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  • Usurp Zone5 Film Festival

    Usurp Art Gallery presents the Usurp Zone5 Film Festival (14 – 17 August 2015).
    Extraordinary screenings, exhibitions and a film soundtrack turntable night.

    Usurp Zone5 film festival features more than 80 experimental films by artists and filmmakers from over 15 countries, including Argentina, India, Jordan, Peru, Spain and South Africa. Think - abstract, absurd, activist, animated, asemic, clandestine, collage, conceptual, cut-ups, environment, experimental, glitch, graffiti, graphic, identity, kinetic, outsider, paracinematic, performance, plunderphonic, poetry, radio, rebellious, sci-art, scores, scratch, silent, sonic, subterranean, subversive, surreal, synesthetic, typographic, video art...


    Friday, August 14, 2015 - 18:30 to Monday, August 17, 2015 - 22:30


  • the8fest 2015 Call for submissions

    the8fest seeks your 8mm, Super-8, 9.5mm or other small gauge film projects (such as loops and installations) for our 2016 installment next January 29th to 31st.

    Films can be:

    • - Experimental, animated, personal, handmade
    • - Diary and essay films, documentaries
    • - Live performance and music mixed with film
    • - Films from everyday culture - historical footage, home movies

    the8fest exhibits all work on film which means celluloid. Works selected for the festival, therefore, must be finished on small-gauge film (8mm, Super-8, 9.5 mm., Ultra Pan 8). We do not exhibit projects on video or digital.


    Wednesday, September 30, 2015 (All day)
  • Toying with String: Ute and Detel Aurand/Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson

    Ute Aurand’s trilogy of films Toying with String I-III (Fadenspiele I-III) was made in a spirit of artistic spontaneity and improvisation with her sister, the painter Detel Aurand, between 1999 and 2013. Filmed inside the artist’s studio and outdoors in forests, fields, and mountains, they feature various natural and manmade materials invisibly manipulated to create images in a constant state of metamorphosis. This aspect of the sisters’ films serves as a bridge to the work of Vancouver artists Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson, who will show a selection of films from their collaborative and separate practices.


    Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 19:30


  • Interference Festival 2015

    Interference Foundation – the main organiser of the Interference Festival of Visual Communication Forms in Gdansk invites entries for the open international competition “Freedom of Form” for visual works qualifying into one of of the four main competition categories:

    • Found Footage [max 5 mins]
    • VIdeo Clip [max 10 mins]
    • Creative Advertising Piece [max 5 mins]
    • Experimental Short Visual PIECE [max 8 mins]


    Friday, August 14, 2015 (All day)
  • 23rd Chicago Underground Film Festival

    The 23rd Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is the longest-running “underground” film festival in the world. Hosted at Chicago’s legendary Logan Theatre – the theater’s recent renovation unmasked its original ornate detailing from its opening in 1915 and provided the modern enhancements necessary for today’s screenings. Shining a bright spotlight on avant-garde and cult cinema, CUFF draws enthusiastic film fans from all over the world to celebrate original filmmaking that is not afraid to take a risk.


    Thursday, October 1, 2015 (All day)
    Tuesday, December 1, 2015 (All day)
    Tuesday, January 5, 2016 (All day)
  • Peephole Cinema: Spacetime Singularities

    New works by Bradley Eros, Sarah Halpern, Andrew Lampert
    Guest curated by Elle Burchill and Andrea Monti (Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn)

    Spacetime Singularities is a program of new moving image works made for the occasion of Peephole Cinema by Bradley Eros, Sarah Halpern and Andrew Lampert. The works, hand shot by each artist in the darkness – of a cave, a nightclub and on the streets of NYC in the wee morning hours – collapse sensations and sounds into a single focus viewing experience in which stalactites appear as sonograms, Kenneth Anger conducts a ceremony on the theremin, and liquid nitrogen tanks become ticking time bombs in the city’s rain-slicked streets. – EB & AM

    Reception / BBQ (bring something for the grill)


    Friday, July 24, 2015 - 19:30


  • Life Without Buildings: S8 Films by Steve Polta

    Co-programmed by The Chicago 8 Small Gauge Film Festival & The Nightingale

    “Bay Area artist Steve Polta has been producing a body of films, mostly on Super 8, over the past two decades that are as exquisitely nuanced as they are rarely seen. Each film presents a narrow window onto the ordinary world, prodded by subtle observation until it yields images of ethereal beauty.” (Rick Bahto: Echo Park Film Center)


    Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 19:00