women’s roles were also circumscribed by certain oppressive cultural norms.

The film is now in post-production.

Congratulations to 90.5 KSJS for Its 2015 Music Showcase!

The KSJS booth

The KSJS booth

On Thursday, April 30, KSJS held its first ever “KSJS Music Showcase,” funded primarily through a Dean’s Global Grant from SJSU’s College of Humanities & Arts. KSJS’s commitment is  to programming that includes a wide range of eclectic information and music from different musical and co-cultural traditions. The station provides an alternative to commercial radio programming by offering a diverse selection of under-represented music and unique public affairs.

The showcase was held in the CVB Quad. That’s on  the southeast corner of the SJSU campus, between dormitories, where approximately 1,700 students live.

Students enjoying the Music Showcase

Students enjoying the Music Showcase

On stage at the Music Showcase

On stage at the Music Showcase

Thanks to the leadership of KSJS’s Jessica (Jazzy) O’Loughlin and a whole host of KSJS students working hours to support the event, it came together and provided SJSU students–current and incoming alike–with an enjoyable afternoon.

Kourosh Ahari’s Short Film MALAISE Bound for the Cannes Film Festival!

Karoush Ahari

Kourosb Ahari

Congratulations to Kourosh Ahari! He’ll be walking the red carpet at the most famous film festival in the world in Cannes this year.

His short film Malaise (2014, 8 mins) has been selected for the festival’s pretigious Short Film Corner.

Malaise examines a catastrophic scenario in which a Spanish flu plagues the world and humanity. It explores just how far a man will go for his last reason for living.

Click below on the arrow to watch the film.