On Film is excited to present the Spring 2017 program “Immigration and displacement,” featuring the works of Emily Hong, Miasarah Lai and Mariangela Mihai as well as Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci-Lucchi.
Utilizing salvaged archival footage and first-person testimony, these works reorient movement and proximity in transforming their visual and aural documents to access the living memories of historical experience. By resurrecting immigration stories from the distant and recent past of humanity and freedom of movement under threat, the urgent cinematic works in this program redefine our understandings of displacement in times of ongoing crisis.
The Uinversity of Rochester Film and Media Studies Program and the Dryden Theatre welcome filmmaker Deborah Stratman to Rochester, April 13-14th. Thin Places includes nine works by Chicago-based filmmaker Deborah Stratman focused on epistemological questions embedded in the relationships between humans and their envirnonments.
The “China Girl,” sometimes called a “China Doll” or “girl head” is a type of reference image used in commercial film laboratories since the late 1920s and continuing in limited used today. The China Girl has appeared in more films than any actress, though, outside of the film laboratory, she is rarely seen. Behind the scenes, however, she is essential to setting the appearance of a film, determining exposure, image density, and color balance. While the China Girl is a crucial part of the film production process, her essential role in film history has been most often overlooked.
The Film and Media Studies Program and the Visual Studies Workshop welcome the Ann Arbor travelling film festival tour for the first time in Rochester with Program Director, David Dinnell in person.
The 16mm program includes 13 new films from Austria, the UK, Canada, and the United States including Things, the most recent work by Ben Rivers; The Peacock by Andrew Kim; Mark Toscano’s The Song Remains the Same; Accent Grave on Ananas by Vancouver artist Tamara Henderson (with sound by Dan Riley) and three works receiving the 53rd AAFF Best Cinematography Award - vindmøller by Margaret Rorison, A Symptom by Ben Balcom, and Blue Loop, July by Mike Gibisser. Other works include new films by Friedl vom Gröller, Mary Helena Clark, Robert Todd, Jennifer Reeves, Jonathan Schwartz, and Sarah Christman.
Introductions and Q&A featuring filmmaker Ben Russell in person.
- Let us persevere in what we have resolved before we forget (2013, 20 min., Super-16mm on video) “We are happy. (Silence.) What do we do now, now that we are happy?” – Samuel Beckett, “Waiting for Godot” “John Frum prophesied the occurrence of a cataclysm in which Tanna would become flat, the volcanic mountains would fall and fill the river-beds to form fertile plains, and Tanna would be joined to the neighbouring islands of Eromanga and Aneityum to form a new island. Then John Frum would reveal himself, bringing in a reign of bliss, the natives would get back their youth and there would be no sickness; there would be no need to care for gardens, trees or pigs. The Whites would go; John Frum would set up schools to replace mission schools, and would pay chiefs and teachers.” – Peter Worsley, “The Trumpet Shall Sound: a study of cargo cults in Melanesia”
The Film and Media Studies Program, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, The Visual and Cultural Studies Program from the University of Rochester, and the Humanities Department at the Eastman School of Music welcome pioneering performance artist and avant-garde filmmaker Carolee Schneemann with filmmaker Marielle Nitoslawska, presenting a screening of Breaking the Frame (2013), a feature-length documentary portrait of Schneeman. A pioneer of performance and body art as well as avant-garde cinema, Schneemann (Meat Joy, 1964 and Fuses, 1967/2007) has been “breaking frames” of the art world for five decades, challenging assumptions of feminism, gender, sexuality, and identity. Nitoslawska (Bad Girl, 2002, and Sky Bones, 1999) has made numerous film essays, both feature length and short form, on ground-breaking movements and artists such as Domingo Cisneros, Szczepan Mucha, and Jozef Robakowsk, and teaches film production at Concordia University in Montreal.