Screening 04: Thursday, March 24, 7:30pm
Bella Vista (2014)
Preceded by: the short film First Rodeo
Vera Brunner-Sung’s first feature follows the experiences of outsiders in Missoula, Montana. American English lan- guage instructor Doris imparts lessons of assimilation to her international students in the classroom. But in her off-hours she is adrift, treading a fine line between sol- itude and loneliness. As her students find friendship and community, Doris discovers her own true identity in the secrets of the vast Western landscape. Stars Cincinnati’s own Kathleen Wise as Doris.
TRT: 86 minutes
Vera Brunner-Sung in attendance!
Vera Brunner-Sung is an award-winning filmmaker who uses experimental, documentary, and narrative techniques to explore the relationship between place and identity. Her films, videos, and photographs have been presented at venues in the U.S. and abroad, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Torino Film Festival, CPH:DOX, MoMA PS1, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, San Francisco International Film Festival, and Images Festival. Vera also writes about film, and her criticism has been published in Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope, Moving Image Source, and Senses of Cinema. She teaches filmmaking at The Ohio State University and is a 2015 fellow with the Center for Asian American Media.
Poster Art: Jessica Yurasek
Flatscreen Art: Anna Christine Sands