Malic Amalya is an educator teaching across studio art and critical studies. His filmmaking courses include experimental, narrative, and documentary genres, and 16mm and digital video formats. He is committed to fostering a supportive learning environment where each student’s participation is valued. He teaches outside of the traditional canon by showcasing works by women, people of color, and queer people. His assignments and assigned reading integrate formal analysis, critical theory, art history, current events, and issues of social justice.
Malic is an Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts (CCA) and an Instructor in the Cinema department at the City College of San Francisco (CCSF). He has also taught Continuing Education at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and 16mm camera-less filmmaking workshops in California and Washington State.
Civil Disobedience & Artistic Unrest
Interdisciplinary Studio, Upper Division — California College of the Arts
This course examines the similarities and differences between civil disobedience and politically-engaged art. Students create an installation and a performance piece on issues of social justice and then use documentary footage of these projects to make two experimental videos. Class topics include environmental activism & Indigenous resistance; the prison industrial complex & the formation of Black Lives Matter; access to health care and the strategies of ACT UP; feminist responses to sexual violence and anti-racist calls for open borders.
4D: Time-Based Narrative
First Year Program — California College of the Arts
An introductory course on narrative filmmaking. Students gain hands-on experience working in small film crews and editing short films. The course focuses on how form—including shot composition, lighting, sound design, mise-en-scene, story structure, and edit pace—produces meaning within the narrative. Screenings include films by Lynn Ramsey, Dee Rees, Boots Riley, Jennifer Reeder, Wong Kar-Wai, Maya Daren, Todd Haynes, & Spike Lee.
Gender Rules & Regulations
History/Social Science, Critical Studies — California College of the Arts
How do legal and healthcare systems promote categories of gender? How do these categories influence gender roles? How do transgender, nonbinary, two-spirit, and queer people resist heteronormative gender conformity?
This course explores the history of US laws, psychiatric treatment, and other rules and regulations limiting gender identity and expression, while tracking queer and trans resistance. Weekly readings draw from historical documents, theoretical analyses, psychological articles, cultural criticism, and autobiographical accounts. Students write a term paper based on original research.
Basic Film Production
Cinema Department — City College of San Francisco
This introductory course offers instruction in film production, including the fundamentals of digital and analog camera operation, editing principles, lighting, and sound design. Throughout the semester, students participate in film shoots, formal analysis, and class critiques. Each student completes four films.
Hand-Held Half-Truths: The Home & the Home Movie
Intro to Experimental Filmmaking — Continuing Education, San Francisco Art Institute
This course uses the home movie as a point of departure in exploring the construction of home and identity. Investigations focus on how families want to view themselves based on what kinds of images they take, as well as what kinds of events are left undocumented and how this undercurrent also shapes how families understand themselves. In the tradition of video art, students make their own experimental home movies that illuminate gaps between the spoken and unspoken, explicit and tacit, felt and remembered, conscious and unconscious.
Lucid Dreams, Illicit Hallucinations
Intermediate to Advanced Experimental Filmmaking — Continuing Education, San Francisco Art Institute
Cinematic Illusions & Hypnosis, Fantasy & Phantoms, Side Shows & Psychosis, Role Play & Consent, Tricks, Treats, & Magical Feats!
Delving deep into the subconscious, students write, film, and edit a short movie using dream-logic and surrealist techniques. Classes alternate between lectures on experimental cinematic techniques, work-shopping student films, and time to edit. Readings include essays on the topics of psychoanalysis and dream analysis; ableism, racism, and cultural appropriation in carnivals and Halloween costumes; kink & consent; psychedelics and pharmaceuticals; and the correlation of trauma and addiction. Each class period will also include screenings from SFAI’s extensive 16mm film collection, including work by Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage, Luis Bunuel, Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dali, Maya Deren, Marcel Duchamp, Hollis Frampton, George Kuchar, George Melies, Gunvor Nelson, & Man Ray. Students are required to keep a dream journal.
Camera-less 16mm Filmmaking
Workshop — San Francisco Queer Arts Festival: San Francisco, CA
Workshop — Gender Jam Skill Share: Olympia, WA
Workshop — DIY or Die Trying: San Jose, CA
Made up of small individual pictures and projected at 24 frames per second, 16mm film is perfect for manipulation. In this workshop we will scratch, bleach, collage, and draw directly onto film stock, making a film without the use of a camera. The workshop includes demonstrations on how to alter found footage, animate frame by frame, and collage without clogging the projector, plus ample time to work and experiment. At the end of the session, individual sections are spliced together to make a completed film.