• Clockwise from top left: heart whispers, Big House, The Drying Salton Sea, Danny, Danny

BAMPFA Student Committee Student Film Festival

Free Streaming Program Available April 8–May 31, 2021

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BAMPFA Student Committee members Collette Keating and Amaris L’Heureux and student filmmakers
Recorded Thursday, April 8, 7 PM PDT

Watch playback of a live conversation and Q&A with BAMPFA Student Committee members Collette Keating and Amaris L’Heureux and student filmmakers.

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

Lemon Cake

Sepideh Khosrowjah, United States, 2019

FEATURING
Terry Boero
Adriana Palhares
Grace Jensen

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.

Sepideh Khosrowjah

FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Sepideh Khosrowjah
Cinematographer
  • Kiazad Ehya
Print Info
  • B&W
  • Digital streaming
  • 10 mins
source
  • Sepideh Khosrowjah

Dear Commuter

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

FILM DETAILS 
Cinematographer
  • Birdy Wei-ting Hung
Language
  • English
  • Taiwanese
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 10 mins
source
  • Birdy Wei-ting Hung

Gesundheit

Amber Fenton, United States, 2019

FEATURING
Amber Fenton
Michael Sarago
Christopher Paddock
Kaycee Phillips
Hannah Modesitt
Sameer Thapa

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.

Amber Fenton

FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Amber Fenton
Cinematographer
  • Amber Fenton
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 4 mins
source
  • Amber Fenton

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.

Duy Le

FILM DETAILS 
Cinematographer
  • Duy Le
  • Anh Nguyen
Language
  • Vietnamese
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 5 mins
source
  • Duy Le

heart whispers

Ash Verwiel, United States, 2020

FEATURING
Ash Verwiel
Kaleb Wright
Cal Calamia
Sydney Gartmond

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.

Ash Verwiel

FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Ash Verwiel
Cinematographer
  • Ash Verwiel
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 8 mins
source
  • Ash Verwiel

The Lung

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

FILM DETAILS 
Cinematographer
  • Imran Sekalala
  • Judah Ray Marsden
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 2 mins
source
  • 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

FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Molly Forster
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 11 mins
source
  • Nick Roberts, Molly Forster

9/9/2020, Oakland

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.

Gavin Richard

FILM DETAILS 
Cinematographer
  • Gavin Richard
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 3 mins
source
  • Gavin Richard

Pantaleón

Diana Ojeda, Colombia, 2019

FEATURING
Edinson Carreño

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.

Diana Ojeda

FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Diana Ojeda
Cinematographer
  • Giulia Ducci
Language
  • Spanish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 12 mins
source
  • Diana Ojeda

Telepatía

Marcela Vargas, Erik Nuding, United States, 2020

A therapeutic reimagining of family history and memory through archival home video.

Marcela Vargas and Erik Nuding

FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Marcela Vargas
  • Erik Nuding
Language
  • Spanish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 5 mins
source
  • Marcela Vargas and Erik Nuding

Big House

Allison N. Lopez, United States, 2020

FEATURING
Layla Vanegas

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

FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Allison N. Lopez
Cinematographer
  • Allison N. Lopez
Print Info
  • B&W
  • Digital streaming
  • 3 mins
source
  • Allison N. Lopez

I’ll Be Here

Christopher Thach, United States, 2021

FEATURING
Samantha Thach
Cindy Thach
Sanh Thach

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.

Christopher Thach

FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Christopher Thach
Cinematographer
  • Christopher Thach
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 6 mins
source
  • Christopher Thach

Danny, Danny

Huan Cheng, United States, 2020

FEATURING
Huan Cheng
Gabriel Lage
Ed Pritz
David Rege
Henry Dreng
Moises Maynes
Louise Gomez

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.

Huan Cheng

FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Huan Cheng
Cinematographer
  • Gabriel Lage
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 7 mins
source
  • Huan Cheng

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

FILM DETAILS 
Cinematographer
  • Jess Alvarenga
  • Brandon Yadegari Moreno
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 12 mins
source
  • Jess Alvarenga and Brandon Yadegari Moreno