Some Poetic and Political Currents
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Some Poetic and Political Currents: Works by Jason Halprin, Jennifer Hardacker, Brett Kashmere, Kevin McCarthy, Jennifer Proctor, Wenhua Shi, and Simon Tarr
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028
Filmmakers Jason Halprin, Jennifer Hardacker, Brett Kashmere, Kevin McCarthy, Jennifer Proctor, Wenhua Shi, and Simon Tarr in person!
Several fabulous filmmakers are coming to Los Angeles for the University Film & Video Association’s 2017 Conference, from July 30-Aug 2. Filmforum is taking advantage of the opportunity to host a screening of recent experimental works. It’s quite an array of work, with political, poetic, personal, and essayistic expressions from around the country. Jason Halprin’s July 8th, 2016 and Brett Kashmere’s Cleaning the Glass explicitly address current political and social issues. McCarthy’s Official Teaser #2 Reaction!!! returns to Filmforum with its humorous and emotional responses to a Star Wars trailer. Jen Proctor’s Am I Pretty? raises serious issues of self-image concerns of teenage girls. Jennifer Hardacker’s films used varied techniques to express inner questions. Halprin’s In Which There Appears Trains, a Carousel, and Rain and Wenhua Shi’s Walking Cycle both find more poetic approaches to complicated movements. And Simon Tarr’s live cinema performance Blood Lust of the Wolf dissects the classic “ethnographic” film Nanook of the North, which Filmforum screened a couple of years ago in our Polar series.
Special Thanks to Simon Tarr for organizing the screening
Tickets: $10 general admission; $6 students (with ID)/seniors; free for Filmforum members.
Tickets available at http://bpt.me/3046023 or at the door
For more event information: www.lafilmforum.org, or 323-377-7238
Jason Halprin is an experimental film & video artist based in Oakland, California, who explores how geography, history, and politics manifest in the moving image while borrowing tropes from home movies, travelogues, structuralist film, and new media. His work has been presented at venues including Media City 14 (Windsor), the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), MCA Chicago, the Images Festival (Toronto), L'Etna (Paris), and in an alleyway in Buenos Aires. Originally from the small ranching town of Beulah, Colorado, he graduated from the University of Colorado with a BFA in Film and a BA in History, earned an MFA in Film Production from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and currently teaches cinema production at City College of San Francisco.
Jennifer Hardacker is an award winning filmmaker and educator living in the Pacific Northwest. She has been making short experimental films for over 15 years, and her films have been screened all over North America and some of Europe. Hardacker is interested in re-imagining and re-imaging existing images. She has used many different processes to manipulate the film image to this end including film scratching, optical printing, direct animation, projection of the image and other post-production processes. Hardacker enjoys her day job as a professor at a small liberal arts college where she gets the chance to foster the next generation of filmmakers. She is also a busy mom of a blended family that includes four boys, 2 dogs and a supportive partner. She is an avid novice road bicyclist and gardener.
Brett Kashmere is a filmmaker and writer living in Oakland, California. Combining archival research with materialist aesthetics and hybrid forms, his work explores the intersection of history and (counter-) memory, sports media, and popular culture. Kashmere is currently a PhD student in Film + Digital Media at University of California, Santa Cruz. He is also the founding editor of INCITE: Journal of Experimental Media.
Kevin McCarthy: I am a non-fiction filmmaker living in Watertown, Massachusetts. My works range from lyrical short docs to experimental films and video art exhibitions. I dabble in narrative documentary, most recently serving as a producer and videographer for the feature documentary film, STUMPED, which is currently making the festival rounds, and director of a short documentary film about a supermarket boycott, SCENES FROM A PROTEST. In addition to filmmaking, I am an educator, teaching documentary and narrative film production, sound design, and screenwriting courses at Fitchburg State University, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
Jennifer Proctor is a filmmaker, media artist, and scholar whose work focuses on appropriation of popular and online media, experimental film remakes, representations of gender in popular film, and inclusive media pedagogy. She is an Associate Professor of Screen Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a co-founder of EDIT Media (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Teaching Media).
