Filmmaker-Artist and NewSchool of Architecture and Design Instructor Is Curator of alt.pictureshows Festival in San Diego

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In addition to preparing for the Aug. 30 festival, Kendricks is teaching a photo class at NewSchool of Architecture and Design

Neil Kendricks, NSAD adjunct faculty member, will curate alt.pictureshows.

Neil Kendricks, adjunct faculty member in the NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) Digital Media Arts program, is curating the 10th season of alt.pictureshows. The popular short-film festival, founded by Kendricks as a graduate student at San Diego State University, will be held on Aug. 30, 7–10 p.m., at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla, Calif.

In addition to preparing for the festival, Kendricks is teaching a photo class at NSAD. He is encouraging his students to attend alt.pictureshows to see how film storytelling techniques can be applied to class projects, which will include students developing their own short-film project using photo stills. “One thing I want them to walk away with from the course I’m teaching at NSAD is to understand how to communicate ideas through an image, whether that might be a photo or part of a video sequence,” Kendricks said. “You can have images that have lots of special effects, but that doesn’t really tell you anything. My technique is to focus on the content.”

As part of the class, students will be required to develop their own short film, or “paper movie” project, using photo stills. Kendricks got the idea from the late Chris Marker’s classic 1962 short film La Jetée, which is made up almost entirely of black-and-white still photographs and remains one of Kendricks’ favorite movies. “There have been some great films made with just still photos,” he said. “It’s a great exercise because it helps reinforce the photo as a storytelling tool and allows them to experiment with organizing pictures to communicate a specific idea.”

Kendricks, who is also a filmmaker currently working on a documentary project called “Comics are Everywhere,” brings experience in both the narrative process and entrepreneurship that fits in well with NSAD’s Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts program. The program is structured to prepare students for careers in the fields of graphic design, publishing, advertising, Web production, film, animation, television, gaming, interior design, industrial design and architecture.

About NewSchool of Architecture and Design
NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD), founded in 1980, is located in San Diego, California. NSAD is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. NSAD’s Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture and Executive Master of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). NSAD also offers a pre-professional Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts, a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, a Master of Landscape Architecture, a Master of Construction Management and a Master of Science in Architecture. NSAD was ranked among the top 10 undergraduate architecture schools in the western United States, according to the DesignIntelligence report “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2012.” For more information, visit

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