DREAMING ROOM

DREAMING ROOM


In the Dreaming Room, we will be showing a continuous programme of films, mid length features and shorts, throughout the weekend. An eclectic collection showing some of the more oblique approaches taken by filmmakers in relating to our theme. Here you will find psychological dreamlands, disturbed realities, somnambulations, dreams of place and space, surreal dreamscapes and alchemical experiments. Full details of each film are available on the website and a timed running order for each day can be found by visiting the Dreaming Room. Step in and out at anytime … and prepare to be constantly surprised.

Times: Thursday 12-6pm, Friday 10-6pm, Saturday 10-6pm, Sunday 10-5pm
Tickets: £4 or Free if you can present a ticket purchased for another screening
on the day.
Location: DREAMING ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, HEART OF HAWICK – TOWER MILL

Alphabetical film listing:

A flea’s skin would be too big for you

Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzalez Monroy/Germany 2013/00:46:47/Scottish Premiere, United Kingdom premiere

In 2009, a new theme park was inaugurated in China. It was called The Kingdom of The Dwarves. From all over China, recruits were brought to live in the park and entertain its visitors. There were two requirements for employment: to be between 18 and 40 years old and be shorter than 130 cm.

Biography/Filmography:

Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy are filmmakers living and working in Berlin. Since 2010 they have been working together under the moniker OJOBOCA. Together they are the founders of Horrorism, a simulated method for inner and outer transformation. Their work encompasses films, performances, installations and workshops. They have presented their work internationally in a variety of venues to a variety of audiences. They are currently members of the artist-run film lab LaborBerlin. 


Filmography:
Gente Perra; 16mm, 25 min, color/black & white. (2014)
Come and dance with me; 16mm, 4 min, color. (2013)
A flea’s skin would be too big for you; 16mm/Super8, 47 min, color. (2013)
Eigenheim; 16mm, 16 min, color. (2012)
The HandEye (Bone Ghosts) 16mm 7 min, black & white. (2012)
Oro Parece; 16mm, 6 min, black & white. (2012)
Awe Shocks; 16mm, 3 min, color. (2011)

http://www.ojoboca.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 2.25pm – 3.12pm
Saturday: 2.20pm – 3.07pm


A girl walking slowly

Marissa Viani Serrano/Mexico 2011/00:04:28/United Kingdom premiere

A girl walking slowly is an experimental film about a girl trying to scape from the dark forest. The video is made with 8mm, 16mm and 35mm and explores the homemade developing technique.

Biography/Filmography:

Marissa Viani Serrano was born in Mexico City. She studied Philosophy at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Filmmaking at Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica. As director she has made fictional, documentary and experimental short films. Her work has been exhibited at galleries and film festivals in Greece, Syria, Italy, France, Spain, Poland, Germany, U.K. Morocco, Mexico, Chile, Peru, USA, Australia, Japan, China, India, Singapore and South Korea.
Selected Filmography:
The man who rescued the princess, 2013
Lunaticus, 2012
Memories of a man in paradise, 2011
A girl walking slowly, 2011
Travelers in the heart of the mountain, 2009
A walk around the garden of the statues during a night with rain, 2008

http://vimeo.com/marissaviani

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Friday: 11am – 11.04am
Sunday: 3.20pm – 3.24pm


A Process of How It seeks itself, It eats itself

Shunsaku Hayashi/United Kingdom 2013/00:05:52/Scottish Premiere, United Kingdom premiere

How does one perceive others, and others perceive oneself? How do animals perceive and categorise us? This work attempts to understand the fragility of one’s existence when perceived by other human beings and animals, the superiority one has above animals one has consumed, and yet the self alienation one feels with this new taste.

Biography/Filmography:

Shunsaku Hayashi was born in Osaka, Japan in
1992, lives in London and studies Fine Art in Goldsmiths, University
of London as a trainee under the Japan Cultural Ministry Abroad
Research Fellowship for up-and-coming artists From 2012 to 2015. In
2007, he won the Encouragement Prize at the Agency of Cultural
Affairs’ Japan Media Arts Festival. From 2006 until 2011, whilst in
Osaka, he held five exhibitions in Tokyo. In 2011, his short film was
nominated at Etiuda & Anima Film Festival in Krakow.

http://www.shunsakuweb.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Friday: 12.25pm – 12.31pm
Saturday: 3.30pm – 3.36pm


A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

Ben Russell & Ben Rivers/France 2013/01:38:00/Not a premiere

A SPELL follows an unnamed character through three seemingly disparate moments in his life. With little explanation, we join him in the midst of a 15-person collective on a small Estonian island; in isolation in the majestic wilderness of Northern Finland; and during a concert as the singer and guitarist of a black metal band in Norway.
Marked by loneliness, ecstatic beauty and an optimism of the darkest sort, A SPELL is a radical proposition for the existence of utopia in the present.
Starring musician Robert AA Lowe (best known for his intense live performances under the name LICHENS) in the lead role, A SPELL lies somewhere between fiction and non-fiction – it is at once a document of experience and an experience itself, an inquiry into transcendence that sees the cinema as a site for transformation.

