These Films :
beginning something good
Through this project we can begin important conversations about what is really keeping us separate and how we can start to break down walls. These films are both educational and entertaining so they are able to find spaces in universities, film festivals, high schools, work settings and homes.
Even though these are documentaries, these films include animation, motion graphics, creative cinematography and many other elements of magical realism.
They are a unique approach of “emerging media” which blends the mundane with the magical using animated ‘cut outs’ creating a collage aesthetic.
How to tell this story
Since these films deal with heavy subject matter it is important to utilize humor to draw the audience into these sensitive discussions. The personal heartfelt stories from interviewees, and the filmmakers own story help the viewers to connect to the ultimate human desire of wanting to fit in and feel accepted. In this way this is not not be a story of one ‘niche’ group, rather a story for us all.
who is featured
In these films we focus on interviewing a variety of people in the Pacific Northwest, focusing on the experiences of people of color, in order to understand how historical concepts of race have impacted their lives. We will explore how the legacy of prejudiced ideologies and laws have left their own trail of tears.
About the Filmmker
Nisha Burton’s short films have made it into international film festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, Ashland Independent Film Festival and many others.
With 10 years of experience in film production, editing, and graphic design Nisha has extensive experience using programs like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, InDesign, and After Effects. She has taught Final Cut Pro at the University level.
Having had internships at the Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and Huffington Post, Nisha has learned the ins and outs of the full process of filmmaking.
Nisha first found her passion for filmmaking while attending the film program at Idyllwild arts academy. Since then she studied film at Southern Oregon University and Bard College. She went on to receive a BA in Digital Arts and Film from the University of Oregon.
Nisha Burton's short films were accepted and won awards at international film festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival - Short Film Corner and Ashland Independent Film Festival.
With 10 years of experience in film production, editing, and graphic design, Nisha has extensive experience using programs like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, InDesign, and After Effects. She has taught Final Cut Pro at the University level.
Through her internships at the Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and Huffington Post, Nisha has learned the ins and outs of the full process of filmmaking and distribution and marketing.
Nisha first found her passion for filmmaking while attending the film program at Idyllwild Arts Academy. Since then she studied film at Southern Oregon University and Bard College. She went on to receive a BA in Digital Arts and Film from the University of Oregon.
What am I?
Usually when people ask “what are you?” they are asking what my race is. For a long time that question really bothered me because I felt as if I was being forced into a box and at the same time made to feel like an outsider. “Black” “White” “Half-Black” “Bi-Racial” – they all felt like terms that didn’t really fit. Now when people ask me that question I give them the long answer: Irish, Scottish, Welsch, Cherokee, Chactaw, Santee, and Ethiopan. By naming all of my ancestral roots I have been able to re-claim my identity and show people that lineage is not as simple as a color.
I am a storyteller. I strive to make films that challenge the audience and make them have to think, long after leaving the theater. Filmmaking has such potential to influence the growth of human consciousness. I make films, not for the sake of making a profit, but to inspire for a higher good and touch people’s lives deeply. I am excited to continue to share my unique creative vision with the world.
What have I learned?
While in College I began to learn about the concept of ‘race as a cultural construction’. In my freshman year in an anthropology class I learned that the concept of race is a cultural construction. This felt like an answer to so many questions I had during my childhood like, “why does everyone always ask what I am?” “why don’t I feel like I fit anywhere?”. Since race is not about easily identifiable scientific facts, those of us who aren’t easily identifiable often don’t really fit within the racial system we have set up.
Throughout college I continued to explore how race has been constructed historically and why. With this film I hope to share some of what I have learned as well as continue learning from other’s experiences.