Gail M. Gutierrez is a Pinay media maker born and raised in Pasadena, California. Her art practice weaves together archived materials, self-portraiture, and reenactment. She received her MFA in Film and Video from the California Institute of the Arts and her BA in Visual Arts (Media) from the University of California, San Diego. Her thesis film, Sampaguita Love, had its world premiere at the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival in Germany and has shown at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and the Diwa Filipino Film Showcase of Seattle. Falling Upward will have its world premiere here at Light Field!
Chick Strand (1931-2009) was a trailblazing free spirit and West Coast filmmaking pioneer who lyrically combined elements of documentary, ethnographic and experimental techniques to create a distinctly unique body of work. Strand played a vital role in the 1960s Bay Area filmmaking community both through her work and her involvement in the cofounding of Canyon Cinema with friend Bruce Baillie in 1961. Strand also taught film for twenty-five years at Occidental College in Los Angeles, influencing a generation of filmmakers. Meanwhile, she made frequent summer trips to Mexico, where she shot many of her films over a thirty-year career.
Nazlı Dinçel’s hand-made work reflects on experiences of disruption. She records the body in context with arousal, immigration, dislocation and desire with the film object: its texture, color and the tractable emulsion of the 16mm material. Her use of text as image, language and sound imitates the failure of memory and her own displacement within a western society.
Born in Ankara, Turkey, Dinçel immigrated to the United States at the age of 17. Dinçel resides in Milwaukee, WI where she is currently building an artist run film laboratory. She obtained her MFA in filmmaking from UW-Milwaukee. Her works have been exhibited in numerous venues around the world including Tiger Shorts competition at IFFR, New York Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival and Dallas Contemporary. She recently won the Marian McMahon Akimbo award at the 2017 Images Festival with Untitled (2016) and was also awarded Best Experimental Film at the 2015 Chicago Underground Film Festival with Her Silent Seaming (2014).
In addition to exhibiting with institutions, Dinçel avidly self-distributes and tours with her work in micro-cinemas, artist run laboratories and alternative screening spaces in order to support and circulate handmade filmmaking to communities outside of institutions.
Tina Bastajian is a film/new media artist born in Los Angeles, and formulated her cinematic proclivities during the 1980's in San Francisco. In 2005 she moved to Amsterdam to continue with her curatorial and archival research in the Master's program Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image. Her work shapes sound and image to deconstruct narrative forms and elements of the documentary. She uses layered and stylized tableaus with (re)found images often juxtaposed with multiple languages, translation and silence to explore memory, identity, erasure, displacement and desire. Her award winning works include Yellow Aria (1988), Pinched Cheeks And Slurs In A Language That Avoids Her (1995), and Remembering Fatima: A Study On Duration (2000).
Josephine Massarella is an independent filmmaker based in Hamilton. Her award winning films have screened in galleries and festivals world-wide. Josephine’s primary artistic medium is 16mm film. She has a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from Athabasca University, a graduate certificate in Advanced Film and Television from Sheridan College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in film at the University of British Columbia. Josephine also teaches introductory filmmaking and cinema studies.
Alee Peoples (born 1981, Oklahoma City) currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She maintains a varied artistic practice that involves screen‐printing, sewing, sculpture and film. A long time ago she saw Ministry play on her 15th birthday. A not-so-long time ago she and two friends did a 14-date film tour through the South/Midwest. For some time now, she 'makes a living' by installing art at museums.
Bea Haut is an artist who works primarily with 16mm film in an expanded form. This manifests and behaves as sculpture, installations, projections and photography. Multi dimensional in media as well as often being site responsive, these works allude to perceptions of inter-related moments, spaces, and actions in between. Regarding the mutating dialogue between the self and her surroundings, the artist also uses the stuff of the everyday as material and subject of these works.
Bea Haut was a member of Loophole Cinema in the 1990s, a ‘Hi-tech, Lo-tech and No- tech’ circus of Expanded Cinema. More recently co-producing Analogue Recurring - a 16mm screening event and informal space for experimenting with projected film; exposing and developing ideas surrounding their mechanical processes and visceral pleasures. She has recently been involved with starting up a 16mm B&W film processing service - Film in Process, at the University of East London.