Audio stories and reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic from March 14th to April 26th, 2020.
Voices from Usama Alshaibi, Talia Watrous and Muneera Alshaibi. Additional media clips include Doctor Facui, Doctor Suraj Saggar and Donald Trump with reporters.
Like everyone else, Colorado filmmaker Usama Alshaibi’s life has been changed by the coronavirus pandemic.
As a teacher at Colorado State University, he found himself putting his classes online. And as a filmmaker whose work straddles transgressive cinema and documentary, often exploring Arab-American identity and his own experiences as an Iraqi refugee turned United States citizen, Alshaibi made a short, meditative landscape video about the strange historical moment we’re living through. It lasts just shy of a minute.
We caught up with Alshaibi to find out how he’s navigating the pandemic, to learn how it has affected his creative practice, and to discover … Read the rest
As I reflect back I realize I don’t fully understand this life and reality. But I’m trying to let go of worry, let go of bitterness, let go of negative patterns, and to embrace wonder, kindness, laughter and compassion. I think there is something profound and also absurd about being human. I’m content with this beauty and chaos swirling in me. I used to think I needed so much, and I realize that I don’t need much, and I love being alone. But I am spending more time with my daughter—trying to spend more time in the forests and … Read the rest
My two short films, The Flowering and Dream of Samarra, are both playing Friday, November 8 at 10pm at the Spectacle Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. This is part of a program curated by Chris Bell, titled HIDDEN VISIONS: Snapshots of Contemporary Independent Cinema.
More info here.
Check out Kino Klub Split, a film society in Croatia, holding weekly screenings and they’ve been playing many of my films all year. This week they will be showing my short film The Flowering, part of a group show on September 13th.
More info here.
Check out the Chicago Underground Film Festival trailer I directed with Usilia Warood and cinematography by Ben Hernstrom.
If you enjoy my films please consider purchasing my latest zine Boy from War. These are selections from my art journals when I was 18 years old and full of passion and angst. I was a romantic weird guy, trying to figure out my life by working out my stuff in drawings and words.
30 years later I decided to publish this embarrassing work as a peak into my headspace as a young man.
I think of this as a type of time-machine that can fuse my past and present into something new.
This is a hardcover zine with 80 … Read the rest
Rare polaroid (my mom found) of our house in Basra, Iraq after several bombings in 1982.