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RPM22
October 18th - 23rd

Revolutions per Minute festival (RPM Fest) is dedicated to short-form poetic, personal, experimental film, essay film, animation, documentary, video and audiovisual performance.

Revolutions Per Minute Festival is co-hosted by Art and Art History Department and Cinema Studies at UMass-Boston, Brattle Theatre in Cambridge & Harvard FAS CAMLab.
For more info: contact@revolutionsperminutefest.org


RPM22 PROGRAMS

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October
18
7PM
  • Tuesday, October 18, 7PM
    UMass-Boston
    University Hall 2300
    runtime 59 mins

Program 1
Sketches and Motions

Georges Sifianos - The Blind Writer
(10 mins, Color & BW, Greece, 2021)
Emilia Izquierdo - Insomnia
(4 mins, Color, UK, 2021)
Katarina Lillqvist - The Last Matador
(8 mins, Color, Finland, 2021)
Christian Wittmoser & Zuniel Kim - The Train Driver
(6 mins, Color, Germany, 2021)
Hannah Hamalian - The Golden Age
(11 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Emmanuel Lefrant - Per Una Selva Oscura
(6 mins, Color, France, 2021)
Kate Lain - Five Miles Another (For Diana)
(6 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Ruth Hayes - Amulet
(2 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Curry Tan - It Is Not Spring, Until All Flower Blossom
(6 mins, Color, China, 2020)

Post screening Q&A with the filmmakers

still: Hannah Hamalian - The Golden Age

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Free and Open to Public

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October
18
9PM
  • Tuesday, October 18, 9PM
    UMass-Boston
    University Hall 2300
    runtime 62 mins

Program 2
Visions and Geographies

Charlotte Clermont - Lucina Annulata
(4 mins, Color, Canada, 2021)
Margaret Rorison- BALTIMORE
(22 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Sarah Seené - Disappearing silence
(2 mins, Color & B/W, Canada, 2021)
James Hollenbaugh - The Sticklet Weaver
(8 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Susan DeLeo - Island
(4 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Kathleen Rugh - Light’s Return
(3 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Sofia Theodore-Pierce - Other Tidal Effects
(7 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Liujiyi Zuo - Winter, Late Afternoon
(7 mins, Color, China/USA, 2021)
Charlotte Pryce - Of this Beguiling Membrane
(5 mins, Color, USA, 2021)

Post screening Q&A with the filmakers

Still: Margaret Rorison- BALTIMORE

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Free and Open to Public

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October
19
7PM
  • Wednesday, October 19, 7PM
    The Brattle Theatre at Cambridge
    runtime 63 mins

Solo Artist Program
Peggy Ahwesh

Curve the Night Sky (5 min, 2021)
The Blackest Sea (9.5 min, 2016)
Kansas Atlas (18 min, 2019)
Border Control (4 min, 2021)
excerpt from OR119 (15 min, 2022)
The Falling Sky (9.5 min, 2017)

Post screening Q&A: Peggy Ahwesh & Sarah Keller

Aptly described as a bricoleur, Peggy Ahwesh's work combines a variety of experimental, narrative and documentary genres, often with improvisation in performance, found footage, noise, the arcane, and a variety of obsolete, low-end technologies. Ahwesh's work is primarily an investigation of cultural identity and the role of the female subject. Ahwesh's practice insists on political and social topicality, handled with theoretical rigor, while at the same time using humor and the absurd in an open embrace of the inexplicable. The discourses of feminism and film theory are applied to traditionally female-gendered themes, home movies, family drama, relationships and confessions while turning the conventions of realism on end. Ahwesh came of age in the 1970s with S8 filmmaking, feminism, and the punk underground in Pittsburgh.

Senses of Cinema: Great Directors Critical Database
Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Still: The Falling Sky

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October
20
10AM
  • Thursday, October 20, 10AM
    UMass-Boston
    University Hall 2300

Art & Art History Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Peggy Ahwesh

This Visiting Artist Lecture Series is presented by the Art & Art History Department and RPM Fest. This is a rare opportunity to dive into Peggy Ahwesh's groundbreaking career in Moving Image Art and the Feminist Art Movement.

More info: The Visiting Artist Lecture Series invites several nationally and internationally renowned artists a semester to visit the campus for a day. These presentations give students a window into the complexity of arguments and approaches in the contemporary art world, as well as giving them first-hand access to artists who have successfully made a life out of their creative practice. Each artist comes to a studio art or art history class in the department to participate in a visual art critique and conversation about art with the students, allowing for discourse from other viewpoints and perspectives.
These lectures are announced throughout the College of Liberal Arts and the wider university and are open to the public.
The Visiting Artists Lecture Series generates aesthetic and cultural conversations, both among the students and the faculty, that continually replenish and nourish the community of the department and the wider university.

Still:The Deadman (1989, 16mm)

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Free and Open to Public

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October
20
7PM
  • Thursday, October 20, 7PM
    UMass-Boston
    University Hall 2300
    runtime 66 mins

Selected Work
Peggy Ahwesh

Curve the Night Sky (5 min, 2021)
The third body (8 min, 2008)
The Deadman (35 min, 16mm, 1989)
The Color of Love (10 min, 16mm, 1994 )
Bethlehem (8 min, 2008)

Post screening Q&A: Sarah Keller with Peggy Ahwesh
Still: The Color of Love

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Free and Open to Public

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October
20
9PM
  • Thursday, October 20, 9PM
    UMass-Boston
    University Hall 2300
    runtime 67 mins


Peggy Ahwesh & Jackie Goss

OR119 (67 mins, 2022)

An instructional video essay by Peggy Ahwesh and Jackie Goss in collaboration with an ensemble of our friends. The work is based in “quotation”- both quotations by Reich set to song (by composer Zach Layton) and in conversation between Reich and a number of contemporary feminist thinkers including Butler, Barad, Cixious and others. We playfully examine the unsettled legacy of Reich and his surprisingly relevant dynamic with feminist thought.
Orgone was the life energy based on sex and positive expression that Reich claims to have discovered, and here we grant him the honor of the next number on the periodic chart (OR119) for his discovery.


Post screening Q&A: Sarah Keller with Peggy Ahwesh

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Free and Open to Public

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October
21
7PM
  • Friday, October 21, 7PM
    UMass-Boston
    University Hall 2300
    runtime 57 mins

Program 3
Dimensions and Portals

Meganelizabeth Diamond - Roses in Full Colour (2 mins, BW, Canada, 2021)
Erica Sheu - off (I don’t know when to stop) (2 mins, Color, Taiwan, 2021)
Kalpana Subramanian - Incantation (9 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Zachary Finkelstein - Port Lands (12 mins, Color, Canada, 2021)
Anna Kipervaser - in ocula oculorum (12 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Eric Souther - Frequencies of Deep Time (7 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Youjin Moon - Telesto (13 mins, Color, USA, 2021)

Post screening Q&A with the filmmakers

Still: Youjin Moon - Telesto

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Free and Open to Public

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October
21
9PM
  • Friday, October 21, 9PM
    UMass-Boston
    University Hall 2300
    runtime 62 mins

Program 4
Analog Dialogue

Jodie Mack - Wasteland No. 3: Moons, Sons (5 mins, Color, 16mm, Silent, USA, 2021)
Kathryn Ramey - SAYOR (10 mins, Color, 16mm, USA, 2022)
Brittany Gravely & Ken Linehan - First Hypnotic Suggestion (10 mins, Double-Projection 16mm, Color & BW, USA, 2020)
Sara Sowell - Dada’s Daughter: Expanded Cinema Performance (30 mins, Color & BW, USA, 2021)

Post screening Q&A with the filmmakers

still: Sara Sowell - Dada’s Daughter: Expanded Cinema Performance

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Free and Open to Public

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October
22
1PM
  • Saturday, October 22, 1PM
    Harvard University
    Sackler Building 004 Lecture Hall
    runtime 68 mins

Program 5
Intimacies

Bettina Hoffmann - Mechanics of Touch
(8 mins, Color, Canada, 2021)
Carl Elsaesser - Home When You Return  
(30 mins, Color, USA, 2020)
Mathieu Samaille - Madame Jarrar
(4 mins, Color, Canada, 2021)
Raffaella Rosset - Room Film
(15 mins, Color, Brazil, 2021)
Alex Ingersoll - Asunder
(8 mins, Color, USA, 2020)
Yuula Benivolski - Tulips
(3 mins, BW, Canada, 2021)

Post screening Q&A with the filmmakers

Still: Carl Elsaesser - Home When You Return

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Free and Open to Public

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October
22
3PM
  • Saturday, October. 22, 3PM
    Harvard University
    Sackler Building 004 Lecture Hall
    runtime 67 mins

Program 6
Lost Worlds

Christopher Harris - Dreams Under Confinement
(3 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Hope Tucker - What Travelers Are Saying About Jornada del Muerto
(14 mins, Color, USA, 2020)
Marko Tadic - Events Meant to Be Forgotten
(6 mins, Color, Croatia, 2021)
Kelly Sears - Phase II
(7 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
M. Farrell - 3/4” U-Matic Remains
(8 mins, Color, USA, 2020)
Yanbin Zhao - Train Song
(4 mins, BW, China/USA, 2021)
Silvia Turchin - Summer Light for Tula
(10 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Penny McCann - Events in the Tunnel
(10 mins, Color, Canada, 2021)
Still: Yanbin Zhao - Train Song
Post screening Q&A with the filmmakers

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Free and Open to Public

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October
22
2PM & 4PM
  • Saturday, October. 22, 2PM & 4PM
    Harvard University, Sackler Building

CAM Lab Public Visits

Starting from October 19th, Harvard FAS CAMLab will provide Open Studio tours of the interdisciplinary projects at the lab that integrate historical research, digital technologies, and multisensory media art.
The Open Studio tour will highlight Cave Dance, a project that harnesses the power of machine learning to recover lost Buddhist dances depicted in ancient Dunhuang Buddhist caves. The visitors will have a rare opportunity to experience an immersive storytelling theater that transports modern audiences into different time-spaces of human civilizations.

