For the fourth month of our WORKS IN PROGRESS series, Iris Film Collective member Alex MacKenzie will be continuing work on his long form expanded cinema performance THE HOLLOW MOUNTAIN, a landscape film of topography, contours, and nature in abstraction.
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.