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Video Association of Dallas 2009 Board of Directors
Barton Weiss Artistic Director Johnny Rutledge Managing Director Jeremy Spracklen Technical Director Swapnil Rai Programming Coordinator Lisa Taylor, Public Relations Taylor Made Press Sondra “Sonie” Golzad Advertising Sales and Outreach Sid Curtis Art Director Zach Dayton Graphic Interns Conner Tozier
Robert Soto, Graphic Design and Program Book Design SullivanPerkins
Dana Turner Writer, Editor James Blair Cool Intern Diana O’Meara Corporate Fundraising Rob Wernersbach Website Design John M. Rutledge Website Editor Robin Raasch Development Consultant James Watkins Ex Officio Darren Dietrich Internet Development Kevin Nash Newsletter Scott Sura AV God Rebekah Rutledge FB Specialist Barak Epstein Guts and Glory Support Jany Trejo Merchandise Mama Emma Tomika Technical Assistant Adam Conway Event Coordinator Ethan Harper Projectionist
Jeff Leuschel, Chair Jim Nugent, Treasurer Paul Wehrmann, Secretary Steve Alford Tim Capper Darren Dittrich David Leeson Leslie Oschmann Phil Pan Henry Shelton
Angelika Support Genie Sullivan Ellen Cotter
Volunteers Lacy Baldwin Jim Nugent Steve Alford Lupita Macias Diann Nichols Gina Whitlock Kimberly Price
Curatorial Assistance Provided By: Ron Simon KD Davis Carolyn Sortor Vince Sidwel
Contributors DIRECTORS: $2,000+
David Leeson Jim & Deborah Nugent Andy McCarthy & Samara Kline Bruce Deck Jeff & Jani Leuschel Norry Niven: Stone Core Films Morton H. Meyerson Henry Moss Foundation STARLETS: $500+
Alan Mann Dee Mitchell Kaleta Doolin & Alan Govenar Kevin Flynn and Kathy McDaniel Eben Price & Myra Walker STARS: $150+ Patricia Lodewick Dallas Film Society Virginia McAlester Scooter Smith Amy Martin Elliot & Kay Cattarulla William F. Schwarz Joan C. Davidow Carolyn Sortor Susan Kandell B.F. Hicks Sylvia Komatsu Linda Pastston
Additional Service and Support Alford Media AMS Pictures Vision Wise Mockingbird Station MAJOR SPONSORS Angelika City Of Dallas Texas MicroCine Office Of Cultural Affairs MPS Texas Commission on the Arts National Endowment For The Arts Kodak Mid American Arts Alliance PA: personal amount Dean Terry Maury Levy J. Scott Chase
SPONSORS HBO AMS KODAK HALF PRICE BOOKS MEDIA KERA DALLAS OBSERVER Taylor Made Press HOSPITALITY Trinity Hall 2616 Commerce RADISSON Dripping Springs Vodka CONTENT HBO OFFICIAL TRANSPORTATION SPONSOR DART Content Support Maysles Films
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ABOUT THE NAME CHANGE
Welcome to version 1.0 of VideoFest, formerly known for 21 versions as the Dallas Video Festival. Why the name change? Well, we have been talking about a new name for many years, often taking the word “video” out and replacing it with some kind of digitalness. But that just sets up for a change again with the next innovation. We thought of adding international to our name. We have, almost since the beginning, shown work from around the world. Then, we realized we are video. We looked around and found there were no other “video” festivals any more. So why VideoFest? When we started in 1987, there were a few interesting VHS titles and a real scarcity of independent video. But now there is so much. With YouTube, one can see anything at anytime to fill a moment or a day. But when you have everything available to you all the time, you have nothing. We all consume digital media now at a fast-food pace. It doesn’t make us healthy. It doesn’t feed our soul. It doesn’t make us better. It’s a new need, but a familiar one. That’s why we need VideoFest. My hope is that you put down your laptop and iPhone, come to the Angelika and get fully nourished. Feed your eyes and ears and brain with the work and go home mentally stimulated. Most of you don’t settle for drivel to fill in. This Year let us be your guide in the online media wilderness. For example, our guest Dean Terry and his UTD techies will be showing you the history and aesthetics of YouTube. He’ll help answer some of the mysteries of stupid pet tricks, why we flash, and how to share that Internet-connection to your heart. Its just the kind of contextualizing the VideoFest has been doing for each new frontier of media, from CD-ROMS to Hi-Def. Come and explore the rich bounty that individual artists can conjure up when controlling the pixels.
Here at the festival, we love all the things we produce, like the great poster and book you are reading, We really appreciate the work of SullivanPerkins for design that inspires. We also love our festival intros. We have had some great ones made by some really talented folks, and this year we asked Greenhill High School student Ryan Kline to direct it. We were able to assemble a great bunch of people to work with him including cinematographer Bill Schwarz , Abernathy Media Professionals, Steve Franko, Post Asylum, music from James Neil , a red camera from MP and E and lots of other people who chipped in (they are listed in the book). I hope you enjoy it the 5th, 6th and 10th time you see it. This is our second year at the Angelika and we have a new space, the Video Café. We hope you will check it out. It should be in some way similar to our TV Lounge in the basement of the Theater Center for those who remember. This year’s festival has been somewhat of a struggle. After AC, who did such a great job last year, moved to LA to make it in the film biz (we wish her well), we went through an extensive search and found James Watkins who did a great job until he needed to go to Seattle to marry his girlfriend a few months before the festival. And luckily, we were able to get Johnny Rutledge to manage the festival. He is doing a really great job. Our excellent projection comes from the dedication of Jeremy Spracklen who has pioneered the new way for festivals to project work. Swapnil Rai has been doing a great job as festival coordinator and Sonie Golzad has stepped in to do so many things it is hard to count them. A special thanks to Steve Alfold the 24-hour video race master and provider of the best video projectors possible, to our board chair Jeff Lueschel who inspires us, Jim Nugent who is the best treasurer any organization could want, Lisa Taylor now both our publicist and board member, and the rest of the board. Thanks to the lovely and talented Ms. Teegardin who picks up the slack when the fest stuff makes me hard to live with. Thanks to all I have forgotten to mention. (Sorry.) And thanks to you for coming. Have a great time. Enjoy and get inspired. Go home and change the world.
Throughout the 4 days we will take you to see a different vision of the world. From videos I brought back from Pakistan, to the opening night documentary Orgasm Inc. We believe in looking for great video everywhere, and if you have been to a Rangers game you have seen the fine work of Chuck Morgan on the large screens. Chuck is the auteur of stadium video. There are so many programs I want you to see, but even if I don’t mention them here, I love them all. Don’t miss our annual Al Maysles Award, our very cool Guts and Glory (the film/performance version of the 24-hour Video Race), the work of local student animators, film critic Matt Zollar Sietz on new forms of film criticism, and one of my favorites, Burma VJ about citizen video journalists who risk their lives to get video out of a country that has banned traditional media. It is indeed better living through video.
Bart Weiss President Video Association of Dallas Director VideoFest
MANAGING DIRECTOR WELCOME
About this year’s VideoFest intro
As an aspiring filmmaker, when someone approaches you with the opportunity to work with a professional cast and crew, you smile. When someone offers you the chance to direct a film with a world-class director of photography, a top-notch producer, and a host of amazing cast and crewmembers, you weep openly. As a junior in high school, I was given the opportunity to direct the festival introduction that you see before each program at this year’s VideoFest. I had never worked on a professional shoot before, much less directed one, but Bart had faith in my work, and I am so glad that he did. Video Fest Intro Support provided by: After pitching my script to Bart, he, along with my excellent Director Ryan Kline producer, Mariana Denke, and cinematographer, Bill Schwarz, DP Bill Schwarz Producer Mariana Denke began putting all of the pieces together. People who read my Assistant Director Ian Loomer script continually described it as “ambitious,” but many got Assistant Camera Bret Curry Jake Wilgonowski excited about its possibilities. I slowly began to realize how Gayathri Thaikkendiyil Gaffer Bil Arscott “ambitious” my script really was: a war, a Lamborghini, a Key Grip Maximo Contreras supermodel, what was I thinking? After months of hard work Bob Chestnut Electric Noe Medrano and many sleepless nights, we finally arrived at the shoot Grips Anthony Burokas date with all of the pieces put together. I was about to embark Benjamin Tubb on the most exciting, nerve-racking experience of my life. Daniel Laabs Sound Mike Sheppard Luckily for me, things could not have gone more smoothly. Leslie Frances Make-up Nikki Wynn The crew, many of whom had never worked together before, Wardrobe Mia Elvington Art Director Marion Arscott gelled perfectly and the cast was a joy to work with. I sat down Assistant Art Director Emily Pastore in my director’s chair, checked out the monitor (which was Candice Irion hooked up to a RED ONE—sweet!), and for the first time in my Production Assistants Gordon Smith Dan Kruger professional filmmaking career, yelled a resounding: “Action!” I want to thank everyone who made this project possible. The introduction really reflects my own experiences, and without the help of my teachers, friends, parents, and crew, I wouldn’t
have been able to take my vision to the big screen. While I don’t daydream during class, I do hope to one day entertain the world with my filmmaking. I hope the film speaks to you and inspires you to create magic of your own. I can certainly say now that in the film world, anything is possible. These past few months have been an outstanding learning experience for me, and I look forward to learning more as I continue to direct my own films. I also hope you will come see my short, Umbrella, on Saturday night. Enjoy VideoFest 22, and live life through the lens.