Biography/Filmography:

Ben Russell (b.1976, USA) is a media artist and curator whose films, installations, and performances foster a deep engagement with the history and semiotics of the moving image. He has had solo screenings and exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Wexner Center for the Arts, threewalls and the Museum of Modern Art.
Ben Rivers (b.1972) is a contemporary experimental film maker and artist based in London. His work has been shown in many film festivals and galleries throughout the world, and won numerous awards. His work ranges from themes about exploring unknown wilderness territories to candid and intimate portrayals of real-life subjects.
His feature length film “Two years at sea” was presented in September 2011 in the Orizzonti section at the 68th Venice International Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI prize.

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Friday: 1.30pm – 3.08pm
Sunday: 11.55am – 1.33pm


A Summer Flu

Priyanka Chhabra/India 2013/00:17:00/United Kingdom premiere

Wrapped in long afternoon siestas or stuck in an abandoned house, lie endless pockets of time. Bright white walls carrying the shadows of pink bougainvillea overlook desolate community parks. They say, the hotter the summer, the sweeter the mangoes.

Biography/Filmography:

Priyanka Chhabra studied film at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, graduating in 2009. Before that she studied Journalism at Delhi University and put her mind to discovering her interest in cinema and the arts.

Her student work The Furnished Room and her diploma film Taana Baana, have been screened at various national and international film festivals. Priyanka’s independent practice in film tries to delicately balance itself in the interstices of the imagined and the real. She has recently completed her independent production a short experimental film, A Summer Flu. Currently she is working on a commissioned project exploring the emotion of Shame.

A self-taught artist, she secretly pursues her work as an illustrator, based in Delhi

http://fatredbook.blogspot.in/p/blog-page.html

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 4.05pm – 4.22pm
Friday: 1.05pm -1.22pm
Saturday: 3.10pm – 3.27pm


An Ordinary Color

Nicky Miller/Belgium 2012/00:06:08/Scottish Premiere, United Kingdom premiere

This the walk of a character who is digging a hole of fire in a natural landscape.
The hole fillfulled by ashes of fire is reminding the death of people calling her with enigmatic voices.
The walk in the natural landscape reminding a meditative behaviour supported by the soundtrack.

Biography/Filmography:

VIDEOS WORKS :

2013 /view 2013
Café Central Brussels (B)

2012 / An Ordinary Color
Openscreen cinéma Nova 2012

/ Ivy and the pretty king
Openscreen cinéma Nova 2012
Elaine Levy Gallery Brussels Belgium hosted by Florent Delval

2011 / About Grammar and prose a trilogy videos
Ivy and the pretty king, Paul could make believe, Edith wsa born late
/Nuit Blanche Brussels at Micromarché

2008 / « Untitled movement » vidéo in collaboration with Daniel Teige
/ Festival Munster das minuten festival (G)
/ Festival of new images of Yichang city (China)

http://cargocollective.com/nickymiller

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Friday: 10.50am -10.56am Saturday: 5.10pm – 5.15pm


Conservatory

Stephen Broomer/Canada 2013/00:03:32/Scottish Premiere, United Kingdom premiere, European premiere

Stamens and pistils are lit in rapid succession behind the dome of the Palm House at Allan Gardens in Toronto. The plants trade colour, making alien scenes in the conservatory. Solid forms, too near to the eye, become muddied and indistinct, in constant passage, but the dome and the grid are fixed.

Biography/Filmography:

Stephen Broomer (b. 1984) is a filmmaker and film preservationist. He holds a BFA in Film and Video Production, an MA in Film Studies, and is presently completing his doctoral dissertation, on the origins of the Canadian avant-garde film. He has given public presentations of his film restoration work at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Canadian Film Institute, and his own films have screened at Views from the Avant-Garde, TIFF Wavelengths, and the Images Festival (Toronto).

http://www.vimeo.com/sbroomer/

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Friday: 11.40am – 11.43am
Saturday: 4.30pm – 4.33pm


Cry on me – The Dead Man’s Waltz

Leighton Jones & Johnny Barrington/United Kingdom 2011/00:05:12/

Caught in a sinister love triangle and ensnared by his nightmares, a man is chased through a lucid dream by the reality of his own fears and anxieties. This video was made for folk-noir band ‘The Dead Man’s Waltz’.

The Dead Man’s Waltz merges film-noir with Hebridean fatalism, blurring the boundaries between the sub-conscious and reality, set against a dark and stormy backdrop on the Isle of Skye. The song was written by Hector Macinnes and performed by ‘The Dead Man’s Waltz’.

See the band website here: www.thedeadmanswaltz.com

Biography/Filmography:

Johnny Barrington was born in Inverness in 1977. He is a Glasgow based film maker and director, and studied at Glasgow School of Art & Goteborg School of Photography and Film, Sweden, 1998-2002. His short film ‘Tumult’ was nominated for a 2013 Bafta award.

Leighton Jones was born in West Yorkshire in 1980. He is a Glasgow based composer, musician and film maker, and in 2013 composed and directed a balletic short film with members of Scottish Ballet entitled “Death as a New Beginning.”

http://www.leightonjones.org.uk

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 5.10pm – 5.15pm Saturday: 4.50pm – 4.55pm


Dead Reckoning

Stephen Hurrel/United Kingdom 2012/00:13:00/Not a premiere

Dead Reckoning plots an audio-visual journey through maritime environments in the North East of Scotland where sea mammals coexist with the activities of oil rigs, cruise ships and wind turbines. By combining cinematic images with an emotive soundtrack the intention is to create a new experience that highlights, or elevates, both the beauty and the conflict inherent in this kind of coexistence.

