Experimental Shorts at Brothers Drake
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Brothers Drake Meadery
The 1st Early Bird Screening for the 61st Columbus International Film + Video Festival.
The Columbus Film Council presents an evening of short video works- experimental, and animation, local and international. We are the longest operating independent film organization in the USA. Come watch great shorts and drink some fabulous mead with us!
In addition to all the cool stuff mentioned above we have decided to let you, the audience, be the jurors for the Experimental Shorts Division this year for the 61st Columbus International Film + Video Festival. That’s right, you get to decide who wins! All you need to do is to show up, buy an incredibly inexpensive membership tag (just $15, which gets you all kinds of discounts and free admission to our big party on November 16 at CCAD) and you get to vote! Wowza! If you don’t want to be a member or vote come on down anyways, you’ll be welcome to view the films for free along with us and drink fantastic mead and eat amazing Japanese food from Tokyo GoGo.
To Begin With, Monica Saviron, 8.00, Spain, US
TO BEGIN WITH is a poetic reflection on a contemplative moment of both fear and excitement, when the time comes to move on. A moment of both new and old memories. A moment of decision – what to keep and what to leave behind, what is lost and what is gained, and what is always there to begin with.
Axiom, Sally Grizzell Larson, 2.00, US
The rhythm of clapping hands, the repetition of images in equally timed segments: We are lulled and seduced. Like any other high functioning receptor, the human brain is indiscriminate about what it picks up. How then do we resist the seemingly benign when we’re mesmerized by it in spite of our better judgment?
Holy F#&%, Marie Elisa Scheidt, 7.00, Germany
In HOLY F#&% we see people who liberate themselves when they bend and break the rules of language, foregrounding its materiality and unconscious dimension, producing sounds which give access to realms of the mind that words cannot reveal and express. With this uninhibited flouting of conventions and the hegemony of the functional, they challenge us to expand our definitions of language and speech in different directions.
Heart Shaped Bruises, Diego Ramirez, 2.00, Mexico, Australia
Heart-Shaped Bruises employs an abstract scene of domestic violence as an allegory to explore gender identification. Accentuating plasticity and artifice, I perform a couple made of two pervasive gender stereotypes, the “Femme Fatale” and “The Jock”. Clearly, the “couple” is not a real couple, but me lip-synching, dressing and cross-dressing. The characters have a dramaturgic edge, but are by no means unrealistic. Heart-Shaped Bruises seeks to question the way in which we perform gender stereotypes and bring attention to their absurdity.
Memory (7 Days, 3 Continents, 10 Minutes, 22 Seconds), Gloria Chung, 10.22, US
This is a film about memory and traveling. It attempts to visualize the act of recalling scattered fragments of past journeys, and how one memory recalls another in a chain reaction of sorts.
The Sight Is Not Blocked Anymore, Hamidreza Samkay, 7.00, Iran
A dirty windshield has blocked a woman’s sight. She sees a man who has the same problem but he is continuing his way by ignoring the problem. At first, she decides to do the same but a possibility of having accident with a little cute girl, who is so alike with her childhood, makes her to change her mind. She decides to beak the windshield and clear her sight. What she is doing is very similar to what she did in her childhood time while playing with her friend.
Fractal Mandala, Jud Yalkut, 1.20, US
Abstract work by a pioneer in video art.
gyre-ation, Beth Portnoy, 7.00, US
A visual exploration of resistance to and acceptance of the forces outside of ourselves. A woman whirls through a vortex of tension between natural and psychological patterns.
Memory Of Objects, Russell Sheaffer, 4.00, US
Shot on 16mm film, ‘Memory of Objects’ incorporates filmed projection on sites of rural decay to explore and question issues of violence and cultural memory in rural spaces.
Salt Lines, Cade Bursell, 5.00, US
A haptic, visceral response to discordant lines of text associated with Himalayan salt extraction; its use in the US for gourmet cooking and healing vs. the hard repetitive labor of those who bring us this commodity.
Suspect, Madeleine Fix, 4.00, Columbus, Ohio
A 4-minute experimental short made in collaboration with Anne Nage
17:1, Andrew Halasz, 8.00, US
A man, lying in bed next to his wife, becomes obsessed with the erotic sounds of his neighbor’s nighttime activities. This story, told in a 17:1 aspect ratio, is about peeking into a world of allure, compulsion and desire.