SCREENING ROOM – FRIDAY


Screenings on Friday 26th October (running order):

RE-FORMATION

Directed by: Jeanette Groenendaal
United Kingdom premiere

Running time: 1:17:00
Year: 2011
Country: Netherlands

Synopsis:

‘A seductive and furious film essay’, Raymond van den Boogaard, NRC handelsblad

Jeanette Groenendaal returns to a village in the Dutch Bible Belt to film a personal study of the scapegoat mechanism. A project staging tableaux performances melting frozen memories in an emotionnally charged landscape. In a series of 'visions' she reconstructs, excerpts from her childhood.This stylized flashback is more than a personal therapy session or a documentary about a fundamentalist community. It returns to the past, not out of revenge or a need to judge, but to investigate the roots of a past that is returning to the present, with the contemporary outpouring of religion, conservatism, xenophobia, and judgmental moral standards.

‘How does one group of people who think that they know the truth, what is right and wrong, how do they decide if somebody else is going to hell?’

Biography/Filmography:

Biography Jeanette Groenendaal (1964)
Lives and Works in Amsterdam
Independent Experimental filmmaker
Producer, writer, director, camera, montage, distribution

(Art) Director and Producer of http://www.G-netwerk.nl;
Art-Science productions, Video Installations, Patricipation Performances

Education: Master of Theatre DasArts, Amsterdam (2006)
Filmanalysis, Filmacademy Amsterdam
Binger Institute; Masterclass editing with Molly Stensgard
Hermetica studies, Illustere School, UvA (2010)

Initiating art collectives; PATAPOE Artporn- ZootenGenant- G-netwerk
Nominated for the Magic Hour Award, Planet Doc Review, Warsaw
supported by FilmFunds The Netherlands - FondsBKVB- AFK, De Brakke Grond
distributed by; G-netwerk/ EYE (NL)/ Against Gravity (PL)/ INCUBATOR

Artist's Website: http://www.G-netwerk.nl

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill - Heart of Hawick
Screening date: Friday 26th October and Sunday 28th October
Screening time: 1.00pm (Fri) and 1.40pm (Sun)
Tickets: £4 (for the Screening Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Programme: Screening Room Friday, Screening Room Sunday

A Boat Retold

Directed by: Louise Milne, Sean Martin
Not a premiere

Running time: 00:25:00
Year: 2011
Country: United Kingdom

Synopsis:

Q: When is a boat not a boat?

A: When it’s a story.

In A Boat Retold, artist and poet Ian Stephen, writer Robert Macfarlane and others tell stories in and around the restored Orkney boat, Broad Bay, as it sets off for the Shiants in the summer of 2010. The boat and its history becomes the narrative focus for movements in time over three generations, spinning tales of fishing, boat-building and family history – a ballad of island traditions, experiences and arts.

Biography/Filmography:

Louise Milne (as director, unless otherwise stated):

John Calder: A Life in Publishing (2006)
Lanterna Magicka: Bill Douglas & the Secret History of Cinema (2009)
The Druids: Travels in Deep England (2011)
A Boat Retold (2011)
Folie á Deux (2012) (producer, visual consultant)

Sean Martin: (as director, unless otherwise stated):

Mystery Play (2001)
The Notebooks of Cornelius Crow (2005)
Super-8 Cities (2007)
Lanterna Magicka: Bill Douglas & the Secret History of Cinema (2009)
The Druids: Travels in Deep England (2011)
A Boat Retold (2011)
Folie á Deux (2012) (producer, visual consultant)

Artist's Website: http://891filmhouse.blogspot.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill - Heart of Hawick
Screening date: Friday 26th October
Screening time: 2.30pm
Tickets: £4 (for the Screening Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Programme: Screening Room Friday

WOLF

Directed by: Dalziel+Scullion
Not a premiere

Running time: 00:21:28
Year: 2012
Country: United Kingdom

Synopsis:

WOLF is a short film work by Scottish artists Dalziel + Scullion. The film can be seen as a poetic synthesis of the spoken word, images and music. The film is essentially about co-existence and loss and is based around the story of the last wolf in Sutherland that is said to have been killed by the hunter Polson on or around 1700. The narrative of the film is written by writer Robin Lloyd-Jones and touches on ideas about migration, land use, religion and ecology. There are long parts of the film where there are no words at all only images and the haunting sound of Aidan O'Rourke's music played on solo fiddle.

