Sorcerer, Perhaps Max Joseph 11 min.,
A desperate father resorts to black magic to wake his daughter from her coma.
Second Prize, Narratives, Ivy Film Festival 2002
Girl Mary Billyou 8 min., 2000
Does freedom slip away with childhood?
David Duponchel 14 min., 35mm, color, 2002
In a valley at the end of the world, soldiers are entrenched in the undergrowth. They are hiding from helicopters, which patrol the frontier. The only trace of human presence in this valley is a house that has been destroyed by bombs. It seems to be still occupied. A gun points out of what is left of a window and aims at the soldiers. They fall one after another; only one manages to reach the house. A young girl is hidden behind a wall. The soldier does not understand. She has the gun. She goes towards him. Perhaps she was thinking that he was going to take her in his arms after what she had done. But he was no angel. Death is above all a picture, it stays a picture. It can be conscious in our mind only if it is expressed, and it can only express itself by metaphors? (G.Bachelard)
Konec sezóny / The End of the Season Tomáš Barina 8 min., 35mm, B&W, 1999 (FAMU)
Oscar student award 1999
In a hotel at the end of the season- a first love story.
(Nomination to students Oscars 1999. Best film, student film competition, MFF Karlovy Vary 2001. 1st award - Silver Hugo, The Chicago International Film Festival, USA. Best fiction film, MediaWave 99, Majarsko. Award of Pavel Jurácek, FAMU FEST 01. Hlavní cena, Cinemaiubit 99, Rumunsko. Silver medal, The 42nd Brno Sixteen 2001. Forderpreis des FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Internationales Festival des Filmhochschulen Munchen. Luca de Nigris Award for the best script, Bologna 98. 1st award - MAXIM, FAMU FEST 98. Main award of Václav Krska, International student Film Fest Písek 98.
/ The Light David Sukup 8 min., 35mm, color,
puppet animation, 2001 (FAMU)
What happens when two small kids break a bulb.
/ The Fall Aurel Klimt 15 min., 35mm,
color, puppet animation, 1999 (FAMU)
One day in Moscow, between two World Wars, where people's behavior is as absurd as the times are. Based on Daniil Charm's short stories.
September 14 8pm
Circumscriptions Lisa DiLillo 7 min.,
The circle is both template and access point from which to probe the concepts of perception, image making, and collective memory. It is sometimes a metaphor for the viewfinder and at other times a tunnel-like vehicle transmitting ancient texts and icons. The images, abstractions of zoetropes, film loops, perceptual devices, and the interior of the body, contaminate each other in implosions and explosions of cells and universes where social culture is not distinct from biological culture. The visuals are very closely edited with the sound collage/composition of Stevie Wishart.
No Damage Caspar Stracke 13 min., DV, color, stereo
No Damage is a composition made out of fragments from over 80 different feature and documentary films that show the architecture of New York City. The work investigates a number of cinematic clichés of architectural presence captured on film. The failure of the camera eye to grasp these high risen structures in its entirety produces distorted views, such as steep camera angles, fish eye distortion and fast zooms and pans. Especially when lifted out of its original context, these scenes reveal their emotional implications: grandeur, glamour, the wake of modernism during the 60s, post-modernism (Eighties and Nineties) but also menace, superiority and anonymity. In between these extreme positions emerges a new form of sentimentalism that is funneled by the tragic events of September 11.
Window Jeanne Liotta 5 min., video, 2001
Five actual minutes as an elemental cure, journeying yet standing still, completion.
Mutable Fire Bradley Eros 8 min., video, 1984
Erotic love is resistance to tyranny.
Konec / The End of Individuality Jan Zajíček 21 min., Beta, color, 2002 (FAMU)
"...Zajíček uses an animated mesh of what seems like nerve cells to illustrate the interconnected fates of at-first unrelated individuals in this riveting piece from FAMU, the esteemed Prague film academy."
Global Pam Kray 3 min., dv-super8, 2003
Appreciation of nostalgia for world history and geography during the destruction of the globe. Music video for the 13th Floor Elevators.
of the Bees Justin Gorman 3 min., CD-ROM,
It is the eve of the first frost. We join a group of bees dutifully following their queen.
When she leaves, to bury herself and hibernate for the upcoming winter the workers are thrown into despair, knowing that tomorrow they will die. I ask, what would you choose to do, knowing that this day would be your last?
Watch the Lemons Sing Justin Gorman 3
min., CD-ROM, 2003
Near the bottom of the rigid hierarchy of Jr. high school social orders dwells the "Huffers".
We join our motley group as they cut class and embark into the lemon groves to inhale solvents, paint thinners and glues. Their goal: to huff an entire bottle of paint before they have to go home for dinner. Half-way through their endeavor, the group shares a hallucination of seeing the lemons grow faces and start to sing.
History Lesson Part 3 Justin Gorman 3 min., CD-ROM, 2003
Spitters Paul Bishow 7 min., super-8,
Spitting and live music.
Lisa Barnstone 7:30 min., super-8, 2000
"Super pro big mountain snowboarder from B.C. teams with Super eight stop motion animator from NYC to create this tale of object love and identity in which Victoria Jealousy carves the mountains of Alaska and the concrete of NYC."
