U Film & Media Arts faculty start “Alone Together Festival” highlighting student films online

July 01 2020

Running today until July 5, the Alone Together Festival will showcase work from over 20 former and current students from the University of Utah Department of Film & Media Arts in an online film festival.

Assistant professors in the Department of Film & Media Arts, Miriam and Sonia Albert-Sobrino, started the festival as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting cancellations that eliminated public screening opportunities for emerging filmmakers.

“We created Alone Together to showcase the work produced by Film and Media Arts Students whose plans to share their films with friends, family and colleagues were halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” they write on their website. “Furthermore, we are determined to help students raise impact with their films in an attempt to increase their competitiveness for what might be the worst job market in a century.”

Students and alumni from the U jumped at the chance to share their work in this way. From a huge volume of submissions, 22 films were selected for online screening, including five fictional narratives, six experimental or hybrid shorts, four animations, five documentaries, a video essay and a music video. In addition, 12 of the selected films, or 54%, are directed by women. Almost all of the films come from the CFA’s community.

Films will be accessible at Alone Together until this coming Sunday. Check out the trailer here and then settle in for some great new films!

Alone Together 2020 Festival Lineup  

FICTIONAL FILMS [Narrative Shorts]  

“June” by Sara Kenrick 
“Milk and Other Secretions” by Mia Hunt 
“Sugar Baby” by Leila Salari 
“The End” by Sage Bennett
 “The Scarlet Terror” by Ben Mortenson  

DOCUMENTARY FILMS [Mediated Reality Shorts]

“Can You See Me Now” by Thekla Hughes 
“Denzyl Joson Dances” by Sofia Guadarrama 
“Living Moneyless” by Beth Kearsley
“Turtle” by Jordan Boge

EXPERIMENTAL FILMS [Purely Experimental or Hybrid Shorts]

“A Hickory Tree” by Brinton Douglas 
“Drift” by Elizabeth Lowe
“Metamorphoses, Book One” by Eduardo Ayres Soares
“Sunshine Country Club: by Casey Segal
“TUBCake” by Bethany Joy Burr 
“Where the Heck is Goddamn Bologna” by Duke Ross

ANIMATION FILMS [Animated Shorts]

“Fig. Undefined” by Hugo Vaca
“I Met Charlie in the Springtime” by Cloe Hunt
“Limbo” by Emmelyn Redd
“Mel’s Magical Sandwiches” by Nathan Rice


“First Reformed — Cinema of Denial” by Cameron Olsen
“Soul” by Jacob Fabbri