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This enhanced multimedia presentation was showcased in a continuous loop within the Digital Equity Bus (DEB) version 2.0 during its unveiling at the Evergreen Goodwill of Northwest Washington's Centennial Celebration in Seattle.





Food & Real Estate photography





Savor a delightful fusion of flavors at Bellingham's Hawaii BBQ & Noodle House, where each dish is a culinary masterpiece – an absolute must-try!







The Boat is a funky and fun Vietnamese restaurant in the International District that serves delicious fried chicken and waffles, along with refreshing drinks and salads.





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Evergreen Goodwill's Digital Equity Bus (DEB) made a visit to the Washington State Capitol, engaging individuals with its mission to empower through job acquisition, aligning with the social enterprise's ethos of "Jobs Change Lives."







Evergreen Goodwill's 100th anniversary celebration was a momentous event, filled with gratitude for a century of transforming lives through sustainable retail and free job training and education.





filmmaking







Life-world Series



Life-world Series (dir. Joni Gutierrez, 2017, 118 min.) is a profound collection of ten short film episodes that capture the essence of everyday life across various locations such as Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, mainland China, and the USA. Originally conceived as part of my PhD dissertation, this film anthology served as a means to explore the depths of human existence through the lens of cinema. Even after completing my doctorate degree, I have remained dedicated to the Life-world Series Project, continuing to create new short films under its umbrella. These films, which further expand on the themes and perspectives explored in the original series, can be found and enjoyed on YouTube. It is my hope that they provide viewers with moments of reflection and a renewed appreciation for the beauty found within the ordinary aspects of life.







TWELVE HUNDRED MILES



In the experimental film, Twelve Hundred Miles (dir. Joni Gutierrez, 2015, 44 min.), I juxtapose scenes of Hong Kong and Beijing shot in 2014. It exhibits my perspective as a foreign postgraduate student who is faced with a strong need to understand the intricacies within Hong Kong and mainland China relations. Interacting with the poetry of Kristian Agustin, the HK-Beijing binary is made complex and nuanced by an interspersion of thematic photo-montages from Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macau, Zhongshan, and Suzhou. The film consciously suspends the adversarial attitude between the two to allow the collective unconscious - invoked by cinematic visualizations of culture and history - to present alternative and more inspired ways of understanding. It had its premiere screening on October 24, 2015 at the FACINE 22: The 22nd Annual Filipino International Cine Festival in San Francisco, California.









GREEN (2013, 69 minutes)



In this observational documentary, Green (dir. Joni Gutierrez, 2013, 69 min.), I used the direct cinema style to refamiliarize myself with my family who immigrated to the United States eight years before the time that I was able to start visiting them. As a result of this process of behavioral study through filmmaking, this documentary intimately portrays a phenomenology of Filipino-American experience as well as my personal perspective as an outsider looking in.



In the same year that this film was released, my article "Philippines, Migration, 1948 to Present" was published in The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration (2013), edited by Immanuel Ness, Blackwell Publishing. It includes a significant section on Filipino Americans. Please feel free to read the article.


"... a full-length cinema verite docu, part-travelogue, part memory piece, that is so honest in its rendering, so emotional in its delivery, GREEN stands as a signature work for documenting Filipino immigrant life in America. Bravo!” - Mauro Feria Tumbocon Jr, Filipino American Cine (FACINE) Festival Director


Joni Gutierrez is listed in the Filipino American Artist Directory.