2018 Alex Bohs: Alex Bohs’ commemoration of San Francisco’s 2018 Pride Parade features Supervisor Harvey Milk’s words of hope, recorded days before his assassination in 1978, as a potent reminder of the struggle that has led to where the LGBTQ community is today.
2018 AJ Baldwin: AJ Baldwin’s coming-of -age film captures the emotional highs and lows of first love, and sadly, its conclusion, with emotionally resonant performances and first-person narration providing a level of wisdom that belies the youth of the protagonist.
2017 Ben Joyner and Dumaine Babcock: Filmmakers Ben Joyner and Dumaine Babcock profile Adrain Chesser, who photographs loved ones at the moment he reveals his AIDS diagnosis, thus demonstrating the power of his artwork and a determination to proceed through life on his terms.
2018 Yuchao Feng: An introverted young man finds comfort, confidence, and freedom while dressing in women’s clothing until coming upon his father in a chance encounter on a busy street in this beautifully composed and restrained film by Yuchao Feng.
2018 Austin S. Harris: An aspiring writer is forced to question his understanding of the world when he sees what he thinks is a UFO and meets Stevie, a fellow high school student with peculiar insight in Austin S. Harris’ thesis film for NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
The Style of Display: Victorian Pedestals
Victorian pedestals, meant to showcase sculpture, are fascinating decorative art objects to behold. The most ornate pedestals were made in the United States during the Gilded Age—a time following the Civil War until the turn of the twentieth century, when the country experienced rapid economic growth. From the mid-1860s through the 1880s, in particular, collecting and displaying sculpture and objets d’art led to an increased demand for pedestals.
2017 Paloma Martinez: Filmmaker Paloma Martinez sensitively captures a bittersweet moment in the life of wide-eyed, eight-year-old Geovany Cesario, who documents his final day in the Crisanto Street neighborhood that is home to many who work in the shadows of Silicon Valley.
2016 Annlin Chao: London-based filmmaker Annlin Chao’s stop-motion animated short features a shapeshifting character who journeys through a sequence of landscapes representing four masterpieces of Chinese painting held in Taiwan’s National Palace Museum.
2018 Thilo Gundelach: German filmmaker Thilo Gundelach travels to northwest Montana to profile Swift Current, a member of Amskapi Pikuni (Blackfeet) Nation who maintains an intimate connection with “the old ways” of his culture through rodeo bronc riding.
2019 Alex Moy: Colorful line drawings morph from one posture to another in this animated short, which was created by filmmaker Alex Moy as an exercise to find perspective and embrace change during a particularly anxious period after graduating from film school.