Sesnon Gallery intern and Film and Digital Media (FDM) student, Natalie Sarafian, has an exciting internship over the summer with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, called the Gold Program. Natalie mentioned, "It has been moved completely online so the physical internship in the Home Movie archive has been moved to the fall instead of happening at the same time."
Natalie shares that working on the digital collections database at the Sesnon Gallery has given her an edge for her upcoming internship. "Using Catalogit has introduced me to online databasing, which will prepare me for cataloging home movies for the Academy." She adds that remote instruction during Spring quarter is preparing her for the online format of her internship "Having Zoom meetings is giving me practice for properly communicating with my peers and supervisors through the medium of my computer."
The Gold program will entail Wednesday night panels with professionals in the film industry. She adds, "Within the archive, my internship will include cataloging home movie materials, which I'm excited about. I will learn how archives physically work and be able to use my film and art history knowledge to assist." The website notes that the program "offers interns access to Academy members, industry professionals, screenings, and educational workshops offering an inclusive industry networking experience."
"UC Santa Cruz students have been participating in the Academy Gold Program for the last few years," says Nicole Nolte, FDM department assistant. This is the third time that a UC Santa Cruz Film and Digital Media student has been selected for the Gold Program. For more information on the Academy Gold Program see website below.
"This is a great opportunity for our students to be involved with an exemplar program especially before the grand opening of The Academy Museum in December, situated to be a fabulous resource for the industry," says Sesnon Gallery Director Shelby Graham and adds, "Something to look forward to during this troubled time."
Natalie Sarafian is a fourth-year Film and Digital Media major with a minor in History of Art and Visual Culture. She uses the academia in both fields to concentrate on archival practices and queer visual histories.
ABOUT GOLD INTERNSHIP
The Academy Gold Program is a multi-tiered educational and experiential initiative designed to enhance and extend an industry-wide diversity internship enhancement program under the Academy brand. The initiative affords top film entertainment, technology, production services and digital media companies an all-inclusive pass to recruit and educate a nationwide pool of diverse talent. The program offers interns exclusive access to Academy members, industry professionals, screenings, and educational workshops offering an inclusive industry networking experience.
OPENING DECEMBER 14, 2020
The Academy Museum will be the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies. Located on Wilshire and Fairfax in Los Angeles, the Museum will be simultaneously immersive, experimental, educational, and entertaining. More than a museum, this dynamic film center will offer unparalleled experiences and insights into movies and moviemaking.