Remember When is a collection of short films that question the idealism and false innocence associated with “girlhood,” showing that young people don’t exist unaware or unaffected by larger power structures such as foreign policy, mass incarceration, divorce, or heteronormativity. Each of the stories features girls in roles beyond young caretakers, trophies, and sidekicks.
Remember When also explores the use of animation as a way of processing traumatic histories and memories as well as a way to play with our realities and reimagine power dynamics. Each film utilizes animation in a different way, some in combination with live action, but all share the common thread of using the form to evoke nostalgia and reflection.
This is not meant to be a comprehensive collection, but rather just a small snapshot. As curators, we want to acknowledge that there are so many ways that other parts of identity intersect with gender. What voices are missing from this line-up? We welcome suggestions from the audience and hope this series of films will serve as a conversation starter that will evolve and grow.
I, Destini - Developed through a series of creative workshops with a family's youngest member, I, Destini is an animated film that explores the poignant and imaginative illustration of a youth's perspective on the effects of having an incarcerated loved one.
Destini Riley (Director) is an emerging artist and activist for her community in Durham, NC. She is a honor student at Jordan High School and a graduate of the School of Doc at the Full Frame Documentary Festival. She hopes to one day go to college to be a civil rights lawyer or the next Spike Lee.
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Nicholas Pilarski (Director) works to create art that facilitates dialogue through documentary. Central to this practice is a focus on activism and restorative justice through the art-making process.
The FBI Blew Up My Ice Skates - Based on true events, the film tells a story from the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1980 from the perspective of Haleh, an eight year old who just wants to enjoy her ice skates. The film raises questions about the human cost of surveillance and the criminalization of immigrant communities, linking past policy decisions with current national discussions around security and xenophobia.
Sara Zia Ebrahimi (Director) is a curator of film, visual art and new media and for over a decade has produced film screenings and exhibits in the Philadelphia area. A MFA graduate of Temple University, her short films have screened internationally and been awarded grants from Chicken & Egg Pictures, Rooftop Films and the Leeway Foundation. In Spring of 2015 she released her first web series, Bailout, which she wrote and directed.
Lindsey Martin (Director) is a filmmaker and animator living in Ohio. Her work tends to be humorous takes on the inner workings of families going through crisis, often embracing the absurd. She has screened nationally and internationally including the Slamdance Film Festival, the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Brooklyn International film festival as well as various conferences and symposiums around the U.S. Lindsey received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MFA from Temple University. She is currently working on her first feature film, Little Wilderness.
Love Letter - Love Letter examines the fantasies of an eight-year-old coping with the emotional anxieties triggered by the divorce of her parents. Her shifting realities bring about an imaginary friend has been hibernating in a jar upon the windowsill. This whimsical consultation allows Basil to regain the notion of love within her changing family.
Also Directed by Lindsey Martin
My Doodled Diary - As “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” dominates the pop charts, Maya writes in her diary everything that rocks her teenage world, from the assassination of Indira Gandhi and her parents’ divorce, to the latest pimple that made its appearance. But suddenly not much else seems to matter when a new girl arrives at school. A delightful and intimate exploration of youthful obsession, budding sexuality and what it means to be a teenager, which all too often sucks, big time.
Sonali Gulati is an independent filmmaker, feminist, grassroots activist and educator. She is an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and her films have screened in more than 300 film festivals worldwide. She has won several awards, grants and fellowships, including the Guggenheim Fellowship in Film/Video.
A Place in the Middle - Eleven year old Ho'onani dreams of leading the hula troupe at her inner-city Honolulu school. The only trouble is that the group is just for boys. She's fortunate that her teacher understands first-hand what it's like to be “in the middle” - the Hawaiian tradition of embracing both male and female spirit. Together they set out to prove that what matters most is what's in your heart.
Dean Hamer (Co-Producer/Director) is an educator, scientist emeritus at the National Institutes of Health, New York Times Book of the Year author, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker with a long history in communicating complex and controversial ideas to diverse publics. His work, which has been supported by Sundance, PBS, Pacific Islanders in Communications and the Ford Foundation, has won awards at film festivals around the world and used by a wide range of schools and community organizations.
Joe Wilson (Co-Producer/Director) got involved in documentary filmmaking following a career in international development and human rights. Frustrated by the limitations of traditional organizing and advocacy, he picked up a camera with hopes of reaching broader audiences with stories that would inform and compel people to act. In 2004, Wilson returned to his hometown of Oil City, Pennsylvania, to produce and direct the Emmy Award-winning documentary OUT IN THE SILENCE, which premiered at Human Rights Watch International Film Festival to great critical acclaim.
Jerad Greenleaf (Animation) is an artist and animator from Kaua'i, Hawai'i. He received his BFA from Bringham Young University Hawaii, where he developed the distinctive Polynesian art style for which he has become known, and his MFA from Bringham Young University in Utah, where he currently teaches at the undergraduate level.
Panelist- Jose Mazariegos, animator
Jose is an animator, photographer, videographer and coffee enthusiast living in Philadelphia, PA. He received his BFA in Media Arts and Animation from Art Institute of Philadelphia where he focused on the art of traditional and 3D animation. After graduating he has worked for several small studios creating 3D models, motion graphics and animating characters for online games. He is a self taught photographer and videographer, two skills he now professionally uses working for his current job at Solari Creative in Red Bank, NJ. Jose can normally be found behind the camera documenting protests and parties. His work can be viewed at jmaz.net, 500px.com/jmaz and by his Facebook and Instagram handle @jmaza79
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