KQED Film School Shorts + UNCODE
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17
KQED and the 34th Annual Olympia Film Festival presents:
Film School Shorts with a special episode of UNCODE
3:30pm doors / 4:00pm film
$10 general admission / $7 OFS members & Students / $5 Kids
KQED’s Film School Shorts is a national public television series showcasing short student films from around the country. Each week, viewers are treated to a glimpse at the future of cinema with an artfully curated line-up of films featuring sophisticated storytelling and production value that rivals industry professionals. Filmmakers from past seasons include Destin Daniel Cretton, Sarah-Violet Bliss, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, Ana-Lily Amirpour, and others who went on to leave their mark. Films are culled from major institutions like NYU, Columbia, UCLA, and AFI and have enjoyed successful runs at festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, and SXSW.
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Sequin Raze – A cynical producer will go to any lengths to get one last interview from a reality show runner-up. A short film by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro.
uNomalanga & the Witch – A church-going woman in South Africa is drawn to her hairdresser neighbor – a rumored murderer. A short film by Palesa Shongwe.
Stage Two – A young man in small-town Oregon navigates both the perils of high school and his mother’s cancer diagnosis without the benefit of an emotional road map. A short film by Lara Gallagher.
Rita Mahtoubian is Not A Terrorist – When Iranian-born Rita Mahtoubian sets out to change her life from ordinary to extraordinary, she accidentally captures the attention of a homeland security agent (Patrick Fugit). A short film by Roja Gashtili and Julia Lerman.
Dir. Ali Graham and Myisa Plancq-Graham / 2017 / 30 min
UNCODE is an ongoing series of short stories as seen through the distinctive lens of Black storytellers. Since its 2016 launch, UNCODE has partnered with reputable brands, Grammy-award winning musicians, and world renowned artists to create short stories related to art, tech, food, health, and travel.
This Olympia Film Festival exclusive episode of UNCODE includes:
Great Smoke: Jesce Horton is a nationally recognized, award winning cannabis farmer. He’s also one of the only Black cannabis business owner in the state of Oregon. In this story, Jesce and recording artist Killer Mike share their truths about the billion dollar cannabis industry.
Amora: Dominic, a 30 year old man from Seattle, competes competitively as drag performer, “Amora Dior Black”. Dominic shares his pre-performance rituals, his initial inspiration for performing, and his commitment to the local LGBTQIA community.