M.U.F.F. 2014 Jurors Announced!

Diane Kitchen (Milwaukee, WI)

Diane Kitchen’s experimental documentaries, Before We Knew Nothing and Roots, Thorns, were made with the Ashaninka people in Peru’s Amazon Basin and have screened at diverse venues including the Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Modern Art, The Library of Congress, and internationally in France, Chile, Denmark, Bolivia, Hungary. Exhibition of recent films Wot the Ancient Sod and Quick’s Thicket include Montreal’s First Peoples’ Festival, the Whitney Biennial, London Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. She has received grants from the Smithsonian Institution, Jerome Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts/Film in the Cities, and the Wisconsin Arts Board.

STILL: DIANE KITCHEN FILMING IN PERU

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 Scott Stark (Austin, TX)

Scott Stark has made over 80 films and videos since the early 1980s, and has created numerous moving image installations, live performances and photo-collages. He received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Cinematheque from 1984-1991. His work has shown nationally and internationally in venues as diverse as New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Cinematheque, the Film Festival Rotterdam, the Tokyo Image Forum, and many others. His 16mm film Angel Beach was invited into the 2002 Whitney Biennial, and in 2007 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. His 2013 film The Realist showed at numerous worldwide film festivals and was on several year-end “best” lists. His work has garnered numerous awards. He lives in Austin, Texas. He is the webmaster for Flicker (www.hi-beam.net), the web resource for experimental film and video.

artist website: http://www.scottstark.com/

STILL: SCOTT STARK

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David Witzling (Milwaukee, WI)

David Witzling is a 1979 vintage Aquarius. He earned a BA in 2001 from UW-Madison after studying literature and philosophy. Since 2001 he has lived in Milwaukee, worked as a graphic designer, and shown his video work at a variety of alternative venues. His interests include the history of science, Modernist art, and the philosophy of religion. In 2009, he completed an MFA in film at UW-Milwaukee, and subsequently taught photography at Carroll University. He currently lectures in the Department of Film at UW-Milwaukee and is serving as the Program Coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology Program in the Peck School of the  Arts. His recent video “Echoes of Information” was selected for Volume 31 of the Journal of Short Film.

artist website: http://drw.frametheweb.com/

STILL: DAVID WITZLING

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An Evening With Michael Robinson

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Join us Tuesday, October 1st at 7pm as we share a spectacular program of Michael Robinson’s recent work at the Union Theatre, as part of the Experimental Tuesday Series. We’re delighted to have Michael Robinson in person! The program will run as follows:

And We All Shine On (7:00, 2006) *16mm
These Hammers Don’t Hurt Us (12:50, 2010)
The General Returns From One Place to Another (10:40, 2006)
Hold Me Now (5:00, 2008)
You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (8:00, 2005) *16mm
Light Is Waiting (11:20, 2007)
If There Be Thorns (13:20, 2010)
Line Describing Your Mom (5:50, 2011)
Victory Over the Sun (16mm, 12:30, 2007) *16mm

“Michael Robinson’s works bring together images and sounds from a wide range of original and pop-culture sources, forging new and uncanny correspondences. He blends film and video to create lyrical narratives that are equally opulent and restrained, their parent materials pulsing in and out of abstraction. Here and elsewhere, Robinson makes familiar media strange again, exploring collective memory through a poetics of devotion and loss.” – Whitney Museum of American Art 2012 Biennial Film & Video Screenings

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And, if you find your excitement just too unbearable – check out these insightful interviews with Michael Robinson in BAD AT SPORTS and BOMBLOG.

Films by Ross Nugent: Studies of Regional Spectacle

Recent works by Ross Nugent, Hopper Repair (2010) and Tear it up, Son! (2011) study the interactions between subject, space, and time with regional specificity. Both films are portraits of cultural curiosities, sharing the extremes of commodity culture, which manifests both in the enjoyable misuse and intentional neglect of automobiles. The VW buses in Hopper Repair and homemade monster truck assemblages in Tear it up, Son! are signifiers of decay and denouement, out of which spectacle materializes. Nugent’s camera captures the circumstances of human spectacle with an observational gaze. It plays silent witness to acts of exhibition, putting emphasis on objects as signs of meaningful cultural description. Nugent frames the vehicles as objects of cultural reference and commentary, whose agency reveals the playful destruction of human enterprise.

