Documentaries, underwater visions, 
and The Borders theme

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Bloch Hall Auditorium



Runtime: 16:38

Justin Prince
United States


Shark$ is a documentary film that will take audiences up close with these magnificent ocean predators in an effort to dispel fear and raise awareness about their importance to both the ecosystem and the economy in the state of Florida.

My first introduction into the world of wildlife filmmaking came as a graduate student at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. Since that time I have directed and produced films on a variety of animals including endangered species like the American Crocodile and the Florida Panther. But, there was one predator I wanted to capture on film above all others. The shark.

Bio: Justin Prince is a filmmaker with a passion for storytelling. A native of Kenova, West Virginia, Justin graduated from Marshall University with dual degrees in broadcast journalism and history in 2013. Looking to blend his interest in both journalism and history Justin attended Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida graduating with his Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production in 2015. Since that time Justin has used his skills and education to craft a series of documentary films, primarily focusing on wildlife and stories of historical significance. Justin has recently returned to his home state of West Virginia where he hopes to make films that will showcase both the natural beauty of the Appalachian region and the rich history that can be found in its old mountain hollows.



Runtime: 12:12
Animation Short

Gabe DeWitt
United States


Find the seam of the fold, and you’re in. Path finding of a water warrior, with Jim Snyder. Fascination Alley, Cheat River Narrows, West Virginia. A Charging Arc is the observer’s path through the water in relation to everything else.

Bio: I am driven professionally and artistically by an insatiable inquisitiveness. Everything in our observable universe can be boiled down to one simple question—Why? From the curiosity of a child to the most focused minds on the planet, this is the fundamental question. My work focuses on the Why -producing intuitive visual media that tells the story via content driven by context.



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Run Time: 5:56

Hiroya Sakurai

In the man-made waterways of rice paddies, the water in nature must follow artificial rules. In that way, nature is made abstract, giving rise to a new form of beauty distinct from the natural state. The theme of this work is the liveliness of the water as it follows the man-made course. This work is a ballet using the sound and the movement of the algae and water. With the waterway as the theater, I filmed the choreography of the algae that flows in the water.

Bio: Sakurai was born in Yokohama,Japan in 1958. Exhibitions include The 4th Sydney Biennale (1982), Postwar Art in Japan, The Getty Center, Los Angeles (2007), 62nd Melbourne International Film Festival (2013), 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (all 2015). Sakurai’s work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and J.Paul Getty Trust.

Sakurai was awarded Grand Prix at 4th International Video & Electronic Art Festival, Locarno(1993), Asolo Award the Best Videoart Work at 35th Asolo Art Film Festival,Italy, The Best International Experimental Short Film at 12th Blow-Up Arthouse International Film Festival,Chicago.(all 2016) Grand Prize at 39th Tokyo Video Festival 2017 in Tokyo. 2nd Place Prize of FILE Video Art Award at the 18th FILE 2017 in São Paulo. Special Jury Prize at 7th International Videoart Festival of Camaguey in Cuba(all 2017 and "The No Violence Award" at 56th Ann Arbor Film Festival (2018)



Runtime: 10:10

George Nicholas
United States

Unable to give birth, a woman raises her adopted children who then care for her as she approaches her 100th birthday. “Childless” examines the role of the mother in contemporary society by offering the competing worldview of a woman who spent a lifetime nurturing children in Bulgaria’s Rhodope mountains.

Bio: George Nicholas is a Bulgarian-American, born in 1987 in Bratislava, Slovakia. He divides his time between America and Europe, where he graduated from Bulgaria’s National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in 2011. Since 2012, he has been living in Los Angeles and working in the film industry with his wife and creative partner, Eliza Boné.



Runtime: 2:03

Kofi Opoku

Hidden in Plain Sight was birthed out of my desire to personally understand the issue of homelessness in the United States. In my interaction with college students, I have realized that there’s a general lack of understanding about the issue, which has led to many false assumptions and an increased level of apathy. The project borrows theories from information science and psychology. The goal was to help college students come to a better understanding of homelessness in order to think, feel, and act positively when they encounter the issue.

Bio: A native of Ghana, Kofi Opoku received his BFA from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, and his MFA from West Virginia University. His specialties include web and interaction design, and computer animation.

Kofi began his design career as a graphic designer and animator, working in startup advertising agencies, production, and publishing houses. His interest in creative strategy and brand development subsequently led him to serve as an Art Director at Origin8 Saatchi, the Ghana affiliate of the global advertising firm Saatchi and Saatchi. His work spans a broad range of media including print, video, web and interaction design. He is currently an Assistant Professor in graphic design at West Virginia University.

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Runtime: 3:00

Rolf Klein
United Kingdom


If you are a young person experiencing mental ill health and homelessness, life is far from a walk in the park.  This film explores the connections between mental health and homelessness, challenging common misrepresentations in the media. Using the medium of the spoken word, the film questions whether we can ever view issues such as these in an objective way. 

Bio: Rolf has experienced mental health issues and homelessness. He wants to use film to challenge our understanding of both. Rolf is a first time film maker. 

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Runtime: 23:00

Simon Panay


Perma gold mine, Benin. Some dream to find something, others realized there was nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich, others died in the process. And a few of them say that here, nobody dies.

Bio: Simon Panay is 24. 




Runtime: 10:30


Vjosana Shkurti

It has been a many years since Irina and her mother left Romania to live in Montreal. Away from their family, Irina becomes disconnected and absorbed in virtual worlds which separate her from her mother. When she is faced with the passing of a grandparent, she turns to her closest ally in attempt to understand the meaning of loss and family through distance and time.

Bio: I am a filmmaker based in Montreal, Canada. Born in Albania and raised in Greece, I explore aspects of origin, memory and human relationships with technology. My work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals, including the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts in Toronto, the Artscape Triangle Gallery in Toronto, the BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York City, the Independent Days International Filmfest (IDIF) in Germany, the Festival du Film Étudiant de Québec (FFEQ) in Quebec City, the Festival Des Films du Monde in Montreal, and the International Film Festival of Patmos in Greece.