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THURSDAY, JUNE 2nd, 8:00PM

OPENING NIGHT!

SOME GIRLS NEVER LEARN
Jerzy Rose,  80 min., 2011, USA
Interdimensional premiere!

A university has found the leg bone of Amelia Earhart. The diver responsible for the discovery is receiving mysterious messages from the famous dead pilot.  A high school science teacher travels to the underworld to bring back his girlfriend. Animals are arranging themselves into concentric circles and helium has escaped into the luminiferous aether (JR).
Filling black voids with pink smoke, frilly dresses, embarrassing confessions and electronic flim-flamery, Jerzy Rose creates melodramatic worlds filled with hysterical realism and historical inaccuracy.  He is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 2008).

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MONICA PANZARINO SINGS THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER
Monica Panzarino, 3 min., 2011, USA
Monica Panzarino sings the Star-Spangled Banner with the help of the “Freqshift/Reverb Audio Bra”, a performance tool built by the artist. The bra uses hardware potentiometers (or knobs), an Arduino microcontroller, and a Max/MSP software patch to process the audio signal in real-time. The right “nipple” of the bra manipulates the frequency of the signal, and the left “nipple” adds reverb (MP). _______________________________________________________________________________________________
FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd, 6:00PM

SHORTS PROGRAM: MY HEAD IS MY ONLY HOUSE UNLESS IT RAINS
2009-2010, Various directors, Various nations, 89 min.

TAMALPAIS
Chris Kennedy, 14 min., 16mm, 2009, Canada
Shot on Mount Tamalpais, a spatial matrix replaces temporal causality with contiguous space. A view of landscape is taken apart, to be reconstituted through memory. The grid, a reference to the “veil of threads” invented by Albrecht Dürer as an aid for perspective drawing – to transfer vision to a sheet of paper – is used for an opposite effect – to disperse a landscape across time. The viewer is asked to remember the space as it passes and reconstitute it from memory, actively connecting the image across space and time. (CK)

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ANNE TRUITT, WORKING
Jem Cohen, 13 min, 16mm on Video, 2009, USA
“I was honored to know Anne Truitt, and doubly so when she allowed me to make a short record of her presence and thoughts. I felt as if she opened her hand and showed, in a profound but down to earth way, the compass by which she navigated.” (JC)

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PERIPETEI’EM
Andrew Mauset-Mooney, 3 min, 16mm on Video, 2009, USA
A sudden reversal of circumstances. (AM)

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SECOND LAW: SOUTH LEH ST.
Mike Gibisser, 14 min., 16mm, 2011, USA
The second of a four part series. The second law of thermodynamics, the law of entropy, states order tends toward disorder. An old woman passes time in her home. The dust in the air sometimes floats skyward. (MG)

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RETROGRADE PREMONITION
Leighton Pierce, 5 min,. Video, 2010, USA
This video is an exploration of consciousness. ”Retrograde Premonition” looks and sounds like floating mind—the vicissitudes of thought, feeling, and the senses. Not limited by the portrayal of actual events, this video works to encourage a roaming consciousness through images and sounds that may or may not be present. (LP)

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PROJECTIONS
Kendra Ryan, 3 min, Video, 2009, USA
An abstract exploration of memory and nostalgia, examined through an old slide projector. As one motion drifts over flickering spaces, we are able to experience separate moments simultaneously.

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ZEITRISS
Quimu Casalprim i Suárez, 11 min,, Video, 2009, Germany
A living room. A woman sits down next to a man and says nothing. It is the end, and at the same time it is the beginning of a transformation in the logic of things, dissolving into a physical experience of light, sound and movement. (QS)

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HOME MOVIE
John Price, 27 min, 35mm, 2010, Canada
“The Canadian filmmaker John Price manipulates his films right  own to the chemical emulsion in order to create his light-sensitive expressions, and he has shot his mesmerisingly beautiful ‘Home Movie’ on some old reels of 35mm film that were stored too long in a damp cellar, before he loaded them in his camera to immortalise his two children. The finished images are therefore in a state of advanced dissolution, and remind us more of psychedelic science fiction films with a hint of Tarkovsky than of normal home movies. The result is infinitely alien and fascinating, and nonetheless has a familiar touch and a loving sense of attention, which one cannot avoid feeling privileged to witness. The two children run around in their snowsuits, get to know the world, and take a nap in the back seat of an open car, and everything is as it should be. This is one film that must be seen on the cinemascope screen.” – Mads Mikkelson CPH DOX _________________________________________________________________________________

FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd, 8:00PM
Repeats Thursday, June 9th, 8:00PM

THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE
Marie Losier, 75 min.,16mm on Video, 2010, USA
A central figure in underground music for over thirty years, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge gave birth to industrial music with Throbbing Gristle and helped popularize acid house through his group Psychic TV. However, his most startling creative work has been his collaborative transformation with partner Lady Jaye that challenged not just society’s norms but also the very fundamentals of biology. Through elaborate cosmetic surgeries, the two blurred their genders to become “Pandrogynes” that increasingly resembled each other. Long-time CUFF alum Marie Losier was granted intimate access to their lives providing an affecting study of the daring transformation the two underwent for love and art. (Bryan Wendorf)

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IRMA
Charles Fairbanks, 12 min., 16mm on Video, 2010, USA
An intimate musical portrait of Irma Gonzalez, the former world champion of women’s professional wrestling. Filmed in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl – a notorious district of Mexico City – Irma contradicts everything we have come to expect from stories reported from Mexico. Featuring music written and performed by Ms. Gonzalez, Irma’s story surges with love and deceit, masculine strength, feminine charms, and an extraordinary sense of humor. (CF)

LÁZSLO LASSÚ Ben Popp, 3 min., 2010, USA
This music film for the band A Hawk and A Hacksaw recites the story about a couple torn apart by the recesses of space. Music however can transcend all obstacles and through it the two lovers are re-united in their hearts. (BP) _________________________________________________________________________________

FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd, 10:00 PM
Repeats Wednesday, June 8th, 8:00PM

PROFANE
Usama Alshaibi,78 min., Video, 2011 USA
Muna is a young Muslim sex worker in the midst of a spiritual crisis. Searching for her “jinn,” a demon, both good and evil, that resides in us all according to the Quran. Through this she hopes to reconcile her traditional Islamic upbringing represented by her uneasy friendship with Ali, a cab driver with her current, decadent Western lifestyle embodied by her fellow domme Mary. In this psychosexual horror story, Alshaibi combines his backgrounds in political documentary and transgressive cinema to tell an intensely personal story about the clash between Western and Middle Eastern cultures. (Bryan Wendorf)

