Arts & Entertainment

    Collaboration Born From Shared Experience

    ILL alumna Sam Giuliano and author Haley Jakobson craft a “bedtime story for your twenties” with poetry and illustration


    ILL alumna Sam Giuliano and author Haley Jakobson. Photo courtesy of Sam Giuliano.

    If Leonardo da Vinci was right when he said, “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen,” then Sam Giuliano and Haley Jakobson’s fiery new anthology, Write Like Prayers, covers both fronts of that emotional spectrum. Giuliano, an alumna of Academy of Art University’s School of Illustration, is responsible for the book’s beautiful, muted artwork.

    “As young women in our respective industries, we sought the opportunity to develop our own narrative and cultivate a creative work that embodied the female millennial voice,” Giuliano explained. “Combining storytelling illustration with raw, unfiltered poetry, Write Like Prayers is a bedtime story for your twenties.”

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    The Animation Journey of Hanna Abi-Hanna

    The Academy alumnus, former instructor and Annie Award winner is a talented role model

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    Hanna Abi-Hanna giving a speech at this year’s Annie Awards. Photo by David Rocco Facchini.

    Academy of Art University School of Animation & Visual Effects alumnus and former instructor Hanna Abi-Hanna won an Annie Award earlier this year for his work as lead animator on Studio MDHR’s smash hit video game Cuphead, which also won the Annie Special Achievement Award. In 2017, critics and fans across the board have praised Cuphead for its difficult boss fight gameplay and unique 1930s cartoon animation style.

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    Interview: Bo Burnham Talks 'Eighth Grade'


    Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher on the set of Eighth Grade. Photo by Linda Kallerus. Courtesy of A24.

    For many people, their eighth grade experiences (including this writer’s) were just the worst. However, A24’s Eighth Grade, written and directed by Bo Burnham, is far from it—it’s one of the best films of the year. In a world colored by Snapchat filters and self-worth based on Instagram likes, Burnham’s feature debut captures an authentic look of what it’s like moving through the world as a young girl that feels overrun by nervous energy. Academy Art U News sat down with Burnham to discuss his film during a recent press stop in San Francisco.

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    'Generation Wealth' Explores the Dark Side of Chasing Money


    Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios.

    What do an ex-porn star, the mother of a toddler beauty pageant queen and a former financier have in common? They’re among the individuals who share their stories about being addicted to money, status and materialism—and what it cost them—in photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield’s new documentary Generation Wealth. The film is part of a multi-platform project she’s been working on since 2008, which also includes a photography book and exhibition.

    Greenfield was in town for the San Francisco International Film Festival back in April and Academy Art U News got together with her to talk about this unsettling documentary.

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    Telling the Story of Norman Mineta

    COM instructor Dianne Fukami’s documentary, An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy, was over 10 years in the making and included COM graduate Hailey Yang as editor

    Fukami with Minetas and Nakatomi

    Dianne Fukami on the red carpet for Opening Night of CAAMFest36 on May 20, 2018 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco for An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy. (L–R) Debra Nakatomi (Co-Producer), Deni Mineta, Secretary Norman Mineta, Dianne Fukami (Director and Co-Producer). Photo courtesy of Nakatomi & Associates.

    It took Dianne Fukami seven years to convince Norman Mineta to allow her to make a documentary on his life. 

    Her film, An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy, unveils the journey and struggles that the Japanese-American former San Jose mayor, Congressman and cabinet secretary to two U.S. presidents had to endure throughout his career, which Fukami noted is especially striking to audiences today.

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    An Evening of Animation Insight


    School of Animation & Visual Effects (ANM) instructor and Pixar animator Guilherme Jacinto came to speak to a full theater of Academy of Art University students this past May at 79 New Montgomery.

    Jacinto decided on his career path when he was just 10 years old after he saw the first Toy Story film in his native Brazil. Shortly after, he began teaching himself to animate using Maya, an industry standard 3-D graphics program.

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