- Show 22
In & Outdoors
THE FUTURE IS YOU – Lili White
Shifting nature and architecture in the International City in the week after the 9/11 attack. News media presents us certain things, certain ways. Filtered like a lithographer’s velvety mezzotint, this film’s content roams between opposite poles of New York.
CATALOGUE – Dana Berman Duff
CATALOGUE is a silent 16mm black-and-white film that considers the time it takes to look at desirable objects, in this case the objects for sale in a mainstream furniture catalogue. The catalogue presents de-saturated photographs of staged rooms shot and printed to resemble sets for film-noir era movies, hypothetically increasing their desirability.
OLD WEST LODGE – Heidi Phillips
Set amidst drifts of snow in a desolate prairie winter, a weather-beaten lodge provides refuge for a disparate group of locals and travelers.
DEJAR – Caitlin Díaz
Too often we view our lives in black and white, perpetuating false perceptions of our own existence. It is this actuality that inspired DEJAR.
- Show 21
STORY OF A CURSE #1 – Negin Sharifzadeh
The first of a series of animated films based on familial stories, that was inspired by my mother’s story of moving through loss and despair.
YOU CAN SEE THE SUN IN LATE DECEMBER – Sasha Waters Freyer
Beautiful emptiness, anguish and calm, absence rendered visible and traces of presence in the winter light, all intensified by the damned (non) question of maternity.
AMNIOTIC FLUID, OCEANS APART – Amang Hung
Something hard to express and communicate between daughter and mother.
QUEEN TAKES PAWN – Su Friedrich
A journey through an old house by way of a mirror, a child’s storybook, and some images from days gone by. Or a journey through some old images by way of a house. Or both.
- Show 20
CODES OF… SENSES II – Rrose Present
The images of riots in Istanbul onlinein 2013 (those they allowed to change a political system) here are transformed into colored blocks, as the minimum unit of representation “the pixel.”
WATER PORTRAIT III – Evelin Stermitz
From a series of 4 portraits of women’s faces — their images mirrored on the surface of the river in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
THE BLOCKS – Lydia Moyer
The Blocks focuses on the Golden Gate Estates, an unrealized development in Florida’s Big Cypress Swamp whose planners were eventually convicted of fraud. Functioning in some ways as an allegory for the recent housing crash in the US, The Blocks examines the connection between real estate and longing.
IN RUINS, WE REBUILD WITH MEMORIES BURIED IN THE FOUNDATION – Lana Z Caplan
Streams of people with holes burned in them rise from subway stairs and escalators in London, Paris, Beijing and New York and collide with images from nature – migration, destructive forces and chaos – in a meditation on loss.
- Show 19
I Dented Oriented
SHE VANISHES – Sara Bonaventura
This my anti-manifesto. A mise en scene of an impossibility, a virtual presence. An “impossible body” is enacting a fantasy of loss and distance: of desire, that cannot be satisfied but also a desire for an unsatisfied desire.
A IS FOR AYE-AYE: An Abecedarian Adventure – Augusta Palmer
In this whimsical short film that combines live action with animation, a young girl brings a hundred years of images to life when she encounters the image of a mischievous lemur in the visual archives of the New York Public Library’s Picture Collection, an archive of over a million image clippings that celebrates its centennial in 2015.
THREADBARE – Kristin Reeves
A fever-dream processes childhood memories of medical exploitation. The clinical gaze holds tight to the profitable conjuring made possible by vulnerable bodies.
GARDEN OF STONE – Sasha Waters Freyer
A kaleidoscope of sights and sounds from Noto, Sicily, known as the Garden of Stone in honor of its baroque architecture (none of which you will see in this 4 minute film). A love letter to Peter Greenaway. in three rhythmic intervals.
- Show 18
THUNDERBOLT – Heidi Phillips
Light explodes out of the darkness engulfing a young woman as she tries to find her way through the storm.
THE GLASS THRESHOLD (El umbral de cristal) – Ana Rodríguez León
In the city, people live together with the characters of the advertisement images universe. But, this apparently peaceful coexistence, starts to get disrupted when people and characters, start rivalry for the control of reality and of its fictions.
