Film & Video Makers at Cal: Works from the Eisner Competition 2023
Join the filmmakers for an evening celebrating the outstanding student films that are this year’s prizewinners and honorable mentions in the film and video category of the Eisner Prize competition. After a two-year hiatus, the Eisner Prize, the highest award for creativity given on the UC Berkeley campus, returns. Presented at BAMPFA since 1991, this screening offers the local community, as well as family and friends, an opportunity to see a wide range of work made by UC Berkeley students, from narratives and documentaries to experimental and essay films, and to talk with the makers.
Special thanks to Nicolás Pereda, faculty coordinator of the film and video competition, and to Andrea Bonifacio, assistant director, Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, UC Berkeley.
Downtime by Hanson Liu, Emma Smith, Eva Stolarz, Kirana Rafli (2022, 5 mins, Color)
A glimpse into a space that speaks for its owner.
Cosmic Spring by Ralph Blair (2023, 10.5 mins, In English and Spanish with English subtitles, Color)
While attending the Venice Film Festival, an actress has a strange encounter alone in her hotel room.
A Breath Under Water by Ziteng Wang (2023, 13.5 mins, In Mandarin with English subtitles)
With the imminent arrival of her mother, Li Wei finds her and her lover haunted by the “loving” church she so longed to escape. . .
Homemade by Giuliana Gentile (2022, 4 mins, In English and Spanish with English subtitles, Color)
Homemade is about dissociating between one’s present and younger selves, not feeling as if they are still the same person they once were.
Safe by Evie Vincent (2022, 13.5 mins, Color)
Following an invasive medical procedure, Diana experiences supernatural events that blur the lines of reality, sending her into a downward spiral that could compromise her humanity.
Pō’ele Wai (As the Water Darkens) by Tiare Ribeaux (2022, 19 mins, In English and 'Ōlelo Hawai’i with English subtitles, Color)
A weaver slowly realizes she is being poisoned by her own drinking water caused by fuel leaking into O’ahu’s watersheds, and experiences a transformation.
Chump Change by Monet-Chanel Khanyahl (2023, 14 mins, Color)
Chump Change is a documentary showing the perspective of a daughter without her father—creating a story of a man from the small bits and pieces that she has and exploring the conflicted feelings of creation from trauma.
Eclipse by Irma Yuliana Barbosa and Celeste Yumara Barbosa (2022, 6 mins, In English and Spanish with English subtitles, B&W)
The Barbosa sister’s experimental documentary Eclipse explores themes of caretaking, folklore, intergenerational trauma, and grief. The film takes place at their grandmother’s goat farm while she shares stories and gestures of care.
All Digital Files provided by the Artists.
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