Eriq Robinson Kara Duncan Alex Grifﬁn Zach Prengler Robert See Geoff Pingree Tre Hall Ian Matthews Cat Hobbs Amadi Pate Jordan Neustadt Austin Denesuk Ryan Smith Saakshi Muralidhar
Thank you to Erich Spangenberg Mary Ann Caldwell Greenhill School Faculty and Staff Corbin Doyle Post Production Supervisor Matt Maples Editor Caitlin Van Dusen Editor Michael Fleetwood Dailies Color Correction Terry Wester Final Color Correction Steve Franko Music and Sound FX James Neel Material Support by: Panavision MP&E Mobile Production Services 12 Forward & TRANSFER Post Asylum Abernathy Media Professionals
About Our Jurors BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY BEST COMEDY SHORT
BEST DRAMATIC SHORT
BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT
A.C. Abbott is the former Managing Director of VideoFest. A.C. is a graduate of Boston University’s M.F.A. Film Program. She recently completed her directorial debut, the award nominated narrative feature ‘Disowning Claire’, playing festivals now. She is not only a filmmaker but is a film scholar and has written film and television criticism for academic journals and arts blogs. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she is pursuing her dream of writing for film and television.
Mark Birnbaum has produced, directed, written, filmed and edited documentaries—both independently and for Public Television and The Discovery Channel—in locations all over the world. Recognition includes the Peabody Broadcasting Award.
A graduate of the University of Texas film program, Clay is currently writing and directing features in the Dallas area.Clay has previously directed the feature film A Four Course Meal (to be distributed worldwide in 2009), as well as the recent short My Mom Smokes Weed (Grand Jury Winner 2008 Lone Star International Film Ron Simon (Curator, Television and Radio) Festival and 2008 Dallas Video Fest). As Ron Simon has been a curator of radio a cinematographer, Clay has shot 15 and television at The Paley Center for features, including festival favorite, St. Media since the early 1980s. He is also Nick. More than a few of his films are an adjunct associate professor at available at Blockbuster. His latest film Columbia University, New York University, is Earthling. Bryan Poyser and Hunter College, where he teaches Bryan Poyser graduated from the courses on the history of media. Simon Randy Clower Randy Clower has been a Dallas video/ University of Texas in 1996, where he has written for many publications, co-founded the Cinematexas Film including The Encyclopedia For Television filmmaker for almost forty years. In the eighties, he was creator and co-host of Festival. Bryan was nominated for an and Thinking Outside of The Box. A Channel 27’s “Film Vault”. Randy has Independent Spirit “Someone to Watch” member of the editorial board of been a full-time video/film-maker for the Award for writing and directing his first Television Quarterly, he was recently Dallas County Community College feature, Dear Pillow, which was released chair of the George Foster Peabody District for twenty three years and has on DVD in 2007. He produced and Committee, Simon has lectured at co-wrote the feature The Cassidy Kids, museums and educational institutions been recognized for both his educational video work as well as his independent starring Kadeem Hardison & Judah throughout the world. projects. He has had approximately Friedlander, which premiered at SXSW seven videos screened at the DVF as part and runs frequently on the Independent of the “Texas Show”. Film Channel. Bryan currently serves as the Director of Artist Services for the Austin Film Society and he is finishing post-production on his second feature Lovers of Hate.
Mark Birnbaum Ron Simon
Bryan Konefsky is a self-taught media artist and cultural worker. He is the Artistic Director of Experiments in Cinema (film festival) and the Vice President of Basement Films. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Advisors for the Ann Arbor Film Festival and is a professor in the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of New Mexico. He has screened his essay-films internationally at venues such as The Blinding Light Cinema (Vancouver), Videoex (Switzerland), The Paris Professionally, Sai has worked for the Underground Film Festival (France), The Emmy award winning Hothaus Creative Oslo Film Institute (Norway), and the as lead editor. Sai served as senior editor European Media Arts Festival (Germany). for Brushfire Films under the tutelage of See selections of Konefsky’s film/video Martin Spirit. work at www.undegroundfilm.org. Combining a strong passion for story telling and his love of directing, Sai’s work Donald Pasquella Donald Pasquella is an award-winning is fresh and versatile. From pure graphic video artist and documentary filmmaker work to performance-driven live action whose work has been shown nationally pieces, Sai delivers a bold, strong look. and internationally for more than 30 Adam Donaghey years. He is also Professor Emeritus of Adam Donaghey is an award-winning Cinema at Southern Methodist University independent film producer from Texas. where he taught from 1970 to 1996. His work has been seen at festivals and special screenings all over the world. His first feature film, St. Nick, premiered at SXSW 2009 and subsequently won the Grand Jury Prize for Texas Filmmaking at AFI Dallas. Additionally, Adam has three features ready to premiere on the 2010 festival circuit; and five features in pre-production. Adam was recently a judge for the Ultimate Filmmaker Competition and producer of the Houston Film Race. Sai Selvarajan was born in Sri-Lanka on a Wednesday night during a coup d’etat. He grew up in Nigeria playing soccer and eating bananas. After a brief stint in the UK, Sai moved with his parents to Dallas at the age of 9. Sai sold his soul to pop-culture and graduated in 2001 from the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in Film & Graphic Design. In his last semester, Sai stumbled into stardom with a short film called Blood & Oil which screened in festivals nationwide.
Clay Liford Randy Clower Sai Selvarajan
Bryan Konefsky Donald Pasquella
Ben Levin is the MFA Documentary Program Coordinator in the Department of Radio, Television, Film at the University of North Texas. He has worked on numerous documentaries as a producer, director and/ or editor. His productions have been screened in many venues including the London International Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the Margaret Mead Film Festival, the Dallas Video Festival, WNET in New York and other public television channels. Levin is a PastPresident of the University Film and Video Association and has served on the National Film Preservation Board (by appointment of the Librarian of Congress) since 1989.
Melinda Levin Melinda Levin is the Chair of the department of Radio, Television and Film at the University of North Texas. Her productions have screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Cornell Institute on U.S- Latin American Affairs, and the Inter-Society for Electronic Arts Conference – Paris. She is co-author of the book Post: The Theory and Technique of Digital, Nonlinear Motion Picture Editing. Levin is also a Past-President of the University Film and Video Association, and North American Delegate to CILECT (The International Congress of Schools of Film and Television). She works in environmental and social-issue documentaries.
Director’s Choice Awards
Texas Show Jurors
For years Bart has been judging and judging well. Not just the VideoFest entries but also for film societies all over the US and beyond. He’s always given back to the filmmakers with words and accolades and support. This year again we will be giving back something you can put your hands on and pawn to fund your next film. Two great minds, Bart Weiss and Al Maysles, will be giving out awards, from the heart, to well deserving films.
The Texas Show has been part of VideoFest from the beginning. We take all our submitted shorts from the great state and compile the best work. This year to broaden our search we worked with the Lone Star Film Festival to help us select the jury and work. Part of this collaboration is that, two weeks after VideoFest, Lone Star Film Festival will premiere the work in Fort Worth — doubling the exposure of these fine films in one month. Thanks Lone Star Film Society and Jurors for helping showcase Texas Filmmakers.
Meta Media Award For outstanding achievement in media about media.
BURMA VJ - Anders Østergaard Armed with video cameras, Burmese reporters expose the repressive regime controlling their country. In 2007, after decades of silence, Burma became headline news when peaceful Buddhist monks led a massive rebellion. Foreign news crews were banned, the Internet was shut down, and Burma was closed to the outside world. So how did we witness these events? Enter the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), aka the Burma VJs. – Awarded by Festival Director Bart Weiss
The Albert Maysles Award This award is given by Albert Maysles, legendary documentarian who has this to say about his work. “As a documentarian I happily place my fate and faith in reality. It is my caretaker, the provider of subjects, themes, experiences – all endowed with the power of truth and the romance of discovery... It’s my way of making the world a better place.” Every year VideoFest is proud to host the award to a young filmmaker that has Albert’s faith in the camera lens to reflect that better world. This year’s award goes to Ian Markiewicz for his work with Mr. Maysles on the film Get Your Ya-Ya’s Out. GET YOUR YA-YA’S OUT This brilliantly shot film presents full-length performances of the five previously unreleased Stones songs — “Prodigal Son,” “You Gotta Move,” “Under My Thumb,” “I’m Free” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones live on stage.