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Filmed at a ‘VW bus graveyard in Western Pennsylvania’, Hopper Repair (16mm) is a patient photographic study of abandoned vehicles. It begins with a succession of close shots, showing the varying shapes of VW bus headlights. The overgrown grass reaches above the chrome fixtures. With greater distance, the camera further emphasizes the height of the grass; it blows sleepily around the cars, engulfing their undersides with waves of green. The VW buses are helpless at the helms of nature.  The square vehicles are stained with rust, whose organic dispersion disrupts the simple metal forms with aesthetic interest. The face of a white VW fills the frame. Its surface is pleasantly marred with dripping red lesions. There is a clear view through the vehicle; we peer through the windshield to the green growth of nature at its rear. The soft sounds of blowing grass, insects, and birds accompany the images; their authenticity establishes the rural location and enhances its quietness. The stillness of the images and auralscape pronounce the vehicles state of un-use. The buses sit idle in permanent arrest, without function or purpose, and their collective assemblage is striking. Without excess of movement or exuberant activity, the VW’s become a cinematic spectacle. The overgrown landscape, tactile rust-eaten surfaces, and overwhelming numerical display of vehicles amount to a scene of singularity. The VW buses, a form of ‘cultural detritus’, offer a portrait of culture through its processes of neglect and decay. Hopper Repair documents the edge of human existence—where forgotten objects reveal changing cultural ideals—and finds visual interest in the tactility of decay. tear-it-up-son-web

Tear it up, Son! (Super-16 transferred to HD) documents the daring and riotous antics at Yankee Lake Truck Night. The speeding mud-laden trucks and their thrill-seeking drivers offer a dramatic contrast to the resting VW’s in Hopper Repair. The film begins with sound– we acclimate to the space by listening only. The steady purr of insects is interrupted by distant voices, and then the muted sound of tires pushing nearer. As an engine groans the first image appears, revealing a bumpy upward view of treetops and clouds. A truck with a raised body is inspected by a group of interested viewers, who stand only as tall as its ridiculously enhanced wheels. As film viewers, we feel like spectators  in the midst of more experienced participants. The camera remains stationary, letting the dirt-caked monster trucks and their howling passengers roll in-and-out of frame. The black-and-white film stock enhances the dirt’s gray mid-tones; it clings heavily to the surface of each vehicle. Again, the soundtrack situates us. The rumble of automotive sounds is accompanied by conversational dialogue—which surrounds us spatially, placing us among the on-screen action. A voice calls out, “I just yanked some dude’s bumper clean off his truck!” The film continues, and as darkness draws near, trucks roll into the thick woods. A shot of a driver’s profile in silhouette places us in the passenger seat, and we experience the car’s movements from a new vantage.  Unlike in Hopper Repair, there is an emphasis on the people who utilize the vehicles. Tear it up, Son! documents the Truck Night’s raucous innocence, as the participants gather in good fun to exploit the capabilities of their homemade automobiles. The event is a spectacle of regional specificity, which demonstrates a culture of automobile entertainment specific to the mid-western location. The vehicles act as agents of human performance, a physical semblance of cultural excess and spectacle. The film is a document of cultural curiosity—a portrait of niche culture with genuine interest in spectacle as a normalizing human engagement. Tear it up, Son! depicts the Truck Night with intimacy, letting the dust settle around the camera, and providing a first-hand view of “mud-slinging hot-dawgers” with charm.

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Tear it up, Son! has screened at the Antimatter Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, EFF Portland, Experiments in Cinema 8.53, Flyover Film Festival, New Delta Review, and Rural Route Film Festival. To see more of Ross Nugent’s work, check here.

Jury Prizes and Honorable Mentions for the M.U.F.F. 2013!

Here they are:

2013 Milwaukee Underground Film Festival Results

Jury Prizes

$250 Them Oracles by Alee Peoples
$150 How to Quit Smoking at the Moon Hotel by Jessie Stead
$100 Ten Notes on a Summers Day by Mike Stoltz

Best local Piece: Theobromine by Moe McPhearson
Best Performance: Je Ne Sais Plus [What is this Feeling]  by Kristin Reeves
Best Installation: Tectonics by Peter Bo Rappamund

Honorable Mentions: (in no particular order)

Strings of Colors by Sharan Mohanadoss
Football by Ana Husman
Hurty by Sonja Eklund
Workers Leaving the Googleplex by Andrew Norman Wilson
Eleven Forty Seven by Marika Borgeson
Wreading by Jesse Malmed
Pittsburgh by Ted Kennedy

Thanks for all of the fantastic work this year, filmmakers!

 

Adept-8: Reviving the Small Gauge

On April 19th, a small crowd of film enthusiasts gathered at the Woodland Pattern Book Center to enjoy an evening of Super-8 films hosted in part by the Woodland Pattern Experimental Film & Video Series. The annual Adept-8 program is curated by Patrick  Wodzinski with support from the UW-Milwaukee Film Dept. Each filmmaker was provided with a free cartridge of Kodak’s distinguished Ektachome Super-8 stock and asked to shoot and return the film for debut screening at Woodland Pattern. The unique collaboration between the Book Center and UWM Film provides a special example of connection and cohabitation of the arts in Milwaukee. woodland_pattern

To find the screening room, one has to travel through the store, which is brimming with paperbound treasures. Its shelves host a diverse collection of literary classics, poetry, and limited-edition handmade books. The size and delicacy of the book objects mirror the Super-8 format—whose remarkably small scale is transcended by its incredible visual impact. The compact forms have a seductiveness that encourages us to build a private, personal experience with the material that is rooted in sensory perception; sight, touch, hearing.