The slow, meditative quality of the film creates an immersive, and sometimes disorientating, effect for the viewer. The interplay between visuals and soundtrack could be describes as creating a dream-like quality.

Biography/Filmography:

Stephen’s art practice is mainly context-based. He focusses on ‘meeting points and tensions between nature and society’. He creates installations, sculptures, videos, sound and text works that explore socio-ecological issues. In recent years he has focussed on marine-based projects. These include a residency and commission with art-science organisation Cape Farewell, a residency at a marine-mammal research station in Cromarty, Scotland, an online map project for the island of Barra and an art-science sailing expedition with The Clipperton Project to produce a video based on an eight-day sail between the Azores and Gran Canaria.

http://hurrelvisualarts.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 4.30pm – 4.43pm
Saturday: 11.25am – 11.38am
Sunday: 4.45pm – 4.48pm


Dreamland

Simon Ripoll-Hurier/France 2013/00:28:27/Scottish Premiere, United Kingdom premiere

On november 10th, 2012, ten musicians enter a studio at La Courneuve. They set up their equipment, plug the microphones, do the soundcheck, eat, drink, and fall asleep. During the night, one of the musicians has a dream. At dawn, he tells it to the others. They have to perform and record this dream, up to the dusk.

Biography/Filmography:

Simon Ripoll-Hurier (b. 1985, lives and works in Paris) is a musician and a visual artist. His work focuses on the question of studios as places where representations are made. From Hollywood to Broadway, from artists workspaces to the brains of dreamers, his work tries to investigate the relations between literal and figurative language, between the world of the studio and the world produced by the studio.

http://www.simonripollhurier.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Friday: 11.50am – 12.19pm
Sunday: 3.25pm – 3.53pm


END-TIME Part 01

Myles Painter/United Kingdom 2013/00:34:04/Scottish Premiere

END-TIME Part 01 is the first part of a proposed series of films that questions the concept of ‘Apocalypse’ and how it is manifested in contemporary culture. The film takes the form of an essay documentary and investigates the relationship between socio-political events and cultural anxieties and how they reflect and inform current and past cultural practices concerned with an apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic subject matter. The film also addresses the relationship between the space of the city and that of the natural world and their utopian and/or dystopian representations in literature and Blockbuster Hollywood movies.

Biography/Filmography:

Born 1985, Bath
Lives and works in London
Education, BA Chelsea College of Art and Design

Recent shows include RBS Bursary Awards 2012 in London, Dazed Emerging Artist Award 2012 in London,Young British Art II in Zurich curated by Ryan Gander and Bold Tendencies III hosted by the Hannah Barry Gallery.

http://mylespainter.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 3.25pm – 3.59pm
Saturday: 12.10pm – 12.44pm


Experiments in Buoyancy

Calum Walter/United States 2013/00:04:30/Scottish Premiere, United Kingdom premiere

Experiments in Buoyancy explores the incommensurate, and the tendency of both the living and the inanimate to submit to gravity. All images were filmed digitally, printed frame by frame onto paper and then re-photographed/animated. The piece fuses digital and analog technologies to create a unique hybrid of organic and electronic decay.

Biography/Filmography:

Calum Walter is an emerging artist and recent MFA graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He currently lives and works in Chicago. Screenings and exhibitions include the New York Film Festival: Views from the Avant-Garde, The Nightingale Cinema, Defibrillator Gallery and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.

http://www.calumwalter.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 2.05pm – 2.09pm
Friday: 5.30pm – 3.34pm
Saturday: 11.50am -11.55am


Fishcakes & Cocaine

Alex Nevill/United Kingdom 2013/00:25:31/Not a premiere

Revolving around four unorthodox inhabitants of an isolated Hebridean peninsula, this documentary affords an insight into off-grid being, exploring the peculiarities of living in a harsh natural environment while intimately delving into dwellings nestled around scraggy Scoraig. Our characters reveal themselves through poetry, dream contemplation, reflections on love and memories of distant family as we peer into the cozy hearths. Through the juxtaposition of their intricate daily chores and vast hostile landscape we build an affinity with these people, glimpsing a deep desire for isolation and distance from contemporary society among the halcyon geographical community.

Biography/Filmography:

Alex graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with first class honours in B.A Film Production. Moving to Edinburgh he attended the Screen Academy Scotland to study M.F.A Advanced Film Practice with a cinematography focus.

