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Akerman

Mexico—2020

Director: M. Dianela Torres

 

Video essay about two fragments from Chantal Akerman’s films “D’Est” (1993) and “No Home Movie” (2015). The footage was remixed for analysis purposes and to make the viewer recall the travelling left in these two sequences.

The Excruciatingly Endless And Dishearteningly Tedious Tale of The Creator Who Cannot Create : A Journey Into Lifelessness

USA—2020

Director: Urja Vakta

Artist’s block. We’ve all been there before, right? You know the feeling when you have to try so hard to do the one thing you’re supposed to be good at? The film gives you a glimpse of an artist’s process while making art and addresses issues of mental health. The protagonist, Abel, is struggling with the impending doom of a deadline, inducing the ever familiar anxiety attack.

Handshake

Greece—2020

Director: Katerina Sigala

Has virtual reality taken the place of the real? Did you stop talking to the eyes? A handshake equals 1000 words and feelings. Yours?

Present day, Present time: a 鬼鎮 (Ghosttown) moment
USA—2020

Director: John Cates

Siera Begaye, indigenous artist, actress, and activist from the Diné (Navajo) Nation, speaks from her experience in this stylized portrait. The experimental music of MORHER (Ambrosia Bartošekulva) creates soundscapes that accompany and define the glitch landscapes of the film, from the construction of the transcontinental railroad, in the 1800s, to the meanings of technologies today. As Amy Beste, Curator of Conversations At the Edge, writes: “Begaye sets a new course for the future.” and “鬼鎮 (Ghosttown) disrupts the Western’s most pernicious tropes with glitches and noise, connecting yesterday’s traumas and technologies to those of today.” Independent film curator Patrick Friel writes that “Ghosttown as a whole is a provoking and visually striking reworking of the Western form, infusing it with a more inclusive sensibility and a contemporary, digital/computer-centric aesthetic.”

Rebirth Garments

USA–2018

Directors: Eloise Sherrid, Sky Cubacub, Lauryn Welch

A series of cinemagraphs exploring the idea of “radical visibility” in an ongoing collaboration between filmmaker Eloise Sherrid, the queercrip fashion collective Rebirth Garments, and painter Lauryn Welch. Cinemagraphs are artistic GIFs: shot with intentionality and featuring a mostly still image that has pockets of moving video that loop infinitely. Queer, disabled bodies (also known as “queercrip” bodies) are systemically erased from public discourse. By investigating and then deconstructing ideas of visibility and camouflage with color and repeated movement, this series makes queercrip bodies unavoidable and impossible to ignore. They live online in GIF form, without beginning or end, following the idea that digital life permits queercrip people to live beyond oppressive limitations of society, and enter a plane of digital transcendence.

Saudade

USA—2020

Director: Matthew Esquivel

“a feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia”

Worst Case Scenario

USA—2019

Director: Autumn Palen

A woman recounts the turbulent summer wherein she was diagnosed with stomach cancer, just before meeting the love of her life