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The program opened with a film by Lisa Danker, a former Milwaukeean and Film MFA graduate, who currently lives in Miami. Her cinematic essay employed the Super-8 form as a means of communication, using text and images together to shape a moving postcard. The film begins on a warmly lit Florida beach, as the artist stands in front of the water holding a hand-written sign that reads “Hi, Milwaukee!” The following images tour Miami’s urban landscape, sharing the excess of brilliant hued graffiti that disguises the industrial structures. Lisa holds signs describing geographic specificities of the city, including the underground layer of limestone bedrock, skinny squirrels, and the struggling art scene. The factual statements are influenced by the minimal candor of a letter, but the vibrancy of the images fosters a visual poeticism that surpasses the written form. The film isolates particular sections of graffiti, occasionally filling the frame entirely with patches of bold color and spray-painted animals. The controlled views offer a formal study of constructed environments and their reflection on a specific culture. Lisa’s film blends the seriousness of a regional and cultural study with the sensitive closeness of correspondence between friends.  

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Milwaukee filmmaker, Ben Balcom, shared a piece that also engages with text as an effusive addition to images.  Compiling three different ocular elements by shooting single frames of each in camera, Ben allows the repetition of fast-moving images to shape and define relationships between unnamed parts. The text is borrowed from Proust’s Swan’s Way, a written expedition of memory that dwells on childhood. The first sentence of the book flickers between fleeting images of a clutched hand and the blurred shape of a human.  We recognize certain words immediately—and yet others evade us. The indistinguishable male figure is re-photographed from home movies of his father on a family vacation. Ben references the history of Super-8 as an accessible medium for the masses, being used most often for home-movies, while also questioning the impact of memory and time on documented family images. The film converses with memory as a general unconscious state, citing the oneiric nature of water, sleep, and moving images. Ben uses super-imposition of multiple images to mine the subconscious, using text as a clarifying element in a realm of entropic uncertainty. We grasp at certain words, finding comfort in their concrete recognition among temporal and fleeting images.

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The surprising inclusion of text on the screen draws a compelling correlation to the space in which these films were viewed. We arrived at the screening having passed through bookshelves, and perhaps our pre-show experience with independently financed poetry books and leaflets shapes our expectations, but there is an undeniable passion for small forms. The Super-8 projector runs quietly from the back of the room—its beam barely filling the screen. Its humble presence is a welcome addition to the viewing experience. In the same way we handle a book, letting our hands learn its shape and texture, the projector cues our haptic senses. The proximal relationship we have with the screen feels unifying, like the communal sharing of a great read.

Woodland Pattern and the Adept-8 event collaborate once a year, gathering to celebrate the intimacy of the small gauge, and to promote the underground interest in modest media forms. For a list of all films screened in the 2013 program, check here!

 

 

 

Let the Festival Begin- M.U.F.F. 2013!

For the past 14 weeks, a group of UW-Milwaukee students have been working to raise money, solicit and review work from all over the world. they did so in order to plan, support and execute the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival. If you’re reading this, take a moment to applaud their work. Go ahead. You could send us a picture of it.

Now, take a look at what’s starting early this year, on Friday, in the Fine Arts Cinema of Mitchell Hall.

Genevieve Yue Presents
Standard Gauge and Releasing Human Energies

Genevieve will be joining Fern Silva and Chris Thompson as jurors for this fest. And we have a lot of work to show them this weekend. Filmmakers like Jack Cronin, Sonja Eklund, Paul Rabe, Lori Felker, Andrew Norman Wilson, Kristin Reeves, Ian Curry, Ben BalcomJosh Weissbach and many more!

It wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of the UW-Milwaukee Department of Film, Video Animation and New Genres, and past festival faculty advisors like Ross Nugent, David Dinnell, and Ariana Hamidi.

This year especially, we want to thank those who gave through our Indiegogo campaign, who frequented our bakesales, joined us at concerts, and attended our screening series. There’s also the hospitality of our venue sponsors at  the Union Theatre, Microlights, and Sara Krajewski andf Bruce Knackert at the Inova Gallery.

