Mar 5 2020

5:30PM
7:30PM 9:30PM

Mar 6 2020

5PM 7PM 9PM

Mar 6 2020 9PM


VARSITY THEATER
123 E Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

PROGRAM 6: Autopoiesis


As if Standing on Fishes

As if Standing on Fishes

RT: 03:00 Jenny Stark

The video, in part, is a response to Cy Twombly's untitled "Pond" paintings and the poem scribbled on one of them: "Moving Forward" by Rainer Maria Rilke. I started the film as a response to the news that my former hometown of Houston, where the paintings are located, was underwater. A story of simultaneous disasters, both natural and private, and the tenuous boundary between distant lived events.
Autopoiesis

Autopoiesis

RT: 07:15 Lana Caplan

#aerialskiers #SeoulWinterOlympics #divers #LeniRiefenstal #Olympia #OpticalIllusions #SpeculativelyGeneratedOuterSpace #SelfHypnosis #SunRa #SpaceIsThePlace #4ECognition #AssaultByHashtags #MeToo #BlackLivesMatter #StillMarching #GiletJaune #Brexit #IdeasofUtopia #AfroFuturism #AryanRace #HashtagActivism #YouAreASystem #ConstantlyBuffeted #Maintain
An Optical Printer Duet

An Optical Printer Duet

RT:03:20 Jon Behrens and Caryn Cline

Two filmmakers. Two direct animation strategies. Two optical printers. One roll of 16mm film.
I Touched Her Legs remix

I Touched Her Legs remix

RT: 07:20 Mike Hoolboom

Eva Marie Rodbro’s embedded ethnographic maestro short, originally shot in Brownwood, Texas in 2009, is given a fan remake. Night vision animal life and teen hangouts conjure a temporary and fragile collective, while conversation fragments, alternately performed and raw, shouted and whispered, collide.
Here You Can Only Gain Respect by Killing Other Men   

Here You Can Only Gain Respect by Killing Other Men

RT: 06:24 Renee Lear

This video is made by weaving together parts of the final fight scenes from all three of Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy films: A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly "Here you can only gain respect by killing other men" is a line spoken about 10 minutes into A Fistful of Dollars. It sums up the narrative, the why-things-happen, of all the films in the Trilogy. In a sense, in a line (or as a title) it dispenses with the why, leaving the what, the wonderful stuff - both material and temporal - that makes the films what they are rather than what they are about. Reimagining a bit of this stuff is, in part, what my video enacts.
Turn

Turn

RT: 03:38 Shelly Silver

In 1959, Jean Seberg stares into Raoul Coutard’s 35mm camera lens and then turns – the closing frame of Godard’s Breathless is the back of her head. For the film it is a closing. For her character it is less clear. Is it a refusal? A denial? A shying away from? An admission of guilt or not caring? A disappearing act? In 2017 on the streets of Berlin, twenty-three women, friends and passersby, reverse Seberg’s action.
Raw Materials for A Theory of The Young-Girl

Raw Materials for A Theory of The Young-Girl

RT: 07:04 Lydia Moyer

Psychological speculation on the roots of Ayn Rand's philosophy become intertwined with Tiqqun's theories of late capitalism and the formulation of the young-girl, culminating in a roll call of contemporary public figures who are on record as having been influenced by Rand's ideas.
Eastern State

Eastern State

RT: 04:37 Talena Sanders

Stemming from a found archive of decades of footage documenting the lives of the patients and employees of one of the oldest mental health institutions in the US, Eastern State seeks the moments when the source materials start communicating something outside their intended purpose. Bringing these images into dialogue with Barbara Loden's 1970 film Wanda through digital video corruption, VHS artifacting, stroboscopic effects, direct animation, and overlays, this found footage collage film considers the fidelity of nonfiction media to represent lived experiences of isolation.
Billy

Billy

RT: 08:03 Zachary Epcar

The reenactment of a scene from an early episode of Melrose Place opens this domestic psychodrama, a look into the horrors of interior decoration and the boundless entanglement of things.
Fixing a Hole

Fixing a Hole

RT: 03:10 Pierre Ajavon

By trying to fix a hole to stop my mind from wandering on the other side… Electronic music composition mixed with a lunar sound recording from NASA.
So Many Ideas Impossible To Do All

So Many Ideas Impossible To Do All

RT: 11:00 Mark Street

A year before her death, Barbara Hammer asked me to work on a project she'd envisioned based on her correspondence (1973-85) with Jane Brakhage. She also gave me outtakes from her 1974 film "Jane Brakhage" and told me to let the project take me wherever it led. What emerges is a portrait of Barbara as a brave and vibrant artist and a complex and nuanced long distance friendship.
Failing Up

Failing Up

RT: 07:10 Jackie Goss

“Failing Up” describes career advancement despite bad decisions, bankruptcies, and intellectual mediocrity. In this short film, the Manhattan real estate holdings of the King of Failing Up are catalogued and synced to a soundtrack that suggests how it feels to be one of his subjects.
A Fixed Answer

A Fixed Answer

RT: 03:00 Britany Gunderson

Exploring identity through indecision, these ordinary spaces are juxtaposed with the personal and private, yet both have equal amounts of public analysis. Using physical objects as a way to separate the image from place and author from image, a commitment is made and dimension is formed. A fear of commitment thins itself out through the refusal of romantic and friendly gestures.
Lost Child Reel

Lost Child Reel

RT: 08:35 Evan Morgan

"The Lost Child", a tune from the Stripling Brothers (1918-1936), passes through the prism of folk and ethnographic processes, digital and physical media, and never arrives. The first film in the American traditional music cycle "Variations On".
On the Road & other Places

On the Road & other Places

RT: 15:00 Elizabeth Landesberg

A conversation across time, space and the veil between a daughter and her late comedian father. Through personal and public archives, the filmmaker traces her own autobiography and reconstructs an image of her father as a man who both read her bedtime stories, and told jokes about her to strangers.