The Cogmill Kids
Directed by Alice Hsieh
Each year, people are abducted from their homelands and taken to the Cogmill, where they work as laborers to provide power for an island city up above. Aji, the most recent addition to the Cogmill, must navigate through captivity, whilst trying to survive under its oppressive conditions.
Alice Hsieh is an animator and illustrator who was born in Taiwan and raised in the U.S. She developed an interest in Asian cinema and illustration at a very young age, which pushed her to pursue animation and filmmaking as a career. She aims to create animated works that are sophisticated in both style and theme, as well as explore topics of queer identities, social inequality, and colonialism.
Director: Alice Hsieh
Cast: Grace Kor, Michael Chiou, Cecilia Lee, Victoria Chang, Ben Huynh
Shorts Programs / 62 minsThe VC Digital Posse rides off into places unknown, and into the void steps a new, uncouth class of ruffians hailing from Visual Communications’ vanguard Armed With a Camera Fellowship and UCLA’s Center for Ethnocommunications. At turns callow and visionary, this collection of short works is poised to inspire, surprise, and delight. — Abraham Ferrer