The Festival is about to start, and there are still so many thank you’s to give out. Come to the show and  join us at our after parties, hosted by Vintage and the Impala Lounge. Here’s the program here:


Genevieve Yue - Standard Gauge
Friday, May 3rd, Pre-Festival Juror Presentation – China Girls – Genevieve Yue

Opening Night

Saturday May 4th

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Sunday May 5th

Sunday May 5th

 


Friday, May 3rd, 2013 7pm – At the Union Theatre


TGL-ChrisJamesThompsonThe Guantanamo Lawyers
Christopher James Thompson
3 Minutes
HD Video
In Production

Non-competition Juror Presentation

After 9/11 the U.S. invaded Afghanistan and began sending ‘enemy combatants’ labeled as ‘terrorists’ and ‘the worst of the worst’ to a detention facility in Cuba called Guantanamo Bay. The Guantanamo Lawyers have been fighting for the detainees for nearly 10 years, arguing that many are simply ordinary citizens and their indefinite detention is eroding our own legal system as well as our moral standing within the world.


Kennedy 1968Pittsburgh 8/5/68
Ted Kennedy
2013
2 Minutes 30 Seconds
B/W-Sound
USA

Pittsburgh 8/5/68 is part of a series of films based on the original 16mm camera rolls from a Pittsburgh TV news station during 1968/69.


Taylor - WSOOWe Sing Our Own
Derek Taylor
2012
5 Minutes 18 Seconds
Super 8
USA

A lyrical portrait of the marred surfaces and lines of demarcation still present in a Bosnian city many years after the genocide of the early 1990s. The film explores “reminiscent” space and looks at the traces of physical damage left behind. The film also presents a series of fictional diary entries written by a local resident, essentially confined to their living space, juxtaposed with images of scarred and abandoned surfaces.


Walsh -Braking BreathBraking Breath
Michael Walsh
2012
10 minutes
35mm
ALASKA

Abstract truths are revealed during a fragmented time away from home.A journey of self-discovery through landscape and family

 


 

Coffee Take OutCoffee/Take Out
Paul Rabe
2013
3 Minutes 27 Seconds
Video
USA

This short was an attempt to create an environment that felt both cosmic and microbial. Speed of movement within the frame and amount of information is key to the appearance of scale and size within the space. Hopefully the viewer will feel as though they are either looking through a microscope or traveling through a distant part of the universe, just as it’s being born.


Silva - In the Absence of Light, Darkness PrevailsIn the Absence of Light,
Darkness Prevails

Fern Silva
2010
14 Minutes
16mm on Video
Non-competition Juror Presentation

Subtle, spectacular cinema in which cosmopolitan filmmaker Fern Silva creates a convincing, eclectic hotpot from various images. The fruits of life desiccate in front of our very eyes in a civilisation out of step with the rhythm of the cosmos.
-International Film Festival Rotterdam


Routes - Dan BrowneRoutes
Dan Browne
2011
1 minutes
16mm colour silent
USA

Tree rhythms in the backyard of my parents’ house.

 


Eigenheim- Ana HausmanEiGenHeim
Anja Dornieden
Juan Gonzalez
2012
16 minutes
16mm/35mm
Colour/Sound
GERMANY

In the German Democratic Republic children played with dollhouses made to resemble the type of life they would one day grow up to have. Now many of these houses can be found for sale on Ebay or in collectors’ hands.

The dollhouses that survive do so as idealized images of a time and place that no longer exists. Through the words of their past and new owners, “Eigenheim” looks at the people and memories that once dwelled in these spaces to explore the remnants of a lost world.


Blanket Statement - Jodie MackBlanket Statement #1
Jodie Mack
2012
3 Minutes
16mm
Colour/Sound
USA

DIscordant dysfunction down to the nitty griddy.

 


Vexed-TelcosystemsVexed
Telcosystems
2012
28 Minutes 50 Seconds
Video
5.1 Surround
NETHERLANDS

As physicists are closing in on the particle described as the fundamental building block in our understanding of the Universe, Telcosystems show a far less conclusive particle theory; one that describes a digital world that is unstable and multimodal by nature, only revealing itself through bits and pieces traveling at superluminal velocity. At these speeds even the slightest fluctuation or disturbance unleashes a cascade of shapeshifting sono-optical movements, constantly challenging and redefining the rules by which this pattern-defying universe is pulled from stasis into turbulent chaos.


Afterparty- Vintage - 9:30pm


Saturday, May 4th, Program I, 4pm – Microlights


Eklund_hurtyHurty
Sonja Eklund
2013
32 Seconds
16mm on Video
USA

Hurty, the tenderhearted wrecking ball rolls through skyscrapers, commerce
and the industrial sprawl of today’s cruel landscape to reluctantly destroy yet
another relic of a simpler more human era.


Lori Felker - Disaster 2012BROKEN NEW: Disaster
Lori Felker
2012
5min
Video
USA

Part one in a series. I read the headlines all day. At night, I recalled what I knew. I went to sleep. I woke myself up. I reported the newest news I could muster. I went back to bed. I forgot what I said. I asked my graphics team to rebuild the news after I broke it.


