Saturday, April 11, 2015, 12:00 am

CROSSROADS 2015 Program 4

forward reverse read write: conjectures about the animal


2961 16th Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

In Person: Michael Betancourt; Karissa Hahn; Jeanne Liotta; Jeremy Moss and Deborah Stratman

presented in association with Canyon Cinema Foundation, Oddball Film + Video and SOMArts
sponsored by LUNA, MUBI, Ninkasi Brewing and Vimeo

Full Festival Pass: [$60 general/$40 Cinematheque members] available here.
[$10 general/$5 Cinematheque members]. Advance tickets available here.

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Cicatrix (2014) by Jeremy Moss; digital video, color, silent, 7 minutes, from the maker
“A textural experience in layers, scars, and deterioration that combines hand processed, tinted, and toned 16mm imagery. Both sight and sound ooze and emulate those tangible tremors catalyzed by increasing awareness of loss and decay. Footage created at the Independent Imaging Retreat (Film Farm) in Mt. Forest, Ontario, Canada.” (Jeremy Moss)

Soon (2014) by Jeanne Liotta; digital video, color, sound, 7 minutes, from the maker bay area premiere
“Soon it would be too hot.” Taking its title from the first line of JG Ballard’s climate-fiction novel The Drowned World (1962) which vividly describes a dystopic future Earth, Soon utilizes original imagery and the most current Greenland and CO2 data visualizations to consider the ongoing state of melting Arctic sea ice due to the warming of air and oceans caused by our carbon emissions. This is a non-narrative media work visualizing the connection between human presence and the finite resources of planet Earth. We are as ephemeral as shadows but carbon emissions are eternal.

Soon was commissioned for a unique science/art collaborative think tank for projection on NOAA’s Science on a Sphere, a 360º global platform for earth science education. Premiered at the Fiske Planetarium, Boulder CO, April 2014. A project of NOAA SOS, and Eco ARts Connections with funding from CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.” (Jeanne Liotta)

Dancing Glitch (2013) by Michael Betancourt; digital video, color, sound, 3 minutes, from the maker
Loie Fuller, the American choreographer and dancer, was an early inspiration for Cubist abstraction with her Serpentine Dance; her performance in Vue Lumière no. 76 (1896) provided the original source material for this visual music work. An extended discussion of the production of this movie can be read in OtherZine no. 25. (Michael Betancourt)

L’entre Deux (2013) by Karl Lemieux; 16mm, b&w, sound, 4 minutes, from the maker bay area premiere
The images in L’entre deux are long-exposure experiments that were made while walking around at three different times and cities with a super-16mm camera. It’s inspired by the work of street photographer Michael Ackerman. The soundtrack is from the Swedish avant-garde music composer BJ Nilsen. (Karl Lemieux)

Sayre’s Vapor (2013) by Karissa Hahn; digital video, b&w, sound, 1 minutes, from the maker world premiere
“She felt the essence of herself pulled finer and smaller like those streams of spun glass that pull and stretch till there remains but a glimmering illusion. Neither falling nor breaking, the stream spins finer.  She felt herself very small and ecstatic. Alabama was in love.” (Zelda Fitzgerald, Save Me the Waltz)

(outside the sill) pebbles and rocks began to move in ways
that couples try,
I tried to move in ways that lovers do,
and ended up losing all my features.
Last to go was the curve of my neck,
it got spliced by your collarbone when I forgot which way was up
(Karissa Hahn)

Conjectures (2013) by Pablo Mazzolo; digital video, b&w, sound, 4 minutes, from the maker bay area premiere
Conjectures about the animal that bumps into itself, aims for big things, and gets sick of it all. (Pablo Mazzolo)

As Near as Light (2014) by Susan DeLeo; digital video, color, sound, 2 minutes, from the maker world premiere
As Near As Light is a visual haiku of an ephemeral and potent journey into the realm of the unconscious through hand manipulated super 8mm film converted to digital. It serves to create a hypnotic state of reverie in the viewer. (Susan DeLeo)

Second Sighted (2014) by Deborah Stratman; digital video, color, sound, 5 minutes, from the maker, bay area premiere
Obscure signs portend a looming, indecipherable slump. An oracular decoding of the landscape. Made in collaboration with composer Olivia Block, and by invitation of the Chicago Film Archives, utilizing solely films from their collection. (Deborah Stratman)

The Golden Hour (2014) by Ross Meckfessel; digital video, color, sound, 7 minutes, from the maker bay area premiere
The stink of seaweed permeates the streets. I’ve heard there’s growing dissatisfaction among the youth. Do you feel content? How often do you dream? Are you better off alone? (Ross Meckfessel)

Laborat (2014) by Guillaume Cailleau; digital video, color, sound, 21 minutes, from Lightcone bay area premiere
A mouse is put to sleep, operated on, scanned in MRI, vivisected. It dies. It is a standard procedure in a lab, a meticulous routine. Single gestures are repeated over and over again. It is impossible to tell them apart, as it is impossible to tell apart, or count, the mice subject to them. A small film crew documents the work of the lab crew. Both crews follow their own protocol, preoccupied by their tools, their repeated actions. A film is constructed which documents scientific experiments, but also experiments with its own complicity in the procedures: it dissects itself and makes it’s own structure apparent. Between the lines, the distance to the object is lifted. The object becomes the subject, the viewer an accomplice. The images are seductive, the discomfort overwhelming.” (Uli Ziemons)

Jenny Haniver (2014) by Stephen Broomer; 16mm, b&w, silent, 16 minutes, from the maker world premiere
A photographer steadies a Polaroid camera and composes a shot of the sky, flanked by tree branches. Later, a woman wakes from a nightmare. Jenny Haniver takes its title from a cryptid totem sold for centuries at the docks of Antwerp: a Jenny Haniver or jeune d’anvers (young girl of Antwerp) is a disfigured ray or skate carcass, carved to resemble an angel, a devil, a dragon. A series of ten filmed portraits are subject to all manner of alteration. To mirror its namesake, the film’s plastic properties have been carved, lacerated, bleached, otherwise stressed, reshaped to transform reality into the fantastic and unknowable. (Stephen Broomer)


CROSSROADS 2015 receives generous support from: the San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund/Grants for the Arts, Fleischhacker Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Willow Foundation