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Five Colleges Student Film Festival

A friend of mine was featured in a film that was shown at a student film festival this past Friday. The film she was in was really moving--it talked about her experience being separated from her kids while she was incarcerated** But that film wasn't the only good one--all of them were excellent, and some of them I really loved. Most of them are available for viewing on Vimeo, so I can link to them. Some are very serious, others are more lighthearted.

The first one that really struck me was called "Molly," by Arabia Simeon. I loved the poetry of this. Regarding the double frames, the creator wrote that they "[show] two different sides to her experience in the world. The left is her external and the right is her internal." (TW: topic is partner violence though the imagery is not disturbing.) (3.15 minutes)

The next is "10 Little Things," by Helena Burgueño, an affectionate look at the quirks that make the creator's mother unique and special. We saw the mother in the audience--dressed much like she is in the film. Note that Mama likes Anne McCaffery! (3.24 minutes)

The third was a simple and poetic animated short, "Stargazing," by Leticia Santos, but although the creator has a website, the film doesn't appear to be posted. I've emailed her, and if she does post, I'll link.

The fourth is "A Poem of Theirs," by Yiwen Gong, an understated look at the loneliness that comes from being a student in a foreign land. This film also made me *hungry* (you'll see why), and it features a quote from Ijeoma Umebinyuo at the end. (4.07 minutes)

The fifth was "Lemonade," by Eric Tang, an animated adaptation of a short story of the same name by Aimee Bender (I haven't read the story). I loved the art so much! It reminded me of the ninja girl's style. (11.10 minutes)

The sixth was "Every 21 Days," by Robyn Farley. This one is made from voice mail recordings and found footage, and it's moving. The draft posted on Vimeo still has watermarks on some of the footage, but the version I saw on Friday didn't. (4.01 minutes)

Every 21 Days from Robyn Farley on Vimeo.

And last is the video my friend was in: "Sonia," by Aisha Amin (5.18 min)

**She's not someone I know from the jail; she and I are on the board of an organization that does creative writing workshops in the jail--that's how we got to know each other.


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Feb. 27th, 2017 12:45 am (UTC)
I can't tell if there's a problem with the html or the site you're using or a problem on my end but I can't watch the videos.
Feb. 27th, 2017 12:56 am (UTC)
Hmm, well, they work for me. Do they appear at all? If so, does it give the name of the video underneath? In Safari, that appears as a live link, and you could try clicking on that to get to Vimeo, and see if you could watch them there. [ETA: Actually, never mind; the name only occurs below for like one of them.] All of these are on Vimeo. You can just search on the title and author and find them there ... I know it's a lot of work! Might not be worth doing on spec.

Edited at 2017-02-27 12:58 am (UTC)
Feb. 27th, 2017 01:03 am (UTC)
I have always liked the idea of double perceptions in a video, eg "Molly." Years ago, in a video I made for a class, I filmed myself having what appeared to be a pleasant tea party chat with a guest, but in the sound track my catty thoughts about the person were spoken aloud, contradicting my cheery facial expressions.
Feb. 27th, 2017 04:01 am (UTC)
Do you still have the video? (I'd love to see it!)
Feb. 27th, 2017 01:38 am (UTC)
These were all most excellent! Thank you for posting them. I really enjoyed 10 Little Things and Lemonade, but each one touched me in a unique way.
Such creativity.
Feb. 27th, 2017 04:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was really impressed by the variety of everything--themes, techniques, mood. Very cool. The ones I liked best (these ones) were very straightforward, but there were also some very artsy ones.
Feb. 27th, 2017 02:09 am (UTC)
Thank you for linking these--what a magnificent project!
Feb. 27th, 2017 04:09 am (UTC)
My pleasure! I'm just so glad I was able to find them so I *could* share them.

It was fun seeing them at the festival with all the creators there too.
Feb. 28th, 2017 12:40 pm (UTC)
I shall take time and watch them. Thank you!
Feb. 28th, 2017 01:03 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome!
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