The Rancher - Kelly SearsThe Rancher
Kelly Sears
2012
7 Minutes
Video
USA

A man in power is unhinged by a series of terrible dreams.

 


Cove - Robert ToddCove
Robert Todd
2012
7 Minutes
16mm
USA

Facing West, glistening embers: a week of framing observations along the waterfront.

 

 


Replacement -Replacement
Katarzyna Plazinska
2012

4 Minutes
Video
USA

An exploration of the relationship between image, illusion and (im)mortalization.


Alper Oztekin_NauseaNausea
Alper Oztekin
2012
13 Minutes
HD Video
TURKEY

 

A young man has been sent to a village for investigating a destroyed hothouse. Feeling of being a stranger to his job and to the village will stamp blurred marks upon his hopeless soul…


 

The Soft Giraffe - Guillaume ValleeThe Soft Giraffe
Guillaume Vallée
2012
7 Minutes 20 Minutes
16mm on Blu-Ray
CANADA

Un Chien Andalou has a run in with hand processing, emulsion decay and color. A new visual rhythm arises

 

 


2843 Colborne_St_E - Josh Weissbach2843 Colborne St. E
Josh Weissbach
2012
10 Minutes 56 Seconds
16mm
USA

Black / White / Image / Sound / Father / Son / 2843 Colborne St. E

 


Strings Of ColorsStrings of Color
Sharan Mohanadoss 2012
11 Minutes
HD Video
USA

Silk Sarees is one kind of the kinds of sarees worn by women in India. Saree in Sanskrit means ‘strip of cloth.’ Sarees have long been a traditional dress since the time of the Indus Valley Civilization which flourished from 2500-1800 B.C. Strings of Colors  is an observational documentary that takes place in Tamil Nadu, India, in a small village called Tanjore. It explores the process of making a saree from scratch to finish, the various kinds of designs, colors, space, time and also captures the hardship, manual labor and emotions that go into making this beautiful traditional dress.

 


How I quit Smoking - Jesse SteadHow to Quit Smoking
at the Moon Hotel
Jessie Stead
5 Minutes 45 Seconds
2012
USA

A small transaction staged in a coin-operated elevator in a downloaded lunar hotel.



Fe -Eric StewartF.e.
Eric Stewart

2010
2 minutes 37 Seconds
B/W -16mm -Silent
USA

The ebb and flow of iron filings in a magnetic field — photograms on
hi contrast film — hand processing and solarization.

 


Wreading - Jesse MalmedWreading
Jesse Malmed (096)
19 Minutes 5 Secons
Video
USA

Reading as writing. A romp through meaning-making and diffuse divination. The clouds hold secrets. Tuli Kupferberg is not the beluga, but the beluga sings human. Charles Bernstein. The world is a word is a world. Cloud covers.


Saturday, May 4th, Program II, 8pm – Microlights


Concreteparlay - Fern SilvaConcrete Parlay
Fern Silva
2012
18 minutes
16mm
Colour
Sound
Non-Competition Juror Screening

Carried by the frenetic energy of a magic carpet, Concrete Parlay is a metaphysical flight that weaves among visual kernels of the anthropic and biological worlds. From prehistoric horseshoe crabs strewn among modern refuse, stoic pyramids foregrounded by golf course maintenance, mystic rituals evoking avian gestures, to contemporary political upheaval equalized by natural phenomena—the poetic equivalence among images transcends particular umwelten, as the disorienting whirl of the compass connotes the kinetic nature of existence.—Aily Nash


Reginald - Risley BalcomReginald
Ben Balcom
2013

9 Minutes
SD Video
USA

Numerous trajectories sprout and two-dimensional landscapes give rise to the fabric of Reginald’s body. Reginald, Constance and Eva combine to form a supple machinery.


COCOON - MalzThe Cocoon
Henning Frederik Malz
2013
6 Minues

Video
GERMANY

Entirely made out of a variety of corporate logos from film companies and film distributors, “The Cocoon“ operates between conflicting priorities over representing the artificial beauty of nature and its decay.


Top10Shoes_UmaliTop 10 Shoes of 2011
Renato Umali
2012
4 Minutes 30Seconds

Video
USA

This video is part of an ongoing series that investigates the mundane aspects of life using pseudo-scientific methods. The series simultaneously critiques and participates in the self-surveillance and data-collecting activity that is prevalent in today’s society. In this one, Corrine Dunnar and Renato Umali look back at Renato’s most worn shoes of the Year 2011, some of which should really be retired.


Kielhoffer_Friday_VacationFriday Vacation
Kim Kielhofner
2013

3 Minutes
Video
CANADA

The archives of the National Naval Institute were founded in 1985 after the donation of the personal effects of Robin Quickly. The donation, which mostly consisted of postcards, was given to the institute without any explaination of the items. Robin Quickly, though never in the navy, was a well travelled sailor. This is a documentary.


