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Cal Poly’s Club of Independent Filmmakers

February 3, 2010

I would like to talk about the Club of Independent Filmmakers (CIF), Cal Poly’s official film-making club.

As I was in a film club back in Japan, I was wondering how active Cal Poly was in film-making activity. I was surprised to learn that there existed only a single club in the whole college. I tracked down the adviser for the club Professor David Gillette, and he put me in touch with club president and founder Griffin Davis.

The Cal Poly Club of Independent Filmmakers (CIF) has been around for two years now. Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies major Griffin Davis (now a junior), realized that Cal poly did not have an official film-making club, and so went to see Gillette to ask him for some advice. He was informed that there actually was a club, the Cal Poly Film Club which was founded in 2005, but that it didn’t survive the graduation of its core members.  (Here are the remains from the website) Davis then proceeded to build from scratch a new club with a few friends. Today, the club has a dozen permanent members, and around 30 project-to-project members.

The club has been active ever since it started, submitting works in various competitions and organizing meetings every month. For the moment, it has been mainly producing short movies, but recently, the club was involved in the making of a Web series “Townies”, set in local San Luis Obispo downtown. It is not a CIF led project, but the club members invested a lot of their time and passion in it. Many members worked continuously each weekend from August 2009 to December 2009. They have just finished shooting the final, and the director is currently editing, for an estimated release of March 2010.

There is an official site for the project which you can view here.

I recently got the chance to sit down and chat with Davis, so I will be posting a transcript of the interview in a few days.

If you want to learn more about the Club of Independent Filmmakers, or want to get involved, here’s the official website.

From what Davis told me, there are a few projects in development… More to be announced.

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