Experience this ninth showcase of bizarre and experimental short films that have been carefully selected by Take Your Medicine and Smile from the local underground scene. See new surrealist, expressionist and cult films made by both NFU veterans and newcomers in a friendly social atmosphere. The films have been arranged by founder James Tyler Shaw to create a uniquly quirky emotional journey, so come to the Arts District and meet the next David Lynch or Maya Deren. Don't worry, you will see nothing normal here.
Founded in 2009, theFestival of (In)appropriation is a preeminent international showcase for experimental, found-media film and video. Every year, the Festival attracts artists working across an astonishing array of moving-image formats while probing the limits of collage, machinima, re-mix, détournement, mash-up, and more.
In this programme Charlie Shackleton selects two films in response to his intimate virtual reality performance piece, As Mine Exactly, and will join us in conversation to expand upon his most recent moving image work.
Interweaving pure documentary with semi-scripted sequences, Johanna Domke and Marouan Omara’s Dreamaway follows the absurd days and fantastical nights of a group of young Egyptian workers lured from home by the promise of jobs and a freer lifestyle in Sharm El Sheikh, a popular resort town on the edge of the Red Sea. Recent terror attacks have driven the local tourism industry into the ground, yet its young workers ritualistically carry on with their jobs in the nearly deserted hotels, despite the lack of guests. Between work, they wander the empty environs dreaming of alternative lives. Preceded by CROP, Domke and Omara’s reflection on the power of images, set in the offices of Egypt’s state newspaper Al-Ahram and told from the perspective of a fictional photojournalist who missed the 2011 revolution due to a hospital stay.
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College announces the fall programs in the screening series Whole Grain: Experiments in Film & Video. The variety of subjects explored across the season's the three programs include the relationship between text and image (September 26), the work of Tibetan-American artist Tenzin Phuntsog (October 16), and the work of the late Harry Smith (November 16).