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TEARS CANNOT RESTORE HER: THEREFORE, I WEEP
Jennifer Reeder, 10 min., Video, 2011, USA
A professional sign language interpreter becomes very unprofessional as she suffers a sincere but hilarious emotional breakdown during a gathering for hearing impaired physics enthusiasts whose motto is “Let’s Get PhysicScal”. (JR) _________________________________________________________________________________


SATURDAY, JUNE 4th, 1:00 PM

AND AGAIN
Adele Horne, 56 min., Video, 2010, USA

Playas, New Mexico, contains more than 200 homes, a bowling alley and two churches–but almost no residents. This abandoned mining town has found a new life as training site used by Homeland Security to simulate domestic terrorist attacks. Former residents now play the roles of terrorists and victims, carrying out attacks on what was once home. Collaborating with several of these role players, the filmmaker stages scenes that trace the rise and fall of Playas.. (Bryan Wendorf)

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DEVIL’S GATE
Laura Kraning, 20 min., Video, 2011, USA
DEVIL’S GATE explores the metaphysical undercurrents of a Southern California landscape scarred by fire. Merging an observational portrait with an otherworldly textual narrative, it unearths a subconscious of the landscape, as the echoes of the past reverberate in the present and infect our perception and experience of place.  (LK)

THE VOICE OF GOD
Bernd Lützeler,10 min., 35mm 2010,  India/Germany
If God would come down to earth and try to earn a living in Bombay, most probably he would very soon become successful as a voice over artiste, lending his voice to thousands of Hindi movies and even more documentaries and public service films in India. A melo-dramatic docu-drama with voice-over in stop-motion and long-time exposure. (BL) _________________________________________________________________________________

SATURDAY, JUNE 4th, 2:00 PM

SHORTS PROGRAM: THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE BLUES (OR THE BIG DIG)
2009-2011, Various directors, USA, 90 min.

CURRENT (REPRISE)
Brian Doyle, 7 min., super 8 on Video, 2010, USA
“Current (Reprise)” furthers a previous Doyle film, continuing to track a storm of debris as it floats, swirls, and drifts through a New York City erased by a blanket of information. Shot during a ticker tape parade, yet it exposes unpopulated streets haunted by the tumbleweeds of spent human communication. (BD)

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HISTORY MINOR
Ryan Garrett, 19 min., 16mm on Video, 2010, USA
History Minor follows a private reenactment of the Vietnam War staged in Jackson, MS in 2008. The film questions the implications of the desire to root one’s historical understanding in the subjective and bodily present. Captured in 16mm film and asynchronous field audio and presented without explicit commentary or context, History Minor foregrounds the mediated construction of historical perspective while engaging with the immersive desire at the root of reenactment. (RG)

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ARSENIC
Robert Todd, 11 min, 16mm, 2011, USA
Dream webs stretch across the palette of a fading consciousness. Tattered fragments unfurl in the gossamer lands of wilting clarity. (RT)

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BROAD CHANNEL
Sarah Christman, 14 min., 16mm, 2010, USA
Over the course of four seasons, the nuances of everyday activity are examined along one narrow stretch of public shoreline on New York City’s Broad Channel Island. Moments of recurrence and change cycle through an ecosystem rooted in migration.

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THE SOUL OF THINGS
Dominic Angerame, 15 min., 16mm, 2010, USA
“Nothing is apparent to ordinary vision until it is painted upon the window of the soul” –William Denton, 1866

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MEASURES KINDLING
JB Mabe, 30 sec., 16mm, 2010, USA
Raging from a distance, extinguished close-up. (JM)

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TO ANOTHER
JB Mabe, 57 sec., 16mm, 2010, USA
A tiny poem of family through place. (JM)

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YOUNG BIRD SEASON
Nellie Kluz, 19 min., Video, 2011, USA
Each week, the flyers at the Braintree Pigeon Racing Club send their birds hundreds of miles away, and then they let them race home. YOUNG BIRD SEASON is about the rhythms and logistics of pigeon racing, the guys who fly, and the birds themselves. (NK) _________________________________________________________________________________

SATURDAY, JUNE 4th, 4:00 PM

SHORTS PROGRAM: POMPADOUR SWAMP
2009-2011, Various directors, Various nations, 90 min.

HOW TO HAVE A SEIZURE
Michael Wawzenek, 3 min., 16mm, 2011, USA
The Black and White worlds collide in this instructional film, creating a flickering frenzy of epileptic flashes that can both teach and destroy you. (MW)

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BLOOD & CINNAMON
Jessie Mott and Steve Reinke, 6 min., Video, 2010, USA
“In Blood & Cinnamon Mott’s creatures discuss existential crises, as they flip and rotate and disappear from view.” -F News Magazine

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UNCONTROLLABLE JOY FOR LIFE
Kari Corbett and Crispin Rosenkranz, 7 min., Video, 2010, USA
Slices of identity, authenticity, complicity, manipulation, documentary and truth makes one weird video pie. “…If you gave an alien, a camera and a text book on how to make a video, this is what you’d get. We couldn’t decide if it was genius or madness.” – the Director of the Glasgow Film Festival”. (KC & CUFF)

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CHAINSAW FOUND JESUS
Spencer Parsons, 22 min., Video, 2010, USA
A suburban fairytale concerning uneasy dreams, an unintended play date, a search for whale songs.  Mistakes are made.  Rocks could be thrown.  Officer Schnauzer, are you gonna arrest somebody? (SP)

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UNICORNHOLE
Lucas Dimick and Dax Norman, 5 min., Video, 2011, USA
What started out as an homage to 1970’s b-movies turns into a Public Service Announcement, when a car race takes a turn toward the unexpected. (LD)

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DARE DOUBLE
James, N Kienitz Wilkins, Eugene Wasserman and Dan Fridman, 29 min., Video, 2010, USA
Upon introducing his new Hawaiian shirt at a party, Eamon quickly becomes the object of mockery and disdain. In a strange twist, an eccentric man in a luxury hotel room across the street appears to be wearing the same shirt as him. Eamon sets out on a dare to prove he’s different, discovering a private reality where nothing is a coincidence and nothing else seems to matter. (JW)

