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Join us this Thursday, February 9th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, for this month’s installment of the East End Film Society screening. Hosted by filmmaker and OA Production Coordinator, Jasmine Elmore, this month we welcome filmmaker, educator, and activist Ariana Hamidi. We will be watching several of their works via 16 mm projection and will have Q&A sessions between each film where we can conceptually discuss the films and gain insight into their practice.  


Ariana Hamidi (she/they) is an artist, educator, and activist who makes short films and poetic texts that interrogate autobiography and social satire.  An Afghan-American mythmaker using performance art, 16mm film, animation and digital special effects, their work has been shown throughout the US and Internationally including Anthology Film Archives, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Athens Int’l Film & Video Festival, Black Maria Film Festival and Beijing Int’l Film Festival. She is the former Director of the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival and founder of a nonprofit youth organization at the international level. Ariana is currently a Director at Side by Side, an LGBTQ+ non-profit youth organization and teaches film and animation workshops throughout the city of Richmond, Virginia.


Featured films include:


A Covenant Adam (2005), Hidden gestures revealed as lines must be crossed. The loss of safety navigated through family history and myth. Super 8mm home movies, Incredible Hulk comics, and childhood confessions resist fragmented texts in an unpromising haze.


Self-Portrait of Others (2009), A catalog of confrontations posing as portraits. A house of moving words deconstructing a personal history. Self-Portrait of Others questions the nature of autobiography by drawing the viewer closer to the distance between people. All we ever have is what I invent.


Lovely lonely (2003), A platonic love letter to a faraway friend.


#3: (Bicycle) (2004), Third film in a transportation series with soundtracks constructed from 16mm magnetic stock found in trash bins.


Registration is not required but is encouraged so that we can best plan for the event. Please register with the link below. 



Thank you to the following funders for their generous support of Creative Workforce Innovation and Community Programs like these are made possible by the support of CultureWorks, VA Commission for the Arts, Community Foundation for a greater Richmond, and VCU Health Hub at 25th.

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