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Cross Spectrum: short films from Helsinki & DC
Embassy of Finland
Washington, DC
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Cross Spectrum: short films from Helsinki & DC

Ticket includes SCREENINGS + OPEN BAR (Beer/Wine) RECEPTION.  

See some of Finland and DC's finest short films in the elegant setting of the Embassy of Finland.

21+ to Enter
No Refunds

--A COMPILATION OF THE AV-ARKII TOUR 2010: TWIST AND A FEW VICTORIES by AV-arkki, the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art, presents a collection of works which have a common denominator in kafkaisms and the unrealities of everyday life. The compilation features unrealistic true stories, depictions of twisted everyday life and fictional escape stories whose distorted humour lightens the progression of a stone road.

The video piece REAL SNOW WHITE (2009) by the artist Pilvi Takala records how a woman dressed up as Snow White tries to get into Disneyland Paris causing confusion and absurd conversations at the amusement park's gate. Johanna Lecklin's video piece A SUMMER JOB (2009) uses three people to tell the tale of a failed summer job project, when a dancer was about to end up in Saudi Arabia. MASA (2009) by the artist Anssi Kasitonni is an animation/action film of a guinea pig desperate for freedom. The depiction of the double life of Masa, a cleaver and tenacious guinea pig, also deals with universal themes such as hope and despair, life and death. The animation GOOD WILL (2009) by Hanne Ivars turns the customary moral codes upside down in a straight forward way: does a pecuniary compensation justify all kinds of behaviours? A SORT OF GARDEN, 2008, a video piece by Marko Lampisuo, is an honest diary-like depiction of what it feels like when your everyday life shifts from its course: the conflicting emotions from happiness to desperation reflect the progression of a first year of fatherhood. Maarit Suomi-Vaananen's short film Jalkeilla taas (UP AND ABOUT AGAIN, 2009) concludes the series. The main character of the film, a Datsun 100A past its prime, limps persistently from a stony gravel pit to the greenness of a mossy forest. Just like they say, a rolling stone gathers no moss - nor does a frozen piece of scrap metal.

Directed by Eric Cheevers
70's European soft-core spoofs, shot/edited entirely with contemporaneous 70's-vintage equipment. Scored with found incidental music of unknown provenance (unmarked tapes found in recording studio dumpster). Special appearances by TV personality Matthew Lesko and the Raveonettes!

Promotional video based on the art film TUK I; Maida Withers, concept and choreography; DCCompany; Stefani Altomare-Sese, editor; GWTV, producer.



Embassy of Finland
3301 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC
United States



Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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