Experimental Cinema Group was ushered in by Carla Selby and Gladney Oakley and was later carried forward by Bruce Connor and Stan Brakhage. It is now called First Person Cinema and the curator is Don Yannacito. This program was started in 1955 with the intention of bringing an awareness of the personal cinema to Boulder, and has become a highly respected international showcase for the makers of personal film. It is the longest existing program in the world that has been continually screening avant-garde film and video work.
The Stan Brakhage Film Series will continue to show films by Brakhage on the first Sunday of every month at 7:30pm in ATLAS 100. All shows are free and open to the public.
Most screenings are Mondays at 7:00 pm in the Visual Arts Complex Auditorium 1B20 / (note March 16th screening at Naropa University) / admission is $4.00
Student Award Showcase
Monday, January 26
Winners of The Grillo Awards
Made possible with funds from the Arts and Cultural Enrichment Fee. Free admission. The Grillo awards are designed to encourage excellence in filmmaking and help defray some of the expenses required to pursue a degree in film production. A total of up to $17,000 of Grillo funds is distributed each year to four tiers of production students. Final recipients and individual award amounts will be determined each semester by in-class student votes and a panel of judges made up of CU Film Studies faculty and outside professionals. A selection of award winning films will be shown one night only. The Grillo Awards are drawn from a University of Colorado Foundation fund set up in the early 90s by the founder and former Director of the CU Film Studies Program, Virgil Grillo (1938-1994), whose dedication and vision helped shepherd Film Studies from its modest beginnings in the 1970s to an undergraduate program with some 600 majors.
Monday, February 9
Wenhua Shi is a new media artist and received his MFA from Art Practice at the University of California, at Berkeley. Originally trained as a doctor in China, he departed from the medical field and began working in radio and TV in his hometown of Wuhan. In 2000 he came to the US and began exploring film. He is a CU Film Studies Alum. He works in expanded cinema integrating new media, sound, and installations, working in a new direction joining points from art and technology, seeking to push beyond traditional art display models in the gallery or the screening room. His works have been screened at film festivals, galleries, and biennales such as Pacific Film Archive, Black Maria Film Festival, South by Southwest, Rotterdam, Shanghai West Bund, and Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism, International Arte Laguna Prize, Venice. Currently Wenhua is Assistant Professor in Art And Art History at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY.
12 min, 16mm, Color, Sound
Descending A Staircase
12 min, HD, Color, Sound / Silent
1 min,HD, B/W, Sound
6 min, HD, Color, Sound
Palimpsest I: Berlin
4 min, HD, Color, Sound
Palimpsest II: Beijing
1972, 11 min,HD, Color, Sound
Singing in the Sky
(Installation Demo) 5 min,HD, B/W, Sound
Hundred Family Name
(Performance Demo) 5 min,HD, Color, Sound
Various Installations Demo
5 min,HD, Color, Sound
Monday, February 23
SUITCASE of LOVE and SHAME (2013) 70 min. Tender, erotic, and pathetic, this reconstructed narrative examines the obsession to chronicle the details of an adulterous affair. SUITCASE OF LOVE AND SHAME is a mesmerizing collage woven from 60 hours of reel-to-reel audiotape discovered in a suitcase purchased on eBay. Recorded in the 1960’s, a Mid-western woman and her lover become reliant on recording devises to document and memorialize their affair. The film suggestively foregrounds the tape recorder as the confidant, witness, and participant that the couple come to depend on – always omnipresent, the recorder creates a welcomed ménage-à-trois. The film uses this rare audio example to critically examine a time in the United States when it was exceptional to listen to the contradictory words of those who secretly and exuberantly lived a lie while publicly constraining their passion. Mirroring the compulsion to confess ones indiscretions in today’s virtual world and illuminating the impact that new technology – portable recording devices, had on their lives. SUITCASE OF LOVE AND SHAME aims at a cross-genderational consciousness about exhibitionism, privacy and voyeurism. Focusing on the aural and experiential nature of the audio the imagery in the film is restrained – abstract, evocative and expectant, so that the audiences will see with their ears. The listener/viewer is variously located within and outside of the events – complicit and voyeuristic. The “eavesdropping viewer” compelled despite feeling embarrassed and uncomfortable with the knowledge and access they have been given and the trasnfressions they imagine they see.
