Friday, April 4, 2014, 12:00 am

CROSSROADS 2014 Program 3

phantom tunneling to the beginning of time


2961 16th Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

presented in association with Cinema Arts at The Exploratorium
In Person: Lana Z Caplan, Karissa Hahn, Alexander Stewart and Amanda Thomson

Admission: [$5 members / $10 non-members]
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CROSSROADS 2014 is sponsored by Ninkasi Brewing
Thanks to our co-presenters, community partners and advertisers: 23FiveArtists’ Television AccessBAVC, Canyon Cinema Foundation, the Center for New MusicThe ExploratoriumFandorOddball Film + Videothe SF Dance Film Festival,Shapeshifters Cinema and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

All or Nothing (2013) by Fred Worden; digital video, color, sound, 8 minutes, from the maker bay area premiere            “…abstract images made dynamic by an infusion of energy imposed by me from outside. I’m tempted to describe this as a conversion of biological energy (mine) into cinematic energy. The individual frames collide and new things appear. It’s almost like a jerry-rigged, homemade version of the Large Hadron Collider. On the web page for the LHC it describes the Collider’s mission as ‘tunneling to the beginning of time.’ A no-nonsense mission, I’d say. The mission of All or Nothing might also be described as a kind of tunneling, but for the life of me, I can’t say exactly where it’s tunneling to.” (Fred Worden)

Conque (2013) by Jesse Malmed; digital video, color, sound, 8 minutes, from the maker bay area premiere            “Sixteen—at least—ideas and images in search of a trajectory. The voice you hear is your own, interrupted and ruptured, while a little real-life actualizing is all they need. Frank Stella, Phreak Headroom, Robert Creeley, Quixotic Tivoli, the demography of the Sitcom Set, Pizza Burger Covers and and. My favorite parts are when the permeability of the screen is made clear: when the diegesis becomes our world and when cinema’s prosthetic memory becomes a site for immortality. For Jonah Adels.” (Jesse Malmed)

HedonHeathen 2 (2013) by Lana Z Caplan; digital video, color, sound, 3 minutes, from the maker bay area premiere
            “From a snow swept landscape into microscopic pink crystallization, a journey from the hibernation of winter to a thawing arctic, where polar bears are struggling to raise their young atop diminishing ice.” Audio by Max Jeffers. (Lana Z Caplan)

 Goth Movie (Chemirocha) (2013) by Jesse Malmed; digital video, color, sound, 3 minutes, from the maker
“Starring (in order of appearance): Govind, Veda, Nananancy, Gayatri, Ali, Chloe. Goth breakfast, flying lanterns, alien landscapes, mirrors and seeings. Séance Nonfiction.” (Jesse Malmed)

Reveries (2013) by Karissa Hahn; digital video, b&w, sound, 4 minutes, from the maker bay area premiere
           “Charlotte Pryce is teaching by candlelight. I’m picking at my thumb under the table. She’s speaking with thumbs unpicked: ‘We don’t see an object, we see the effluence of that object. We see a light lingering in our eye because it works faster than our brain. This implies that we may invent what we see.’ She’s now telling of Aristotle, of how he believed; The organs > not just the eye > retains the image. The sensations are retained and return to haunt the sleep.  ‘Bodies are vessels that take in images. Can we not see ghosts because our eye lags perception and we miss it? Are ghosts a perception of speed?’ …I’m picking my thumb to the bone over this.” (Karissa Hahn)

The Sea Seeks Its Own Level (2013) by Erin Espelie; digital video, color, sound, 5 minutes, from the maker bay area premiere
            “Drowning they say is the pleasantest. See your whole life in a flash. Salt green death, spiked and winding cold seahorn, music everywhere. No, that’s noise. The snotgreen, scrotum-tightening sea. They are coming: waves, white-maned seahorses, wind brindled.” (Erin Espelie, distilled from Joyce) *Cumulatively the world’s oceans have risen eight inches since James Joyce wrote Ulysses, as well as increased in temperature and acidity.

Blind Spots (2013) by Amanda Thomson; digital video, color, sound, 10 minutes, from the maker bay area premiere
            “A woman’s voice sketches out an enigmatic romance while the camera gets lost in the patterns of sunlight on windswept leaves and water.
“…the film ultimately abandons nostalgia and memory for a moment suspended in the eternal present.” (Amanda Thomson)

Glistening Thrills (2013) by Jodie Mack; 16mm, color, sound, 8 minutes, print from the maker
“A shiny otherworld of holographic reverie pairs dollar store gift bags and haunting resound, unfolding an effervescent melancholy in three parts. Featuring compositions for bowed vibraphone by Elliot Cole.” (Jodie Mack)

Peacock (2014) by Alexander Stewart; digital video, color, sound, 5 minutes, from the maker bay area premiere
           “An exploration of pattern, repetition and visual overload. A small particle unfolds into a mesmerizing display of color and movement.” (Alexander Stewart)

Fort Morgan (2014) by Alexander Stewart; digital video, color, sound, 23 minutes, from the maker world premiere
           “…inspired by a brick fort of the same name on the Alabama coast. Following an intricate geometric diagram, the fort grows of its own accord like an oyster shell or a crystal forming, until it is eccentrically shaped, encrusted and overgrown.” (Alexander Stewart)