SATURDAY, APRIL 19TH, FILMSCENE, 9 PM
Programmed by Lauren Drennan, Jake Nolan, and Zoe Slutzky
and none better than an old man
Josh Weissbach, USA, 2013 (12:19)
Adriana Trujillo and José Inerzia, Mexico, 2014 (05:26)
Debris of memory, those things that went un-filmed and un-caught. A piece that attempts to recover the marginal worlds, opening possibilities for celebration, turning back to look at childhood, at those unforgettable trips and Disneyland, all found in the domestic archives of the border region between Mexico and the United States
Bright Flower and the Scars from the Stone
Jade Rainho, Brazil, 2013 (28:14)
Bright Flower and the Scars from the Stone is the matriarch of an indigenous family of Guarani-Kaiowá shamans living in the Reserve of Dourados, MS, Brazil. There, deprived of their original way of life, they struggle to survive preserving ancient knowledges and cultural habits, while dealing with the effects and ailments caused by the continuous explosions of an asphalt plant, which has been blasting and exploring a sacred stone in the territory of the village for over 40 years.
Jeffrey P. Palmer, USA, 2013 (18:20)
Through digital filmmaking, Origins represents a grandfather and grandson’s perspectives of Kiowa (Native American) history and storytelling, which together form a visual document tracing the director’s ancestral beginnings. These perspectives range from oral narratives and historical analyses, to the director’s personal memoirs of growing up on Kiowa allotment land in southwestern Oklahoma. These generational voices lead the audience through the expansive landscape of “Kiowa Country”, surveying the origins, homelands, and ceremonial sites of Kiowa existence and identity.
Sean Hanley, USA, 2014 (02:25)
Richard Ashrowan, Iceland, 2013 (17:17)
Speculum is a moving image sigil, an attempt at a rehabilitation of the present through the prism of the past. The work explores ancient theories of matter in which luminous emanation gives rise to physical form. Taking the form of seven stages or seven failed experiments, the film draws upon the works of early light philosophers Roger Bacon (1214-1292), Agrippa von Nettesheim (1486-1535), and John Dee (1527-1609).