EVENT CANCELLED due to university closing.
Please look here for an update- Soe and Ebtehaj will present remotely later this month.
Valerie Soe || to be scheduled in March
Roya Ebtehaj || to be scheduled in March
Dan Mirvish || presents his feature 18 1/2 at the Varsity Thur date to be announced!
Valerie Soe’s award-winning experimental videos, installations, and documentaries have exhibited at festivals, museums, and galleries worldwide. Her feature, LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN won Audience Award at the Urban Nomad Film Festival In Taipei, Taiwan and her short doc, RADICAL CARE: THE AUNTIE SEWING SQUAD (2020) won Director’s Choice at the 2021 Thomas Edison Film Festival. Her writing is found in books and journals including Countervisions: Asian American Film Criticism; Palgrave Handbook of Asian Cinema; Amerasia Journal, and Asian Cinema. Soe received a 2012 Art Writers’ Grant for her blog beyondasiaphilia.com, which looks at Asian and Asian American art, film, culture, and activism. She’s Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University.
Media artist Roya Ebtehaj explores the syncretic digital cultures that have emerged due to the ways individuals interact with current media and consume information. Her work uses XR, 3D, animation, video, web, and print to create immersive media work that integrates 3D animation, digital video and installation. Drawing inspiration from childhood memories during a lifetime of confronting the restrictions of state censorship and international sanctions, her work addresses Immigration, borders, information control and forms of displacement, diaspora, trauma and alienation with humor and irony.
Festival Juror Dan Mirvish has directed a slew of award-winning, critically-acclaimed features, including Omaha (the movie) and Bernard and Huey. He is the author of the bestselling non-fiction book The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking from Focal Press/Routledge. He is co-founder of the upstart Slamdance Film Festival.
* In lieu of an in-person appearance, The Big Muddy Film Festival will present Dan Mirvish’ latest film on opening night, with an online event to be announced soon!