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UNSUBSCRIBE #3: GLITCH ENVY
Jodie Mack, 6 min., 16mm, 2010, USA
Junk mail detritus forms a handicraft salute to new media. (JM)

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SECOND FIRING
Kelly Oliver and Keary Rosen, 3 min., Video, 2010, USA
The apple pie is cooling on the windowsill. After all that work I still wasn’t invited to the Second Firing. (KR)

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ZOLTAN: THE HUNGARIAN GANGSTER OF LOVE
Justin Reardon, 14 min., 16mm on Video, 2010, USA
ZOLTAN: THE HUNGARIAN GANGSTER OF LOVE, is a Felliniesque adventure that centers on the Don Juan of a remote Hungarian Village during his daily quest to satisfy his lust for women. Fueled by music from the Hungarian psychedelic band ILLES. (JR) _________________________________________________________________________________


SATURDAY, JUNE 4th, 5:15 PM
Repeats Tuesday June 7th, 6:00PM

SHORTS PROGRAM: I’M GONNA BOOGLARIZE YOU BABY
2009-2011, Various directors, Various nations, 87 min.

SPACEBOY
Mike Olenick  Video, 2009, USA
While traveling through the cosmos, Spaceboy encounters the mysterious and sexy Velana, who only has one thing on her mind.  Will Spaceboy survive Velana’s tempting gaze or will he die of love in a cruel embrace?  Featuring a cybernetic score by Jeremy Boyle. (MO)

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MERCURIAL MADNESS
Kerry Lataila, 7 min., Video, 2010, USA
Light/Color Taffy bends and pulls in a vortex of sinuous delight; forms in space mutate and spin their way into the retinas of the viewers.(KL)

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THESE HAMMERS DON’T HURT US
Michael Robinson, 13 min., Video, 2010, USA
Tired of underworld and overworld alike, Isis escorts her favorite son on their final curtain call down the Nile, leaving a neon wake of shattered tombs and sparkling sarcophagi. (MR)

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AGAINST CINEMA
Alberto Cabrera Bernal, 9 min., Video, 2010, Spain
An aggression to narrative cinema, that shows those instances when actors turn their backs to the camera, refusing the spectator’s gaze. Constructed on the avoidance of storytelling, the film does not move forward until its last sequence, in which the public discovers the menace that comes from the screen. (AB)
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THE PROGNOSTICATOR (OR WE ARE ALL PYTHAGOREANS NOW)
Brent Coughenour, 26 min., Video, 2011, USA
“What would the pavement of the universe be if there were gaps between the paving stones, inaccessible and filled with nothing?” -Iannis Xenakis

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CEIBAS EPILOGUE – THE WELL OF REPRESENTATION
Evan Meaney, 7 min., Video, 2011, USA
In part a remake of Hollis Frampton’s Gloria! (1979), in part a repurposing of hacked, 16-bit video game technology; THE WELL OF REPRESENTATION asks us to reconsider our fear of the liminal. Following the convergent narratives of several voices, ranging from the linearly historical to the cybernetically personal, we come to understand the journey ahead: searching from interface to interface, knowing that whatever home we find will be a collaborative compromise. One where we might live beyond our representations and finally come to say what we mean. (EM)

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THE BLOCKBUSTER TAPES
Daniel Martinico, 6 min., Video, 2009, USA
The Blockbuster Tapes documents a three-year endeavor in which VHS tapes were rented, subtly modified, and returned to the store.”(DM)

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LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH
Nicolas Provost, 14 min., Video, 2009, Belgium
Long Live the New Flesh uses found footage to transmogrify existing fragments from horror films into a new video.  It deploys a digital technique with painterly quality in which the images literally consume one another and the horror in all its visual power is brought to a natural boiling point.  Provost strips down the imagery of a mass medium, uses it to construct a new visual story behind the dissection and horror, and allows the viewer to cross every phase of the emotional spectrum. (NP)

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SATURDAY, JUNE 4th, 6:00 PM

THE COLOR WHEEL
Alex Ross Perry, 83 min., 16mm on Video, 2011
The Color Wheel is the story of JR, an increasingly transient aspiring news-anchor, as she forces her disappointing younger brother Colin to embark on a road trip to move her belongings out of her professor-turned-lover’s apartment.  Problem is, these grown up kids do not get along, and are both too obnoxious to know better. Chaos and calamity are not far behind her beat up Honda Accord. Too bad that nobody else in the world can stand either of them.  Not Colin’s neglectful girlfriend, nor JR’s former high school friends, nor strangers they clash with at pretty much every step of their hopeless
and increasingly infuriating voyage of frustration, failure and jerks.

It can only be a matter of time before JR and Colin arrive at the strangest and most unsettling of resolutions and put to rest their decades of animosity, half-baked sibling rivalry and endless bickering. Resting uncomfortably somewhere between the solipsistic,
unrepressed id of late Jerry Lewis, the confrontational pseudo-sexual self-loathing of Philip Roth and the black and white motels, diners and loners of Robert Frank’s America, The Color Wheel is a familialcomedy of disappointment and forgiveness.  (AP)

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SATURDAY, JUNE 4th, 8:00 PM
Repeats Wednesday, June 8th, 6:00PM

BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN
Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, 93 min., Video, 2011, USA BATTLE for BROOKLYN is an intensely intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by owners and residents facing condemnation of their property to make way for the controversial Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets in the heart of Brooklyn. Shot over seven years and compiled from almost 500 hours of footage, BATTLE for BROOKLYN is an epic tale of how far people will go to fight for what they believe in. The film focuses on graphic designer Daniel Goldstein, a vocal opponent of the project who stands to lose his home via eminent domain. Daniel’s apartment sits at what would be center court of the new arena. A reluctant activist, Daniel is dragged into the fight because he simply can’t believe that the government should use its constitutional power to condemn his home and hand it off to a private developer. As some of Daniel’s neighbors, afraid of losing their homes, begin to sell to the developer, Daniel refuses to leave and takes on a leadership role in the fight to stop the project. He helps to start the group Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn in an effort to come up with alternative development options and expose the deceit at the heart of the plan. Along the way he meets a fellow activist, Shabnam Merchant, they fall in love, get married and have a child while living as the only occupants in a 32 unit condo building. Dan and the opposition, which includes lifelong residents, business owners, and local officials, face off against a triumvirate of billionaires as they take their case from the court of public opinion to New York State Court of Appeals. While the film is character-driven verite, the broader social, economic, and political ramifications of the condemnation and urban planning are addressed through interactions with individuals from all sides of the issue. Featuring appearances by Michael Bloomberg, Architect Frank Gehry, Jay Z, Bruce Ratner, Steve Buscemi and others, BATTLE for BROOKLYN is a primer on grassroots activism that will inspire people to look deeper into the stories that affect their lives. (MG & SH) _________________________________________________________________________________

