Wednesday, October 17

The conference "Italy and the Geopolitics of Migration: Aesthetic Approaches" will feature screenings of documentaries and fictional films about migrant experiences in Italy. “Asmarina,” a documentary created by Medhin Paolos, is one of the films being screened. (Courtesy of Shelleen Greene)

Conference to shed light on experiences of African migrants in Italy

Organizers of a conference about migration issues in Italy ran into a potential problem: They were afraid one of the speakers would be denied entry by American border patrol agents for visiting Iran years prior. Read more...

Photo: The conference "Italy and the Geopolitics of Migration: Aesthetic Approaches" will feature screenings of documentaries and fictional films about migrant experiences in Italy. “Asmarina,” a documentary created by Medhin Paolos, is one of the films being screened. (Courtesy of Shelleen Greene)

The conference "Italy and the Geopolitics of Migration: Aesthetic Approaches" will feature screenings of documentaries and fictional films about migrant experiences in Italy. “Asmarina,” a documentary created by Medhin Paolos, is one of the films being screened. (Courtesy of Shelleen Greene)

Alumna Alyssa Griego will be combining her original poetry with film in her upcoming self-directed video “Almost Forgotten.” In merging the two mediums, Griego plans on exploring social commentary related to her identity as a queer Chicana woman. 
(Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Alumna’s poetry, film pieces give voice to underrepresented communities

This post was updated Oct. 2 at 2:42 p.m. “Unbroken, / Almost forgotten— / Yet, stronger than ever.” Alyssa Griego’s lyrics are a part of her newest project that combines poetry and film to comment on social issues associated with her identity as a queer Chicana woman. Read more...

Photo: Alumna Alyssa Griego will be combining her original poetry with film in her upcoming self-directed video “Almost Forgotten.” In merging the two mediums, Griego plans on exploring social commentary related to her identity as a queer Chicana woman. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Alumna Alyssa Griego will be combining her original poetry with film in her upcoming self-directed video “Almost Forgotten.” In merging the two mediums, Griego plans on exploring social commentary related to her identity as a queer Chicana woman. 
(Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)


MFA student Farah Shaer worked as an actress and co-producer on the feature film “Heaven Without People.” Filmed in her home country of Lebanon, Shaer said the film follows a family reuniting for the first time in many years. (Courtesy of Marco Ribali)

MFA student’s controversial film faces censorship in her home country

Farah Shaer’s undergraduate thesis film was banned in her home country of Lebanon. The MFA student recently acted in and produced “Heaven Without People,” which also faced censorship. Read more...

Photo: MFA student Farah Shaer worked as an actress and co-producer on the feature film “Heaven Without People.” Filmed in her home country of Lebanon, Shaer said the film follows a family reuniting for the first time in many years. (Courtesy of Marco Ribali)

MFA student Farah Shaer worked as an actress and co-producer on the feature film “Heaven Without People.” Filmed in her home country of Lebanon, Shaer said the film follows a family reuniting for the first time in many years. (Courtesy of Marco Ribali)

Alumna Rebecca Guzzi works as an assistant costume designer for “American Horror Story: Apocalypse.” To emphasize the apocalyptic and horrific nature of the current season, Guzzi alters Victorian and vintage clothing to be specific to each character. 
(Courtesy of Rebecca Carr)

Alumna uses costume design to craft characters’ auras in ‘American Horror Story’

Alumna Rebecca Guzzi spends her days aging T-shirts, dyeing costumes and searching for vintage Victorian-looking attire. Guzzi’s ventures are part of her role as assistant costume designer for “American Horror Story: Apocalypse,” which premiered Sept. Read more...

Photo: Alumna Rebecca Guzzi works as an assistant costume designer for “American Horror Story: Apocalypse.” To emphasize the apocalyptic and horrific nature of the current season, Guzzi alters Victorian and vintage clothing to be specific to each character. (Courtesy of Rebecca Carr)

Alumna Rebecca Guzzi works as an assistant costume designer for “American Horror Story: Apocalypse.” To emphasize the apocalyptic and horrific nature of the current season, Guzzi alters Victorian and vintage clothing to be specific to each character. 
(Courtesy of Rebecca Carr)

Kris Wilson returned to his hometown in Pennsylvania to create his film “Smell of Summer,” which follows young African-American boys who witness a shooting. Wilson aimed to recreate his happy memories alongside the realities of prejudice. 
(Ken Shin/Daily Bruin staff)

Alum travels back to his hometown for short film about childhood, trauma

The lead actor in Kris Wilson’s film wanted to know more about the backstory of his character. Wilson explained that his character Prince’s life was difficult in part because his father was in jail. Read more...

Photo: Kris Wilson returned to his hometown in Pennsylvania to create his film “Smell of Summer,” which follows young African-American boys who witness a shooting. Wilson aimed to recreate his happy memories alongside the realities of prejudice. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin staff)

Kris Wilson returned to his hometown in Pennsylvania to create his film “Smell of Summer,” which follows young African-American boys who witness a shooting. Wilson aimed to recreate his happy memories alongside the realities of prejudice. 
(Ken Shin/Daily Bruin staff)

UCLA alumna Arem Kim brings her cinematography background to her work as an animation layout designer. She places the camera to best highlight one aspect of a scene, such as a character’s emotions or a particular relationship.
(Courtesy of Olivier Dubard)

Alumna brings reality to 3D worlds with live-action cinematography

Arem Kim’s interest in animated films was sparked after she watched Disney Pixar’s “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille.” The UCLA alumna said she was particularly inspired by the different camera perspectives in “Ratatouille,” enabling her to travel with Remy around the kitchen floor, sewer and streets of Paris, seeing the world through the rat’s eyes. Read more...

Photo: UCLA alumna Arem Kim brings her cinematography background to her work as an animation layout designer. She places the camera to best highlight one aspect of a scene, such as a character’s emotions or a particular relationship. (Courtesy of Olivier Dubard)

UCLA alumna Arem Kim brings her cinematography background to her work as an animation layout designer. She places the camera to best highlight one aspect of a scene, such as a character’s emotions or a particular relationship.
(Courtesy of Olivier Dubard)