Brakhage Center Symposium
Friday, March 6
Join us March 6th-8th for the 11th Annual Brakhage Center Symposium featuring the life work of cinema artist Ken Jacobs, one of the founding fathers of American experimental cinema. After more than 50 years as a filmmaker Jacobs has enthusiastically embraced digital filmmaking and remains remarkably productive and influential.
The symposium will kick off at 7pm on Friday March 6th in ATLAS 102 with a feature film directed by Ken Jacobs on the late Stan Brakhage titled Keeping an Eye on Stan. On Saturday March 7th there will be three programs of Kens work starting at 10:30am with a special screening hosted by film scholar Tom Gunning. A retrospective program of short works by Jacobs will begin at 2pm followed by a very special Nervous System Performance at 7pm. All events on Saturday will take place in ATLAS 100. The symposium will conclude on Sunday, March 8th in the ATLAS Black Box theatre with a rare screening of Razzle Dazzle: The Lost World at 2pm.
34th Black Maria Film and Video Festival
Monday, March 16
Since 1981, the annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival, an international juried competition and award tour, has been fulfilling its mission to advocate, exhibit and reward cutting edge works from independent film and video makers. With previous Oscar nominated and international award-winning shorts, the festival is widely known for its National Public Exhibition Program, which remains loyal to featuring a variety of bold contemporary works drawn from the annual collection of 50 award winning films and videos. Now in its 32nd year, the Black Maria Festival distinguishes itself as a cornerstone for artists to express the inventive, insightful, and uncommon spirit. Festival Director Jane Steuerwald will present a program of the 2015 winning shorts ranging from a variety of narrative, animation, documentary and experiemental.
Monday, April 6
Jesse McLean is a media artist utilizing collage both aesthetically and conceptually. Her video work employs highly recognizable appropriated material alongside more elusive sources and material generated by the artist. Motivated by a deep curiosity about human behavior and relationships, her work is concerned with both the power and the failure of the mediated experience to bring people together. Recent videos put pressure not only on the relationships that develop between viewer and subject, but also on the ways emotions are lived in an age of mediated experience. She has presented her work at museums, galleries, and film festivals worldwide, including the Mumok Cinema in Vienna, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Views from the Avant Garde at the New York Film Festival, CPH:DOX, Kassel Dokfest, Impakt, Interstate Projects and the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. She was the recipient of an International Critics Prize, (FIPRESCI Prize) at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and a Jury Prize in the International Competition at the 2013 Videoex Festival. She was a featured artist at the 2014 Flaherty Seminar and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinematic Arts at University of Iowa.
Graduate Student Showcase
Monday, April 20
MICHAEL DAVIS is filmmaker from Hartford CT, his favorite color is red.
ADAM SEKULER is a filmmaker and film curator living in Boulder, CO. His work explores intersections of the body with themes of disappearance, abandonment, and neglect.
ERIC STEWART is a media artist who makes physical and chemical manipulation of 16mm and 35mm film to explore issues of landscape and being.
USAMA ALSHAIBI was born in Baghdad, Iraq and spent his formative years living between the United States and the Middle East. His current film explores the cinema of djinns and dreams.
DANI FRANKLINs films are known in particular for their explorations in cameraless and in-camera animation. His work exhibits interest in folk traditions, feminist and queer theory, earth based spirituality, and social and environmental activism.
TAYLOR MCINTOSH is a lot of things. He is also not a lot of things.
CHRISTIN TURNER is a filmmaker and director from Los Angeles. She collaborates with bands and other artists to create visual music and live experiences. Her work oscillates between representation and abstraction in figurative and narrative contexts.