SATURDAY, JUNE 4th, 10:00 PM
Repeats Tuesday, June 7th, 8:00PM

SNOW ON THA BLUFF
Damon Russell,79min.,Video, 2010, USA
Hailing from Atlanta’s infamous Bluff district, crack dealer Curtis Snow robs a group of touristy college kids yielding a video camera and half a stack (that’s $500). Curt hands the camera off to one of his boys asking him to follow him everywhere. What ensues is the “realest shit you’ve ever seen.” The “Is this for real?” question in your mind is certain to cull memories of The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Gang Tapes (2001). Regardless of its authenticity, Snow on Tha Bluff’s first-person vérité approach is certain to have you saying “NO! I don’t give a fuck about tha police!” (CUFF).

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WE’RE LEAVING
Zachary Treitz,, 12min.,16mm on Video, 2010, USA
While giving his live-in pet alligator a bath, Rusty is told that the mobile home park where he has lived for 26 years has been sold to make way for commercial real estate. Too proud to admit that they are being forced out, Rusty tells his wife Veronica that he has decided to find a better place for them and Chopper, their 19-year-old American Alligator who occupies his own bedroom in their home. (ZT) _____________________________________________________________________


SUNDAY, JUNE 5th, 1:00 PM
Repeats Thursday, June 9th, at 6:00 PM

SHORTS PROGRAM: A CARROT IS AS CLOSE AS A RABBIT GETS TO A DIAMOND
2008-2011, Various directors, Various nations, 87 min.

THE MAN WHO WENT OUTSIDE
Jennet Thomas, 10 min., Video 2008, UK
A distinguished looking man (performance artist Richard Layzell) is apparently trapped in an ever changing void of colour, locked in a power play with a perversely operated camera. A mute, caged, charismatic TV presenter he is by turns charming, menacing, educational, confused. At times he appears to have great powers. A voice over tells us extraordinary things – how this man is special – the first man to ‘have a baby’. Hallucinogenic flash-frames punctuate the colour field to give us a view of his world’s disturbing and alien futuristic logic. A retro Sci-fi critique of representative. A playful meditation on the idiocies of making sense. (JT)

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NEGATING THE INCREASING POWERLESSNESS OF THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED THING IN AMERICA
Olivia Ciummo, 5 min., Video, 2010, USA
A story of loss and hard to figure out emotion is accompanied with deadpan humor and tropes of television drama. An upper middle class woman loses her home; she and her friends practice what it might be like to feel emotions of loss. Something between fact and fiction, irony and parody, depictions of crisis play out as the soundtrack carries them through the motions. (OC)

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POSTFACE
Frédéric Moffet, 8 min., Video, 2011, USA
In a celebrity-obsessed culture, filmmakers often exploit the downfall of a star to amplify the emotional undertones of the fictional films in which they perform. POSTFACE takes a look back at the filmography of Montgomery Clift whose private life and career spiral downward after a 1956 car crash that left his face scarred and partially paralyzed. (FM)

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LIKE
Luis Arnias, 3 min., 16mm, 2010, USA
An observational film of an American mall. A shop window. A layered cake that bears likeness to reality and sells the by products of fantasy. (LA)

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ACCEPTING THE IMAGE
Karel De Cock, 19 min., Video, 2010, Belgium
ACCEPTING THE IMAGE portrays the way New York City women, their dreams and their lifestyles are represented in the media and in reality. The film questions this dual relationship between both worlds by sketching the portraits of Alynn, Lindsey and Holly, three young women who recently moved to the city. (KD)

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BATHING IN MILK
Jenna Feldman, 18 min., Video, 2010, USA
A daughter wants to know where jewelry comes from. Bathing In Milk asks what is beauty and can it be found in unexpected places? (JF)

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SLIPSTREAM
D. Rickman, 4 min., Video, 2010, USA
Slipstream is the region behind a moving object, it is also a subset of non-realistic fiction, which crosses conventional genre boundaries. This work celebrates the life of comedian, musician, singer, rapper, actor, and film producer Rudy Ray Moore (1927-2008). (DR)

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MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS
Jesse McLean, 21 min., Video, 2010, USA
Magic for Beginners examines the mythologies found in fan culture, from longing to obsession to psychic connections. The need for such connections (whether real or imaginary) as well as the need for an emotional release that only fantasy can deliver is explored. (JM) _________________________________________________________________________________


SUNDAY, JUNE 5th, 1:45 PM


TOTAL BADASS
Bob Ray, 91 min., Video, USA, 2010, USA
With his latest documentary, Bob Ray takes you on an outrageous and hilariously seedy adventure into the Austin underground music and arts scene via wild man-about-town, social deviant, musical/stunt performer, notorious sex fiend, Guinea pig enthusiast, writer-publisher, father, weed-dealing felon, hip-hop impresario, trashcan jumper and local maniac Chad Holt.  Strap in for the riotous ride and follow this Austin counterculture icon as he blazes through his final year of felony probation, living his own brand of civil disobedience while manning the helm of a life-altering family crisis and going out smokin’! (CUFF)

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THE FOREST
Steven Summers,16 min., Video, 2010, USA
A mystical exploration on the tension within the male psyche involving lust, fear, temptation, and shame. The story follows two parallel characters, a young boy discovering the world around him and a deer hunter secluded alone in the forest. Each struggles with the recognition of who they truly are and how to face this reality. (SS) _________________________________________________________________________________


SUNDAY, JUNE 5th, 4:00 PM


THE OBSERVERS
Jacqueline Goss,  69 min., 16mm on Video, 2010, USA
THE OBSERVERS portrays one of the last human-run weather observatories in two different seasons.  Extreme and unpredictable, the land and sky of Mount Washington, New Hampshire form a varying frame for two observers as they go about the solitary work of measuring and recording the weather. ‘The Observers’ is based on the actual work of the crew of the Mount Washington Weather Observatory — one of the oldest weather stations in North America where staff members have taken hourly readings of the wind speed, visibility, barometric pressure, and temperature since 1932. In April of 1934, observers measured a wind gust of 231 mph, which remains a world record for a surface station. (JG)

