• Shape of a Surface

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The Shape of a Surface: Experimental Shorts

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A program of works made in 16mm showcases the film medium itself, whether in images shot by the filmmakers or in found footage that is recontextualized. History is reframed in some, while in others windows, doors, and mirrors focus our attention on the beauty of the world and its reflection. Featuring films by arc, Stephanie Barber, Paul Clipson, Nazli Dincel, Jim Jennings, Pablo Mazzolo, Alee Peoples, and Jennifer Separzadeh. Curated by Kathy Geritz and Vanessa O’Neill, with Metha Rais-Nordentoft.

Films in this Screening

NN

Pablo Mazzolo, Argentina, 2017

"NN reanimates archival news footage from the time of the 1976 Argentine coup d’état. The film reflects on anonymity of subject; the specter of thousands of disappeared dissidents and civilians during the dictatorship in Argentina."—Pablo Mazzolo

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  • B&W
  • 16mm transferred to DCP
  • 3 mins

Shape of a Surface

Nazli Dincel, Turkey, 2017

"The ground holds accounts of once pagan, then Christian and now Muslim ruins of the city built for Aphrodite. As she takes revenge on Narcissus, mirrors reveal what is seen and surfaces, limbs dismantle and marble turns flesh."—Nazli Dincel

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  • Color
  • 16mm
  • 9 mins

Fashion Avenue

Jim Jennings, United States, 2008

Filmed in New York’s Garment District, Fashion Avenue uses mirrors to reflect something more beautiful than the world of glamour: The everyday lives of working people.—Karen Treanor

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  • 16mm
  • 7 mins

Decoy

Alee Peoples, United States, 2017

"Decoy sees bridges and walls as binary opposites and relates them to imposters in this world. Humans strive for accuracy. You don’t always get what you wish for."—Alee Peoples

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  • B&W
  • 16mm
  • 11 mins

The Forest Is Offended

Stephanie Barber, United States, 2017

"A film poem thinking about the physics of sound, the need sound has to vibrate and bounce off a molecule or atom to return to our ears; thinking about this physical property as a metaphor for spirituality or love."—Stephanie Barber

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  • B&W/Color
  • 16mm
  • 3 mins

Nu Dem

Jennifer Saparzadeh, United States, 2017

"Nu Dem traces Europe’s closed borders in the spring of 2016, arriving at an informal settlement between Greece and Macedonia. There, people wait and try to move forward in anxious, stagnant flux—confronting the dissonance between a vision of freedom and the fact of its denial."—Jennifer Saparzadeh

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  • Color
  • 16mm transferred to DCP
  • 9 mins

ascensions

arc, United States, 2017

"Image and afterimage. The crystalline impermanence of the phosphene. The scratch as wound of time, history inscribed within the image, revealing light. The frame as the infinite fragment of a world hovering outside of time. A window onto eternity."—arc

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  • Color
  • 16mm
  • Silent
  • 8 mins

Sphinx on the Seine

Paul Clipson, United States, 2009

Notions of time, space, and memory collide within a visual fabric of abstractions, landscapes, textures, superimpositions and graphic forms, to suggest the first enigmatic moments of dream-sleep.—PC Sound by Jefre Cantu-Ledesam 

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  • 16mm
  • 8 mins

Chorus

Paul Clipson, United States, 2011

Three cities by night become one in this nocturnal journey through images and sounds in which space, color and light pass through the eye of the camera to create thoughts visualized before their conception. Filmed in San Francisco, New York and Rotterdam.—PC Music by Gregg Kowalsky 

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  • 16mm
  • 6 mins