CUFF

EARTH’S SHADOW Huckleberry Lain

Experimental Video 11:00 2007 World Premiere

The record of a full earth cycle through many different media, including 3-D animation, 8mm home movies and recycled images provided by the Prelinger Archive via archive.org.

“In a fashion similar to Christopher McLaine and Craig Baldwin, a warning is sent to the people of earth who live in sin – sin according to the cosmos.” – Huckleberry Lain

WHEN THE LIGHT’S RED Keith Wilson

Documentary Video 10:45 2007 World Premiere

A poignant and humorous take on one man’s response to intersection panhandling. Who is this stranger asking for change? Can I believe what they are saying? Will I contribute to a problem if I give money? Am I being cheap if I don’t? These questions and more are answered.

WELCOME TO NORMAL Marianna Ellenberg

Experimental Video 7:00 2007 Midwest Premiere

“You CAN get better! An Exquisite Corpse compendium of hypnotic sounds, symptoms, and neurological disorders – treatment is just around the corner!” – Marianna Ellenberg

PHANTOM CANYON Stacey Steers

Animation 35mm 10:00 2006 Chicago Premiere

“A young woman encounters enormous insects and an alluring man with bat wings in this surreal recollection, of a pivotal journey. Made by photographing over 4,000 handmade collages, this animated film explores memories, dreams and the nature of reflection. Shot on 35mm black-and- white film, the project took over four years to complete.” – Stacey Steers

SONIC YOUTH – DO YOU BELIEVE IN RAPTURE? Braden King

Music Video 3:58 2006

An impressionistic documentary disguised as a music video, Do You Believe in Rapture? functions as an elegy for CBGB’s and every great rock concert you’ve ever seen. Features footage by Jem Cohen and photographs by Godlis.

SURVIVOR COOK, ISLANDS, ABRIDGED Jenny Stark

Experimental Video 14:45 2007 World Premiere

“A video homage to Standish Lauder’s experimental film Intolerance Abridged (1974), where every tenth frame of Intolerance is double-printed, reducing the running time from over two hours to 10 minutes. I have applied Lauder’s process to “Survivor: Cook Islands,” a reality show that divides “tribes” competing for $1,000,000 by race. The result is a that the video plays back images at such a fast pace that there is little emotional resonance while the framing and representation of the cast members remain apparent. In this video, fourteen episodes are reduced to fourteen minutes and the structure of the video is divided into three parts coinciding with the contrived nature of the show: Part One: The tribes are divided by race: Asian, Latino, African American, and Caucasian. Part Two: The four tribes are integrated into two multi-ethnic groups. Part Three: The two tribes are merged and each individual cast member competes for the prize money. As time passes and losing members are “voted off the island” the imagery of the cast members becomes increasingly focused on the a few central characters and eventually the winning “survivor” determined in this video by the amount of screen time devoted to that individual.” – Jenny Stark

STARTLE PATTERN Eric Patrick

Animation 16mm 12:50 2006 Midwest Premiere

“The interior space of a puppet becomes increasingly reflective, revealing the artifice of his own creation.” – Eric Patrick

BLACK AND WHITE TRYPPS NUMBER 3 Ben Russell

Experimental 35mm 12:00 2007

The third part in a series of films dealing with naturally derived psychedelia. Shot during a performance by Lightning Bolt, this film documents the transformation of a rock audience’s collective freak-out into a trance ritual of the highest spiritual order.