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  • Lowave anniversary contest

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    French publisher Lowave's birthday is coming soon! To start celebrating it, Lowave offers 5 copies of its excellent DVD Our stars & The little god, by seminal French artist Maurice Lemaître, to the first people that answer an easy question at Experimental Cinema's Facebook page. Keep reading for a sample of what you can win...

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  • Kickstarter campign: INCITE! #3

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    Incite 3: New agesThe third issue of INCITE! Journal of Experimental Media, titled "New Ages" aims at addressing the generational shifts and divides in today’s experimental film, video, and new media spheres, utilizing the 2010 International Experimental Media Congress as an opportunity for reflection. In addition to compiling a dossier of idiosyncratic reflections on the Congress, this issue also focuses on the renewed fascination with "New Age" spirituality, philosophy and aesthetics among contemporary media artists. Some highlights of this issue include Walter Forsberg's wide-ranging essay about the computer animation (and accidental 3D) pioneer Lillian Schwartz, Thomas Beard's astute analysis of Shana Moulton's "Whispering Pines" video serial, a Jacob Ciocci and Jesse McLean "G-Chat," Jaimz Asmundson on his new film, "The Magus", Marisa Olson on Transcendentalism, and Brian L. Frye's citation study of "The New York Times", which measures the relative importance of avant-garde filmmakers.

    To cover publication costs, INCITE! has launched a Kickstarter campaign. You can help release this great publication with a small donation and even get past issues of INCITE!, experimental film DVDs or a silkscreened print of George Kuchar's portrait by Leslie Supnet in return.

    Contributors to this issue include: Dominic Angerame, Jaimz Asmundson, Jeremy Bailey, Christina Battle, Thomas Beard, Roger Beebe, Michael Betancourt, Mireille Bourgeois, Jacob Ciocci and Jesse McLean, Clint Enns, Walter Forsberg, Brian L. Frye, Benj Gerdes, Brett Kashmere, Eliza Koch, Kevin McGarry, James Missen, Shana Moulton, Peter Nowogrodzki, Marisa Olson, Andrew James Paterson, Ken Paul Rosenthal, Ekrem Serdar, Leslie Supnet, Tess Takahashi. Cover design by Jacob Ciocci.

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  • Letter from the Director of Punto de Vista Film Festival

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    Support Punto de Vista FestivalFor those of you that don't know about this great festival, Punto de Vista is possibly the best film festival in Spain, dedicated to 'documentary films', it seeks to reward risk-taking and non-narrative approaches and has a strong accent on experimental films. Last week, Josetxo Cerdán, its artistic director, was told that due to severe budget cuts (despite the governing political party's supposed 'commitment to culture'), the festival would be no more...

    The Punto de Vista Festival has shown works by Raymond Depardon, Jean Vigo, David Perlov, Jay Rosenblatt, Alan Berliner, J. P. Sniadecki, James Benning, Naomi Uman, Lynne Sachs, Ben Rivers, Ross McElwee, Satô Makoto, Jem Cohen, Barbara Hammer, Ben Russell, among many others...

    Please, take just a couple of minutes to support Punto de Vista signing the online petition here: http://actuable.es/peticiones/carta-apoyo-al-festival-cine-punto-vista-pamplona
    (English text after the Spanish one; see here for an automatically-translated page)

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  • Owen Land (1944-2011)

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    Owen LandSad announcement sent out by Office Baroque Gallery.

    Dear Friends,

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of American filmmaker and artist Owen Land. Owen Land was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1944 under the name George Landow and was found dead in his apartment in Los Angeles on 8 June, 2011.

    Land debuted as an experimental filmmaker in the 1960's with a critique of structural film. When Land was barely twenty years old, he produced some early masterpieces like Film in Which There Appear Edge Lettering, Sprocket Holes, Dirt Particles, Etc. (1965-66), which contains exactly what the title promises. A Kodak test film used to adjust colour balance serves as the basic material. Land recomposes it and extends it into a four-minute loop, the result, in which P. Adams Sitney saw “the essence of minimal cinema”, no less – “a found object extended to a simple structure”.

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  • Experimental Conversations #7

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    The Issue #7 of Experimental Conversations, the online journal of experimental and art film is now online.

