Film Student Captures Exciting Learning Environment of San Francisco Film School

You learn by doing. That old axiom still holds true today. Film student Sam Baer recently took that advice to heart by opting to make a day-in-the-life movie to illustrate what it’s like to attend one of the nation’s premier visual arts schools.

Sam is enrolled at the Academy of Art University located in the heart of one of America’s most vibrant and cultured cities, San Francisco. His approach to making his documentary was to leave nothing out. That meant recording the moment he rolled out of bed to crashing back to his mattress at the end of the day.

Sam’s film presents a stimulating portrayal of his rigorous but fulfilling class schedule. It documents the rich and textured environment of the school grounds, facilities, fellow students and the ancillary amenities that is the unique cultural milieu of San Francisco’s diverse culture. Employing the artist’s dictum of “show don’t tell,” Baer draws his viewers in and portrays attending the Academy of Art University as an enriching experience that demonstrates what it’s like to be learning at one’s “dream college.”

The venerable institution was established in 1929, and it is the only privately-owned art institution in the United States. It’s founder, Dr. Richard Stephens, was an accomplished painter and served as the creative director for Sunset magazine. The Academy of Arts University is still operated by the Stephens family today. It enrolls more than 5,000 students.

What has made the Academy of Arts University among the most successful institutions of higher education in the nation is its policy of hiring instructors who are not just “book smart,” but professionals who have achieved recognition in their respective fields. That means if a student, like Sam Baer, is studying experimental filmmaking, his teachers will have made significant contributions to that art.

The Academy of Arts University offers courses in 28 areas of study.

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Rebel Wilson and Company Enjoy Some Catzercise

Move over Richard Simmons because Sweatin’ to the Oldies has come competition. Rebel Wilson and a group of her friends have created a new workout routine called, “Catzercise” and it may be the next big thing. The Aussie-star released two videos of Catzercise on her Instagram, clad in furry pink ears and paws.

The dance number was the culmination of a thirty-minute Cats-themed dance rehearsal her friends threw for her surprise birthday party. Very fitting considering Wilson is starring in the film-version that will release in December.

Wilson began her birthday by making her own cake at the Milk Bar. Naturally, she posted photos of her creation. What followed was a surprise party that ended in Beverly Hills with the Catzercise dance routine. Wilson apparently had a very good time as she kept tweeting about it for the next few days.

Since her move stateside from Australia Rebel Wilson’s career has been on the rise. First appearing in Bridesmaids Wilson hit national status as Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect.

2019, however, is apparently the year of Rebel as the Aussie-actress is appearing in three major films. The first two, “Isn’t It Romantic” and “The Hustle” are coming out so close to each other moviegoers will see the preview of one while waiting to see the other. Read more: Pitch Perfect for Rebel Wilson | VanityFair and Isn’t it Romantic Trailer | Glamour

“Isn’t It Romantic” is a rom-com set in the imaginary world of a rom-com. Wilson plays the lead Natalie who wakes up in her own rom-com after getting knocked in the head. The movie co-stars Liam Hemsworth as a hunky client and Adam DeVine as Natalie’s best friend. The film is a delightful skewering of regular rom-com tropes.

“Isn’t It Romantic” released on Valentine’s Day. So far it has done well at the box office. Rebel’s next feature is a remake of a classic. “The Hustle” is the female-led remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Wilson stars in the Steve Martin role playing opposite Anne Hathaway.

As for Cats, Rebel Wilson will be playing Jennyanydots. The film is slated to release in December. The film also stars Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, and Ian McKellen.

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Isn’t It Romantic Stars Rebel Wilson in a Pitch Perfect Reunion

It looks like Rebel Wilson and Adam DeVine may become the next Hanks and Ryan or Sandler and Barrymore. The duo famously played opposite each other in Pitch Perfect as Fat Amy and Bumper respectively, and now they are set to star opposite each other once again in New Line Cinema’s Valentine’s Day offering Isn’t It Romantic. The film follows a “trapped in fantasy” story line that hilariously lampoon’s traditional rom-coms and the tropes that come with them. Read more: Isn’t it Romantic Trailer | Glamour

The main story revolves around an architect named Natalie. Once a huge fan of rom coms, Natalie has become jaded by the real world. After an unexpected tussle with a theif earns her a nasty bump on the head, Natalie wakes up inside the romantic comedies she watched as a child.

Her apartment is a mansion, she’s in full make-up and hair before waking up, and she has a closet full of clothes Carrie Bradshaw would gush over. Natalie even finds she has a token gay best friend to serve as her sidekick. The only thing missing is the hunky leading man who she literally runs into later.

Isn’t It Romantic has a lot of fun with the rom com genre. It delightfully skewers the picture perfect world such movies take place in with straight faced honesty. The film pulls out all the stops in spoofing trope after trope, while self-aware Natalie looks on in horror.

It is a perfect springboard from Rebel Wilson, who is making her leading lady debut in the film. She certainly has the comedic chops for the role and looks sublime playing the straight man.

The Aussie actress who is most famous for playing lively supporting roles made her stateside appearance in 2011’s Bridesmaids. Before that she had quite the career in her native Australia. Wilson made a memorable appearance as the character Bryn, but later on achieved national fame as fat Amy in Pitch Perfect. Now after two successful sequels and a smattering of great supporting roles in various films Wilson gets to test her leading character wings.

The film stars fellow Aussie Liam Hemsworth as Blake, a hunky client of Natalie’s that she begins an unexpected relationship with. His charm and wit is on full display as he woos a hesitant Natalie who cannot believe what is happening. As for LeVine, he stars as her best work friend but if the trailers are anything to go by it looks like he might become much more.

In typical rom com fashion it looks like the three may form a love triangle. Whether LeVine will play the unexpected true love that Natalie never knew she wanted is anyone’s guess, but the two certainly have already demonstrated great on screen chemistry.

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