Frank Mosley is a filmmaker, writer, and actor from Arlington, Tx. who has been making movies since he was eight years old. Aside from his company Third Man Productions, he is also the founder of the Dallas-based improvisational film collective, Backyard Movies. This past summer, he completed his first feature film, HOLD, a stark, minimalist chamber. He has a cornucopia of short films that have all played on the national festival circuit all over the US. As an actor, he’s garnered acclaim for his starring performances in the films Coda, the Telly-winning Separated by Light, Relation, Wednesday, and The Other Side of Paradise. Find out more at the shamefully self-promoting site: Fankmosley.com
Jessica Schoenbaechler is a documentary filmmaker and writer. After receiving the MFA in documentary production from the University of North Texas, she began working for AMS Pictures, where she contributes to the production and writing of corporate and educational videos, as well as reality television and original documentaries. She is currently in postproduction on the feature documentary The Good Fight: James Farmer Remembers the Civil Rights Movement, slated for release in fall 2009. As a Board Member of Women In Film. Dallas, Jessica programs and coordinates the annual Chick Flicks Film Series & Festival.
Todd began his journalist career in newspaper which spanned more than two decades. He held multiple roles over the years as a critic, reporter, section editor, copy editor, humorist, vocal performer and punching bag. Camp has written, directed and starred in three features; reviewed film for KXAS/Channel 5; written and illustrated three graphic novels; written and illustrated seven longrunning comic strips; and performs in various Metroplex community theaters. He co-founded Q Cinema,the Fort Worth Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, where he served as Artistic Director. He is on the board of the Lone Star Film Society and is the marketing communications analyst for the American Airlines Federal Credit Union.
– Awarded by Albert Maysles
Jessica Schoenbaechler Todd Camp
thursday, November 5
thursday, November 5
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7:00pm American Casino Leslie Cockburn It was a subprime mortgage gamble and the working-class were unwitting chips on the table. This debut feature gets to the guts of the matter by explaining how $8 trillion vanished into the American Casino. We hear from a teacher, a banker who sold us out, a mortgage salesman who inflated incomes to justify loans, and a billionaire who won a $500 million bet that people would lose their homes. We see the casino’s endgame: Riverside, California, a foreclosure wasteland of rats and meth labs, where mosquitoes breed in stagnant swimming pools of yesterday’s dreams.
7:OOPM A Dallas Jewish Journey Allen and Cynthia Salzman Mondell Step back in time to experience the rich history of our Dallas Jewish Community! A Dallas Jewish Journey takes you from the first Jew in Dallas, Alex Simon, to Soviet Jewry’s flight for freedom—and beyond.
7:00pm Dangerous Places Space Ghost Laurie Jo Reynolds Space Ghost compares the experiences of astronauts and prisoners, using popular depictions of space travel to illustrate the physical and existential aspects of incarceration: sensory deprivation, the perception of time as chaotic and indistinguishable, the displacement of losing face-to-face contact, and the sense of existing in a different but parallel universe with family and loved-ones.
9:00pm Orgasm Inc. : Texas Premiere Mature Content Liz Canner in attendance Liz Canner will show this documentary in progress. In this documentary Liz Canner takes a job editing erotic videos for a pharmaceutical company that is developing a drug to treat Female Sexual Dysfunction. But Liz begins to suspect that her employer, along with a cadre of other medical companies, might be trying to take advantage of women, potentially endangering their health, in pursuit of billion dollar profits. The race for the Female Viagra is on!
7:18PM Four Questions for a Rabbi Jay Rosenblatt, Stacy Ross When Stacey Ross unexpectedly died in 2007, her friends contacted filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt, a videofest favorite to complete a project she had only just begun. The result is Four Questions for a Rabbi, a film that touches upon issues of identity, persecution and mortality. 7:30PM The Tale of Nicolai and the Law of Return David Ofek After the collapse of communism, Nicolai (who plays himself in this true story) leaves his tiny, remote village in Romania to seek his fortune overseas. For three years he worked and was exploited as a guest laborer in Israel. When Nicolai fled his employer and became an ‘illegal’ he was sent to prison, but suddenly his life took an abrupt turn. If he can find the proof his grandmother is Jewish, , he can become an Israeli citizen. Screens with: A Dallas Jewish Journey, Four Questions for a Rabbi 8:30PM Gogol Bordello - Non Stop Margarita Jimeno Gogol Bordello is a multi-ethnic Gypsy punk band from the Lower East Side of New York City known for its theatrical stage shows. Much of the band’s sound is inspired by Gypsy music, as its core members are immigrants from Eastern Europe. The documentary film follows the band’s rise from underground legends to international fame from 2001 to 2007. 8:30PM There is Never A Reference Point Thomas Riccio, Director There is Never a Reference Point is performance installation inspired by the journal writings and watercolors of Jamie Dakis, a woman diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, commonly known as multiple personality disorder. The performance will take the form of an immersive, interactive “walk-through” presentation where “visitors” explore and experience each of Jamie’s personalities.
Nashi Daya Cahen Ten thousand boys and girls are being prepared for a heroic future at the summer camp “Nashi,” Vladimir Putin’s growing youth movement. Each morning, five thousand girls exercise while five thousand boys run. Daya Cahen reveals through a double projection screen the complexity of the political manipulation and indoctrination, showing the relationship between propaganda and the public at large. 8:00pm Getting Oriented Home.Movie Reinhilde Condin, Martin Bruch Home.Movie is a cinematic self-portrait and the actual description of a period in the life of the hand wheelchair driver Martin Bruch, whose increasing immobility due to the gradual development of multiple sclerosis changes his everyday life. With the camera mounted on the wheel chair and a ceiling hoist, Martin Bruch travels through his flat and shows exclusively a subjective view. Dropping Furniture Paul Horn, Harald Hund What remains when nothing more remains and life is literally turned upside down? In this film, the furniture of an obviously old-fashioned, middle-class living room is disposed of, smashing on the floor, orchestrated by an echoing sound track synchronized with the decelerated image. Finally, the wreckage fills the room with the spreading waste of its own history.
In Transit Lida Abdul On a soccer field on the outskirts of Kabul, a group of children stuff a shot-up, wrecked airplane with cotton and try to make it fly like a kite. The airplane thus becomes, for one, a means of transport for the fantasy that frees it from its situation, and for another, a metaphor for the transitory power of art. Orientation Video Gregory Gutenko Single shot POV of a disoriented walk through a house searching for comforting orientation through media. 9:00pm Vistas Set In Solitude Malak Quota Part animation, part live action. The story of a woman living in a fishbowl, living in misery and solitude until things get shaken up. Chicago Corner Bill Brown An experimental art piece using a series of photographs on a Chicago street corner as well as film, video and text. It shows some of the lost buildings and unique structures on the wrong side of the tracks. Postcard to Owen Sound Jen Di Cresce International attention focuses on an Owen Sound waitress who was ‘laid off’ from her job after shaving her head during a cancer fundraising campaign. Through a series of interviews, including the mayor of Owen Sound and the restaurant owner who dismissed the waitress, the filmmaker is forced to assess the insular nature of this small town. Scenes from a Rooftop Paul Johannessen Amazingly photographed, it’s simply the daily life in a small town as seen from a single rooftop.
Thursday Screenings thursday, November 5 Angelika - Video Café Vistas (continued) Sitting Leighton Pierce Sitting is a reflection on the process of representation and also on the relationships between the various players in a situation of representation. The layers of observed and observers constantly shifts. The question of who owns the image is up for grabs. Composed entirely from digital still images. Stone Moss Leighton Pierce Leighton Pierce has created an impressionistic interpretation of a mysterious place, a passageway into another world, into otherworldliness, beautiful, ephemeral and yet highly tactile in its painterly beauty. The Night Gardener Jennifer Hardacker The life of a garden after dark: Balinese dancers sway on the petals of clematis flowers, Russian singers perform in a calla lily. Disparate images capture an idea about the humanity of the world play on floral screens. Explore the idea of the collective unconscious symbolically represented as images appropriated from old educational films, are projected onto garden plants and then re-photographed.
Vistas (continued) Wax and Wane Cassandra C. Jones, Director Observing the meditative moon and the earthly parade, Wax and Wane invokes Camus’ existential reference to the “benign indifference of the universe.” Civilization and human culture may race and change and embrace selfdestruction, but the moon’s monthly progress and the tides and surf conditions carry on, regardless. So we hope. By the same makers of Eventide. West Texas Colby Allen, Director Experience the natural beauty of desolate West Texas surrounding Marfa. 10:30PM Elektra and the Vampire Edward Rankus Chicago video artist Edward Rankus’s work is masterfully edited and deeply ironic, and he is able to wring drama from mundane subjects. The play of symbols is very important in his work, which in some ways approaches still-life painting in its juxtapositioning of essential elements to create moods and meanings.