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October
22
5PM
  • Saturday, October. 22, 5PM
    Harvard University
    Sackler Building 004 Lecture Hall

Workshop with Professor Patricia Zimmermann

Patricia R. Zimmermann is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Screen Studies in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, USA. She is also Director of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, a major international festival housed at Ithaca College. She has held endowed chair appointments as the Shaw Foundation Professor of New Media in the School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the Ida Beam Professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa.

She is the author of Reel Families: A Social History of Amateur Film (Indiana, 1995), States of Emergency: Documentaries, Wars, Democracies (Minnesota, 2000), Thinking Through Digital Media: Transnational Environments and Locative Places (Palgrave, 2015, with Dale Hudson), and Open Spaces: Openings, Closings, and Thresholds of Independent Public Media (U of St. Andrews Press, 2016). She is also coeditor of Mining the Home Movie: Excavations in Histories and Memories (California, 2008). She was coeditor with Erik Barnouw of The Flaherty: Four Decades in the Cause of Independent Cinema (Wide Angle, 1996). With Scott MacDonald, she wrote The Flaherty: Sixty Years in the Cause of Independent Film (Indiana University Press, 2017). Her book with Helen De Michiel, Open Space New Media Documentary: A Toolkit for Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2018) explores collaborative and participatory place-based international new media projects. Her book Documentary Across Platforms : Reverse Engineering Media, Politics, and Place (Indiana, 2019) explores the relationship between historiography, political engagements and digital art practices across platforms and modes. Her new volume with Scott MacDonald is a companion book to The Flaherty entitled Flash Flaherty: Tales from a Film Seminar (Indiana, 2021). With Dale Hudson, she is writing a new book on transnational new media projects as a follow up to Thinking through Digital Media entitled Digital Habitats: Transnational New Media and the Environment (Indiana, forthcoming).

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Free and Open to Public

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October
22
7PM
  • Saturday, October. 22, 7PM
    Harvard University
    Sackler Building 004 Lecture Hall

Anachronic Chronicles:
Voyages Inside/Out Asia
runtime 62 mins

A Film by Pan Lu and Yu Araki
Editing: Bo Wang and Yu Araki

Built on home videos made between the 1960s and 1990s from ordinary families around East Asia, ANACHRONIC CHRONICLES shows the “anti-spectacle” power of the folk images that are full of anthropological and sociological messages.
This project was supported by ACC Cinema Fund 2020.
Total runtime: 62 mins
Post screening Q&A: Pan Lu, Yu Araki & Patty Zimmermann

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Free and Open to Public

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October
23
1PM
  • Sunday, October 22, 1PM
    Harvard University
    Sackler Building 004 Lecture Hall
    runtime 68 mins

Program 7
Loomings and Hauntings

Ethan Berry - A Small Lie
(4 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Luis Arnias - Terror Has No Shape  
(10 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Francesca Svampa - Water and more water
(6 mins, BW, Spain, 2021)
Bretta C. Walker & Jean-Jacques Martinod
- Datura’s Aubade

(15 mins, Color & BW, USA, 2021)
Federica Foglia
- Autoritratto all’Inferno / Self-portrait in Hell

(4 mins, Color, Canada, 2021)
Sasha Waters - Fragile
(9 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Lara Scherpinski
- Homecoming of the Asparagus Cutters

(15 mins, Color, Germany, 2021)
Post screening Q&A with the filmmakers

Still: Sasha Waters - Fragile

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Free and Open to Public

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October
23
3PM
  • Sunday, October. 23, 3PM
    Harvard University
    Sackler Building 004 Lecture Hall
    runtime 69 mins

Program 8
Temporal Echoes

Guillaume Vallée - ULTRADREAM
(2 mins, Color, Canada, 2021)
Paul Echeverria - Selfie
(4 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Lei Lei - A Bright Summer Diary
(30 mins, Color, China, 2021)
Jen Proctor - Open and Shut And
(4 mins, Color & BW, USA, 2021)
Ben Balcom - Looking Backward
(10 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Paul Razlaf - A ROADSIDE WITH A VIEW
(4 mins, Color, Germany, 2021)
Lucrecia Luz Passos
- Memory fragments on stereo sound and 24FPS

(15 mins, Color & BW, Brazil, 2021)

Post screening Q&A with the filmmakers

Still: Lei Lei - A Bright Summer Diary

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Free and Open to Public

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October
23
5PM
  • Sunday, October 23, 5PM
    Harvard University
    Sackler Building 004 Lecture Hall
    runtime 63 mins

Program 9
Seasonal Orbits

Ellen Mueller - Leisure Tests
(13 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Yannick Mosimann - Sunspots  
(9 mins, Color, Switzerland, 2021)
Dominic Angerame - Prometheus
(4 mins, BW, USA, 2021)
Karel Doing - A Perfect Storm
(3 mins, Color, UK, 2021)
Mike Rollo - P L U M E
(7 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Emma Roufs - Four seasons bouquet
(3 mins, BW, Canada, 2021)
Giuseppe Boccassini - Lunar Studies
(15 mins, Color, Germany, 2021)

Post screening Q&A with the filmmakers

Still: Karel Doing - A Perfect Storm

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Free and Open to Public

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October
23
7PM
  • Sunday, October. 23, 7PM
    Harvard University
    Sackler Building 004 Lecture Hall
    runtime 67 mins

Test Screening
To The Moon

When Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in 1969, he had a spiritual companion with him. A Chinese painter named Liu Guosong (b. 1932) collaged Armstrong into his abstract moonscape. The astronaut became the painter’s lunar avatar. The painter thus vicariously landed on the moon, gazing at the mother earth on the horizon. What did he see? Produced by Harvard CAMLab, the art film To the Moon reinterprets the artistic and cognitive journey of a contemporary ink painter Liu Kuo-sung (b. 1932). The painter had grown up in wartime China, lost his father on the battlefield in 1938, spent his childhood in poverty and migration. He enrolled in a school for military orphans and relocated to Taiwan where he became an art student. In the 1960s, he found his stride in his abstract experiments and reinvented the medium of traditional ink painting. Apollo’s moonlanding marked the moment of his artistic leap of faith. Moonscape became his painterly universe where he was at once forlorn and at home, deprived yet transcendent. His ultimate dream was to fill the cold and dark cosmos with the warmth and brightness of a home. Having been deprived of household comfort since childhood, and separated from his mother for decades, he now sought universal warmth for all mankind.
Post screening Q&A with CAMLab

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Free and Open to Public





RPM22

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October
18
7PM
  • Tuesday, October 18, 7PM
    UMass-Boston
    University Hall 2300
    runtime 59 mins

Program 1
Sketches and Motions

Georges Sifianos - The Blind Writer
(10 mins, Color & BW, Greece, 2021)
Emilia Izquierdo - Insomnia
(4 mins, Color, UK, 2021)
Katarina Lillqvist - The Last Matador
(8 mins, Color, Finland, 2021)
Christian Wittmoser & Zuniel Kim - The Train Driver
(6 mins, Color, Germany, 2021)
Hannah Hamalian - The Golden Age
(11 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Emmanuel Lefrant - Per Una Selva Oscura
(6 mins, Color, France, 2021)
Kate Lain - Five Miles Another (For Diana)
(6 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Ruth Hayes - Amulet
(2 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Curry Tan - It Is Not Spring, Until All Flower Blossom
(6 mins, Color, China, 2020)

Post screening Q&A with the filmmakers

still: Hannah Hamalian - The Golden Age

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Free and Open to Public

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The Blind Writer
The drawings of this film were made blindfolded, that is, without looking at them while drawing but using only tactile cues. This constraint deconstructs the individual drawings, which are then assembled into a whole in the viewer's mind. The film gropes along like a blind man. This reflects the writer’s perplexity, who questions dogmas and certainties.

Georges Sifianos born in Greece, holds a PhD in animation aesthetics from the University of Sorbonne. He is a filmmaker and professor emeritus of animation at ENSAD in Paris, where he founded the Department of Animation Studies in 1995. He has lectured worldwide including universities in Europe, India, Korea, Japan and China. As a member of PSL academic research group, SACRe (EA 7410), he is interested in the renewal of forms of animation cinema, particularly from the point of view of cognitive science.

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Insomnia: Violent nights (2021): explores violent waking life events as experienced in the dream insomniac state through dance and bodily movement. Using hand drawn animation and archival footage it takes us into the labyrinth of ancient forces battling oppression through dance and cosmic encounters. Choreographies from Martha Graham, Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang Metropolis and others

Emilia Izquierdo
Emilia Izquierdo is an artist based in London, UK working in experimental film using hand drawn animation and archival film footage. She has an MFA from the Slade school of Fine Art, London. MA Art and Politics/Film & Screen Studies at Goldsmiths University, London. She regularly exhibits her work in Experimental Film Festivals, Video Dance Festivals, residencies and exhibitions around the world.