Alongside these academic endeavours Alex freelanced professionally around the UK and internationally, working as Director of Photography on four independent feature films as well as a wealth of commercials, music videos and shorts. Spanning genre, budgets and numerous directors this work amassed screenings at many international film festivals prompting the theatrical release of his first feature in early 2013.

http://www.alexnevill.co.uk

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Friday: 11.10am – 11.36am
Saturday: 5.30pm – 5.55pm


FORÊT D’EXPÉRIMENTATION

Michaela Grill/Austria 2012/00:22:00/Scottish Premiere

FORÊT D’EXPÉRIMENTATION – the experimental forest, the name of a place, a title, and a statement of intent. The first step into this forest is represented as a black-and-white silhouette, branches against a background of clouds moving rapidly across the sky, with a modulating soundtrack that records and further develops nature’s sounds. A picture, whose aesthetic excess takes up well-known references to landscape paintings and photography, as well as genre cinema.
But as soon as one penetrates deeper into the forest, the visual and tonal register changes, the view moves ever closer to the landscape’s pre-civilizational elements; vegetation, water, and wildlife. Attention turns to details, rhythm; to subtle and also surprising changes and movements. Nature’s enigmatic aspect moves to the forefront and the viewer is captivated by formal beauty, by pictures, which must first be decoded in their visual alienation and play of various size relations.
The borders between nature and landscape, handed down forms of representation and playful experiment, the abstract and figurative are dealt with in the mode of a fascinating and simultaneously exploratory awareness. The processing of well-known visual and tonal alphabets produces an entirely unique, idiosyncratic cinematic experience.
The view remains in motion, there is constantly something new to see, hear, and discover. In the end, the circle closes with a sight that could again be taken from a classical painting or a feature film. Different levels of awareness overlap, penetrate, and influence one another. The experiment is in the search for a form of depiction, and also the view—from the landscape to nature and back again.
(Barbara Pichler)

Biography/Filmography:

* 1971; has studied in Vienna, Glasgow and London. Since 1999 various film/video works, sound installations and live visuals; various performances
in Austria and abroad. Lives and works in Vienna.

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 12pm – 12.22pm
Saturday: 10am – 10.22am
Sunday: 4.20pm -4.42pm


Glimpse of the Matter

James Kelly/Ireland 2010/00:08:55/Scottish Premiere

The timeless activity of working the land by hand, for apparently meagre reward, is played out in farmland, used from the Neolithic period to the present. This is one of a series of works in which attempts are made to access, perhaps impossibly, a fleetingly objective view of the stuff-of-the-land itself, through ritualised or absurd acts, as an alternative to regarding it as some kind of problematic resource. Physical labour, with strenuous effort, become key in silencing rational thought to pass beyond the mind of the agricult.

Biography/Filmography:

Employing elements of magical reasoning, James Kelly’s practice frequently considers humanity’s disrupted and dissociated relationship with the land, through the recordings of activities in the landscape, touching upon the bizarre or seemingly purposeless, and the creation and use of tools and devices. Tools, not only as extensions of the body to facilitate certain tasks, but as items charged with their maker’s intention, their seemingly inherent implied purpose and imbued with a force through a history of action recorded upon their surfaces.

http://www.jamespskelly.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Friday: 12.55pm – 1.04pm
Saturday: 4.15pm – 4.24pm


Hermeneutics

Alexei Dmitriev/Russia 2012/00:03:15/Scottish Premiere

A war film.

Biography/Filmography:

2014 — The Shadow of Your Smile
2012 — Hermeneutics
2009 — Abstract?
2005 — Dubus [credited as AV]

Since I was a little girl my dream was to star in an experimental film.

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 5.05pm – 5.09pm
Saturday: 4pm – 4.04pm


Hôtel 54

Sandrine Deumier and Philippe Lamy/France 2013/00:15:43/World premiere

Film of experimental movie and sound poetry, « Hotel 54 « is built as a passionate closed door where notions of absolute love and drives warriors display in a kind of tragic eroticism.

Biography/Filmography:

Philippe Lamy (Music composer)
Website : http://philippe-lamy.net

Sandrine Deumier (Mixed media / E-poetry)
French author, filmmaker and performer. Of her double philosophic and artistic formation, Sandrine Deumier builds a protean poetic work centered on the question of the technological transfers and the performative place of the poetry through the new technologies. Using the material of the word as image and the image as vector of the word, she develops a work in the junction of the video medium and the sound poetry by considering them as sensitive devices to express a shape of unconscious material of the one. Her work consists essentially in poetic texts, videopoetries, multimedia installations and audiovisual poetic performances in association with sound composers. She presents her work since 2007 in international digital art Festivals and joins the “Collectif jeune Cinéma” of Paris in 2011.

http://sandrinedeumier.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 1.45pm – 2.01pm
Friday: 5.10pm – 5.26pm
Saturday: 11.05am -11.20am


I feel you

Ulf Kristiansen/Norway 2012/00:05:16/Scottish Premiere, United Kingdom premiere

A chilling poetic tale about obsession, horror and death. The goat is “the storyteller” in the great tradition of the Canterbury Tales, The Decameron and all the romances that have narrators, like Tristan and Isolde. It is a complex integration of those old traditions, linked to modern times when movies began, and brought into the 20th century with animation. Michael Chang´s gentle voice is a contrast to the sense of suspense and horror of the damsel being stalked by the villain.

