Tender Crossings | 2021 | Super 8, 16mm, GoPro, digital, b&w, sound
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 Excellenc and the Logan Non-fiction Fellowship.
Green Turns Brown | 2020 | Super 8, color, sound
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".
Festivals, Screenings & Awards: Footprints Flaherty Screening, SF DocFest
Alejandro & Miguel | 2019 | 16 mm, color, sound
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