Filmmaker Jeannette Muñoz presents some 16mm selections from two ongoing projects. In Envíos (2005-) we see sequences, incidents, occurrences, fragments, moments, glimpses, each section realised with and/or for a particular person, like a gift or dedication. Punchuncavi (2015) takes us to a former native American site in Valparaíso, Chile, now host to copper refineries, steam power plants and a lading port.
Tele-novela is a genre of limited-run drama series popular on Latin American, Portuguese, and Spanish television networks. The term combines tele, short for televisión or televisão (Spanish and Portuguese words for television), and novela, a Spanish and Portuguese word for “novel”. Symbolic, social, or technological, Tele-novela mimics the serial and structural nature of the pop cultural programs, but moves from linear story to abstracted narrative, and experimental play by electronic means.
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, founded by George Manupelli in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences. The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works. The 54th AAFF will take place March 15–20, 2016 at The Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, MI.
The 54th AAFF will provide at least $21,000 in cash and film stock/services to more than 20 filmmakers, serves as a qualifying festival for Academy Award® nomination in the short film category and provides touring opportunities for select filmmakers.
Balagan is pleased to present – along with Ricardo De Lima and the ICA, Boston – a program of two expanded cinema performances that challenge the perception of film as a static and unchanging medium or mere document of past artistic efforts. By introducing chance elements, both in the filming and the exhibition (which pairs live improvised sound to multi-layered 16mm projections), the performers draft the audience into the role of active participants; Unexpected mental connections are drawn between the disparate elements, mined from the depths of our collective unconscious and manifested as veritable waking dreams.
8X8 is a new initiative from The 8 Fest, Toronto’s small-gauge film festival, to do year-round programming in support of our annual festival. 8 films for $8!
In the films of Barbara Sternberg, the artist’s material inquiries manifest alongside social concerns around perception and reality. The figure, the landscape, and the memorial inscription are made archetypal and mythic. Since the mid-1970s, Sternberg has worked across media in her studies of these themes, often in super 8 and 16mm film as well as video, and her 2011 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts is only one of many achievements for her artistic work, alongside which her work as a teacher and curator had a significant impact on the Toronto film and media arts community for the past three decades. The 8 fest is proud to present this rare opportunity to see Barbara Sternberg’s early works, including several not in distribution, alongside a number of her more recent films, all in the context of small gauge film, a material that she has used in exhibition and in her process since her earliest films.
Ute Aurand’s diary films, film portraits, and travelogues belong to the lineage of Jonas Mekas, Marie Menken and Margaret Tait. A key figure in Berlin’s film scene since the 1980s, Aurand records life’s small, ephemeral details on a handheld Bolex camera, later reworking them in a style that is at once energetic, rhythmic, playful and — unusually for experimental cinema — tender. She has described her approach as “a brief touch” — “like a swing, to go away and come back and go away and come back again.” Her films explore the lives of friends and strangers, the atmosphere of local and foreign places, and “the absolutely singular, exquisite textures of daily life around her” (Michael Sicinski).