Top: Orgasm Inc. Bottom: There is Never A Reference Point
FRIDAY, November 6
Friday, November 6
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7:00pm Legend Of The Dot Race Chuck Morgan Chuck Morgan is the Auteur of Stadium Entertainment. Anyone who has been to a Texas Rangers game knows that the music, video and everything about the presentation is great night after night and perhaps has more consistency than any other baseball team. We are happy to pay tribute to a man who brings the art of video to the people every night. Presented by Ben and Skin.
7:00pm Guts & Glory Last week 8 teams of filmmakers shot every scene of their movie in order, in camera with one roll of film. Tonight they perform the music, sound effects and voices live in theater. It’ll be the first time they see their own movie with all its flaws. It’s America’s Funniest Home Videos meets French auteur filmmaking.
10:00pm Odd Stories Worth Staying Up For Killer Jack Pettibone Riccobono A 17-year-old is consumed by an intense, dangerous game called KILLER (based on a real game). The film provides a glimpse into an urban rite of passage as it follows him and his group of friends in their hunt for their opponents across the five boroughs of 1989 New York.
8:30pm The Art Guys Retrospective Michael Galbreth & Jack Massing in attendance Best known for their numerous staged performances and public spectacles, The Art Guys have presented their work in grocery stores, movie theaters, airports, restaurants, sports arenas, and other non-traditional venues for experiencing art while also exploiting mass media and entertainment to explore contemporary society and issues. Both artists will be in attendance. So who knows what could happen. 10:00pm REM: This is not a show Vincent Moon This Is Not A Show ventures back to July 2007 when R.E.M. set up in Dublin, Ireland for five nights and tested new material before fired-up crowds. Documenting a selfdescribed “experiment in terror” for the band, French filmmakers Vincent Moon and Jeremiah provide a fascinating up-close look at these ambitious live rehearsals.
8:00pm Beaches of Agnes Agnes Varda Beaches have always struck a chord for Agnès Varda, one of the French new wave filmmakers She visits coastlines that correspond to chapters in her life, from the Mediterranean port of Sète, of her first film, La Pointe-courte, to Venice Beach, representing the years she spent in California with her husband, the late Jacques Demy. This film can be enjoyed simply for its touching, eloquent reflections on life.
Video Art Gallery Featuring the works of Arts Magnet High School Booker T Film Club Reception: Fri Nov 6, 6:30pm – 8pm, Second floor of the Angelika
ChickenShit Mature Content Ricky Gluski An experimental work, it takes a glimpse into the life of a skeleton who suffers from a severe case of paralysis through analysis. He experiments with therapy sessions, vacations, and self help gurus attempting to ‘fix’ himself. The Sheep and the Ranch Hand Mature Content Loretta Hintz, Director A dream of a woman-become-sheep — we see her couchbound, competing with household clutter for breathing space, and on a downward spiral of junk food and bad late-night television. A program on animal husbandry transports her to a land of new possibilities, in the form of four hooves, fleece and a tail. This is a story of love, erotic imagination, and the power of dreams. The Spam Job Padraic Culham Paddy was class clown, Casanova, and attention-hound. In the summer of 1997, his friends hatched a plan to feed Paddy a taste of his own eclectic medicine. What follows is an epic mystery that starts with the theft of Paddy’s most prized treasure, spanned years of clandestine taunting from across the globe, and finally culminates in the fate of America’s most honored and ridiculous canned food. Too Bare or Too Bush Mature Content Shannon Silva, Director Remember the time when refusing to shave your legs was an act of rebellion? Oh how times have changed! Now a big trend for 15-25 year old women to be completely bare ‘down there.’ Is this being bare down there, just another attempt to keep women in a childlike, youthful state? In this short film, a collage of women express their opinions, concerns, outrage, amusement.
The Art Guys Retrospective
Angelika - Video Café 7:00pm The BQE Sufjan Stevens Singer, songwriter Sufjan Stevens presents a symphonic and cinematic exploration of New York City’s infamous BrooklynQueens Expressway. The critically applauded performance features 36 performers including a band, a wind and brass ensemble, string players, a horn section, projected film footage of the expressway and five hula hoopers. 8:00pm The Toe Tactic Emily Hubley In this hybrid of live-action and animation, a young woman grieves for her father while unaware of the magical world around her. 9:30pm Neveneffecten Luc Lemaitre A huge comet is heading for earth threatening global destruction. In a secret hide-out, the governments of the world decide not to inform the general public. Meanwhile, in Belgium, Desire, 40 years old and still living with his parents, is unaware that the comet is heading straight for his head. 10:00PM Psychoville BBC When a group of seemingly unrelated strangers all receive a note stating “I know what you did,” it sends their lives into a downward spiral. They include a birthing coach nurse who believes her practice doll is a real baby; an alcoholic, onehanded clown; a telekinetic dwarf; and a miserly old man with the world’s biggest Beanie Baby collection. This is your only chance to see this quirky British comedy
Saturday, November 7
Saturday, November 7
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8:30PM Albert Maysles Presents Muhammad and Larry Al Maysles and Bradley Kaplan In October of 1980 Muhammad Ali was preparing to fight for the heavyweight title against his friend and former sparring partner Larry Holmes. In the weeks before the fight, documentarians Albert and David Maysles took an intimate look at Ali trying to convince the world, and perhaps himself, that he was still “The Greatest.” At the same time, they documented the mild-mannered and undervalued champion Holmes as he confidently prepared to put an end to the career of a man for whom he had an abiding and deep affection. Raw power of the moments were not fully comprehended when captured on film and, due to unexpected circumstances, the Maysles footage never received a public screening or airing. The archived fight footage and new interviews with members involved with the champs are strung together to retell the events.
12:00PM The Name of God Jon Racinskas The son of a prominent evangelist in the midst of searching for a personal identity ventures into a mosque to pray. He is met with wariness by the Muslim community and hostility from his own congregation. When his mother is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she tries to communicate that God goes by many different names, but the most important one is “Love.”
12:00pm SIGGRAPH 2009 Various Artists SIGGRAPH is short hand for the annual conference Special Interest Group of Graphics and Interactive Techniques. Each year the conference presents an Animation Theater. We present to you the Computer Animation Featured Selections from 2009 conference held in New Orleans. 1:00PM Student Animation Showcase Various Artists A Bunch of Short Guys will present a compilation of studentanimated shorts from schools allover North Texas from high school to college. See what the talented nerds of Dallas are up to. University of Texas at Dallas University of Texas at Arlington Richland college Collin County Community College Frisco ISD Dale Jackson Carrier Center 1:45PM London International Awards The London International Awards was conceived in London in 1986. It has established itself as a global leader honoring Advertising, Design and Digital media. For the past 24 years the iconic LIA has been raised worldwide, celebrating the power of ideas, and recognizing the Legends, Iconoclasts, and Avatars of creative excellence. 2:45PM The Gruen Transfer Mark Fitzgerald The Gruen Transfer deconstructs advertising. A panel of industry experts analyzes commercials — what works and what doesn’t, and what techniques the advertisers are using to make us, the consumers, buy their product. It’s light hearted and interesting and at times reveals something about human nature.
3:15PM Landeplage: Take On Me Nick Ingman Landeplage, or Can’t Get You Out Of My Head is a popular Norwegian TV show that sets to find out, and unearths some surprising answers. You may know that Take On Me is a bugger to sing, but you probably don’t know why: It is grounded in thousand-year-old Gregorian musical principles, animal sounds, and Morten Harket’s technical brilliance. Who would have guessed? 3:45PM A Sea Change Barbara Ettinger Angela Alston in attendance In this documentary about climate change we see the longterm effects of ocean acidification. Excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is dissolving into seawater and changing the pH, making seawater more acidic. This water is dissolving the shells of certain shellfish and coral reefs. The effects are working their way up the food chain and into your home. Angela Alston, the outreach coordinator for the film, will be in attendance to speak about the film and the issues it raises. An accomplished filmmaker, Alston was formerly the technical director of Democracy Now! 5:30PM Heckler Michael Addis When Jamie Kennedy moved from stand-up comic to actor, he encountered a new breed of heckler – the on-line film critic. Heckler features interviews with a number of comics and musicians discussing their experiences with loudmouthed spectators (including Bill Maher, Rob Zombie and David Allen Grier), but Kennedy goes a step further, confronting writers who’ve bad-mouthed his work.
GET YOUR YA-YA’S OUT Al Maysles Al Maysles shares credit with the editor and filmmaker Ian Markiewicz who helped in bringing this live concert back life. Ian will be accepting an award at VideoFest live honoring his work. The film includes brilliantly shot fulllength performances of the five previously unreleased Stones songs — “Prodigal Son, “ “You Gotta Move,” “Under My Thumb,” “I’m Free” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Beyond the song performances – presented in 5.1 surround sound — the film includes a sequence with Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Jack the donkey during the cover shoot for the Ya-Ya’s album and a backstage tête-à-tête between Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix and Mick Taylor. During “Satisfaction” Janis Joplin is seen doing an impromptu boogaloo at the side of the stage.
