4:00PM on Saturday, 3/11 and 5:30PM on Sunday, 3/12
Animation, 3 mins, USA
"Panic Attack! is a hand-drawn animation from the point of view of a woman having a panic attack. I wanted the transitions between reality and her imagined fears to be seamless, so there are no edits -- it is one continually transforming drawing." - O'Meara
Honest Makeup Tutorial For Millennials
Performance-based video, 8 mins, USA
"I am increasingly concerned about the intersection of technology and the body. Cellphones and social media allow us to curate unique images of ourselves and share them with others. In my short experimental film Honest Makeup Tutorial For Millennials I explore how women’s bodies are presented and received on the internet and within social media. Although social media gives us the illusion of choice, it often ends up reinforcing traditional ideas of beauty and femininity. I ask the question: Does it matter that a woman took this photo? Why does it matter if it looks just like images that have been taken by men for hundreds of years?" - Freger
Narrative, 9 mins, USA
After a struggling young comic finds his stride by joking about his birth defect - a three fingered hand - he finds himself targeted by a vindictive studio executive with a history of manipulation and a strange fixation.
Gardeners of the Forest
Ceylan Carhoglu and Nicole Jordan-Webber
Documentary, 15 mins, USA
For generations, Laos was known as the Land of a Million Elephants but, in 2015, there are only 600 elephants left in the wild. If the Laotian elephants become extinct, not only does it mean a loss of one of the largest mammals on earth but also the loss for Laotian history and culture. This documentary will explore how the Chinese market, deforestation, and tourism all play a role in the imminent extinction of elephants in Laos.
Narrative, 17 mins, USA
When Ernie's suicide attempt rips a hole in the ceiling, he begins to form a friendship with the young boy who lives in the apartment above.
Eileen O'Meara is an American artist known for her hand-drawn films Agnes Escapes from the Nursing Home and That Strange Person. She produced and directed numerous animated spots for clients including HBO, UNICEF, and Motown, and is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, California Arts Council, and Women in Film Foundation. O'Meara's work is featured in “Get Animated!” by Tim Maloney, “Making it Big in Shorts” by Kim Adelman, and “Dancing with the Sun – Selected Shorts from Sundance Film Festival”.
Halley Freger is a senior at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. As a studio art major, she utilizes video performance and new technologies to push boundaries of representation and trouble the gaze, engaging viewers through rich imagery. She is predominantly concerned with perceptions and representations of the marginalized, especially young women. In many of her pieces, she re-contextualizes her own body from an object to be seen, to a tool capable of creating and occupying space. She finds that film is the most effective art medium to do this difficult work. As an artist and technophile, she is intrigued by the accessibility of film and its ability to suture viewers into unique perspectives.
Brandon Block is a senior at Johns Hopkins studying Political Science and Film & Media Studies. He founded the JHU Stand-up Comedy Club and performs with the sketch comedy group Throat Culture.
Ceylan Carhoglu is currently majoring in Film Production with an editing emphasis at Chapman University in Orange, CA. Ceylan graduated from Koç High School in Istanbul, Turkey with an IB diploma on Modern Arts. She worked as an editing intern on Cem Yilmaz's movie "Pek Yakinda" and worked on several short documentaries. Her documentary "Gardeners of the Forest" was nominated for the 2016 Emmys: College Television Awards. Ceylan loves hearing people's stories and how they relate to potential fictional or non fictional characters. She aspires to be an editor in the future and would love to continue working in documentary filmmaking.
Nicole Jordan-Webber grew up in Sonoma County, California. Nicole has been making films since her freshman year of high school, where she later was asked to teach a filmmaking class during her senior year. Though both of her parents and many of her family members are active in the wine industry, Nicole was the outlier of the family because she knew filmmaking and storytelling was her one true passion. She graduated with a B.A. in Film Production at Chapman University. Nicole loves telling stories that help people laugh and she wants to continue making films that carry a sense of humor as well as honest, heartfelt content.
Hadley Hillel grew up in Seattle, Washington and made his first film at the age of 7. In 2008, at the age of 12, one of his shorts gained recognition and was accepted into the Northwest Film Forum Children’s Film Festival. Now attending Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University, Hadley has written and directed over 20 shorts that have been shown in 35 national and international film festivals, have won more than twenty-five jury and audience awards and were nominated for two student Emmys.