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EL ÚLTIMO TORERO (THE LAST MATADOR)
When the last bullfighting arena in Catalonia has turned into a shopping mall, an old matador has to earn his living in the bars of Barcelona. One night, a bored Russian president pops in, trying to freshen up his too long holidays. In no time he feels an urgent desire to try on his luck as a corrido hero before it is too late.

Katariina Lillqvist
Katariina Lillqvist is a Finnish-born director and scriptwriter who lives and works in Czech Republic and also in Sweden. She is the chairperson of film co-operative Camera Cagliostro (FI/CZ), curator of the Mikulandska Art Recidency in Prague and one of the key developers of free cultural centrum Kulttuurimeijeri in Salo, Finland.
Lillqvist has been working over 30 years with Czech animation artists, creating 20 stop-motion animations and also documents, radio features and installations. Her works have won numerous prizes and awards from major film festivals world-wide, including the Silver Bear of Berlin Film Festival, Special Prize of Annecy Animation Festival and Master of Animation-award from Lleida Animation Festival.

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The Train Driver
In the five-minute animated documentary film "The Train Driver," an anonymous train driver recounts his experience with suicide on the rails. Six times he experienced people taking their own lives before his eyes. While surf fishing, he tries to distract himself - but does something like that really leave no trace?

Christian Wittmoser & Zuniel Kim


The Golden Age
An experimental documentary examining the traumatic history of being a woman at work in the animation industry. I put myself into conversation with a generation of women who experienced restricted creative opportunities in animation and a lack of acknowledgement as artists. Each manipulated frame is an ode to the disregarded labor of women, wielded to create films that told young girls to dream.

Hannah R.W. Hamalian (she/her) is an artist intrigued by how complicated the world is. In her animation and film practice she tends towards an experimental and poetic mode of expression, working with the movement of animation in collaboration with dance and landscape to represent paradox and complexity. Hannah's work has screened and shown at festivals internationally, including ADF's Movies by Movers, KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival (Ohio, USA), and the Squeaky Wheel Animation Fest (New York, USA).

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Per Una Selva Oscura
The revelation of an image, which progresses to the heart of things, of their textures, of their depth, seized in an incoercible movement: that of a dystopia in progress. We see a primitive entity on the verge of cataclysm, an infinite flight forward, until the complete dissolution of all forms and figures. In which dark forest have we lost our way?


Emmanuel Lefrant lives and works in Paris, where he makes films, all self-produced, exclusively on celluloid. The films lie on the idea of representing, of revealing an invisible world (the secret forms of emulsion), a nature that one does not see. In 2000, he founded with three other filmmakers the collective Nominoë. They created together performances which have been played in many places, as the Pompidou Centre, the Serralvès Foundation (Porto) or the Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR).


Five Miles Another (for Diana)
SA meditation on loss and what is left behind.
A letter to a friend. In the year or so following Diana's death, I revisited online articles she and I had created together (her text + my photos) and I printed them onto 16mm film and made film cyanotypes with plants in her garden.
Kate Lain is a Los Angeles–area multidisciplinary artist working in film, video, clay, and other media. Her experimental film and video work verges on documentary and spans a wide range—from essay film to stopmotion collage to impressionist portraiture. My works have screened at festivals and venues internationally including the Black Maria Film + Video Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Videoex Experimental Film & Video Festival, Experiments in Cinema, Los Angeles Filmforum, and the Portland Underground Film Festival.


AMULET
The bells, or koudounia, that goats and sheep in Crete traditionally wore served as amulets to ward off evil spirits. Still in use, they also help shepherds know where their flocks are and what they are doing. Animated to a track composed of koudounia samples, this film’s abstract imagery originated in cameraless techniques that include stencil and bleach on 16mm color stock, and cyanotype. Ruth Hayes animates on flipbooks, zoetropes and other pre-cinema devices as well as in film and digital formats. she has been teaching animation in the interdisciplinary curriculum of The Evergreen State College since 1997.


“ IT IS NOT SPRING, UNTIL ALL FLOWERS BLOSSOM ”
“ IT IS NOT SPRING, UNTIL ALL FLOWERS BLOSSOM ” (a quote from Shui Mak Ka, one of the factory workers initializing the 1982 Garment Strike) is a homage to the overlooked and objectified laboring body of Asian Immigrant Women in the western world, with an eye on the garment factory owners and workers within the New York garment production sector as a representation of the US social panorama. With reference to the French philosopher Gaston Bachelars’s topo-analysis theory from his literature work The Poetics of Space — a form of research that examines the intimacy of objects and spaces; the working space itself becomes the representation of one’s identity, cultural behaviour and a kind of consciousness. Thus, this collaborative project aims to explore the poetic relationship between these women factory worker’s invisible social identity, the workspace, movement and fashion in the Chinese diaspora in America, dating from the 1970s to present times.

Curry Sicong Tian is a US-China based multidisciplinary visual artist, whose talent ranges across Director, concept/digital artist, 3d mographer, and fashion photographer, not in a segregated way but artfully blending the vastly different mediums into a seamless harmony of leading edge expression.
In 2020, Curry won a Student Academy Award for her short film Simulacra, and in such a short span of time created masterful works for clients such as Mercedes Benz, Apple BEATS, Canon and more.
Born and raised in China, Curry’s mission is to bridge the gap between eastern and western cultures through video art and film all led by the art of story.

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October
18
9PM
  • Tuesday, October 18, 9PM
    UMass-Boston
    University Hall 2300
    runtime 62 mins

Program 2
Visions and Geographies

Charlotte Clermont - Lucina Annulata
(4 mins, Color, Canada, 2021)
Margaret Rorison- BALTIMORE
(22 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Sarah Seené - Disappearing silence
(2 mins, Color & B/W, Canada, 2021)
James Hollenbaugh - The Sticklet Weaver
(8 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Susan DeLeo - Island
(4 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Kathleen Rugh - Light’s Return
(3 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Sofia Theodore-Pierce - Other Tidal Effects
(7 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Liujiyi Zuo - Winter, Late Afternoon
(7 mins, Color, China/USA, 2021)
Charlotte Pryce - Of this Beguiling Membrane
(5 mins, Color, USA, 2021)

Post screening Q&A with the filmakers

Still: Margaret Rorison- BALTIMORE

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Lucina Annulata
Sunny. Semantic sequences guide the gaze, a gaze that is sometimes raised, propelled downwards, then too high or motionless in front of an unrecognizable and yet so familiar vision. The images, linked by echoes of chromatic palettes and linear layers, scroll to the rhythm of a voice, reminiscent of an incantation. Sacred.
Charlotte Clermont Charlotte Clermont’s video and sound work addresses the concept of time through symbolic and emotional associations. Often collaborating with others, she uses analogue recording devices and works with the malleability of film and magnetic tape to build space-times that reside between imagination and memory, the past and the present.


BALTIMORE
An observational film that catalogs the unforgiving landscapes of Baltimore City. A personal documentation of exterior spaces, pointing to possible futures. Original sound design by electronic musician, Bonnie Jones. All footage was shot with a 16mm Bolex Camera during the period of June 2016 - July 2018.

Margaret Rorison
Margaret Rorison is filmmaker and curator from Baltimore, MD. Her short films are intuitive and personal investigations into urban and corporeal landscapes. Her current work focuses on portraiture, memory, and concepts of absence. She is interested in the potentials of storytelling through the use of 16mm projection, installation, performance, and sound, often collaborating with sound artists in both performance and studio settings. Her work has been exhibited at various festivals and venues including Anthology Film Archives, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Images Festival, Miami PULSE Art Fair, Mono No Aware VI & VII, Microscope Gallery, The Museum of The Moving Image, The National Gallery of Art, and The Walker Art Center.

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Disappearing silence
A fractured educational film based on the idea of a biospheric utopia: a contained, self-sustaining, controlled environment which survives through dynamic and interconnected systems. The disparate elements variously unite or fall apart as all visions, fears and dreams of this retrospective future space attempt to operate within the ideal of a unified, efficient system.
This self-portrait, shot in Super 8 film, illustrates the sensory chaos provoked by permanent tinnitus. I have had to tame this ‘phantom pain’, like perpetually surging sound waves, to define a new state of silence.

Sarah Seené
Sarah Seené is a photographer and filmmaker who works with analog media (35mm, 120mm, Polaroid, Super8). Bringing together mainly portraits, her images focus on faces, bodies and the human being. The photographic material offered by the film has allowed her to develop a singular poetry, a dream that animates each of her series. Her work is inspired by the concept of resilience spoken by the French neuropsychiatrist Boris Cyrulnik. For several years, she carried out an introspective research aimed at grasping the contours of her own history and her capacity to be reborn from her ashes, through the exploration of the post-traumatic shock syndrome linked to several personal dramas. Resilience is particularly central in her work about herself or about other people.

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The Sticklet Weaver
Brent Brown is a self-taught artist with lifelong mental health challenges. Intuitive and deeply talented, in recent years he has started building complex, highly fanciful "puppets" constructed from dozens of cardboard elements with fully moveable joints. "The Sticklet Weaver" explores Brent's process and celebrates his unique artistic journey.

James Hollenbaugh
James Hollenbaugh is a Pennsylvania-based American Filmmaker predominantly working in small gauge film formats. Focusing primarily in the documentary and experimental genres, his work has been exhibited in all fifty states and fourteen different countries. Hollenbaugh's films have screened in institutions, galleries, and museums - including The National Gallery of Art, Echo Park Film Center, and Anthology Film Archives. He is the recipient of the 2015 Stellar Award in Documentary from the Black Maria Film Festival. He has been the Program Director for over fifteen years at MOVIATE, Harrisburg Pennsylvania’s only film cooperative.


