An interview with Joanne Simmons, a 25+ year resident of Norris Homes, a PHA housing community that is in the process of being razed and re-engineered by a federal Choice Neighborhoods grant into mixed-income housing. This film documents Jo's life and her role in the community.
Laura Deutch (ACG '10)
A collaborative project by Katya Gorker, Kate Sclavi and Laura Deutch, supported by the Asian Arts Initiative.
A meditation on loss, grace, mercy, forgiveness and forced forgetting in four short performances. Portia's subjects include her nonagenarian Mother (age 97), who says, "I began to think about the many meanings of the concept of grace and the contradiction of the word and these meanings. People perform their 'grace' via a forced silence. I love using my mother as an actor, perhaps because I anticipate the loss of her in my life. The first segment is a directed interaction between us, a performance of stopping time."
Heidi Saman (WOO '17, LTA '09)
Rasha is an Egyptian housemaid who is not so skilled at her job. When Rasha’s suspicions of her employers are strangely confirmed, she must come to terms with her perceptions of trust, duty, and her place within the family household.
The FBI Blew Up My Ice Skates
Sara Zia Ebrahimi (LTA '14, ACG '13, '09)
The FBI Blew Up My Ice Skates is a short animated film co-directed by Sara Zia Ebrahimi and Lindsey Martin with an original score by Joel Roston. Based on a true story, 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.