Biography/Filmography:

Ulf Kristiansen (b. 1969-11-03, Norway) is a painter and video-artist. Ulf Kristiansen is currently living at Nesodden, a peninsula outside of Oslo, Norway. While starting out as a figurative painter, Ulf is now mainly focusing on 3d animation and machinima. His films have partaken in numerous international video festivals and exhibitions.

http://ulfkristiansen.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 5.20pm – 5.25pm
Saturday: 1.50pm-1.56pm


Isle Of Lox “Electric Fruits”

Leyla Rodriguez & Cristian Straub/Germany 2010/00:03:46/Scottish Premiere

A girl and “The Reflektor“ are washed ashore a beach. Strangely attracted by “The Flags” and uncanny sounds, she starts exploring the island she stranded on. When she picks The Fruits“ from “The Tree“ of sound she is instantly transposed to a mysterious house = “The Transformer“. This is when she becomes aware of her transformation: she is now the keeper of the sound crown, she has become the fruits electric girl.
About „THE ELECTRIC FRUITS“
“In the beginning was Sound” -Lending iconography from Greek mythology (Aphrodite’s birth from oceanic foam), the Christian bible (Eve and the forbidden apple) and Grimm’s fairy tales (Hänsel & Gretel), “The Fruits Electric” is audiovisual quest for the primordial origin of sound.

Biography/Filmography:

„Isle of Lox“ is a video series Project created by Leyla Rodriguez & Cristian Straub.
BIO
LEYLA RODRIGUEZ Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 1985 emigration to Germany. 1998-2005 Studies at the HAW University Of Applied Sciences Hamburg.
CRISTIAN STRAUB Born in Bucharest, Romania. 1987 emigration To Germany. 2000-2007 Film Studies (Diploma) At Hamburg Arts School in the class of R. Neumann and W. Wenders.

http://.www.leylarodriguez.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 5.35pm -5.42pm
Saturday: 3.40-3.47pm


Lights In The North

Eleanor Kathleen Grootoonk & Matthijs Herder/Sweden 2012/00:13:25/Scottish Premiere, United Kingdom premiere

LOGLINE: “At the end of the world, there lives an entity that lights a candle for every passing soul. The souls display their gratitude by lighting up the skies in the north. An alchemist captures the lights and tries to distil the life elixir from them.”

This short-film is a modern fairy tale, a mixture of mythology, history, a glimmer of science and the film-makers own personal experience in Swedish Laplap about the Northern Lights. Leading characters are the elements of nature, that confront the viewer with his own mortality.

Biography/Filmography:

Eleanor Kathleen Grootoonk (1983, Kampen, NL) began making shortfilms while she went to Art Academy, she has had numerous exhibitions as a visual artist. After getting a Master of Fine Arts Degree in 2010, she won a scholarship, that she used to realize the film project “Lights In The North,” together with Matthijs Herder (1981, Amsterdam, NL). In 2012 she also began teaching New Media at the Artez Art Academy. Matthijs has a Bachelor degree in Music Composition.

Filmography:
Lights In The North (2013), Creating Roses Once More (2010), Grace in the Bubble (2010), Re-Light (2009), Ephémère (2008), Starting from Scratch (2007), Illuminated (2005), The Old Lady (2005)

http://www.eleanorsdistillery.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 4.45pm – 4.58pm
Saturday: 2pm – 2.13pm


Luster

Rachel Lane/United States 2013/00:03:22/World premiere

Luster explores storytelling through the landscape of memory. Specificity in fragments acting as triggers for remembrance engage with gesture and object manipulation to create content and unfold a non sequitur narrative. Luster is an exploration of psychological environment and the process of searching.

Biography/Filmography:

Rachel Lane lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia. She received her BA in Studio Art form the University of Virginia where she concentrated in New Media and Cinematography. Lane continues to work with the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia as an Aunspaugh fellow.

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Friday: 12.50pm – 12.53pm
Sunday: 4pm – 4.04pm


Markings 1-3

Eva Kolcze/Canada 2011/00:07:00/European premiere

An tactile journey in three parts.
Markings 1-3 is an attempt to connect with nature through the surface of celluloid, using such techniques as tinting, toning, painting and scratching.
This film was shot and hand processed at the Independent Imaging Retreat (The Film Farm) in Mount Forest Ontario.

Biography/Filmography:

Eva Kolcze is a Toronto-based artist who uses celluloid to create works that explore memory, architecture and the body.

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 3.15pm – 3.22pm
Saturday: 12pm – 12.07pm


Nature House Inc.

Nick Jordan/United Kingdom 2013/00:06:12/Scottish Premiere

A short film which centres upon the proliferation of bird houses, erected to attract the Purple Martin – ‘America’s Most Wanted Bird’. The extraordinary abundance of man-made habitats reflects a desire to live in close proximity to nature, in a suburban, small town setting.

*please note there is a reveal in the film at around 4.10 mins.

Biography/Filmography:

Nick Jordan is an artist whose practice encompasses painting, video, drawing and publications. Jordan’s work centres upon the relationship between the natural world and our multifaceted cultural histories. He has directed a number of award-winning short films and exhibited internationally, with recent festivals including: Encounters, Bristol; Interfilm, Berlin; London Short Film Festival (awarded Best film); International Film Festival, Romania (awarded Best Environmental Film); St Louis International Film Festival; Darwin’s Eye, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA), Paris; River’s Edge Film Festival, Kentucky (awarded Best Film); Videonale, Kunstmuseum, Bonn; Documenta, Madrid; BFI London Film Festival. Nick Jordan is based in Manchester, UK.

http://www.nickjordan.info

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 2.15pm – 2.21pm
Friday: 5.35pm – 5.42pm
Saturday: 4.05pm – 4.11pm


Niagara’s Fury

Benjamin R. Taylor/Canada 2013/00:26:27/Not a premiere

Niagara’s Fury is a photographic documentary that explores the city that has grown up around the world’s most famous waterfalls. A series of intricately composed tableaux examines eerily empty monuments to tourism, entertainment and consumption. The film ponders over the confusion and absurdity of mankind’s icons and why the falls might be so furious.