Island
Island is the second iteration of an exploratory journey through an island off the coast of Boston MA previously inhabited by prisoners of war. It is a portrait of a place conceived through Super 8mm film and the impressions left on the filmmaker from a day's visit to this abandoned and fascinating site.

Susan DeLeo
Susan DeLeo is a multi-media artist using experimental film/video, sound, installation and photography to explore the poetics of memory, loss, and the ethereal within the elemental/natural worlds. She has a 5th year Diploma in Studio Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and was a recipient of the Clarissa Bartlett Traveling Scholarship Award and also studied film and photography at Mass College of Art. She often composes sound for her films and exhibits and screens nationally and internationally and is a member of the Boston based AgX Film Collective.


Light's Return
Before all magic was lost, the sun awoke to meet me on the surface of the river. The film captures an in-camera edit of this fleeting encounter.

Kathleen Rugh
Kathleen Rugh is a filmmaker and photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her film and photographic work has been exhibited in screenings and galleries throughout the US and internationally, including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Images Festival, Antimatter [Media Art], EXiS Experimental Film Festival, and the Chicago Underground Film Festival. She has received funding for her films through the New York State Council on the Arts.


Other Tidal Effects
And there are other tidal effects, mysterious and intangible."-Rachel Carson, The Edge of the Sea (1955) Catamenial seizures, tidal correspondences, a sonic EEG, and a lullaby in partial translation. Highlighting the seams with the darts. An exploration of my epileptic rhythms and sensations through moving image practice.

Sofia Theodore-Pierce
Sofia Theodore-Pierce is a filmmaker whose idiosyncratic narratives explore the spaces we inhabit, psychically and socially. Their non-fiction films seek to render the cyclical, digressive, often vulnerable nature of human conversation, either explicitly––audibly or visibly––or implicitly––through structural choices.


Winter, Late Afternoon
An independent filmmaker, ZUO, Liujiyi (左刘季一) received his B.F.A. in Film and Television Production from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, with minors in Producing and Philosophy. In addition to filmmaking, he has a broadened oeuvre in creative writing, piano performing, and Classical and electronic music composing. He is currently a residential artist at Harvard University Chinese Arts Media Lab.


Of this Beguiling Membrane
The story unfolds on the Eve of Midsummer: on the day when the threshold between worlds is porous, and an idle gesture can tempt fate. Inspired by Robert Kirk’s The Secret Commonwealth (1671), this work takes the outward form of a nature film. But observation gives way to illusion and the surface gives way to murky waters strewn with debris of those who have succumbed to its lures (the Lady of Shalott, Ophelia). They remain trapped; menacing reminders of the dangerous seduction of beauty, and anger of the elusive spirits who resent being examined.
Charlotte Pryce has been making films and optical objects since 1986 and her works have screened throughout the world. She has taught experimental film at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Academy of Art (San Francisco), Kent Institute of Design (Canterbury, England), and is currently a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts (Los Angeles). She is a graduate of the Slade School of Art, University College London (BFA) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). In 2013 the Los Angeles Film Critics Association honored her with the Douglass Edwards Award for best experimental cinema achievement. In 2019, she was honored with career retrospectives at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Bozar (Brussels), Centre Pompidou (Paris) and the [S8] Mostra de Cinema Periferico.


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October
21
7PM
  • Friday, October 21, 7PM
    UMass-Boston
    University Hall 2300
    runtime 57 mins

Program 3
Dimensions and Portals

Meganelizabeth Diamond
- Roses in Full Colour
(2 mins, BW, Canada, 2021)
Erica Sheu
- off (I don’t know when to stop)
(2 mins, Color, Taiwan, 2021)
Kalpana Subramanian - Incantation
(9 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Marko Tadic - Events Meant to Be Forgotten
(6 mins, Color, Croatia, 2021)
Zachary Finkelstein - Port Lands
(12 mins, Color, Canada, 2021)
Anna Kipervaser - in ocula oculorum (12 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Eric Souther - Frequencies of Deep Time (7 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Youjin Moon - Telesto (13 mins, Color, USA, 2021)

Post screening Q&A with the filmmakers

Still: Youjin Moon - Telesto

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Roses in Full Colour
The Complete Book of Roses—pages 1–114. A brief glimpse of the disconnect between digital devices and recording the “natural.” Made during Video Pool’s Media Arts Residency (2019-2020) using the Apollo monitor and microscope camera.
Meganelizabeth Diamond
Meganelizabeth Diamond (Canadian, b. 1991) is an artist, programmer and facilitator living in Manitoba. Using photography, collage, performance and moving image she explores our perceptions of the natural world, real vs. artificial, and the liminality of space. Most recently, she was a New Media Artist in Residence at Video Pool Media Arts Centre (2019–2020).

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off (I don't know when to stop)
Day after day, bars of sunset pass the kitchen. Lamps carry on when the sky gets dark. The frame finds its balance. Life in work and work in life.

Erica Sheu
Erica Sheu (徐璐) is an experimental filmmaker who works with celluloid. Her work has been shown at Toronto International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Crossroads, EXiS, Microscope Gallery, The Film-Makers' Cooperative, and the experimental films program at 2018 Taiwan Biennial, etc. Sheu currently lives in Los Angeles and studies in the Film/Video MFA program at the California Institute of the Arts. Her interest includes everyday objects, abstract audiovisual emotion/expression, isolation/belongingness, and Taiwanese identity politics. Her art practice is greatly inspired by the spirits of artist-run film labs and the DIY micro-cinema scenes. She is a member of artist collective, ReaRflex 後照鏡, working on programming and discussing experimental cinema and artist's moving image in Taiwan.

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Incantation
A serendipitous encounter on distant shores
Colliding archives of body and place
Ominous scenes of a homeland's militaristic pride
An incantation to freedom and belonging. This film was made with the support of video artist and engineer Dave Jones. The reels of found 16mm footage in this film were salvaged by Jones in Owego NY. The source of the some of the archival footage in this film is unknown and most of the reels capture events in the early 1950s-60s in New Delhi, India. Jones collaborated with Subramanian to create experimental analog video footage using customized equipment built by him.
Acknowledgements: Signal Culture, Owego NY

Kalpana Subramanian
Kalpana Subramanian is a media artist, educator and PhD candidate at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her films and research investigate the poetics of breath in film and media using a transcultural, interdisciplinary and practice-based framework of inquiry.

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Events Meant to Be Forgotten
Filmed on 16mm film, this visual expression is rooted in archival materials, drawing its inspiration from a poem by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. It speaks of forgotten people, their lives and their deeds. These two Archives were found at a flea market in Zagreb. One is of a famous architect and the other of a famous composer. The film ponders on this occurrence, as well as on the vanishing and forgetfulness of humans.

Marko Tadic
Marko Tadic (1979) studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence. His artistic practice focuses on drawing, installation and animation. He has won numerous art prizes. His films have been shown at many international animation and experimental film festivals. His works have been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions around the world. In 2017, he represented Croatia at the 57th Venice Biennale, along with Tina Gverovic. He participated in residential programs in Helsinki, New York, Los Angeles, Frankfurt and Vienna. He works at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia.

Port Lands
Port Lands presents Toronto’s industrial waterfront as a complex landscape in which past, present, and future geographies transition and converge. Using archival aerial photographs, microscopic videography and Lidar data mapping, this work documents how aquatic life has persisted despite intense industrialization.

Zachary Finkelstein Zachary Finkelstein is a film and digital video artist based in Brooklyn, New York. His projects have been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the National Film Board of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and Bravo!FACT. Zachary’s film and video work has been programmed in film festivals and curated in art galleries across North America and internationally. His work deals with themes of ecologies, and the confluence of science and art in film and media production.

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in ocula oculorum
in ocula oculorum interrogates the unknown and the internal, in both subject matter and experience. Dealing with the contemporary state of perpetual doom, the film contemplates various stages of life and death from the point of view of our human bodies and perceptual systems. It explores beta movement and phi phenomenon, pushing the limits of intermittence and persistence of vision, playing with our innate desire for continuity and cohesion by forcing image slip.

Anna Kipervaser
Anna Kipervaser is a Ukrainian-born artist whose practice engages with a range of topics including human and animal bodies, ethnicity, religion, colonialism, and environmental conservation. Her engagement with these topics is informed by a commitment to formal experimentation, DIY and alternative processes, spanning disciplines including experimental and documentary moving image works in both 16mm film and digital video.


Frequencies of Deep Time
Frequencies of Deep Time explores changes of geological time in Western New York, change that form strata in the rock formations of gorges like Watkins Glen State Park. I am interested in the stories the formations can tell of the co-evolution of life and minerals, of humans and non-humans, and their entanglement with one another and the land. I developed custom software that uses sound waves to augment three-dimensional forms animating the geological landscapes. Oscillations work as an audio-visual metaphor for change across deep time and provide a way to perform across an incomprehensible length of time. This project is made possible, in part, with funds from the Media Arts Assistance Fund, a regrant partnership of NYSCA and Wave Farm, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
Eric Souther is a new media artist who draws from a multiplicity of disciplines, including anthropology, linguistics, ritual, critical theory, and New Materialism. He develops video instruments that investigate technological & cultural ecologies, agency, and emergence. He looks for new ways of seeing beyond the seductive qualities of an image, and to find unseen connections that help us understand our digital and non-digital existence. His work takes many pathways, which include single-channel video, interactive installation, projection mapping, print, virtual reality, and audiovisual performance.


