Thursday, 4 January 2018


In this experimental travelogue, efforts to sound human and look natural become artificial. The scenery is provided through photochrome vintage postcards, displaying not only scenic North American landscapes but also the rise of infrastructure and industry. Aspiring to look more realistic by adding colour to a black and white image, the postcards instead become documents of the fantastic.

MIRAGE  Atoosa Pour Hosseini  
Mirage evokes a desert landscape but it is the cinematic image itself that is the mirage. Working with the material textures of Super-8 film, Mirage presents two visual planes: the captured image and the surface of the film strip itself.

NORMAL EVENTS Vadim Gershmen & Frank Heatley 
This project began as a collection of everyday beauty, documenting and collecting clusters of hazard lights around Minneapolis. The resulting video took the form of an absurd orchestra resulting in something we hope is at once familiar and very unfamiliar.

Marc Augé's essay (Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity) meets with Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey in some Hungarian highway rest areas.

UTOPIA   Kent Tate 
The purpose of this or that, or its role in enabling a sense of security or status
is ephemeral, depending on factors that may or may not be readily apparent. As systems shift from one emphasis to another, or as one system supplants another, the meaning of something can be altered to such a degree that a new description may be required to understand its context.

EXILE EXOTIC Sasha Litvintseva  
Steeped in elliptical history and historical simulacra, Exile Exotic is set at a hotel that is a replica of the Kremlin. Narrating the exotic beginnings of my mother's and my exile from Russia, the film serves as a platform for us to visit the Kremlin again, albeit by the side of a pool. Soundtracked by an operatic score reminiscent of the song of the sirens making Odysseus stray on his long journey home, our story reverberates throughout the scope of Russian history's limiting of free movement of individuals. This film is a pilgrimage. This film comes in waves.

KELLY SEARS   Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise 
Candid photos from 1970s high school yearbooks resurface in an eerie minimalist horror story.

CONFIDENTE   Karen Akerman & Miguel Seabra Lopes  
If I didn’t blossom, if I remained ‘unbloomed’, it’s because my roots were poisoned. I know it's false, an induced error, but... this is me. From the editing of archive footage, “Confidente” traces its narrative using methods of deconstruction from experimental cinema and associations of ideas close to surrealism. An obsessive repetition of sounds and images is used to sketch out a psychological portrait of a man, in brief notes uncannily associated with past events.

An image of the young Ezio Pinza and an old vinyl recording of this great Italian singer are brought together in an uncanny portrait.

THE DOUBLE   Roy Villevoye & Jan Dietvorst 
A painstakingly realistic sculpture of a middle-aged man is made in a workshop. While his exterior is fabricated, a voice-over spoken by people who knew him breathes life into him.

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Programmed by Jayne Wilson
Special thanks to Daniela Norton for Short Circuit, Grand Central, & Argos distribution for The Double.   

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