Short Films By or About Women, curated by Omar Lopex

  • San Diego Art Institute 1439 El Prado San Diego, CA, 92101 United States

$5.00 Admission

Join us at SDAI for a screening of short films spearheaded by SDAI artist-in-residence Omar Lopex. 

Featured filmmakers include:
Ana Andrade, Jesús Guerra, Bryan Chillian
Diane Best
Lyndsay Bloom  
Lana Z Caplan
Alida Cervantes
Omar Lopex 

About the work:

Ana Andrade, Jesús Guerra, Bryan Chillian
Scott (2013, 03:54)

Disorder, confusion and marginalization. Social problems mixing in a chasm of different realities and perspectives. “Scott” is a short experimental documentary, an ethnographic archive of footage from the canals of the Tijuana River in Baja California; a place where migrants deported from the United States live in a homeless situation. 

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Diane Best
Road to Mexican Hat (6:17, 2013)

Diane Best’s work is focused on all aspects of the desert landscape, striving to capture its intense drama and the artist’s deep connection to it...mostly through painting. Starting three years ago, she discovered the potential of moving images to affect the viewer, and has been working on these cinematic "paintings" ever since. Working in collaboration with musicians, this work brings a transformative, deep desert experience to the audience.

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Lyndsay Bloom
KISS, 2012, hand processed 16mm film, b/w, silent, 1 minute 31 seconds
with Lyndsay Bloom and Leslie Supnet

Lyndsay Bloom is a filmmaker and artist working in experimental cinema and film installation. She received her MFA from The University of California, San Diego and her BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Her process involves putting media archeology into practice, investigating the physical properties of celluloid film, and considering intersections between handmade chemical recipes, the history of materials usage, and film processing techniques. Bloom's recent films include collaborations with oceanographers and limnologists, merging experimental film with scientific research.

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Lana Z Caplan
"Is that all there is?"
5:07, color with sound, 2010

Lana Z Caplan’s performance video series Refrain is comprised of music videos in which she lip syncs to cover versions of pop songs of heartbreak. In each video Caplan plays with roles and gender stereotypes, allowing a relistening and rereading of familiar narratives. She also uses the form of music video and video itself as part of the commentary. In one video, she performs as though she is making a demo reel for an audition. Another was shot with television cameras from the 1970's, the same era as the song. In "Is that all there is?" Caplan uses archival footage and green screen to add imagery as memory. Together the videos form a "break-up album", moving between sadness, anger, desperation and resign. One of the last in the series, "Is that all there is?" echoes the song's slippage between desire and reality.

Part of the Refrain performance video series, comprised of music videos for pop songs of heartbreak, "Is that all there is?" plays with expectations of love and echoes the song's slippage between desire and reality.

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Alida Cervantes
El Puro (con camarógrafo borracho) 
(2011, 07:03)

Alida Cervantes seeks to expose male domination and subvert Cuban—and Latin—machismo in order to destabilize the cultural associations that are attached to the male-female opposition in Latin societies. She directly confronts the expectations surrounding heterosexual and interracial erotic desires by dressing in drag and impersonating Timba (Cuban "salsa")  stars who, in turn, have made a career out of glorifying their hyper machismo. 

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Omar Lopex
Sin Eater
(14:14, 2015)

Two formerly wealthy sisters depend on each other for survival in the wild outskirts of Depression-era San Diego. Featuring: Mickey Faerch, Jennifer Scibetta, Carter Burnett, Alberto Caro. Score by: Clinton Davis.