Section 2849 of MEDIA4
Introduction to Mass Communication -- : Sep 03 - Dec 10 2019
This is a Petaluma Transfer Track class and is open to all students. Transfer Track classes start late and end early and do not meet during finals week.
Michael Traina began his academic training as a Radio-Television-Film and Religious Studies major at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Interested in teaching, Traina pursued a Master’s in Mass Communication Theory and landed a job at Antelope Valley College in Los Angeles County where he served for 13 years on the full-time faculty. In 2008, he accepted a position at Santa Rosa Junior College and relocated to Petaluma where he teaches Film & Media Studies.
Mike’s professional career in the film industry began as a programmer for the American Film Institute at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. His experience curating American independent films for AFI lead to a two decade career running film festivals in both Northern and Southern California. In 1997, he wrote and directed his first feature film, Verses, and has since worked on a wide variety of film and television projects in China, Greece, and the U.S. He has been an invited guest to several film festivals around the world as a filmmaker and juror. He currently directs the Petaluma Film Alliance, a program of the SRJC Foundation that operates the Petaluma Cinema Series and produces Film Fest Petaluma, the city’s annual shorts festival.
Mike’s insatiable wanderlust has brought him to over 60 countries in the last 20 years. He is a strong advocate for international education and has spent two semesters teaching in London and one in Paris where he has engaged students in making films, participating in international film festivals, and visiting major movie studios.