The Third Annual UCI Film and Media Studies Spotlight Showcase Event
Please join us for a showcase of recent student films made in our Film and Media Studies production classes. We will also be honoring our alum, award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer Roxy Shih! We invite you to come celebrate the work of our FMS students!
This event is free and open to the public.
These films were selected for this year’s Spotlight Showcase:
NEW YEAR NEW DAY
(Thoren Campbell Jurgensen, 1:05 MInute, Color, Documentary, 2020)
A Lumiere-inspired short, which seeks to encapsulate a moment of life in one take.
CLAMS ON A HALF SHELL
(Paxton Wright, 5:54 Minutes, Color, Coming of Age/Comedy, 2020)
Two aimless townies make the most of their Tuesday afternoon by doing what aimless townies do best: meander in the suburbs and talk about their regrets!
(Jiale Wang, 6:23 Minutes, Color, Drama, 2020)
A girl struggles with the numbers she saw and the food she ate.
(Zihan “Johnson” Ling, 10:39 Minutes, Color, Experimental, 2020)
Filled with regret for a past break up, a workaholic young man is finally able to let go after revisiting the past.
(Dylan Quintero, 9:53 Minutes, Color, Drama, 2020)
A couple weeks after the passing of his wife, Beto makes his grandson the best meal a grandfather can cook: Carne Asada.
(Ginny Huang, 3:00 Minutes, Color, Documentary, 2020)
Sabrina Mottaghi shares her inspiration in her art work that tackles the issues in Iranian’s self expression.
WHERE THE SOUND COMES FROM
(Tomás Berrio Gomez Lobo, 11:13 Minutes, Color, Documentary, 2020)
Three radio hosts reflect on what radio means to them ar KUCI station.
(Alyssa Deocampo, 14:18 Minutes, Color, Drama, 2019)
Best friends celebrate their last few moments of summer together.
(Madison McKenzie, 4:15 Minutes, Color, Fantasy, 2020)
A girl has a superpower that makes life predictable — too predictable — until one day, it isn't.
A SENSE OF SOUND
(Diego Zavala, 5:07 Minutes, Color, Melodrama 2020)
A lifelong pianist adjusts to seeking happiness after losing her hearing,
TO ATTEND MY SON’S WEDDING
(Xueshi Li, 11 Minutes, Color, Drama, 2020)
Although a Chinese immigrant of California is far away from his hometown, his love for
his son could cross continents.
And we will be screening:
(Roxy Shih, 15:03 Minutes, Color, Horror/Dramatic Thriller, 2020)
A pregnant woman and her husband visit her aging grandmother in the rural mountains of Taiwan only to witness the older woman's disappearance through the will of a malevolent mountain spirit.
Congratulations to our 2020 Film and Media Studies spotlight showcase alumna Roxy Shih (B.A. film and media studies '10). Shih is a Taiwanese-American producer and is best known for her 2018 indie breakout Painkillers as well as directing the Amazon sci-fi anthology series Dark/Web. Deadline recently featured Shih and you can read about her upcoming projects here.
Roxy was one of ten chosen for the prestigious Armed With A Camera fellowship in 2011 and received a grant to direct a short film, Play Time, that premiered at the DGA and went on a successful film festival tour internationally. She has had her work shown at an array of festivals such as The LA Film Festival, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Cannes, SXSW, Toronto Independent, and Dances with Films.
Roxy had her directorial debut, The Tribe, acquired by Empress Road Pictures in 2016. The film stars the illustrious Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day, LA LA LAND), Anne Winters (Mom & Dad, 13 Reasons Why) and Michael Nardelli (The Collection, Circle). The film has garnered a lot of media attention and has won awards at prestigious festivals such as Best Narrative Feature at Nice International Film Festival, Best Debut Feature Film at The Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, and Best Feature Director at Other Worlds Austin Film Festival.
In 2016, Roxy helmed episodes of the highly anticipated sci-fi anthology series Dark/Web, which released on Amazon Prime in 2019 with a World Premiere at San Diego Comic Con. Her second feature film PAINKILLERS (Madeline Zima, Grant Bowler, Adam Huss and Debra Wilson) was released in early 2019 with a Hulu deal. She recently wrapped production on her third and fourth feature, HEART TO HEART (Julie McNiven, Jon Abrahams and Kelly Jakle) with Ninth House Films and POOLING TO PARADISE (Lynn Chen, Jonathan Lipnicki, Dreama Walker, Jordan Carlos and Taryn Manning) with Fox Meadow Films.
On the side, Roxy enjoys playing the violin, freestyle waacking/voguing, and reading tarot. She also believes in giving back to her community and serves as the current Festival Director for the Taiwanese American Film Festival in Los Angeles.