7:00PM Writing with Pictures: The Emerging Art of the Video Essay Matt Zollar Seitz in attendance Film editor, House Next Door founder and former New York Times movie critic Matt Zoller Seitz, who began his career as a film columnist for Dallas Observer, will show and speak about his video essays and the work of Kevin B. Lee and Steven Boone. A Discussion about film criticism changing from something you read in a scholarly book to something you download on your computer.
A Sea Change
1:45PM Lover or Logo DeeDee Halleck Lover or Logo features the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir and Reverend Billy. It was produced by Big Noise Films in collaboration with FSTV and the Church. 2:15PM Notes from Pakistan This summer I traveled to Pakistan for the American Documentary Showcase and got to meet many filmmakers who handed me DVDs throughout the trip. I have selected the best work in this compilation. Some of are full works and other are selections from larger works. Works include Mitt da bawa; a promotional video for WWF, that sets the tone for what Pakistan is at the moment; A Heart in Exile, a moving personal portrait by Ather Jahanian from the Interactive Resource Center (http://irc.org.pk/); a selection from The Mis-Education of Pakistan; and important work by Syed Ali Nasir that shows the disarray of the educational system that has lead to many of the problems of today. Also showing: The Essential Rag, a great music piece by Eyebee Productions; Emergency Plus by Gulab; and Affia from the Interactive Resource Center; Colors of Sand by Beena Sarwar, a journalist; Let them Meet by Amar Mahboob; Putting the police in Order which details the other major problem in Pakistan by Maheen Aiz; and In the Name of Honor by M Wasseen of the Interactive Resource Center. You will see what the local filmmakers on the ground are thinking about the situation that the whole world is watching. These filmmakers are all on facebook, so look them up.
Schedule Saturday, November 7
thursday, November 5 7:00 7:15 7:30 7:45 8:00 8:15 8:30 8:45 9:00 9:15 9:30 9:45 10:00 10:15 10:30
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A Dallas Jewish Journey
4 Questions for a Rabbi (7:18) The Tale of Nicolai and the Law of Return Getting Oriented* Gogol Bordello - Non Stop Vistas*
There is Never a Reference Point Elektra and the Vampire
Video Art Gallery Fri Nov 6, 6:30pm – 8pm, Reception: Second floor of the Angelika. Featuring the works of Arts Magnet High School Booker T Film Club
FRIday, November 6 7:00 7:15 7:30 7:45 8:00 8:15 8:30 8:45 9:00 9:15 9:30 9:45 10:00
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Legend of the Dot Race
Guts & Glory
Beaches of Agnes
The Toe Tactic
The Art Guys Retrospective: 19842008
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The Name of God
Surface Of The Pixel*
Student Animation Showcase Chinese Ghost Story London International Awards
Lover or Logo
Stephen Vitiello Soundtracks*
Notes from Pakistan The Gruen Transfer Landeplage: Take On Me 24hr Video Race Winners
Texas Filmmakers Showcase
A Sea Change
Heckler Lost Faces Animated Shorts* Wednesday Morning 2AM Writing with Pictures: The Emerging
Art of the Video Essay
Blank City Life Cycle*
Albert Maysles Presents: Chase Died Young Stayed Pretty 72 Musicians
*See Screenings for compilation video listings R.E.M.: This is not a show
Odd Stories Worth Staying Up For*
Schedule SUNDAY, November 8 12:00 12:15 12:30 12:45 1:00 1:15 1:30 1:45 2:00 2:15 2:30 2:45 3:00 3:15 3:30 3:45 4:00 4:15 4:30 4:45 5:00 5:15 5:30 5:45 6:00 6:15 6:30 6:45 7:00 7:15 7:30 7:45 8:00 8:15 8:30 8:45 9:00 9:15
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A Reason To Live
YouTube: Click Play 1 Billion Times
To My Great Chagrin
Birds and Other Creatures* Radical Disciple: The Story of Father
How I Am
Pfleger Eggshelland Open House
The Glass House
Urban Dance* Migration: Shorts by Texas & Mexico. Outsider’s Stories*
Sponsored by Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP)
Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth Burma VJ Speaking in Code
Performance* Reporter Evening’s Civil Twilight in Empires of Tin
VideoFest Award Ceremony
*See Screenings for compilation video listings
Clockwise from top: Lost Faces, The Glass House, The BQE, The Commoners, Dig Deep
Saturday, November 8
Saturday, November 8
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3:15PM 24-Hour Video Race Winners The winning videos from the annual 24-Hour Video Race presented by VideoFest. Here are the winning teams from this year. Pixelvision: Landdolphins, Digital Death, Team Swine Futurevision: Shoot or Die, Siloencer Films, View Finder Productions Auteur: Elephant & Castle Productions, Blocknaw Productions, Original Dub Master Guerilla: Monochromatic Productions, Curtis Needs a Ride, GuD Films Hollywood: Whispering Eye, Brownian Motion, Palatia Motion Picture Group 4:45PM 14 Americans Michael Blackwood & Nancy Rosen Making art after the end of illusionism led 14 artists in the 1970’s including Laurie Andersen, Alice Aycock, and Chuck Close to create performances, sculptures, earthworks, tableaux, furniture, shaped canvases, and more using unusual materials. They explore the process of making forms and giving meanings to those forms. In this idea art, their focus is as often social and psychological as artistic. Bart worked on this film in his New York days and was there for an amazing Laurie Andersen performance. 6:15PM Animated Shorts Set Set Spike Emily Hubley A single mother’s personal ritual combines her history, poetry and a volleyball-inspired aerobic workout. The piece uses animated and live-action footage to create a kind of temporal collage where past and present emotional truths coexist and play. I Am So Proud of You Don Hertzfeldt Dark family secrets cast a shadow over Bill’s recovery, in this second chapter to Don Hertzfeldt’s ‘Everything will be OK.’ The film was single-handedly animated and photographed by hand without the use of computers. It was shot entirely on an antique 35mm animation stand, one of the last remaining cameras of its kind left in America.
Animated Shorts (continued) Lezzieflick Nana Swiczinsky Lezzieflick is a deconstructive remix of stereotypical representations of lesbian sex in hetero porn. Body forms become fluid; the women no longer appear to be available as the passive object of voyeuristic desire. The content of the image as well as the usual position of the subject are shifted. The material of the film appears to dissolve in satisfaction. Missed Aches Joanna Priestley A comedic animated work all bout dyslexia and how spell check has ruined his life. 7:00pm Life Stories Umbrella Ryan Kline, Director Can a lonely teacher find love? This short silent film follows a lonely teacher who finds a friend with the help of a rain shower and an umbrella. Hot Route Casey Gooden One weekend warrior takes his battle too far and threatens to derail an otherwise friendly game of football. Words Unspoken Renee O’Conner, Director Excellent short film. Renee O’Conner (Gabrielle of Xena: Warrior Princess) plays the sister of the main character. The film deals with the legal and social consequences of honoring the final wishes of others. 7:30PM Life Cycle Overlays Justin Lincoln Part of an ongoing series of videos concerning the director’s son Kai, combining home recordings of Kai as an infant and at age 3 with manipulated footage of the director’s morning train commute in Osaka, Japan. The soundtrack uses a basic electronic tone step sequencer. Edited and mixed at the Experimental Television Center, Oswego New York Summer 2009.
Life Cycle (continued) Remember Jane Terry Memory and cleaning collide in this video art piece musing about a mother and her bed. She Used To See Him Most Weekends Penny Lane in attendance A short story about growing up, a certain love song, and the apocryphal memories of childhood. Simple animations create a picture book whose story is scrambled by time and loss. Penny Lane creates an imaginative look at childhood memories and how what we remember can be completely subjective. Simple animation is used to create a black and white storybook. Young Dale Hoyt, Director A new avant jazz music video from Annette Peacock’s current album. For Memories’ Sake Ashley Maynor This half-hour documentary investigates the life and work of Angela Singer, a Southern homemaker who has taken an average of a dozen photos a day for the last 35 years, compiling a mysterious and strange archive of over 150,000 photographs of her daily life.
Life Cycle (continued) Forget My Name Julia Kots In this black comedy a young man seeks the help of an outgoing suicide enthusiast for his terminally-ill mother. Its boy meets girl meets the macabre. Frankie Darren Thornton Frankie is about a young 15-year-old boy preparing for fatherhood. He wants to be the best Dad ever, so he carries around a doll for practice. But as his day goes on, he starts to realize how impossible this will be for him. 9:15PM Died Young, Stayed Pretty Eileen Yaghoobian A movie about Rock Posters that are both vulgar and intensely visceral onto the gnarled surfaces of the urban landscape. The film gives us intimate look at some of the giants of this modern subculture. These indie graphic artists have created their own visual language for describing the underbelly of western civilization. Along the way, they create posters that are obscene, blasphemous and often quite beautiful.