Parasol - Tate BunkerParasol
Tate Bunker
2011
7 Minutes 40 Seconds
16mm on HD Video
USA

A dark fairy tale dream, where a young lady’s kite flys away and she seeks to find it.

 


Mcphearson - TheobromineTheobromine
Moe McPhearson
2013
5 Minutes
SD Video
USA

Theobromine: the alkaloid found in chocolate that causes illness in dogs.
A reverse music video (the kind where the video comes first). A collaboration between filmmaker Moe McPhearson and musician Aaron Ruesch.


Christopher Gorski - GarlandGarland
Christopher Gorski
2013
2 Minutes 16 Seconds
16mm
Live Sound Performance
USA

Garland is a hand-processed and optically reprinted 16mm stop-motion film that explores the essence of the garland, a symbolic part of many religious traditions. The film’s intent is not to focus on the superficial or religious aspects it represents, yet the more spiritual and universal characteristics of devotional love and celebration it embodies.


The Promenade_MrevlishviliThe Promenade
Giorgi Mrevlishvili
2013
5 Minutes
Video
USA

Say two ping-pong balls escaped from the basket full of many other ping-pong balls.
Now they are alone in a big city for a promenade.


Them Oracles - Alee PeoplesThem Oracles
Alee Peoples
2012
7 Minutes 28 Seconds
16mm Colour
Optical Sound |
USA

Them Oracles is a skeptic investigation of what an oracle can be and what it would sound like. Human desire and blind faith allow, and maybe even will, these mystic soothsayers to exist.


Don't Break Down - MeindlDon’t Break Down
Matt Meindl
2012

7 mins
8+16mm on Video
USA

This film is total garbage.


Long Arms_EklundA Short Look at Mr. Long Arms
Sonja Eklund
2013
2 minutes 40 Seconds
16mm on Video
B/W Sound
USA

Afflicted from birth by his tragically long limbs, Mr. Long Arms spends his
days exacting misguided revenge to make those pay for taunting him.


Workers_Leaving_the_GoogleplexWorkers Leaving the Googleplex – Andrew Norman Wilson
2012
11mins
Video
USA

Workers Leaving the Googleplex investigates a top secret, marginalized class of workers at Google’s international corporate headquarters in Silicon Valley. As I documented the mysterious “yellow badge” Google workers, I simultaneously chronicled the complex events surrounding my own dismissal from the company.


After Party – TBA!


Sunday May 5th, Program I, 3pm – Kenilworth Studios


Wrecked - Ian CurryWrecked
Ian Curry
2012
6 Minutes
16mm Performance
USA

A disorienting cut of a found film about the dangers of drinking behind the wheel, Wrecked (2012), takes apart the projector creating an experience of the accident that places us in the intoxicated space of the victims.


my final statement_Gravandermy final statement concerning something that is difficult to put into words
NeilGravander
2013
10 Minutes
Performance
USA

performance


JeNeSaisPlus - Kristin ReevesJe Ne Sais Plus
Kristin Reeves
2012
10 Minutes
Performance
16mm x 9
USA

An obstacle course between the heart and the doctor’s office leads to
[DESTINY.] Playing her tower of projectors to the timing of a pre-recorded soundtrack that pivots around international versions of “You Don’t Own Me,”
Kristin Reeves meditates on the materiality of the body and the struggle to
achieve personal sovereignty within its bounds. Built on 27, 10-second 16mm
film loops constructed from reshot found footage and direct laser-animation
techniques.


Places with Meaning - FitzpatrickPlaces with Meaning
Scott Fitzpatrick
(023) 3 Minutes

16mm
CANADA

In1997 Microsoft created the truetype dingbats font Webdings, the highly anticipated sequel to Wingdings. Controversy had circulated around the original font, so for the sequel special attention was paid to the places the ‘bats depicted, and how those places were represented (intentionally and unintentionally). made on recycled 16mm film, in Microsoft Word.


10 Notes on a Summers Day - Mike StoltzTen Notes on a Summer’s Day
Mike Stoltz
2012
4 Minutes 30 Seconds
HD Video
USA

We could be anywhere, but we’re here, humming along.


Diario Colorado - Pablo MarinDiario, Colorado
Pablo Marin
2012
7 minutes
Super 8 on Video
Colour
Silent
ARGENTINA

Multi-exposed images of Colorado Springs in which everything put there by nature and men converge unordered and free. Dedicated to Chris, Frank and Jesse.


Clint Enns - Ten SkiesTen Skies
Clint Enns
2012
2 Minutes 30 Seconds
Found Footage on Video
Colour
Stereo
CANADA

A condensed version of James Benning’s Ten Skies (2004) with the skies removed. Nothing but the clouds remain.

