College of Visual and Performing Arts
George Mason University
George Mason University Mason
George Mason University

Mason Film Lab
Java, Spring 2016

Director Giovanna Chesler and students on set of Java

Director Giovanna Chesler and students on set of Java


Java co-stars Drae Campbell as Jet, a handsome artist who realizes the dark consequences of her daily routine of obsessively sketching Diana, played by Mason School of Theater alum, Rebecca Wahls.

Giovanna Chesler, Director

Giovanna Chesler, Director, Film at Mason

Giovanna Chesler, Director, Film at Mason

Java was written and directed by Giovanna Chesler and produced and crewed by 60 Film and Video Studies majors.

Professor Chesler is a Director and Producer of documentary and fiction film through their production company G6 Pictures. Chesler earned an M.F.A. in Cinema from San Francisco State (Most Distinguished Graduate) and a B.A. from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in Anthropology and a minor in Women’s Studies (with Highest Honors.) Professor Chesler directs documentary and narrative films addressing themes of the body, sexuality, and gender. Chesler's films have been exhibited at over 300 film festivals worldwide and in museums and gallery spaces. Chesler is an active member of Film Independent and University Film and Video Association and is a 2019 Media Arts Fellow - D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Giovanna Chesler's full bio


image+nation, Montreal, Canada
Reel Affirmations, Washington, DC
Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Florida
Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, India
Wicked Queer Film Festival, Boston, Massachusetts
Richmond International Film Festival, Virginia

Behind-the-scenes video of working on Java

Trailer for Java


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