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Alex Méndez Giner, an assistant professor of film in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ (VPA) Department of Transmedia, will have his new short film “Writer's Block” premiered at the Irvine International Film Festival in California on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

“With major film distributors and Academy Award-winning judges, the festival has grown to become a thrilling place to swap perspectives, merge ideas and engage in eye-opening debates,” says Méndez Giner.

In “Writer’s Block,” a writer in the middle of her creative process receives a series of anonymous packages with morbidly disturbing content. This mysterious intrusion into her life ignites a war between her anxiety and the work she is struggling to create. View the trailer on Vimeo.

Méndez Giner's works explore human relationships through films set in the frontier between reality and imagination. He has screened in in more than 20 countries in major international film festivals including Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, Milan International Film Festival, Viña del Mar International Film Festival, Sapporo International Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival and ZINEBI Bilbao International Film Festival; of particular relevance is the Audience Choice Award presented at the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival. His recent film "The Book of Judith" received a production grant from the New York State Council of the Arts and has been exhibited in several major venues inside and outside the U.S. His professional practice combines constant film production with film education at VPA.