Mysteries Inside Facts A Selection of International Contemporary Short Films
The remnants of a prehistoric ocean, volcanic tunnels, and depiction of rituals that can be seen and those that cannot are in this program of recent non-fiction films from Sweden, Spain, Brazil, Canada and the US. With filmmakers Elizabeth Lo and Christina Nguyen in attendance and introduction by programmer David Dinnell.
The program includes Shadowland, which revisits locations around Los Angeles that stood in for other parts of the world in early Hollywood films; Bisonhead which follows a family of Ponderai Native American hunters on their controversial journey to Yellowstone to assert their treaty hunting rights; Burning Mountains That Spew Flame which takes a mysterious voyage down into the depths of one of the longest volcanic tunnels in Europe in order to excavate an idiosyncratic history of resistance; and Parallel Inquiries, a blistering and meditative evocation of film as a mechanical system.
Shadowland by John Skoog (Sweden/USA, 2014, S16mm on digital, 15 min) -US Premiere
Shot in the vicinity of Los Angeles, Shadowland is a rolling sequence of vast landscapes, seascapes and geological formations. All the locations, that Skoog has captured, were once used by the Hollywood film industry as stand-ins for other parts of the world. The diverse topography of the Californian region is able to replicate areas and countries from Afghanistan, Tibet, Sahara Desert, Sherwood Forest, French Alps, Alaskan Rivers, and fictional places such as Aladdins Cave or the Garden of Eden. In the film, California is a non-place; throughout it the landscape appears as a series of locations that morph from one place to another. Pilar Corrias Gallery
350 MYA by Terra Long (Canada/Morroco, 2016, 16mm, 5 min) - US Premiere
The Tafilalt region in the Sahara Desert was once the Rheic Ocean. 350 MYA conjures the oceans presence in the landscape, deep time in the folds of space.-TL
Bisonhead by Elizabeth Lo (USA, 2016, digital, 9 min) - FIlmmaker in person
Bisonhead follows a family of Ponderai Native American hunters on their controversial journey to Yellowstone to assert their treaty hunting rights.
Montañas ardientes que vomitan fuego (Burning mountains that spew flame)
by Samuel M. Delgado and Helena Girón (Spain, 2016, digital, 14 min)
The interior of the earth became a refuge from the threat that moved closer and closer to the island. The volcanic tubes served as communication vessels between time and space. This was where they experimented their resistance. SD & HG
Parallel Inquiries by Christina C. Nguyen (USA, 2016, 16mm, 10 min) - Filmmaker in person
sound from image / image from color // inquiries into the analog film system -CN
a mystery inside a fact by Jonathan Schwartz (USA, 2016, 16mm, 17 min)
It arrives, in a fog, with songs, through dance or majestic animals or faces (gliding on the street), in shapes of light, maybe on a large bird of preys flightgesture skyward. Some origins can be difficult to pinpoint, others blink backinfinitely. JS
Toré by João Vieria Torres and Tanawt Xukuru Kariri (Brazil/France, 2015, digital, 15 min)
There is that
which I see
which is shown to me
which I can't see
which I don't see
I was invited to film a ritual. That which can be shown to foreigners. A child of the tribe watches Disney's Fantasia on TV. He is interrupted. What does the child live when he dances? What am I able to see from what is shown to me?
-Shot in the Xucuru-Kariri, in Alagoas, Brazil - JVT
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