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Program 1
World Travelers
Of The Mind
A series of shorts from the Czech Republic, Japan, the UK and US about struggle and perseverance. These subjects fight to remember, to work, and to evolve.


PROGRAM#1
World Travelers Of The Mind

PROGRAM#2
Remembering the Past

PROGRAM#3
Reframing The Frame

PROGRAM#4
Reinventing Cinema

PROGRAM#5
On The Verge

PROGRAM#6
Can’t Seem To Find The Words

Happy Are the Happy
Sarah Jane Lapp and Jenny Perlin
1999, 16mm, 18 min. Czech Republic/USA East Bay Premiere
How does one generation of survivors communicate with the next? A journey into humor guided by the survivors of not-so-funny lives. Student Academy Award Winner Happy Are the Happy takes a haunting ride through the past and present of Bosnian, Jewish, and Romany refugees.

Grandma
Sungyeon Jon
2000, Beta SP, 5 min, Korea California Premiere
This poignant experimental animation traces Jon’s grandmother and her experiences surviving World War II when Japan occupied Korea. Language and culture clash as the protagonist attempts to reconcile her new language and name.

Closer
Tina Gharavi
2000, 35mm, 24 min, UK East Bay Premiere
This stunningly realized documentary is a poignant character study of a working class lesbian. Sundance Film Festival programmer, Shari Frilot says, “Tina Gharavi takes documentary film to the next level!” Fiction and documentary collide in this gripping film as "scenes" from the subject's life are reenacted for the camera.

Dream
Masayo Nishimura
1999, 16mm, 2:20 min, Japan/USA San Francisco & Berkeley Premiere Director’s Choice Award Winner at the Black Maria Film Festival -Dream follows a woman into the subway station and evolves into a surreal trip to the moon.

Every Space They Wander
Jennifer Hardacker
1999, 16mm, 8 min, USA West Coast Premiere
Narrated by award-winning experimental filmmaker Su Friedrich, three short stories are adapted from folktales from India, Jakarta, and Ireland. Juxtaposed with haunting images of the NY subway, Hardacker reveals their relevance even today.

House Taken Over
Liz Hughes
1998, 35mm, 17 min, Australia
A house slowly crumbles as its inhabitants continue to attempt to maintain order in the haunting and meditative House Taken Over.

Window
Victoria Livingstone
2000, 35mm, 10 min, USA
Golden Spire Winner, Window is a remarkable and poignant claymation which follows the protagonist through a mundane day at work. We observe as he grapples with his search of a better life in the midst of a regimented world.


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Program 2
Remembering the Past
Films that explore the landscapes of our pasts through the retelling of histories.

PROGRAM#1
World Travelers Of The Mind

PROGRAM#2
Remembering the Past

PROGRAM#3
Reframing The Frame

PROGRAM#4
Reinventing Cinema

PROGRAM#5
On The Verge

PROGRAM#6
Can’t Seem To Find The Words

Introspection
Maya Yonesho
1998, 16mm, 1:30 min, Japan US Premiere!
How does one communicate without a common language? With an international cast of narrators Yonesho proves “you can do it!”

Taxidermy: The Art of Imitating Life
Eva Sophia Aridjis
1998, 16mm, 7:40 min, USA
This film takes a peek into the strange and artistic work of two Long Island taxidermists. In crisp black and white Taxidermy pays close attention to the detail involved in this work and comments on the natural yet artificial nature of the craft.

Lost Treasures
Jenny Perlin
1999, 16mm, 2.5 min, USA
A short elegy to three women. Perlin hand-processed this high contrast and damaged film in her effort to express the disorientation produced by loss.

On Grandma
Michaela Pavlatova
2000, 35mm, 30 min, Czech Republic
This film seamlessly navigates between and melds together live action documentary, optically printed archival footage and intricately hand-drawn animation. Pavlatova explores her grandmother's desires and adventures growing up in Prague. Her matter of fact recollections of everyday occurrences not only paint an intimate portrait of one woman's journey through life but also portrays a broader picture of a country in political turmoil.

Flip Film
Ellen Ugelstad
1999, 16mm, 1:10 min, USA
This award winning film takes its viewers on a ride through a city with a series of stark black and white photographs compiled into a Flip Film.

Grace
Lorelei Pepi
1999, 16mm, 6.5 min, USA
An incandescent body floats through an animated space merging the real and the constructed to portray a surreal world.

Lineage
Erika Mijlin
1998, Beta SP, 18 min, USA CA Premiere!
Using film footage and sound recorded by the filmmaker’s father from the live broadcast of the Apollo II moon landing, Mijlin reconstructs the event and reflects on the experience of being an observer. Lineage seeks to relate the concept of familial inheritance to the broader context of a shared historic memory.

