Featuring films by Yves-Marie Mahé, Anielle Weinberger, Davorin Marc, Amber Bemak & Nadia Granados, Steve Evans, Doris Chase, Pierre Merejkowsky, Stéphane Marti, Derek Woolfenden
Talk by Théo Deliyannis (Collectif Jeune Cinéma)
Moderation by Bárbara Palomino Ruiz (The Golden Pixel Cooperative)
Film Screening Program I
Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 7:00 pm
- Une Certaine Histoire du Cinéma Expérimental Français (A History of French Experimental Cinema) (Yves-Marie Mahé, France, 2019, Digital File, 80 min)
Created in the second half of the 1990s, “L'Etna”, an experimental cinema association, has lived through the transition from celluloid to digital. It’s local, in the center of Paris, did not resist gentrification. With interviews from Sébastien Ronceray, Hugo Verlinde, Othello Vilgard, Carole Arcega, David Matarasso, Mathilde De Romefort, Derek Woolfenden, Boris Du Boullay, Sébastien Cros & Nicole Brenez. Also starring Philippe Cote, Lionel Soukaz, Stéphane Du Mesnildot, Maurice Lemaître, Marc Plas, Xavier Baert, René Vautier, Julien Pappé, Peter Tscherkassky & Noir Désir.
Talk and Film Screening Program II
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 06:30 pm
Micro-History of Collectif Jeune Cinéma
Talk by Théo Deliyannis
Moderation by Bárbara Palomino Ruiz
Duration: approx. 70 min + discussion
In this lecture, Collectif Jeune Cinéma history will be exposed. Created in 1971 in Paris, this filmmaker cooperative has known many changes, in its catalog and in its organization. This history will be contextualized within the French experimental scene of the ‘70s, which is still quite unknown. Historical facts, documents, and micro-history, through details, will help us discussing how CJC was dealing with the “collective”. How labor has been organized in the coop; what have been the ways to enter the Collectif; in what spaces the CJC gather, how are the actual members dealing with the old ones, and so on.
Inside the Collectif
Duration: 70 min + presentation
This program won’t be curated in a homogeneous way where films, stick one to another, would unveil a common idea or pattern. Films will be selected not so much for their aesthetic qualities or for their content, but more for the meta-filmic history, each one represents within the framework of the Collectif Jeune Cinéma catalog. Thus, since the collective forms through the coming and going of each of its members, and through the inactivity or hyperactivity of each of them, these films will give examples of various ways to enter (or leave) the Collectif. Also, by showing older films, the program will stress the fact that the “collective” in CJC does not only refer to the present: rather, the idea is to keep a trace of the involvement of each and everyone, whether it has gone on for many years or lasted just one evening.
- Jemina, Fille des Montagnes (Jemina, The Mountain Girl) (Anielle Weinberger, France, 1971, 16mm on digital, 10 min)
Jemina, Fille des Montagnes is playing with various elements: literary stereotypes of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, inflamed romanticism of a Viennese waltz, idealized feminine beauty through lengthy shots, some white and some black, a burst of color, intrusion of rose, and green. The film is mocking classic Hollywood cinema and undertake the fundamental discontinuity of every film, of every filmic text. The pleasure of text, the pleasure of cinema.
- Dobrodošlica. (Welcome.) (Davorin Marc, Slovenia, 2017, Digital File, 3 min)
(Animation of Still Frames)
- Borderhole (Amber Bemak & Nadia Granados, USA / Colombia, 2017, Digital File, 14 min)
Borderhole takes place on a mythical border area between Colombia and the United States. We investigate the relationship between North and South America through the lens of the American Dream and the illumination of multiple tensions in and around the border. The piece explores imperialism, globalization through pop music, the gender mutant in an international context, and the choreography of women’s bodies in relation to sociopolitical and ecosystems.
- Karl Marx (Steve Evans, USA, 1975, 16mm on digital, 3 min)
“A picture of Karl Marx, his name spelled backward, three scribbles in a red, blue and black color: five combined elements that make a three minutes film. In case History forgets this man.” Jean-Pierre Ceton.
- Dance Frames (Doris Chase, USA, 1978, 16mm on digital, 6 min)
The human form is used in composition with geometric form in an exploration toward a third dimension through juxtaposition of color and line. Music by Joan Labarbara. Choreographer/dancer: Sara Rudner.
- Le Casting (The Casting) (Pierre Merejkowsky, France, 2004, Digital File, 11 min)
Pierre Merejkowsky welcomes comedians in his apartment. He wears camera-glasses and explains to them his next movie project.
- Sur mon cou (On my Neck) (Stéphane Marti, France, 2009, Super 8 on digital, 4 min)
Extracts of Un Chant d'Amour (1950) by Jean Genet, absolute fetish movie-poem, are screened as moving tattoos on a lying body that surrenders to bites of sensuousness.
- Angle Mort (Dead Angle) (Derek Woolfenden, France, 2018, Digital File, 18 min)
This film follows an unfolding news spectacle surrounding the story of a man who stabs two others in a public place. The image that captures this involuntarily sordid spectacle is replaced by video fragments of the cinephile who has saved one of these lives. This allows the film to adopt a subjective point of view. The instinctive and cinematic imaginary deployed by this perspective challenges the duration of his agony in order to help him survive…
- Film Surprise (Surprise Film) (France, 1999, 16mm on digital, 2 min)