Attention MIX festival-goers....We are being held in the theater due to an earlier cinematic incident. In the meantime turn your attention to the mosaic of works outside your window. Green Fuse is on the express track, with its swirl of colors and frenetic editing. On the local track, pause with the meditative biography of Delphinium, about the early life of Derek Jarman. These works are from all boroughs, and terminate Swedish-style with an erotic interpretation of everyone’s caboose. We’ll be moving shortly.

Curated by the Festival Programming Committee. TRT: 114 min.

Tuesday
November 17, 2009
8 PM

delphinium: a childhood porTraiT of derek Jarman

Matthew Mishory

2009, USA/Uk, video, color & B&W, sound, 13 min.

The iconoclastic filmmaker Derek Jarman (1942-1994) was an outspoken gay activist whose films and artwork directly reflected his never-ending public fight for gay rights, and his personal struggle with AIDS, to which he succumbed in 1994 not before trailblazing a life and career from which the modern Queer cinema spring-boarded. Academy Award-Winner Tilda Swinton began her career in Jarman’s early 8mm experimental shorts, and remained a constant player in his feature films, including Edward II and The Garden. Jarman also made music videos (some politically inflected) for The Smiths, The Sex Pistols, the Pet Shop Boys, Marianne Faithfull and Throbbing Gristle, among others. Delphinium is a stylized and lyrical coming-of-age portrait of Derek Jarman’s artistic, sexual, and political awakening in post-war England. Part biographical narrative, part experimental collage, part personal meditation on the most controversial and important modern British artist and activist, the film finds in Jarman’s childhood the stirrings of creative and individual epiphany that inspired a remarkable life.

n Train

Rhys Ernst

2009, USA, video, color, sound, 3 min.

A collage of MetroCards raises the curtain on the layered, cut-out animation of N Train, which captures the frenetic beat of city life with its snapshot of a young, queer New Yorker trying to connect.

green fuse

Daïchi Saïto

2008, Canada, super-8mm, color, silent, 3 min.

Green Fuse was shot in one day in a park, all edited in-camera. An impromptu visual poem revealing the perceptual transformation of space through a series of juxtaposed images of one single site seen from different viewpoints.

dear dad, loVe maria

Vince Mascoli

2009, USA, video, color, sound, 5 min.

A young male-to-female transsexual writes a letter to her disapproving father the night before her operation.

all ThaT shelTering empTiness

Gina Carducci & Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

2009, USA, 16mm, color, optical sound, 7 min.

All That Sheltering Emptiness is a meditation on elevators, hotel lobbies, hundred dollar bills, a bathroom, a cab, chandeliers, cocktails, a receptionist, arousal, and other routines in the life of a New York City callboy. Gorgeously hand-processed in full 16mm glory, this film is a collaboration between Gina Carducci (Stone Welcome Mat) and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore (author of So Many Ways to Sleep Badly; editor of That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation). All That Sheltering Emptiness explodes the typical narratives of desire, escape and intimacy to evoke something more honest.

one-To-one

Sean Hickey

2009, USA, video, color, sound, 23 min.

Although logic would have us believe that everything can be reduced to two discrete points, truth and falsity, One-to-One finds that meaning is not reducible to a statement’s truth-value, but rather, hangs in the interval between. When the piece ponders love, sex, 9/11, and video form–topics that seem to resist quantitative explanation–the abrupt shifts from the impersonal language of mathematics to the more intimate examinations of the human existence beg a question: what value do we assign to the interval between the disparate images and styles of narration, between private and public experience, between one discrete moment of the video and the next? Here again, the value lies in the interval between the member–one point, one moment, one frame, one word–and the set–all points, all moments, the video, the truth.

made up

Owen Eric Wood

2008, Canada, video, color, sound, 5 min.

What is masculinity? What is it to be a man? How do these terms apply to the homosexual identity? In reaction to homophobic behavior observed among gay men, Made Up criticizes how gays are often dismissed for being too “effeminate,” too “flamboyant” or not “straight-acting” enough. While the subject of an interview speaks of his physical preferences in men, the images show a man’s physical appearance gradually changing to contradict the narrative being told. Through manipulations of both sound and image, Made Up demonstrates how social constructs are made and how they can be deconstructed.

illuminaTe

Nataly Lebouleux

2007, Uk, video, B&W, sound, 19 min.

While visiting a freakshow, a doll finds herself caught up in a series of events that soon reveals to her the secrets of her true nature. Sexual twists and turns take a simple coming out story into the magical fairy tale realm of stop-motion animation.

120 secondi

Philrouge

2008, Italy, video, color, sound, 2 min.

Deeply fascinated by the darker side of her own mind, a woman learns how to manipulate it for her pleasure.

conTre-Jour

Matthias Müller & Christoph Girardet

2009, Germany, video, B&W, sound, 11 min.

Defying convention and expectation, this abstract found footage film is a powerful sensory machine that lets the viewer experience blindness and see what is not there.
2009 Teddy Award Nominee!

poised and in The Throes

David Jones

2008, USA, video, color, sound, 5 min.

A cut-out animation piece constructed from found photographs of male pin-ups turning into sailors, tribal warriors, and other love objects manqué. The score is Jeanne Moreau singing “Each Man Kills the Things He Loves” from Fassbinder’s Querelle.

you will be ouTdaTed soon

Ricky Kelley & Scott Ross

2008, USA, video, color, sound, 4 min.

A barn in Arcadia, Florida is bathed in the light of the full moon and film projections, revealing the character of farm life, set to the haunting score of E.N., which acts as a counterpoint to darkly textured images. Moody, atmospheric evocation at its best.

fruiTcake

Sara Kaaman & Ester Martin Bergsmark

2009, Sweden, video, color, sound, English/Swedish, 7 min.

All bodies are one and the ultimate pleasure of them all is spelled A-N-U-S.
How do you spell dissolution? We spell it A-N-U-S.
How do you spell revolution? We spell it A-N-U-S.
How do you spell utopia? We spell it A-N-U-S.
(Part of Dirty Diaries, a feminist porn project)