This wintertime screening, curated by Andrea Shaker and Michelle Baroody and co-presented by Mizna and the Minnesota Museum of American Art, brings an exciting selection of experimental cinema by Arab American filmmakers to Cellular Cinema’s CAVE 2 (Cinematic Audio Visual Experimentation) Film Festival. The matinee features films from Usama Alshaibi, Basma Alsharif, Hisham Bizri, Ariana Hamidi, and Andrea Shaker
Open Signal is proud to host a Portland showing of The Seventh Art Stand, a nationwide screening and discussion series presented by over fifty theaters, museums and community centers in the United States, which seeks to clarify the myths perpetuated by Islamophobia.
This screening, hosted by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Vivian Hua, will feature short films by filmmakers from all over the country, including “Baghdad, Iowa” by Colorado filmmaker Usama Alshaibi; “Um Aballah” by New York filmmaker Sahar al-Sawaf; “Thyme” by Florida filmmaker Jude Cherab; and “Searching Skies” by Hua.
Following the screening, Hua will discuss the works shown with Alshaibi over Skype. Screening date is June 21.
Baghdad, Iowa will be having its Berlin premiere on October 2 2 at Ludwig along with my 2002 narrative feature Soak. This screening is free and open to the public. Click here for more info and location.
21:00 – Short introduction by Ceven Knowles
21:10 – Video introduction from Usama Alshaibi
21:30 – film “BAGHDAD, IOWA”
22:00 – 20 minute Intermission
22:20 – film “SOAK”