AFTEREARTH is an immersive short film about how four women from different parts of the world draw their understandings of motherhood through connections with the environment. Featuring a chant by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, a poem by Isabella Borgeson, a song by Kayla Briët, and a heartfelt reflection between Wan Ping Oshiro and her son Kit Yan, AFTEREARTH is ideally experienced as a 3-channel installation. It was created by a mostly LGBTQIA+ cast and crew of Asians, Pacific Islanders, of all age ranges.
Jess X. Snow (b. 1992) is a non-binary writer/director, public artist, children’s book author, and community arts educator who creates genre-defying queer Asian immigrant stories.They are currently the Artist In Residence at the NYU A/P/A Institute. They hold a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and is currently a MFA thesis student at NYU Grad Film as an Ang Lee Scholar and BAFTA BBC Diversity Scholar.
Their ancestors are from Jiangxi, China. Currently, they reside on the unceded lands of the Lenape and Canarsie peoples. Through merging trauma-informed eastern modalities of healing with community arts activism and film directing, their stories explore intimacy, intergenerational trauma, time travel, and abolitionist futures. They see the process of filmmaking and murals as a way to build community, deepen solidarity, transcend trauma, and equip the next generation with tools to discover in their own bodies; a sanctuary for healing and collective liberation.