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Emile Bokaer

Emile Bokaer

Documentary Film and Video


As a child, Emile Bokaer worked cleaning the aisles at Fall Creek Pictures, a cinema built by his father, and he has always gone to movies for free in his hometown of Ithaca, New York.  He and his brothers played in the theater during rehearsals while his mother directed stage productions.  In addition to his M.F.A. work at Stanford University, he holds a double degree from Oberlin College in English and pure mathematics.  Despite rigorous training in logic, Emile prefers to practice filmmaking from a perspective of openness and uncertainty; he most enjoys making films about things he is still working to understand.  At the moment he is deeply interested in mental illness, a subject he believes to be a major frontier of human knowledge.  His films have played across the United States and abroad, including at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Media that Matters Film Festival, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  In 2010 he was selected by the San Francisco Film Society and the Consulate General of France in San Francisco as beneficiary of the inaugural From College to Cannes program.  Emile speaks fluent Spanish and is proficient in French, Italian and Portuguese.  He is working to learn Arabic, and hopes eventually to study Judeo-Arabic.   He has led filmmaking courses and workshops at the Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp, the MAD Factory in Oberlin, the Palo Alto Art Center, and Stanford University.

Pure Fruit 

hd video
JUNE, 2010
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Everybody has heard of vegetarians. Practically no one has met (or seen) a fruitarian, someone whose diet consists of 100% fruit. Pure Fruit is a whimsical road movie that follows fruitarian lovers Mango and Kveta up the East Coast of Australia on their quest to find a new home in an earthly paradise.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Thin Line Film Festival, 2012

Son of Macista 

16mm color film
JUNE, 2009
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A filmmaker pays tribute to his father for taking great care of him through one of the more difficult moments in his life.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Regional Finalist, Student Academy Award, 2010

In Circles 

hd video
Co-directed by Alaa eldin El Dajani
MARCH, 2009

A story of two men struggling to re-enter society, and the group that helps them work towards this goal.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

National Finalist, Student Academy Awards, 2009
Finalist, Angelus Student Film Festival, 2009
Newport Beach Film Festival, 2010
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, 2009

Looking Back 

16mm black and white film
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Like many in his community at the Irvin Goodwin Center for Homeless Veterans, Albert Lewis struggles with addiction and with his memories of war.  In this community, veterans understand and support one another.  For Albert, taking photographs is a way to appreciate others and to be appreciated himself.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Thin Line Film Festival, 2010
Roxy Theater, San Francisco, 2009
Tiburon International Film Festival, 2009
Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2009
Perspectives Award, Media that Matters Film Festival, 2009
Best Short Short, GI Film Festival, 2009
The End of Television (Analog Broadcast, Pittsburgh, PA), 2009
Photographic Memory, Scribe Video Center, 2009
Starz Denver Film Festival, 2009
DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, 2010
Published on DVD accompanying textbook "Moving Images: Making Movies, Understanding Media" (2010)



June 12, 2010

Free and Open to the Public

June 11, 2009

Free and open to the public

March 17, 2009

Free and open to the public

December 9, 2008

Free and open to the public