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I Survived

“I Survived” is a glimpse into the journey of 83 year old Jewish Hungarian-American artist, teacher and activist Andreè Singer-Thompson. This film celebrates the act of survival and healing by letting oneself “confront [their] subconscious motivations... through the act of making art.” Filmed at Andreè’s home in Berkeley, CA in Fall of 2018 for a class at Berkeley City College.

Stephanie Lister photographs for KQED, makes films and performs with her sister in their multi-media project Oracle Plus while living in Oakland, CA and attending Mills College.

Bonhomie

What does it look like when one procrastinates and doesn't get their work done on time? We follow Xavier and Niko through a weird, yet intriguing adventure of them trying to reach their goal of getting their work done, but mental contemplation gets the better of them.

Xavier is a Filmmaker, Rapper, and Music Producer from New Jersey.

Tectonic Shift

Made principally with 35mm negatives found at an estate sale in Burbank, CA. The negatives feature Los Angeles in the early 1980’s, played with a local radio broadcast from the same time period. Negatives scanned by the filmmaker. Practical and computer-generated effects.

Zachary Grove is a Junior majoring in Film Studies at UC Berkeley, and is also an avid photographer who shoots on 35mm and 120 film.

Koyo

Fearing the violence which continues to lurk in society towards the LGBTQ community; Koyo concerns itself with magic realism and the point of view of a loving parent, while pushing against traditional preconceived tropes that are often overplayed in Queer cinema.

Timothy L. Quirus is a passionate storyteller in both film and theater mediums, a first-generation college student proudly honoring his mother’s memory by completing two bachelor degrees, a minor, six associates degrees, four short films, and writing/directing his theatrical capstone play based on the mythology of Medusa; he graduates UC Berkeley May of 2020.

Altar Healing

Latinx Foster Youth live in between two worlds: we are split and our bones are sore. Altar Healing approaches the altar as a healing space—with superimpositions, time and healing collapse onto themselves. Compression, taste, saturation, fragments, and refusal bring healing inside of the altar.

Michael is a first generation, Latinx foster youth double majoring in Ethnic Studies and Film; he uses film as a medium of healing—ripping it away from dominant hegemonic standards, butchering it, and suturing it to his own imaginations. Foster youth are creators!

Meditations on the Apple Prototype

In the United States, the apple is culturally ubiquitous, surfacing in idioms (apples and oranges), as the object of disaster (in Snow White), or as a classic archetype of all fruits, of all teacher gifts, of all pies. What else can be found in the meditations of the apple when alternate or unconventional points of view investigate the position and symbolism of the Apple as a model of our lives? This film investigates the extensive possibilities of the apple as a preliminary model of ourselves. And of course, it examines all of this while maintaining a playful tone. "Joy in spite of everything" - Tom Robbins

Gilad Barach loves to dance, craves to craft each idea into a film, studies languages and literature, teaches third graders, conceptualizes learning as an endless practice, fools around with the Clarinet, wants to collaborate, expects transformations, is mystified by Art.

Cue

Karina, a determined film actress, finds herself struggling to improve her acting due to a lack of empathy towards the character she plays. Her struggle, however, seems to vanish once she stops distinguishing real from fantasy, ultimately losing herself to the temptations of murder.

Igor Vilas is an experimental filmmaker from São Paulo, Brazil. His practice centers on exploring the artificiality of film and its ability to deconstruct reality. Cue is Igor’s first approach to narrative production and an attempt to make visual an actor’s state of mind when trying to “get into character.” He is currently a student at UC Berkeley pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Film Studies.

Inertia

password: inertia

A girl living in Hong Kong during modern revolutionary times is forced to face its realities. This short is a narrative depiction of real events from the last 9 months, originally published in November 2019. To learn more about the situation and how you can support Hong Kongers, visit raaghav.me/inertia.

Leanne is in her 4th year studying at the University of Hong Kong and majoring in Music and German. Raaghav is a 4th year economics major / aspiring filmmaker who spent his last semester at HKU.

Table Manners

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On Chinese New Year, a single mom introduces her new girlfriend to her traditional family. This film navigates familial barriers caused by generational differences and the experience of cultural dysphoria, while also begging a re-evaluation of how internalized homophobia is rooted. 43% of the crew identifies as LGBTQIA+ and 67% are people of color.

As a 20-year old, Chinese-American film director/writer, Tiana Lucerne Cheung strives to amplify underrepresented voices, specifically with films that capture realism and humanize the Asian-American experience, rather than stuffing characters into tropes.

Bleed Heal Bloom

Bleed Heal Bloom shows different processes of transformation within plant and animal life. The re-potting of a marigold and select frames from a Pathé Frères Brothers 1911 film titled The Carrot Caterpillar are used to demonstrate various modes of growth and their differing effects upon the organism’s consciousness.

Sam Chew is graduating from Cal this May with a degree in Media Studies; his film Your Bones Are Starving showed at BAM/PFA Student Committee's Film Festival in 2019 and he is honored to have been included again this year!

Discovering Light

Discovering Light is a poetic experiment on the effect of light on celluloid. 16mm film is shot without a lens in a double 8mm camera to create two parallel abstractions. Accompanied by a Sufi devotional song, the film is concerned with the special nature and quality of light itself.

Kaya Turan is an experimental filmmaker and film student at UC Berkeley who intends to pursue a doctorate degree in Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University beginning next year.

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Inertia

Leanne Tong and Raaghav Minocha

Table Manners

Tiana Lucerne Cheung

Altar Healing

Michael Allen Papias

Discovering Light

Kaya Turan

Tectonic Shift

Zachary Grove

Meditations on the Apple Prototype

Gilad Barach

Koyo

Timothy L. Quirus

Cue

Igor Vilas Boas

Bonhomie

Xavier Daniel

Bleed Heal Bloom

Sam Chew

I Survived

Stephanie Lister