Telesto
Light-filled sequences of fictional environments unfold, evoking a historical site, futuristic cityscape, and silvery moonscape. Woven lines, painterly strokes, and a mesh of colors continuously reshape each frame, dissolving into a matrix of light.

Youjin Moon is a South Korean visual artist and experimental filmmaker based in Boston. Moon has shown her work at national and international film festivals and exhibitions, including the deCordova New England Biennial, the 56th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Hamburg International Short Film Festival, and the Biennial of the Moving Image, Buenos Aires. Moon received the Korean EXiS Award at the 12th and 16th Seoul International Experimental Film and Video Festival. Her works have been featured in the Boston Globe and Art New England, among others.

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October
21
9PM
  • Friday, October 21, 9PM
    UMass-Boston
    University Hall 2300
    runtime 62 mins

Program 4
Analog Dialogue

Jodie Mack - Wasteland No. 3: Moons, Sons (5 mins, Color, 16mm, Silent, USA, 2021)
Kathryn Ramey - SAYOR (10 mins, Color, 16mm, USA, 2022)
Brittany Gravely & Ken Linehan - First Hypnotic Suggestion (10 mins, Double-Projection 16mm, Color & BW, USA, 2020)
Sara Sowell - Dada’s Daughter: Expanded Cinema Performance (30 mins, Color & BW, USA, 2021)

Post screening Q&A with the filmmakers

still: Sara Sowell - Dada’s Daughter: Expanded Cinema Performance

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Wasteland No. 3: Moons, Sons
A birth. An abortion. A miscarriage. A death. A world tender and unhatched, Future chaos in repose, in slumber. Yggdrasil. Microcosmos. Batter in a bowl. A living wreath. Oleander hyacinth blow away dandelion, particles of an interplanetary lullaby.
Dedicated to the one I love.
Desiccated attic must
momento mori in grace engraved.
With the loss of the imaginary and the real, I am unspeakable
as one remembers I once was this...
before myself, and then nothing, before I could touch the envelope that is right before me, translucent,
When I could cry but could not answer.
- Darcy Shreve

Jodie Mack
Jodie Mack is an experimental animator. Her films unleash the kinetic energy of material remnants of domestic and institutional knowledge to illuminate the relationship between decoration and utility. Straddling the boundary between rigor and accessibility, her cinema questions how we ascribe value to things.

SAYOR
An acronym for swimming at your own risk, SAYOR refers to a forum without a moderator. Three years in the lives of three AMAB (assigned male at birth) children with a parent/observer. How much time do we spend throwing rocks into the sea? When will we get into the forest?

Kathryn Ramey
Kathryn Ramey is a filmmaker and anthropologist whose work operates at the intersection of experimental film processes and ethnographic research. She is a recent recipient of Guggenheim fellow, LEF Foundation fellow and Creative Capital grantee. For more info please visit rameyfilms.

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First Hypnotic Suggestion
First Hypnotic Suggestion conjures telepathic transference, hypnosis and collective dream space. Through its spectral tele-cinematic waves, the analogue horror-film protagonists participate in paranormal and fringe scientific experiments, attempting to comprehend the immaterial and incomprehensible expanses of their perception—simultaneously aided and obstructed by the temporal interventions and technological mediations of their transitory parallel dimension.
This double-projected film may either be presented and augmented by the filmmakers using components of live sound and manipulated projections, or screened “traditionally” with sound produced from dual, independent optical tracks. Left and right soundtracks, synchronized with their respective images, are intended to engage in subtle, unpredictable shifts and alignments, naturally fluctuating from screening to screening.

Brittany Gravely & Ken Linehan
Artistically BRITTANY GRAVELY has focused on 16mm film for the past several years, but also creates works in many other media. Currently, she creates expanded and non-expanded cinema projects of a more mystical nature in Magical Approach with Ken Linehan. Recently, their films screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Artifact, Fracto, Crossroads, Chicago Underground and Antimatter, among others. She also works as the publicist and designer for the Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge, MA and is a founding member of the artist-run film lab AgX.

With a focus on sound and audio media, KENNETH LINEHAN's creative work explores intermedia space through works including digital field recordings, 16mm motion picture films, short-run silkscreened images, works of cut paper as well as a variety of electronic & electro-acoustic music and folk music projects. Most recently, Kenneth has been engaged in a series of psychic/cinematic collaborations in Magical Approach.

Dada’s Daughter
Dada’s Daughter is an expanded cinema performance using 16mm projections and a live score using cinema-objects. The performance is introduced with hand-developed black and white 16mm photograms made from the imprints of microplastic stars, tacks, jewelry, and industrial scrap metal. This process of exposing objects onto celluloid is drawn from Man Ray’s “rayographs” produced as early as 1923. Spliced in between these images are sections of clear film leader that cue a live performance re-animating the cinema-objects used to create the photograms. When placed in front of the projector these objects create tactile optical images; impressions of form, shape and pattern that reenact the photogram process. The presence of the photogram reel and performative qualities of this work highlight the tension between ontological concepts of cinema – the material and the ephemeral.

Sara Sowell
Sara Sowell is a filmmaker, artist and film editor. Her films and videos undermine the legacies of art and media production throughout history, including Dada, Surrealism, reality television and cinema’s prehistory. Her films have been exhibited in venues, galleries and festivals including The Wexner Center, Antimatter [Media Art], ANALOGICA, Athens International Film and Video Festival, and The Film-makers’ Cooperative. Born in Houston, Texas, she studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Cinematic Arts. She is currently teaching multidisciplinary arts and film courses in Milwaukee, WI.


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October
22
1PM
  • Saturday, October 22, 1PM
    Harvard University
    Sackler Building 004 Lecture Hall
    runtime 68 mins

Program 5
Intimacies

Bettina Hoffmann - Mechanics of Touch
(8 mins, Color, Canada, 2021)
Carl Elsaesser - Home When You Return   (30 mins, Color, USA, 2020)
Mathieu Samaille - Madame Jarrar
(4 mins, Color, Canada, 2021)
Raffaella Rosset - Room Film
(15 mins, Color, Brazil, 2021)
Alex Ingersoll - Asunder
(8 mins, Color, USA, 2020)
Yuula Benivolski - Tulips
(3 mins, BW, Canada, 2021)

Post screening Q&A with the filmmakers

Still: Carl Elsaesser - Home When You Return

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Mechanics of Touch
Mechanics of Touch depicts a dance performed by hands. Those hands, seemingly detached from the rest of the human body, appear like individual bodies or creatures that push or pull each other, caress, hold tightly, squeeze violently, or penetrate each other, thus visualising human behaviour, such as aggression, protection, sensuality and caring. Hand gestures and shapes transform constantly, thus allowing for a large range of associations, visual references and narrations. The constant metamorphosis allows for a wide range of interpretation, while the emerging dance brings to the foreground the essence of a human body - skin, bones, veins, its liveliness and vulnerability.

Bettina Hoffmann
Hoffmann received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Hochschule der Künste, Berlin and attended the California Institute of the Arts + the Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam.
Hoffmann’s work was exhibited in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, United Kingdom, Rumania, South Korea, Japan, USA and Canada.

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Home When You Return
A double exposure, a portrait of a body, a house that oscillates between its narrative past and its literal presence. The melodramatic, 1950s films of amateur filmmaker Joan Thurber Baldwin are psychically projected onto the house in which my grandmother raised seven kids as it is cleaned out and put up for sale after she passed away. Upholding the narrative structures of melodrama that often center around men, even when the films are about women, the film asks the viewer, as Thurber says in her introduction, to pay attention to the peripheries.

Carl Elsaesser
My previous works have screened regularly at festivals and exhibitions including The Berlinale, The New York Film Festival, Cinema Du Reel, European Media Arts festival, The Walker Museum of Art, Crossroads Film Festival, The Tacoma International Film Festival, Urban Video Project, Other Cinema, The Pensacola Museum of Art, and the Ann Arbor film festival where I was awarded the Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist in 2016. I’ve been lucky enough to receive grants and residencies throughout my career including a Minnesota Arts Council grant, a residency with the Ellis Beauregard Foundation as well as a residency with The Squeaky Wheel Media Center.

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Madame Jarrar
A video-poem by / Un video-poème de Mathieu Samaille
(Trailer/Bande-annonce)
Grand-Prix de Vidéo-Poésie

Mathieu Samaille
Mathieu Samaille was born in France. At 18, he left to live in the States and England for two years. Back to Montpellier, he studied Arts and Literature. After his Master, he returned to London to teach and he started to take drama lessons. He kept on acting in Paris, where he lived for six years, before settling in Montreal. Since then, he worked as a teacher and an actor. Thanks to a lot of training and courses, he learned to direct, write and edit. Sor far, he created eight videopoems, naturally finding his place in this form of visual arts, at the confluence of all his passions.

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Asunder
'into a position apart, separate, into separate parts,' mid-12c., contraction of old english on sundran (see a- & sunder). middle english for 'distinguish, tell apart.' 'a-' commonly represents 'on, in, into,' as in alive, above, asleep, aback, abroad, afoot, ashore, ahead, abed, aside. intensive 'a-,' originally 'ar-' (cognate with german er- and probably implying originally 'motion away from'), as in abide, arise, awake, ashamed, marking a verb as momentary, a single event. in romanic languages, 'a-' often represents reduced forms of latin 'ad-' 'to, toward; for,' or 'ab-' 'from, away, off.'
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Alex Ingersoll
Alex Ingersoll is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on media and technology studies with a focus on technologies of spatial representation, orientation, and memory. Much of his work explores the aesthetic and sonic environments of our social imaginations of space and the tension among neglected and marginalized ideas and machines. His work has been featured in venues and festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Currents International New Media Festival in Santa Fe, the Strange Beauty Film Festival in Durham N.C., and the Alchemy Film Festival in Hawick, Scotland.