Annie Lloyd Cecelia Condit An unflinching valentine to Condit’s mother in her last years, Annie Lloyd begins with wildflowers swaying dreamily. Ghostly laughter surrounds, with a faint echo of wind chimes. There’s a magical quality to this evocation of the wind—of forces we look at but cannot see. Condit tells us in an intimate and unsettling voiceover “My mother collects leaves. I collect stories. Mother’s stories.” False Aging Lewis Klahr Lewis Klahr evokes longing and regret in the haunting collagefilm crafted from the detritus of the past. False Aging expresses a sense of lost time, of not moving in step with the rest of the world. In one sequence Jefferson Airplane’s “Lather” asks the question, “Is it true I’m no longer young?”
Died Young, Stayed Pretty
Saturday, November 8
Saturday, November 8
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Angelika - Video Café
12:00pm Surface of the Pixel Oscillator Color Sabine Gruffat A video recording of electronic oscillators producing colors, shapes, and sounds while patched through a computer and/or producing one or several feedback loops. Before Departure Jason Klorfein Before Departure is an infantile coming of age video in which the characters face rote rituals of birth, sex, and elections. Sticker designer Lisa Frank hosts a fundraiser for the election of the Child Mayor. When terrorists who threaten to blow up the party kidnap the Mayor, journalist Laura and bartender Mike must find the bomb, which may be connected to a pregnant 15 year-old. Gravity Nicolas Provost The kiss is probably one of the most archetypical images to be found in film history. It is usually a reassuring and sometimes climactic element in a movie’s storyline. But not in this film. With stroboscopic effects, more than a dozen kissing scenes, most from stereotypical 1950s romantic dramas, form a dazzling 6-minute vertigo where love becomes a passionate battle. Lossless 2 Rebecca Baron , Douglas Goodwin Lossless is a series of works that looks at the dematerialization of film into bits, exposing the residual effects of the process that makes file sharing possible. Lossless 2 is a three-minute video constructed from a bit torrent file of Maya Deren’s Meshes in the Afternoon in the process of being downloaded. Lossless 5 Rebecca Baron , Douglas Goodwin In Lossless 5, a downloaded Busby Berkeley musical extravaganza will really play with your mind. A split-screen of mirrored images resembles snakes, until the images shift to recreate the inside of a kaleidoscope. Then, the true identity of the image is abruptly revealed: mannequin-like synchronized swimmers performing their exercises on waterless ground.
Nanosporin AI Stephen Hal Fishman After arriving at his remote research station, a scientist performs experiments with the Nanosporin AI serum, first on grapes, then on himself. A tiny bespectacled, beretwearing micro-organism begins ‘painting’ his host on a cellular level. This causes the host some discomfort as well as some rather intense hallucinations. R+G+B Gregory Gutenko This reflexive experimental video deconstructs the nature of additive color. It is visually Impressionistic and structurally Minimalist. A magnifying glass mounted on the end of a tomato paste can was used in place of the conventional video lens to capture highly diffused images that emphasize color offsets. The red, blue, and green component images are synched with musical tones. The Divers Nicolas Provost A lonely girl is approached by a shy boy on a moonlight balcony. Their longing is hampered by the mysteries of love. The Divers is a neo-romantic audiovisual painting that combines the quest of the artist for the mysterious elements that create pathos in sound and image, and a melodramatic experience reaching for the viewer’s subconscious cinematic and emotional memory. The Sky Socialist Stratified Ken Jacobs, Director A digital revisit to vividly splendid 1964/65 when Underground Cinema was hot. The Sky Socialist was filmed in 8mm during the US assault upon Vietnam at a time when cinema lied to make history bearable. The lie was obvious enough to allude to the truth; film was a lie that invited seeing through. It was like religion, but with more of a wink. Untitled (Two Axes) Timothy McConville Untitled (Two Axes) illuminates the limitations of visual representation and perceptual input. The resulting highly foregrounded effect splits the viewer: it creates a mesmerizing, singular visual experience while at the same time demands a consciousness surrounding the very act of watching it. Single take, no edits. Conceived, produced, shot and directed by Timothy McConville.
1:15pm Chinese Ghost Story Dan Boord and Luis Valdovino The 17th century Chinese ghost tale placed alongside a retelling of the Chinese participation in the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad establishes two parallel tracks, intersecting at the horizon of one immigrant’s story of his sixty-year separation from his family in the mainland. Chinese Ghost Story is a poetic essay in which history and landscape converge along the undisturbed railroad grade. 1:45PM Stephen Vitiello: Soundtracks Over the years we have heard the music of Stephen Vitiello with video art from artists like Eder Santos and Seoungho Cho, among others. He’s put together a DVD of video art he has done soundtracks for listed below. Balance Inquiry - Andrew Deutsch Buoy Remix - Seoungho Cho Cinema - Eder Santos, Stephen Vitiello Green Tunnel - Kevin Gallagher Trifornix. (Take Two) - Nic DeSantis Imago Dei - Matt Flowers 3:15PM The 2009 Texas Filmmakers Showcase Various Artists Every year the Huston Film Commission presents a collection of the Best of Texas-made short films. These 7 films represent the creative, bold filmmaking that comes from Texas. Color By Number - Marshall Rimmer Fury - Van Blumreich Skip and Lester: Here’s The Stapler If You Need It - Lance Myers It’s For Her - Travis Johns My Mom Smokes Weed - Clay Liford Quarter To Noon - Kat Candler Smokey - Scott Thurman 6:00PM Lost Faces Massimo Monacelli A story of a person who, during a dream, has visions of his previous and past lives.
6:30PM Wednesday Morning 2 A.M. Lewis Klahr, Director Wednesday Morning 2 A.M. is a film of a new series entitled “Couplets”. These generally, but not exclusively, organize themselves around the pairing of various pop songs and, just as in these songs lyrics, the theme of love. 7:15PM Blank City Celine Danhier A tribute to unique individuals during the mid 70s No Wave movement of retreating art away from the establishment. Filmmakers Amos Poe, Nick Zedd and Jim Jarmusch describe how someone in the Village came into a bunch of cameras and sold them to locals, inspiring many to take up filmmaking. The films are raw and the cameras hand, held. Look for a young Vincent Gallo, Julian Schnabel and Steve Buscemi; also Fab Five Freddy, Warhol, and Basquiat, whose success killed the movement. 9:00PM Chase Liz Lazer Nine professional actors perform their assigned roles in branch locations of their respective banks. The play’s cycle extended over the course of a month as she collaborated on a daily basis with the actors. Their videotaped activities attempt to rearticulate a physical and verbal relationship with these bank spaces and their inhabitants. 9:30PM 72 Musicians Robert Moczydlowsky Sometimes success and failure is the same thing, especially with independent bands. Tour schedules, unemployment, day care, divorce, drinking... it’s the 23 hours you’re not on stage that’s the hard part. Shot on one stage, in one club, during four days, this documentary empowers every almost-made-it musician to speak with a single, honest, anonymous, resonant voice. And it’s funny.
SUNday, November 9
SUNday, November 9
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12:00pm A Reason to Live Allen and Cynthia Salzman Mondell This poignant documentary adds a personal perspective to a major public health crisis, highlighting that while there is a need for suicide prevention and intervention, current treatments for depression are promising and offer hope. 1:15pm How I Am Ingrid Demetz Set in a small, Italian mountain town, and using only Patrick’s words, this beautifully filmed documentary reveals how painfully lonely life can be for a teen with autism. At school and at home, his inability to communicate and lack of social skills make it nearly impossible for Patrick to build relationships, yet he remains optimistic for the future. 2:15pm The Glass House Hamid Rahmanian With a virtually invisible camera, The Glass House takes us on a never-before-seen tour of the underclass of Iran. This groundbreaking documentary reflects a side of Iran few have access to. It introduces us to a group of courageous women working to instill a sense of empowerment and hope into the lives of otherwise discarded teenage girls. 3:45pm Nollywood Lady Dorothee Wenner Peace Anyiam-Fibresima of Lagos, Nigeria is an impresario of showbiz and an impassioned spokeswoman for the thriving and innovative African film industry. She is “Nollywood Lady,” an ex-lawyer, producer, filmmaker, and the founder and CEO of the influential African Academy of Motion Pictures. And she is reshaping the way Africans see themselves—and how the world sees Africans.
