2014 Programs in Competition Line-up & Descriptions

Friday May 2nd – Fine Arts Cinema MIT B91 – 2PM  (Films in Competition Program #1)

In Effluence accord; EmulsionKarissa Hahn – 2m37s / 16mm on Video / 2013 / USA

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Musings of leeway – an illusive figure emerges from the emulsion.
One strip of super 8 film is reconstructed, taped onto 16mm, and then re-filmed on the Optical Printer. The effluence according to its new emulsion – becoming a reflection of its own action.


Microbiologist – Travis Rademacher – 2m37s / Video / 2014 / USA


A focus on intermittent textures viewed up close.


Elsewhere, The SurvivorsAli Aschman – 3m30s / / 2014 / USA


Two connected figures wander endlessly through  a desolate landscape, haunted by anxiety and doubt.


Synthesis (yugen pt. 1) – Paul Rabe – 2m28s / Video / 2013 / USA


Yugen – “An awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and mysterious for words.” Synthesis is a voyage into the unknown. A fantastical look into what makes up all matter in existence. A glance upon the beginnings of life in the cold, dark void.


Stille Dag (Silent Day)Aleksander Johan Andreassen – 8m22s / Video / 2012 / Sweden


The video follows the artist’s mother for 24 hours from a fixed position using time-lapse photography. The audio consists of two edited conversations between the artist and his mother about her passive lifestyle.


Current 1-3Sean Kafer – 6m / Video / 2011 / USA


CURRENT 1-3 is the introduction of an ongoing film series of patterns of direction on earth. The terrain, its inhabitants and their fabrications in a state of flow.


Waxing and MilkingAlee Peoples – 9m / Super 8 on Video / 2014 / USA


A companion piece to Boys of Summer (2009), Waxing and Milking mimics music video tropes and equates Los Angeles’ favorite food snack, the taco, to a lady’s special parts.


Ghost Poem – Lindsay Greer – 2m38s / Film on Video / 2013 / USA

This film mixes original Super 8, found and original 16mm, and hand painted film to create a visual poem about my Grandmother losing her memory.


LIVING FOSSILSean Hanley – 2m18s / 16mm on Video / 2014 / USA

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Springtime along the Mid-Atlantic seaboard, thousands of horseshoe crabs spawn on beaches under the glow of the full moon. LIVING FOSSIL is a brief glimpse of a 450 million year old ritual.


A Million Miles Away – Jennifer Reeder – 20m / Video/ 2014 / USA


Melancholy as a survival strategy in the American Mid-West: An adult woman (the conductor) on the edge of failing and a pack of teenage girls (the choir) simultaneously experience a supernatural version of coming-of-age. The transformation is equal parts tense and tender. It unravels patiently to the infectious beat of an 80s era heavy metal anthem rearranged as a lamentation.


Friday May 2nd – UWM Union Theatre – 7PM  (Films in Competition Program #2)

PeacockAlexander Stewart – 5m / 16mm on Video/ 2014 / USA


An exploration of pattern, repetition and visual overload. A small particle unfolds into a mesmerizing display of color and movement.


ShortRobert Todd – 5m30s / 16mm / 2013 / USA


Light sleeps and rises, and sleeps again along the shoreline of day.


Nile Perch – Josh Gibson – 16m47s / 35mm  / 2014 / USA


In flickering black and white, Nile Perch tracks a fish from a fisherman’s line on Lake Victoria in Uganda to export commodity. This hand-made film is a modern-day parable of the effects of globalization on Africa as well as meditation on the economic and ecological impact of an invasive species.


Lunar PhasesMatt Rossoni – 12m / 16mm Performance / 2014 / CANADA


An empty-projector performance: moon events conjured with concrete film materials: light and shadow, sound as Space.


A Study in Natural Magic – Charlotte Pryce – 3m / 16mm / 2013 / USA

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Witness an alchemist’s spell; the transmutation of light into substance; a glimpse of gold.


Light YearPaul Clipson – (music by Tashi Wada, performed by cellists Charles Curtis and Judith Hamann) – 10m / 16mm / 2013 / USA


A commission for the San Francisco Exploratorium as part of a Cinema Artist residency, this film-collage studies the water systems and architecture of the San Francisco waterfront, in abstract and formal contexts.


45 7 BroadwayTomonari Nishikawa – 5m / 16mm / 2013 / USA

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This is about Times Square, noises in visual and sound at this most
well-known intersection. The layered images of shots by handheld
camera through a color separation technique would agitate the scenes,
and advertisements on the digital billboards try to pull ahead of


Let Us Persevere In What We Have Resolved Before We Forget – Ben Russell – 20m / S16mm on Video / 2013 / USA


“We are happy. (Silence.) What do we do now, now that we are happy?” – Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot


Saturday May 3rd – Microlights Cinema – 4PM  (Films in Competition Program #3)

Story of The Very Busy and Important Man Neil Gravander – 8m43s / Video / 2013 / USA


…tells the tale of a busy man who must defend his job from a confused, threatened, and rash boss.