Biography/Filmography:

DALZIEL + SCULLION are Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion and they create artworks in photography, video, sound and sculpture that explore new artistic languages around the subject of ecology. The work strives to visualise aspects of our shared environment from alternative perspectives and to re-establish and re-evaluate our engagement with the non-human species we live alongside. Matthew and Louise have worked collaboratively for over twenty years and during which time their work has been selected for a number of national and international exhibitions including the British Art Show and the Venice Biennale and have received numerous awards and prizes including the Creative Scotland Award, the Eco Prize for Creativity, the Saltire Award for Art in Architecture and were short-listed for the international Artes Mundi Prize.

Artist's Website: http://www.dalzielscullion.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill - Heart of Hawick
Screening date: Friday 26th October
Screening time: 3.00pm
Tickets: £4 (for the Screening Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Programme: Screening Room Friday

PARVA SED APTA MIHI

Directed by: Walter Ungerer
Scottish Premiere, United Kingdom premiere, European premiere

Running time: 00:17:05
Year: 2012
Country: United States

Synopsis:

This work began as an exploration of digital still camera motion clips I recorded while visiting the downtown art district of Los Angeles. Once it was transferred into a computer editing system, the realistic imagery of people, places and things, was transformed into explorations of shapes, patterns, colors, text, rhythms and sounds. A theme began to immerge, far different from the original footage.

Biography/Filmography:

Walter Ungerer is a longtime filmmaker and artist of international reputation, beginning with the underground film scene of NYC in the early 1960s, continuing in Vermont with his experimental short films and features from the late '60s to the 21st Century. Several years ago Ungerer moved from Vermont to Maine, where he continues to make films and videos.

Artist's Website: http://www.darkhorsefilms.org

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill - Heart of Hawick
Screening date: Friday 26th October
Screening time: 3.30pm
Tickets: £4 (for the Screening Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Programme: Screening Room Friday

Those Inescapable Slivers of Celluloid

Directed by: Jeremy Moss
Scottish Premiere, United Kingdom premiere

Running time: 00:06:45
Year: 2011
Country: United States

Synopsis:

Stumbling upon sun bleached bullet-riddled vintage pornography sequestered in hidden desert nooks and sagebrush, circuit boards and shattered glass along off-the-path shooting ranges, rotting cow parts in ritual-like mounds, a prophet’s omniscient and culpable gaze; contemplating ideology and place, attempting to apply memory to moving image. Part lyrical exploration, part structural landscape study – an abstract, yet personal, Super8 collage documentary.

Biography/Filmography:

Jeremy Moss received a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking at the Ohio University School of Film, and his work has been exhibited throughout the United States, in Europe, Australia, and Latin America. His films/videos sometimes reflect his Mormon upbringing, and the strained tensions between that culture and his own worldview. As a filmmaker, he is interested in a mostly visual experience, in bodies in motion transcending physical space, in long contemplative lulls and occasional soaring peaks, while exploring cultural and institutional hegemony. Moss is an Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at Franklin & Marshall College.

Artist's Website: http://jeremymoss.org

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill - Heart of Hawick
Screening date: Friday 26th October
Screening time: 3.50pm
Tickets: £4 (for the Screening Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Programme: Screening Room Friday

Agrarian Incantation

Directed by: Oliver Dickens
Scottish Premiere, United Kingdom premiere, European premiere, World premiere

Running time: 00:10:00
Year: 2012
Country: United Kingdom

Synopsis:

Mundane snapshots of agricultural labour shift and blur to build an occult ritual. A rural mythology from the heart of England. A spell. The water, the dirt, the seeds, the stones. The pyramid crumbles. The air burns.

Biography/Filmography:

Dickens' practice currently concerns ideas of ritual, deep listening, amateurism, and affect; constructing dense explorations of mood and texture.

2011 Scintillant Death (3 carcass + 1 screen installation)
2010 The Botanist
2010 Sloe Going
2009 O This Endless Drift
2009 Fleet.Miscue
2008 Cuttings

Artist's Website: http://www.rotten-tropics.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill - Heart of Hawick
Screening date: Friday 26th October
Screening time: 4.00pm
Tickets: £4 (for the Screening Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Programme: Screening Room Friday

Earth to Earth

Directed by: Adam Buick
Scottish Premiere

Running time: 00:16:42
Year: 2011
Country: United Kingdom

Synopsis:

A raw, unfired Jar, made from a blend of local clays was placed at the top of Carn Treliwyd to weather away. The film is a veneration that not only captures a true sense of time and space but also the process of change. It is a film about the natural world, about change, about natural cycles and the transience of human endeavour.

Biography/Filmography:

Born in 1978, Adam Buick is a ceramic artist with a nationwide reputation. His work uses a single pure jar form as a canvas to map observations from an ongoing study of his surronding. 'Earth to Earth' is Buick’s first major piece of land art and his first film. It endeavors to capture something of the human experience of landscape that fascinates him. Ultimately Adam’s work is about being present within a landscape and making work inspired by that experience.

