SHORTS PROGRAM 6 – Sunday April 23rd
5pm – Kenilworth Square East
1915 E Kenilworth Pl, Milwaukee, WI
We’re All Here dir. Beny Wagner
12 min, digital, 2016
The feeling of inexplicable loss for something never known or experienced. The liminal space between human and nonhuman, life and death. Camouflage as the human desire to subjugate the landscape but simultaneously yearn to be immersed in it completely, to dissolve the line that separates the body from its surrounding.
Old Hat dir. Zach Iannazzi
8 min, 16mm, 2016
“Whatever the difficulty of finding a way forward, film does nothing but.” — Max Goldberg
Vaseline dir. Malic Amalya & Nathan Hill
6.5 min, 16mm, 2016
“Lying on the table, it was a banner telling the invisible legions of my triumph over the police. I was in a cell. I knew that all night long my tube of Vaseline would be exposed to the scorn–the contrary of a Perpetual Adoration–of a group of strong, handsome, husky police men. So strong that if the weakest of them barely squeezed his fingers together, there would shoot forth, first with a slight fart, brief and dirty, a ribbon of gum which would continue to emerge in a ridiculous silence. Nevertheless, I was sure that this puny and most humble object would hold its own against them; by its mere presence it would be able to exasperate all the police in the world; it would draw down upon itself contempt, hatred, white and dumb rages.” Jean Genet, The Thief’s Journal (1949)
Caught in a system of confinement, surveillance, and restriction, a leather fag eludes the state by recalling his lover bathed in Vaseline.
Resin dir. Kimberly Forero-Arnias
16 min, 16mm, 2016
Through intimate performances, the surfaces of the skin and the screen become plastic and the body’s viscous secretions slip between stimulation and discomfort.
Histories of Stimulated Intimacy dir. Emily Drummer
11 min, digital, 2017
“Great obstacles excite great passions; since eros consists not in possession but in wanting, what
could stimulate eros more than distance and especially death, itself the ultimate distance?”
– John Durham Peters, Speaking into the Air
Cleaning the Glass dir. Brett Kashmere
11 mind, digital, 2016
Exploding the cine-essay into a desktop documentary, CLEANING THE GLASS considers how the relationship between sports, politics, race, and media has changed over the past half-decade. A postscript to 2013’s FROM DEEP.
See a Dog, Hear a Dog dir. Jesse McLean
18 min, digital, 2016
Taking its title from a sound design maxim and using it as a conceit to grasp the desire for connection, this video probes the limits and possibilities of communication. Can we ever truly communicate with a machine, with a nonhuman animal, with each other? Our anthropomorphic tendencies, our fear of replacement by nonhuman forms, even our interpersonal limitations, can’t foreclose the possibility of connection and understanding, a great unknown sometimes called trust.