Fall 2024

Section 0581 of MEDIA10
Film Appreciation -- : Sep 05 - Dec 13 2024
This is a late start class. Remaining content will be delivered asynchronously.

Section 1572 of MEDIA14
Early Film History -- : Sep 17 - Dec 13 2024
This is a late start course. Online work will be assigned starting 09/03 and mandatory in-person meetings start 09/17 in the Petaluma campus theatre on the day and time listed.

Section 3720 of MEDIA10
Film Appreciation -- : Sep 04 - Dec 13 2024
This late start course has mandatory in-person meetings in the Petaluma campus theatre, Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, on the day and time listed. This class will run concurrent with the Petaluma Cinema Series which holds screenings in the same venue. Students enrolling in this section are expected to purchase a CubCard Premium ($15) in lieu of a course fee.

Spring 2024

Section 6500 of MEDIA10
Film Appreciation -- : Feb 07 - May 12 2024
This is a late start course. Online work will be assigned starting 02/01 and mandatory in-person meetings start 02/07 in the Petaluma campus theatre on the day and time listed. Students enrolling in this section are expected to participate in Film Fest Petaluma (Saturday, April 27) and are expected to purchase a CubCard Premium ($15) in lieu of a course fee. All students are welcome to enroll in this class; and this section will have extra support from the Lanzamientoinitiative.

Section 7138 of MEDIA10
Film Appreciation -- : Feb 01 - May 17 2024
Students enrolling in this section are expected to participate in a weekly one-hour small group Zoom discussion at 12:00pm,1:00pm or 2:00pm. Students should have reliable internet access and a functioning webcam. All other course material will be delivered asynchronously. All students are welcome to enroll in this class; and this section will have extra support from the Lanzamientoinitiative.

No office hours

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.