The Circular Ruins
Julie Goldstein
1998, 16mm, 6 min, USA
Through stop motion animation, a clay man comes to life and creates water, fire, and air in his urban environment. Inspired by a short story by Jorge Luis Borges.

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Program 3
Reframing The Frame
Filmmakers who explore and exploit the confines of the medium.

PROGRAM#1
World Travelers Of The Mind

PROGRAM#2
Remembering the Past

PROGRAM#3
Reframing The Frame

PROGRAM#4
Reinventing Cinema

PROGRAM#5
On The Verge

PROGRAM#6
Can’t Seem To Find The Words

 

The Last The Rest
Johanna Dery
1999, 16mm 5 min, USA World Premiere!
Using wood cut animation and live action, The Last The Rest tells the visually compelling and eerie story of a wingless bird.

Replay
Margaret Haselgrove
1998, 16mm, 6 min, Australia US Premiere
Replay is a cinematic etude informed by questions of sexual power and the anticipation of violence through repetition, fragmentation and allusive, grainy images. The film was created as one continuous optical effect through frame by frame mastering of the film negative.

Tending Echo Park
Monica Gazzo
1999, 16mm, 16:07 min, USA
Gazzo lyrically manipulates images and combines them with writings by Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf and Antonin Artaud to create a poetic film commenting on gender and race and the confines of ones physical environment.

The Shape Of The Gaze
Maia Carpenter
2000, 16mm, 8 min, USA
This silent, contemplative, hand-painted and optically printed film objectifies its subjects as the subjects objectify the filmmaker.

Edgeways
Sandra Gibson
1999, 16mm, 4 min, USA CA Premiere
The found and fragmented footage that makes up Edgeways strikes a provocative relationship between the physicality of the film and the filmmaker’s vision and manipulation of the celluloid.

Cut, Cut, Re-Cut
Sara Takahashi
2000, 16mm 32 min, USA World Premiere!
Cut, Cut, Re-Cut is a “prosthetic autobiography” which reveals the filmmaker’s process of filmmaking as she unravels the secrets of her past. This gorgeous and gritty hand processed film will keep you guessing.

Removed
Naomi Uman
1999, 16mm, 7 min, USA
With the use of nail polish, bleach and a magnifying glass, the filmmaker literally erases the image of a woman in a 70's porno flick.

The Sleepers
Amie Siegel
1999, 16mm, 45 min, USA
Shot entirely at night, using the architecture of distant windows to explore the tensions between public and private, intimacy and alienation, the performative and the real, the lyrical and the vernacular. The film seeks to draw attention to and investigate the real contradictions present in film language via cinema’s primary preoccupation — looking, or scopophilia. To watch is not only to become complicit with the voyeuristic act but to engage actively in the fulfillment of narrative, and interpretation, that the cinema implies.

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Program 4
Reinventing Cinema
Filmmakers who reinvent the hollywood narrative and the role of its female protagonists.


PROGRAM#1
World Travelers Of The Mind

PROGRAM#2
Remembering the Past

PROGRAM#3
Reframing The Frame

PROGRAM#4
Reinventing Cinema

PROGRAM#5
On The Verge

PROGRAM#6
Can’t Seem To Find The Words

 

Illusions
Julie Dash
1983, 34 min, 16mm, USA
From the award winning director of Daughter’s Of The Dust comes Illusions “one of the most brilliant achievements in style and concept in recent American cinema.” Clyde Taylor, Whitney Museum. The time is 1942, a year after Pearl Harbor; the place is National Studios, a fictitious Hollywood motion picture studio. Mignon Dupre, a black woman studio executive who appears to be white and Ester Jeeter, an African American woman who is the singing voice for a white Hollywood star are forced to come to grips with a society that perpetuates false images as status quo.

The Escapades of Madame X
Kerry Laitala and Isabel Reichert
1999, 16mm, 10 min, USA West Coast Premiere
The Escapades of Madame X is a stunningly optically printed, hand-processed, black and white film that addresses early Hollywood cinema’s establishment of a woman’s passive role in narrative film. The female protagonist establishes a new role that is sexually, intellectually, and physically empowered; one who takes control and creates meaning through gesture and action.

Chaos Hags I and II
Courtney Egan

2000, Beta SP, 2:30 min, USA West Coast Premiere
The bodies and voices of famous female movie stars are reorganized in a collage and looped to create the Chaos Hags.

