Classes
Bio

Spring 2020

Section 4277 of MEDIA15
Modern Film History -- : Jan 14 - May 12 2020

Section 6500 of MEDIA10
Film Appreciation -- : Jan 15 - May 13 2020
Students enrolling in this section are expected to join Associated Student Programs ($15) in lieu of a course materials fee. The above section meets 4 hours by arrangement at Film Fest Petaluma on Saturday, May 5th off campus.

Fall 2019

Section 1572 of MEDIA14
Early Film History -- : Aug 20 - Dec 10 2019

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.

Section 3720 of MEDIA10
Film Appreciation -- : Aug 21 - Dec 11 2019
Students enrolling in this section are expected to join the Associated Student Programs ($15) in lieu of a course materials fee.

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.