Film After Film: Shorts Program I
Location: Bartos Screening Room
These five shorts push against the bounds of traditional cinematic form to explore new territories, whether it’s blurring the lines between truth, fiction, and fantasy, or testing the materiality and temporality of film itself. Approx Running Time: 71 mins (This program’s short films previously shown before feature presentations)
It Could Be a Film (Kumjana Novakova, 2016, 8 mins). Subtly ruminating on the definition of film itself, this provocative short explores variances of sound while fixing on a single elusive image.
Untitled (Björn Kämmerer. 2016, 4 mins). Austrian avant-garde filmmaker creates a shimmering study in geometry and light through the slats of a Venetian blind.
Animals Under Anaesthesia: Speculations on the Dreamlife of Beasts (Brian M. Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky, 2016, 14 mins) Part lyrical document, part farce, part Bunuelian fantasia, this visually and sonically audacious film explores the imagined unconscious of animals. Images of sex, death and the natural world are made manifest in the murky and disquieting dreams of a dog, a cat, a pig and a rabbit.
Panoramis Paramount Paranormal (Constanze Ruhm and Emilien Awada, France, 2015, 23 mins.) The ghost of movie history pervades this impressionistic film photographed at a modern residence that used to be the site of a movie studio.
A Model Family in a Model Home (Zoe Beloff, 2015, U.S., 22 mins., 16mm) An uncompleted Bertolt Brecht 1940s film project inspired by a Life magazine article about a “model family” of American Midwestern farmers forms the basis for a beguiling and historically fascinating blend of documentary material, drawings, puppets, photographs, home movies, and other material that draws a line between the House Un-American Activities Committee and the 2008 housing crisis.
Tickets: $15 (Free for members at the Film Lover level and MoMI Kids Premium levels / free for Silver Screen members and above). Order tickets online. (Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)