Special on Barbara Hammer: Audacious Appropriations: Barbara Hammer’s First Half-Century, by Greg Youmans
The scope, inventiveness, and audacity of Barbara Hammer’s career compel us to expand the frame from found footage to appropriation more broadly. Her appropriations of material from audiovisual archives (what is traditionally called found footage) came after and alongside more fundamental appropriations of various cinematic means of production, from film cameras and optical printing to a range of digital hardware and software, as well as the generic codes and practices of pornography and documentary. And these actions have in turn always been bound up with her appropriations of physical space: in film after film, Hammer wrests space (and time) away from heteropatriarchal coding and control.
Our 1st Moscow Experimental Film Festival is the first in its kind in Russia – which gives an excellent opportunity for both Russian artists and filmmakers together with talent from around the world to showcase their work side by side, reaching this minor approach in seeing things differently in film out to a wider audience in our country.
MEFF is launched for the first time by a strong ambition to create a festival that fully devotes itself to a well-deserved and close up look at a wide range of experimental categories. This guarantees exclusive and thorough attention to talents that might have previously been overlooked by the vast number of conventional filmmaking festivals that only spare a small corner for experimental categories within their programmes, as well as to the works that are lost online in the vast variety of content nowadays.
In collaboration with the Cinémathèque québécoise and the Double Negative Collective, VISIONS presents APPARITIONS, a live cinematic performance by Alex MacKenzie.
“Alex MacKenzie is the unequivocal master of contemporary Canadian expanded cinema: using rare and outdated technology with the deft touch of a visual alchemist, MacKenzie spins his stunning and mesmerizing anti-narratives using the detritus of cinematic history to create a completely unforgettable, and undeniably powerful, alternate vision.” -Antimatter Film Festival
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 21:00 to Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 22:30
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.
The work of the Israelian Keren Cytter focuses on relations, or on the impossibility of relations, as well as the impossibility of authentic film making. Her films constantly reflect on their own creation process, they disenchant, show that the 'magic light' isn't all that magical, but rather a construction - just like relations and sexuality... Cytter never does so with grudge or pessimism, but with playful and humoristic gestures that are touching and convincing. After working and living in Amsterdam and Berlin, she now resides in New York.