Next Screening

ANOTHER EXPERIMENT BY WOMEN FILM FESTIVAL (AXW for short) GIVES WOMEN’S WORK A REAL TIME & SPACE IN NYC!!
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NEW FILMMAKERS NEW YORK

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 Wednesday November 19 , 2014 — 7:00pm

Anthology Film Archives, 2nd Avenue & 2nd Street, New York, NY
admission: suggested donation $6

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GARDEN of DeLIGHT

TRT: about 60 minutes
Curated by Lili White

THE D-BLOK SNAG; Joey Huertas (AKA Jane Public); 16mm Bolex in-camera editing; TRT: 5.10 min
A short film that examines poverty and inner-city landscape by a study of one single deplorable residential block in the South Bronx. Torched stolen cars, abandoned mutt dogs and dirty laundry are a few of the visual anchors that mold this “location study” together.

BLACK RECTANGLE; rhayne vermette; 16MM to digi; TRT: 1.30 min
This film documents a tedious process of dismantling and reassembling 16 mm found footage. Roused by Kazimir Malevich, the film collage imitates functions of a curtain, while the recorded optical track describes the flm’s subsequent destruction during its first projection.

FULL OF FIRE; rhayne vermette; 16MM to digi; TRT: 2.15 min
There are few alternatives for exiles. The homecoming may be postponed to an indeterminate future; one could settle for a replacement; and lastly, there is always madness.

SHE LEARNS TO LUNGE; Katya Yakubov; TRT: 6.40
How many shapes do the terrors of the mind take? Several transformation lead to an awakening between a modern house and a dark forest.
READ David Finkelstein’s review on Katya Yakubov’s film RETREAT: http://www.hi-beam.net/hi-beam/finkelstein.html

SWEETMEATS; Denise Iris; digi; TRT: 4.40
A meditation on illness. A flash of presence. A moment of what Robinson Jeffers calls “falling in love outward.”

 

TURQUOISE BEADS; Lili White; Sound: BUSHMEAT aka Thomas Stanley (with voices of: Marcel Duchamp, Langston Hughes, Krishnamurti); TRT. 38.14

Composed of landscapes from the cities of Chaco Canyon and the streets of New York after 9/11, portrayed in a atmospheric manner. Chaco Canyon was a major center of a thriving Indian culture from AD 850 to 1250, where, turquoise, a stone mythically born from the marriage between sky and earth, was traded extensively. The complexity of its community life, the high level of its social organization, and its far-reaching commerce created a cultural vision unlike any other seen before.

David Stuart’s anthropological argument in ANASAZI AMERICA claims that today’s American society has similar patterns that existed in Chaco’s Anasazi community before its final collapse. When continuing drought lead to mass famine, its society, composed of an elite class and underling farmers, was locked in formulaic response versus practical solutions, which led to its final collapse.

Chaco’s kivas (circular underground chambers used by the community for ceremonial meetings) were burned as a way to “close” them when the city was abandoned in the thirteenth century. Upon excavating one abandoned kiva, turquoise beads were found scattered over the floor. Because of the range and pattern of the scatter it was surmised that the beads had been assembled on a necklace strand and ritually were popped apart during their final departure.

The layer of moving strands of rippling ‘beads’ scattered in this film connect the two landscapes. These “beads” were captured in Atlanta Georgia, where National Guard troops were being deployed to fight in Iraq. They originated as TV noise from a dying box television set, in my hotel room.     

READ Thomas Stanley’s new book on SUN RA: THE EXECUTION of SUN RA http://www.musicovermind.org/

 

 

3 Responses to Next Screening

  1. Ursula says:

    I really appreciated how the screening on May 14 flowed well together aurally. Each work shown displayed a subtlety in its audio, an emphasis on quieter sounds such as breath, the tide, more subtle forms of beat, and ambient soundtracks. This aural tendency leant a real sense of continuity to the evening’s program.

  2. Georgia says:

    The May 14th screening had a beautiful arch. The theme of body within the frame was clear and prevalent. Yet the diversity of the work and the different ways in which the artists were approaching the body created nuance and an interesting tension within the screening. The body was handled in such a way that it was redefined within each video—the body as poetry, as machine, as abstraction, as sound…

  3. Noe says:

    This is a great festival. I’m so glad it exists!

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