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  • CATALOG

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    CATALOG is a new project that uses social media to share experimental films freely available through the filmmakers' Vimeo profiles.

    This project offers a daily selection of current and past experimental films. A keyword index to browse through the selection is provided on CATALOG's website.

    CATALOG is curated by Italian filmmaker Stefano Miraglia. Guest curators will be featured throughout the year.

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  • Werner Nekes (1944-2017)

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    Werner Nekes, one of Germany's top experimental artists died last January 22, aged 72 in his home.

    Nekes was particularly active as an experimental filmmaker during the late 60s and 70s. His films screened world-wide and were honored wiith a multitude of prizes and awards. At the same time he became more and more entangled in a growing passion of collecting pre-cinema optical devices ultimately ending up as a preeminent collector who frequently used these devices in his later essay-style films.

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  • LVA 40

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    2016 marks both the 50th anniversary of the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative (LFMC) and the 40th anniversary of London Video Arts (LVA) – two predecessor organisations of LUX. To celebrate 50 years of artists’ moving image practice in the UK, LUX has organised a year-long, multi-venue programme of screenings, talks, workshops, publications and other events.

    LUX also invited the first-year students of MRes Art: Moving Image, Central Saint Martins, London to contribute to this programme by curating and designing an online exhibition in response to the joint LFMC and LVA anniversary year.  While many of the anniversary events have revisited the historical activity and legacy of the LFMC, the students decided to use this opportunity to focus on LVA, acting as a "small yet enthusiastic counterpoint to the core programme by drawing from the wealth of LVA tapes in LUX’s video archive."

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  • New Experimental Film Society Website

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    I am delighted to announce the relaunch of the Experimental Film Society website. Boasting a brand new design by freelance web developer Ciarán Hickey, it covers every aspect of EFS activity: newseventsprojects, comprehensive member profiles. It is also the main platform for our Video On Demand catalogue where over forty feature and medium length films are available to stream or download. The site also features links to our online journal EFS Publications and to an archive of all past news. We have added a subscription facility, so you can sign up for automatic updates on our screening events, and a donate button for anyone wishing to help support our creative activities. A big thank you to the amazing Ciarán Hickey for his superb design and all the work he put into creating this site from scratch.

    Happy browsing! –Rouzbeh Rashidi

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  • Bruce Baillie Kickstarter project

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    Preserving Bruce Baillie’s films and legacy: With the publication of a book and a touring retrospective of Bruce Baillie’s films, the project's goal is to share work that constitutes one of the most influential voices in avant-garde cinema. This touring retrospective and bilingual (Spanish/English) book will contribute to wider recognition of Bruce Baillie’s amazing films and expose new generations of filmmakers and film lovers in the US and abroad.

    We are planning an international film tour that launched at the Film Society of the Lincoln Center this April. The touring retrospective will travel to Spain (CCCB, La Casa Encendida, Tabakalera), the UK (Tate Modern), Mexico City (Distrital Film Festival) and many cities in the US including Washington D.C., San Francisco/Oakland, Boston, Los Angeles and more this year and in 2017. 

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  • Award-winners for the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival

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    This is the list of award-winning works for the 54th edition of the Ann Arbor FIlm Festival:

    Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival
    Ear, Nose, Throat by Kevin Jerome Everson

    The Stan Brakhage Film at Wit’s End Award
    The Illinois Parables by Deborah Stratman

    Lawrence Kasdan Award for Best Narrative Film
    Edmond by Nina Gantz

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  • RE MI: a new cooperation project by three european film labs

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    RE MI (Re-Engineering Moving Image) is a two-year European cooperation project run by Mire (Nantes, FR), WORM.Filmwerkplaats (Rotterdam, NL) and LaborBerlin (Berlin, DE), focused on the creation, preservation and circulation of technical knowledge of analogue film in order to support its use as a creative medium.

    The project will involve other film labs, cinemas, art schools and other cultural organizations, as well as a broad international audience of film enthusiasts.

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  • Media City 21 Awards

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    These are the awarded films from the 21st edition of Media City Film Festival. This year's jury, composed by Akosua Adoma Owusu (USA), Jeremy Rossen (Harvard Film Archive, USA) and Lauren Howes (CFMDC, Canada), selected the following films:

    • Grand Prize: Occidente, by Ana Vaz, Brazil.
    • Second Prize: Neither God nor Santa María, by Samuel M. Delgado and Helena Girón (La Banda Negra), Spain.
    • Third Prize: Jáaji Approx., by Sky Hopinka, USA.
    • Honourable Mention: Blue and Red, by Zhou Tao, China.
    • Regional Award: The Fortune Teller, by Annie MacDonell, Canada.
    • Honourable Mention (Regional): Who Painted the Sky with Wispy Clouds?, by Miranda Dershimer, USA.

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  • Experimental Film Society - Video On Demand

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    Over the past five years, four prolific underground filmmakers have emerged to define a new and distinctive visionary strain of filmmaking in Ireland. Under the banner of Experimental Film Society, Rouzbeh Rashidi, Dean Kavanagh, Michael Higgins and Maximilian Le Cain have forged a defiantly personal and marginal cinema that is fast becoming recognized as "an important new direction" (Donal Foreman, Estudios Irlandeses) in Irish film. Sharing an exploratory approach to filmmaking where films emerge from the interplay of sound, image and atmosphere rather than traditional storytelling techniques, their work has been singled out for its radical formal qualities and poetic sensibility. Made with low or, most often, no budgets, this is filmmaking at its most challenging and independent.  

    Now, for the first time, their archive of forty-three feature and medium length films is available on VOD to stream or download. Explore this unique catalogue of work here (http://goo.gl/4kISRc).

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