In Light, In! – Ken Paul Rosenthal – 12m / Video  / 2013 / USA

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A haunting, visual essay about the awkward and angry junctures where our culture struggles to manage its emotional distress. Images recycled from 1950’s-era educational films are accompanied by original compositions by cellist, Zoe Keating.


Jellybeans – Scott Fitzpatrick – 6m / 16mm on Video / 2012 / Canada


A non-photographic study in rhythm and colour, an expanded cinema performance dissected and shown in two parts.


[deterritorialization]Ben Balcom – 2m15s / Video / 2013 / USA


The body is strata.  The strata need to be rent apart and then slipt between.  The landscape and the mechanism shatter, and the data from both conjoin in spiral formations.  Look, the sun is shining overhead.


[Phrases]Ben Balcom – 4m40s / Video / 2013 / USA


Voices heard during sleep tell the story of this body struggling to form.  This body syncopates with the pulsing network of insects.  This archive of night is inscribed on the blank page of the body.   


Red LuckMike Olenick – 25m52s / Video / 2014 / USA

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As a sunny day comes to an end, a handful of seemingly disparate characters converge in this experimental psychosexual thriller. Something bad in blowing in the wind and it’s not a good day to go out looking for love. Weeds are growing, the sun is setting . . . Red Luck is coming. You had better do the things that you dream.


Scattered in the Wind – Lori Felker – 5m30s / Video / 2013 / USA – (Music/lyrics by Implodes)

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Chicago, 2009 — A cemetery as a crime scene. Hundreds of graves in a historic cemetery had been ripped up in order to resell the plots. Human remains were displaced, disorganized, scattered throughout the grounds, moved to unmarked mass graves.


STANDARDS OF PERFECTIONAndrew Kim – 9m / 16mm / 2012 / USA


This is not a film about miniature horses…  Rather, this documentary explores the idea of perfection as understood by The American Miniature Horse Association Standard of Perfection.  The film questions the nature of such ideals as they are applied to the miniature horses of The Quicksilver Ranch in Solvang, CA.


Difficult Loves – Paul Clipson – (music by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma) – 3m30s / Super 8 / 2013 / USA


A love poem of intimate immensities, featuring a theatre of waters, lights and flowers. Filmed in San Francisco’s Botanical Gardens and my backyard.


Saturday May 3rd – Microlights Cinema – 8PM  (Films in Competition Program #4)

Massachusetts Farm – Josh Baum – 6m / Super 8 on Video/ 2013 / USA

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An experience of the shapes, rhythms, and textures of agriculture in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. The film revels in the beauty of the harvest in this vibrant community; one that has proven that local farms can be a viable alternative to conventional industrial agriculture.


Waveland – Cade Bursell – 21m / S8 & 16mm on Video / 2014 / USA


A deeply personal elegiac tone poem that speaks to the sensual and polyphonous relationship connecting humans, sea life and waves.


Doubt #2 Josh Lewis – 5m30s / 16mm / 2013 / USA


The second installment of an ongoing series of investigations that attempt to penetrate film’s enigmatic materiality in tandem with the vagaries of my own emotional and psychological states.


Sleeping District – Tinne Zenner – 11m / 16mm / 2014 / USA


Combining inside and outside views of residential areas built during the Soviet Era with disjointed conversations translated from Russian into a broken English, the film explores notions of home shaped by memory, history, relations and objects. While related to tangible experiences, it suggests how these inform our imagination.


ResistfilmPablo Marin – 14m / 2014 / Super 8 to 16mm / Argentina


Super 8 film as super film. Rustic in-camera investigations of (filmic) nature. Homages to early avant-garde landmarks and wild landscapes of the 21st Century.


With Pluses and Minuses – Mike Stoltz – 5m / 16mm / 2013 / USA


“This morning the window blew its glass onto my face. Real morning with pluses and minuses (my symbols for truth)” A ground­less and bound­less film in which a wall becomes a window to a swirling landscape.


Will o’ the WispAndrew Kim – 23m30s / 16mm / 2013 / USA


WILL O’ THE WISP or The Wandering Light Illuminating the Dark of Night, Taken Therefore for the Souls of the Departed.  AN EXAMINATION whereunto is joined a discourse of the causes, continuance, and qualities of such phenomena in nature; occasioned as a matter in contest with the very terrified people who have deemed these lights to be manifestations of the paranormal…


Sunday May 4th – Kenilworth Building – 3PM  (Films in Competition Program #5)

The Present Compendium: a Comprehensive Inventory of 24 Items, in 5 Volumes, in the Instance of the Present Print, on the Occasion of its Present ScreeningChris Hoag – 15m / 16mm / 2014 / USA


An ontological wunderkammer consolidates otherwise incommensurable taxa of thingness, their diversity accommodated by the hermetic logic of tautology. Within this non-space of reference and index, Mary-Kate Olsen preforms various feats of horsemanship to a particular degree of precision.


Ice Survey : Tenney Park (Madison, Wisconsin) – Renato Umali – 5m / Video / 2014 / USA


This video is part of an on-going investigation and rumination into skate-able ice surfaces across Wisconsin. The process is simple: lace up the blades, skate, and dream. This video in particular evokes scratch films: the ice surface as celluloid.


