Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Scanners Festival to Feature 13 Fellows.

Scanners: The 2007 Video Festival, presented by The Film Society of Lincoln Center at the end of July, will feature work from thirteen Renew Media Fellows and will celebrate twenty years of the Media Arts Fellowships, with the program Renewable Resources.

Opening night of the festival will be marked by the world premiere of Edin Vélez‘ first narrative feature A Certain Foolish Consistency. In this multi-layered story, a young social worker’s struggle to break up with her boyfriend is woven into the fabric of New York City life.

On Saturday July 28th, Renewable Resources celebrates the Media Arts Fellowships’ twentieth anniversary with a collection of recent work by Fellows David Russo, Ximena Cuevas, Kathy High, Suzan Pitt, Hank Willis Thomas, Michael Paul Britto and Andy Blubaugh. The program concludes with a film by 2004 Fellow Helen Hill, to whose memory the program is dedicated, as she was tragically murdered this past January.

Emiko Omori illuminates the history of vibrators with the documentary Passion and Power: The Technology of Orgasm, co-directed with Wendy Slick.

Leslie Thornton and Leighton Pierce are included in the program LivingVoom, while Seoungho Cho has a piece in Optical Garden.

Scanners will take place July 27-29 at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, in New York City. Please refer to the Film Society’s website for further details about the programs and screening times.

Tags: Fellowships, Renew Media, Scanners

Sunday, July 01, 2007

"Dirrrty Harriet Tubman" Plays At Lincoln Center Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 4:45pm!

Renewable Resources: Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 4:45pm at Lincoln Center

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Renew Media's Media Arts Fellowships funded by the Rockefeller Foundation with an eclectic array of recent work by its fellows

Helen Hill, a 2004 Fellow, was an inspirational animator who was tragically murdered at her New Orleans home in January. This program is dedicated to her memory.

Series: Scanners: The 2007 New York Video Festival
Director: Various, Runtime: 82

His Eye Is on the Sparrow (Bruce Conner, US, 2006; 4m) is an evocative collage film culled from footage of the 1920s gospel group The Soul Stirrers and R.H. Harris, their original lead singer.

David Russo’s I Am (Not) Van Gogh (US, 2006; 5m) combines animation and time-lapse and live-action photography for a true story about a misfit artist proposing a project to a confused arts panel.

Someone Behind the Door (Ximena Cuevas, Mexico, 2005; 12m) presents a world where no one can escape from ever-present cameras.

Kathy High’s Zero Visibility (US, 2005; 5m) expands the current climate of fear in New York City and our nation into science fiction.

Miracles become reality and the malformed become perfect in Suzan Pitt’s dark, animated comedy El Doctor (US, 2006; 23m), set in a crumbling Mexican hospital.

Winter in America (Hank Willis Thomas & Kambui Olujimi, US, 2005; 5m) is a stop-motion animated short that explores the paradox of a culture of violence in America, based on a true story.

Michael Britto’s Dirrrty Harriet Tubman (US, 2005; 5m) re-imagines Harriet Tubman as a blaxplotation superheroine.

Taking as a point of departure the beating of the filmmaker at the hands of a gang of young men who called themselves "The Portland Riders,” Andy Blubaugh’s Scaredycat (US, 2006; 15m) examines the role fear plays in our lives.

And in Madame Winger Makes a Film: A Survival Guide for the 21st Century (US, 2001; 8m), Helen Hill shows viewers how to make a film with simple and inexpensive materials.