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"My piece is a last minute dance visual I produced my sophomore year. Many of the seniors in the dance community whom I love and respected were about to graduate and I was feeling incredibly inspired by all of their artistry. So I wanted to create a video encompassing the power of some (there are so many others who couldn't made the shoot, but their influence is clear in this piece!) of the hard hitters in the Oxy dance community circa 2018-2019 in honest settings (Johnson/Fowler, iMessage organizing, etc.)"
Cheyanne Domalaon, Charlene Chen, Olivia Shinners, Alia Becker, Ian Mcpherson, Leo Kim, Cameron Tanaka, Esme Brown, Teagan Langseth-Depaolis, Phoebe Patterson, Maya Crawford, Megan Chichester, Amelia Marie Ashley, Suzette Reyes, Sophia Brown, Habiba Hopson, Waruguru Waithria, Ashley Rivera, Natalia Guerra, Eloise Wukmir, Jessica Fan, Joseph Shiina
VFX: Cherry Han
Editor, Director, Choreographer:
"I wrote this script for a scriptwriting class I took during my sophomore year at Oxy. During that time I found myself constantly questioning my identity as a Korean American as well as reconciling all the baggage that comes along with associating with that label. Having grown up in a predominantly white neighborhood, college marked the first time in my life when I was in consistent close contact with other young Korean Americans like myself. This was disorienting and, to an extent, almost unsettling for me as I had come to associate my culture as something strictly reserved for family up until that point. My family life and social life collided, and I began to see how toxic aspects of Korean tradition could influence diasporic communities despite the geographic distance from the Korean peninsula. My script explores the concept of "nunchi" and how leaving familial traditions and hierarchies unquestioned can result in repeating cycles of intergenerational trauma."
Brendan's piece contains sensitive subject matter, including implied sexual violence and pedophilia. If you wish to view the screenplay, please click below to acknowledge the fact that the following material may be unsettling.