ANOTHER EXPERIMENT BY WOMEN FILM FESTIVAL
(AXW for short)
GIVES WOMEN’S WORK A REAL TIME & SPACE IN NYC!!
curated by Lili White
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Wednesday SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
6 – 7:30 PM
Anthology Film Archives presented thru NEW FILMMAKERS NY
32 2nd Avenue at 2nd Street, NY NY 10003
$6 admission enables you to stay for all NEW FILMMAKERS screenings that evening!
Filmmaker Sasha Waters Freyer will join us in person on SEPTEMBER 30
for discussion about her films.
CATCH SASHA AGAIN NEXT MONTH:
After an internet flaming episode in the film community,
Sasha was invited to be AXW’s guest curator.
Sasha’s group show entitled TRY a LITTLE TENDERNESS will run NEXT MONTH in October!
TRT: 90 minutes
FRAGMENTS from the GARDEN of DREAMS – SEPTEMBER 30, curated by Lili White:
REVERIES; Karissa Hahn; USA; 3.33; B & W Super 8 MM to digi Charlotte Pryce is teaching by candlelight. I’m picking at my thumb under the table. She’s speaking with thumbs unpicked: “We don’t see an object, we see the effluence of that object. We see a light lingering in our eye because it works faster than our brain. This implies that we may invent what we see.” She’s now telling of Aristotle, of how he believed; The organs > not just the eye > retains the image. The sensations are retained and return to haunt the sleep. “Bodies are vessels that take in images. Can we not see ghosts because our eye lags perception and we miss it? Are ghosts a perception of speed?”…. I’m picking my thumb to the bone over this.
VED’MA; Cornelia Eichhorn; FRANCE; TRT: 14 minutes ; digi; Cast: Mélodie Etxeandia, Elodie Grech, Louise Kalfo, Marion Maugein, Irène Ranson, Leïla Richou, Catherine Zimmermann, Roxane Lebrun; Director of Photography: Etienne Saldes; Sound: Thibault Petolat; Editing: Raphaël Andrieu; Music: endemic project; Soundscape: Agathe Courtin; Assistant director: Mathilde Marc; Production Design: Stéphane Chapus, Marie Cuvillier, Griet Devis, Alice Jacob- Garnier; VED’MA is an ancient Russian word, which meant, witch in old Russian, today it means old mare. This title remains ambiguous between fascination and rejection, as are the characters of the film. VED’MA uses three-screens to tell the stories of three women simultaneously intertwined. They could be the same woman at three different stages of her life, sisters or three generations. The stories are perverted modern- fairy-tale stereotypes of women without a happy-ending questioning identity, generation and motherhood. These metaphor question relationships: Who influences whom? Who depends on whom? How do weperceive the other? Who manipulates whom? Who guides us, who serves us as a role model, as an ideal? It’s an eternal quest, which is perpetrated from one generation to the other.
GARDEN OF STONE; Sasha Waters Freyer; USA/ITALY; 4.15; digi A kaleidoscope of sights and sounds from Noto, Sicily, known as the Garden of Stone in honor of its baroque architecture (none of which you will see in this 4 minute film). A love letter to Peter Greenaway. in three rhythmic intervals.
YOU CAN SEE THE SUN IN LATE DECEMBER; Sasha Waters Freyer ; USA; 6.40; digi Beautiful emptiness, anguish and calm, absence rendered visible and traces of presence in the winter light, all intensified by the damned (non) question of maternity. Filming every frigid day in the final month as a strategy for overcoming deflated motivation.
(DREAM) OF A DISTANT LAND; Muriel Montini; FRANCE; 10.00; digi Fragments of a film, fragments of a summer.
ISLAND STORY; Alisa Berger; GERMANY; TRT: 6.18; 8mm & Super 8 to digi A grainy vintage-like feel permeates the alien world and mixes in with the mixtures with the assumed real world. – Jaqueline Valencia – Thesegirlsonfilm.com Blindingly and like a Martian horizon, the sun plays with the viewer’s stability. A narrator gives the account of a strange tale of a couple on a transformative journey into a world of paradise with no language. Animalistic gesticulations and instinctive expression emanate from the body until both of them grow apart and then into other versions of themselves, never to be the same again.
