DATE: Saturday May 20, 2023 Starts @ 4:00pm

VENUE: Midtown Cinema


Body Legato

Body Legato
A presentation of short films.

Chapter 3: Pacifies a Lier

Better Lovers/Hsin-Yu Chen
United States I 13 I Digital

Part of an ongoing series of experimental shorts conceived of as a guide for learning pottery-making through hypnotism, the film probes through dark psychological vignettes like Russian nesting dolls. Material and psychical space collapse as ideas appear and reappear in temporal spiraling; perceptual experience and the process of learning become indistinguishable. You can pick up your work next week.

This Is How I Felt

Josh Weissbach
East Haddam, CT I 2 I 16mm

Filmed in a twenty-four period while the filmmaker was wearing a heart monitor to investigate possible arrhythmias.

Drive with Persephone

Unknown I 10 I Digital

. . . . . The ancient myth of the goddess of rebirth’s abduction told through ‘drive with me vlogs’ and sousveillance. Seemingly innocuous recordings are fraught with foreboding as the vloggers who yearn for freedom, love and self-expression find themselves unable to escape society’s haunting bondage.


Sandy McLennan
Canada I 3 I Super 8 I In-Camera-Edit I Silent

With a super 8 cartridge I shot moons ago, labelled "unknown", I'm back in the darkroom after some months. Ah, it's the river near home! Turned out to look just how I felt, with muted brown, false horizon, chemical re-balance and frayed nerve.


Kathryn Ramey
United States I 10 I 16mm

An acronym for swimming at your own risk, SAYOR refers to a forum without a moderator. Three years in the lives of three AMAB (assigned male at birth) children with a parent/observer. What does it mean to be male in the 21st century?

Body Legato

Sam Drake
Milwaukee, WI I 6 I Digital/16mm

Imagined possibilities of disembodied being. A cow becomes meat becomes man becomes angel, while a surveillance balloon hovers overhead.

Vision of Paradise

Leonardo Pirondi
Brazil/USA/UK I 16 I 35mm/16mm

The film follows a voyage of the Brazilian Military in search of an imaginary island with the same name as their country. The myth from 1483 Brazil, or Hy-Brazil, is known to exist to the west of Ireland and above the Fortunate Islands. Amidst the fine threshold of the real, simulated, and imagined, the film analyzes the contemporary ideas of virtual reality and their ambition to expand the frontiers of the physical world into a "New World".

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