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‘Ghost Town to Havana’ film inspires, connects

‘Ghost Town to Havana’ film inspires, connects

Cristian Medina,
Contributor
March 15, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Showcase, Sports

For many people, baseball is just a game. Some even find it boring. For others, it’s a way of life. It’s something that you’re born into and something that fills you with an indescribable sense of pride. For members of an Oakland youth baseball team, it was a way out of a less-than-desirable lif...

‘Get Out’ tackles social, race issues

‘Get Out’ tackles social, race issues

Tishauna Carrell,
Staff Writer
March 15, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion

The new film “Get Out” is a turning point as a horror movie, and hopefully will inspire future filmmakers to take a different approach to making horror movies. When I saw the trailer for “Get Out,” I was looking forward to seeing a horror film that included a focus on African Americans, so...

Wolverine slashes into theaters for the last time

Wolverine slashes into theaters for the last time

Marcus Bishop,
Contributor
March 8, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion

In the summer of 2000, Hugh Jackman first donned the sideburns and claws of the mutant-Canadian Logan, otherwise known as Wolverine. Jackman’s final appearance as Wolverine, in “Logan,” hit the silver screen March 3. Since 2000, Jackman has reprised his role in nine different films. “Logan” w...

African-American history needs an upgrade now

African-American history needs an upgrade now

Michelle Johnson,
Contributor
February 22, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Showcase

On a recent Sunday, I saw the film “Hidden Figures” at a small theater in El Cerrito with my mother. I had heard great reviews about the movie and I love the leading actresses — Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae — who portray women engineers in NASA’s Project Mercury that ...

“Birth of a Nation” praised, criticized

“Birth of a Nation” praised, criticized

Denika Williams,
Contributor
October 29, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion

“The Birth of a Nation” is actor Nate Parker’s first film as a director, but his film is very different from the original. In this dramatization based on a true story, Nate Parker portrays an enslaved African-American man named Nat Turner who led a slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831. I saw th...

Bay Area journalist tackles mud in documentary

Bay Area journalist tackles mud in documentary

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
August 31, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Showcase

When North Bay freelance journalist Scott Keneally pitched an experiential humor story about a self-proclaimed “wimpy” guy taking on the extreme obstacle course Tough Mudder to the North Bay Bohemian and Outside newspapers in 2012, he expected a challenge. The Healdsburg resident didn...

Must see Black History Month films

Must see Black History Month films

The Pioneer Staff
March 12, 2015
Filed under Blog

Here’s a list of films to watch during Black History Month that help to explore and celebrate the depths of the African American experience throughout history. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967) The Drayton’s daughter brings home her African American fiancé, forcing her parents to reeva...

CSUEB hosts their first mobile film festival

CSUEB hosts their first mobile film festival

Stefani Diaz,
Contributor
November 29, 2014
Filed under Campus, Showcase

In an era of smartphones, where phones can produce videos on par with some HD cameras, filmmakers have been able to shoot and produce entire films with their phones. In an effort to explore this trend, students and faculty within the School of Arts and Media are hosting a film festival called MoFiFest on Jan. 23. They are accepting submissions fro...

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