Room Film
In an emptied apartment in the center of São Paulo, a woman shares a room with a film projector and an image. Meanwhile, an infiltration threatens the apartment. Raffaella Rosset Raffaella Rosset (Brazil) is a filmmaker and experimenter in photography, film curating, film programming and writing. She started to relate to cinema thanks to film screenings in São Paulo, where she was born and lived all her life, and after going to an intense discussion originated from a film in a film club debate when she was a teenager. Celluloid still photography was the first media she worked with form 2014 on, and ever since she has participated in art exhibitions and events such as FAAP’s “51st Art Annual” (2019), Tate Modern’s event “Tate Lates” (2017) and student photography exhibitions in college in 2017 and 2018. “Filme de Quarto (Room Film)” is her first written and directed short film.

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Tulips
In this film, the quick and restless gestures of anxiety are forced to slow down by a demanding bell. The rhythmic sound of the bell follows the protagonists as they slip into a hypnotic, dreamlike state.

YUULA BENIVOLSKI YUULA BENIVOLSKI (1980, Moscow) works in photography, film/video and installation. She uses autofiction and personal narratives as way to encourage a closer understanding of collective memories and their historical contexts.

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October
22
3PM
  • Saturday, October. 22, 3PM
    Harvard University
    Sackler Building 004 Lecture Hall
    runtime 67 mins

Program 6
Lost Worlds

Christopher Harris - Dreams Under Confinement
(3 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Hope Tucker - What Travelers Are Saying About Jornada del Muerto
(14 mins, Color, USA, 2020)
Kelly Sears - Phase II
(7 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
M. Farrell - 3/4” U-Matic Remains
(16 mins, Color, USA, 2020)
Yanbin Zhao - Train Song
(4 mins, BW, China/USA, 2021)
Silvia Turchin - Summer Light for Tula
(10 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Penny McCann - Events in the Tunnel
(10 mins, Color, Canada, 2021)
Still: Yanbin Zhao - Train Song
Post screening Q&A with the filmmakers

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Free and Open to Public

Dreams Under Confinement
"Frenzied voices on the Chicago Police Department’s scanner call for squad cars and reprisals during the 2020 uprising in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, as Google Earth tracks the action through simulated aerial views of urban spaces and the vast Cook County Department of Corrections, the country’s third-largest jail system. In Christopher Harris’s Dreams Under Confinement, the prison and the street merge into a shared carceral landscape."--New York Film Festival
Christopher Harris
Christopher Harris makes films and video installations that read African American historiography through the poetics and aesthetics of experimental cinema. His work employs manually and photo-chemically altered appropriated moving images, staged re-enactments of archival artifacts and interrogations of documentary conventions. His current project is a series of optically-printed 16mm experimental films in conversation with canonical works of African-American literature.

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What Travelers Are Saying About Jornada del Muerto
Residents of and visitors to the Tularosa Basin of New Mexico, site of the first detonation of an atomic bomb, contribute to the production of public memory as they offer logistical advice, philosophical reckonings, and plaintive cries about making "the journey of the dead." Made in remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the detonation of nuclear weapons in Japan and the US and the 340th anniversary of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt. Made in resistance to nuclear colonialism.
Hope Tucker
Hope Tucker transforms what we know as a daily form of narrative through THE OBITUARY PROJECT, a compendium of moving image that reconceptualizes the obituary form as it gives new life to the antiquated documentary practice of salvage ethnography. She has animated cyanotypes of downwinders; recorded mobile phone footage of the last public phone booths of Finland; and written the text of a video out of paper clips, a Norwegian symbol of nonviolent resistance. Between January 2017 and 2021 she created Link Rot Archive, a collection of dead and broken links to US government webpages.

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Phase II
In the near future, real estate developers deploy sonic weapons used at protests to clear neighborhoods for high-end high rises. On the frontlines are sound medics that tend to those injured by the assaults. As they respond, one member of the team documents the incidents to create a future archive for other sonic activists. For Phase II, the filmmaker walked around areas of rapid development in her city and took thousands of photographs. This animated, speculative fiction/non-fiction archive maps out more aggressive eviction and deployment tactics to come.

Kelly Sears
Kelly Sears is at work on an experimental animation titled Proceed in Total Darkness, a science fiction instructional film about military reconnaissance, and a script for an animated western about manifest destiny, economic collapse, and unregulated development. In her work, she intervenes with archival materials from America’s post-war history through cutting up, collaging, and compositing film and media source materials.

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3/4" U-Matic Remains
An experimental documentary, "3/4" U-Matic Remains" explores emigration and the remembered, relived, and permanently unreconciled societal and personal ruptures that can be a feature of migration from a home to another place. Constructed of found footage and home videos recorded in obsolete analog video formats, "3/4" U-Matic Remains" shows the physical act of migration as a brief moment in time with consequences that are enduring and timeless.


Train Song
Surrounding a hidden monument honoring Chinese immigrant workers next to a railroad track located in Canyon Country, California, Train Song adopts reflective material to distort the image of the railroad, as an approach to conjure the unseen spirits from the seemingly tranquil landscape, calling for remembrance of Chinese American labors through a meditative audio-visual experience.


Summer Light for Tula
"Summer Light for Tula" is a garden symphony of sorts, a tribute to the light and beauty, and an effort to reconcile with death.

Silvia Turchin
Silvia Turchin is a Bay Area experimental and documentary filmmaker whose work is concerned with memory and loss. Her films are experiential in style, encouraging viewers to immerse themselves in keen visual and aural observation of urban and natural landscapes.


Events in the Tunnel
Drawn from Super 8 films in the artists’ personal archives as well as found amateur 8mm footage, Events in the Tunnel presents an absurdist abbreviated retelling of Canada’s colonial history as defined by that great colonial trope, the cross-country train trip. In the transitional void of a train tunnel, we witness familiar 19th and 20th century paradigms of white middle-class conformity as represented by images of travel, amusement, and domesticity, with Canadian culture embodied by a chimeric portrayal of the early 20th century painter Tom Thomson.
Sound design by Chris Ikonomopoulos

Penny McCann & Eric Walker
Events in the Tunnel marks the first co-directing project by life partners and artists Penny McCann and Eric Walker. Penny McCann's body of media artwork spans thirty years and encompasses both narrative and experimental films and video. Her work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival (Ann Arbor, Michigan), the Hamburg International Short Film Festival (Hamburg, Germany), the Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa, Ontario), and the Cinémathèque Québécoise (Montreal, Québec). Visual and media artist Eric Walker studied video art with Dara Birnbaum at the Nova Scotia College of Art in the 1970’s. His artwork is in numerous public and private collections including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Owens Art Gallery, and the Ottawa Art Gallery.

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October
23
1PM
  • Sunday, October 22, 1PM
    Harvard University
    Sackler Building 004 Lecture Hall
    runtime 68 mins

Program 7
Loomings and Hauntings

Ethan Berry - A Small Lie
(4 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Luis Arnias - Terror Has No Shape  
(10 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Francesca Svampa - Water and more water
(6 mins, BW, Spain, 2021)
Bretta C. Walker & Jean-Jacques Martinod
- Datura’s Aubade

(15 mins, Color & BW, USA, 2021)
Federica Foglia
- Autoritratto all’Inferno / Self-portrait in Hell

(4 mins, Color, Canada, 2021)
Sasha Waters - Fragile
(9 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Lara Scherpinski
- Homecoming of the Asparagus Cutters

(15 mins, Color, Germany, 2021)
Post screening Q&A with the filmmakers

Still: Sasha Waters - Fragile

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A Small Lie
A Small Lie told with found and damaged footage combined with a language lesson.
Ethan Berry
Ethan teaches in the Printmaking department at Montserrat, as well as Senior Seminar, and has been teaching here since 1977. A producer and designer for film, video, and performance events, he is past president of the Board of Directors of the Boston Film/Video Foundation, which was founded in 1976 in order to provide for artists an organizational support system for the creation of independent film video.

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Terror Has No Shape
At night in Boston, a bodega cat is the only witness when an alien rock lands among the trees in an empty lot. Crude special effects conjure a viscous white humanoid who is stalked by a figure on a motorcycle. Their encounter ends in ritual fire. A burning effigy and a Senegalese call to prayer combine modes of Afro-Venezuelan spiritual resistance from past and future into an ambiguous present. Terror Has No Shape condenses the experience of colonialism into a series of fragments from first encounter to long haunted aftermath.

Luis Arnias
Luis Arnías (b.1982) is a filmmaker from Venezuela who currently lives and works in Boston, MA. In 2009, he completed the diploma program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and in 2020 he received his Masters in Film/Video from Milton Avery Graduate School at Bard College. He has screened at New York Film Festival, Punto de Vista, Berlin Critics’ Week (Woche Der Kritik) and BlackStar Film Festival. He is currently a Fellow at The Film Study Center at Harvard University and was a nominee for Herb Alpert Award Film/Video in 2021.

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Water and more water
A dreamlike portrait of Barcelona, shot in double exposure on reversible 8mm film, is interwoven with an intimate “I remember” voice, creating a collage of memories à la Brainard and Pérec.
The director’s personal micro-memories, as a woman, filmmaker and immigrant, evoque the spirit of a time that may never return, constructing a communal heritage.
The act of making this film, involving the hazardous double exposure and the fragility of the physical film itself, becomes a metaphor for the perpetual tension between memory and oblivion.