Artist's Website: http://www.adambuick.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill - Heart of Hawick
Screening date: Friday 26th October
Screening time: 4.15pm
Tickets: £4 (for the Screening Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Programme: Screening Room Friday

Across & Down

Directed by: Lori Felker
European premiere

Running time: 00:18:00
Year: 2012
Country: United States

Synopsis:

Everything is free to cross our paths, ears, and minds. Every moment is therefore complex and contradictory, full of randomness and serendipity. In order to make sense of it all, we participate, sample and capture…then we play it all back and try to finish the puzzles…discovering lists of disconnected thoughts as they reveal their similarities letter by letter, frame by frame, revealing a simple, overlying map.

Biography/Filmography:

Lori chose Filmmaking as her official second language in 2003-ish, bumping German into third place. Eventual fluency is important to her, so she employs many forms/formats, practices frequently with others, and tries hard not to shy away from expressing her thoughts on human behavior, travel, inter-activity, frustration, failure and political irritants. Lori has many lives to live simultaneously. They currently live, make films/videos, teach, project, curate, and compulsively collaborate in Chicago.

Currently faculty/staff at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Festival Coordinator for the Chicago Underground Film Festival. Her work has screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival; NYFF: Views from the Avant-Garde; VideoEx, Zurich; Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal; Curtas Vila do Conde Film Festival, Portugal; Wexner Center for the Arts; MassArt Film Society; MuHKA_media, Belgium; Boston Underground Film Festival; VideoFest, Dallas; Space Gallery, Pittsburgh.

Artist's Website: http://www.FelkerCommaLori.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill - Heart of Hawick
Screening date: Friday 26th October
Screening time: 4.40pm
Tickets: £4 (for the Screening Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Programme: Screening Room Friday

Ate Roll

Directed by: Jessica Sadana
European premiere

Running time: 00:25:00
Year: 2012
Country: India

Synopsis:

It is an exploratory personal document on the nature of film as an alchemical substance, a form that celebrates it's own transitory existence, is a flicker of the breathing moment that admits its changes, its scars & discolorations, its degeneration and eventually its death; and experiences light as a tangible, palpable medium. The endeavor is to engage with film in a performative act to create magic through “the sleight of hand & trick of the eye examined and scrutinized for the beauty of its possibility, its knowledge explicated, and its reflective vitality celebrated. Its inner workings, proof of the science of sublime insight.”

Biography/Filmography:

Jessica Sadana, 24 years of age belongs to Amritsar, Punjab originally. She
completed her graduation in B.A (Hons.) English Literature from Lady Sri
Ram College, Delhi University in 2008. She is currently studying in her
final year (P.G Diploma in Film Direction) at the Film and Television
Institute of India, Pune.
She was the first Indian film student selected to be part of FAMU (Filmová a televizní fakulta Akademie múzických umění v Praze), the film
Institute in Prague, Czech Republic, for a semester long exchange
programme in the Masters of Fine Arts Film, in 2011, on full academic
scholarship.

Artist's Website: http://www.ftiindia.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill - Heart of Hawick
Screening date: Friday 26th October
Screening time: 5.00pm
Tickets: £4 (for the Screening Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Programme: Screening Room Friday

Every Trick In The Book

Directed by: Deborah Bower, Mat Fleming & Harriet Plewis
Not a premiere

Running time: 00:30:00
Year: 2010
Country: United Kingdom

Synopsis:

Made by Mat Fleming, Debbie Bower and Harriet Plewis, this film consists of every trick from the 1936 manual 'Trick Effects with the Cine Camera' by H.A.V Bulleid. The book's instructions, which were written for amateur filmmakers, were faithfully followed on a 16mm bolex camera with parts of its text intercepting the film scenes.

The film is scattered with spectral appearances, model disasters, bar brawls and dances with giants noses all experienced by a trio of characters. Their weird psychodramas are connected by a thread of shifting realities manipulated by the amateur film makers' ambitions and desires!

Biography/Filmography:

This is the first collaboration of Bower Fleming & Plewis who have worked independently as artists and filmmakers previously. They have since go on to make the film 'More Cooks' in 2012 about Christiania, Copenhagen. They are all involved in the Star and Shadow Cinema in Newcastle Upon Tyne and in the darkroom which is maintained by the small gauge film group, Film Bee.

Artist's Website:

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill - Heart of Hawick
Screening date: Friday 26th October
Screening time: 5.30pm
Tickets: £4 (for the Screening Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Programme: Screening Room Friday


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