Promenade / Cravates aux abois Sophie Lagus
3:20 min., 16mm, color, animation (pixilation) 2001 (FAMU)
On a sunny spring afternoon in a beautiful park, a young woman walks on a leash her...vacuum-cleaner. It is faithful and obedient and fetches the doll that she throws away. But other women walking in the park have... men on their leashes; men shaking their tie-tails. Funny, original, feminist, gently provocative, fresh pixilation.
/ Swimming-pool David Duponchel 7 min.,
Beta, color, experimental, 2002 (FAMU)
A total improvisation that interprets the atmosphere of a swimming pool as the borderline of dream and reality.
Velký Kýchal / The Big Sneezer Noro Drziak 12 min., 35mm, color puppet animation, 2001 (FAMU)
Two crazy gangsters steal the mummy of the Great Sneezer from a museum; a mummy that used to sneeze heaps of diamonds for the Ancient Egyptians. After various escapades, they manage to bring the Great Sneezer back to life. Howewer, the mummy's magic doesn't work as they expected.
Process Makes the Film
Roll Over Hollis Paul Bishow 6 min., super-8 b&w, 1984
Upon hearing of Hollis Frampton's death of the day before, this movie was shot and processed in Bishow's kitchen. A look at ephemerality among other things.
Their Idols Disintegrate Jennifer Fieber 13 min., 16mm, color, 2001
"Using various filmic techniques---filters, hand-processing and long exposures---I treated each section in order to enhance the inherent 'personality' I felt each site contained. Each site chosen expresses a mute dignity, impervious to busy, oppressive or absurd surroundings. On these empty stages, the concealed life of inanimate objects can reveal itself."
of Blushing Jennifer Reeves 5 min., hand-painted
16 mm., 2001
Bleached, painted and optically printed, Fear of Blushing combines alternating textures, irrepressible color and corroded figures with menacing sound bites, effects & rhythm. Fleeting visions and voices emerge in unusual juxtapositions, suggesting a psycho-cinematic free-association. As individual frames are never projected for more than 1/8 of a second this film discourages reflection and is best experienced in the immediate present. Only after the onslaught can you wonder what horrible thing was buried there.
/ The Pirate Jan Bubeníček 19 min., 35mm,
color animation, 2002 (FAMU)
Friendship sometimes overcome dead, but hunger and thirst occasionally overcome friendship.
/ The Mechanic / La Mécanique David Sukup 8
min., 35mm, pixilation, 2002 (FAMU)
Wake-up !! And pay for everything !!!
Lásky/4 loves Pavel Koutský 7 min., 35mm,
color animation (pixilation), 2002 (FAMU)
"Inventive animation involving real objects animated on top of simple ink-on-paper drawings tells the story of one 'Everyman' character's obsessions as he travels through life. Child becomes teen becomes middle-aged becomes oldster in this surprising film, a highlight of the DIFF's animation offerings this year."
Dick Jay Rees and Steve Lewis 40 min.,
paint and woodcuts on 35mm, 2002
Narrative launched through the progressions of paintings and woodcuts, not at 24 fps, but rather lurched along at about 16 frames per second...to a carnival-like soundtrack, also by Rees.
Pam Kray 20 min., super-8 to dv, 1999
Found pornography hand cranked and shot on digital auto-focus. As an installation on porn-art. Like wallpaper.
Robert Beck Memorial Cinema Presents
Occult of Personality
(New York 2003)
The Robert Beck Memorial Cinema was started by Brian Frye and Bradley Eros in 1998 to screen Expanded Cinema in the Lower East Side of New York City. The screenings take place once a week at a storefront theatre called Collective Unconscious. This program represents a cross-section of films from the core group of filmmakers who are presenting works at RBMC.
The Legend of Robert Beck
Brian Frye, Bradley Eros, Marie Losier 10 min. together, DV, 2002
Brian Frye tells the legend of Robert Beck.
Creatures Wago Kreider 3:28 min., 2003
Zoo animals, wild creatures, celebrities.
Crimes Ghen Zando-Dennis 3 min., film-video,
A bit of Anarchist history.
Obsession Glen Fogel 5 min., 2000
The image. The who in the image. The image.
Oona's Veil Brian Frye 8 min., 2003
The Birth of Eros Joel Schlemowitz 3 min., film, 2002
Elle Burchill 5 min., DV, 2003
A New York filmmaker returns to his small, southern Illinois hometown and is caught center stage in a rare photo opportunity. Shot in Fairfield, Illinois (population 5000) at the 30-year reunion of the high school class of 1971. I shot the footage spontaneously and only later realized that I had captured more than a homecoming.
Pyrotechnics Erotic Psyche 11 min., film, 1986
of K (imitation of Kiss) Bradley Eros 3
Bradley Eros section of 13-part Ocularis Fabrica production.
Bioluminescence Marianne Shaneen 5 min., 2002
Touch Marie Losier 4 min., video, 2001
A scene from Ingmar Bergman.
