Transubstantiation (co-curated program) Ann Arbor, MI October 21

Studies & Observations no. 2

Transubstantiation: Rituals, Transformations and Appropriations program curated by Marcy Saude and Mark Toscano (in person)

Using varied techniques including optical manipulation, observation and documentation, and appropriation of found footage and materials, the filmmakers in this program work with film as a transformative tool that’s both mystical and mundane. Michael J. Fox is transformed into a totemic stand-in for a woman who survived three shipwrecks. Text and nearly invisible artifacts are transmuted into bleeding abstractions via photocopying. The stuff of a day job at a make-up counter becomes raw material for an exploration of refracted light and color. A ceremony involving the gift of a tuba is recreated; the ritualistic aspects of drug use are explored in order to create alternatives; and Jesus Christ dies, rises, and ascends to heaven.

All films will be projected on 16mm and will include work by Chick Strand, David Lebrun, Peter Rose, Daina Krumins, Alexander Stewart, Courtney Hoskins, Carolyn Faber, Sarah Biagini, and Elwood Decker.

Screening organized by the Studies and Observations Group, co-presented by the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

still from I Swim Now, Sarah Biagini 2010

San Francisco: ATA Screening September 23

Artists’ Television Access in San Francisco is hosting a screening of my films on September 23, and I’ll be there to present them.

Films from Four Mountain Ranges by Marcy Saude

Recent experimental documentary shorts investigating marginal histories embedded in the landscape. Fragmented tales of outlaws, back-to-the-landers, farmers, and most of all- mountains. Former gold rush boom towns; serial killers in Santa Cruz, California; anabaptist folk medicine as performance art; anarchists and Comanche re-enactors; a rural festival of antique farming technology; quiet looks at counterculture architecture; lots of mountain-gazing in the Rockies, the Sangre de Cristos, Southern Appalachia and the California Redwoods; and attempts to push against the edges of non-fiction form. Approximate program running time: 70 minutes.

still from Sangre de Cristo, 16mm transferred to HD, 00:26:00, 2011

Los Angeles: Echo Park Film Center screening June 23

I’ll be screening my work at the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles on June 23.

Films from Four Mountain Ranges by Marcy Saude

A program of recent experimental documentary shorts investigating marginal histories embedded in the landscape. Fragmented tales of outlaws, back-to-the-landers, farmers, and most of all- mountains. Former gold rush boom towns; serial killers in Santa Cruz, California; anabaptist folk medicine as performance art; anarchists and Comanche re-enactors; a rural festival of antique farming technology; quiet looks at counterculture architecture; lots of mountain-gazing in the Rockies, the Sangre de Cristos, Southern Appalachia and the California Redwoods; and attempts to push against the edges of non-fiction form. Approximate program running time: 70 minutes.

Screenings April/ May 2011

The Sower Arepo as Works a Wheel will be screening in San Francisco Cinematheque’s Crossroads Festival on May 15 at 4:30 pm as part of the “Realms of Transience” program. There’s a really great mix of old and new works throughout the three day fest.

The European Media Art Festival in Osnabrueck, Germany has listed their full program and I’m  excited that Sower Arepo is screening with Erin Espelie’s complex and rich new film Valleys of Fear (After Poe, Pierce and Doyle) as well as a new work by Owen O’Toole; I wish I could attend!

Additionally, I’ll be screening and talking about my MFA thesis project, Sangre de Cristo, on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 pm in ATLAS 102 on the CU Boulder campus for those who missed the MFA show (or prefer comfy theater seats to gallery benches).

MFA Thesis Exhibition opens Friday April 1st

My new film, Sangre de Cristo, will be shown on a loop in the CU Art Museum video gallery as part of CU Boulder’s Spring 2011 MFA show, Beyond, which opens Friday, April 1 from 5-7 pm and continues through April 14.

The work in the show from my super amazing MFA brothers and sisters Amber Dawn Cobb, Jesse Ryan Kuroiwa, Shannon Lowry, Adrianna Marie Santiago, Thomas Spradling, Kari Treadwell, Lydia Young and Xi Zhang ranges from photography and digital art to installation, community-based practice, sculpture and painting.

still from Sangre de Cristo

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