61st Film Finals Official Selections

61st Film Finals Official Selections

Thank you to everyone who submitted and congratulations to those selected! We appreciate all your hard work in creating these projects over the past school year. Here is the program for the 61st Annual Film Finals. 

  1. Brimful World, Lexi Doukakis, 2 min – Experimental

An experimental animation shedding light on the issues of the fast fashion industry and our participation in overconsumption.

  1. A ver ponte ahí, Flor Marmolejo, 4 min – Nonfiction

Revisiting a family album and an opportune trip leads to a revelation. 

  1. Even Though I am Half, Nickel Rivera, 7 min – Non-Fiction/Documentary

A poetic ideological and personal journey of a mixed Filipinx and Chicanx student organizer who visited the Philippines for the first time in the summer of 2019.

  1. Second Nature, Tony Alfaro, 8 min – Fiction

During the pandemic, a father and son are forced to relocate their annual camping trip to their backyard.

  1. Next Stop, Kaylee Zorman, 3 min – Animation

A young girl struggles with her anxiety as she rides the subway alone.

  1. Kiana, Shandaeya Caldwell, 10 min – Fiction

A young black woman grapples with the death of Breonna Taylor in the confines of her own apartment during 2020.

  1. Big House, Allison Lopez, 2 min – Experimental

Big House began with my childhood home, a house where the air was always heavy, and my mind always cloudy. Unable to concentrate, my only escape was the outdoors. Big House isn’t a story about a ghost but a visual poem of my childhood.

  1. La Playa De Joaquín, Isabella Delgado, 6 min – Fiction

The story of change is told through Joaquín and Consuelo’s journey to the beach, creating a beautiful parallel between animal and human migration, illuminating the idea of a universal land.

  1. The Bad Touch, London Alexander, 8 min – Non-Fiction/Documentary

A documentary following four college students over the course of one month as they navigate different dating apps during the pandemic. 

  1. Respect the Land, Nicole Carlson, 2 min – Animation

A PSA about respecting indigenous lands while visiting national parks. It covers the history of the national parks and how that history has affected indigenous communities.

  1. A Muse, Keith Green Jr, 4 min – Fiction

The painter often tries to describe or even recreate the world around them. Look into his mind as he begins work on his masterpiece and attempts to recreate his wife, his soulmate…his muse.

  1. Ash Meadow, Ellie Vanderlip, 5 min – Experimental

Ash Meadow is an experimental film that explores the death of a grandparent through postcards and diary entries.

  1. Inheritance, Thembelihle Nkosi, 4 min – Fiction

A college student of Zulu descent must accept a gift from her ancestors or risk endangering her health.

  1. Heart Whispers, Ash Verwiel, 8 min – Non-Fiction/Documentary

A reflective abstract short exploring my journey through adolescence, developing my own voice and struggling to belong as a trans man. A story about rebirth and alignment with self.

  1. A Great Hunter, Athena Greenleaf, 2 min – Animation

A multimedia Anti-Poaching PSA, with audio from an Orson Welles interview.

  1. Change of Scenery, Abbey Vollmer, 5 min

Post-graduation, Marie decides to move back home and return to her old job. It isn’t until she meets Jaime, a new employee, that she realizes just how comfortable she’s become.

  1. Otherness, Chris Bergt, 4 min

A short film about a young Chinese man experiencing racism, and the powerlessness that accompanies this experience. 

  1. Tony’s Cakes, Tony Holman & Vida deKayla, 10 min – Non-Fiction/Documentary

A man with a troubled past finds redemption in building his own bakery.

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