Since first appearing in 2012, The Department of Anarchy has become the most popular screening series at the Slamdance Film Festival in Utah, USA. Curated by filmmakers Noel Lawrence and Burke Roberts, the show sells out quickly every year and attracts raucous and enthusiastic audiences hungry for films that experiment, challenge, and even enlighten.
Edward Owens was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1949. He began practicing art in 1961 at the Art Institute of Chicago. Initially focused on painting and drawings, Owens created his first work on 8mm film in 1965. He was awarded a scholarship to study w/ experimentalist filmmaker, Gregory Markopoulos, at the University of Chicago. Realizing Owens's natural talent, Markopoulos encouraged Owens to leave school and move to New York.
Storm de Hirsch—poet, painter, a woman pioneer among pioneers of the cinema—invented some of the basic forms of Super 8. However, few of her films have been screened since her death. This session combines her songs and sonnets in Super 8 with her Hudson River diaries, filmed in 16 mm.
Do you remember the war? Ask seven different people and you will hear seven different stories. Rated “one of the standout works” (Jenna Sauers, Cultured Magazine) of Bogotá’s ARTBO art fair, The Shape of Now is a creative documentary by former Vancouverite Manuel Correa, who made his directorial debut with #ARTOFFLINE in 2016. His new film considers the seemingly impossible challenge of constructing, in the interests of peace and reconciliation, a history of Colombia’s bloody, decades-long civil conflict.
The films of this screening offer varied views on the concept of the foreigner, by emphasizing the personal experience of the filmmakers: the feeling of strangeness experienced towards the place of origin, the discovery of the other and the bond of sympathy within the journey, the experience of exile, and finally the history of the split of a country. Vehicles of this otherness, the forms break, shatter in contact with the other, calling into question their borders.