Ian Caskey 3 min., super-8, 2001
Mind over matter.
October 5 8pm
Documentary snapshots: Straight Ahead and with Peripheral Vision, Too
Real Time and Currency Exchange Lisa DiLillo 8 min. or continuous loop, video, 2001
This is a 2-channel installation. In Real Time, a cricket is trapped inside a clock. The internal timing of a cricket's song is juxtaposed with the mechanical ticking of a clock. A small drama ensues. The clock misses beats; the cricket song becomes more mechanical. Do you have counter-clockwise tendencies? In Currency Exchange, crickets consume $100 bills. The bill's symbolic value is meaningless to the crickets, which view them as a food source. In a world where green is disappearing every day, our abstractions and constructions are often at conflict with or irrelevant to the natural world.
Dead Deer Frances Myers 2:11 min.,
Follows stages of decay and invasion of insects (bees, butterflies) on a dead deer after a road kill. Both beautiful and horrific.
Struck by the Hand/Manifesto! Jeanne Liotta
(in collaboration w/ Andrew Castrucci) 10 min.,
April Fools Day - guerilla action performed on the steps of the Met by Italo Zamboni, the last painter of the 20th century. 41 bottles of urine lined up in the sun and spilled on the steps. High culture meets low in the color of gold .
Saucisse James Schneider 4:20 min.,
Through the thick smoke of grilling sausage appears the decrepit image of the extreme right xenophobic Jean-Marie Le Pen. Although he is one step from the French presidency in May, 2002, his defeat is already visible through the clandestinely filmed scenes of this rally.
"In France, a pseudonym was used ("Anon Emat") for Saucisse in order to protect myself from the Front National's thugs seeing as how I made sure to send copies to their various headquarters and the FN plumber in my building. One example of the FN's behavior is the case of the legendary militant filmmaker René Vautier, whose personal film archives were torched by vengeful sausage eaters." JS
Some Scenes May Hurt Your Sensibility Nicholas
Foucher 8 min., Beta, color animation by Ouah
Ouah design, 2002 (FAMU)
Documentary animation made with the drawings of illustrator Di Marco commissioned by French crime magazines. It's an almost unbearable show (editing is also thought to be at the limit of the insupportable). It reflects the violence that TV, film and other media display in our daily life.
Breakfast with Iraq Frances Myers 6:21
min., DV, 2003
The artist has set up her video camera In her kitchen (March 27, 2003) and records herself cooking and eating a lavish breakfast while watching TV. A mixture of war reports, actual scenes of the Iraq war, deaths are mixed with commercials and TV (CNN) small talk.
Flag City and Mexican Medley Ken
Brown 6:30 min. together, super-8, 2001 and 1995
It might seem unusual to put these single-frame works into a night of documentaries, but each extremely bright frame tells clearly the nature of the picture. Flag City is New York after 9-11. Mexican Medley offers the tourist's view of pottery stands in Mexico. They are oddly similar in their hint of kitsch.
All Power to Imagination Mehdi
Zizi 25 min., Beta, color, 2002 (FAMU)
"Fans of the anti-corporate-culture magazine Adbusters will enjoy this captivating, somewhat infuriating look at how advertising has quickly transformed Czech culture, now that communism's given way to consumerism. Watch as leaders of some of the largest Czech ad firms admit the job of advertising is to sell people things they don't need by manipulating consumers' fears and hopes. And take a gander at some of the outrageous (and, yes, often inventive) commercials coming out of the Czech Republic, some of which adorn this intellectual, fast-paced documentary."
Dean Treadway, DIFF
Maj Kompjuter Jakub Sommer 32 min.,
Beta, color, 2002 (FAMU)
A documentary film about 3 friends addicted to computer-games.
The style of Jakub Sommer - a non-conventional and modern style of documentary, close from the intimacy of diary, light and with humor, at the frontier of the fiction.
Dog Park Frances Myers 6 min, video,
An everyday look at the lives of city dogs seen in a New Orleans park. The dogs behave like dogs but with a veneer of their humans' personalities, even looks.
film and video series has been organized by word of mouth.
Curated and projected in two
countries, the net was barely thrown into the water and what has come back is beautiful and, in
many cases, under the radar.
exchange in a rather subtle form: in the documentary program,
we see snapshots that
tell more in a few minutes than long form docs may ever expound. Extensive translation has
not been feasible, so that the narrative program is virtually back to the days of silents, and not
lacking in storytelling because of it. Each of the "experimental" programs carries its own
direction in the adventure of filmmaking, either through techniques, vision, or attention to
the process itself.
New York screening group, Robert Beck Memorial Cinema, rounds
out the series with their
picks from the New York experimental film and video community.
following six programs of short films and videos will be
screened in the Czech Republic on
six consecutive Sunday evenings from September 14 through October 19, curated by
Pam Kray. The organization, CESTA, will present the series in Tábor, Czech Republic. Anthology Film Archives is re-screening the programs in New York November 14 - 16, 2003.
The series is held in cooperation with the Czech Center New York.
Thank you to Petra Podláhova for her tireless assistance with translations.
Jacques Genot organized the FAMU films.