Wenhua Shi pursues a poetic approach to moving image making, and investigates conceptual depth in film, video, interactive installations and sound sculptures. His work has been presented at museums, galleries, and film festivals, including International Film Festival Rotterdam, European Media Art Festival, Athens Film and Video Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, West Bund 2013: a Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary art, Shanghai, Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism, and the Arsenale of Venice in Italy. He has received awards including the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Juror’s Awards from the Black Maria Film and Video Festival. Recently he presented a solo show, A Year from Monday, at Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center in Buffalo, NY and a solo screening, Autumn Air, at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA.
Simon Tarr is an artist, researcher, and educator in South Carolina. His films have screened on every continent (yes, even Antarctica), and he has performed expanded cinema at Carnegie Hall, LaMaMa, and around the world from Tokyo to Cairo.
This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and Bloomberg Philanthropies. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.
Official Teaser #2 Reaction!!!
(Kevin McCarthy, digital video, color, sound, 2016, 6:30)
When the second teaser for THE FORCE AWAKENS comes out, a STAR WARS agnostic tries in vain to embrace the zeitgeist, joining superfans to create his own lukewarm trailer reaction video mashup.
July 8th, 2016
Jason Halprin, 2016, HD, 3.5 min.
Los Angeles premiere!
Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. 5 police officers in Dallas. The Civil Rights Movement isn't a part of history. It is a fight that is happening now. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY & HUMAN DIGNITY. Which side are you on?
In Which There Appears Trains, a Carousel, and Rain
Jason Halprin, 2016, HD, 9.5 min.
Los Angeles premiere!
Collage as pastiche, as modality, as fluidity, as rhyme. Looking back, taking stock, growing up, moving on, keeping it in your back pocket. A love poem to my adopted hometown of Chicago, to roots, to horizons, to the ongoing moment.
Am I Pretty?
Jennifer Proctor, 2017, digital video, 10 min.
Los Angeles premiere!
A visually silent film appropriating audio from YouTube videos uploaded by teen and tween girls primarily in 2012. These young women ask us to pass judgment on their appearance, but our gaze is denied.
Cleaning the Glass
Brett Kashmere, 2016, digital video, 11 min.
Los Angeles premiere!
Exploding the video essay into a desktop documentary, Cleaning the Glass (a postscript to Kashmere’s From Deep) considers how the relationship between sports, politics, race, and media has changed over the past half-decade in American culture.
The Road Led Here
Jennifer Hardacker, 2012, DV & 16mm, 2.75 min.
The road led here tells the story of a discontented voyager who finally finds a place to end her journey-- but what is it about this place? The film is shot on 16mm film, HD video and moss grown on 16mm leader. The film employs text that nods to the literary tradition of odyssey/journey stories, such as The Wizard of Oz, On the Road, The Odyssey and others.
Jennifer Hardacker, 2010, DV & 16mm, 3 min.
Her horoscope quoted from the poet Federico Garcia Lorca: “His heart was growing full of broken wings and artificial flowers. In his mouth, just one small word was left.” The horoscope assured her that her mouth would soon be full of vivid words. Winged explores a mother’s concern for her children and her ability to help them cope as they experience an emotional time in their life.
Wenhua Shi, 2016, digital, USA/ China, 8 min.
Los Angeles premiere!
Walking Cycle is an abstract audiovisual piece that celebrates the line, its quality, and its movements. This piece is a tribute to early abstract animation masters Len Lye and Hans Richter. Sound by Wang Changcun.
Blood Lust of the Wolf
Simon Tarr, 2015-17, live cinema performance, 15 min.
Blood Lust of the Wolf is a live cinema performance that remixes the classic film Nanook of the North (1922) into a fugue state about race, ethnicity and exploitation. The show dissects the core of what makes Nanook disturbing yet compelling nearly a century later—the film’s approach to ethnography.