Biography/Filmography:

Benjamin R. Taylor is a filmmaker working in experimental and documentary forms. His work focusses on geography, architecture, nature and spirituality. His works have been presented in festivals and galleries in Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.

http://www.benjaminrtaylor.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 1.15pm – 1.42pm
Friday: 5.15pm – 5.41pm
Saturday: 12.55pm – 1.21pm


Nowhere and Everywhere

Giorgi Mrevlishvili/Georgia 2011/00:06:17/Scottish Premiere, United Kingdom premiere, European premiere

A man tries to untie the rope tied to him…

Biography/Filmography:

Giorgi Mrevlishvili – Georgian Filmmaker

2011-2013
Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts: Film, Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

2004-2006
Master’s Degree of Social Science in a field of International Journalism at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

2000-2004
Bachelor Degree in International Journalism at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Journalism

Filmography:

Kids – Georgia-USA, 2013
The Promenade – Georgia-USA, 2013
Lines – Georgia-USA, 2012
Nowhere and Everywhere – Georgia-USA, 2011
Either/Or – Georgia-Hungary, 2009
The Remote Valleys of Caucasus – Georgia–USA, 2011
Reflection – Georgia-Germany, 2010
Street Organ – Georgia-Hungary, 2008
5 Minutes Inside Gyor – Georgia-Hungary, 2007
Zurabi – Georgia-France, 2006
The Boarder of Dreams – Georgia, 2004

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 5.45pm – 5.51pm
Saturday: 5.20pm – 5.27pm


Salt

Martha Jurksaitis/United Kingdom 2013/00:07:48/European premiere

A vision of women enjoying the sea in Saltburn in North East Yorkshire becomes a celebration of the material nature of film. The silver salts in film that react to light also react to the metallic salts in film toners, and a multi-coloured seascape emerges from the salt of the sea. Filmed on a part of the beach that was once notorious for shipwrecks, Salt is a love letter to film and to the churning, crashing, passionate sea.

Biography/Filmography:

Martha Jurksaitis is an analogue film alchemist based in Leeds, and the founding director of Cherry Kino, an artist-led initiative promoting analogue film as an art form. She works primarily with Super 8 and 16mm cine film and analogue photography, and chemically processes and treats her films by hand.

http://cherrykino.blogspot.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Saturday: 1.35pm – 1.43pm


Savage Witches

Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais/United Kingdom 2012/00:70:00/Scottish Premiere

Savage Witches is a playful, poetic and experimental film about two teenage girls who want nothing but to play games, dress up and have adventures, but when they find themselves in conflict with the world around them they set out to transform it and break free! The film attempts to satisfy all their wishes for freedom. They are aided by a magic key, which unlocks the film allowing process to mix with its creation, artifice and reality to intermingle. But when Gretchen and Margarita are confronted with reality, it becomes clear that there is a vast gap between what they say they want and what they really want. Once the game has been set in motion they are swept along by the film’s momentum and must see it through to the end.

Savage Witches is a colourful collage of sounds and images that has been created using all manner of processes and formats from VHS and Super 8 to drawn animation and hand-coloured frames, resulting in a bold and expressionistic exploration of the
art of cinema.

Biography/Filmography:

WRITERS/DIRECTORS/EDITORS – DANIEL FAWCETT AND CLARA PAIS
Daniel and Clara met in 2010 when Clara contributed an article to One+One Filmmakers Journal of which Daniel was the founder and editor from issue 1 to issue
10. A matter of months later they got started on their first film collaboration Savage Witches, which had its world première as a part of the Cambridge Film Festival 2012.

Savage Witches is Clara’s first feature film. Originally from Portugal, Clara moved to
the UK where she attended the Film and Television BA at London College of Communication. Recently, Clara worked for One+One Filmmakers Journal as submissions editor.

Savage Witches is Daniel’s third feature film. His previous first two features,
Come On Thunder and DIRT , were both shot in the two places where he spent his childhood, Colchester and Maldon in Essex. His films have screened at the Cambridge Film Festival, Brighton Cine-City, Firstsite Gallery, Portobello Film Festival and the London Underground Film Festival.

As well as making films, Daniel and Clara co-direct CINE-REBIS, The London & Porto Underground Film which takes place in November 2013. They also run FILM PANIC, which is a fanzine of underground, experimental, arthouse, trash, queer, amateur and cult cinema. Recently Daniel and Clara have moved to Porto, where they have set up a new base for The Underground Film Studio and all their projects.

http://theundergroundfilmstudio.co.uk/

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Friday: 3.15pm-4.25pm
Sunday: 10am – 11.10am


Silva Shade

Martha Jurksaitis/United Kingdom 2013/00:04:17/World premiere

A dream in a Finnish Forest.
Processed using my unique eco method of making a colour Super 8 film, as an attempt to respect the amazing environment I was in while making the film.

