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SHORTS: Astral Projections

Experimental films that hover between hauntings and the impalpable, transporting viewers to a realm of portals, avatars, collapsed time, and shifting borders.

Screening to be followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.

In this program


Directed by Anthony Thambynayagam, Audrey Weber

Deep within a lush and muted forest, a man puts himself to rest.


Directed by Hadi Rezayati Charan

A young boy tries to honor Azheh’s wish to be buried in her birth town, except the borders keep changing. An open-ended story about shifting histories and the afterlives of displacement.

I was born in 1988

Directed by Yasaman Baghban

With a deeply felt connection to the historical archive, this poetic personal essay reflects on what it means to gain life at the same time as Iran’s massacre of political prisoners in 1988.

kāua – we (you & i)

Directed by Rachel Makana'aloha O Kauikeolani Nakawatase

Super 8, bunny portals, propulsive drums – who is calling whom?

All Trace Is Gone, No Clamour for a Kiss

Directed by Chris Zhongtian Yuan

Orchestrated by a jazz score, two exiled souls converse intimately in the forest of liminality.


Directed by Isaac Kau

Post-grad scenes of joy and alienation bleed into a language of fleeting moments between things.


Directed by Alijah Jacob Castillo Buada

On a bench overlooking the San Diego shore, cherished memories of ice cream and breakfast complicate reality for a girl and a troubled local.

Many Moons

Directed by Chisato Hughes

In 1885, Chinese people were forced out of Humboldt County with the only known exception being Charlie Moon. This hybrid documentary explores ghosts of the past and imagines alternative histories.

The 25th Filial Exemplar

Directed by Leon Cheo

A twisted Psycho’esque film of a man who dresses as his deceased sister to get approval from his grieving mother. Inspired by a true story.

Dates & Times


Edwards Mira Mesa

Sun, Nov 5
12:40 pm