Films

Petrichor

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Digital (anamorphic) B&W and Color Experimental Short / 06:08 min / 2019

Petrichor, n. The earthly smell of hot, dried earth after an early summer’s rainfall. French philosopher Gaston Bachelard attempted to convey the notion of the “instant of the intuition”; expressing the feeling of a particular and unique moment that cannot always be expressed in words but rather in a poetic combination of sound and image. Petrichor explores the analogy between the degradation of nature and the experience of helplessness as part of human consciousness. Heavily inspired by experimental documentaries and ethnographic films, I focused on combing images of locations and objects that have discarded and disregarded with the stories and memories of incarcerated women. The sound design, which incorporates not only the voices of the women but also archival voicemails and recordings, completes the impression of a removed and haunting filmic reality that encapsulates the notion of loss and hope.

Syzygy

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8mm/16mm B&W/Color Print, VHS Archival Footage, & Hand Drawn Animation Mixed Medium Experimental Short / 02:57 min / 2019

Syzygy is described as a conjunction or opposition between two objects. In this short experimental film of the same name, I attempted to create a surrealistic and dystopic filmic realm which coincides and incorporates images that are reminiscent with the reality one may experience, and how the real and dream states are actually a part of one sole continuum. Inspired by surrealistic and avant-garde filmmakers Joseph Cornell and Luis Buñuel, I tried to craft an anxiety laden short, making one question what will occur next by re-purposing film prints of events that have already occurred but edited in a completely different light with the aid of a chaotic sound design.

101 East Fillmore Street

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Digital (Univisium) Color and Still Print Experimental Documentary Short / 02:53 min / 2019

A short experimental documentary depicting the dystopic past and present history of a secluded port town in early Spring.

Exulansis

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Digital (anamorphic) B&W and Color Experimental Short / 03:47 min / 2018

Exulansis is defined as “the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it” with the end result that over time the experience degrades and takes on an almost irreal quality. This experimental documentary-like project attempts to capture the feeling of vanishment as it relates to our idea of our natural landscape and our collective human memories.

Screenings and Selections:

Walthamstow International Film Festival, Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow, London United Kingdom, 2019. Part of the Official Selection.

Born in Baltimore Photography and Film Festival, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, Maryland USA, 2019. Part of the Official Selection and Finalist for Judges’ Award for Best Experimental & Animation.

Buskopolis Festival of Cinematic Oddities, Clifton 5 Theater, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania USA, 2019. Part of the Official Selection.

Baltimore Student Film Showcase (SNF Parkway/Maryland Film Festival Opening), Parkway Theater, Baltimore, Maryland USA, 2019. Part of the Official Selection.

SPLICE Film Fest, Film Noir Theater, Brooklyn, New York USA, 2019. Part of the Official Selection.

Johns Hopkins University – Maryland Institute College of Art Student Film Festival, Parkway Theater, Baltimore, Maryland USA, 2019. Part of the Festival Selection.

Elisir

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 Digital Experimental Short / 01:42 min / 2018

A short experimental film which depicts the anxiety and tension surrounding the uncertainties of what is to come in our respective lives.

Screenings and Selections:

20th Annual Moviate Underground Film Festival, Midtown Cinema, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania USA, 2018. Part of the Official Selection.

Feel the Reel International Film Festival, Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom, 2018. Part of the June 2018 Experimental Short Film Official Selection and nominated as Best Experimental Finalist.

Buskopolis Festival of Cinematic Oddities, Clifton 5 Theater, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania USA 2018. Part of the Official Selection.

Elisir, Aves, & Saturatiorem: A Triptych 

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Digital Experimental Short / 04:54 min / 2018

There are times that the nightmarish quality of anxiety can swallow you whole. The passage of time ebbs and flows as the consistent ticking of your life surrounds and gnaws at you. With the use of repetition and the depiction of the degradation of nature, I tried to encapsulate this tension and feeling of loss of control in a series of three interconnected short films: Elisir, Aves, and Saturatiorem. While filming and editing this project, I continually asked myself the question – what occurs when it all ends – and convey my response in a visual oppressive dream-like sequence.

Screenings and Selections:

Ffresh Student Media Awards (Cardiff Mini Film Festival), Bang Bean Bag Cinema, Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom, 2018. Part of the Official Selection/Shortlist and awarded Best (Student) International Experimental Film. BAFTA Cymru Qualifying Festival.