PLAY AND REPEAT – Lana Z Caplan
A technological rendering of a cityscape and the experience therein. A sequence of altered still images shot in New York is repeated, each time manipulated and layered over the artifacts of the previous sequence.
MERRY GO ROUND – Yuko Takebe
Merry Go Round Go Round Go Round…
We are born from nothing and nothing is our end.
- Show 17
ELFMÄDCHEN – Mirka Morales
Winner of Chicago Underground Film Festival best animation award 2009.
Elfmädchen (elfgirls) is an abstract portrait of a narcoleptic girl, a fairy tale without a prince charming set amongst the urban decay of San Francisco.
GHOST SYNDROME – Rita Piffer
A film portrait of a Moroccan lesbian who immigrated to the United States, and the emotional resonances of living in-between cultures.
FISHING – Beth Warshafsky
This is a visual tone poem to my parents, using my father’s 8mm home movies. The film material was transformed through real-time digital effects, manipulating it with painterly conceits.
MORE THAN ONE – Amang Hung
It’s a wonderful interaction and collaboration between a poet and a singer. Both are female. The singer read the poem, very touched, and made a melody to sing.
- Show 16
Landscape Comes Attached
LANDSCAPE_1 LANDSCAPE_2.0 – Rrose Present
Humanity sees herself through this gaze that represents it. Like a game of mirrors, we can only see what we have seen, acknowledge what we already know.
GELOST – Stefanie Weberhofer
A glimpse into a microcosmos of chemical processes, filmed and applied on the 16mm film material.
SAARI – Ella Mikkola
A film about longing and letting go. The Finnish word “SAARI” means an island. The film is an experimental video collage that explores themes like safety, distance and connection through a subjective memory.
CANNOT PREDICT NOW – Kimberly Burleigh
Cannot Predict Now features a spherical form that continuously evolves to perform its function as a predictor of the future.
- Show 15
BE MY CLONE – Laura Hyunjhee Kim
I am interested in the language, sound and movements of the body and how all of these elements are used in communication.
TALK TO GOD – Lea Furnion
Between tourism, beliefs and paganism, Talk to God draws a parallel between the population of the ephemeral Black Rock City (Nevada, US) and the archaeological site of Teotihuacan in Mexico.
THE SILVER TRADE – Rebekkah Palov
A close-in diaristic remix of global trade which I see manifested in my everyday life and adventures.
ANATOMY OF A POEM – Rebecca Ruige Xu
Computer programming generated animation. Utilizing sound synthesizing and computer graphics programming, this work depicts a famous poem “Drinking Alone by Moonlight” from the ancient East using a Western analytical approach.
- Show 14
SHARING IS CARING – Laura Hyunjhee Kim
An exploration in the various modes of communication, is presented in the formats of a music video, with appropriated tropes of popular culture, and an abstraction of words and imagery through repetition.
ISLAND STORY – Alisa Berger
A grainy vintage-like feel permeates the alien world and mixes in with the mixtures with the assumed real world.
THE SPIRITUAL MACHINE – Ana Rodríguez León
A hypnotic travel to the inner part of human being and the deep mystery it keeps inside. A mystery so full of beauty and of destructive potential.
LIGHT DIVIDES THE SQUARE – Kimberly Burleigh
Computer animation features “rippling caustics,” or refracted light patterns, cast by a virtual fluid body.
- Show 13
Fun & Games
MOVEMENT STUDY: DISCIPLINE – Metrah Pashaee
“Movies move people.” My sound and image collages explore the unexpected, playful and provocative relationships created when disparate fragments are coupled together and coalesce in a cinematic viewing experience.
PI KA CHU – Valérie Pelet
An experimental 16mm film project which has been realised with a group of children from the district of Floridsdorf in Vienna.
KAPR (A FISH SCALE CAN HIDE A SUN) – Juliette Liautaud
A short experimental lo-fi winter tale based on a Czech Christmas carp story.
RECIPROCITY FAILURE – Mirka Morales
This work came from researching how 16mm film, shot on a Bolex, reacts when shooting the night sky. Reciprocity law is the inverse relationship between intensity and time.
