Friday, April 14, 1:00 PM
Director: Giulia Magno, Experimental, Italy, Jordan, 8 min
Inspired by a famous exchange of letters between Michelangelo Antonioni and Mark Rothko, “Esterno giorno” is an experimental love letter to Italian cinema.
Gentle Hum of Spring
Director: Simon Garez, Narrative, Canada, 10 min
As the spring thaw approaches in Saskatchewan, a young beekeeper struggles to maintain his bee colonies.
Directors: Maria Luisa Santos, Carlo Nasisse, Documentary, Costa Rica, 14 min
In Costa Rica there are no street addresses. Instead, an address contains a series of directions in reference to various landmarks. In this film, a Costa Rican woman who has always felt a pressing anxiety by this lack of order tries to understand its origins. In doing so she discovers a larger story about human memory and place.
Life Without Dreams
Director: Jessica Bardsley, Experimental, USA, 13 min
Life Without Dreams is set in the outer space of consciousness, where the surfaces of far out planetary bodies form the terrain for an exploration of 24/7 capitalism, insomnia, and the disappearance of darkness.
The Wind That Held Us Here
Director: Jack Cronin, Experimental, Canada, 6 min
During their annual migration to Mexico, thousands of Monarch butterflies funnel into Point Pelee National Park in Leamington, Ontario, where they wait for calm weather to allow them to fly across Lake Erie. The Wind That Held Us Here uses images and sound captured at Point Pelee National Park, as well as poetic text, to explore the concept of transmigration. The visual style uses monochromatic tones to isolate the shapes of the natural features of the park, inviting the viewer to focus on the invisible, but always present wind.
Director: Richard Wiebe, Experimental, USA, 5 min
“Things are changing; things are starting to spin, snap, fly off into the blue sleeve of the long afternoon. ‘Oh’ and ‘ooh’ come whistling out of the perished mouth of the grass, as things turn soft, boil back into substance and hue. As everything, forgetting its own enchantment, whispers: I too love oblivion…” (Mary Oliver, 1979)
Director: Dani Wasserman, Experimental, USA, 3 min
A visual poem pondering chemistry, and its effects on imagery, food, environments, and bodies. Born from the similarities between the language used to teach analog photographic techniques and the language used by doctors and medical institutions surrounding transgender hormone replacement therapy. Two types of development.
Folds of Stone
Directors: Lisa Truttmann, Nicole Krenn, Experimental, Austria, 4 min
Rock is subject to constant change. Forces of nature, geo-dynamics, and anthropogenic interventions shape the ostensibly rigid matter as an extended organism, which can only be perceived in a geological concept of time.
Director: Jennifer Reeves Experimental, USA, 6 min
The diagnosis of an eye disorder incited this meditation on fear and beauty. Glimpses of curious and creative souls peek out of countless hand-painted film frames. Infinite colors and textures burst, blend, and challenge the primacy of uniform vision.
Only If You Could See a View Above the Clouds
Director: Zhuoyun Chen, Experimental, USA, 4 min
A ghost, a face, lucid minerals, vague landscapes… What do you see when my words fall?
Directors: Anna Kipervaser, Majd Alloush, Experimental, United Arab Emirates, 20 min
A meditation on water exploring the trajectory of human impact on coastlines in the United Arab Emirates.