FRENCH WORDS; Heather Brown; Translator; Soline Pillet; Improvised Monologue: Kat Palardy USA; 2.45; 8mm & Super 8 to digi Super 8 film footage conjures up a sequence of frustrating attempts that are absurd. An orange is mutilated in a struggle with tools that do not seem to “work.” What is trying to be accomplished with the fruit is not clear, and neither are the words of a voicemail heard in French. The absent subtitles and translation is important to the piece in order to convey an absurd interaction and the inability to relate through language alone. The film ends with the song, “Roller Girl”, performed by Anna Karina in 1967. Her personal life is publicly documented: “Karina and Godard married on 3 March 1961, during the shooting of A WOMAN IS A WOMAN, and divorced in 1965. Their relationship is said to have been rocky for most of its course, with Anna left emotionally unstimulated by Godard’s obsession with work. By 1967, they were barely on speaking terms.” The film was originally inspired by a short, RILKE ELEGIES, created by Audra Brandt. Kat Palardy, actress and performer, was asked to create and improvise a two minute monologue. Without any direction, she fabricated a recording of a voicemail message that was ttranslated and performed by Soline Pillet.
PI KA CHU; Valérie Pelet; thanks to: Fabian Knierim, Bastian Schwind, Christian Kurz, Magdalena Pfeifer, Marko Lipus, filmkoop, labo d’ images, Nathalie Pelet; Music: John Deneuve Austria / France; TRT: 6:44; 16MM to digi PI KA CHU is the title of an experimental 16mm film project, which has been realised with a group of children from the district of Floridsdorf in Vienna. The film is both a playful rehearsal and an ode to the realm of childhood as well as to a cinema, which embraces this very topic. The opening scene shows the casting of a girl, one of the children from the local school in Floridsdorf. A rhythmical montage subsequently presents a collection of the most diverse children’s plays, ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, from elaborate group activities to more individual and confined games, from counting-out rhymes to up to date songs and rhythms. Underpinned by repetitive voice-over-sequences, a pulsating and absorbing narrative stream unfolds like a carefully woven pattern.
ASSUMPTIONS OF YOUR PHANTOM(sy); Karissa Hahn USA; 1.53; Super 8 to digi The glorious nature of a phantom-like entity, in the midst of vulnerability.
MOONBOW THIEF; Sara Bonaventura; ITALY; 4.46; Sound: field recordings- Dolomites Carnival, Balinesian Barong and Kali dance The question of language and its limits is at stake. The overall carnivalesque tones are seeds for a new polyphonic text (in the sense Mikhail Bakhtin intended it). The death of a speech could be the birth of a language: ero muto tumore (I was a dumb tumor). It is not the thief’s voice. It is an “essential palindrome” (Agamben Giorgio, Il cinema di Guy Debord).
Wednesday, October 14 – Courthouse Theater @ Anthology Film Archives
ANOTHER EXPERIMENT BY WOMEN & MILLENNIUM FILM WORKSHOP
present TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS, guest curated by SASHA WATER FREYER
After an internet flaming episode in the film community on FRAMEWORKS, Sasha was invited to be our guest curator:
TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS is a selection of old and new works in 16mm film and video about being vulnerable – exposed and unsafe. Susceptible, yet ready. The program is a personal and collective response to the ontology of artistic canons in and of themselves. It presents a selection of works that cross and expose the boundaries by including Net Art, music video, performance-documentation and video art alongside more traditional approaches to experimental cinema. These nine works address, in very different ways and formats, acts of being naked to the world – the human body in search of love, food, adventure or acceptance; the human challenge to “acceptable” conduct based on race and gender stereotypes. Try It – Try a Little Tenderness — Sasha Waters Freyer
Portland by Greta Snider
1996 | 12:00
Three friends, including the filmmaker, rendezvous in Portland by hitchhiking or train-hopping from different cities. After a week of arguments, soup kitchens, brushes with the law, and bad weather, each leaves with a different memory of the trip.