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TRYPPS # 7 (BADLANDS)
Ben Russell,10 min., 16mm on Video, 2010, USA
“Trypps #7 (Badlands) charts, through an intimate long-take, a young woman’s LSD trip in the Badlands National Park before descending into a psychedelic, formal abstraction of the expansive desert landscape. Concerned with notions of the romantic sublime, phenomenological experience, and secular spiritualism, the work continues Russell’s unique investigation into the possibilities of cinema as a site for transcendence.” – Michael Green, MCA Chicago

IMUM COELI (BOTTOM OF THE SKY)
Mirka Morales,6 min., 16mm on Video, 2011, USA
In astrology, the Imum Coeli is the point in space where the ecliptic crosses the meridian in the north, exactly opposite the Midheaven. The Imum Coeli is said to refer to our roots and also to the least conscious part of ourselves. In many cases the IC refers to a parent — traditionally, the father. (MM)

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EVERYTHING IS EVERYDAY
Patrick Tarrant, 10 min., Video, 2011,  UK
With each of its 54 shots recorded on a different day, over the course of a
year, this silent portrait of a window cleaner exploits the variable
profilmic conditions to create an animation of difference and a montage of
 duration. (PT) _________________________________________________________________________________


SUNDAY, JUNE 5th, 6:00 PM (theater 1)

SHORTS PROGRAM: FLASH GORDON’S APE
2010-2011, Various directors, Various nations, 97 min.

THESE BLAZEING STARRS!
Deborah Stratman, 14 min. 16mm,  2011, USA
Since comets have been recorded, they’ve augured catastrophe, messiahs, upheaval and end times.  A short film about these meteoric ice-cored fireballs and their historic ties to divination that combines imagery of 15th-18th century European broadsides with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory footage. (DS)

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BEADS
Andrew Rosinski, 8 min., 35mm on Video, 2010, USA
Look to Nature Find Divine Beads String and set in motion The Earth plants seeds (AR)

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A TIME SHARED UNLIMITED
Zachary Epcar, 10 min., 16mm on Video, 2010, USA
Leisure activity set in a near-future nearly passed, seen from the eye of the interface. Moments in time shared, spared, or spent alone; a little something for everyone, from the stay-at-homers to the always-on-the-goers.   (ZE)

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ALTER HUMAN
Lars Stiltberg, 20 min., Video, 2010, Sweden
A suggestive trip using glaciers and ice caves to speculate on human body, consciousness and time. Imagined on an extremely extended time lapse the video and the soundtrack warps the shape and the features of the human body in a series of drastic anatomic reformations. A continuous flow of ink and slime serves as narrator and impeller as gravity moves the liquids to interweave with the ice crust, dispersing downwards to stalactites dripping into the moraine. The four animate beings presented in the film are stripped from language and society, giving way for life of nurturing and reproduction. The shape of the characters Man Bear, Eng and Chang, Ball of Need and Protoplasm undergo transformations from solid to liquid, from hairy to wet, from man-like to amoeba. (LS) …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

SLOW ACTION
Ben Rivers, 45 min., 16mm, 2010, UK
A post-apocalyptic science fiction film that brings together a series of four 16mm works which exist somewhere between documentary, ethnographic study and fiction. Continuing his exploration of curious and extraordinary environments, Slow Action applies the idea of island biogeography – the study of how species and eco-systems evolve differently when isolated and surrounded by unsuitable habitat – to a conception of the Earth in a few hundred years; the sea level rising to absurd heights, creating hyperbolic utopias that appear as possible future mini-societies. Slow Action is filmed at different sites across the globe: Lanzarote – a beautiful strange island known for its beach resorts yet one of the driest places on the planet, full of dead volcanoes and strange architecture; Gunkanjima – an island off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan, a deserted city built on a rock, once home to thousands of families mining its rich coal reserves; Tuvalu – one of the smallest countries in the world, with tiny strips of land barely above sea level in the middle of the Pacific; and Somerset – an as yet to be discovered island and its various clades. This series of constructed realities explores the environments of self-contained lands and the search for information to enable the reconstruction of soon to be lost worlds. _________________________________________________________________________________

SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 8:00 pm (theater 2)

SHORTS PROGRAM: CARDBOARD CUTOUT SUNDOWN
2010, Various Directors, USA, 89 min.


THE GARDEN
Ann Steuernagel, 10 min., Video, 2010, USA
The Garden is a reflection on climate change. It is created from found, recycled film footage and is presented in three parts. (AS)

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DARLING
Kate McCabe, 4 min., 16mm on Video, 2010, USA
A love letter a woman writes to her lover, where she describes her flaws, hoping that it will bring them closer together. (KM)

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HOPPER REPAIR
Ross Nugent, 5 min., 16mm, 2010, USA
A portrait of cultural detritus dedicated to my cine-mentors. Magical hours peering through the windows, because rust never sleeps. (RN)

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ILLNESS MAGNIFIED
Julia Fuller, 17 min., Video, 2010, Video, USA
An experimental documentary about the experience, language, and spaces of illness from the perspective of both patients and physicians. It contrasts personal and institutional conceptions of illness and the body by exploring how they are visualized, documented, and described. Using voiceover interviews, medical imagery, and handmade recreations of the internal body, the film addresses the complexity of these representations and unveils the often unacknowledged lived experience of the patient as well as the emotional experience of the physician. (JF)

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SHOALS
Melika Bass, 52 min., 16mm on Video, 2011, USA
A prairie grotesque. On the grounds of a rural sanitarium, three young women search for wellness as a cult leader-practitioner seeks to control their bodies through labor and daily rituals. A dense, viral atmosphere of seething cricket sounds and crawling film grain envelops this macabre tale of entrapment, stasis, and the desire for a cure. (MB)
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SUNDAY JUNE 5TH, 8:00 PM (Theater 1)