“Found-footage filmmaking is an aesthetic of ruins.” – Catherine Russell in Experimental Ethnography.


Light Streaming - Kathleen RughLight Streaming
Kathleen Rugh
(828)
7 minutes
16mm
B/W, Colour, Sound
USA

Imagery and sound create an encompassing environment where tunnels of light and the continual flow of water act as a connecting force between differing locales ranging from the Oregon coast to the depths of a park in Brooklyn. Stepping into one place and then out into another relates to the atmosphere and experiences of a dream.


Up - Scott FitzpatrickUp
Scott Fitzpatrick
2012
3 Minutes
Video
CANADA

A spectral race to the top of a deconstructed department store escalator. a mediation between space and colour.


Web_Find_SpectresofVeronicaThe Spectres of Veronica
Dalibor Baric
7 Minutes 45 Seconds
Video
CROATIA

Veronica is haunted by ghosts of her future. Trapped in a cobweb of superficial images and emotions, her identity melts away, but she keeps tailoring timeless patterns in search of her own replacements.


Trobia - Benjamin Ross HaydenTrobia
Benjamin Ross Hayden
2012
6 Minutes 41 Seconds
Super 8
Compact Disc Sound
CANADA

In a void of white space floats the geometry of a forgotten generator. Imaged by Benjamin Ross Hayden, created by Lazarus Plath. Lazarus did not expect the hyper-digital, almost sentient fractal shapes to be observed through the celluloid scope. A timeframe for this digital experience has been replaced. A vision of distant future occurring some time ago.


AKBAR-13 - LHO - USoHSAKBAR-13
LHO
(521)

5 Minutes 23 Seconds
Video
UNITED STATES OF HOMELAND SECURITY

The United States of Homeland Security Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Tourism invites you to commemorate the Mayan Apocalypse in this short video about the contested boundaries between an interior, subjective examination of the postmodern condition going forward, and the (un)examined realms of alienation and memory. Memory and the body.


Living on the Edge - Aaron Zeghers - WebLiving on the Edge
Aaron Zeghers
2012
3 Minutes 20 Seconds
Super 8
CANADA

An anthropological peepshow of Kingdom Animalia’s current state-of-affairs
via frame-by-frame Super 8. This animal’s history of wreck and ruin is the catharsis of a (formerly) lapsed vegetarian, brought to life with open exposure
photography and in-camera editing.


Underground Film Festival PotLuck

Sunday May 5th – Expanded Cinema Exhibition


Sunday, May 5th, Program II, 7pm – Kenilworth Studios


Gravander -Choréographique for CED experimentation - An Inspirational TantrumChoréographique for CED experimentation :
An Inspirational Tantrum
Neil Gravander
2013
3 Minutes 20 Seconds
Performance
USA

 


Borgeson_ElevenFortySevenEleven Forty Seven
Marika Borgeson
(819)

11 Minutes 47 Seconds
Video
Colour
USA

Granite, metal, conifers, glass, and K-spar crystals.


smoke stacks_johanssonSmoke Stacks, Below
Panu Johansson
2012
6 Minutes
Video
FINLAND

Smokestacks, Below shows the darker and harsher side of industrial environment. The overall mood of the found footage-based film is somewhat gloomy. Both the editing and the audio track also reflect repetitive mechanical patterns, which underline the lack of human touch. The factory is no longer a dynamic futuristic powerhouse but an alienating, decayed surrounding filled with lifeless automation.


Tropical Depression - Kelly SearsTropical Depression
Kelly Sears
(917)
2 Minutes 48 Seconds
VIdeo
USA

Images from recent hurricanes and the 1931 Miss
Universe contest are collaged into an animated séance that channels
Galveston’s haunted history.


The Time that Remains - Soda JerkThe Time That Remains
Soda Jerk
2012
12 Minutes
Digital Video
B/W
Sound
AUSTRALIA

In this split-screen found footage work, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis perpetually wake to find themselves haunted by their own apparitions and terrorized by markers of time. Isolated in their own screen space, each woman must struggle to reclaim time from the gendered discourses of aging that mark her as fading and ‘past her prime’.


2198-yvette_granata2198 (Ghosts in the Sun)
Yvette Granata
2012
3 Minutes
Digital Video
NETHERLANDS

 


Rivergarden - Jack CroninRiver Garden
Jack Cronin
2013
10 Minutes
HD Video
USA

Rivergarden was filmed along the Huron River and Malletts Creek in Ann Arbor and Dexter, Michigan. The film incorporates images of light and moving water as well as the filmmaker’s children.


salt lines - cade bursell

Salt Lines
Cade Bursell
2012
4 Minutes 38 Seconds
HD Video

 

 


Football - Ana_HusmanFootball
Ana Hušman
2011
14 Minutes 45 Seconds
Video
CROATIA

Mexico City. Two squads. Us and them. Playing 51st minute. 1:0

 


Kinefaktura - GizyckiKinefaktura
Marcin Gizycki
2012

3 Minutes 15 Seconds
Video
POLAND

Three animated variations on Henryk Berlewi’s composition, Mechanofactura: Dynamic Contrasts, of 1924. Berlewi was a Polish Constructivist who invented his own kind gemetrical abstract art in the 1920′s, and called it ‘Mechanofactura.’ The film is inspired by the artist’s comments sugessting the possible movements of the geometrical forms used in the composition.


