SCA joins partnership with Beijing

first_imgThe School of Cinematic Arts announced this week that it will collaborate with the Beijing Film Academy to establish a joint program set to begin this June.The China-U.S. International Master Classes and Industry Summits in Cinematic Arts aims to foster cultural and industrial exchanges between American and Chinese film industries, according to a statement made by Naga Film, one of the projects’ main backers.Alan Baker, an associate dean of administration and international projects at the School of Cinematic Arts, said the collaboration promises to bring the two nations’ film industries together professionally and educationally.“The objective is to really develop a much closer relationship with the Chinese film industry,” Baker said. “Not only with the professional part but with the educational aspect of the cinematic arts in China as well.”School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth Daley will join Chinese filmmakers John Woo and Peter Pau at the Beijing Film Market  on Monday for a panel discussion about the collaboration.According to a statement made by Naga Film, the company hopes this collaborative effort will “open doors for the global industry network to grow within China.”Baker said the collaboration promises to provide a forum to exchange ideas across nations.“I think there’s an enthusiasm about a greater exchange of ideas,” Baker said. “We have a lot of Chinese students enrolled in the film school, so it’s kind of a natural synergy or evolution of our relationship.”last_img read more

Whicker: Lakers fans are wasting their breath cussing DeMarcus Cousins and Warriors

first_imgRemember how the Lakers fans cried for fairness in the summer of 2003, when Karl Malone and Gary Payton joined Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant to form the most devastating weather system in NBA or NOAA (cq) history?Remember how the fathers of those Lakers fans petitioned the NBA to somehow void the trade of Wilt Chamberlain, because clearly the Dipper would mesh with Jerry West and Elgin Baylor to drive every other franchise into the sea?Remember how Dwight Howard’s decision to bring his over-the-back game and his coach-firing mentality to Los Angeles would make all the conclusions foregone? Bryant was still here and Steve Nash had just turned down his home and native land to become a Laker.Remember all that? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersMe neither.Yet DeMarcus Cousins will somehow make Golden State unstoppable.Starved for outrage after LeBron James’ news, the purple-and-gold people fumed as Cousins signed with the Warriors for the low, low one-year price of $5.3 million on Monday afternoon.How can this possibly be allowed in a democracy? Can we get that ninth Justice confirmed, ASAP?The internet craftsmen worked overtime, attaching the face of NBA commissioner Adam Silver to Cousins’ jersey. Others brought up the NBA’s disallowance of the Lakers-New Orleans trade that would have brought Chris Paul to a different part of the Staples Center corridor and might have brought a championship.The truth is that the Warriors-Cousins alliance is not scandalous at all.The Warriors have made four consecutive NBA Finals without Cousins and won three NBA titles and went 73-9 in the year they did not win. How much more unstoppable can they be?Plus, anybody else could have signed Cousins for that price, including the Lakers, who were rumored to be interested and who signed Rajon Rondo, a close friend of Cousins’ in Sacramento and New Orleans.America complains that the Warriors have five All-Star starters. Cousins has been an All-Star four times. In each of the past seven seasons he has averaged at least 25 points and 8.9 rebounds.But Cousins tore his Achilles tendon on Jan. 26, trying to rebound his own missed free throws at the end of a two-point victory over Houston. He has insisted he will be back for training camp, but the usual rehab time would keep him out until at least December.Unless Cousins, 27, makes the comeback Dominique Wilkins did, it is more accurate to call him a former All-Star. Bryant couldn’t be Bryant after he snapped his Achilles. Elton Brand averaged 20 points in six of his eight seasons before his injury in 2007 and only averaged 15 points once in any full season thereafter.Cousins won’t make a difference until the playoffs, if then. He is a nest egg, only to be cracked open if Steph Curry or Kevin Durant or Klay Thompson get hurt.He might prove he deserves big bucks next summer when everyone gets drunk on cap room. At that point, he presumably will remember who loved him before the lights came on.The NBA always has had powerhouses. But most of its best players couldn’t move independently. These days, the Celtics couldn’t keep Bill Russell, Sam Jones, John Havlicek, etc., without paying a massive luxury tax.Not until the 1992 Olympic Dream Team did everyone realize that great stars need not collide. Sure, it was only two weeks, but those legends played with respect for one another. In 2008, Boston assembled Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, all exhausted from chasing titles individually. They beat the Lakers in the Finals, and the conglomerates were born.There’s little question that Durant would have stayed in Oklahoma City if he thought he could win a championship there. Credit the Warriors for somehow keeping their cap in order and creating such a happy workplace that players took fewer dollars to be a part of it …. and for picking Draymond Green in the second round (35th overall) after everyone had passed on him, including themselves.Lakers fans went from rapture to disbelief in one day. They couldn’t understand why vagabonds such as McGee, Rondo and Lance Stephenson, members of 16 teams the past five years, were now in James’ band.None of it makes sense until Magic Johnson has a chance to explain. But one can rest assured that James had at least some input into those calls, and the Lakers don’t owe them a dime in 2019-2020.Nor should one lose a second of sleep worrying that Cousins and the Warriors have derailed the balance of nature. There never was one.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more