My Am
Linda Goode Bryant
1995, 16mm, 52 min, USA
My Am is innovatively constructed and intricately edited, with stark symbolic performances cut amidst staged encounters. The depiction of a young African American woman in an almost empty room listening to messages on her answering machine. Beyond the room, an artist encounters a patron, young people talk on a street corner; rumors circulate, gossip is exchanged. Varying from the serious to the fantastic, the trivial to the entertaining, these exchanges "glance the schizophrenic landscape on which African Americans negotiate the conflicts and contradictions of their subjective and `assimilated' identities.” Linda Goode Bryant

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Program 5
On The Verge
The mind and body diverge in this evening of shorts about loosing ones faculties...

PROGRAM#1
World Travelers Of The Mind

PROGRAM#2
Remembering the Past

PROGRAM#3
Reframing The Frame

PROGRAM#4
Reinventing Cinema

PROGRAM#5
On The Verge

PROGRAM#6
Can’t Seem To Find The Words

Vedma
Allison Schulnik
1999, 16mm, 5:30 min, USA
An eerie, animated story of an evil queen, her fallen castle, and loyal servant.

Just For You Girls
M.M. Serra
1997, 16mm, 1 min, USA
The title speaks for itself...

Beyond Voluntary Control
Cathy Cook
2000, 16mm, 30 min, USA World Premiere
Beyond Voluntary Control is a visually lush film that explores the obsessions, phobias, and diseases that constrict personal and physical freedom. These ideas are communicated through a surreal montage of found and constructed images.

A Feminist Creation Myth
Evelyn Zehraoui
2000, Beta SP, 5 min, USA
An absurd journey through a world of fields filled with penis’ and horny milk shooting cats.

The Devil Lives in Hollywood
Amy Lockhart
1999, 16mm, 6 min, Canada
An animated film set to a naively sung poem. Through simple hand drawn animation, the film expresses confusion and disillusion about the way the world is run.

Life/Expectancy
Michele Fleming
1999, 16mm, 30 min, USA California Premiere
Black Maria Film Film Festival Director’s Choice winner Life/Expectancy by Michele Fleming meditates on a woman’s midlife search for meaning. This stunningly constructed film uses scenes from The Misfits, Intolerance, Sunset Boulevard, and Lady From Shanghai as as visual texts to unpack the protagonists story. “Ravishing, brutal and emotive, this is one film unafraid to wear its heart and its brains on its sleeve, and marks Fleming’s arrival as a major American filmmaking talent.” Michael Hoolboom, IMAGES Film Festival

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Program 6
Can’t Seem To Find The Words
Characters who search for ways to navigate smoothly through their troubled worlds.

PROGRAM#1
World Travelers Of The Mind

PROGRAM#2
Remembering the Past

PROGRAM#3
Reframing The Frame

PROGRAM#4
Reinventing Cinema

PROGRAM#5
On The Verge

PROGRAM#6
Can’t Seem To Find The Words

Mrs Rodriguez
Karen Rodriguez
1999, Video, 4 min, USA
Mrs Rodriguez employs a realistic domestic soundscape, the repetition of an image and disjuncted text from a letter to explore how fear of cultures and language collide. Slowly the narrative is revealed.

Night Cries
Tracey Moffatt
1990, 16mm, 19 min, Australia
10 year anniversary Screening
On an isolated, surreal Australian homestead, a middle-aged Aboriginal woman nurses her dying white mother. The adopted daughter’s attentive gestures almost mask a palpable hostility. Their story alludes to the assimilation policy that forced Aboriginal children to be raised in white families. The stark, sensual drama unfolds without dialogue against vivid painted sets as the smooth crooning of an Aboriginal Christian singer provides ironic counterpoint.

Tumbleweed Town
Samara Halperin
1999, 16mm, 7 min, USA
Join Todd, the Tonka Cowboy on his hitch hiking adventures through Tumbleweed Town where gay cowpokes roam the Texas plains looking for love.

The Ride
William Virginia Basquin
2000, 16mm, 9 min, USA
In this meditative adventure story about a transgendered cab driver and a potentially penniless passenger.

Telly-Vision
Liz Hughes
1999, 16mm, 11 minutes, Australia US Premiere
A pair of unhappy lovers search for a TV of their dreams. The nightmare begins when they can’t fit it into their apartment.

Lunch
Sarah Shute
2000, 16mm, 3 min, USA SF Premiere
A contemplative cost analysis...

Jamais Vu
Maria Langhi
1999, 16mm, 13 min, Argentina US Premiere
Two nameless strangers wander through the streets and on the buses of Buenos Aires. This methodical and mysterious film lets the viewer glimpse into their world of power and desire.

Tourettes Tics
Janet Merewether
1993, 16mm, 6 min, Australia US Premiere
What do Gilles de la Tourette’s disease, animal impersonators, Freud;s patients, and the Ancient Greeks have in common? Merewether’s fast and funny Tourettes Tics will tell all.

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