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RPM22

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

We are looking for any work that experiments with the formal possibilities or hybrid form of film, audiovisual, animation and video under 12 minutes ( and the medium length category will accept the work from 12 mins to 25 mins) .

Submit your work (produced after July 1st, 2019)
through FilmFreeway. Selections by Feb.15, 2022.



SOLO ARTIST
PROGRAMS 2022

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7PM
22
June
  • Wednesday, June. 22, 7PM
    at Brattle Theatre
    runtime 75 mins

Kathryn Ramey:
WHITE WOMEN ARE A CURSE AGAINST THEIR SEX

LIMEN, 12 minutes, 16mm, b/w sound. 2019
Razed by Wolves, 8 mins, 16mm, color/sound, 1998
The Passenger, 17 mins, 16mm, col/sd. 2007
WEST: What I know about her, 20 mins, 16mm, col/bw, optical sound, 2012
SAYOR, 10 mins,16mm, 2022
Fall, 2006, 5 mins, 35mm, col/sd, 2006

Post screening Q&A: Kathryn Ramey & Sarah Keller

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7PM
22
June
  • Wednesday, June.22, 7PM
    at Brattle Theater
    runtime 79 mins

Kathryn Ramey:
WHITE WOMEN ARE A CURSE AGAINST THEIR SEX

LIMEN, 12 minutes, 16mm, b/w sound. 2019
Razed by Wolves, 8 mins, 16mm, color/sound, 1998
The Passenger, 17 mins, 16mm, col/sd. 2007
Story of Sarah, 7 mins, 16mm, color/sound, 1993/1997
WEST: What I know about her, 20 mins, 16mm, col/bw, optical sound, 2012
Fall, 2006, 5 mins, 35mm, col/sd, 2006

Post screening Q&A: Kathryn Ramey & Sarah Keller

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RPM and The Brattle Theatre co-present a solo screening program of Kathryn Ramey's work, titled WHITE WOMEN ARE A CURSE AGAINST THEIR SEX : films from 30 years of making against the cisheteropatriarchy by a person living with a uterus.

In the upcoming watershed moment of taking away women's rights by the United States Supreme Court decision, the program features Kathryn Ramey's six pieces ranging from the earliest piece, Story of Sarah, made in 1993 to Limen, a piece from 2019.

The program highlights her filmmaking praxis as a resistance to the collusion of white college educated women in the racist transphobic ableist patriarchy and condemn Amerikkka in the 21st century. Kathryn Ramey defines/(reminds us) what's the meaning of a creative person living with a uterus. Her films are known for hand processing and multiple exposure through painstakingly optical printing. Most works will be shown in their original format 16mm or 35mm.



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.

Post screening Q&A: Kathryn Ramey & Sarah Keller

Sarah Keller is Associate Professor of Art and Cinema Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research focuses on experimental forms and feminist issues in cinema. She co-edited the collection Jean Epstein: Critical Essays and New Translations, and in her book Maya Deren: Incomplete Control she examines the role of unfinished work, focusing on Deren's oeuvre. Most recently, she published her book Anxious Cinephilia (2020), which centers on the intertwined role of love and anxiety in encounters with cinema, and she has just completed a book, titled Barbara Hammer: Pushing Out of the Frame, on the career of experimental filmmaker and artist Barbara Hammer (Wayne State University Press 2021).

Poster Drawing by Leela Corman
For more info please visit Leela Corman.

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LIMEN

12 minutes, 16mm, bw sd. 2019

threshold. between two states of being.
the boundary of perception.
long synopsis or whatever:
I'm not a fan of over explaining lyrical films.
Mostly because the reason I make films without words (which isn't very often) is because words fail me.
This is a horror film. If I must say what it is about, it is trying to capture the feeling of slipping into a deep depression and the long road out.
The title, LIMEN, comes from the word liminality and was inspired by the work on rites of passage by anthropologists Victor and Edith Turner who characterized the liminal phase as being "betwixt and between" neither what one was before, nor what was is to become after the transition is complete.
This footage was shot while I was emerging from a very serious post-partum depression episode and was edited three years later after the suicide of a close friend and colleague. It is a primal scream.
-- KR

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Razed by Wolves

1998 color/sound 16mm 8 mins

A fairy tale princess transported into an urban landscape with a talking doll serving as interlocutor.

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the passenger

17mins, 16mm, col/sd. 2007

With whispered voice-over, text on screen, singing and kinesic anthropologists Jacques Van Flack and Ray Birdwhistell intoning analysis, the passenger is a hand-processed multi-vocal film meditation on madness, motherhood, psychoanalysis and the possibility of escaping one’s fate.
The passenger is a personal, experimental, 16mm film that addresses my tenuous relationship with my mentally ill mother and my reservations about pregnancy, birth, and parenthood.
- KR

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Story of Sarah

1993 color/sound 16mm 7 mins

Originally on super-8 and filmmed at The Evergreen State College in Olympia WA this film posits biblical narrative as personal history with women being pitted against each other and without bodily autonomy. It was optically reprinted on 16mm in 1997.

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WEST: What I know about her

16mm, col/bw, optical sound, 20 mins, 2012

WEST: What I know about her is an experimental documentary about Elizabeth Crandall Perry: adventurer, midwife and distant ancestor to the filmmaker. Ramey and her then 5-yr old son, explore the path Perry took across the American West and film side-by-side through monuments to American expansionism until they arrive at the family farm in Oregon.

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Fall

2006, 5 mins, 35mm, col/sd, 2006

, From the tale of Icarus to Plato's cave analogy and through the fragile materiality of hand processed 35mm film, Fall relates the pain of knowledge acquisition as a girl becomes a woman and one turns into two.

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