searching skies

Written and directed by Vivian Hua
  • synopsis
    • When a Syrian refugee family is invited to a Christian family's house for Christmas dinner, they are caught between opposing viewpoints for and against their presence -- until an unexpected event suddenly occurs.
  • cast & crew
    • Please refer to IMDB 🙂
  • press
  • education
    • Searching Skies had its global premiere at Seatlte's Northwest Film Forum, in conjunction with the film screening and discussion series, Seventh Art Stand.

      Given its subject matter, Searching Skies is a perfect tool for facilitating discussions through youth trainings and interfaith discussions. Themes of note include war, trauma, toxic masculinity, refugees, immigration, and interfaith efforts.

      It has thus far been used in the Student Voices for Peace Education Outreach Program at Chicago's Peace on Earth Film Festival, as well as the Global Islamophobia Awareness Day and Kids4Peace MLK Day Youth Advocacy Workshop in Seattle, WA.

      Stay tuned for our educational toolkit!
  • screenings
    • 2017
      May 10 - The Seventh Art Stand @ Northwest Film Forum - Seattle, WA
      May 21 - The Seventh Art Stand @ Nous Tous Gallery - Los Angeles, CA
      June 11 - The Seventh Art Stand @ Little River United Church of Christ - Annandale, VA
      June 15 - The Seventh Art Stand @ Arlington County Central Library - Arlington, VA
      June 21 - The Seventh Art Stand @ Open Signal - Portland, OR
      July 29th - Global Islamophobia Awareness Day Workshop - Seattle, WA
      September 24 - DTLA Film Festival (UCLA-USC Shorts)
      September 26 - Local Sightings Film Festival - Seattle, WA
      October 7 - International Christian Film Festival (Winner: Best Dramatic Short)
      October 7 - F3: Frankly Film Fest - Cincinnati, OH
      October 11 - Awareness Film Festival (Winner)
      October 20-22 - PUSH Film Festival - Bristol, TN
      November 10 - Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival - Philadelphia, PA
      November 11 - Alexandria Film Festival - Alexandria, VA
      November 11 - Lancaster International Short Film Festival - Lancaster, PA

      2018
      January 14 - Kids4Peace MLK Day Youth Advocacy Workshop - Seattle, WA
      February 24 - Providence Children's Film Festival - Providence, RI
      March 3 - Shoreline Short Shorts Film Festival - Shoreline, WA
      March 7 - Peace on Earth Film Festival (Student Voices for Peace Education Outreach Program) - Chicago, IL
      March 10 - Peace on Earth Film Festival Official Showcase - Chicago, IL

      2019
      January - Children's International Film Festival, Seattle - Seattle, WA

the seventh art stand

Searching Skies premiered in conjunction with The Seventh Art Stand, a rapid response initiative which utilizes film to bridge communities and create new inroads for civil rights discussion. Over 50 venues in over half the states participated in the first installment, which combined anti-Islamophobia films with community discussions. A full map can be seen on the website.

This infomercial spot was produced by Action Group Network’s Los Angeles Inclusivity Action Goup and New York’s Resistance Media Collective. Directed by Vivian Hua, with DP Yuriy Chichkov and actor Brandon Howell.

Searching Skies was a crowdfunded film. Thank you to everyone who contributed!