‘Something draws me to you.
A berried whisper,
soft tongue of pine,
the promise of a bed of needles
to while away some time
in your luscious silva shade,
filling myself up with your
strong steady scent
that strengthens my muscles,
stretches my spine.
A cool woody balm
for such a boiling heart.’

Biography/Filmography:

Martha Jurksaitis is an analogue film alchemist based in Leeds, and the founding director of Cherry Kino, an artist-led initiative promoting analogue film as an art form. She works primarily with Super 8 and 16mm cine film and analogue photography, and chemically processes and treats her films by hand.

http://cherrykino.blogspot.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Saturday: 1.25pm – 1.29pm
Sunday: 4.15pm – 4.19pm


Sleep Vessel

Ben Skea/United Kingdom 2013/00:02:43/World premiere

Sleep Vessel (Ben Skea, 2013, animation, 2’43″) attempts to explore and understand the three core processes of memory (encoding, storage and recall) by way of hand-drawn animation. Abstracted constructs, reassembled from ‘automatic drawings’ created before and after sleep, take form as separate parts – evolving from one state to another. Organic line vessels become glowing containers for fluid movement – transformative shapes and cyclic actions reinforcing themes of stored impulses, muscle memory and lucid dreaming. These loops are finally broken when the process of retrieval begins – rapid stop motion drawings are juxtaposed with photography and mixed media collage representing the human form as it wakes from sleep.

Biography/Filmography:

Ben Skea is a visual artist working in a variety of media including digital printmaking, photography, video and experimental animation. His work primarily focuses on his interest in the cyclical, transformative nature of experience, memory and matter. He creates images where reality is suspended and fabrication and illusion are able to co-exist with the tangible. Skea studied Fine Art Printmaking at Glasgow School of Art and Electronic Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. He has received awards worldwide and has exhibited internationally. Since 2010 he has worked as a visual artist in Glasgow, Scotland.

http://benskea.com/

Venue: As an installation in CROWN BUILDINGS and in the DREAMING ROOM, Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: Free or £4 (for the Dreaming Room screenings, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 4.25pm – 4.28pm


Species Dysphoria

Ted Whitaker/New Zealand 2013/00:07:46/Scottish Premiere, United Kingdom premiere, European premiere

Fractured across the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand sits geographically isolated. Internet media is a primary source to inhale a vast array of sub-cultures, sourced and inspired by the media heavy California coast.

Species Dysphoria uses surfing as a vehicle to identify a New Zealand subculture derived by a ‘Malibu’ surfing ideology. This subculture adopts and mimics the characteristics of a Malibu lifestyle although slightly contradistinctive. The dream state is juxtaposed ambiguously as the film cuts between California and New Zealand. Species Dysphoria interrogates this notion of culture identity and the geographical isolation of New Zealand.

Biography/Filmography:

Ted Whitaker is an artist, filmmaker and educator based in Dunedin, New Zealand.
His eclectic art practice is shown in a variety of outputs and contexts; Galleries, Cinema and Internet. Artistic outcomes ranges from sculpture, analogue works, video and interactive Augmented Reality. His work is centred on ideas of culture identity, Internet networks and subcultures.
Ted teaches in Electronic Arts at The Dunedin School of Art, a curator at BRUCE Project Space and current MFA candidate.

http://tedwhitaker.wordpress.com/

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 12.40pm – 12.47pm
Friday: 10.40am -10.47am
Saturday: 11.40am – 11.48am


The Flight of Time

Carl Henrik Svenstedt/Sweden 2013/00:13:11/Scottish Premiere, United Kingdom premiere

It’s winter, a man drives through a nocturnal, rural landscape: His both distant and present dreamlike state of mind and time. Guided by his inner voice and the beat of the music, the car and the surroundings merge. The winter sticks along the road reflect the headlights, with each moan from the engine he’s getting closer; closer to the city, closer to himself.

Biography/Filmography:

The Swedish director and author Carl Henrik Svenstedt has directed more than 30 films since his 1968 debut “Invasionen”, and published 25 books in different genres since 1965. He has also worked as a journalist, critic and translator. He was head of the Swedish Institute in Paris between 1988 and 1994.
Selected filmography: Änglastämman (2010), Harg! (2008), Winter Gale (2007), Reading Cavafy (2006), Barnen på slätten (2005).

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 12.25pm – 12.38pm
Friday: 4.30pm – 4-44pm
Saturday: 10.25am -10.38am


The HandEye (Bone Ghosts)

Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzalez Monroy/Germany 2013/00:07:10/Not a premiere

A distinguished flea hypnotizes the ghost of a distinguished man.

Biography/Filmography:

Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy are filmmakers living and working in Berlin. Since 2010 they have been working together under the moniker OJOBOCA. Together they are the founders of Horrorism, a simulated method for inner and outer transformation. Their work encompasses films, performances, installations and workshops. They have presented their work internationally in a variety of venues to a variety of audiences. They are currently members of the artist-run film lab LaborBerlin. 


