BAMPFA Student Committee Student Film Festival
Free Streaming Program Available April 8–May 31, 2021
The BAMPFA Student Committee’s Student Film Festival highlights compelling student-made films from Berkeley and across the Bay Area. The third annual, and second virtual, festival presents films representing a diverse range of perspectives and approaches. Assembled with an international audience in mind, made possible by this online presentation, many of the works speak to movement, distance, discovery, and poetic interactions with landscape. Whether narrative or experimental, documentary or abstract, the films demonstrate a creative and curious engagement with the artists’ broader worlds, meditating on the cruelties and beauties of collective and individual experience.
— Collette Keating and Amaris L’Heureux
Films in this Screening
Sepideh Khosrowjah, United States, 2019
Made in the style of silent, black-and-white films from the 1920s. On her birthday, Sara feels sad and lonely. Suddenly and unexpectedly, two women from the Ministry of Old Women (MOOW), Joyce and Annie, pay Sara a visit.
Birdy Wei-ting Hung, United States, 2020
A conversation between the Taiwanese filmmaker, who has just moved to California, and her father, who emigrated to China thirty years ago. An intimate examination of departures from home, diaspora experiences, and the daughter-father relationship always distanced by oceans.
Birdy Wei-ting Hung
Amber Fenton, United States, 2019
A curse is transferred to a protagonist from someone else through a sneeze. Gesundheit plays with humor and the “impossible” while staying within the visually realistic world.
Beyond the Storm
Duy Le, United States, 2020
Combining cinema-verité camerawork with high-contrast Hollywood-style cinematography, Beyond the Storm tells the story of Tuan and his neighbors during the hardship of Central Vietnam’s 2020 storm season.
Ash Verwiel, United States, 2020
Heart whispers is a reflective abstract short exploring my journey through adolescence, developing my own voice and struggling to belong as a trans man. Instead of a mainstream medicalized trans story, this film expresses the inner transformation of a trans person.
Imran Sekalala, Judah Ray Marsden, United States, 2020
Using machine learning tools, The Lung transforms a set of natural visuals into moving paintings in the impressionist style. These images accompany a version of the song “the lung” by mwami, originally by Hiatus Kaiyote.
Imran Sekalala and Judah Ray Marsden
The Drying Salton Sea
Nick Roberts, Molly Forster, United States, 2019
In California’s poorest county, the air is making children sick. A major contributor is agricultural pollution that drifts off the region’s vast and fabled farmland. But now there is a new culprit: toxic dust from the drying Salton Sea.
Nick Roberts, Molly Forster
Gavin Richard, United States, 2020
In September 2020, fires around the Bay Area caused a giant cloud of smoke that turned the sky red. It looked unreal, and many captured the historical moment. I filmed my morning, then captured drone shots to reveal the event’s magnitude.
Diana Ojeda, Colombia, 2019
Pantaleón, a country boy, is forced to go on a suicide mission on which he will have to shoot his own friends. Once at the front, he ends the war.
Marcela Vargas, Erik Nuding, United States, 2020
A therapeutic reimagining of family history and memory through archival home video.
Marcela Vargas and Erik Nuding
Allison N. Lopez, United States, 2020
The inspiration for this project began with my childhood home, a big house filled with many hallways, windows, doors, and staircases. Big House isn’t a story about a ghost but a visual poem of my childhood.
Allison N. Lopez
I’ll Be Here
Christopher Thach, United States, 2021
I’ll Be Here is a critical look at the contemporary American family, shedding light on those who suffer silently. Despite the harrowing sadness, the film ends with a girl taking the first step in healing.
Huan Cheng, United States, 2020
Danny, Danny explores the ongoing struggles of a woman’s life on the fringe. She has an immense fear of isolation and a crippling addiction to surface-level intimacy. The film reveals her “flavor of life” in a manner that evokes emotion.
House of Little Wings
Jess Alvarenga, Brandon Yadegari Moreno, United States, 2020
Migrants in Arizona are being kept in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody, where a growing number of children are dying. At Casa Alitas, doctors work to treat migrants before they reunite with their families across the United States.
Jess Alvarenga and Brandon Yadegari Moreno