ArtSpace Herndon brings the best of George Mason University’s film students to NoVA community
What does a sushi chef, two Mormons, coffee farmers and a vindictive lobster have in common? They are just a handful of the subjects in the award-winning films being screened at ArtSpace Herndon’s Best of Favs showcase this week. These 13 films, produced by students in Film and Video Studies (FAVS) at George Mason University, explore the human condition. Vignettes of 12 minutes or less are taken from the full-length films:
Visual Scar directed by Sami Ahmed – Kirikoo confronts his mind, which is stuck in a cycle of abuse.
Jihad: A Self-Love Story directed by Sumayya Al-Shingieti – Sumayya struggles with identity, torn between the past and present.
El Sushi Chef directed by Jeremy Carpel – Luis struggles as an immigrant but becomes a sushi chef in a prestigious restaurant.
The Last Supper directed by Ryan Hill – Two Mormons learn too much about themselves through an alcoholic ex-girlfriend.
Finding Annabel directed by Micayla Charles – none given
Tides directed by Irem Dogancali – A grieving woman goes through different emotions during a therapy session.
Café Kreyól directed by Scott Cooper – A “coffee hunter” and former drug addict, Joey travels through Central America to aid coffee farmers.
Get Well Soon directed by Michael Rose – A man who has never been to a funeral before, attends one with a woman he barely knows.
Kings Park directed by Matt Haskell – Sometimes people just need a few minutes…
Ard Laoch na héireann/The Hero of Ireland directed by Paul O’Halloran – In 1918 Dublin, a bullied boy learns lessons in manhood and violence from his war-veteran father.
L.A.R.P. directed by Brandon Langford – Two unique individuals take part in live action role-play games for entertainment, socializing and a means of escape.
Other directed by Sarah Williams – Electra decides what she has to live for, as being a newly transitioned woman in an affair with a married man strips away her self-identity.
Leroy’s Lobster Shack directed by Sean Mercado – A dark comedy about an unemployed man and a malevolent lobster.
Opened in historic downtown Herndon in 2008, ArtSpace Herndon was created by the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts to celebrate local artistic talent, as well as performers from around the globe. Kitt Potter, associate director of programming at ArtSpace Herndon, is excited about this first time showcasing GMU’s talent and plans on more. “Starting in the fall, we’d like to feature the full-length films of the winners each month with short talks and meet and greets afterwards,” she shares.
MAR 25, 7-9 P.M. (doors open at 6:30)
Tickets: $10 (Material not suitable for children under 15.) Click here to purchase tickets.
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks will be provided; wine and beer by donation.
// 750 Center St, Herndon; http://www.artspaceherndon.com/
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