Optik Allusions is so pleased to announce their very first Short Film Festival! Come discover our out-of -the-ordinary line up of intersectional short films from all over Oakland and all over the world!
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The event will also be a fundraiser for our video collective to keep thriving: Optik Allusions provides equipment for video production and post production, organizes workshops... We share skills and resources to make films expressing points of view that are usually silenced, and tell stories that might otherwise remain untold. The fundraiser will also help pay our rent to a room dedicated to media post production.
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Most of all, this event will be a way to connect with the greater community: YOU!
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Please come hungry, because Sarah Bierman will be cooking her famous fried chicken plate with corn, and japaeno cabbage slaw. And her equally famous vegan gumbo!
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Thanks to everyone for coming to our festival! We had a great time and enjoyed sharing our fun selection of films with you. And again: thank you for your generous donations!
Here is the lineup of the festival with links to most of the films!
1. Khombo ~ 1:00
by Bluu (Oakland, California)
A stop-motion animation by a local 7'th grade student.
2. Pressure ~ 2:05
by Lily Yu (Oakland, California)
An exploration in the daily stresses of a teenage girl.
3. Checkmate ~ 4:00
by Lily Yu, Jasmine Ehrhardt, Stephanie Hoang (Oakland, California)
This visual interpretation of a spoken word piece explores the struggle of a student facing the decision to drop out or stay in school.
4. Dream ~ 4:07
by Marielle Boland and Julia Retzlaff (Berkeley & San Francisco, California)
Dream is an experimental music video about a young woman coming to terms with her demons and addiction.
5. Fat-shamed into Self Love ~ 3:37
by Lour Darden (Los Angeles, California)
A reenactment of the director’s own personal dealings with public fat-shaming and self-image.
6. And They Jumped Into The Water…Some ~ 8:37
by Lois Moses (Philadelphia)
While trekking through “The Middle Passage”, enslaved Africans are confronted with a perplexing choice, demonstrating some freedoms require great sacrifice.
7. La Petite Salon ~15:00
by Caroline H. Le (Oakland, California)
Quynh, a young Vietnamese American woman, works at her mother’s hair salon. There she feels displaced within the Vietnamese culture and community.
8. The Choice ~ 8:18
by Caleb Parazette (San Francisco, California)
A teenage boy has made a monumental decision about his sexuality which he shares with his father.
9. Safi ~ 4:30 (password : to be confirmed)
by Rinkesh Patel (San Francisco, California)
Safi is an attempt at exploring an ordeal that a person might go through in order to maintain the beliefs that he/she was born with.
10. Black Skin, White Tee ~ 0:47
by Remo Conscious (Oakland, California)
A visual poem on racial profiling and being human in Oakland, California.
11. The Real Bogeyman ~ 4:00
Original music and video by Remo Conscious (Oakland, California)
A music video showing the FTP protest following the non-indictment of Michael Brown’s murderer, Darren Wilson, on November 24th, 2014.
12. Showdown at Highway 134 ~ 5:12
by Franklin Lopez (Montreal, Canada)
SubMedia.tv witnessed the brutal raid by the Royal Colonial Mounted Police on the indigenous Mi’kmaq blockade of fracking equipment.
13. Ballad of the Green Beret ~ 5:00
by Kevin Keating (San Francisco, California)
This black and white film follows a few days in the life of a veteran of America's endless wars.
14. Consequences of War ~ 5:57
by Leland Mitchell Tong (Fremont, California)
A short psychological thriller about our current theatre of war, and the toll it takes on many of our veterans and their families.
15. Pure Lung ~ 10 :32
by Kent Kessinger
A film about the issues facing Honduras currently.
16. Chainwheel ~ 13:00
by Sean Tambour Marshall (San Francisco, California)
Black youth in the United States reconnect to African Indigenous cultures, and resist European Imperialist culture, racism, and police brutality.
17. Welcome To Afrikatown ~ 6:02
by Caitlin Manning (Oakland, California)
The Afrika Town Community Garden combats the displacement of Black/Afrikan people amidst the rapid gentrification of West Oakland.
18. Pueblote ~ 7:11
by Esteban Noyola, Cyrus Bautista, and Marielle Boland (Berkeley, California)
PODER's youth program, Urban Campesinos, strives to make social and environmental change in their community.
19. Aunti Frances Loves Mission Self-Help Hunger Program ~ 7:45
by Lucas Guilkey (Oakland, California)
Aunti Frances, adopted and raised by the Black Panther Party, coordinates a free meal every week in Triangle Park/Driver Plaza in North Oakland.
20. Pravda Ecstatic ~ 3:07
Tsering Norbu (Oakland, California)
A musical ode to the Bay Area.
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