5PM: Competitive Program #6

E105 AJB, 140 W WASHINGTON ST

Spotlight on a Brick Wall – Alee Peoples and Mike Stoltz
USA | 2016 | 8:36 min | 16mm to digital
A performance film that navigates expectations of both the audience and the makers. A series of false starts. Dub treatment on the laugh track.

Selfie(ie;) – Laura Iancu
USA | 2016 | 3:44 min | digital
A short film about the hallucinatory effect of over-articulating one’s image through reappointing the functionality of technologies solely designed to produce social capital and a comforting sense of individuality. Beyond provoking sensations of the uncanny, hacking into high-production self-representation could also point to a purposeful crafting of new weapons of camouflage and dissimulation though the joke, the negligible and the obfuscation of hyper visibility.

Welcome to David Wojnarowicz Week – Steve Reinke
Canada/USA | 2016 | 14:17 min | digital
Welcome to David Wojnarowicz Week is the follow up to A Boy Needs a Friend. Reinke proposes a new holiday with the motto MORE RAGE LESS DISGUST: David Wojnarowicz Week and takes us through his seven days of celebration. Plankton, Kafka, Bette Davis, Wednesday afternoon visits with friends, more plankton, burning villages, Hollis Frampton, Sammy Davis Jr. as a libidinal machine producing sadness, opera, disembowelment, poetry.

Return to Forms – Zachary Epcar
USA | 2016 | 10:13 min | 16mm to digital
A constellation of objects, each emerging into the soft peach-light void of an indeterminate condominium space.

Cleaning the Glass – Brett Kashmere
USA | 2016 | 11 min |digital
Exploding the cine-essay into a desktop documentary, CLEANING THE GLASS (a postscript to Kashmere’s FROM DEEP) considers how the relationship between sports, politics, race, and media has changed over the past half-decade.

Bloopers – Karissa Hahn
USA | 2016 | 3:28 min | 8mm to digital
one roll of super 8 film, it takes 8 takes. Staged for ‘Take 3’ to be the shot, the ‘perfect shot.’ The rest are bloopers, this film is called ‘BLOOPERS.’ How can we edit a preplanned shoot in which one shot is planned to make it? A staged shoot for the perfect shot without consideration of chance. One roll of super 8 film, duration of 8 takes, 3 actions, 8 shots made.

In A Perfect Fever – Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney
USA | 2015 | 8:28 min | digital
In a Perfect Fever riffs on a ubiquitous trick in film and television history, where the switching of a practical light — a light source within the frame — serves as a moment of conspiracy between filmmakers, characters, and audience, allowing drastic, even impossible changes to the scene while still functioning as a believable, diegetic moment. Unfurling like a dream, the video expands to consider recent psychological studies investigating empathy that find increased stress levels and shorter life spans for the individuals doing the caring. How do we name the value of this costly connection?

See A Dog, Hear A Dog – Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney
USA | 2016 | 18 min | digital
Taking its title from a sound design maxim and using it as a conceit to grasp our desire for connection, See A Dog, Hear A Dog probes the limits and possibilities of communication. In this liminal cinematic space, the fear of conscious machines is matched with a desire to connect with nonhuman entities. Technology, from domesticated animals to algorithmic music to chat rooms, reflects human desire but has its own inventiveness. Can we ever truly communicate with a machine, with a nonhuman animal, with each other? Our anthropomorphic tendencies, our fear of replacement by non-human forms, even our interpersonal limitations, can’t foreclose the possibility of connection and understanding, a great unknown sometimes called trust.