EXPERIMENTAL FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL
Group Programs One & two
Friday, June 18th, 2010
Group Show One at 7:00 pm
Yanqui Walker and the Optical Revolution (2009, 33 mins., 16mm, US) by Kathyrn Ramey.
“YANQUI WALKER AND THE OPTICAL REVOLUTION is an experimental documentary about a, now obscure, American expansionist and military dictator, William Walker who, through military force and coercion, became president of Nicaragua in 1856. The film blends found footage, documentary photography, ethnographic inquiry and personal travelogue with experimental film techniques such as hand-processing, optical printing and hand constructed time-lapse to detour and derail the various approaches to history making that have been applied to this story.” (KR)
Make It New John (2009, 55 mins., video, UK) by Duncan Campbell.
“MAKE IT NEW JOHN tells the story of the DeLorean car, its creator John DeLorean and the workers of the Belfast-based car plant who built it. The film deftly contrasts the DeLorean dream with its spectacular downfall during a critical period in Northern Ireland’s history, and the canonisation of the car – the DMC12 – as a symbol of the American myth of mobility. The son of an immigrant Romanian foundry worker, John DeLorean’s natural talent for engineering took him to the top of Chevrolet, General Motors’ most important division. Leaving this behind he persuaded the British Government to back his new venture – building a factory in Dunmurry in Belfast to produce a new sports car. Almost immediately beset by financial difficulties and allegations of embezzlement, DeLorean’s attempts to keep the factory open became increasingly desperate and corrupt, eventually leading to his arrest by the FBI. The factory – which employed 2000 workers – closed in 1982, having produced just over 9000 cars. As with the earlier works such as Bernadette (2008) and Falls Burns Malone Fiddles (2003), in Make it New John Campbell fuses a documentary aesthetic with fictive moments, using existing archive news and documentary footage from the 1980s as well as new 16mm footage which imagines conversations between DeLorean factory workers. Campbell questions the documentary genre and reflects here on broader existential themes and narrative drives.” (LUX)
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Group Show Two at 9:00 pm
Collision of Parts (2010, 15 mins., video, US) by Mark Street. World Premiere
“A kaleidoscopic reverie recorded over a period of five years in various urban milieus. An excavation of the concept of montage: small moments public and private brush up against each other, creating a charged tapestry of the immediate. Inside and outside, motion and stasis, home and travel, light and dark: a series of antimonies struggle to be heard and seen.” (MS)
Ledo and Ix Go To Town (2010, 8 mins., video, US) by Emily Carmichael.
“The continued adventures of Ledo and Ix. This time our heroes confront an upcoming blob on the map that might be either a village or brain fungus.” (EC)
Whose Toes (2009, 33 mins., video, Canada) by Barry Doupe.
Barry Doupe’s new computer-generated animation, WHOSE TOES, “is a portrait of character that collapses the inner and outer mysteries of personality with an unrecorded interpretation of history. Showcasing the late Princess Diana and JFK as its main characters, we are invited to return to past events that have caused discomfort, and to re-imagine a misstep in time. Real world political events are both evoked and eschewed, gathering together in a localized inner tragedy: the makeup of personality.” (BD)
Traffic Patterns (2009, 9 mins., video, US) by Gregg Biermann.
“Video sequences shot on New Jersey highways from a moving automobile are wrapped around a virtual 3D cylinder and the virtual camera moves around inside it distorting the view and encountering various reflective objects. This material is then subjected to a metrical editing procedure that results in a rhythmic montage.” (GB)
Pleasant Special Friends Nice (2010, 2 mins., video, US) by Pippa Possible and Crispin Rosenkranz.
“Audio-Dyadic Interaction of Sweet Nothings as performed by Crispin Rosenkranz and Pippa Possible.” (PP & CR)
Navigators (Melting Chronons) (2009, 8 mins., video, US) by Van McElwee.
“The grain of time is imagined at close range, revealing not a straight line, but turbulence, one moment melting into another.” (VM)
Sweet Dreams (2009, 4 mins., video, US) by Jeanne Liotta.
Everybody’s looking for something.
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