February 4 Film Forum: Filmmaker, Choreographer, and Video Artist Cari Ann Shim Sham

Known for breathtaking surreal imagery, precise manipulation of the edit and cinematic musicality, Cari Ann Shim Sham's films act like poems, opening up the viewer's body through emotional sensation, powerful images, provocative sound and engaging movement.  

Cari Ann Shim Sham is a magical manipulator of digital, celluloid and moving things, residing in Topanga Canyon where she hunts mushrooms and makes movies.  Her awards include Best Director from the First Glance Film Festival & Best Mini Doc from the St. Louis International Film Festival for her film Sand, Best Experimental Short from the New Orleans Film Festival for Two Seconds After Laughter; a dance film collaboration with David Rousseve.

She is currently in pre-production on her first feature film, Sheets, touring video art with Lionel Popkin’s Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, and David Rousseve's Stardust, in her fifth year of curating the Dance Film Showcase for Topanga Film Festival and teaches Dance for Camera at UCLA and St. Mary's College. 

Her recent experience as one of the editors and associate producers for One Day on Earth, the first feature doc filmed in every country of the world on the same day, involved working with over 3,000 hours of footage shot on 10.10.10.  ODOE was screened in over 170 countries, the largest premiere ever, including a screening at the UN General Assembly on Earth Day, 2012, winning the Vimeo Social Change Award.

Her live work and video art has shown at the Joyce Soho, & Danspace in NYC, Dance Place, DC, REDCAT, Highways Space, the Belagio: Las Vegas, The Brewery, The Henry Huang Theater and Bergamot Station in Los Angeles, and film work namely at the Laemmle Sunset 7, Mann Chinese Theater, and the United Nations General Assembly as well as 60+ festivals internationally.

In her spare time she is an avid edible wild mushroom hunter, photographer and doorknob collector. 

Co-sponsored by Peak Performances, Cari Ann Shim Sham will visit the next SCM Film Forum on  Tuesday February 4th, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. in University Hall, room 1040.