As a filmmaker, educator, and advocate for diversity, my immigration journey to the United States has been truly transformative. After completing my PhD in Hong Kong, I made the decision to leave my academic career in the Philippines and join my family in the U.S. Although navigating a new culture, starting over professionally, and coping…
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Reflections of a Phlebotomist: Learning the Art of Blood Collection and the Value of Donor Care
I’m a phlebotomist (blood collection specialist) with Bloodworks Northwest, a non-profit organization that uses donations to supply a safe and life-saving blood source to 95% of hospitals located in the US Pacific Northwest region. When I joined the company in January 2022, it was because I saw an opportunity to help the community in a…
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The Birth of PUGAD
University of the Philippines (UP) Psychological Understanding for Growth and Distinction (PUGAD) Society — student organization also known as U.P. PUGAD Sayk I was in my junior year in 1999 when I was struck with the idea of forming an organization of fellow students — from a wide spectrum of academic fields — who harness…
The Museum of Flight: A Photographic Profile
The Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA, USA — 18 photos by Joni Gutierrez
Film 1-on-1: Questions to Ask Directors
15 topics that can help directors expound on their films and articulate their artistic visions
Botanical Garden in 3 Seasons
Photography by Joni Gutierrez. Bellevue Botanical Garden, Washington State, USA. Ongoing exhibition project: 2021.
A Couple of Shorts Filmed in Winter
Sounds made by a winter storm at night are presented in this film together with footage taken in the vicinity before sunset.
Photography exhibition — 15 pieces — by Joni Gutierrez, 2021. Renton, Washington, USA.
Study 20: Portrait of a River Trail (2021)
My personal tribute to the Cedar River Trail (Washington State, USA), which has helped me stay sane and grounded during the pandemic — shot using iPhone 8.
Study 19: Meditation of Time (2021)
9 min, 47 s || experimental film / installation art piece Somewhere in the North American Pacific Northwest region, the late afternoon sun casts its shadows on a banig, a handwoven mat from the Philippines. This short film renders that moment, together with live sound recorded along the nearby Cedar River.
Anacbanua / The Child of the Sun (2009)
Cinematographer (Director of Photography): Joni Gutierrez
The Spirit of Things: Seattle (2018)
Joni Gutierrez, 2018. A set of fifteen black-and-white photographs shot in Seattle. Featured at the 12th Annual Burien Art Market in Washington State, USA, in November 2019.
Trip to Caramoan (2007)
Came across this short film that I shot on miniDV 13 years ago