A Georgia Southern professor and filmmaker will have two of his short films shown at the 2018 New Orleans Film Festival.
Matthew Hashiguchi, assistant professor of multimedia film and production at GS, is also a filmmaker and photographer. Two of his recent projects, “American Dreaming” and “Grandma’s New Year,” are in this year’s NOFF lineup.
“American Dreaming” is a short documentary about undocumented immigrants trying to get college degrees in the state of Georgia, where they are unable to enroll in its most selective colleges and universities.
“It’s a relevant story that’s still debated in our country,” Hashiguchi said. “I wanted to show that this story, and the people whom are at the center of this issue, have complicated stories that deserve to be heard. Undocumented immigrants are not the criminals that some portray them to be, and many of them are brilliant individuals who want, and do, contribute to our society in positive ways… and often in more positive ways than American-born citizens.”
“Grandma’s New Year” is a virtual reality piece that focuses on Hashiguchi’s grandmother as she makes food for New Year’s Day.
“This was part of a larger documentary project that included a feature film and a web-based documentary,” Hashiguchi said. “I wanted to experiment with VR a bit and see its potential as a storytelling form. So with this, I wanted to bring people into one of the most important parts of the house, a kitchen, and during a time that is especially important for Japanese Americans, New Year’s Day, as my grandmother prepared food for the celebration.”
This will be the first time any of Hashiguchi’s films have been shown at the NOFF, but he has had previous films shown at other festivals, including the Atlanta Film Festival, the Cleveland International Film Festival, the Heartland Film Festival and the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.
The 2018 NOFF will take place from Oct. 17 to Oct. 25.
Rachel Adams, The George-Anne News Reporter, [email protected]