Nashashibi/Skaer, Lamb (2015), frame enlargements. Courtesy the artist.

Location

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Date

22 September 2021

Time

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

AFA Screening: MFJ 71/72 "Crisis" & MFJ 73 "everywhere"

Program Notes.

“Conceptually I used the camera as an organ of touch and interacted with layers, textures, and surfaces, combining digital and analog recordings with multiple exposure filming. This methodological approach allows me to get as close as possible to the surgical practice, with the intention to associate the film material with the human body and its viscera.” – Christina Lammer, The Camera is the Massage in Millennium Film Journal Nos. 71/72 “Crisis.”

This program of short moving-image works celebrates the publication of Millennium Film Journal Nos. 71/72 “Crisis” (Spring/Fall 2021) and No. 73 “everywhere” (Spring 2022). All works in the program are discussed or featured in one of the two issues.

Selected and presented by Millennium Film Journal senior editor Grahame Weinbren and editor-at-large Jonathan Ellis.

Weihan Zhou MOTHTHTH (U.S., 2020, 3 min, digital)

At the beginning of the Coronavirus lockdown, Weihan Zhou moved out of his Manhattan apartment, first setting up a low-resolution, low-frame-rate, motion-activated security camera. MOTHTHTH shows the gray and white footage relayed to Zhou at his distant location.

 

Amelia Umuhire POLYGLOT EPISODE 2: LE MAL DU PAYS (HOMESICKNESS) (Rwanda/Germany, 2015, 10 min, digital)

An understated, elegantly executed cinematic portrait of a young Rwandan expat’s dissatisfaction and homesickness in Berlin. Yet she feels she can’t go home.

 

Nashashibi/Skaer LAMB (UK, 2015, 6 min, 16mm-to-digital)

A portrait of a “lambing shed” on the island of Skye is associated with an excerpt of the Ursula K. Le Guin short story, “The Silence of the Asonu”, which describes a people who do not speak, and brings to mind THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS with its multiple tendrils of association. To be explored in more detail in an extra video essay presented at the end of the program.

 

Jenny Perlin DOUBLEWIDE (U.S., 2020, 18 min, digital)

A look at a Texas-based company that sells, constructs, and installs custom-made, secure steel subterranean hideouts for wealthy clients. A trip to one of their newly completed massive underground bunkers in Michigan reveals a fortified underground world for the wealthy to retreat from global crises.

 

Caroline Monnet MOBILIZE (Canada, 2015, 3 min, digital)

Crafted entirely out of National Film Board of Canada archival footage by First Nations filmmaker Caroline Monnet, MOBILIZE takes us on an exhilarating journey from the Far North to the urban south, capturing the perpetual negotiation between the traditional and the modern by a people moving ever forward.

 

Christina Lammer BLOOD FLOW (Austria, 2015, 4 min, 16mm)

Christina Lammer STITCHES IN THE HEART (Austria, 2019, 4 min, 16mm)

Christina Lammer TRACES OF LEONARDO (Austria, 2019, 4 min, 16mm)

“I worked with close-up settings and 16mm black and white film. Conceptually I used the camera as an organ of touch and interacted with layers, textures, and surfaces, combining digital and analog recordings with multiple exposure filming. This methodological approach allows me to get as close as possible to the surgical practice, with the intention to associate the film material with the human body and its viscera.”

–Christina Lammer

 

Stephanie Comilang COME TO ME, PARADISE (Canada, 2018, 25 min, digital)

Paraiso, an all-seeing drone spirit, is summoned every Sunday into the heart of Hong Kong where Filipina migrant workers gather to socialize. As the women claim the public space, Stephanie Comilang’s sci-fi documentary considers social connections in today’s age of economic migration and modern technology.

Total running time: ca. 80 min.

Anthology Film Archive Film Notes

This program is partially funded by NYSCA through the Millennium Film Workshop, publisher of the Millennium Film Journal.