DATE: Saturday May 20, 2023 Starts @ 4:00pm
VENUE: Midtown Cinema
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
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.
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.
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?
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
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".