Director Biography – Vivian Vivas (SANKOFA)

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Vivian Vivas is an artist with a strong background in photography, video, performance, and film. Her work seeks to invite conversations about cultural and philosophical issues through experimental art forms and interrogate the role of art in culture. From extensive travel focused on indigenous cultures, rituals, and aesthetics, Vivian infuses visual anthropology, sound, movement, and performance in her work. An interest in photography that began in childhood has taken Vivian around the world as an artist. She has traveled in South America, India, and Africa, documenting indigenous communities to experience the roots of their culture and traditions and express them in an experimental way.

Director Statement

Vivian Vivas purpose of work is to welcome the unconscious mind to open a door where one can experience pure emotions behind images. She dreams that people cease to identify with races, borders, and the forms that we call personalities, and surrender to the power of Oneness of life. Her conceptual work is her art piece, which then directs the media she uses—from experimental film to performance and installation.

Short Film: SANKOFA, 3min., USA, Experimental

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Filmed in San Cipriano, Colombia
August, 2018

Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates to “go back and get it.” This 16mm film interprets an exorcism of social repression. Humanity’s passion, pain, and love are revealed through movement, light, and nature. The song “Tonada de Luna” was performed synchronously with the improvisational dance.

Project Links

Short Film: TARAH WHO? – HURT, 4min., USA, Music Video

Trying to write this, without letting a tear go.
Sad is not even the appropriate word.
Can’t even be mad, I don’t even have time.
Looking back the only thing that makes me smile is your speech, your words, your fake-ness… so ..
No, I’m not mad my friend.


  • Tarah Who?
    Name of Band or Artist
  • Javier Arcelus Cano
  • Benny “The Jet” Urquidez
  • Javier Arcelus Cano
  • Maria Quintana
    Director of Photography
  • Nupur Mehrotra
  • Maria Quintana
  • Apoorv Arora
    Co Producer

Director Biography – Jay Vera (THE NEXT GIRL)

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Jay Vera is a creative, passionate, award-winning Film Producer, Writer, Director, and Editor who cares deeply about serving underserved individuals through his films. As a first-generation Mexican-American, Jay hopes to deliver raw stories about traumatic events and displaced segments of our communities and culture writ large.

Short Film: THE NEXT GIRL, 6min., USA, Experimental/Drama

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Danny’s casting call doesn’t go as plan when he meets a young girl with a traumatic past.

2020: Los Angeles Experimental, Dance & Music Film Festival – Official Selection – ‘The Next Girl’.
2019: The IndieFEST Film Awards – Official Selection – ‘The Next Girl.’

  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 9, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography – Nuno Serrão (WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME BUS)

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Nuno Serrão is a Portuguese photographer, filmmaker, and creative director, interested in the dialogues between science and contemporary art. Each of his images considers how information is handled, shared and perceived, framing scenarios as micro-narratives, demonstrating a sensitivity and a curiosity for the planet and its inhabitants.
Aesthetica Magazine, 2019.

Director Statement

Hi, I’m a Portuguese photographer and filmmaker born in Madeira Island, 1980.
My blank slate starts with a functional level of emotion, logic, minimalism and curiosity. I consider these to be my metric system, in the way that photography is to cinema what poetry is to a novel, or that the If Then Else loop I learned from BASIC when I was a kid is a life shortcut.
Curiosity often leads me into document frameable micro-narratives that, in the end, will pose a whole new set of questions.
With the sum of all relatable questions, I think I’ll get an answer.

Short Film: WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME BUS, 2min., Portugal, Experimental

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We are all on the same bus, but some of us are more awake than others.

  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2019
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Director Biography – J’aime Morrison (UPWELL)

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J’aime Morrison is a theatre director, choreographer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She is a Professor of Theatre Movement at California State University, Northridge where she stages multi-disciplinary experimental productions. Ms. Morrison is an associate member of Women in Film.

Director Statement

As a director I am interested in bringing the technologies of theatre, dance and film together in experimental ways to tell stories that resonate.

Short Film: UPWELL, 6min., USA, Dance

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A vision of surfing, embodied by pro surfer Kassia Meador, appears as in a dream and inspires a woman to return to the water after a devastating loss. Surrounded by a diverse group of female surfers, she paddles out and they perform a ritual of connection to each other and to the ocean that is a refuge for them all.

-To rise from an inner source.
-A process in which new, nutrient-rich waters rise from the ocean depths to the surface.

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Director Biography – Christine Marque (MOTEL-X)

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Christine Marque is a local artist and filmmaker in Cincinnati. Throughout her life, she has always been fascinated with artistic interactive experiences. She loves finding a creative space to step into a new reality. Christine has also worked very closely with local social justice organizations, helping them produce films to spread awareness and information. She strives to create art that inspires social change and creates an environment that is abnormal in daily life. Her multi-media approach helps tell a story that the viewer discovers. Christine wants to use her art to make an atmosphere that allows the viewer to create their own unique experiences.