Next Screening

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Wednesday MAY 13 , 2015 — 6:00pm

Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue at 2nd Street, New York, NY
Admission: $6

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Curated by Lili White

TRT: 40 minutes


Filmmaker Elizabeth Henry will join us in person for discussion about her films.

Nora Sweeny’s film, SOMETHING LIKE WHALES, will be screened in 16MM.



The Cheerwine Trail; Claire Bennett
(2012, animation to Digi, 2.15)
A hand-made animation about a journey by car from Toronto, Ontario to Columbia, South Carolina created for a screening in memoriam of animator Helen Hill.

Fledgling; Elizabeth Henry & Tony Gault
(2009, 8 mm to Digi,7:15 )
Synopsis: When a neighbor, Kevin, “rescues” a baby crow one stormy night, he begins to question his relationship to the natural world. “Fledgling” is a short documentary that explores notions of domestication, both in humans and wild animals.

Bring with You a Heart; Elizabeth Henry (2013, HDvideo, 7:30)
Like so many of us, I continue to grapple with the Romanticism that haunts a disillusioned America. In this piece, William Wordsworth helps me through a journey to Las Vegas with a loved one. Exploring the ambiguities (or impossibilities) of innocence in a culture gone mad with desire, “Bring With You A Heart” traces my psychic journey through a desert wasteland of light, water and consumption.

On the Road (be fekret hastam); Naz Shahrokh (2013, HDvideo,6:40)
The work is a conversation with Jack Kerouac and his novel “On the Road”; a narrative describing self-discovery. The scroll like form is symbolic of Kerouac’s manuscript for his novel, while the work is also a conversation with the energy of the Beat Generation and the philosophy inherent with that period of Zen Buddhism, the practice of consciously living in the now, while walking through the journey of life. This work is a narrative describing the theory in metaphysics of twin souls. The song is in Persian — he is singing to his muse, “you are always walking by, and I love you, but you do not see me”…

Something Like Whales; Nora Sweeney
(2013, 16mm, 5.00)
In a dying industrial neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Queensgate Train Yard pulses with life. A local worker describes the haunting sound emanating from the yard as “something like whales.” This film was shot in part with a camera obscura.

Susan’s Horses; Elizabeth Henry
(2010, Super 8 to Digi, 6:07)
Shot in the now extinct Super 8 Kodachrome film stock, this short documentary matches tone with film stock by nostalgically exploring a humble Colorado horse camp for kids, run by a woman whose troubled past helps to inform her unique relationship to her animals. As a horse moves through space, it reminds us of what we’ve been missing. As a horse stands in place, it reminds us of where we are.

Fishing; Beth Warshafsky
(2014, Super 8 to Digi; TRT: 3.02)
This is a visual tone poem to my parents which uses my father’s 8mm home movies. The original material is transformed through real-time digital effects, manipulation and painterly conceits which are then composited/edited into a final form.

Out of Green Stuff Woven; Elizabeth Henry
(2014, 16mm and found footage to Digi, 4:00)
Using both found and original footage, this is the first in a trilogy of films exploring the wide prairies—our myths, memories, and lyrics woven of grass.


Read an interview with curator, Lili White,
by William J. Simmons on BIG, RED & SHINY!

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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