This work is a collaboration between the poet Merridawn Duckler and the film maker Shiri Kester in honor of her grandfather, a survivor of the Shoah.
Jennifer Hardacker has been making short films for over 20 years. Hardacker’s films are subjective in content and formalist in style. She is fond of experimenting with technique, and finding the right film form to tell the particular story the film is telling. Her work has screened at extensively at film festivals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Hardacker’s films have won several awards and honors.
Linathi Makanda is a South African photographer and storyteller. She is the author of the poetry and prose collection When No One Is Watching. Born and raised in Mthatha, a small town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, her hopes are to open the doors of opportunity for many other black womxn creatives to occupy spaces as well as redefine the capabilities of womxn creatives and womxn in general. Makanda’s photographic works have been recognized by publications such as Vogue Italia (PhotoVogue) as well as by Michigan’s Saginaw Valley State University literary art journal called Cardinal Sins. Her writings as well as photographic works aim to celebrate authentic expression and to drive the notion that everything and everyone is art, worthy to be experienced.
Seasons – a visual outlining the importance of weathering all one’s seasons and the swift changes that occur in life. The visual drives the notion that there is power in embracing yourself in all stages you are in.
Credits Videography & Editing – Mwango Muntemba Kondolo
Poetry Writing and Recital – Linathi Makanda
Art Direction and Styling – Linathi Makanda & Mwango Muntemba Kondolo
Location Scouting – Mwango Muntemba Kondolo
De-Eschatology is a physical manifestation of the claustrophobic conditions created by the COVID-19 crisis and the yearning to break free from them. The piece seeks to draw attention to a heightened sense of touch, which directly results from the lack of physical contact many in quarantine face. The film’s trajectory explores the gradual de-escalation of shelter-in-place orders, and its psychological effects.
Dance performed by Charly and Eriel Santagado, of mignolo dance. Their dance company can be found at https://www.mignolo.art/.
Chetan Bhakuni is a painter who was born in India, New Delhi. After doing his under graduation in BFA Applied arts (Graphic Designing), he joined Burren College of Art for his Masters in Studio Art. Working predominantly with oil and water colors, he often uses ball point pens for portrait drawings.
Tarang is a short movie about a poor Indian boy who wants to learn English. It is metaphorical commentary on a country where a foreign language has became a separate class and standard.
Medium: Ball point pen on paper
Filmmaker and poet Ari Gold has won dozens of prizes for his films, including the Student Oscar, best film at SXSW, and many more. His award-winning drama “The Song of Sway Lake,” with Rory Culkin and Robert Sheehan, played 52 international film festivals. The air-drum cult comedy “Adventures of Power” (“One of the funniest films in recent years” – NY Magazine), is currently being re-released. His short “Helicopter”, about his mother’s death in a helicopter crash that killed rock music promoter Bill Graham, is being expanded into a feature film, and is excerpted in Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “Psychomagic.”
Ari’s most unusual awards include High Times Magazine’s “Stoner of the Year,” and the Guinness World Record for commanding the largest air-drum ensemble on earth. His next project is a game-changing action-adventure film about ecology, war, and the liberation of the human spirit.
Ari can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Clubhouse @arigold as well as through his website, AriGoldFilms.com
Alisa Ungar-Sargon is a Chicago-based writer. She received her MFA in creative writing from Northwestern University.