Francesca Svampa
Francesca is a filmmaker born in Italy. She graduated from the Master’s in Essay Film in EICTV (Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión) in Cuba. She works in analogue and digital films and her production includes documentary, essay, experimental films and video art pieces.

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Datura’s Aubade
A farmer discovers a fallen meteorite in the high Chihuahua Desert. The Alien Earth and the Earth Alien commingle under the spell of a deadly nightshade.

Bretta C. Walker & Jean-Jacques Martinod
Bretta C. Walker is a creative practitioner utilizing still and motion photography in an intuition-driven practice. By harnessing the necromantic qualities of the photographic and cinematic processes to hold communion with source, self, and surrounding - her works address issues of liminality, somatic memory, and passage.

Jean-Jacques Martinod is an Ecuadorean filmmaker, media artist, educator, radio DJ, and film curator. His works study locales as deterritorialized landscapes in a practice that considers the interrelations inherent in fluctuating psychic geographies and expanded human noesis. Utilizing certain traditions within documentary practice and experimental cinema, his works endeavor to interrogate sensory cognition in relation to the natural world and potential mythopoetic territories. His work has earned awards and screened in museums, galleries, film festivals and independent artist-led spaces and co-ops.

Autoritratto all'Inferno / Self-portrait in Hell
This hybrid piece is a collage created assembling both analog and digital material. Several layers of 8mm films merge to create a camera-less self-portrait of the filmmaker. The first layer is an 8mm orphan film (found footage) from the 1970s of a woman dancing. The second layer is an 8mm found footage film that has been buried in earth for some months. While being covered in earth, the film emulsion has been eaten by the bacterias in the ground, plus some bacterias from yeast and sugar. This technique was originally used by the Schmelzdahin group in Germany. After several weeks in soil, the film gets extracted, rinsed, and scanned via a 4K digital scanner. The third layer is an 8mm home movie that has been first decayed in soil, using the aforementioned technique, then hand-painted with ink.

Federica Foglia
Federica Foglia is a transnational visual artist and writer. She is interested in issues of immigration, citizenship and identity, displacement, women of the diaspora, migrant temporalities, and finding a visual language to investigate these experiences. Her practice revolves around recycled cinema, amateur filmmaking, imaginary archives. She works within the domestic space to remediate found-footage films. She is currently working on a project that involves eco-friendly emulsion lifting techniques of 16mm orphan films from private estates and family archives.

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Fragile
"Maybe I will cast a younger woman to perform me, the 'hockey mom' in the voiceover..." And so I did: six women a decade or more younger than I am, all artists I admire, speak a personal meditation on the early history of cinema, the anxiety of aging, and the woeful comedy of professional envy. 16mm footage of six “magic lantern” glass slides from the turn of the last century wryly evoke the Structural film tradition of anti-illusionist cinema and demystification.
"Hockey mom" performed by T.J Dedeaux-Norris, Lori Felker, Kelly Gallagher, Penny Lane, Jesse McLean and Courtney Stephens.

Sasha Waters Freyer
Sasha Waters Freyer is a moving image artist and Professor of Film at Virginia Commonwealth University. Since 1998, Sasha has produced and directed 18 documentary and experimental films, 14 of which originate in 16mm. With the exception of her first documentary, she has edited of all of her films. Embracing a personal, artisanal approach to craft, she also served as the cinematographer, primarily in 16mm, and sound editor, on ten of them.


HOMECOMING OF THE ASPARAGUS CUTTERS
The film project “Homecoming of the Asparagus Cutters”, which consists of 12 different images, leads through metaphorical, surreal and black humor-oriented worlds of association. In parts explicit, when Günter Schabowski quotes the opening of the wall at the grill or champagne socialists wait for the never-coming bus, as in Bekett's “Waiting for Godot”, in parts surreal, when the Loreley splashes in the whirlpool or a lobster in a church ruin from Neue Femininity World is brought. In “The Homecoming of the Asparagus Cutters” the unconscious, the dreamlike emerges from the shadows into the light and unfolds an emotional image of a turning generation that wants to forget a lot and mourns others.
Lara Scherpinski Geboren 1990 in Schönebeck/Elbe. 2012- 2020 Bühnen- und Kostümbildstudium an der Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart & Akademie für bildende Kunst Wien. Ihre Arbeit für den Langspielfilm „Brut“ wurde 2017 bei den 51. Internationalen Hofer Filmtagen mit dem Bild-Kunst Förderpreis für das Beste Kostümbild ausgezeichnet. Lara Scherpinski war Stipendiatin der Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes & Stipendiatin der „Akademie Musiktheater heute“ der Deutsche Bank Stiftung.

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October
23
3PM
  • Sunday, October. 23, 3PM
    Harvard University
    Sackler Building 004 Lecture Hall
    runtime 69 mins

Program 8
Temporal Echoes

Guillaume Vallée - ULTRADREAM
(2 mins, Color, Canada, 2021)
Paul Echeverria - Selfie
(4 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Lei Lei - A Bright Summer Diary
(30 mins, Color, China, 2021)
Jen Proctor - Open and Shut And
(4 mins, Color & BW, USA, 2021)
Ben Balcom - Looking Backward
(10 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Paul Razlaf - A ROADSIDE WITH A VIEW
(4 mins, Color, Germany, 2021)
Lucrecia Luz Passos
- Memory fragments on stereo sound and 24FPS

(15 mins, Color & BW, Brazil, 2021)

Post screening Q&A with the filmmakers

Still: Lei Lei - A Bright Summer Diary

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ULTRADREAM
Created on an optical printer from hand-painted 16mm film, this moving image object embodies a state of mind about benevolence.

Guillaume Vallée
Experimental filmmaker, video artist and independent curator, Guillaume Vallée graduated from Concordia University with a Major in Film Animation and MFA in Studio Arts - Film Production option. He works mainly on Super8, 16mm and VHS. His experimental films and videos, distributed by Vidéographe, Light Cone and Winnipeg Film Group, have been screened internationally in many festivals, including ExIS (South Korea), Festival Int. du Film sur Art (Canada), Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Canada), Int. Kurzfilmwoce Regensburg (Germany), Regards (Canada), Crossroads (United States), Oodaaq (France), Animatou (Switzerland).

Selfie
Selfie pays tribute to the use of repetition and structure within motion image technology. Using the 1956 MGM production Lust for Life as source material, the project employs the use of loop-based operations. In addition to structural elements, Selfie seeks to offer a renewed method for observing traditional formulas of storytelling. The film presents a revised and abbreviated sampling of the three-act structure. Rather than eliminate the existence of the setup, conflict and resolution, the project provides an abstraction of the original storytelling structure. In doing so, Selfie draws a connection between experimental and industry-based approaches towards cinematic storytelling.

Paul Echeverria
Paul Echeverria is a filmmaker, digital artist, and educator. His research and creative practice examine the formative dynamics between childhood, parenthood, and the family structure. In addition, he produces work that contemplates the inevitable collision between humans and technology. Echeverria's films, installations, and performances have been exhibited at multiple venues including MoMA, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Angelika Film Center, Anthology Film Archives, Other Cinema, FRACTO Experimental Film Encounter, Festival Internacional de Videoarte de Camagüey, Experiments in Cinema, and the Echo Park Film Center.

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A BRIGHT SUMMER DIARY
公园日记 / GONG YUAN RI JI
An old family photograph triggers artist Lei Lei’s journey into the melancholy of memory and the muddled nature of nostalgia.
In the summer of 2019, I returned to my hometown Jiangxi Province and traveled with friends to Lushan Mountain to escape the heat; this trip was the first time in more than 20 years that I had visited Lushan. As a child, my mother and grandparents frequently took me to Lushan during the summer. We would stay there for two months at a time. In the mountain, we would look at the scenery, go to the cinema and enjoy the time in the Kuling park.

Lei Lei
1985 Born in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, An experimental animation artist with his hands on video arts, painting, installation, music and VJ performance also. In 2009 He got a master's degree in animation from Tsinghua University. In 2010, his film This is LOVE was shown at Ottawa International Animation Festival and awarded The 2010 Best Narrative Short. In 2013 his film Recycled was the Winner Grand Prix shorts - non-narrative at Holland International Animation Film Festival. In 2014 he is the Jury of Zagreb / Holland International Animation Film Festival. and he was the winner of 2014 asian cultural council grant. In 2017 he works in CalArts Experimental Animation program as Faculty. In 2018 he invited for New Academy Member for the Short Films and Feature Animation branch. In 2019 his first feature film Breathless Animals has been selected by Berlinale Forum.

Open And Shut And
A narrative supercut of doors, open and shut, in cinema and television.

Jennifer Proctor
Jennifer Proctor is a filmmaker and media artist based in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm a former Managing Director of the Cinematexas Short Film Festival and Austin Cinemaker Co-op. Originally from Northern California, I moved to Austin in 1994 to study at the University of Texas, where I earned degrees in Radio-Television-Film and Philosophy. While in Austin, I worked as a producer of the daytime music/talk show Eklektikos at KUT Radio, Austin’s NPR station, and in 2003 left Texas to pursue graduate degrees in film at the University of Iowa. I took part in the now-ancient movement of personal videoblogging (pre-YouTube!) while also using my vlog to explore my film practice. Voodles featured on this site are the results of these efforts - video "doodles" designed for exhibition on the web. While my interests are ever-changing, my creative work has explored handmade film practices, experimental documentary, and appropriation, as well as forays into nonlinear and interactive storytelling and installation. Both my scholarly and creative interests embrace issues of gender representation, cinematic deconstruction, and the history of experimental and narrative film.

