Amelia Umuhire, Polyglot Episode 2: “Le mal du pays” (Homesickness, 2015). frame enlargement. Courtesy the artist.

Location

School of Visual Arts
214 East 21st Street, 1st floor
New York, NY 10010

Date

12 October 2021

Time

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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

Program Notes.

“Only recently have experimental media works become available for viewing everywhere at once (to quote the title of an Alan Berliner film): global access via streaming platforms has increased substantially as an effect of the coronavirus epidemics now spilling into a second year.”

–Grahame Weinbren, Introduction in Millennium Film Journal Nos. 73 “everywhere”

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.

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.

Discussed in Grahame Weinbren “Things Are Not What They Seem: e-flux Artist Cinemas 2020,” MFJ 73.

 

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.

Discussed in Jenny Perlin “Survival: Artist Pages,” MFJ 73

 

Nashashibi/Skaer LAMB (UK, 2019, 6 min, 16mm-to-digital)

The film was shot over a course of mornings in a farmer’s lambing shed near Lucy Skaer’s house on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Ewes are in labor, giving birth or tending to their lambs. Included in the 2020 e-flux Artist Cinemas series, LAMB is presented with an excerpt of the Ursula K. Le Guin short story “The Silence of the Asonu,” which describes a society of people who do not speak. The connection of the film with the text suggests other associations, explored in a video essay presented at the end of the program.

Discussed in Grahame Weinbren “Things Are Not What They Seem: e-flux Artist Cinemas 2020,” MFJ 73.

 

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

POLYGLOT is a three part web series featuring actress and rapper Amanda Mukasonga. Episode 2 is an understated, elegantly executed cinematic portrait of a young Rwandan ex-pat’s dissatisfaction and homesickness in Berlin. Yet she feels she can’t go home.

Discussed in Grahame Weinbren “Things Are Not What They Seem: e-flux Artist Cinemas 2020,” MFJ 73.

 

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.

Discussed in Laura Marks “Small-File Movies: Saving the Planet, One Pixel at a Time,” MFJ 71/72.

 

Grahame Weinbren, THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM (USA, 2021, 10 min, digital)

Video essay on the Nashashibi / Skaer LAMB film presented online in the 2020 e-flux Artist Cinemas programs and in this screening.

Total running time: ca. 80 min.

School of Visual Arts Film Notes

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