Curated by Kathy Geritz and Vanessa O’Neill
This program also screens on April 8 at the Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley. Information here.
How we see others and understand them is explored through six poetic films: three portraits—of a geologist, of the Andes, and of “anyone” or “nobody”; an homage to Robert Frank’s photographs in The Americans; a collage featuring photos of a Masonic order; and a consideration of communication between dogs, humans, and computers. New films by Janie Geiser, Christoph Giradet and Matthias Müller, Adam Levine and Sara Smith, Brigid McCaffrey, Jesse McLean and Madi Piller.
Untitled, 1925 Part Three (Madi Piller, Canada/Peru 2016, 11 min)
Part three of a trilogy witnesses the space, the people, and the culture of the Andes and reflects on time and belonging.
You Got Eyes (Adam Levine, Sara Smith, US 2016, 7 min)
An experiment in movement and single-frame video inspired by Robert Frank’s The Americans. Featuring dancers Aretha Aoki and Sara Smith.
Bad mama, who cares (Brigid McCaffrey, US 2016, 12 min)
Geologist Ren Lallatin moves into a small housing complex located between a rail yard and the interstate. Desert vistas are replaced with an arsenal of tactile pursuits; seismic vibrations serenade the home.
Flowers of the Sky (Janie Geiser, US 2016, 9 min)
Flowers of the Sky—a medieval term for comets—draws on two panoramic photographs, found in an LA thrift shop, that depict a gathering of members of the Order of the Eastern Star. The film reveals and obscures the original event.
personne (Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller, Germany 2016, 15 min)
This is somebody, nobody, anyone. This is us in the course of time. Persistently, in vain. The self is the need for permanent self-assertion.
See a Dog, Hear a Dog (Jesse McLean, US 2016, 18 min)
A consideration of the deficits and surpluses produced by attempts at communication among humans, animal, and machines.
image above: Flowers of the Sky (2016) by Janie Geiser