Our Summer Made Her Light Escape by Sasha Waters Freyer
2012 | 4:45
Portrait of interiority, maternal ambivalence and the passage of time. The beauty and quotidian cruelties of nature right outside your door.
Pearl Pistols by Kelly Gallagher
2014 | 3:00
A glitter bombed, pistol-whipping, animated, resurrection of a speech by the exuberant and powerful civil rights revolutionary Queen Mother Moore.
Song About the Futility of the Human Endeavor by Tova Mozard
2006 | 6:00
A woman performs and interprets a text from Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera, about vulnerable people in society. The piece was produced when Swedish artist Tova Mozard was invited to do a workshop at a daycare center for disabled and homeless people, rape victims and addicts.
Alpha Girls by Alma Alloro and Jennifer Chan
2014 | 3:30
Alpha Girls is an audio/video collaboration between Alma Alloro and Jennifer Chan where tweeted lyrics form the basis of a song. Alma is based in Berlin and makes tunes on her gameboy. Jen Chan lives in Chicago. She eats emotionally.
To Prague with Love by Ira Eduardovna
2014 | 12:00
While a young child in Soviet Uzbekistan, artist Ira Eduardovna’s sister wrote letters to a girl from Prague. In 2013, while in the Czech Republic, Eduardovna placed an ad in a local newspaper attempting to locate her sister’s correspondent. The film weaves together tropes of documentary and Reality TV to highlight truths and fallacies of memory, history, and storytelling.
Untitled by Laurel Nakadate
2010 | 6:45
Porn actresses at a Los Angeles casting agency read poems written by the poet Dora Malech in order to audition for an acting role.
Tight Pants/Body Rolls by Leslie Hall
2010 | 3:00
A rad dance track about forest creatures who dance in tight clothing. Costuming inspired by Kill Bill and created by the artist’s mother.
Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes), Part 2: The Crying Game by Roger Beebe
2014 | 21:00
It’s all right to cry. Sometimes it’s better than all right.
Tuesday, November 03 – 6:00 PM
Julia Jin DISPOSSESSED (8 minutes, 16mm, USA/China)
Lydia Moyer THE BLOCKS (10 minutes, video, USA)
Kelly Gallagher PEN UP THE PIGS (12 minutes, video, USA)
Negin Sharifzadeh EVEN GRAY FEELS BLUE (9 minutes, video, USA)
Evelin Stermitz WATER PORTRAIT I-IV (8 minutes, video, Austria/Slovenia)
Rrose Present CODES OF… SENSES II (4 minutes, video, Spain)
Ninfa Sanchez & Karen Vilchis ABSENCE (6 minutes, video, Mexico)
Wednesday, December 02- 6:00 PM
Sara Bonaventura SHE VANISHES (8 minutes, video, Italy)
Rebecca Arndt DORIAN (20 minutes video, USA)
Tabita Rezaire COMBTHROUGH (4 minutes, video. Mozambique)
Kristin Reeves THREADBARE (6 minutes 16 mm, USA)
Leslie Wilson TO MY LOVE (4 minutes, vide, USA)
Linda Fenstermaker ABANDONED GENERATIONS (10 minutes, video, USA)
Interview with curator Lili White
William J. Simmons
BIG, RED & SHINY!
Another Experiment by Women Film Festival promotes and screens moving images in any media, made by women, that encourage critical thinking and dialogue.
News & Screenings:
- Berger Nissen (Expanded Cinema Performance) June 13
- Olivia Ciummo & Tara Merenda Nelson in PSYCHIC PANIC
- underground film journal (dot) com
- Issue #2 NON/FICTIONS ISSUE of CANYON CINEMAGAZINE, featurCANYON CINEMAGAZINE’s article on AXW Panel Discussion by COURTNEY FELLON
- CLAUDIA SIEFEN’s film – BEEN WAITING FOR YOU SO LONG- at M°BA CENTRAAL from June 9 – July 21, 2013
- 12/7/12 – AMERICAN DREAMS / NIGHTMARES curated by Noe Kidder
- 12/ 8 – JOEY HUERTAS AKA JANE PUBLIC AND SUZANA STANKOVIC at Mono No Aware
- 12/13, 14,15 – Lynne Sachs’ “Your Day is My Night”