Campus: CSU Long Beach -- November 29, 2004
Acclaimed Filmmaker George Lucas Donates $100,000 to Film,
Electronic Arts Department at Cal State Long Beach
Internationally acclaimed filmmaker George Lucas has donated $100,000 to the
Department of Film and Electronic Arts at California State University, Long Beach
to support the restoration and repair of equipment that was damaged during recent
storms. The announcement was made at the university's annual Director's Guild of
America showcase of its students' films in Hollywood.
The department was flooded during strong storms that lashed California in late
October. Lucas' donation will cover equipment replacement and the purchase of
additional technical equipment for use by film students and to support student
"Our students look to the groundbreaking work that George Lucas has done throughout
his career and can't help but be inspired," said Robert C. Maxson, CSULB president.
"This gift is a real indication of Mr. Lucas' commitment to the future of film,
and that it was announced at a special evening where our students were showing
their work made it all the more exciting. Film studies is one of our strongest
programs and that's the reason we're getting this type of support."
CSULB's Film and Electronic Arts Department has a reputation for the professional
creativity of its faculty, students and alumni. Currently, two student films are
ranked in the top 10 nationally, and last year, Long Beach students won four of
the top five awards at the California State University Media Arts Festival.
"The Department of Film and Electronic Arts is greatly honored and deeply
appreciative of the contribution from George Lucas," said Craig Smith, chair of
the Film and Electronic Arts Department. "It will be used to further strengthen
our dedication to providing the best undergraduate degree in this discipline in
Alumni of the program include director Steven Spielberg; John Dykstra, who won an
Academy Award for visual effects for "Star Wars"; David Twohy, who wrote "The
Fugitive" and "Terminal Velocity" and wrote and directed "Pitch Black" and "The
Chronicles of Riddick"; Mark Steven Johnson, who wrote and directed "Daredevil";
Guy Bee, who was director of photography and director of several episodes of
"ER"; and Stu Rosen, who won 11 Emmys for his work in children's television.
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