John Singleton, acclaimed film director and Pasadena City College alumnus, has been named the honorary chair of the Center for the Arts capital campaign. He joins the campaign as PCC looks to augment and complete the state-of-the-art building as a student and community resource with community support.
“PCC is very important to me because without PCC I never would have gone onto film school and eventually become a filmmaker and realize my dream,” Singleton said. “The arts are the savior of any society and to have a great new facility where resource access is available for students would just be a phenomenal for the community.”
Singleton, who is best known for his 1991 Oscar-nominated film “Boyz in the Hood,” studied film at PCC in the mid-1980s. He took his first cinematography class under PCC instructor Jack Akien and later transferred to the University of Southern California to earn a bachelor’s degree in Film Writing. His body of work includes such movies as “Poetic Justice,” “Higher Learning,” and “Shaft.” In 1992, the then 24-year-old Singleton became the youngest person, and the first African American, ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director.
“When I attended PCC and took a cinematography class there, I learned the foundation of camera work, editing, and how to make a film work.” Singleton said. “That class really got me thinking about was possible for me in film.”
“We are very humbled and honored to have someone of John’s stature as honorary chair of the Capital Campaign for the PCC Center for the Arts,” said Dr. Lisa Sugimoto, interim vice president of College Advancement. “We at PCC are very proud of his accomplishments and his willingness to be involved with the institution he credits for his start in filmmaking.”
Singleton will be working with Preston Howard, the general campaign chair, for the college’s $3.5 million Center for the Arts capital campaign. The unnamed, 69,000-square-foot building will encompass studios, classrooms, laboratories, auditoriums, rehearsal halls, music practice rooms, teaching studios, a music resource center, black box theater, art gallery, rehearsal hall, sculpture studio, ceramics lab, printmaking studio, metals/jewelry lab, graphic design studio, product design studio, illustration lab, painting, drawing and design labs, digital media labs, open air terrace/patio spaces, stock rooms, film/sound stage, photography studio and labs, division shops, indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, and offices.
“There is still time to be involved with the campaign and make a positive difference in the lives of our students,” Sugimoto added.
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