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Film Program: Animate Landscapes

Saturday October 12 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

The escalating climate crisis is making visible what was always true: no neat boundary exists between human and more-than-human worlds. “Nature” is a social fiction turned material fact, used to justify everything from resource extraction to wilderness preservation to racial hierarchies. The land and organisms we shape become the contours of our world. They form the basis of all sustenance, imprint themselves in our psyches, undergird the built environment, and enliven cultural narratives. This 90-minute film and video program explores the bio-geo-social lives of the land and its actors, both human and more-than, through a range of experimental approaches, including meditation, animation, documentation, collage, and performance.

WORKS
Grassland
Sarah Kanouse, 2019, 19:20
Grassland excavates the stratigraphic layers of belief, ecology, practice, and geology that form a northeastern Colorado landscape. Meditative original footage of the grassland merges with handmade collage animation in a poetic and unsettling portrait of place.

The Bear in the Valley
Deke Weaver, 2019, 38:00
Why do we always put ourselves in the picture? Human beings are drawn to powerful places, but most of us don’t have the patience to learn from them. A cinematic essay of selfie sticks, climate collapse, ecotourism, seeing, and the sublime: a wry call to arms.

Hello Virus
Dear Climate, 2012, 5:46
A Dear Climate audio meditation which could be used at weddings, picnics, concerts, sports events, raves and retreats, or while lying in your bathtub (empty or full) – a path towards a better informed, more realistic, more affectionate relationship to the more-than-human world.

Mighty Tacoma
Vanessa Renwick, 2011, 9:11
Opening with the song of a cello at dawn that tapers off to a foghorn wail, the sun rises to greet Mount Rainier, highest peak of the Cascade Range and originally named Tacoma, or Tahoma. The majestic, melancholy score remains in the foreground of the film, as it shifts between images of industrial machinery with the Olympics in the background. A beautiful, modern poem of a film that ends with the promise of passing orcas, wolves of the sea.

Feral Utopias
Corinne Teed, 2015, 7:00
An animation created from interviews with LGBTQ people and scans of 19th century wood engravings by colonial naturalists, collaging portraits with appropriated etchings, to create a hybrid, speculative world.

Ceallaigh at Kilmainham
Kelly Gallagher, 2013, 7:14
A 16mm collaged and handcrafted exploration of land, roots, and the strength of the women who came before me.

Mountain Castle Mountain Flower Plastic
Annapurna Kumar, 2017, 3:08
Small pieces of information can be stored separately within a shared container. The most efficient containers can house multiple pieces of information in the same location, intersecting from different angles.

Double Blind
Julia Hechtman, 2017, 2:35
Superimposed super-8 film on mini-dv of the same locations in New Orleans. What results is an uncanny visual, supported by audio that is both of sounds from the swamp and a film projector.

Earlier Event: October 12
DIY MIDI Controller Workshop - Part 1
Later Event: October 13
Reading: Mass Transit