The Experimental Cinema Group at CU Boulder was ushered in by Carla Selby and Gladney Oakley and was later carried forward by Bruce Conner 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 running program in the world screening avant-garde film and video work.

Most screenings are Mondays at 7:00pm in the Visual Arts Complex Auditorium 1B20 / Admission is free.

Student Award Showcase

Student Award Showcase

Monday, September 16, 2019
7:00 PM

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 1990s by Virgil Grillo (1938-1994), the founder and former Director of the CU Film Studies Program, whose dedication and vision helped shepherd Film Studies from its modest beginnings in the 1970s to an undergraduate program with some 600 students.

Duke and Battersby

Duke and Battersby

Monday, October 14, 2019
7:00 PM

Duke and Battersby’s work has shown at the Whitney Museum, Walker ArtCenter, Institute of Contemporary Art, the Musee d’Art contemporain Montreal, The New York Film Festival, The Toronto International Film Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Their recent work DEAR LORDE won the Grand Prize at the European Media Arts Festival and showed at Videonale in Bonn ,Germany. In 2011, they were shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s most prestigious prize for artists under 40. They have received prizes from festivals around the world and their work is in the libraries at Harvard and Princeton. A book about their work called The Beauty Is Relentless came out in 2012. In 2015, their work HERE IS EVERYTHING was featured on VDrome, an online platform programmed by Filipa Ramos, Editor-in-Chief at art-agenda, and Andrea Lissoni, curator of film and international art at the Tate Museum in London. In 2016, they were Spotlight Artists at the Images Festival in Toronto. In 2018, their interview with Sundance Fellow and filmmaker Khalik Allah was published in World Records Film Journal. They are both tenured faculty in the Department of Transmedia at Syracuse University in New York.

Bad Ideas for Paradise

HD (DCP),20 min.,Color,Sound,2002

You Were an Amazement on the Day You Were Born

HDV,33 min.,Color,Sound,2019

Songs of Praise for the Heart Beyond Cure

HDV,15 min.,Color,Sound,2006

Vincent Grenier

Vincent Grenier

Monday, November 4, 2019
7:00 PM

Vincent Grenier. Since the 1970s, he has made more than 50 films and videos. One of his videos, TABULA RASA, was screened in the Best Avant Garde Films of the Decade program at the Lincoln Center. WATERCOLOR (2013) received grand prizes in experimental cinema at Black Maria Film + Video Festival and Athens International Film + Video Festival. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010 and nine grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. He lives in Ithaca, New York, and teaches at nearby Binghamton University. “Vincent Grenier is a master of quiet, delicate forms, gradual transitions, and wry misdirection. Working primarily in digital media for several decades now, Grenier explores the capacity of video to alter our perception of landscape and the natural world, particularly our uncertain place within it. His work belies any assumptions about the ‘coldness’ of post-cinematic images; he is a true poet of the medium.” —Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston


12 min,16mm,1990 (re-digitized & revised)

Closer Outside

9.5 min.,16mm,1981

Surface Tension #2

16mm,4 min,1995


8.45 min.,16 mm,1974, (Revised)

Burning Bush

9 min., HD, 2010


7 min., HD, 2015


6:10 min.,HD, 2018

Back View

17 min.,HD, 2011

Gibson + Recoder

Gibson + Recoder

Monday, November 11, 2019
7:00 PM

Collaborating artists Gibson + Recoder have been exhibiting their expanded cinema installations and projection performances since 2000. Their works are in the permanent collections of major museums including the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, and Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, Germany. Artist awards and commissions include the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center Fellowship, National Endowment for the Art’s US-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Mad. Sq. Art. They are currently featured artists and research associates of RESET THE APPARATUS! A Survey of the Photographic and the Filmic in Contemporary Art hosted by the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. Gibson + Recoder live and work in New York.

Adjunct show

Adjunct show

Monday, December 9, 2019
7:00 PM

Usama Alshaibi was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1969 and spent his formative years living between the United States and the Middle East.

Sarah Biagini is currently collaborating on a documentary about people living in the forests near her hometown in the Rocky Mountains.

j. gluckstern has a checkered past, and he’s leaned into it as a filmmaker, journalist, editor, graphic artist. and flaherty seminar fellow.

Born at an early age, Victor Jendras began making movies in the mid 1990’s. He graduated from CU-Boulder in 2005.

Chris Pearce has been making and teaching animation for 20 years. His films are incisive disclosures of culture, mind, and imagination.

Emilie Upczak is an independent filmmaker. Originally from Boulder, she spent 10 years developing her practice while living in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Desire

by Usama Alshaibi, 8:00, 23.976 fps, HD, 3840 x 2160, Prores

A Friend In Need

by Sarah Biagini

Ghosts Of The Plains

by j. gluckstern


by Victor Jendras


by Victor Jendras


by Victor Jendras

Dish It Out!

by Chris Pearce, 0:45, 24p HD Prores 422


by Emilie Upczak, 5 min.