HEAVY METAL PICNIC
Jeff Krulik and John Heyn, 66 min., Video, 2010, USA
Heavy Metal Picnic is a rock and roll flashback to 1985, focusing on an out-of-control weekend field party at ‘The Farm,’ home to a cast of colorful characters who lived, and partied, next door to wealthy, and unamused, neighbors. The Full Moon Jamboree, an affair so raucous that it made the evening news, was the farm party to end all farm parties, and much of it was recorded using a home video camera and a stolen CBS News microphone swiped from the Reagan Inauguration earlier that year. Now, twenty five years later, we revisit the scene, and meet the people behind the party, as well as the musicians who performed there, including mid-Atlantic doom metal icons Asylum. Produced and presented by the team behind cult documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot (Jeff Krulik and John Heyn), Heavy Metal Picnic is a celebration of mid-80s Maryland rock and roll and heavy metal, by those who lived, and survived it. (JK & JH)

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HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT
Jeff Krulik and John Heyn, 17 min., Video,  1986, USA

One of the great American cinema verite films – right there with the films of Frederick Wiseman, D. A. Pennebaker, and the Maysles Brothers – Heavy Metal Parking Lot captured a generation lost in the haze of drugs, alcohol and head-banger music, not to mention the suburban jungle of the Capital Center parking lot. Composed of interviews with fans as they party/queue up for a Judas Priest concert, Jeff Krulik and John Heyn established a style and rapport that has been imitated but rarely equaled. –  James River Film Society

MOBY DICK
Tony Balko, 8 min., Video, 2010, USA

Revisiting the footage of John Bonham’s classic performance and twisting a solo into a duet, Moby Dick brings together sincere fandom with a futile attempt to collaborate. (TB)

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MONDAY, JUNE 6th, 6:00 PM

HALFLIFERS AND FRIENDS: REACTIONS IN REACTION Curated by HalfLifers

Please join us for a video launch party for the compilation DVD, HalfLifers: The Complete History (1992-2010), the definitive pixel packet of tulpoidal activation artists Torsten Zenas Burns and Anthony Discenza. For one show only, the HalfLifers will re-imagine the Gene Siskel Film Center’s theater into a saturated fictional exploration curation vehicle, navigating a journey into the interior reaches of HalfLifers’s “videonic” backlog of afterlife relationships, psychic sandwich surgery, and rescue rituals. This
manifested spatio-temporal Chicago hub will sync up and collaborate with other pictographic projection artists including Anne McGuire, Jennifer Reeder, Joe Gibbons, Bjorn Melhus, Virocode, and Animal Charm. (Torsten Zenas Burns)

ACTIONS IN ACTION
HalfLifers 11 min., Video, 1998  USA
“The first work in the Action series plunges into a world of frantic heroes trapped in a continual crisis of dissolution and reification. An ordinary domestic setting is recast as a psychoactive landscape in which the concept of function becomes situational and fluid. Only through the strategic application of organic and inorganic “devices” can this zone be successfully navigated and the mission be saved.” (VDB)

ONDINE’S CURSE
Virocode, 11 min., Video, 2000, USA

“Since the late 1980s virocode, a collaboration of Andrea Mancuso and Peter D’Auria, has created art that explores the role of science in our culture. To investigate this wide field, the artists have approached the subject from many perspectives by using a variety of media. Using loosely structured narratives, performance, processed imagery, and collaged sound, virocode’s videos present us with a type of inverted case study. “Its not science fiction, its bio fiction,” they’ve written. “It’s not infection, it’s information.” – Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

ASHLEY
Animal Charm, 9 min., Video, 1996, USA
“Ashley seems to develop a conventional story about a modern mother and wife with typically modern desires. But the insertion of incongruous soap opera scenes soon ensures that the seductive images take on an absurd and oppressive charge. “The antiseptic cleanliness of the imagery has a superficial appeal, but begins to feel claustrophobic—or toxic—after prolonged exposure.” —Fred Camper, Chicago Reader

NO SUNSHINE
Bjorn Melhus, 8 min., Video, 1997, Germany
“Did you ever want something, that you know you shouldn’t have, the more you know you shouldn’t have it, the more you want it. And then one day you get it, and it’s so good to you.” (Michael Jackson)

ELEGY
Joe Gibbons, 11 min, Video, 1991, USA
“It’s the first day of autumn, and Gibbons can already smell death in the air. Leading us and his dog Woody on a walk through a cemetery, Gibbons voices his obsessive thoughts of death and destruction saying, “I want to be a leaf; I want to fall from a great height and crush whatever I land on.” Waxing weirdly philosophical, Gibbons satirically tries to impress the concept of mortality on his dog; the video, shot in Pixelvision, approximates his dog’s black-and-white vision.” (VDB)

STRAIN ANDROMEDA THE
Anne McGuire,  8 min, (Excerpt), Video, 1991, USA
“With Strain Andromeda The, video artist Anne McGuire has created an awesome and spellbinding film that throws everything from story structure to character motivation into question. Put simply, McGuire has taken Robert Wise’s entire 1971 virus from outer space classic The Andromeda Strain and re-edited it shot-by-shot precisely in reverse, so that the last shot appears first and the first last, though nothing is actually running backwards. As the film unfolds (or reverts?), more and more information about how the characters and their surroundings came about is revealed to us. While initially confusing, the film quickly takes on an ominous and mesmerising quality that defies description. The original film plot is one filled with tension in a ‘race against time’ which only adds to this effect.” -Michael Sippings, Brighton Cinematheque

WHITE TRASH GIRL: THE DEVIL INSIDE ME
Jennifer Reeder, 8 min., Video, 1995
“Brace yourselves for the long-awaited second episode in the low-class, high concept White Trash Girl video comic book series. In Episode 2, White Trash Girl returns to avenge Trelita, a hotpanted, husband murdering Mexican phonesex worker who’s been harassed by her good-fer-nothin’ boss. There’ll be hell to pay, cause  “White Trash Girl is sick of this shit!” – New York Underground Film Festival

AFTERLIFERS:WALKING & TALKING
HalfLifers, 8 min., Video, 2007, USA
“The HalfLifers exhume cinema’s favorite incarnation of mindless, decaying mortality, the Zombie, in the hopes of breathing new life into this misunderstood figure. From a panel discussion in an old TV studio to a quarantined helicopter high above California’s rolling hills, these life-challenged entities walk, talk, and chew over some of the more difficult questions of this “whole linear birth-death system.” (VDB) _______________________________________________________________________________

