RPM Fest 2019

  • Sponsored By

  • Art Department of UMASS Boston

  • Cinema Studies of UMASS Boston

  • Special Programs with

  • AgX Film Collective

  • Non-Event


    University Hall 2310
    University Drive North
    Dorchester, MA 02125
    8X77+CM Boston, Massachusette

Feb.2 & 3, 2019

Program One

Disruptive Gestures

Feb.2, 11:00AM - 12:30PM
University Hall 2310

Program Two

Collected Wisdom

Feb.2, 1:00PM - 2:30PM
University Hall 2310

Program Three

All That We See or Seem, Is But a Dream Within a Dream

Feb.2, 3:00PM - 4:30PM
University Hall 2310

Program Four


Feb.2, 5:00PM - 6:30PM
University Hall 2310

Program Five

Towards An Altered State

Feb.3, 11:00AM - 12:30PM
University Hall 2310

Program Six

Blueprints for Renewal

Feb.3, 1:00PM - 2:30PM
University Hall 2310

Program Seven

Tracing the Invisible

Feb.3, 3:00PM - 4:30PM
University Hall 2310

Program Eight

The Inner Life of Space

Feb.3, 5:00PM - 6:30PM
University Hall 2310

Program Nine

Body and Object

Feb.3, 9:00PM - 10:30PM
University Hall 2310

Program Ten


Feb.2 & 3, 11:00AM - 11:00PM
Art Gallery, University Hall
(4th Floor)

Expanded Cinema Live
Feb.2, 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Special Program I


Feb.2, 9:00PM - 10:30PM University Hall 2310

Special Program II

Manfred Werder, 20160

Feb.3, 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Art Gallery, University Hall

Special Program III


Feb.2, 7:300PM - 9:00PM
University Hall 2310




In the past year or so, the film community of Boston lost some pillar voices: the passing of programmer David Pendleton and filmmaker Robert Todd, the closing of landmark film series MassArt Film Society, only to name a few. While we were always grateful for their brilliant existence, it is only until they are gone are we confronted with the dark meaning of living without them: a void of intelligence, imagination, and inspiration. So we bring forth the Revolutions per Minute Film Festival (RPM), out of a simple desire to bring more films to the area and bring more light to our dialogue about the art of moving image.

RPM was originally co-founded in 2013 by Wenhua Shi, experimental filmmaker and assistant professor at UMass-Boston, as a traveling exhibition of sound art and audiovisual performance. Notable highlights of its nomadic experience include RPM Exhibition Sound Art China 2013 in New York, RPM Exhibition Hong Kong 2014, and RPM Exhibition Shanghai West-Bund Biannual 2015. Finally, RPM finds a new home in Boston, and RPM Fest 2019 is the first edition focused on film and video.

RPM Fest 2019 presents 10 programs including 114 short films and 17 installations by 131 artists from 23 countries. These films push the boundary of the poetics of cinema as a melting pot of image, sound and text, with their fictional and non-fictional ambitions and aptitude. There will also be three special programs including a screening of documentary Yumen by Xu Tuotao, J.P. Sniadecki, and Huang Xiang, an experimental sound performance by Manfred Werder, and a special program featuring films by local film collective AgX.

We are lucky to be able to host RPM Fest 2019 in UMass Boston’s University Hall whose state-of-art facility - a 230-seat theater and a multi-function art gallery - allows us the freedom of exhibiting contemporary cinema in its multiplicity of forms and formats. It is also our hope that, by hosting RPM Fest 2019 at a public institution, we can make the often seemingly exclusive experimental cinema less opaque and more available to a wider audience, especially more students.

Yangqiao Lu, January, 2019

selection committee

Wenhua Shi

Yangqiao Lu

Sarah Bliss

Ethan Berry

Gen Carmel

Robert Harris

John Knecht

Ekrem Serdar

Charlotte Taylor

Bo Wang

Thanks: Anto Astudillo, Brittany Gravely, Jennifer Stob, Ellen Wetmore

Contact Us

Revolutions Per Minute Festival
Art Department c/o Wenhua Shi
University Hall
100 William T. Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393 contact@revolutionsperminutefest.org