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Mementos: Family Fragments on Film and in Performance

Friday, Jul 23, 2021 at 7:30 PM

What do we carry forward from the families that formed us? How do we process love, longing, and trauma over time and distance? And how do we make publicly legible the inherently personal? In this evening of short films, live performances, a 3-D presentation, and audio incantations, artists follow fascinatingly divergent paths towards processing grief, trauma, joy, and other family matters. Featuring a live performance by Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri.  Total running time: Approx. 85 mins

Some Kind of Intimacy

Dir. Toby Bull. United Kingdom. 2021, 6 mins. A filmmaker’s wordless communion with the sheep who graze the plot where his parents are buried becomes a plaintively comic scene when he receives an unexpected call. U.S. premiere. U.S. premiere

Spectral Transmissions: “Low Star” by Donal Mosher. 

2020, 4 mins. Audio presentation. Produced and directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher. Music composed, arranged and performed by Michael Palmieri 

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Dir. Blake Williams. Canada. 2019, 12 mins. 3-D. 

Radiant images rephotographed off the screen on an obsolete televisual device comprise Blake Williams’s latest 3-D film, telling an impressionistic story of transition, unity, and companionship.

Spectral Transmissions: “My Enemies Have Sweet Voices” by Steven Sheil and Jeannie Finlay. 

2021, 12 mins. Audio presentation. Produced and directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher. Music composed, arranged and performed by Michael Palmieri. 

Aquí y allá

Dir. Lina Rodriguez. Canada, Colombia. 2019, 22 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Weaving together 16mm footage, mini-DV tapes, and personal photos to construct a patchworked map of impressions of time spent with her family in Chipaque, Colombia, Rodriguez fashions a sensory reverie that deliberately confounds logical remembrance. U.S. premiere

Night Wind Remembers (Live Performance)

Dir. Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri. U.S. 2021. Performance with images, narration, and live music. Approx. 25 mins. 

A work of live cinema that interweaves the classic film Fantastic Voyage with a meditation on aging, medical technology, and the power of breath itself (featuring Don and Dotty Mosher of October Country). Scored and performed live by Palmieri and Mosher. 

Spectral Transmissions: “Call from the Future” by Kirsten Johnson and Dick Johnson.

2021. 5 mins. Audio presentation. Produced and directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher. Music composed, arranged and performed by Michael Palmieri. 

Tickets: $15 / $11 seniors & students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / $7 MoMI members. Order online.

After your purchase (limit 4 tickets per order), an electronic ticket will be sent via email to facilitate contactless check-in; seating will be assigned upon arrival on a first-come, first-seated basis. Learn more here.