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Ae Film Fest - Force Majeure
Strike Theater
Minneapolis, MN
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Ae Film Fest - Force Majeure
Unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract; irresistible compulsion or greater force.

The Altered Esthetics Film Festival presents its 5th season at Strike Theater, May 31st - June 2nd  with screenings, performances, and discussions. Each year a theme is selected based upon trends noticed in the selected submissions. This year's theme, Force Majeure, brings a wide variety of moving-image-based works together to push the bounds of expanded cinema. The festival screens local, national, and international artists.

Altered Esthetics is a volunteer-driven nonprofit. Strike Theater is ADA accessible.

This event is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


Glacial Recognition
Thursday, May 31 / 7:30 PM
Featured Artist: Reb L. Limerick
Program length: ~2 hours
Sliding Scale Admission: $5 - $20

Friday, June 1 / 7:30 PM
Featured Artist: Sami Pfeffer
Program length: ~2 hours
Sliding Scale Admission: $5 - $20

Crossed Wires
Friday, June 1 / 9:45 PM
Late Night Screening
Program length: ~1 hour
Free Admission

Golden Paradise / Fools Dream
Saturday, June 2 / 7:30 PM
Creative Vision Awards & Shorts Program
Program length: ~2 hours
Sliding Scale Admission: $5 - $20


The purpose of the Featured Artist award is to honor and recognize promising artwork from 1-2 artists who are innovative with their approach to the moving image medium. Only Minnesota-based artists are considered for the Featured Artist recognition. Featured Artists receive an honorarium and various promotions.

Ae Film Festival Featured Artists are Reb L. Limerick & Sami Pfeffer:

Reb L. Limerick is a multi-media performance artist and UMN MFA 2018 graduate in the area of Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice. Since receiving a BA in Video Art / Writing from UC San Diego in 2013, Limerick has participated in workshops with Marina Abramovic, Odeya Nini, and Pauline Oliveros, practicing endurance, improvisation, and deep listening. She thrives on sunshine, and will spend this summer in residence at The Soap Factory. Through language, voice, and collaboration, Reb L Limerick explores the weight of current relationships between humanity, sexuality, technology, and ecology. www.reblart.space

Altered Esthetics Film Festival will feature Limericks work on Thursday, May 31st.

Sami Pfeffer is a white queer performance artist. They write plays, make films, and build installations. They create uncomfortable spaces-- consensually-- to ask for and offer the vulnerability of communal healing.

Altered Esthetics Film Festival will feature Pfeffers work on Friday, June 1st.

Chelsea Arden Parker is a video and new media artist living in Minneapolis, currently serving as the Film Festival Director for the Ae Film Fest. She works as a freelance video editor and has previously taught media literacy in youth after school programs and studio instruction at local cable access stations. She is also currently the curator and co-organizer of Feminist Video Quarterly, a community and quarterly screening series for non-binary and female artists.

Ari Newman is a multi-disciplinary artist. They work as a documentarian for Patrick's Cabaret, as a barista at Peace Coffee, and they have been cast as a rooster and a penguin in recent queer theatrical productions. In their spare time, they enjoy eating Kouign Amann, singing to their cat, and getting fourth in trivia at Insight Brewing. This is their fourth year working with the Ae Film Festival.

Shana Brownell is an interdisciplinary artist and graduate from University of Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Studio Art and Art History, and currently serves as the Marketing and Communications Director for Altered Esthetics. She works as a freelance graphic artist. You can find her out dancing on weekends, film hopping from theater to theater, digging through antique shops, or arranging flowers for fun.

Walker Martin is a Political Science graduate of the University of Minnesota, and supporter of the Twin Cities arts community. As a film enthusiast, his countless hours in theaters are paying off by helping curate this Film Festival. He is interested in experimental and ava-ntgarde film making and has a lot of opinions on any given Marvel movie. Hes excited to lend his insight and get involved with Ae.

Maggie Schuster is an Art Historian specializing in female art patronage during the Mughal Era. She has been accepted to the University of Illinois Chicago to receive her PHD in Art History. Her writing was published in the Armstrong Undergraduate Journal of History in 2017. She has curated many exhibitions, one of which was as an Ae intern in 2016. In her free time she enjoys vintage shopping and watching movies at her neighborhood theatre.

Established in 2014, Altered Esthetics' largest program is the the Ae Film Festival (formerly the Ae Art House Film Festival), an annual event dedicated to the organizations mission to foster an inclusive and sustainable arts community through exhibitions, education, and outreach.

The festival exhibits artists who explore the art of the moving image, including artworks that represent experimental narratives, genre-expanding documentary, contemporary art practices, and avant-garde poetics. The selections of short film and video work stretch the notion of what the moving image is and can be.

Chelsea Arden Parker
Festival Director


Strike Theater (View)
824 18th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
United States


Arts > Visual
Film > Festivals
Music > Experimental

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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