Christopher R. Coppola

Associate Professor; Film Department Head
Film
ccoppola@sfai.edu
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Christopher Coppola, President of PlasterCITY Productions Inc., has been a champion of and leader in digital media for over a decade. Since 1987, he has directed ten feature films, numerous television shows and developed and produced content for alternative distribution and interactive platforms. He has spoken at CES, NAB, SHOWWEST as well as many film festivals about the future of digital filmmaking. His production company is producing a slate low-budget feature films on which SFAI film students can intern and learn by working on set alongside professionals.

In 2006, he created Project Accessible Hollywood (PAH), a non-profit digital film festival designed to reach the “everyday person.” PAH educates people in the use of digital media while encouraging them to express themselves artistically. To date, over sixty digital media festivals, called PAH-FESTs, have been held across the U.S. and abroad. 

Christopher is currently the head of the film program and a tenured professor at the San Francisco Art Institute. As a California Arts Council councilman reappointed by Governor Jerry Brown to a second term, Christopher advocates for arts education in public schools and digital media literacy. A member of the prolific Coppola family, Christopher is in the Screen Actors Guild and is an active actor recently appearing alongside brother Nicolas Cage in soon-to-be released “Southern Fury.” He has been a member of the Directors Guild of America for 21 years 

Education: 

  • University of Redlands School of Music
  • San Francisco Art Institute Film Department
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