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Festival of (In)Appropriation #11 (2020) [Online]
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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Festival of (In)Appropriation #11 (2020) [Online]
Fri Apr 10: 8.00pm PDT - Sat Apr 11: 8.00pm PDT

Sliding scale admission: $0-25

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While your ticket lists a screening time, you may use the link and password to view the program any time during the 24 hour screening period.

Festival - Local Festivals Hosted at NWFF

** Co-curators Jaimie Baron and Lauren Berliner will be joined by Adam Hyman of LA Filmforum, student curator Mateo Ochoa, and curatorial assistant Noah Shillington to host a Zoom Q&A with filmmakers Kate Lain, Stacey Steers, Duncan Robson, sair goetz, and Kristy Guevara-Flanagan following the screening at 9:30pm PDT on Apr. 10. We will send registrants a link to join the Zoom at 6pm on Friday! **

Curators Jaimie Baron, Greg Cohen, and Lauren Berliner present their latest edition of the Festival of (In)appropriation, with this invigorating selection of cutting-edge, moving-image appropriation art. Sponsored by Los Angeles Filmforum, the thrilling 11th edition of the Festival features all the remarkable variety and complexity viewers have come to expect from this pioneering international showcase of found-footage film and video. From elegant exquisite corpses with dark political undertones, to jocular YouTube mash-ups and music-video supercuts; from avant-documentary inquiries into issues that resonate with our #MeToo moment, to masterly celebrations of the craft of collage and hand-made cinema, this new program has something for every experimental cinema sensibility.

The Program:

She Collage
by Kate Lain
(US, digital video, color, sound, 2015, 9:55 min)

She Collage is part response to the work of California-based collage artist Terry Braunstein, part reflection on the practice of art-making. Like Braunsteins art, the film is itself a collagein this case, frame-by-frame hand-manipulated images of Braunstein, paper cutout stop motion animation, archival footage, and an assemblage of sounds. (Kate Lain)

The Edge of Alchemy
by Stacey Steers
(US, 35mm transferred to HD video, color, sound, 2017, 19 min)

The actors Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor are seamlessly appropriated from their early silent features and cast into a surreal epic with an upending of the Frankenstein story and an undercurrent of hive collapse. The third film in a trilogy examining womens inner world, this handmade film is constructed from over 6,500 collages. Music by Lech Jankowski of the Brothers Quay. (Stacey Steers)

LordeSupercut (Supercut)
by Duncan Robson
(US, HD video, color, sound, 2017, 03:44 min)

This unofficial music video for Lordes Supercut from the 2017 album Melodrama is made from covers found on YouTube and Instagram, revealing the diversity of Lordes fans as they earnestly channel themselves through Lordes song and the internet. (Duncan Robson)

La Mesa
by Adrián García Gómez
(US, HD video, b/w, sound, 2018, 9:45 min)

La Mesa explores the intersections of memory, identity and queer desire. It recreates fragmented and romanticized stories of a childhood in rural Mexico as told by the filmmakers father. These disjointed vignettes are interwoven with queered reenactments of scenes from popular culture. The filmmaker casts himself in the old Mexican films and American Westerns he grew up watching with his family in California. He appears as the romantic lead opposite the male actors, including Pedro Infante, Mexican national hero and the filmmakers childhood crush. The animations are laid over footage of the old family home in Mexico which now sits alone, slowly being consumed by the surrounding countryside. By centering queer desire in his familys history, the filmmaker validates his childhood experiences while challenging popular representations of masculinity as well as traditional notions of power and vulnerability. (Adrián García Gómez)

Am I Pretty?
by Jennifer Proctor
(US, HD video, sound, color, 2017, 10 min)

A visually silent film appropriating audio from YouTube videos uploaded by tween and teen girls primarily in 2012 as part of a meme. In these videos, the young women entreat viewers to evaluate whether or not they are pretty and post their responses in the comments. Am I Pretty? seeks to call attention to the act of spectatorship invoked in these videos, and what results when the visual basis for judgment is withheld  an acousmatic reduction through the denial of the promised image. (Jennifer Proctor)

Mark Zuckerbergs Dog
by Hawk Martha
(US, HD video, color, sound, 2018, 1:34 min)

A very serious critique of capitalism centered on the canine-in-chief of Facebook. (Jaimie Baron)

Light Plays
by Anne-Marie Bouchard
(Canada, 16mm transferred to HD video, color, sound, 2017, 7:17 min)

Old footage from 16mm film is scratched, drawn upon, experimentally animated with a quantum dots solution. The film seems at first about sound, the moon, and exotic birds, but it is also about narration, experimentation, and playfulness. (Anne-Marie Bouchard)

8th October 2016
by Péter Lichter
(Hungary, 35mm transferred to HD video, b/w, sound, 2017, 2 min)

The title of the film is the date on which the editorial staff of Hungarys largest opposition newspaper, Népszabadság, was fired. The filmmaker tore up copies of that days issue, layered them, and then turned them into an urgent collage expressing his yearning for the free expression of opposition viewpoints. The visible edges of the film emphasize the impossibility of presenting information in a complete context. (Péter Lichter)

What Happened to Her
by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
(US, HD video, color, sound, 2016, 14 min)

What Happened to Her is a forensic exploration of our cultural obsession with images of the dead woman on screen. Interspersing found footage from films and police procedural television shows and one actors experience of playing the part of a corpse, the film offers a meditative critique on the trope of the dead female body. The visual narrative of the genre, one reinforced through its intense and pervasive repetition, is revealed as a highly structured pageant. Concurrently, the experience of physical invasion and exploitation voiced by the actor pierce the fabric of the screened fantasy. The result is recurring and magnetic film cliché laid bare. (Kristy Guevara-Flanagan)

me and my army
by sair goetz
(US, HD video, color, sound, 2017, 9 min)

me and my army re-imagines the experiences of the actress Adrienne Corrimost famous for her role as a rape victim in Stanley Kubricks A Clockwork Orangeas feminist performance art. (sair goetz)


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1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
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