MONDAY, JUNE 6th, 8:00 PM

HORI SMOKU SAILOR JERRY: THE LIFE OF NORMAN K. COLLINS
Erich Weiss, 77 min., Video, 2008, USA
“Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry is a feature length documentary exploring the roots of American tattooing through the life of its most iconoclastic figure, Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins. Considered by many the foremost tattoo artist of all time, Collins is the father of modern day tattooing, whose uncompromising lifestyle and larger than life persona made him an American legend. Through rare interviews, photographs and hours of archival footage, Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry: The Life and Times of Norman Keith Collins, explores the past, present and future of the global tattooing phenomenon. Based in Honolulu for most of his career, Sailor Jerry would come to symbolize the masculine ethos of a time when thousands of enlisted men were embanked in Hawaii, during World War II. Miles from home, ready to die, and fueled by devil-may care attitudes, these men went on shore leave with a single purpose in mind: to get “Stewed, Screwed and Tattooed.” Jerry marked these men with what would come to symbolize a new style of American folk art; tattoos that blended traditional elements of continental motifs with the finesse, shading, and artistic nuance of the Japanese tattoo masters, known as horis. Borne from his own years of travel on the high seas, Jerry synthesized the best of East and West and created a dynamic, spectacular new art form by introducing an array of his own advancements into tattooing, from color creation and machine building to the introduction of sterilization. Permanently etched on the bodies of the hundreds of men who passed through his Honolulu parlor, his work tells of war and heartache with a dedication to style, craft, and detail that would make ‘Sailor Jerry’ one of the most influential, if little recognized, American folk artists of the 20th Century. A man of many faces, Jerry was an intelligent, dark humored prankster with a fiercely independent mind. A pitiless, right wing, social libertarian, Jerry believed in freedom with a capital ‘F’ as symbolized by the secretive, closed world of back alley tattooing – or as he put it, “the ultimate rebellion against the squares.”  (EW)

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 6:00 PM

SHORTS PROGRAM: I’M GONNA BOOGLARIZE YOU BABY
2009-2011, Various directors, Various nations, 87 min.

SPACEBOY
Mike Olenick  Video, 2009, USA
While traveling through the cosmos, Spaceboy encounters the mysterious and sexy Velana, who only has one thing on her mind.  Will Spaceboy survive Velana’s tempting gaze or will he die of love in a cruel embrace?  Featuring a cybernetic score by Jeremy Boyle. (MO)

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MERCURIAL MADNESS
Kerry Lataila, 7 min., Video, 2010, USA
Light/Color Taffy bends and pulls in a vortex of sinuous delight; forms in space mutate and spin their way into the retinas of the viewers.(KL)

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THESE HAMMERS DON’T HURT US
Michael Robinson, 13 min., Video, 2010, USA
Tired of underworld and overworld alike, Isis escorts her favorite son on their final curtain call down the Nile, leaving a neon wake of shattered tombs and sparkling sarcophagi. (MR) ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
AGAINST CINEMA
Alberto Cabrera Bernal, 9 min., Video, 2010, Spain
An aggression to narrative cinema, that shows those instances when actors turn their backs to the camera, refusing the spectator’s gaze. Constructed on the avoidance of storytelling, the film does not move forward until its last sequence, in which the public discovers the menace that comes from the screen. (AB) ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
THE PROGNOSTICATOR (OR WE ARE ALL PYTHAGOREANS NOW)
Brent Coughenour, 26 min., Video, 2011, USA
“What would the pavement of the universe be if there were gaps between the paving stones, inaccessible and filled with nothing?” -Iannis Xenakis

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CEIBAS EPILOGUE – THE WELL OF REPRESENTATION
Evan Meaney, 7 min., Video, 2011, USA
In part a remake of Hollis Frampton’s Gloria! (1979), in part a repurposing of hacked, 16-bit video game technology; THE WELL OF REPRESENTATION asks us to reconsider our fear of the liminal. Following the convergent narratives of several voices, ranging from the linearly historical to the cybernetically personal, we come to understand the journey ahead: searching from interface to interface, knowing that whatever home we find will be a collaborative compromise. One where we might live beyond our representations and finally come to say what we mean. (EM)

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THE BLOCKBUSTER TAPES
Daniel Martinico, 6 min., Video, 2009, USA
The Blockbuster Tapes documents a three-year endeavor in which VHS tapes were rented, subtly modified, and returned to the store.”(DM)

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LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH
Nicolas Provost, 14 min., Video, 2009, Belgium
Long Live the New Flesh uses found footage to transmogrify existing fragments from horror films into a new video.  It deploys a digital technique with painterly quality in which the images literally consume one another and the horror in all its visual power is brought to a natural boiling point.  Provost strips down the imagery of a mass medium, uses it to construct a new visual story behind the dissection and horror, and allows the viewer to cross every phase of the emotional spectrum. (NP)

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 8:00 PM

SNOW ON THA BLUFF
Damon Russell,79min.,Video, 2010, USA
Hailing from Atlanta’s infamous Bluff district, crack dealer Curtis Snow robs a group of touristy college kids yielding a video camera and half a stack (that’s $500). Curt hands the camera off to one of his boys asking him to follow him everywhere. What ensues is the “realest shit you’ve ever seen.” The “Is this for real?” question in your mind is certain to cull memories of The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Gang Tapes (2001). Regardless of its authenticity, Snow on Tha Bluff’s first-person vérité approach is certain to have you saying “NO! I don’t give a fuck about tha police!” (CUFF).

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WE’RE LEAVING
Zachary Treitz, 12min.,16mm on Video, 2010, USA
While giving his live-in pet alligator a bath, Rusty is told that the mobile home park where he has lived for 26 years has been sold to make way for commercial real estate. Too proud to admit that they are being forced out, Rusty tells his wife Veronica that he has decided to find a better place for them and Chopper, their 19-year-old American Alligator who occupies his own bedroom in their home. (ZT)

