Suraj Israni Center for Cinematic Arts Grand Opening
Campus leadership, faculty, staff, students and alumni joined invited guests Oct. 15 for the grand opening of the UC San Diego Suraj Israni Center for Cinematic Arts. The community was treated with a welcome reception, photo opportunities and a special discussion with filmmakers and alumni Joanne Mony Park ‘10 and M.G. Evangelista ‘10, led by center director Michael Trigilio.
Trigilio, a faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts, was appointed the Suraj Israni Center’s inaugural director earlier this year and the event marked the introduction to him in this role as well as a preview of future plans for the center. Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, Executive Vice Chancellor Elizabeth Simmons and Dean Cristina Della Coletta all gave opening remarks.
The Suraj Israni Center for Cinematic Arts was established in the School of Arts and Humanities under the direction of Dean Della Coletta and through a generous endowment from Deepak and Varsha Israni. The Isranis, along with many friends and family, attended the celebratory opening, as the center was named in honor of their late son, Suraj. A sign that includes Suraj’s signature and image, and a honorary plaque were installed in the Mosaic Building in the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood, where the Oct. 15 reception and screening occurred.
“UC San Diego and the School of Arts and Humanities is moving into a new phase of preparing the next generation of creative leaders, and the Suraj Israni Center plays an important part,” Della Coletta said. “What is being established is the future of film studies in Southern California — a responsibility we take very seriously as a public institution.”
Learn more about the Suraj Israni Center for Cinematic Arts, including programming and filmmaker fellowships, on the Arts and Humanities website.
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