In 1951, Maurice Lemaître made his first film, Le Film est déjà commencé? (Has the film already started?). It is the first attempt to destroy the normal framework of the cinematographic representation in which each element is upset: image, sound, screen, venue, spectators... It is the advent of syncinema: it is no longer just a film projection, but a cinema session that has become a work of art as a whole.
Filmforum concludes its 2016 season with a return visit from filmmaker Eric Leiser. Experimental animator Eric Leiser makes films that explore dreams, Christian imagery, surrealism, and magical realism while employing a variety of cinematic techniques, including stop-motion animation and holography.
Over the course of two days, artists, theorists, programmers, curators and experimental film lovers will come together for a series of round table discussions, film screenings and an installation to reflect on, question, discuss, discover and share in this multi-faceted art practice, considered to be cinema’s very soul.
Our aim is to create an event that offers the opportunity to discover experimental filmmaking as a vast and rich art form, revealing endless possibilities and links between theory and practice.
Thursday, December 15, 2016 (All day) to Friday, December 16, 2016 (All day)
In her brief life, Marjorie Keller made nearly thirty films in her own distinctive cinematic voice. From her earliest efforts in the late 1960s, Marjorie was attracted to film’s potential to portray the complexity of private events and personal relationships, mostly in response to family life. Her gestural and vivid camerawork, along with an intricate approach to poetic editing, created a body of work that is unsurpassed in its intimacy and conveyance of feelings and concerns.
Submissions for the 12th Montréal Underground Festival are now open! MUFF celebrates low-budget filmmaking and promotes those who challenge the constraints and conventions of mainstream Hollywood. Co-founded by Karina Mariano and Zoë Brown, MUFF has morphed into a collective of independent filmmakers, writers, teachers and cinephiles committed to seeking out edgy films bristling with a sense of creative freedom, energy and experimentation. Films in any way affiliated with a major motion picture studio, and “calling-card” films (aka, slick, thinly disguised shout-outs to the commercial industry), were ineligible.
Alternative Film/Video Belgrade (Serbia) is an international festival for new film and video tendencies and one of the oldest manifestations of its kind in Europe. It was founded in 1982 by Miodrag Miloševic as an antidote to commercial film and video-making and to support unconventional practices while celebrating moving image cultures. Alternative Film/Video Belgrade is organized by and hosted at Academic Film Center in Belgrade, which was established in 1958 as a kino club and where many iconic filmmakers worked, including Tomislav Gotovac, Živojin Pavlovic, Radoslav Vladic, and others.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, December 11, 2016 (All day)
At a time when images are increasingly subject to digital processing through a multiplicity of technologies and formats, artists are confronted by a plethora of visual and expressive possibilities. The 16mm films and videos by New York artists assembled for this programme present personal ways of chemically or digitally manipulating moving images.
Works by Peggy Ahwesh, Katherine Bauer, Lisa Gwilliam & Ray Sweeten (DataSpaceTime), Sarah Halpern, Josh Lewis, Zach Nader, Keith Sanborn, Leslie Thornton, Matt Town