Jud_Yakut_Fractal.MandalaFractal Mandala
Jud Yalkut
(899)

1 Minute 20 Seconds
SD VIdeo
USA

 

 

 


How I lost My Wings_TasicHow I Lost My Wings
Ivan Tasic
2012
22 Minutes
Video
SERBIA

Through the series of introspective views on personal conflicts of ideological and iconographic normative with general spiritual and moral thoughts, man, although physically passive, by using his dreams and memories he reconstructs semicentennial period of the country that doesn’t exist anymore.

“If we are sown from the same though, and if our branches have grown towards the same sky, why then were our different words cut off at the roots?!”


Parting dance_freixThe Parting Dance
Gerard Freixes Ribera
(910/854)
3 Minutes
Video
SPAIN

Even if the couple looks like a happy unity in the outside, in the inside every member is trying to nullify the other.

 


After Party- Vintage 9pm

 

 

 

Milwaukee Underground Film Festival – The Preshow!

Genevieve Yue Presents Standard Gauge and Releasing Human Energies

Friday, May 3rd, at 3pm


Always unexpected, the China girl brings to light, to visibility, all the previously unseen processes, both cultural and technical, that attend its image.
- Medusan optics: film, feminism, and the forbidden image, Genevieve Yue

Genevieve Yue - Standard Gauge

The various faces of the “China girl”, sometimes called a “China doll” or “girl head”, have appeared in more films than any actress, though she is almost never seen, save for the fleeting glimpses an audience might catch at the end of a film reel. These images of a woman, demurely positioned next to color swatches, have appeared on the leader of every commercial manufactured film since the late 1920s and continue in limited use today. The China girl image is instrumental in determining exposure, image density, and color balance, forming a kind of cinematic unconscious. Her essential but often overlooked role in film history has also made her a compelling subject for experimental filmmakers variously examining issues of celluloid materiality, the behind-the-scenes workings of the film industry, and the often marginal role of women. In some cases, the China girl is no less than the enigmatic icon of a vanishing medium.

Genevieve Yue will be discussing the history of the China girl in conjunction with two films: Morgan Fisher’s Standard Gauge (1984) and Mark Toscano’s Releasing Human Energies (2012).

Join us:

Friday, May 3rd

Fine Arts Theater
Mitchell Hall, B91
3203 Downer Avenue, Milwaukee
3pm

Non-Competition Juror Presentation:

Standard Gauge - Morgan FisherStandard Gauge 
1984 | 35 minutes| 16mm | Color | Sound
Morgan Fisher

Standard Gauge is a 16mm meditation on the politics of standard-gauge filmmaking that simultaneously reveals Fisher’s sympathy with those who resist commercial cinema from within the belly of the beast and demonstrates the capacity of smaller-gauge filmmaking to provide a form of critique that standard gauge itself is incapable of.” – Canyon Cinema

Releasing Human Energies Releasing Human Energies
2012 | 6 Minutes | 16mm |Color | Sound
Mark Toscano

A film about control. A refinement of energy for purposes of conserving resources, materials, impetus, potential, so they might all be narrowly channeled toward an unquestioned goal of maximum profit with minimum waste. Capitalism, in this example, as a process of understanding how to make use of someone as efficiently as possible to get the most out of them that is desired. Instructions for keeping people on task.

 

 

Notified! Get Ready for a Festival, Milwaukee!

APRIL 18, 2013, MILWAUKEE, WI- Notifications have been sent out for this year’s Milwaukee Underground Film Festival! Also released today is our esteemed panel of Jurors.

This year, we have received and watched over 300 submissions from 5 continents. The festival will include 5 programs of screen-based exhibition, along with an Expanded Cinema exhibition featuring installation, and an array of live performances. This includes projector performance, makers who play their own soundtrack live during their work and live productions right in the midst of the audience.

We also are pleased to introduce Milwaukee to a brand new venue for independent art and cinema, Microlights in Riverwest.

I know, we’ve been a little quiet in the past couple of weeks, but that’s mainly due to our record breaking submission volume this year. Thanks so much to those who contributed work to the festival this year! We are fast at work at the program, so keep an eye out for it. This is going to be a wild time.