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  • Westfield Horton Plaza 141 Horton Plaza San Diego, CA, 92101 United States (map)

FREE Admission

SDAI is pleased to present STANDARD FANTASTIC STUDIOS: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WATCH THESE MOVIES, a project by Omar Lopex for the SDAI Project Space in Horton Plaza (141 Horton Plaza next to Victoria’s Secret). During the month of September, the space will be transformed into a video viewing area where audiences can watch films entirely show in analog film formats—Super 8, Hi8, 35mm—made by STANDARD FANTASTIC STUDIOS during an artist residency at San Diego Art Institute in 2016, as well as an additional curated selection of classic films. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays 12pm-5pm and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please email Omar Lopex at

Instead of the traditional format of running videos on loops, the SDAI Project Space in Horton Plaza will have films available on VHS tapes located on shelves throughout the space. Visitors will curate their own experience, playing whatever tape they choose while watching it on a sofa, a throwback to the artist’s childhood. All of the film projects created during the SFS residency, as well as the curated selection, have personal significance for Omar Lopex. The videos on view will be a collage of themes and work relating to ‘Ana’—the protagonist in a feature length operatic film currently in production by STANDARD FANASTIC STUDIOS. ANA, WHO THEY PULLED OUT OF THE RIVER film features an all-female cast shot entirely in Tijuana on 16mm B/W film, featuring collaborations with Hugo Crosthwaite and other Tijuana-based artists.


Solo projects by STANDARD FANASTIC STUDIOS include short films about:

·       Pokemon Go / Romantic poetry

·       Puerto Rican psychic Walter Mercado

·       Ginger Shulick Porcella’s collection of hate mail

·       Recreations of commercials from the artist’s childhood with his own sons as the actors

The work on display also features collaborations with Michael Trigilio (a sci-fi journey combining multiple analog formats and in-camera effects), Matthew Hebert (a silent film about the US/Mexico border wall show in Super 8), Hugo Crosthwaite (paintings and images for ‘Ana’), Ana Andrade (scenes from Tijuana shot in Hi8), Don Porcella (2 different artists shooting 2 versions of the same film), and Paolo Zuniga (time lapse and color experiments in Super 8).


Other work created as part of the residency on view at the SDAI Project Space includes:

·       Video workshops with the Blind Community Center of San Diego

·       Screenings short films By or About Women, featuring work by Alida Cervantes, Diane Best, Ana Andrade, Lana Z Caplan, Lyndsay Bloom, and Omar Lopex

·       Filmmaking Summer Camp where kids shot one short film a day using Hi8 cameras and in-camera editing


This program is supported by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and the California Arts Council

Earlier Event: September 1
Gearheads: Joe Cantrell