A kaleidoscopic lens on our world today and life in these times.
Total running time: 79 minutes
Matheus Farias and Enock Carvalho
Brazil, 2020, 20 minutes, narrative
Time is running out as Marilene searches for her missing daughter, Roberta, In Brazil, which has the highest rate of violence against trans people in the world. As hope wanes, Marilene encounters a mysterious phenomenon.
USA, 2020, 8 minutes, documentary
In the wake of the U.S. government's botched response to the COVID-19 crisis in 2019, the Auntie Sewing Squad, primarily composed of women of color, joins forces to sew masks for some of America's most vulnerable people.
Interview with directors Jessica Q. Moore, Drew Durepos, Valerie Soe, & Alisi Telengut
Drew Durepos is a filmmaker living in Chicago. His short films investigate narrative structures through experimental modes and often involve loved ones, appropriated sources and inane visual effects. His experiences in commercial production, spanning micro-budget features to studio films and network television shows, inform his approach and haunt his dreams. His work has screened at London Short Film Festival, Athens International Film & Video Festival, Drunken Film Festival Oakland, Tulsa American Film Festival, and Onion City Experimental Film + Video Film Festival. He received his MFA from the Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 2018. He teaches at UW–Milwaukee and Loyola University Chicago.
Valerie Soe is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, and writer. Since 1986 she has produced more than 22 short films and documentaries that have exhibited at venues such as the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the New Museum, on cable and broadcast television, and at film festivals worldwide. Soe is an Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. Soe's short experimental video, All Orientals Look The Same (1986), which she created while an undergraduate at UCLA, won Best Foreign Video at the 1987 Festival Internazionale Cinema Giovani, Torino, Italy, First Place, Experimental Category, at the 1987 Sony Corporation Visions of U.S. Festival, and Honorable Mention, Experimental Video, at the 12th Atlanta Film and Video Festival. Other awards include Director's Choice Award, Image Film and Video Festival, Atlanta; Best Bay Area Short, San Francisco International Film Festival; Making A Difference Award, Commffest Global Community Film Festival, Toronto; Mediamaker Award, Bay Area Video Coalition; and a Blue Ribbon Award Semi-Finalist, CSU Center for Community Engagement, among others. Her experimental documentary, The Chinese Gardens (2012) was awarded Best Film With An Immigration Theme at the 2013 Humboldt Film Festival. Her most recent feature documentary, Love Boat: Taiwan, premiered in 2019 and has played at sold-out festival screenings around the world.
Jessica Q. Moore is an Afro-American-Caribbean, Brooklyn-based filmmaker and educator. She has made and studied films all over the world, starting with studying film at Syracuse University, as well as abroad at FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic and Bologna, Italy. Her interests in experimenting with different genres and techniques led to her BFA thesis, Unattainable, which uses surrealistic sound design to gain access to the character. The film premiered at the Anthology Film Archive in 2016 Altfest, an LGBQT festival. She recently graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Film from CCNY, where she completed her master's thesis Last Summer on Bainbridge Street, leaning into the filmmaker's interest in neo-realism and discussing the topic of gentrification while still using layering sound design techniques in her previous work.
Alisi Telengut is a Canadian artist of Mongolian origin. She creates animation frame by frame under the camera, with painting as the medium, to generate movement and explore hand-made and painterly visuals for her films. Her works received multiple international awards and nominations, including the Best Short Film at Stockholm Film Festival (Sweden), Best Animated Film at Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (USA) and the Jury Award at the Aspen Shortsfest (USA). They have been exhibited internationally at galleries and festivals, such as at Sundance (USA), TIFF (Canada) and the Canadian Cultural Centre at the Embassy of Canada (France). They have not only been presented as animation and moving image artworks with the unique visual style but have also contributed to ethnographic and ethnocultural research. Her recent work has been added to the permanent collection of Art Science Exhibits Berlin (Germany) that represents the leading-edge of art making with dedication to positive action for Earth's recovery.
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