SHOW 3: 8th SEASON — APRIL 18, 2018 — 6PM
TRAVELING THE SPACE WAYS
curated by Lili White
Visiting filmmakers Yun Chen & Ann Oren will be present.
LIGHT PLAYS: Anne-Marie Bouchard; MUSIC: Lyne Goulet; 16mm; Canada; 7.00
Old footage from 16mm film is scratched, drawn upon, and experimentally animated with a quantum dots solution. The film seems at first about sound, the moon, and exotic birds, but it is, for me, more about narration, experimentation, and playfulness.
TSCHAIKA; M. Kardinal; MUSIC: The Splendid Ghetto Pipers; Germany; 10.49
The moon has long been stylized as an unattainable object of desire. In a certain way science has unveiled his mysteries. TSCHAIKA is an attempt to return it to the moon and audio-visualizes the poetic question of Leonardo da Vinci: “The moon is dense. All dense bodies are heavy. How stays, then, the moon?”
NATURE SPEAKS TO SELF. ONLY.; Ann Oren; Israel; 8.00
NATURE SPEAKS TO SELF. ONLY. weaves excerpts from two consecutive lead roles by Keir Dullea, the American actor known for his portrayal of David Bowman, the astronaut in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). In the video, Dullea as astronaut gets to peek at himself in his following film role, as the title character of De Sade (1969). Superimposed using imbedded spaceship screens, the sequence is narrated by the later, with a short cameo by Hal 9000. From sophisticated Sci-Fi to period erotic drama, both films are noted for their psychedelic sensibilities and fit into the category of fantasy film.
If fantasy is the power of creating improbable mental images in response to a psychological need, then today’s many forms of virtual engagement – from social media and cybersex to virtual gaming – enable an individual to privately fulfill their desire while participating in a networked community. In NATURE SPEAKS TO SELF. ONLY., the two Keirs become entangled in a logic of pleasure and guilt, voyeurism and the performance of the self – much as it exists in today’s pervasive online consciousness.
THE MAN IN THE BUSHES; Emma Piper-Burket and Vasilios Papaioannu; Starring Adam Foldes and Emma Piper-Burket; USA; 16mm film & NASA material downloaded from the Internet Archive (archive.org); 5:46
The distance from the Moon to Earth averages 238,855 miles. Both astronomical bodies are made up of the same elements in different proportions; one supports life, the other does not. A filmmaker follows a man as he searches for clues to understand the father he never knew. Armed with a stack of photographs, a street address and the knowledge that the man’s father was an astronaut, the two explore their surrounding environs in order to unravel the mysteries of living on planet earth.
UUFO; Yun Chen; CHINA/USA; 19.53
UUFO stands for Universal Unidentified Flying Object.
UUFO consists of 6 short chapters/stories. Each chapter describes a memory. The film deals with conflicting interpretations of China from the 1960s onwards, contrasting past generations’ stories with my own generation’s interpretations.
THE CHTHULU AND THE FINAL GIRL; Animation by Meredith Drum; Sound by Catherine Cloutier; USA; 1:40
Inspired by Donna Haraway’s recent writing “Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene: Making Kin.” Environmental Humanities. V 6, 2015, p. 160
In particular, it is energized by Haraway’s focus on chthonic entities, figures of creation and destruction – metonymies for forces that may “make possible partial and robust biological-cultural-political, technological recuperation and recomposition; and the artist’s interest in the final girl trope: the female survivors of horror films interpreted as potent, if murky, icons of power, resistance and speculative feminism.
AXW shows are sposored by:
New Filmmakers NY
Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue at 2nd Street NY NY 10003
(F train to 2nd Avenue)
Admission: $7 entitles you to see all NEW FILMMAKERS screenings this night!