Meet the new FilmHouse residents for 2013

Exciting news! We just announced the latest batch of FilmHouse residents, slated to move into FilmHouse in February 2013. Check out the projects they'll be working on below, and read more about the filmmakers here.

Serge Bakalian: Way of the Warthogs
Documentary feature, preproduction, 12-month residency

Way of the Warthogs features the Oakland Warthogs Youth Rugby program, the challenges faced by its student athletes and the impact of rugby in America’s inner cities. While interviewing coaches, parents, teachers, rugby players and community activists, the primary narrative of the documentary will follow the lives of four Warthog players at different stages, explore the challenges and realities of growing up in Oakland, and how the sport of rugby is changing their lives.


photo by Romy Suskin

Cheryl Dunye: (Per)mission
Narrative feature / live performance, screenwriting, 12-month residency

(Per)mission is a digital narrative / live cinema performance illuminating the personal and political scenarios (past, present, future) of Cheryl, a black butch feminist filmmaker as she struggles to define herself in a pluralist society where language and emotions conflict with her authentic visibility. The central narrative explores Cheryl as she struggles through her mid-life crisis and the reality of her life as a forgotten art star working as a security guard at a Bay Area museum. This core text will be mixed live with elements from Dunye’s personal digital archive, such as experimental film vignettes and talking head film clips from prior works (The Watermelon Woman and The Owls, among others).


Christie Herring: The Campaign
Documentary feature, postproduction, 12-month residency

Heartbreaking and inspiring, The Campaign is a human drama following ordinary people caught in a political firestorm, the campaign to defeat California’s Proposition 8 and defend same-sex marriage. With exclusive access to the statewide headquarters of “No on 8,” the story intimately tracks campaign workers and volunteers through the emotional battles to protect their rights and grapple with the drama as it unfolds, from their initial confidence to the devastating loss on election night. In the process they learn that growing social acceptance does not always translate into votes, but that participating in the political process transforms each of them, win or lose.


Jonah Markowitz: Start at the End
Narrative feature, screenwriting, 12-month residency

Start At The End is about a family born from a tragic beginning. Charley and Jake are a happily childless gay couple who have just opened a popular restaurant in San Francisco. Charley’s brother Sam is the restaurant’s main supplier as he still runs the family farm that they grew up on in Marin county. He lives there with his wife Annie and their teenage children, Tara and Drew. Following a fatal car accident, the children and the farm are left to Charley and Jake’s care. When the dust settles, we see their individual journeys begin.


Banker White and Anna Fitch: The Genius of Marian
Documentary feature, postproduction / outreach, 12-month residency

The Genius of Marian is an intimate documentary about a family struggling with change and loss. After Pam White is diagnosed at age 61 with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, life begins to change, slowly but irrevocably, for Pam and everyone around her. Pam’s husband grapples with his changing role from partner to caregiver, and her adult children each find ways to show their love and support while mourning the slow loss of their mother. As she loses the ability to write, Pam’s eldest son, Banker, begins to record their conversations, allowing her to share memories of childhood and of her own mother, the renowned painter Marian Williams Steele.