Submissions are currently being sought for Altered States, an immersive exhibition of visionary experimental film and artists' film and video work at the Electro Studios Project Space in St. Leonards-on-Sea, U.K. The exhibition will form part of the Coastal Currents Arts Festival, which takes place between the 28th of August and the 13th September 2015.
In curating this programme we are searching for works that articulate film's power to initiate or approximate heightened states of consciousness, transporting us across the threshold into a dream-state. We are looking for works that imaginatively reshape the base materials of the everyday world into something rich and strange. Applicants are encouraged to interpret this broad theme as freely as they like.
Bruce McClure steps off the international stage to treat an intimate audience at Apiary Studios to his durational, banging, attack and decay on overdriven celluloid with an hour long film and sound projection performance. With support from Roberto Crippa providing his special brand of corporeal-aural intensity.
Stan Brakhage, central figure in US avant-garde cinema, lived from the early sixties in Rollinsville, Colorado, with his wife and children, isolated in the mountains. There, he developed a highly personal and lyrical cinema, centred on his family: a series of autobiographical films that he entitled The Book of the Family. Tortured Dust was the end of this cycle. Filmed throughout three years in the eighties, at the heart of a household in crisis, it is his longest and most moving home movie. Using a hand-held camera, a rhythmic, intricate editing process and touches of psychodrama, the film portrays with insight and distance their everyday life. Through windows, mirrors, flashes of colour and chiaroscuro, Brakhage records his children leaving home, the lack of communication and the breakdown of his marriage.
San Francisco Cinematheque announces Crossroads 2015 (April 10–12) at San Francisco's Victoria Theatre. Founded by filmmaker Bruce Baillie in 1961, San Francisco Cinematheque is an internationally recognized arts institution and the Bay Area’s premier venue for avant-garde/experimental, underground and personally expressive film and video work.
Crossroads 2015 will present over sixty films, videos and performance works by over fifty filmmakers from around the world screened in nine feature-length programs. Highlights of this edition include a program of live performance cinema works by OJOBOCA, Allison Leigh Holt & Kadet Kuhne, Michael A. Morris and Kerry Laitala & Voicehandler; and screeening of the latest works, many of them premieres, by Scott Stark, Karissa Hahn, Stephen Broomer, Pablo Mazzolo, Paul Clipson, Luis Macías, Malena Szlam, Abigail Child, Basma Alsharif, Jean-Paul Kelly, Jeanne Liotta and Mike Stoltz, among many others.
GAZE film series invites filmmakers to submit short experimental, documentary and narrative works to the curated screening Past Perfect • Future Tense at Artists’ Television Access on Friday, June 19th.
A show dedicated to our relationship with time—looking into the past, the present, and the future—contemplating our tumultuous connection to the clock and calendar. Seasons, cycles, phases, orbits and generations. How do we understand the longing for things that are gone or our desire to rewrite the past? What can we make of our anxiety of the unknown or the anticipation of things yet to be? Join us for an early celebration of the summer solstice, when the days are longest and the nights are shortest.
Ann Arbor Film Festival, the oldest festival dedicated to experimental film & video, returns next week in its 53rd edition, with a programme of over 200 films, videos and live performances. During the week-long festival (March 24th - 29th), its attendants will be able to enjoy retrospective screenings dedicated to the work of Tacita Dean (UK) and Wojciech Bakowski (Poland), as well as the two-programme selection titled Computer Age: Early Computer Movies 1952–1987, curated by Gregory Zinman and Leo Goldsmith. The festival will also feature new works by Kevin Jerome Everson, Mike Hoolboom, Sergei Loznitsa, Jennifer Reeder, Tomonari Nishikawa, Shambhavi Kaul, Barbara Sternberg, Stephen Connolly, Robert Todd, Peggy Ahwesh and Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy, among many others.
The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is seeking applications from international (non-Canadian Citizens and Residents) artists for 4–6 week individual production residencies to take place between October 2015 and August 2016. LIFT is an artist-run production and educational media arts organization dedicated to celebrating excellence in the moving image. We support a wide range of production formats including Regular 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, Super 16mm, 35mm and HD; film and digital editing; optical printers; contact printers; animation stands; a darkroom and more. Toronto also offers a range of lab facilities, a large pool of experienced technicians and talent, a vibrant film community and a dynamic arts environment
LIFT's residency program focuses on the production of film-based works with equipment and facilities to which the artist would not have access in their local region. Artists are expected to be at an established point in their practice (although not necessarily working predominantly with film). Applicants must also consider what they would bring to Toronto in terms of community collaboration, teaching, workshops, artist talks and/or presentation activities—these engagements are a critical and required part of each residency offered by LIFT.