Shorts Program 2: It's The Arts

Shorts Program 2: It's The Arts

Wingdings Love Letter
Scott Fitzpatrick
16mm on Video, 2 min., 2011, Canada

“noun \ˈwiŋ-ˌdiŋ\ 1. A lavish or lively party or celebration. 2. A real or pretended fit or seizure; a rage. An ode to a misunderstood font is rendered by laser printing directly onto 16mm film. Made in MS Paint. “ (SF)

The Casts
Darin Martin
Video, 7 min., 2012, USA

“Three shirtless bearded men attempt to describe a series of cast objects in their hands.  Relying only on their sense of touch and peripheral vision, metaphors flow as fluid as the water that acts as backdrop to both their circularly framed images and the floating objects in question.” (DM)

Persian Pickles
Jodie Mack
16mm, 3 min., 2012, USA

“Fractal phonics accompany a delicate study of psychedelic paisley patterns” (JM)

Fire in the Fireplace
Adam Paradis
16mm, 12 min., 2012, USA

“Anarchy, robots, Cat Stevens, and job-related trauma. A power struggle at hand and what we face when our history catches up with us.” (AP)

Bryun, Object Trouve
Marie Losier
16mm on Video, 7 min., 2012, USA

“Acclaimed mixed-media artist Chong Gon Byun uses found and discarded objects to create intricate sculptures that explore the clash between postindustrial civilization and the present consumerist culture in his surrealist oeuvre.” (ML)

21 Chitrakoot
Shambhavi Kaul
Video, 9 min., 2012, USA

“A land, as ancient and ideal as nature, is called up through the chroma-key backdrops of one of the world's most viewed mythological television series. Spectacular images spring forth from a glorious, more magical time. But, as nostalgia turns into melancholia, hostility is the inevitable result. There is no option but a war to destroy everything, after which trace impulses toward a narrative are the last surviving markers of the material past.” (SK)

The Time That Remains
Video, 12 mn., 2013, USA

"I would do anything in the world for you, you must know that... but I can't go back twenty years."

“Moving in and out of a number of dream states, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis perpetually wake to find themselves haunted by apparitions of themselves. Isolated in their own screen space, each woman must struggle to reclaim time from the gendered discourses of aging that mark her as fading and 'past her prime'.” (S_J)

The Twin
Mike Lopez
Video, 10 min., 2012, USA

“The Twin is an animated short of subtitled stills, inspired by 1950s horror comics, that depicts the origin and supernatural demise of a disabled police officer living in an aggressively cruel and mysterious world. The simple presentation of the dense narrative in a disjointed manner, coupled with the loose soundtrack, create a chilling tale that includes executions, transformations, and betrayal.” (ML)

The Kessler Plot
Josh Thorud
Video, 8 min., 2012, USA

“This mock-documentary focuses on an imprisoned artist (and perhaps terrorist), Owen Kessler, whose final work of art — his 'masterpiece' — was a foiled plot to suicide bomb the Museum of Modern Art in New York City at the opening day of his new art space.” (JT)

The SEVEN Wonders
Paul Tarragó
Video, 19 min., 2012, UK

“The tenth episode in the ongoing Badger series. Themes? Living in the culture of the copy; originality and ownership; inexplicable illness; life on other planets. And wonder, times seven.” (PT)



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