Who Cares. Who Sees: Experimental Shorts
Cosponsored by San Francisco Cinematheque
Curated by Vanessa O’Neill and Kathy Geritz
How we see others and understand them is explored through six poetic films: three portraits—of a geologist, of the Andes, and of “anyone” or “nobody”; an homage to Robert Frank’s photographs in The Americans; a collage featuring photos of a Masonic order; and a consideration of communication between dogs, humans, and computers. New films by Janie Geiser, Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller, Adam Levine and Sara Smith, Brigid McCaffrey, Jesse McLean, and Madi Piller.
Films in this Screening
Untitled, 1925 Part Three
Madi Piller, Canada, Peru, 2016
Part three of a trilogy witnesses the space, the people, and the culture of the Andes and reflects on time and belonging.
- 11 mins
You Got Eyes
Adam Levine, Sara Smith, United States, 2016
An experiment in movement and single-frame video inspired by Robert Frank’s The Americans. Featuring dancers Aretha Aoki and Sara Smith.
- 7 mins
Bad mama, who cares
Brigid McCaffrey, United States, 2016
Geologist Ren Lallatin moves into a small housing complex located between a rail yard and the interstate. Desert vistas are replaced with an arsenal of tactile pursuits; seismic vibrations serenade the home.
- 12 mins
Flowers of the Sky
Janie Geiser, United States, 2016
Flowers of the Sky—a medieval term for comets—draws on two panoramic photographs, found in an LA thrift shop, that depict a gathering of members of the Order of the Eastern Star. The film reveals and obscures the original event.
- 9 mins
Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller, Germany, 2016
This is somebody, nobody, anyone. This is us in the course of time. Persistently, in vain. The self is the need for permanent self-assertion.
- 15 mins
See a Dog, Hear a Dog
Jesse McLean, United States, 2016
A consideration of the deficits and surpluses produced by attempts at communication among humans, animals, and machines.
- 18 mins