4:45pm Meta Media Award Winner Burma VJ Anders Østergaard Armed with video cameras, Burmese reporters expose the repressive regime controlling their country. In 2007, after decades of silence, Burma became headline news when peaceful Buddhist monks led a massive rebellion. Foreign news crews were banned, the Internet was shut down, and Burma was closed to the outside world. So how did we witness these events? Enter the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), aka the Burma VJs. 6:15pm Reporter Eric Daniel Metzgar The documentary chronicles New York Times journalist Nick Kristof’s 2007 trip to cover the genocidal war raging in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The film includes interviews with Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda and other key players in a brutal clash of militias. It highlights the importance of real news gathering in illuminating a world in chaos. 8:00pm Texas Show Love Bug Kat Candler Nine-year old Turtle Thompson thinks his bug loving best friend Maddy is the coolest girl in the whole wide world. If only he had the guts to ask her to the Spring Fling Dance.
Texas Show (continued) Jimmy Kuehnle’s Big Red and Walking Fish Angela Guerra and Mark Walley Jimmy Kuehnle’s Big Red and Walking Fish captures the struggle of an internationally recognized performance artist as he creates large inflatable suits in his studio in Roswell, New Mexico and brings them to public audiences in Austin and San Antonio, Texas. In the film, Kuehnle describes the purpose behind his pieces ‘Big Red’ and ‘Walking Fish’. Lambs Stephen Huff As the Peterson family drives down a dusty back-country Texas road, they encounter brothers Jake and Thomas, seemingly stranded on the side of the road. The Petersons stop to help Jake and Thomas, but, when the brothers have other plans in store for the Petersons, the brothers’ day surprisingly takes a turn for the far worst. Sleet/Snow Daniel Laabs Casual acquaintances Robert and Marian travel to Odessa, Texas, to pick up a painting and along the way develop a unique relationship.
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Uprush Kim Hall When a girl must decide between her best friend and her family, she chooses neither. Trash Day Sam Lerma A woman is obsessed with her garbage collector and leaves him intimate presents. Unbelievable 4 Sukwon Shin, Inpyo Hong How will the unprecedented superhero team, “Unbelievable 4” fight against hundreds of evil spaceships approaching the earth? Unbelievable 4 is a 3D computer animated short film that combines stylistic elements of an MTV music video with political satire.
Change Ya’ke Smith In this short film by Ya’ke Smith, a community unites and comes to the aid of an elderly woman as she faces foreclosure. Cold Calls Jack Daniel Stanley A woman receives increasingly bizarre telemarketing calls from the same man in this absurd thrillers spoof. Dig Deep Mark Birnbaum and Manny Mendoza The film focuses on artist Frank Campagna, whose murals decorate many buildings in downtown Dallas’ Deep Ellum district. ‘Dig Deep’ pays tribute to Campagna, now owner of the Kettle Art Gallery, and laments the destruction of those murals and many others as a Deep Ellum landmark is bulldozed with the completion of the DART light rail line.
Texas Show (continued) Weight of the World Jenny Goddard, Director A short comedy written and directed by Jenny Goddard. Two kids hang around and contemplate the future.
Top Left: Uprush Top Right: Jimmy Kuehnle’s Big Red and Walking Fish Bottom: Unbelievable 4
SUNday, November 9
SUNday, November 9
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5:00pm Speaking In Code Amy Lee Grill Speaking in Code is an intimate account of people who are completely lost in music. A heartbreaking and lighthearted documentary, it’s a glimpse into the world of techno. Captivating and entertaining, the film takes you around the world, following the lives of the people who make electronic music.
12:00pm To My Great Chagrin Jeff Sumerel Sumerel along with collaborator Jeter Rhodes, have completed a 3-year journey to create a most compelling and exhilarating account of the remarkable history and career of a man known as “Brother Theodore”. Theodore’s television appearances spanned from Jack Paar to Johnny Carson to Merv Griffin to David Letterman. His diverse movie experiences joined him with Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, and Tom Hanks.
12:00pm YouTube: Click Play 1 Billion Times a Day Dean Terry Dean Terry and his UTD techies will be showing you the history and aesthetics of Youtube. He’ll help answer some of the mysteries of stupid pet tricks, why we flash, and how to share that Internet-connection to your heart. Come and explore the rich bounty that individual artists can conjure up when controlling the pixels.
2:00pm Eggshelland Christopher Noice The film chronicles a year in the life of Cleveland couple Ron and Betty Manolio as they prepare their annual Eggshelland display — a unique, inspiring, and downright quirky suburban celebration of Easter, Spring, and life. It’s a beautiful, funny, strange and poignant story of the never-ending joy of childhood and the inspiring legacy of one man’s dream.
1:00pm Birds And Other Creatures Gillface David McGinnis A true fish-out-of-water story, this musical follows Gil, a lakeman (or “Aquatic-American”), as he encounters prejudice and bigotry at his desk job in the city, where he falls for the new girl in the office.
3:30pm Outsider’s Stories Igbo Kwenu! Chinonye Chukwu ‘Igbo Kwenu!’ is a comedic drama about what it means to be part of a second generation in America. At her cousin’s wedding 18-year-old Ngozi stumbles through her journey within both worlds. But when she and her childhood acquaintance realize they have feelings for each other, Ngozi’s family has other plans that interrupt the tender moment.
The Three Ravens Bobby Abate Ravens never seen watch outside a nursing home. They spy on an old woman phoning her daughter. “What?” The woman hears nothing. The ravens catch the sound of a soap opera organ sustained over a softly voiced threat, “I’m having him killed…” “Happy birthday to you,...” They wait for the time to come. Blow out the candle. Switch off the light. Silent Among Us Dana Levy Shot in a natural history museum in northern Israel. One hundred white doves fly around cabinets of stuffed birds and other animals—a symbol to a culture unwilling to let go of the past and which lives so naturally with the dead. They stand in silence, but fully present, as we continue living. The Commoners Penny Lane The European Starling was introduced into Central Park in 1890. It became one of the most common birds in America. Its introduction is now considered an environmental disaster. This is a moving image essay about starlings, poetry, and the purist rhetoric describing ‘invasive species.’ It is also about the paths people forge, intentionally or not, as they attempt to change the natural world.
6:45pm Evening’s Civil Twilight in Empires Of Tin Jem Cohen The video documentary of a live orchestral performance written by Jem Cohen played for projected films.
1:15pm Radical Disciple: The Story of Father Pfleger Bob Hercules Mike Pfleger is a white priest in a nearly all-black parish, an outspoken maverick in a rigidly conservative arch-diocese, a preacher whose sermons are more akin in style and tone to Black Baptist traditions than White Catholic. Pfleger has transformed a dying parish into one of Chicago’s most vibrant. 2:15pm Open House Diane Nerwen Open House documents the brutal nature of the development spree that has occurred in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. With images of a neighborhood being literally torn apart by developers capitalizing on a frenzied housing market, and property owners desperate to cash in before the market collapsed, ‘Open House’ chronicles the re-branding of Williamsburg from working class/warehouse/artist into ‘cutting edge’ cosmopolitan.
Crescendo Pierre Terrade Steph, a young mother, lives in precarious conditions with JB, her abusive boyfriend. How will she get out of this nightmare drifting her towards violence? Hide Robert Shelby From the beginning to the bittersweet ending, HIDE spans the intimate relationship of two closeted gentlemen who share their true sexuality with each other. Being trapped in marriages of convenience, they discover the consequences of what they may have to tell their wives and what the future might hold for their relationship.
2:45pm Urban Dance Proverbial Wisdom Jan Roberts Breslin A simple art piece of a woman in her home alone with her chores and her thoughts. A postmodern feminist visual poem.
In the Land of Opportunity Joey Sylvester The story centers on Kalla, a West African immigrant climbing the corporate ladder in Southern California. But something is missing in his life. America, it seems, has sapped him of sexual desire. Something is missing here.
Body Trail Michael Palm, Willi Dorner Observe the body as a tool for experiencing spatial dimensions in relationship to space and architecture. The body not only measures the space, but gives it meaning. By filling up free spaces in designed space (architecture), building body sculptures, not only dimensions become visible, but also makes clear and points out how bodies stand against architecture and how they can change the perspective on it.
Start A Band Daniel Laabs Charlie and Becca have a boring relationship, so they decide to start a band.
SUNday, November 9 Angelika - Video Café
Waterfront Accesses Floanne Ankah in attendance This experimental film connects people from the City to the Brooklyn shore. The dance evolves through landscapes, life, colors arise, unveiling a message at each location: Just - One - Person - Can - Create - Peace - And - Change - The - World. Few areas are left in New York City where the public has access to the waterfront; we want this to change. Collaboration between choreographer Floanne Ankah, installation by Joe Zolkowski, and score by Russ Spiegel. 3:15pm Migration: Shorts by Texas & Mexico. Sponsored by Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) Various Artists Selections from narrative and documentary short films produced by Texas and Mexican filmmakers on the theme of migration during SWAMP’s 2008 Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship Program. Five filmmakers from Texas and five Mexican filmmakers were awarded funds and provided with mentors. The Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship Program is a collaboration between Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) and Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. 4:15pm Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth Kier-La Janisse From the Monkees to the 1910 Fruitgum Company, Bubble gum music has excited or depressed music lovers for generations, Bubble Gum Music Is The Naked Truth, based on the book by Kim Cooper, has performers and interviews with the major players. This exhaustive anthology dismantles many of the myths about how the music was created, and shows the aesthetics of this sweet genre. The VideoFest for years has shown the value of ephemeral culture that might otherwise be neglected, and here we feature a genre that between the Banana Splits and the Archie’s was mostly propagated through video.