    Articles
    - Editorial: Thin Lines
    - The Art of Time: Expressive Freedoms and Talking Heads by Tony McKibbin
    - Wishful Thinking by Claire Healy
    - One Time Magic: The Film Adventures of Ernst Moerman and Henri d’Ursel by Santiago Rubín de Celis
    - Daniel Cockburn's You Are Here by Rosemary Heather
    - The Disparate and the Boiling Mad: The Films of Martin Radich by Laurence Boyce
    - The Thin Line Between Documentary and Fiction Part One by David Brancaleone
    - Egyptian Cinema Before and After the Revolution: A Conversation with Mohamed Siam by Lilliana Navarra

    Reviews
    - Experimental Film Club: Julius Ziz & James Benning
    - 'Pure Cinema' @ 22nd Cork French Film Festival
    - 200 Motels: The Widescreen Erupts With Absurdities
    - Atom Town: Life After Technology

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  • MRes Art: Moving Image

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    Threshold (Malcolm Le Grice, 1972)Central Saint Martins College and LUX collaborate in this postgraduate master course beginning next October, maybe the first one of its kind, focusing on the different theories and studies of the moving image. During its sixty weeks (two academic years), the course will be centered on "(an) understanding of artists’ moving image as an evolving and discursive field of study... Rather than following established historical trajectories, the course presents an integrated series of screenings, seminars and set textual readings of key works addressing a range of theoretical positions and historical contexts."

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  • Courtisane 2011 award winners

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    Courtisane festival logoThe 10th edition of Ghent's Courtisane Film Festival ended last Sunday with the awards ceremony. The jury, formed by Marina Kozul (Croatia, organizer and curator), Adam Pugh (UK, curator / writer / arranger) and Vincent Meessen (Belgium, artist) chose among ten works in the Belgian competition and 23 films in the international section.

    - Best Belgian Film: Sarah Vanagt for The Corridor (2010).

    - Best International Film: Miranda Pennell for Why Colonel Bunny Was Killed (2010).

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  • Canyon Cinema: Important Message to the Film Community

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    Canyon CinemaTo the Film Community:

    This is a very serious letter.  It was emailed to our filmmaker members and we would like to share this with the larger community.  It concerns the survival of Canyon Cinema. As most of you probably know, film rentals over the past few years have been steadily declining. This is a result of the proliferation of digital media. Many of Canyon’s major filmmakers who have brought substantial income to the organization have now made their work available in digital formats. Many of our renters, especially in universities, no longer have access to adequate film projection. Often after the purchase of a DVD, instructors of cinema studies continue to use the digital media and forsake the renting of the original 16mm prints. This is partly due to their own dwindling rental budgets and the lack of well functioning projectors.

     

    Read the full letter at Canyon Cinema's website.

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  • Petition in support of L'Abominable

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    Why it is important to help « L’Abominable » as it is in danger of being evicted.

    The industry of cinema, as we all know and increasingly experience, is « going digital. » After years of hype, digital projection of films in commercial cinemas in France and in Europe is spreading dramatically. Via a ricochet effect, the technical industries are feeling the sting of reduced orders for film prints as well as fewer films being shot on celluloid. Throughout the sector, restructuring and layoffs are rampant.

    Yet at the same time, the interest of many contemporary artists express for analog film is symptomatic. From being a medium that was extensively used by an industry, analog film is becoming a medium specifically and consciously chosen by a number of filmmakers and artists for specific kinds of artistic expression. Could this be a temporary flare up of interest, colored by nostalgia? This is doubtful, considering the young age of some of these artists and the interest shown by artistic institutions in these new creations. Rather, it has to do with a shift, comparable to the one experienced by engraving at the end of the 19th century: a shift from the industrial scale to the more limited and precise activity of artistic creation.

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  • FLEX 2011 - Award winners

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    FLEX, the Florida Film/Video Festival, proudly announces the winners of the 2011 competitive festival, as selected by our jurors Mark Toscano (Curator, Filmmaker, and Preservationist, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive) and Vanessa Renwick (Filmmaker and Founder, Oregon Department of Kick Ass).

    Category: Video longer than 10 minutes
    - 1st Prize: The Voyagers by Penny Lane
    - Runner-up: Compressive/Percussive by Scott Stark
    - Runner-up: Utopia, Part 3 by Sam Green

    Category: Videos longer than 10 minutes
    - 1st Prize: Collide-O-Scope by Naren Wilks
    - Runner-up: White House bu Georg Koszulinski
    - Runner-up: Beaver Skull Magick by Steve Reinke

    Category: Films shorter than 10 minutes
    - 1st Prize: Horizontal Boundaries by Pat O'Neill
    - Runner-up: Make Them Jump by Kelly Spivey
    - Runner-up: Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis by Daichi Saito

    Category: Films shorter than 10 minutes
    - 1st Prize: Triumph of the Wild by Martha Colburn
    - Runner-up: Tokyo-Ebisu by Tomonari Nishikawa
    - Runner-up: Iron-Wood by Richard Tuohy

    Kodak Film Stock Prizes
    - Day/Night (Devil's Millhopper) by Andres E. Arocha
    - TUSSLEMUSCLE by Steve Cossman.

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