Looking Backward
Filmed on the former grounds of Black Mountain College, Looking Backward is a brief elegy to the legacy of a utopian college and other impossible projects.

Ben Balcom
Ben Balcom (b. 1986, MA, he/him) is a filmmaker currently living and working in Milwaukee, WI. He is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and is the co-founder and co-programmer of Microlights Cinema. Since 2013, Microlights has hosted over 50 film and video artists from around the world. Find out more about Microlights can be found here. Combining elements of documentary, fictional narrative, and abstraction, Balcom’s films investigate the relationship between cinematic artifice and ordinary affects. He has explored melodrama, essay film, and, most recently, regional histories. His films have been exhibited at venues and festivals such as the European Media Festival, Media City Film Festival, Anti-Matter Media Arts, Alchemy Film, Ann Arbor Film Festival and Slamdance.

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A ROADSIDE WITH A VIEW
On a roadside at night we see the rear view of a human figure lying still in the grass, observing its immediate surrounding. The scenery only gradually becomes visible: the headlights of cars keep passing by in short time intervals. As soon as they are out of sight, the exploration and experiencing of space continues further.

Paul Razlaf
Paul Razlaf (b. 1984) is a visual artist and filmmaker, educated in fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. He is currently based in Leipzig. Created on an optical printer from hand-painted 16mm film, this moving image object embodies a state of mind about benevolence.

Memory fragments on stereo sound and 24FPS
Poetic research on memory, which uses archival images to reveal its construction.

Lucrecia Luz Passos
Lucrecia L. Henrique, born in Rio de Janeiro - RJ (1998). Studied "Montagem e edição de imagem e som" at Darcy Ribeiro Film School and is an undergraduate student at UERJ studying Visual Arts; She is currently conducting research with video and digital images to broaden discussions on marginalization, cultural imperialism and decolonization. Works with video, digital imaging, urban interventions and sound research.

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October
23
5PM
  • Sunday, October 23, 5PM
    Harvard University
    Sackler Building 004 Lecture Hall
    runtime 63 mins

Program 9
Seasonal Orbits

Ellen Mueller - Leisure Tests
(13 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Yannick Mosimann - Sunspots  
(9 mins, Color, Switzerland, 2021)
Dominic Angerame - Prometheus
(4 mins, BW, USA, 2021)
Karel Doing - A Perfect Storm
(3 mins, Color, UK, 2021)
Mike Rollo - P L U M E
(7 mins, Color, USA, 2021)
Emma Roufs - Four seasons bouquet
(3 mins, BW, Canada, 2021)
Giuseppe Boccassini - Lunar Studies
(15 mins, Color, Germany, 2021)

Post screening Q&A with the filmmakers

Still: Karel Doing - A Perfect Storm

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Leisure Tests
In this series of 10 short video works I'm considering the Mississippi river as a site of both leisure and commerce. Visually, the work combines imagery of the river, barge tie-offs, shoreline, bridges, and other site-specific details, combined with footage of people working to embody ideas of leisure at this specific location. Performers were given a general overview of these ideas and concepts and asked to improvise movements or stillness on their own. I use juxtaposition, repetition, glitches, and shifts in opacity to complicate these landscapes and human forms, drawing attention to the way this particular landscape has been inextricably bound up in capitalist forms and modes.

Ellen Mueller
Ellen Mueller (she/her) has exhibited nationally and internationally as an interdisciplinary artist exploring issues related to the environment, hyperactive news media and corporate management systems. She creates experiences that engage with social and political issues through a variety of media. Mueller has received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and Puffin Foundation. Artist residencies include Ucross Foundation, Santa Fe Art Institute, Nes Artist Residency in Iceland, Ox-Bow, Signal Culture, Playa Fellowship Artist Residency, and Künstlerhaus Lukas in Germany (full scholarship). Mueller has published three textbooks: Elements and Principles of 4D Art and Design (2016, Oxford University Press), Remixing and Drawing: Sources, Influences, Styles (2018, Routledge Focus), and Some Social Practice (2020, Creative Commons). She also founded the CAA Conversations Podcast in 2017.

SUNSPOTS
In SUNSPOTS, several 16mm shots of the sun are layered and superimposed, paired with a soundscape consisting of volcanos, fire, plastic and the audible solar sounds recorded by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO).

Yannick Mosimann
Yannick Mosimann, born 1989 in Bern, Switzerland, is a filmmaker, sound-artist and photographer.His body of work comprises several films and video Installations, as well as collaborative works as a filmmaker and musician with a diverse spread of artists. Yannick Mosimanns work focuses on intuitive processes, sensorial experiences and the re-imagination of narratives. It deals with themes like the anthropocene, nature and human perception. Yannick lives and works in Bern.

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Prometheus
A continuation in a series of films that I call "A City Symphony".

Dominic Angerame
Dominic Angerame (b.Albany, New York, USA, 1949) is an American experimental filmmaker, who has directed more than 35 films since 1969, and has presented films in film festivals worldwide. Angerame presented his '' along with Pixiescope, Waifen Maiden, Consume, and Anaconda Targets at the Havana Film Festival in 2006. This was the festival's first presentation of experimental cinema in the festival's 28 years. He was the subject of two Cine Probe series at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, 1993 and 1998.

A Perfect Storm
A Perfect Storm is a landscape film or, more precisely, a landscape imprinted on the film's emulsion. The artist has used seeds, tiny composite flowers and other small elements of cultivated plants that grow in his garden and wild plant species gathered from a nearby nature reserve. The film consists of sequences that are intricately composed and parts that are completely 'self-organised'. As such plants appear not merely as inanimate objects but rather as characters who are expressive in their own right. Such otherworldliness is also reflected in a sequence of gargoyles, providing a link to the hidden animist tendencies that prevail in human culture. This primordial expressiveness is underlined by an improvised guitar solo by the inimitable Florian Magnus Maier.

Karel Doing is an independent filmmaker, photographer, writer and researcher currently based in Oxford, UK. In his practice he investigates the relationship between culture and nature by means of analog and organic process, experiment and co-creation. He studied Fine Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands, graduating in 1990. In the same year he co-founded Studio één, a DIY film laboratory. This organization was at the forefront of a thriving international network of artist run filmlabs. He was chairperson of Filmbank, a foundation dedicated to the promotion and distribution of experimental film and video in the Netherlands (now part of EYE Filmmuseum). In 2017, he received a PhD from the University of the Arts London. During his research he developed 'phytography' a technique that combines plants and photography. Aided by this technique detailed phytochemical traces can be produced directly on photographic emulsion. As such phytography dives into the rich and varied world of plant chemistry; a realm of mutualism and generosity, readily available despite the environmental havoc caused by human greed and overconsumption. Doing has shared his technique through numerous workshops in urban and rural areas, subsequently developing an online version. He is currently working on a book that will include a selection of the best phytography work made by a diversity of photographers and filmmakers.

P L U M E
Fingers pluck fallen evidence of flight; placed and traced to make avian light.

Mike Rollo
Mike Rollo's photochemical practice explores alternative approaches to non-fiction cinema. His films are place-based, focusing on landscape, rural industry, and communication cultures, with ecological thinking and mindfulness of the shifts, conflicts, and negotiations to themes of obsolescence, age, and decay. He is a founding member of Montreal's experimental film collective Double Negative and Independent Visions in Regina (SK). His films have been screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao, International Film Festival Oberhausen, Los Angeles Film Forum, San Francisco Cinematheque, and Rotterdam International Film Festival. Mike teaches film production at the University of Regina.

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Four seasons bouquet
Nature and body at work over the course of a still yet disorderly year on a foreign land. "In that place, memory means something more than just something one looks back on, or something one feels from the past, it means something real for now that has made you." - RT

Emma Roufs
While experimenting with both analog and digital technology, Emma Roufs is a canadian (quebecois) filmmaker who’s particularly interested in film-journal aesthetics and themes related to memory. Emma is a member and administrator of VISIONS, and co-founder of 'la lumière collective', two entities based in Montreal, Canada, dedicated to screening and shining a light onto experimental film practices and their makers. Her films have been shown in various festivals and cinema spaces around the world. Her first essay documentary ATALAYA (2021) was presented internationally and won awards at Cinema on the Bayou film festival (USA) and at Vues du Québec - Festival de cinéma de Florac (France).

Lunar Studies
- Study•ies (n.) From c. 1300 as "a state of deep thought or contemplation, of the not-yet-so-opaque, mental perplexity or anxious thought, amazement, wonder or reverie"
- Lunar (adj.) from Latin lunaris "of the moon," Luna "moon" from the greek word "Lùnca" same root of Lux and leuk, a proto-Indo-European root meaning "light, brightness."

Giuseppe Boccassini
Giuseppe Boccassini is an Italian filmmaker mainly working in Germany and Italy. He graduated in film theory at the University of Bologna and in film direction at The New University of Cinema and Television located in Cinecittà, Rome. His work has been shown at several international film festivals and exhibitions , including, the 79th Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, Venice, Italy FID Marseille, France, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Schottland, Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival , Czech Republic ,Torino Film Festival , Italy, IndieLisboa, Portugal, FESTACURTAS BH , Brasil, Crossroads SF, USA, Avvistamenti , Italy, Punto de Vista, Spain, Trentino History Museum, Italy, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Pesaro Film Festival, Italy.