Filmography:
Come and dance with me; 16mm, 4 min, color. (2013)
A flea’s skin would be too big for you; 16mm/Super8, 47 min, color. (2013)
Eigenheim; 16mm, 16 min, color. (2012)
The HandEye (Bone Ghosts) 16mm 7 min, black & white. (2012)
Oro Parece; 16mm, 6 min, black & white. (2012)
Awe Shocks; 16mm, 3 min, color. (2011)

http://www.ojoboca.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Friday: 5.45pm – 5.52pm
Sunday: 4.05pm – 4.12pm


The Realist

Scott Stark/United States 2013/00:36:00/Scottish Premiere

The Realist is an experimental and highly abstracted melodrama, a “doomed love story” storyboarded with flickering still photographs, peopled with department store mannequins, and located in the visually heightened universe of clothing displays, fashion islands and storefront windows.

Biography/Filmography:

Scott Stark has made over 75 films and videos since the early 1980s, and has created numerous installations, performances and photo-collages. His work has shown nationally and internationally in venues as diverse as New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Cinematheque, the Film Festival Rotterdam, the Tokyo Image Forum, and many others. His 16mm film Angel Beach was invited into the 2002 Whitney Biennial, and in 2007 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Austin, Texas. He is the webmaster for Flicker (www.hi-beam.net), the web resource for experimental film and video.

http://www.scottstark.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Friday: 10am – 10.36am
Sunday: 11.15am – 11.51am


Theodosia

Ruth Maclennan/United Kingdom 2013/00:20:00/Scottish Premiere

In Maclennan’s film, Theodosia, a visitor journeys through the mountainous countryside and seaside towns of Crimea. The voices of poets, artists, exiled and repatriated Crimeans, holidaymakers and visitors, are interspersed with the ruminations of a contemporary observer. The words and images flow together and apart, gathering associations, rupturing expectations, or reflecting each others’ worlds. The film reflects on relations between people and the earth on which they walk, and the physical and emotional conditions of exile. It also questions the camera itself, the relationship it creates between viewers and viewed, and the illusion of the image as a reliable document.

Biography/Filmography:

Ruth Maclennan’s work begins with an encounter with a place—a London tower block, a futuristic capital city in Kazakhstan, a ruined railway station in a desert. Her work includes video installations, photography, bookworks, drawings, live events, and curatorial projects. Recent projects include Sea Change, an expedition sailing around Orkney and Fair Isle, to explore ideas of resilience, adaptation, and island life. The faces they have vanished, was shown recently at ICIA, Bath. Anarcadia, commissioned by FVU and John Hansard Gallery, toured nationally and was shown at international film festivals. LUX distributes her films. She is currently researching changing relationships with the sea in the far North of Russia and Scotland.

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 12.50pm – 1.10pm
Friday: 4.50pm – 5.10pm
Saturday: 10.40am – 11am


Time Like Water

Thorbjorg Jonsdottir/Iceland 2013/00:07:00/European premiere

Shot on 16mm film over the course of three years, this film documents various hiking trips taken alone in the highlands of my native country Iceland. The film explores the boundaries of individual and personal space, versus the open spaces of nature, which belongs to no one. A meditative look at the landscapes of my home and an attempt to come to terms with a single being as a part of that landscape.

Biography/Filmography:

Director Thorbjorg Jonsdottir grew up in a small fishing village in Eastern Iceland. She holds a BA degree in visual arts from the Iceland Academy of Arts and a MFA in filmmaking from the Program in Film & Video at California Institute of the Arts. Thorbjorg’s work often deals with the uncanny and the unearthly, and uses landscapes as metaphors and entrances to other worlds.
Thorbjorg’s films have screened both in galleries and the film festival circuit, in Europe and the US. Thorbjorg currently lives and works in Reykjavik, Iceland.

http://www.thorbjorg.jonsdottir.com

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Thursday: 5.35pm -5.42pm
Saturday: 3.40-3.47pm


Water Washing Through Bones

Laura Marie Wayne/Cuba 2013/00:11:22/Scottish Premiere, United Kingdom premiere, European premiere

Water Washing Through Bones is a series of hushed, contemplative moments that reflect the existence of Eduardo Zamora (78), one of the last inhabitants of a dying mountain town in Cuba. A lone moon burns in a black sky and the silence is laced with flowing water; Eduardo’s world appears eternal and hypnotic but for his shaking hands, which hint at his fragility in the face of time. Inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ musings on mirrors in The Aleph (1949), Water Washing is a portrait of both solitude and the search to see oneself reflected in another.

Biography/Filmography:

Laura Marie Wayne is a musician, scholar and aspiring filmmaker from Canada. She holds degrees from Mount Allison University and the University College of London, England. Upon departing from academia, Laura ventured east, where she spent several years exploring India and Southeast Asia through the lens of her camera. Laura is currently in her final year of a three year program at the International School of Film and Television (EICTV) in Havana, Cuba, where she continues to pursue her passion for authentic self-expression. Her works have been exhibited in Calgary, Havana and at the London International Documentary Film Festival.

Venue: Second Floor, Tower Mill – Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4 (for the Dreaming Room, per day. Or free with a ticket to another screening that day)
Screening times: Friday: 12.35pm – 12.46pm
Saturday: 4.35pm – 4.47pm



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