Emergence: A Collection of Films, Austin Film Society Cinemas Theater, Austin, Texas USA, 2018. Part of the Official Selection.

Portland Unknown Film Festival (Portland Unknown Fingertips Exhibition), Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, Oregon USA, 2018. Part of the Official Selection.

Los Angeles Underground Film Forum, Los Angeles, California USA, 2018. Awarded Honorable Mention.

Experimental Forum, Los Angeles, California USA, 2018. Awarded Honorable Mention.

Director’s Circle Festival of Shorts, Eerie, Pennsylvania USA, 2018. Part of the Official Selection for Best Experimental Short.

South Texas Underground Film Festival, Corpus Christi, Texas USA, 2019. Part of the Official Selection.

Syllepsis

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16mm Color Print and Hand Drawn Animation Mixed Medium Experimental Short / 02:52 min / 2018

Is what we observe simply a manifestation of our own desires and dreams? What defines the divide between one’s consciousness, present reality, and imagination?

Ursprung (Origins)

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Digital (anamorphic) B&W and Color Experimental Short / 02:43 min / 2018

The tension between nature and humanity is constantly omnipresent and envelops us; whether weed infested abandoned buildings or litter scattering dying flower beds. Regardless of the space, the natural and artificial world are constantly at odds with each other but always fluctuating without a clear future. In my short experimental film Ursprung (Origins), I attempted to capture this sensation of the beyond and ever changing anxiety associated with a location originally grounded by man but overrun by nature.

Screenings and Selections:

New York Aphrodite Film Awards, New York City, New York USA, 2018. Part of the Official Selection as well as Semi-Finalist for Best Experimental Short.

Halfway There Film Festival, Towson, Maryland USA, 2018. Part of the Official Selection.

Afgangur (Surplus)

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8mm/16mm B&W Print and VHS Archival Footage Mixed Medium Experimental Short / 01:07 min / 2018

A certain kind of uncanny stillness may envelop you; there is no escape and no possibility of retreat. All that is normal is now hyper-real and enhanced; emotions are heightened. In my short experimental film Afgangur (Surplus), I attempted to capture the moment between our present reality and a dreamscape. Through a collection of archival 16mm film prints and VHS home video recordings from the Prelinger Archives, I tried to emphasize what one may feel between their conscious and unconscious states of understanding a particular scenario. Because in the end, what is a nightmare but simply a recreation of our own warped realities?

Screening and Selections:

Johns Hopkins University – Maryland Institute College of Art Student Film Festival, Parkway Theater, Baltimore, Maryland USA, 2019. Part of the Festival Selection.

Misericordiae

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Digital Experimental Narrative Short / 04:18 min / 2018

A young woman’s struggle with addiction and her lack of ability to detach herself from past memories and recollections.

Beyond The Bars

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Digital Narrative Documentary Short / 07:48 min / 2018

A short documentary about BARK Beyond Bars, a non-profit organization dedicated to sheltering and training homeless dogs as well as creating therapeutic bonds between dogs and incarcerated people.

Screenings and Selections:

Docs Without Borders Film Festival, Nassau, Delaware USA, 2018. Part of the Official Selection under the Human Spirit Category, and awarded Exceptional Merit in April 2018.

Best Shorts Competition, La Jolla, California USA, 2018. Part of the Official Selection under the Short Documentary Category.

Impact Docs Awards, La Jolla, California USA, 2018. Part of the Official Selection under the Documentary (Short) Student Category.

Surface Tension

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16mm Color Print and Digital Mixed Medium Experimental Short / 02:26 min / 2017

An experimental personal essay film depicting the feeling of the loss of control as well as the restraint and muddling of memory during a traumatic event.

Cirriusly

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Hand Drawn Animated Surrealistic Short / 01:54 min / 2017

A hand drawn surrealistic animation which focuses around the transformation of dystopian figures, in particular birds, with the evolution of geometric elements and other figures within the frame. The project is a combination of individually drawn and photographed frames as well as under-the-camera charcoal and cardstock animation.

Screenings and Selections:

Johns Hopkins University – Maryland Institute College of Art Student Film Festival, Parkway Theater, Baltimore, Maryland USA, 2018. Part of the Festival Selection.

Unspoken

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16mm B&W Reversal Print Silent Experimental Narrative Short / 02:19 min / 2016

A seemingly normal and dreary day results in the questioning of whether someone has a dual persona that is always lurking behind them.