6:00pm Performance Burning Palace Chris Haring, Mara Mattuschka “You only have a split second of a pose to multiply your transgression.” This first statement sounds like provocative instructions. The game of five figures ensnared in erotic innuendos is more appearance than reality: the pornographic poses can be interpreted as sexual simply by the shadows they cast. In the glowing light, they are actually five protagonists warming up for a night in the “Burning Palace” Hotel. City of Noise Mitch Barany Follow a man as he competes against different realities of himself for a magic treasure chest. The Summerlads City of Noise music video takes you through a maze of rooms and crosses portals that bridge space and time. Directed by Mitch Barany. The Weird Turn Pro Chip Lord (original ant farm member) Surf band Pollo Del Mar playing in the plaza where the Bay to Breakers route crosses Market and heads up Hayes Street. Because of this strategic location and the nature of the music, many artist/runners pause to perform with the band. Featured are President Nixon, Batman and Robin, mermaids, sharks, multiple Elvises, a naked sax player, along with a cast of thousands running past. Tijuana Hercules – “Down in the Bottom Lines” Shawn Brennan, Director Animated music video for the song “Down in the Bottom Lines,” by the band Tijuana Hercules, lead by John Vernon Forbes (vocals, guitar, and lyrics). This black-and-white iMovie animation features surreal cartoon drawings and moody swamp blues from the cracked mind of Forbes. White Piano Timothy McConville, Director White Piano is a music video for the Brooklyn band Dutchess. This piece offers the disjointed perspective of a lone night reveler, walking the abandoned streets of industrial Brooklyn. The painstaking production process involved placing the camera on the ground and advancing it 9 inches for each ‘shot.’ The result is a tightly wound, hand crafted gem.
Urban Dance (continued) Calypso Tumblers Skip Blumberg A short film about acrobatic dancers performing by the Staten Island Ferry by Skip Blumberg. Blumberg is a pioneer video producer and director, beginning when the video medium was first developing in the 1960s and 70s. With a lively and engaging style, he has produced and directed several hundred award-winning shows and shorts — specializing in cultural documentaries and performance videos.
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MOM: THE REAL BARTEUR.
In the spirit of the VideoFest dedication to supporting documentary filmmaking, we are presenting a transcript of a recording made by Frank Mosley of an interview with his mother. The transcript is unedited, although it has been shortened for length. At the time Frank had only one mic, so the conversations are a little one sided. As it is with most conversations with Mother. F: Testing, Testing. One two, three. F: Hello, my name is Frank Mosley. I’m a filmmaker residing in Arlington, Texas. I was asked by the Video Association of Dallas to write an essay for this program booklet. We actually went through many ideas. Crap.
M: Hold on. I’m just getting a glass of water. (inaudible) F: Mom, I already told you…(inaudible) M: I’m ready. M: A script? You’re going to make it into a script?
(Dog barks, woman speaks, inaudible) F: I’d write something a little more personal. Something relating to what inspires me. So, I decided.
M: Sure, honey. Sorry, Barney’s just, you know how he can be. We leave him outside all day. What? M: Yeah. I think so.
(Dog barks, woman shouts, inaudible) F: Mom! Mom, put him outside! (click)
M: The Dallas Video Festival? Is that where we saw OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE? M: Oh so Bart’s not AIF… AFI? VideoFest. Yes I know. Bart’s a nice man.
F: Ok here’s my mom. M: Johnny Cruz? Or long-haired Johnny? M: Yeah? M: Are you going to tell me what to say or do…
M: Well. I always like what Bart does. He seems to do a lot of work, really gets a lot of different pieces. Different kinds of films that a lot of people would like. You know, I like that one I saw, that I always liked about that grandmother. Was that her name? The one who made the film? M: Honey, I can remember when you were in diapers. M: I don’t know, though. I like romantic comedies. You know that’s the kind of stuff I like. But I like your stuff and your stuff is pretty deep. You know kind of heavy. You got that from your dad. I think the festival should play more of that stuff. More of your stuff. M: A Barteur? What’s that? M: I don’t think I’m one of those but if you just want my opinion then that’s fine. I like to watch your films. You’d play them in the living room with everyone.
M: I knew it was blood. But I thought you would have grown out of it by now. M: I f you’re happy poor I guess that’s fine. You just don’t know what can happen. M: I ’m not criticizing. Maybe you guys just have to get it out of your system or something. M: (laughter) No direct message, honey just a suggestion, you know. I know Bart’s a busy man. He doesn’t have time to listen to an old lady. M: Ok. What I like is the themes in a lot of the films. They can be very timely. That’s the kind of thing that I think people need. It’s refreshing; you know to go to these types of festivals because you always know you’re going to be in for something that will make you think. That will stick with you. Is that alright? M: Am I done? I did pretty good. (click)
M: You’d just hide in your room with a camera and you and Jimmy would be up all night movie-making. You’d wake up Dad. He hated that. Your fake gun sounds or some big bang. You’d be standing over Jimmy with the camera. He had hot sauce all over him. Then you burned a hole in the carpet.
M: Yeah. He sure does. (laughter) I always said I could see him….see him like that. We should have him and his wife over. Right. Right, yeah. Was that the first question?
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Thursday 2:00AM - 5:00AM Chicago 10 2:00AM - 4:00AM Mixing animation with archival footage, Director Brett Morgen’s CHICAGO 10 explores the buildup to and unraveling of the protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and the ensuing 1969 Conspiracy Trial. CHICAGO 10 portrays the struggle of young Americans speaking out and taking a stand in the face of an oppressive and armed government. Helvetica 4:00AM - 5:00AM You can’t escape if you try — it’s on your computer, the subway, U.S. mailboxes, and IRS tax forms, and spells out countless corporate logos from Target to Fendi. No doubt, Helvetica is the king of fonts. But why? To find the answer, first-time Director Gary Hustwit meets with historians and designers whose passion for typefaces run high, and discovers the secrets behind the fonts we use and read every day. Friday 2:00AM - 5:00AM Crips and bloods 2:00AM - 3:30AM It’s a civil war that’s lasted 40 years. Passed down from son to son. Fought eye for an eye. Over 15,000 dead and counting, while the world stands by. Welcome to South Central Los Angeles. But what’s at the root of this longstanding battle? Filmmaker Stacy Peralta hits the streets of LA to find out, and speaks with former and current members of the Bloods and the Crips, two of the most notorious and violent street gangs in America King Corn 3:30AM - 5:00AM Two recent college graduates embark on a mission to see where America’s food comes from — by growing it. In the rural town of Greene, Iowa, the two friends plant a single acre of the nation’s most powerful crop–corn–and then set out to follow it from a seed to the dinner plate.
Saturday 1:00AM - 5:00AM Writ Writer 1:00AM - 2:00AM Writ Writer reveals a little-known battle of the Civil Rights Movement, led by an indigent, under-educated prisoner. Texas-born, Mexican American Fred Cruz came of age and found his life’s calling in prison, where the sanctioned cruelty and brutality among inmates and guards moved him to fight the state prison system in the court of law. Shadya 2:00AM - 3:00AM Shadya Zoabi, a charismatic 17-year-old karate world champion, strives to succeed on her own terms within her traditional Muslim village in northern Israel. Despite her father’s support, she faces the challenge of balancing her dreams with her religious commitments and other’s expectations. SHADYA takes an intimate look at the evolution of a young Israeli Arab woman with feminist ideas in a male-dominated culture. Bridge Over Wadi 3:00AM - 4:00AM In Israel, for the first time, a group of Arab and Jewish parents decide to establish a bi-national, bi-lingual grade school in the Wadi Ara village. Bridge Over The Wadi follows the school’s first year and shows how fragile the attempt is to create an environment of co-existence against the backdrop of the complicated reality of the film’s subjects. Grey Gardens 4:00AM - 5:00AM How did two women living in unimaginable squalor and total isolation become legendary icons? Captured in the 1975 Albert Maysles cult film “Grey Gardens,” Edith Beale and her daughter Edie – aunt and cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – were revealed to be an eccentric and often humorous mother-daughter duo. Producer Kelly Gonda’s unique documentary looks at how their lives set the stage for the Maysles film and later the Broadway musical, both of which have impacted the art, entertainment and fashion communities.
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