Barber Shop is a short narrative adopted, produced and directed by Xixi Zhu in 2017. Charlie(starring Leviticus Appleton) is a depressed high school students suffering from broken relationship with his parents. One day, Charlie meets a mysterious woman(starring Kristina Shetter) in a barber shop. Charlie thinks the woman must come to save him from dark realistic life, but he doesn’t know who she really is.
The Actress (original name Invitation) is a short narrative film directed and co-written by Xixi Zhu. It is also a M.A Thesis film of Yuchen Guo, the Director of Photography, who studied at Savannah College of Art and Design as a cinematographer.
Storyline: An unsuccessful horror movie director has his last chance to make a good horror movie. The lead actress, Lisa, who plays the ghost, couldn’t be able to deliver this role properly. No one expects a series of scary things happened after set. The actress Lisa starts to act weirdly, and only another actress, Trish, who partners with Lisa, notices that.
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Sue Martinez Artist Talk
Sue Martinez Artist Talk is a short interview documentary made for the Folk Art Exhibition “Secrets Behind Closed Doors” . This short documentary directed by Xixi Zhu, and Edited by Ivan Chen. In the film, local folk artist Sue Martinez talks about her childhood trauma and how it affects her artworks. She also talks how art guilds her to overcome troubles in life, and her exception to her first art exhibition “Secrets Behind Closed Doors”.
“Secrets Behind Closed Doors” a Folk Art Exhibition is curated by Dandi Gu, who is an M.A Candidate majoring in SCAD Business Design & Arts Leadership Department at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).
Sue Martinez Artist Talk
Xixi Zhu and crew on set
Bricolage and Minimalism Live Show
BRICOLAGE AND MINIMALISM LIVE SHOW is an experimental short film based on the fashion show of Fei Liu. The film is directed and produced by Xixi Zhu, edited by Ivan Chen.
Bricolage and Minimalism, a fashion collection M.F.A thesis exhibition designed by Fei Liu, aims to convey the connection between Bricolage and Minimalism. Bricolage is a French wording that means "do it yourself," it expresses construction or creation from a diverse range of available things.
This exhibition includes 20 garments which explore Bricolage and Minimalism as metaphors for juxtaposition and changeability based on fashion design. Liu brings about the idea of “what you can see is not what you truly see,” rethinks deconstructionism in minimalist fashion inspired by the Avant-Garde art and fashion.
A Time Of Us
A Time of Us is a short narrative film written and directed by Yaran Lyu, produced and distributed by Xixi Zhu, shot at Savannah Area in 2018.
Storyline: Lacy and Klein are friends since they were young. Lacy always knows his feeling about Klein. He loves Klein. For Klein, deep down he likes Lacy but he never figures out his feeling. For some reasons, they’ve been apart for years. When they see each other again, the sparks between them explores.But they mean to be apart because the huge gap between their families.
A Time Of Us Official Trailer
Neither Here Nor There
Neither Here Nor There is a short poetic style documentary directed by Jude Kawwa, produced and distributed by Xixi Zhu. It’s also a MFA thesis project of Savannah College of Art and Design(SCAD).
Neither Here Nor There is a documentary discussing gender identity and tackling the question “how do you know if you’re a boy or a girl?”. The 25 minute film follows the stories of three characters. Jessica - a male to female transgender who will undergo sex reassignment surgery. Harley a female to male transgender who is not ready for any physical changes and Ethan or Lavender Mist who performs drag for the art of it rather than an expression of gender. Through showcasing their journey to self identification and their stories of struggle, loss, support and happiness, this documentary aims to close the gap in our understanding of the transgender community and advocate or tolerance and acceptance by unifying our human experiences.
Crew and Ethan "the Lavender Mist" in D.C
Bricks is short period film directed by Zehao Lyu, and produced by Xixi Zhu. This film is based on south of Georgia and shows various southern landscapes and special culture. It’s also a M.A. Thesis project of Savannah College of Art and Design.
Storyline: During the Civil War, a planter’s daughter falls in love with a young carpenter who decides to go to join the army. Keeping the promise, the girl is waiting for the young man all the time even after hearing the message of his death. Finally, she gets the reunion after 150 years waiting.
Evacuation is a five-minute narrative film directed by Zezhen Yuan, produced and distributed by Xixi Zhu. It is also a senior project of Savannah College of Art and Design, which first screened on 2017 SCAD summer showcase. This film has been nominated in 19th Beijing College Student Film Competition.
Storyline: The night before moving, Jack has a fight with his girlfriend Jenny at Jack’s apartment. However, all things changed by a mysterious instant camera, which takes all things that Jack has into the camera by accidently, even Jenny. Jack is stuck in this strange situation and he need to decide whether he gets freedom or goes with Jenny.