VISIONS, in collaboration with la lumière collective, presents: Melanie Shatzky + Brian M. Cassidy [Filmmakers present]
The Patron Saints (2011, HD, 71 min, English)
Bold and unremitting in its depiction of the elderly, The Patron Saints eschews our hyper-individualistic culture obsessed with youth. Taking a head-on approach, husband-and-wife duo Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky peer with fly-on-the-wall access into the beige, featureless corridors of a nursing home, presenting an uneasy yet impactful 'portrait of fading bodies and minds.' Forgoing conventional documentary modes for a poetic treatment of the aging, the residents here, shot over the course of five years, are captured with a disconcerting deadpan realism—candid depictions not unlike Larry Clark’s bruising sexually active teenagers in Kids (1995).
Over the course of two days, artists, theorists, programmers, curators and experimental film lovers will come together for a series of round table discussions, film screenings and an installation to reflect on, question, discuss, discover and share in this multi-faceted art practice, considered to be cinema’s very soul.
Our aim is to create an event that offers the opportunity to discover experimental filmmaking as a vast and rich art form, revealing endless possibilities and links between theory and practice.
Thursday, December 15, 2016 (All day) to Friday, December 16, 2016 (All day)
Terra Long is an independent filmmaker and educator. She creates tapestry like works that draw on natural history, deep time, and the space between the real and the imaginary. Her works have screened at festivals and micro cinemas all over the world including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, CPH DOX, in the Wavelengths section at Toronto International Film Festival, and the Images Festival in her hometown of Toronto. She is also a member of the Independent Imaging Retreat Collective (Film Farm).
Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy are filmmakers living and working in Berlin. Since 2010 they have been working together under the moniker OJOBOCA. Together they are the founders of Horrorism, a simulated method for inner and outer transformation. Their work encompasses films, performances, installations and workshops. They have presented their work internationally in a variety of venues to a variety of audiences. Since 2010 they are members of the artist-run film lab LaborBerlin.