Monday, August 20

Drag queens Ginger Minj and Bob the Drag Queen star as Catastrawberry and Cocoa Fondue in the short film “The Cocoa Fondue Show,” which goes behind the scenes of a fictional variety show. 
(Courtesy of Andrew Arnold)

Alumnus looks to expand portrayals of drag with new short film

Drag and “30 Rock” blend to create “The Cocoa Fondue Show.” Inspired by the high profile drag queens on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” alumnus Andrew Arnold’s short film follows fictional starlet Cocoa Fondue as she sets out to create her own variety show. Read more...

Photo: Drag queens Ginger Minj and Bob the Drag Queen star as Catastrawberry and Cocoa Fondue in the short film “The Cocoa Fondue Show,” which goes behind the scenes of a fictional variety show. (Courtesy of Andrew Arnold)

Drag queens Ginger Minj and Bob the Drag Queen star as Catastrawberry and Cocoa Fondue in the short film “The Cocoa Fondue Show,” which goes behind the scenes of a fictional variety show. 
(Courtesy of Andrew Arnold)

Gina Kim, a professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, combined home videos and 12 years worth of footage for her documentary “Faces of Seoul.” She aimed to capture her memories of the locations she frequented as a child. (Courtesy of Gina Kim)

Professor’s film on transformation of Seoul adapted into book

Gina Kim filmed the wreckage of a collapsed Seoul department store in 1995. The footage was part of her attempt to retain memory of what her city was once like before it went through significant infrastructural change. Read more...

Photo: Gina Kim, a professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, combined home videos and 12 years worth of footage for her documentary “Faces of Seoul.” She aimed to capture her memories of the locations she frequented as a child. (Courtesy of Gina Kim)

Gina Kim, a professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, combined home videos and 12 years worth of footage for her documentary “Faces of Seoul.” She aimed to capture her memories of the locations she frequented as a child. (Courtesy of Gina Kim)

"La Leyenda Negra," a feature film created by MFA student Patricia Vidal Delgado, follows a student with temporary protected status who is a member of an underground anarchist movement. (Isa Saalabi/Daily Bruin)

Student film spotlights undocumented teens, critiques Trump administration

Patricia Vidal Delgado said if she wasn’t completing her thesis project at UCLA, her film would likely not get funding from anywhere. The directing student will spend her summer shooting the feature film “La Leyenda Negra,” which translates to “The Black Legend.” The film follows Aleteia, a Salvadoran student in Compton, California, with temporary protected status who is also a member of an underground anarchist movement protesting the administration of President Donald Trump. Read more...

Photo: "La Leyenda Negra," a feature film created by MFA student Patricia Vidal Delgado, follows a student with temporary protected status who is a member of an underground anarchist movement. (Isa Saalabi/Daily Bruin)

"La Leyenda Negra," a feature film created by MFA student Patricia Vidal Delgado, follows a student with temporary protected status who is a member of an underground anarchist movement. (Isa Saalabi/Daily Bruin)

Alumna Faith Strongheart said her upcoming documentary will combine personal photographs with interview footage as she explores her unconventional childhood. (Courtesy of Alex Lombardi)

Alumna looks at childhood with a new lens through documentary

Seven-month-old Faith Strongheart was left alone, sleeping beside a campfire. Her mother later returned to find Strongheart burning in the hot coals of the flame. The burns scarred approximately a third of her body and required nearly all of her toes to be amputated, Strongheart said. Read more...

Photo: Alumna Faith Strongheart said her upcoming documentary will combine personal photographs with interview footage as she explores her unconventional childhood. (Courtesy of Alex Lombardi)

Alumna Faith Strongheart said her upcoming documentary will combine personal photographs with interview footage as she explores her unconventional childhood. (Courtesy of Alex Lombardi)

Fourth-year English student Derek Nguyen incorporated his research of the human eye in his short film “Dilation,” which follows a vigilante who targets sexual predators. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Student enhances vision for film by incorporating English, premedical experience

Derek Nguyen’s research into human eyes taught him that dilation of the pupils occurs from fear, excitement and sexual attraction. The knowledge he acquired culminated in his short film “Dilation,” which involves a vigilante who assassinates sexual predators. Read more...

Photo: Fourth-year English student Derek Nguyen incorporated his research of the human eye in his short film “Dilation,” which follows a vigilante who targets sexual predators. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Fourth-year English student Derek Nguyen incorporated his research of the human eye in his short film “Dilation,” which follows a vigilante who targets sexual predators. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)


Graduate student Hena Ashraf’s feature film “The House of Mariana y Gabriel” explores the specific ways immigration impacts family relationships and focuses on interactions between two siblings. 
(Axel Lopez/Daily Bruin)

Graduate student’s short film depicts sibling tension, experiences of immigrants

This post was updated June 7 at 1:22 p.m. Siblings Mariana and Gabriel struggle to see eye to eye in “The House of Mariana y Gabriel.” The short film, directed by graduate student Hena Ashraf, will premiere Tuesday at the James Bridges Theater. Read more...

Photo: Graduate student Hena Ashraf’s feature film “The House of Mariana y Gabriel” explores the specific ways immigration impacts family relationships and focuses on interactions between two siblings. (Axel Lopez/Daily Bruin)

Graduate student Hena Ashraf’s feature film “The House of Mariana y Gabriel” explores the specific ways immigration impacts family relationships and focuses on interactions between two siblings. 
(Axel Lopez/Daily Bruin)