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  • Sight Unseen presents Rituals Of Restoration: A program of moving image work by Steve Cossman

    Steve Cossman is founder and director of Mono No Aware; a nonprofit cinema arts organization whose annual event exhibits the work of contemporary artists who incorporate live film projections and altered light as part of a performance, sculpture or installation. In 2010 the organization established a series of analog filmmaking workshops, and has grown to include in their activities an equipment rentals program and an in-person screening series entitled Connectivity Through Cinema. Steve’s first major work on film, TUSSLEMUSCLE, earned him Kodak’s Continued Excellence in Filmmaking award and has screened at many festivals and institutions internationally. In 2013, he completed residencies at MoMA PS1’s Expo 1 and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. He has been a visiting artist at Dartmouth, the New York Academy of Art, Yale, SAIC, and UPenn. Steve’s newest work on film, W H I T E C A B B A G E (2011-2014), a collaboration with Jahiliyya Fields of L.I.E.S., had its U.S. premiere at Anthology Film Archives. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn as a director, curator, visual artist and member of the collective DecayNY, creating time-based works on film, video, and paper.


    Friday, August 15, 2014 - 20:00


  • Microscope Expands!

    Microscope is moving to a new 2,000sf semi-raw space, and expanding our Weekly Events Series. This will require a lot of work as well as substantial upgrades of our equipment. Microscope Gallery does essentially two things at once: we operate as a gallery with a regular schedule of exhibitions open five days a week, and alongside we feature a weekly series of events. To date, we have presented 34 art exhibitions and more than 250 events by artists working primarily with film, video, sound, digital art and performance in our current four-hundred-twenty square foot space.  

    We are greatly looking forward to the range of new possibilities of a larger space, and hope you are too! Between now and our planned opening this September, there is a lot of work to be done in order to house the Event Series. Please take a moment to review our Indiegogo Campaign at:


  • my eyes can't focus and my brain is talking: A Film Program in Two Parts

    Lisa Cooley is proud to present my eyes can't focus and my brain is talking, a special night of experimental short films. Taking reel #9 (“Eric Says All”) of Andy Warhol’s 1966 film The Chelsea Girls as a touchstone, the selection highlights common strains that run through the visionary and psychedelic experiments of the 1960s, the structural impulses of the 1970s, and beyond. This mix of new and historic films has been organized by Warren Ng, and are presented in conjunction with the exhibition Eric’s Trip, curated by Cynthia Daignault and Mark Loiacono, on view at Lisa Cooley from June 28th through August 1st. The program offers a rare opportunity to see many of the most seminal filmic explorations of perception, light, color, and consciousness in an intimate environment and in their native format.


    Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 19:00 to 22:00


  • Another Experiment by Women Film Festival - 4th season

    4th season of Another Experiment by Women Film Festival

    AXW has promoted and screened experimental shorts since 2010 in Manhattan NY. Many of these films feature underrepresented themes and issues distinct to women and girls, are usually made by women and, sometimes, men.

    Six screenings per year are presented thru New Filmmakers NY at Anthology Film Archives.
    We recommend submitting shorter works of around 10 minutes and under, as these are easier to include.
    Narrative dramas, and conventional documentaries are unlikely to be included, unless they are exceptionally original/experimental in form and/or content.


    Thursday, November 13, 2014 (All day)
  • Southern Lights: Films by Pablo Marín

    Pablo Marín in person.

    A prominent figure in the burgeoning filmmaking scene of Argentina, Pablo Marín appears in person from Buenos Aires to present a screening of his personal, lyrical Super-8 films, which—in the traditions of Narcisa Hirsch, Claudio Caldini and Marie Louise Alemann—bring “a structural/formal concern into the realm of autobiographical/intimate cinema” and demonstrate a dazzling proficiency at in-camera composition superimposition.


    Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 19:30


  • Mirror Me - Experimental Selfies

    Everyday millions of hand-held self-portraits, or ‘selfies’, are uploaded on to the internet. With today’s personal technologies, private self-representations-made-public seem symptomatic of Guy Debord's ‘Society of the Spectacle’ or Jean Baudrillard’s ‘Simulacra and Simulation’. Yet for decades, experimental filmmakers and video artists have interrogated questions of self-identity and -referentiality. With the performing body as the site of action produced in relation to the film apparatus and video system, they offer a powerful critique of the male gaze and, in turn, the seeming narcissism at the center of today’s ‘selfie’ culture. A diverse range of artists and traditions have thereby subversively taken up subjective, first-person cinema and issues of self-performance in order to explore questions of identity, power, memory, and the construction of the self. ‘Mirror Me’ presents a selection of musings on the mirroring of the ‘self’ in self-reflexive film and video auto-portraits and personal diary films in order to weave together something of a ‘pre-history’ of the ‘selfie’.

    Curated by Pascal Richard and Christopher Zimmerman


    Monday, July 21, 2014 - 19:30
    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 19:30


  • 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival

    The call for entries is now open for the 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival!

    The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, established in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences. The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works. The AAFF provides at least $20,000 in cash and film stock/services to more than 20 filmmakers, serves as a qualifying festival for Academy Award® nomination in the short film category and provides touring opportunities for select filmmakers.

    The 53rd AAFF will take place March 24 – 29, 2015 in Ann Arbor, MI.


    Friday, August 15, 2014 (All day)
    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 (All day)
    Saturday, November 1, 2014 (All day)