Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Tracing Paths

Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

Presented in Association with San Francisco International Film Festival

This program showcases the most innovative short documentary work. Using unconventional methods to investigate their subject matter, these filmmakers challenge our notions of the production of history and memory. From Abigail Child’s appropriated family history in The Future is Behind You to Benita Raphan’s delightful animated musings on Buckminster Fuller in The Critical Path to Nurjahan Akhlaq’s hauntingly beautiful Death in the Garden of Paradise, we see how images can construct memory. Till Passow’s The Ecstatic meditates on the transformative powers of a pilgrimage while Gloriana Severdija’s Night takes us on a sweeping journey through nocturnal Berlin. Also: Cynthia Madansky and Elle Flanders’ The PSA Project #6: Simulation. (Maïa Cybelle Carpenter)