Mark Chavez is an animation industry veteran who has worked at major animation studios on more than 15 award-winning feature films and innovative interactive titles. He is founding faculty for the animation area at Nanyang Technological University Singapore’s School of Art, Design & Media. He is chair of the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 conference’s Art Gallery in Hong Kong and for the SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 Educators Program in Singapore. As a Primary Investigator, he was granted significant funding from the National Research Foundation / Media Development Authority of Singapore to establish research in the School of Art, Design & Media at Nanyang Technological University. Mark’s current work explores Quantum Theory with cultural archetypes. In an immersive reactive audio-visual experience that uses cultural archetypes to explore natural phenomena, Mark utilizes aspects of intuitive, assumptive cultural models to describe the nature of existence as confirmed through scientific observation. Other recent works have been awarded prestigious 2018 and 2017 Lumiere Awards by Advanced Imaging Society (AIS) and Virtual Reality (VR) Society’s Hollywood and EMEA chapters (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), and has been exhibited at international events such as Ars Electronica Festival (2015-2018), Media Architecture Biennial 2018 Beijing, Art|Sci Gallery UCLA 2018, Web 3D Art Gallery Brisbane 2017, Visualization Matters UNSW Sydney, Asia Animation Forum PISAF Korea 2017, and New Media Festival 2017. He has created other animated films that have screened at numerous international film festivals and have received awards.
My artistic practice strives to utilize digital multimedia techniques to tag meaning to tangible, concrete ideas. I explore computer animation with emotive-abstraction, mapping design to emotions, with audio-reactive motion and real-time animation design. My work currently attempts to shape a sense of familiarity to themes I am exploring by using cultural archetypes and design to explain contemporary scientific ideas and concepts. I exhibit my artwork as short films, interactive and reactive, immersive fields, and print.
Going beyond the limitations of classical logic this film uses images as poetry to represent the quantum world. Using cultural icons to create visual metaphors to explore, and discover; to communicate the counterintuitive, and contradictory beauty of quantum physics.
Award-winning Miriam Kruishoop (Vive Elle, Unter Den Palmen, Greencard Warriors) is a Dutch-American writer/director and visual artist. Kruishoop graduated with honors from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Kruishoop previously wrote and directed another Latino film, the award-winning feature Greencard Warriors starring Manny Perez. The film tells the story of an undocumented family whose eldest son is recruited by the army with the promise of a green card. In 2014, Kruishoop was awarded the Best Director Award at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF). After its theatrical release, the film was featured on HBO Latino.
Kruishoop’s work centres around diversity and focuses on the under-seen people in society – the isolated within communities and the victims of racism and prejudice. Kruishoop has won multiple awards for her work including the Culture Prize of the City of Amsterdam, a Tiger Award at IFFR and several Best Director Awards, including at the New York International Film Festival, LA FEMME International Film Festival and at LALIFF.Director Statement
Estilo Americano is a timely film about family and politics in the age of Trump. What does it mean to be Latino in today’s America? Whether one chooses to identify as Hispanic, Afro-Latino, or the increasingly popular Latinx, Latinos have yet to consolidate a powerful notion of identity-based on racial solidarity. Anti-immigrant attitudes that have been stoked in America in recent years have climaxed with ascendant white nativism and the election of Donald Trump. The film addresses the biggest current topic in the US and how Latinos continue to be targeted by racism. The story also explores the struggles that exist between generations of Latino immigrants and the lack of solidarity between Latino nationalities.
Estilo Americano tells the story of a Mexican-American family divided by politics. What is supposed to be a festive family gathering turns into an explosive showdown when siblings, with opposing political views, clash. Embroiled in the conflict, each family member reveals some painful truths. As everyone struggles with their own deeply ingrained beliefs, we wonder if the family can ever overcome their differences.
IN YOUR ARMS TONIGHT, 24min., USA, Drama
Directed by Jonathan Gonzales
A young maid contemplates her future after having an affair with her rich employer, who is struggling to reconnect with his wife after she was sexually assaulted over a year ago.
Rivense is the story of Régulo, an innovative Costa Rican coffee farmer. Spanning over a decade, the film documents his quest to perfect his craft, while transforming his family’s business and creating new opportunity for his region.