The Whale Story – Tess Martin – 3m36s / Video / 2012 / The Netherlands


A fisherman experiences a moment of connection with a female humpback whale in the waters off of San Francisco. Is this an example of inter-species communication or a mysterious fluke? This true story is retold in paint on a 16 foot high wall with the help of the passing public in Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park.


Crux FilmAlexander Stewart – 5m / Video / 2013 / USA


Precarious and fluid arrangements constantly interrupt one another in a montage of waiting, anticipating, and transitioning forms. Arrangements of marks and geometric forms are faced with unresolved states. Objects struggle to maintain their stay upright, or avoid disappearing.


Uncertain Ground – Ian Nesbitt – 12m / Video / 2014 / UK

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An idiosyncratic and intuitive portrait of a floating village in East Malaysia that technically doesn’t exist.


Snowglobe – Anthony Porter – 6m / Video / 2013 / USA


A colorblind handyman born inside a melting snow globe tries to escape after finding schematics for a prototype rocket.


Hermeneutic – Alexei Dmitriev – 3m15s / Video / 2012 / Russia


This piece is a visual illustration of what hermeneutics is. With the cunning use of WWII footage it makes you believe that you are watching a proper war film. When you already expect the usual archive movie routine — everything changes. And you find yourself watching a completely different film.


Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes), Part II: The Crying Game – Roger Beebe – 21m / Video / 2014 / USA

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It’s all right to cry. Sometimes it’s better than all right.


Fall 1 & 2 – Aaron Zeghers – 51s / 16mm / 2013 / USA

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An ode to the absurd, and homage to Bas Jan Ader, and an affirmation of Camus’ notion that the absurdity of existence (and not gravity) links mankind to the world.


The ThiefAli Aschman – 7m14s / Video / 2014 / USA

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In an isolated house, a girl suffers a painful lack. She journeys into the forest in search of fulfillment, in this allegorical fable about guilt, desire and retribution.


Sunday May 4th – Kenilworth Building – 7PM  (Films in Competition Program #6)

Une Terre Familiere – Marianna Milhorat – 18m40s / Video / 2013 / USA


Structured as a series of long-take vignettes, each centered around a site purposing a collision of nature and artifice. Within highly manicured environments, these sites attempt to imitate natural processes and un-peopled ecosystems and to preserve and manage elements of nature. The figures struggle to do their best with what they have- to find their own sun at the tanning salon, their own clouds in the steam room- to improve, to connect, to find “home” in the world.


Osmoverse – Daniel Larson – 5m / Video / 2014 / USA


An exploration of common gestures in an alien environment.


TacomaCourtney Krantz – 6m36s / 16mm / 2013 / USA


A reflection on home and memory.  Old love letters.  A card game.  Music gone by. Filmed in the verdant environment of the Pacific Northwest at Mrs. Smart’s residence where she has lived for over 40 years.


Conjuror’s Box – Kerry Laitala – 6m / 35mm / 2011 / USA

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The latest work in the “Muse of Cinema series”, was made using several D.I.Y. collage techniques including: CINEGRAMMING, hand-painting, and the re-animation of magic lantern slides. “Conjuror’s Box” takes the viewer through the looking glass, to immerse them in a fiery pane of hand-painted wonders. “Conjuror’s Box” summons forth primordial images of beauty from the hand painted imagery to images of transformation, metamorphosis, and chimera to literary and even ancient, biblical references. The fiery hole becomes a mirror fusion of past and future deaths.


Death Songs and Car Bombs – Brendan & Jeremy Smyth – 6m24s / 16mm / 2013 / USA


Guided by a ceremonial death song, an attempt to reach the unholy sea transforms into a place study of Bali’s tourism district- car-bombed one year after 9/11. Now, a memorial stands amidst a sea of Western signage, and by fate, an identical Mitsubishi L300 passes ground zero as the roll flares out.


Sjave Danu, Los Angeles County, California, 2013 – Silvia Las Fadas – 8m48s / 16mm / 2013 / USA

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“The people are what is not there yet, never in the right place, never ascribable to the place and time where anxieties and dreams await.” (Jacques Rancière)


Gente Perra (Dog People)Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzalez Monroy – 25m / 16mm / 2014 / Germany

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A film based on fragments of the story “La Gente Perra” by the Colombian writer Gomati D. Wahn (1923-1993). The story, which takes place 3000 years in the future, tells the character of The Admiral as he searches for the land of the Dog People and the riches that it hides. However, as is typical of Wahn’s style, the story is assembled out of altered existing texts, in this case, historic accounts of the discovery and conquest of America or, as it was known then, The New World.


Second HermeneuticMichael A. Morris – 8m / Performance w/ 2x16mm projection, analog video signal as audio / 2013 / USA

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The second in a series of works that explore the nature of interpretation. In this case, a pair of 16mm projections are overlapped while being captured by an HD video camera. The analog component signal is fed into an audio mixer without any further filtering. All audio in the piece is produced by the camera’s output. The video waveform is manipulated by the film projection to produce a real-time, synaesthetic cinematic experience using the artifacts of one medium interpreting another as raw material.


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