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 6:00 PM

BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN
Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, 93 min., Video, 2011, USA
BATTLE for BROOKLYN is an intensely intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by owners and residents facing condemnation of their property to make way for the controversial Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets in the heart of Brooklyn. Shot over seven years and compiled from almost 500 hours of footage, BATTLE for BROOKLYN is an epic tale of how far people will go to fight for what they believe in. The film focuses on graphic designer Daniel Goldstein, a vocal opponent of the project who stands to lose his home via eminent domain. Daniel’s apartment sits at what would be center court of the new arena. A reluctant activist, Daniel is dragged into the fight because he simply can’t believe that the government should use its constitutional power to condemn his home and hand it off to a private developer. As some of Daniel’s neighbors, afraid of losing their homes, begin to sell to the developer, Daniel refuses to leave and takes on a leadership role in the fight to stop the project. He helps to start the group Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn in an effort to come up with alternative development options and expose the deceit at the heart of the plan. Along the way he meets a fellow activist, Shabnam Merchant, they fall in love, get married and have a child while living as the only occupants in a 32 unit condo building. Dan and the opposition, which includes lifelong residents, business owners, and local officials, face off against a triumvirate of billionaires as they take their case from the court of public opinion to New York State Court of Appeals. While the film is character-driven verite, the broader social, economic, and political ramifications of the condemnation and urban planning are addressed through interactions with individuals from all sides of the issue. Featuring appearances by Michael Bloomberg, Architect Frank Gehry, Jay Z, Bruce Ratner, Steve Buscemi and others, BATTLE for BROOKLYN is a primer on grassroots activism that will inspire people to look deeper into the stories that affect their lives. (MG & SH) _________________________________________________________________________

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 8:00 PM

PROFANE
Usama Alshaibi,78 min., Video, 2011 USA
Muna is a young Muslim sex worker in the midst of a spiritual crisis. Searching for her “jinn,” a demon, both good and evil, that resides in us all according to the Quran. Through this she hopes to reconcile her traditional Islamic upbringing represented by her uneasy friendship with Ali, a cab driver with her current, decadent Western lifestyle embodied by her fellow domme Mary. In this psychosexual horror story, Alshaibi combines his backgrounds in political documentary and transgressive cinema to tell an intensely personal story about the clash between Western and Middle Eastern cultures. (Bryan Wendorf)

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TEARS CANNOT RESTORE HER: THEREFORE, I WEEP
Jennifer Reeder, 10 min., Video, 2011, USA
A professional sign language interpreter becomes very unprofessional as she suffers a sincere but hilarious emotional breakdown during a gathering for hearing impaired physics enthusiasts whose motto is “Let’s Get PhysicScal”. (JR)

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THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 6:00 PM

SHORTS PROGRAM: A CARROT IS AS CLOSE AS A RABBIT GETS TO A DIAMOND
2008-2011, Various directors, Various nations, 87 min.

THE MAN WHO WENT OUTSIDE
Jennet Thomas, 10 min., Video 2008, UK
A distinguished looking man (performance artist Richard Layzell) is apparently trapped in an ever changing void of colour, locked in a power play with a perversely operated camera. A mute, caged, charismatic TV presenter he is by turns charming, menacing, educational, confused. At times he appears to have great powers. A voice over tells us extraordinary things – how this man is special – the first man to ‘have a baby’. Hallucinogenic flash-frames punctuate the colour field to give us a view of his world’s disturbing and alien futuristic logic. A retro Sci-fi critique of representative. A playful meditation on the idiocies of making sense. (JT)

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NEGATING THE INCREASING POWERLESSNESS OF THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED THING IN AMERICA Olivia Ciummo, 5 min., Video, 2010, USA
A story of loss and hard to figure out emotion is accompanied with deadpan humor and tropes of television drama. An upper middle class woman loses her home; she and her friends practice what it might be like to feel emotions of loss. Something between fact and fiction, irony and parody, depictions of crisis play out as the soundtrack carries them through the motions. (OC)

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POSTFACE
Frédéric Moffet, 8 min., Video, 2011, USA
In a celebrity-obsessed culture, filmmakers often exploit the downfall of a star to amplify the emotional undertones of the fictional films in which they perform. POSTFACE takes a look back at the filmography of Montgomery Clift whose private life and career spiral downward after a 1956 car crash that left his face scarred and partially paralyzed. (FM)

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LIKE
Luis Arnias, 3 min., 16mm, 2010, USA
An observational film of an American mall. A shop window. A layered cake that bears likeness to reality and sells the by products of fantasy. (LA)

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ACCEPTING THE IMAGE
Karel De Cock, 19 min., Video, 2010, Belgium
ACCEPTING THE IMAGE portrays the way New York City women, their dreams and their lifestyles are represented in the media and in reality. The film questions this dual relationship between both worlds by sketching the portraits of Alynn, Lindsey and Holly, three young women who recently moved to the city. (KD)

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BATHING IN MILK
Jenna Feldman, 18 min., Video, 2010, USA
A daughter wants to know where jewelry comes from. Bathing In Milk asks what is beauty and can it be found in unexpected places? (JF)

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SLIPSTREAM
D. Rickman, 4 min., Video, 2010, USA
Slipstream is the region behind a moving object, it is also a subset of non-realistic fiction, which crosses conventional genre boundaries. This work celebrates the life of comedian, musician, singer, rapper, actor, and film producer Rudy Ray Moore (1927-2008). (DR)

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MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS
Jesse McLean, 21 min., Video, 2010, USA
Magic for Beginners examines the mythologies found in fan culture, from longing to obsession to psychic connections. The need for such connections (whether real or imaginary) as well as the need for an emotional release that only fantasy can deliver is explored. (JM) ________________________________________________________________________

THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 8:00 PM

THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE
Marie Losier, 75 min.,16mm on Video, 2010, USA
A central figure in underground music for over thirty years, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge gave birth to industrial music with Throbbing Gristle and helped popularize acid house through his group Psychic TV. However, his most startling creative work has been his collaborative transformation with partner Lady Jaye that challenged not just society’s norms but also the very fundamentals of biology. Through elaborate cosmetic surgeries, the two blurred their genders to become “Pandrogynes” that increasingly resembled each other. Long-time CUFF alum Marie Losier was granted intimate access to their lives providing an affecting study of the daring transformation the two underwent for love and art. (Bryan Wendorf)

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IRMA
Charles Fairbanks, 12 min., 16mm on Video, 2010, USA
An intimate musical portrait of Irma Gonzalez, the former world champion of women’s professional wrestling. Filmed in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl – a notorious district of Mexico City – Irma contradicts everything we have come to expect from stories reported from Mexico. Featuring music written and performed by Ms. Gonzalez, Irma’s story surges with love and deceit, masculine strength, feminine charms, and an extraordinary sense of humor. (CF)

LÁZSLO LASSÚ
Ben Popp, 3 min., 2010, USA
This music film for the band A Hawk and A Hacksaw recites the story about a couple torn apart by the recesses of space. Music however can transcend all obstacles and through it the two lovers are re-united in their hearts. (BP)