Iranian filmmaker Anahita Ghazvinizadeh brought her debut feature film, They, to the Athens International Film and Video Festival this week. The film features the story of a young transexual ‘J’, who uses the pronoun ‘they’, and their family as they all prepare for J’s sexual reassignment surgery. It is an intimate portrait of the group, examining their daily lives and relationships without great fanfare.
Keckler’s performance - a combination of live musicianship and screened work - danced between comedy, commentary, and communion. He wowed the crowd with his operatic prowess as he examined such subjects as internet fandom and the effects of hallucinogenic mushrooms.
There are many sayings that the elders use to explain the tradition of Ala kachuu, or take and flee, or as I knew it, bride kidnapping. It is a practice that is actually illegal in the Kyrgyz Republic, yet in rural areas, it is still employed as a means of marriage. The woman that are kidnapped face being shunned by their community if they refuse to get married to their kidnappers. They are left with very little choice.
Living legend Laurie Anderson, multimedia artist (“a totally meaningless term,” according to her), sculptor, painter, musician, brainy and witty storyteller and much more, shared her incredible creative work and ideas with the Athens community the night of April 10th as part of the Special event series at the 45th Annual Athens International Film and Video Festival.
A review of the 2018 thriller 'The Guilty'.
Last night's 45th Annual Athens International Film and Video Festival opened with a documentary double bill, Farmsteaders and The Last Honey Hunter. Both stories were about people who live their lives in rural spaces. Both show the physical and emotional struggle of making a living outside of the city.
“When I grew up, the milk was in the fridge. That was the most I ever thought about it,” says Celeste Nolan, one of the subjects in Ohio University alum Shaena Mallett’s new detailed, intimate documentary, Farmsteaders.
Robert Kaithern, an Ohio University 2nd-Year MFA Film student, directs “Calliope”, the story of a struggling writer and his imagined muse. In the production of his film, Kaithern coordinated a wide variety of OU talent including students from the Film Division, Theater Division, and the School of Media Arts and Studies. The symbiotic collaboration between OU departments helps our film students to realize their artistic visions.