About Double Exposure 2019

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Each film will be receiving its world-premiere presentation. 


Films in this program include:

The Photographer (4:34)

Film: Danica Dai

Music: Anne Liao

Sound: Megan Searl

Everyone behaves differently when facing the world. My film shows the photographer's perspective and recounts his behavior during his daytime life as well as his inner world as he reflects on himself at night. As a filmmaker, I am more concerned about human nature. I hope my work can resonate with the audience, inspire them to look deep into themselves just like the photographer.

Contains flickering imagery.


The Offbeat (8:23)

Film: Abdul Basit

Music: Minho Kang

Sound: Samuel Ramirez

The protagonist in The Offbeat seems well-off: married, with a nine-to-five job and enough money to make ends meet. But every day he is reminded that he once dreamed of a different life. How long can one ignore one’s passions and follow society’s expectations?


There She Was (4:29)

Film: Anna Adkins

Music: Cole Swaney

Sound: Megan Searl

The subject of my film is digital everyday life. It seems like much of the power of our current technologies, particularly social media, resides in the way that my generation uses it constantly and habitually. Re-imagining Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway and using the PC game The Sims 4, I look at the dissonance between what is happening in reality, what is happening in virtual reality, and how the two resonate visually.


Lizzy Lou (5:24)

Film: Jessie Grubb

Music: Eli Tash

Sound: Nicholas Kinney

Shot at Aloft Loft Circus Arts Studio in Chicago, Lizzie Lou​ follows the acrobatic practice of Elizabeth Grooms. It is a study of movement and rhythm shot on Super-8 color film stock and edited with the intent to bring the audience into the vertiginous world of an aerial performance.


Four Elements (4:38)

Film: Joyce Wauty

Music: Kahan Taraporevola

Sound: Evan Berg

Inspired by modern astrology, The Four Elements explores the concept of the cyclical nature of life. Through four chapters, I attempted to distinguish these elements and explore how simple images can engender very personal interpretations. As an artist I have always been interested in ambiguous, visual storytelling, and inspired by both nature and spirituality. They are something very fleeting, but also always there, and a part of all of us. Contains mild sexual content.


The Aberrant Shamus (6:30)

Film: Brandon Witten

Music: Luke Henry

Sound: Stefan Wiebe

The Aberrant Shamus began with my love of visual effects and the idea that everyone perceives the world differently. The film places the viewer into the life of an extraordinary character who is born to solve crimes in perfect detail, but is isolated from others because of his gift. I wanted to capture the mystery and wonder associated with such an ability, but also show how it might personally affect someone living with it.


The Death of Venus (6:07)

Film: Sabra Binder

Music: Craig Davis

Sound: Nicholas Kinney

The Death of Venus​ is inspired by the Roman goddess of love and beauty. In mythology, Venus experiences true love only once, and not only is it unrequited, but the object of her desires is murdered within a matter of days. This film explores the selfish nature of the goddess’s many relationships, all while leading up to the unfairness of Venus’ star-crossed fate.




In Reverence of a Tree (6:53)

Film: Matt Lutz

Music: Anton von Sehrwald

Sound: Jozef Caldwell

An absurdist fantasy film that follows two figures as they travel between a natural/primary world and a technological/digital one.  In Reverence of a Tree imagines an encounter between these two ways of being—the natural and the digital—and plays with our intimate relationship with both. The two figures—in their adventure—explore notions of reverence, pleasure, physicality, and anti-physicality.


A Scary Movie (5:27)

Film: Tucker Krieg

Music: Jamie Kunselman

Sound: Grant Mitchell

A Scary Movie is a project that has been on my mind for a very long time. It harks back to an old story that a friend and I created when we were in the fourth grade and discovered the horror genre. I applied the technique of the extended tracking shot, inspired by its use in Boogie Nights by Paul Thomas Anderson, Rope by Alfred Hitchcock, and Children of Men by Alfonso Cuarón. Contains some explicit violence.


American Nihilist (5:24)     

Film: Ethan Hamilton

Music: Chase Fox

Sound: Nathan Bercovitz

American Nihilist revolves around the idea of isolation from society and numbness to the world around you. Its protagonist goes about his day-to-day routine with little to no connection with the world that he lives in. In many ways, he is an “everyone” character who must deal with his inner demons, as we must deal with ours. Contains mild sexual content.


Being Pretty Dies (5:23)

Film: Ashley Quagraine-McVay

Music: Daniel Nieberg

Sound: Melanie Montgomery

Mirrors are a significant part of our lives. Everywhere we look, mirrors and reflections seem to follow. Who do we see when we look into a mirror? Ourselves or someone different?  Hidden behind the shadows Borderline Personality Disorder involves shifts of mood, questioning self-image to the effects of disassociation. I made this movie to make people aware that BPD may seem like we are “crazy,” but we are different in a society that is all the same.


Knife to Meet Cute (5:54)

Film: Eli Cantrell

Music: Graeme Culpepper

Sound: Nathan Bercovitz

Young filmmakers, myself included, tend to have an instinct towards abstraction or conceit. My goal was to shy away from this instinct as much as possible—to create a film completely devoid of deeper meaning. I set myself the challenge of combining two unlikely genres: horror and romantic-comedy. At the marriage of these two genres was born something uniquely absurd and fatuous but, I pray, in the very least, entertaining and humorous.


girlhood (2:45)

Film: Bristal Hadley-Mautino

Music: August Fackler

Sound: Jozef Caldwell

My foremost intention was to capture the cinematic essence of growing up through the lens of the femme. I wanted girlhood to be deeply personal and at the same time speak to others. I used Super-8 archival footage because of its strong association with home movies. The Rick Prelinger Archives gave me access to thousands of these personal mementos in the public domain, allowing me a wide breadth of material from which to build my roadmap for growing up.



Music Ensemble I

Alvin Ho Pak Lok, Conductor

Ashley Chen, flute

Sarah Devries, clarinet

Carl Tafoya, percussion

Margaret Foster, harp

Sydney Hartwick, violin

Gabriel Jimbo Viteri, cello


Music Ensemble II

Tyler Readinger, Conductor

Severin DuSell, flute

Max O'Mary, clarinet

Evan Kirschbaum, percussion

Charlene Chin, harp

Greer Ramsey-White, violin

Jaemin Lee, cello


Double Exposure is a collaboration by The Media School, Jacobs School of Music, Student Composers Association, and IU Cinema.


With special thanks to: Susanne Schwibs, Jim Krause, Zack Berger, Dean James Shanahan (The Media School); Larry Groupé, Mark Hood, Leigha Amick, Ryn Jorgensen, Konrad Strauss, Percussion Department, and Dean Gwyn Richards (Jacobs School of Music); Chris Eller (Advanced Visualization Lab); and Jon Vickers, Brittany Friesner, Barbara Grassia, Seth Mutchler, Jessica Tagg and Kyle Calvert of the IU Cinema.

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