Ken Egu, an African American immigrant to the United States, reflects on racism through the lens of the Trump presidency and the actions of Colin Kaepernick. Animation produced by 13 student directors in USC’s Documentary Animation Production class in 2018.
Land of the Free?
A Film By Ken Egu, Alissa Brasington, Liam Campbell, Brian Cawley, Lakota Dodging Horse, C. Leigh Goldsmith, Haley Hudkins, Hannah Kreiswirth, Kaitlyn Leewing, Sequoyah Madison, Molly Murphy, Patrice Pinardo, Chenglin Xie
Yolanda Morgan recalls her experiences with racism and the impact it has had on her. Produced in USC's CTAN 470 Documentary Animation Production class by 12 student directors.
I Never Picked Cotton
A film by Yolanda Morgan, Hanna Adams, Cole Bacani, Max Edmeier, Dariel Filomeno, Alexandra Gottlieb, Namquyen "Q" Le, Victoria Perez, Benjamin Ragasa, Josie Stocks, John Stover, Jinghan Tian
On the streets of Paris walks a barefoot water dancer known as Martine. Filmmaker Kaeto Sweeney explores an unattainable, obscure obsession with an undefinable spirit from The City of Light. Martine is a complex quest to understand love and human sexuality using a sophisticated lens.
To fix a guy
A FILM BY Astrid Söderberg
Can a bath and a well timed fart teach us all we need to know about feminism? No. But fixing men is simpler than you think.
A foggy mind of overcast skies is the backbone of this film from Pacific Northwest filmmaker Olivia Gutenberg. Winner of this year’s Top Ranking Student, this feminine narrative picture grapples with adulthood and sexuality through the lens of modern ideology. In the end, our heroin is able to find herself, placing her somewhere between a girl and a god.
Shot on Hi8, Posen is a self described “depression meme” eloquently examining contemporary dating and life. The film uses stock images and subtle sarcasm to express what it means to be young in the present day.
Through the haze of weed smoke and the rattle of skateboard wheels, Jazz, Jared, and Troy guide us down the gritty back streets of New Orleans. We follow these young men on endless nights, from parking garages to rooftops. Fellow skaters emerge from the shadows to join the pack, and strangers approach curious by the commotion. As nights and days blend together, they connect with family, friends, and strangers alike for brief moments - a type of fearless connectivity that can be found in New Orleans. Gnarleans is a glimpse inside the culture of youth and the city they live in, brought together by skateboarding.
A film by Raul Buitrago
The fake documentary is seldom made and rarely executed effectively; Still Moves is an outlier. Filmed in Oakland, Nevada City, and Reno, the film follows Eddison Jones the founder and sole proprietor of The Experimental Institute of Eastern Californiart. Filled with original music and sounds. Still Moves won Prize Soundscape in 2018.
A hybrid of documentary and fiction, 'Rukus' is a queer coming of age story set in the liminal spaces of furry conventions, southern punk houses, and virtual worlds. Rukus is a 20-year-old furry artist, living with his boyfriend Sable in the suburbs of Orlando, Florida. In his sketchbooks, Rukus is constructing an imaginary universe - a sprawling graphic novel in which painful childhood memories are restaged as an epic fantasy. Brett is a 16-year-old filmmaker with OCD, working on a documentary about kinky subcultures in spite of his own anxiety. After an interview leads to an online friendship, their lives entwine in ways that push them into strange, unexplored territories.
A film by Brett Hanover
YOU MUST WORK IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN / Jackie Davis
SUSPICIOUS BABY / John Quirk
:\ECLIPSED / Nicole Baker
VISITING LAMENT / Sam Klickner
TECHNICOLOR ANGST / Ketchup Freeland
SOMETIMES OUR FRIENDS COME OVER
THE BURROW / Chloé Galibert-Laîné
DEAD MALL / Dustin Morrow
SIGNALS: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? / Shayna Connelly
NORMAL / William Westley
SCREEN READING / Vanessa Vox
LAST NIGHT / Kent Juliff and Shannon Cloud
BLINDSIDED / Lisa Olivieri
MAKTOUB / Sonia Ben Slama
INSIDE / Anna Antonova
FOOD TO ATE / Random Ran
WOUNDED / Ewan Golder
RECUERDO DE MI SANTAURIO / Juliette Liautaud
THE HISTORY OF WOMEN / Darian Stansbury
INDIVIDUAL / Nathan Sonenfeld
THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF BULGARIA / SNEAL
LOOK OUT POINT / Kyja K-Nelson
AIJO / Hart Ginsburg
ABANDONED GENERATIONS / Linda Fenstermaker
COMMESSE / Valentina Natarelli
THE BACHELORETTE PARTY / Justin Dean, Aaron Greenbaum and Micah Vassau
SATIN JACKAL / Derek Bauer
A COMMERCIAL / Liz Clayton Scofield
POULTICE / Benjamin C. Dugdale & Kelly Hill
IDIOMS ORIGINS VOLUME 1 / Jim McDonough
BLUE DICORD / Arianna Gazca
TETCHED / Sanjin Malesevic
SECRET TELESCOPE / Stephen Quinlan
THE ROAD WE WALK / Amber Morgan