College of Motion Picture Arts

Terry Beck

When he was considering where to attend college, Florida State University senior Terry Beck wanted a place to grow and build the skills necessary to pursue his dream of becoming a filmmaker. He thought he would have to attend a school in New York or California, but as soon as the Wisconsin native saw FSU […]

FSU film professor wins prestigious Independent Spirit Award

Something very unexpected happened when Florida State University’s Antonio Méndez Esparza, a gifted and impassioned faculty filmmaker and teacher at the College of Motion Picture Arts, heard his film “Life and Nothing More” announced as a winner at the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards. His mind went blank. Esparza didn’t expect that. He’d practiced a […]

FSU Veterans Film Festival honors directors at world premiere of ‘Apache Warrior’

Photo Gallery The Florida State University Veterans Film Festival hosted its first-ever world premiere as filmmakers David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud debuted their film, “Apache Warrior,” at the seventh annual event Thursday night. The co-directors received the FSU Student Veteran Torchlight Award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking before screening their film at Florida State University’s […]

FSU rolls out the red carpet for Oscar-winning alumnus Barry Jenkins

Florida State University rolled out the red carpet for Barry Jenkins’ triumphant return to his alma mater capped off with a sold-out crowd at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall March 31. Tickets to Friday’s screening of Jenkins’ Oscar-winning film “Moonlight” had sold out in less than two hours. The event was hosted by the Florida State […]

Oscar nominees: FSU film school is nation’s ‘hidden secret’

Oscar nominees and Florida State University graduates Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders find themselves in unfamiliar territory lately, launched there by the exhilarating ride of their Oscar-nominated film “Moonlight.” For years, McMillon and Sanders — nominated for an Academy Award in film editing — have comfortably worked behind the scenes often in tight editing rooms, […]

‘Lens of time’ magnifies FSU experience for Oscar-nominated cinematographer

Oscar nominee and Florida State University alumnus James Laxton is coming off the best professional experience of his life on the film “Moonlight,” which is nominated for eight Academy Awards — including Best Picture. Laxton earned an Oscar nomination for cinematography on the film and now, days before the 89th Academy Awards on Feb. 26, […]

Oscar nominee Barry Jenkins’ road to success started at Florida State

** FEB. 26 UPDATE: In a very confusing and crazy conclusion to the 89th annual Academy Awards, “La La Land” was initially named Best Picture. But after members of that film came onstage and delivered speeches, they were told the announcement was a mistake and the real winner of the top award at the Oscars […]

FSU film school alums earn awards, acclaim with ‘Moonlight’

UPDATE: Florida State graduates Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski, James Laxton, Andrew Hevia, Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon won the Golden Globe Award for best motion picture (drama) with their film “Moonlight” on Sunday night, Jan 8. Congratulations!   Barry Jenkins was a junior at Florida State University in 2000 when he walked by Doak Campbell […]

‘Citizen Soldier’ headlines FSU’s sixth Student Veteran Film Festival

Florida State University will present the critically acclaimed documentary “Citizen Soldier” as the marquee film for its sixth annual Student Veteran Film Festival on Nov. 12.  “Citizen Soldier” tells the dramatic story of the Oklahoma Army National Guard’s 45th Thunderbirds Brigade and its deployment to one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan during the […]