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Aria Swarr

Aria Swarr

Documentary Film and Video

About

Aria is passionate about creating artful nonfiction media that cultivates imagination and builds dialogue. She has worked in the Middle East, southern Africa and the U.S. to capture stories featuring subjects such as fishermen on the shores of Lake Tanganika and time-traveling donkeys. Her first short documentary about the sex industry in Israel was selected for screening at the Israeli Parliament. Her films have screened at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and the Richmond International Film Festival.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS:

The Breitrose Awards by The Enersen Foundation, 2017
Mustard Seed Foundation Harvey Fellowship, 2016


Haven

hd video
June, 2017
Video Duration: 12:05


Michael Zakarian, an Armenian in the Old City of Jerusalem, cultivates his garden and pigeon haven while facing changes in his historic community.


Fault Line

hd video
June, 2016
Video Duration: 4:02 min.
View Clip

An experimental essay film about fear in America.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2017
Richmond International Festival, 2017


Riding Grace

Co-directed by Dane Christensen
hd video
March, 2016
Video Duration: 7 min.
Trailer

Tony Monroe rides his horse every day through the gang-ridden neighborhoods of Fresno in the hope of being a presence for change.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Nominee-Best Mini Doc, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2017


Ala Paints Light

16mm black and white film
December, 2015
Video Duration: 3:38 min.
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Iranian-American artist, Ala Ebtekar, illuminates themes of conflict and hope through the stories in his paintings.

 

Events

June 17, 2017

Free and open to the public

Cubberley Auditorium
June 9, 2016

Free and open to the public.

Cubberley Auditorium
March 15, 2016

Free and open to the public.

Cubberley Auditorium
December 8, 2015

Free and open to the public

Cubberley Auditorium

Exhibitions

January 17, 2017 to January 24, 2017
McMurtry Building