Mason Film Lab, Spring 2016 - Professor Giovanna Chesler and students on set of Java

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 of JAVA

Giovanna Chesler, Director of JAVA
Giovanna Chesler, Director of JAVA

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 MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State (Most Distinguished Graduate) and a BA 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 – Mason Film Lab: Java

    Trailer for JAVA