- Show 12
EVEN GRAY FEELS BLUE – Negin Sharifzadeh
Individual memory: Collective memory – not separated, rather there is an interaction of the two. The echoes of the individual move into collective realities. Sorrow becomes social malaise.
DISPOSSESSED – Julia Jin
A journey reconciling the notions of the home and its paraphernalia as a private space through close textures and a subtle orchestra of sounds.
ON THE ROAD – Naz Shahrokh
The work is a conversation with Jack Kerouac and his novel On the Road; with the energy of the Beat Generation and the philosophy inherent with that period of Zen Buddhism, of living in the now, while walking through the journey of life. Its narrative describes a theory in metaphysics of twin souls.
LOST IN A GLASS OF WATER – Cinzia Sarto
A disjointed view in need of a compass. An attempt to walk holding a magnifying lens – an instrument to clean the eye while offering the most precious and simple of all gifts. The irony of the title mirrors the elusiveness of losing oneself. This is the first step of a walking series called roving with a glass of water.
- Show 11
Get Up Stand Up
BLACK RECTANGLE – Rhayne Vermette
Inspired by the slow death of Kasimir Malevich’s painting, Black Square, this film documents a tedious process of dismantling and reassembling 16 mm found footage. The film collage imitates functions of a curtain, while the recorded optical track describes the film’s subsequent destruction during its first projection.
PEN UP THE PIGS – Kelly Gallagher
This animated film draws explicit parallels between slavery and modern day institutionalized racism and mass incarceration. Histories of radical resistance against white supremacy are explored and celebrated.
THE KITCHEN SINK – Lili White
Bombarding you with information about the Earth and our food, that straddles the physical and metaphysical stratum, presenting implications that stretch between humor and horrific reality.
UNA SPORCA VACANZA (DIRTY VACATION) – Cinzia Sarto
Inside a labyrinth of cement cubes, debris by the sea, humans distracted by the rituals of vacation seem indifferent to the world surrounding them. A veiled woman is searches for a way out.
- Show 10
DAMN YOU VOUGUE – Júlia Portella & Melina Schleder
The desire to fit in and the way that desire can consume you.
ONE MISSISSIPPI – Rebecca Louise Tiernan
A psycho-narrative of four girls playing skipping rhymes in a barren field with a lonesome Scarecrow.
THE BOROUGH – Kelly Oliver
There are a lot of ugly things in this world. I wish I could protect you from them.
FORBIDDEN FRUIT – Cinzia Sarto
An original sin encounter of lovers, from initial collision, to orbiting round each other.
- Show 9
Beyond the Body's Frame
BELL & HOWELL – Ana Rodríguez León
A trip from the past to the future via the camera.
REVERIES – Karissa Hahn
Aristotle’s belief: … the organs, not just the eye, retains the image … these sensations are retained and return to haunt the sleep … Bodies are vessels that take in images – Can we not see ghosts because our eye lags perception and we miss it? Are ghosts a perception of speed?
INVERSION – Linda Fenstermaker
Blending perspectives layered around the camera, this film creates an open space to expand female consciousness, as an embodiment of the film itself.
TRICKS ARE FOR KIDDO – Rhayne Vermette
In 2010, Winnipeg director, Guy Maddin exclaims: It’s impossible to collage a film!
- Show 8
Over Land & Sea
GOWANUS HAZE – Margaret Rorison
The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn New York, associated with grime and desolation, combines with my voice and excerpts of stories from my demented grandfather.
VICTORIA – Olivia Ciummo
Three sisters search for a place to rest in different landscapes – versions of utopia are taken away, leaving them with impressions of a war.
LIGHT STREAMING – Kathleen Rugh
In landscapes where tunnels of light and the continual flow of water act as a connecting force, a couple of answers to questions.
PARADISE – Noe Kidder
Filmed in Lisbon, Kauai and Catskill New York: challenging the viewer, as well as my own experience of loss.
- Show 7
Mother Nature / Human Nature
IN RECOVERY – Alex Hovet
In Recovery challenges my father’s memory with my own.
WORKING WITH NATURE – THIS IS MY SHOW – Lori Felker
Working with Nature can be grueling and painful, but your hostess Adrienne is ready and willing to walk you through what it takes to perfect and control your surroundings.
