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Film and Digital Media at the Santa Cruz Film Festival

Thu, Jun 2, 2016, 12:00 am to Sun, Jun 5, 2016, 12:00 am
Tannery Arts Center - Santa Cruz

Here is a list of events featuring our students and faculty in this year's Santa Cruz Film Festival.  

2016 Santa Cruz Film Festival Trailer
Screening June 1 - 5 at all programs!

F+DM undergrad Ben Judkins made the festival's official 2016 trailer, which will play before every program. The trailer brings a cinephilic twist to iconic locations all over Santa Cruz and features a song by Getaway Dogs.

Adi | At The Confluence
Screening with: New Generation Queens: a Zanzibar Soccer Story
Thursday, June 2, 4:45 PM
Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center, at the Tannery Arts Center

Directed by SocDoc student Joor Baruah, "Adi | At The Confluence" is a documentary about the indigenous Adi tribe living in the small town of Pasighat by the river Siang in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and their struggle to protect their land, water and identity, at the confluence of an urgent set of issues affecting them and other parts of Northeast India. "Adi | At The Confluence" will be a pre-premiere.

For more about "Adi | At The Confluence": click here



UCSC Student Showcase
Saturday June 4th, 2:30 PM
Colligan Theater, at the Tannery Arts Center

Join us for our annual screening of the University of California at Santa Cruz student films, presented by the UCSC Film and Digital Media Department, in association with Santa Cruz Film Festival.



Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer
Saturday, June 4, 4:45 PM
Colligan Theater, at the Tannery Arts Center

Featuring professor B. Ruby Rich, Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer tells the story of postmodern dance maverick Yvonne Rainer. As a choreographer and filmmaker, Rainer has pushed the boundaries of America’s avant-garde for five decades. Over the course of her career, she revolutionized modern dance, was a performance art innovator, and radically changed experimental filmmaking -- all during a time when the art world largely ignored women. Now 80, Rainer continues to make provocative works that push the boundaries of dance. Central Coast Premiere! Director Jack Walsh will be in attendance.

Tickets and Trailer



Freedom Sleepers
Screening in EarthVision Shorts: The Power of People
Sunday, June 5 12:00 noon
Radius Gallery, at the Tannery Arts Center

Focusing on homelessness in Santa Cruz, the Freedom Sleepers activists struggle to organize, generate support, and intervene in the face of continual harassment, ticketing, and arrests. Directed by SocDoc student Israel Dawson, "Freedom Sleepers" documents the pressure and tactics used by the police and city government to discourage protesters fighting for the civil rights of its poorest residents. Arguing that criminalizing people for being homeless is unconstitutional and inhumane, the Freedom Sleepers believe the solution is there – if only the people in power would listen.



Out of Sight
Sunday, June 5, 4:45 PM
Colligan Theater, at the Tannery Arts Center


A critically complicated look at waste, "Out of Sight" lets its viewers come to their own conclusions about the worlds of thrown away and discarded goods. The film documents the happenings at landfills, dumps, thrift stores, recycling facilities and more from around the country with an unblinking, objective eye. A powerful meditation on waste, "Out of Sight" is a collectively made film by UC Santa Cruz Film 175, under the guidance of Professor Irene Lusztig during Spring 2015.

Filmmakers: Michael Anderson, Rose Chang, Jonny Clugston, Tim Dutton, Melissa Frederickson, Spencer Jay, Olivia Johansen, Diana Joves, Steve Mendoza, Ben Olivas, Regina Ortanez, Jared Pockalny, Yarely Ramirez, Zackery Ramos-Taylor, Meadow Rhodes, Graham Smith, Nicole Stachniuk, Kevin Ulibarri, and Sophia Wang

Trailer and Tickets

Information about all programs, parties, and the entire festival is available at