Voyage to Amasia

by Randy Bell and Eric V. Hachikian

2011, HD, 85 minutes

Voyage To Amasia is a feature documentary inspired by Eric Hachikian's piano trio of the same name.  Amasya, Turkey is the city from which Eric's grandmother fled during the Armenian Genocide.  The filmmakers made a real voyage to Amasia, tracing a path through the past, telling Eric's family's story and the story of the current people of Turkey and Armenia.

Jean Prouvé: A Tropical House

by Randy Bell

2007, HD, 12 minutes

Jean Prouvé designed the Tropical House in 1949 as a prototype for inexpensive, readily-assembled housing that could be easily transported to France's African colonies. The house was erected in Brazzaville, Congo, where it remained for nearly 50 years. In 1999, the Tropical House was disassembled and shipped back to France for restoration. This film documents the re-construction of the Tropical House at the Yale School of Architecture in April 2005.

Orphans of Mathare

by Randy Bell and Pacho Velez

2003, DV, 61 minutes

Orphans of Mathare documents the lives of former street children – many orphaned by HIV/AIDS – now living at the Good Samaritan Children’s Home, an orphanage and school in Nairobi, Kenya's Mathare slum. By following the lives of several orphans, the film lays bare the complicated relationships between poverty, violence, disease, Christianity, tradition and the orphan crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Modest Scarring

by Randy Bell

2001, 16mm, 30 minutes

'The urge to ornament one's face and everything within reach is the very origin of visual arts.  It is the babbling of paiting.  And art is erotic."

The filmmaker contemplates his youth, the impending doom of middle-age, and the absurdity of permanence.  A film about getting tattoos and getting tattoos removed.



Look Back Don't Look Back

by Randy Bell and Justin Rice

2000, 16mm, 30 minutes

Two student filmmakers obsessed with Bob Dylan and D.A. Pennebaker's Don't Look Back pick up a camera and head to New York on an impossible quest.  Their mission: to meet Bob Dylan himself.