ASSUMPTIONS OF YOUR PHANTOM(SY) – Karissa Hahn
The glorious nature of a phantom-like entity, in the midst of vulnerability.
LANDSLAG – Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson
The gesture of natural forces that physically and metaphysically shape the Skagafjordur region of Iceland.
- Show 6
UPBEAT NOTHINGNESS – Leila Jarman
In Berlin, five people “stuck” and restricted by routine, breakout, upon finding their truest selves thru color and forms of movement.
SNAKE FOOT – Lili White
One day, I discovered an “s” on my toenail…
WAS BEING MOVED? – Ye Mimi
About the state of moving and being moved: When people build a boat to carry themselves; when people start to walk backwards; when gods lead people to step on the Earth… Is it possible that everyone becomes someone else’s “far-afar” in the continuous movement?
ROSE SELAVEE – Coleen Fitzgibbon
A rose is a rose is a rose in saturated color.
- Show 5
ICELAND – Fabienne Gautier
Landscapes of starkness speak to the internal mind.
AND THIS FOREST WILL BE A DESERT – Carolyn Radlo & Alanna Simone
Glittering plastic, toy polar bear and the beauty inherent in the things we’re conditioned to be afraid of.
CONSTELLATION – Muriel Montini
A bear in the zoo. A bear out of the world.
THE STORY OF THE OCTOPUS WITH A HEARTSHAPED HEAD – Alessandra Cianelli
Once upon a time there was a heart beating, that threw itself into the sea…
- Show 4
SHE LEARNS TO LUNGE – Katya Yakubov
How many shapes do the terrors of the mind take? Several transformations lead to an awakening between a modern house and a dark forest.
A PATTERN LANGUAGE – Tara Nelson
Charles Zehnde’s Kugel Gips house in Wellfleet Massachusetts, and the Romanian B Minor scale.
MEMORAIS – Ana Rodríguez León
Moments before than the Earth explodes, a woman remembers her relationship with a man.
DISPLACEMENT – Liliana Resnick
Time is not linear. A woman’s past, present and future spiral within simultaneously.
- Show 3
Body of Another
THE BROKEN NEWS SERIES: DISASTER – Lori Felker
This comes from an experiment/performance: an intimate attempt at reporting, mediating and being mediated.
MISSING GREEN – Joey Huertas aka Jane Public
Searching for a ghost. Erin Green, a college student, who has gone missing on account of her own clinical depression.
2198 GHOSTS IN THE SUN, PEOPLE IN THE SEA – Yvette Granata
Split-screen and vertical motion, and a series of 2,198 photographs taken in my deceased grandparents home in Abruzzo, Italy.
TOXIC PARK – Cinzia Sarto & Emita Frigato
Trapped in the Amusement Park, a child’s perceptions waver between illusion and reality.
- Show 2
TUDOR VILLAGE: A ONE SHOT DEAL – Rhayne Vermette
In pursuit of an eclipse, the citizens of Winnipeg flee the city. Meanwhile, stranded in Tudor Village, the caretaker does his best to interrupt their trajectory & entice everyone to return.
FONCTION PANORAMA LGKU990 – Caroline Bernard
The timeline of life and feelings trapped in time and space.
MAKE ME A DOORWAY – Alexzenia Davis & Jesse Russell Brooks
Three poems and their attitude: Make Me, My Silhouette, and A Lady’s Psyche written by Alexzenia Davis.
GYRE-ATION – Beth Portnoy
Gyre-ation is a visual exploration of resistance to and acceptance of the forces outside of ourselves.
- Show 1
CEALLAIGH AT KILMAINHAM – Kelly Gallagher
Found family footage collaged and handcrafted: An exploration of land, roots, radical history, and the strength of the women who came before me.
HULL – Tara Merenda Nelson
A journey between layers of corporal consciousness, exploring the physical memory of trauma, and the psychological repercussions of a surgical disaster.
KORONA – Lena Ditte Nissen
Mist ascends from the moor and curls up like figures out of the soil.
PUSH / PULL / RECOVER – Terra Long
A meditation on motion through stillness with breath. Shot in single frames on 16mm and hand painted.
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