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Todo Lo Solido (All that is Solid)

16mm, color, sound, 2022

Todo Lo Sólido (All That Is Solid) tells the story of an island sinking into the Caribbean Sea. As a nameless drifter searches for explanations about the island's destiny, reality and fantasy merge to reflect on the construction of a nation and the burden of progress.

Project supported by: Sundance Documentary Grant, DocLisboa: Arche Development Lab, Interbay Cinema Society: Lightpress Grant, Uniondocs Summer Documentary Lab

Currently in development

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Tender Crossings

super 8, 16mm, GoPro, digital, b&w, sound, 2022

In a world of merciless sun and harsh shadow, night is the time when people escape the heat and gather in resilience. An ecology of the borderlands space in the town of Nogales told through portraits of those who are born of the duality embedded in its landscape.

Project is supported by the Allan Sekula Social Documentary Fund, the Alison Doerner Fund for Women Pioneers in Filmmaking, the Tim Disney Prize for Excellence and the Logan Non-fiction Fellowship.

Currently in production

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Green Turns Brown

super 8, color, sound, 2021

Green Turns Brown is a eulogy to the artist Luchita Hurtado, whose work was discovered at the age of 97 in a storage unit in San Bernardino, California, and immediately gained notoriety during the final years of her life. Shot several months before the artist's passing, the Super 8 film explores Luchita’s oscillation between visibility and invisibility as a female painter mirrored by her observations of duality within the natural world. Green Turns Brown is Hurtado’s final contemplation of what the artist called, "the border between life and death".

Screenings: Footprints Flaherty Screening, SF DocFest, Dok Leipzig

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Alejandro & Miguel

16 mm, color, sound, 2019

Multigenerational borders manifest both emotionally and vocationally in the relationship between Miguel Bencomo and his fourteen-year-old son Alejandro. In this portrait of ranch life in the town of Casa Grandes, Mexico, questions rise surrounding love, connection, escapism and the inherited responsibility of family lineage.

Festivals, Screenings & Awards: Tacoma Film Festival (Honorable Mention for Best Short Documentary), JellyFest LA (Best Short Documentary), Le Cinéma Club, Brooklyn Film Festival, ICDOCS, REDCAT, Visions du Réel Media Library 2020, Two Journeys Film Program (Vienna, Austria/Los Angeles, CA), Vision Maker Media Firelight Media Workshop, Blue Danube Film Festival, Shorts After The Flaherty Seminar: Action, UNIONDOCS, Creative Artists Agency Moebius Festival

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Detours

16 mm, digital, color, sound, 73 min, 2021

A sprawling meditation on the choreography of bodies in Moscow’s urban landscape, Detours depicts a new way of dealing illicit drugs via the Darknet, the layering of the physical and the virtual realities, as well as a poetics, and politics, of space. Taking place in sleepy neighbourhoods, among the concrete walls of high-rises, behind garages and amidst abandoned railroads, the film alternately follows and loses track of Denis, the treasureman who hides stashes of drugs all over the city.

Supported by: Bright Future Award of Hubert Bals Fund of Rotterdam Film Festival, Eurimages Award for work in progress at Les Arcs Film Festival and Boost NL Development Program

Screenings: Venice International Film Critics' Week, Viennale, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki International Film Festival

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When Light is Displaced

16mm, color, sound, 2021

Interested in its parallels with the fate of the Jaffa oranges, the filmmaker tells her father about her intention to film the last orange grove in Los Angeles. Their disagreement transforms the grove into a space of contemplation on the politics of storytelling in the multi generational experience of Palestine in exile.

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Fossil Falls

16mm, black and white, sound, 5 min, 2019

Through the alchemical materialization of hand-processed 16mm film, Fossil Falls uncovers a charge and vibration in the natural world. The camera traverses the desert in an embodied relationship with non-human life forms, exposing a sense of desire, narrative, and point of view in the non-human. Thus, there is a kind of crisis in trying to hold onto, know, or truly become that which is unknown, or outside of the human.

Screenings & Awards: REDCAT, Message to Man, Revolutions Per Minute, Lago Film Festival, Laterale Film Festival, Image Forum Tokyo

Made in collaboration with Alexey Kurbatov

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It's Going To Be Beautiful

Eight prototypes for a border wall stand on the US-Mexico border. To choose a winning design, Border Patrol officers and the military will attempt to climb, dig under, or breach the structures using techniques employed by immigrants and drug dealers.

Screenings and awards: Sundance, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Tacoma Film Festival - Winner Best Cinematography, DocsMX, Morelia, DokLeipzig, Ambulante, Images Festival, Full Frame, ICDOCS, DOXA, Melbourne International Film Festival, IFF Message to Man, Dokufest Kosovo, Festival Internacional de Cine Migrante, BAMCinemafest

Made in collaboration with John Henry Theisen

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