– February 9, 2014

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Shorts Program 7: Heaved Pastiche
89 min.

I Regret To Inform You Wago Kreider, USA, 2013

3 min., Video

In response to the excesses of the art market and dwindling arts funding, the Church of Contemporary Art presents a secular sing-along hymn based on rejection letters from art galleries, museum curators, grant applications, and film festivals. – Wago Kreider

Alfred Jarry & ‘Pataphysics Skizz Cyzyk, USA, 2013

2 min., Video

In this 2 minute animated documentary, an oral report on French writer, Alfred Jarry, is given stop-motion treatment with the help of talking t-shirts, flip book pages, and time-lapse lino-cut printing. Jarry is best known for his play, Ubu Roi, and his pseudo-science, ‘Pataphysics. – Skizz Cyzyk

Howard Marks and The Lance of Destiny Kal Bonner, UK, 2013

18 min., Video

Howard Marks, the world’s leading authority on The Lance of Destiny, reveals the little known truth behind the legend to an eager investigator. Armed with the facts, and a map, the two men fearlessly meander to the last known resting place of The Lance – a field in a place known as, Trinity. – Kal Bonner

The Fairy Tale Kelly Oliver and Keary Rosen, USA, 2013

4 min., Video

A gentle narrator guides you through the fantastic adventures of talking animals, unnamed royalty, wise and wicked characters and much more in this short, fairy tale inspired mash-up. – Kelly Oliver and Keary Rosen

All Things Ryan Murray, USA, 2013

2 min, Video

Skywriting the word ‘insurance’. Nothing lasts forever. – Ryan Murray

The Advice Shape Jennet Thomas, UK. 2013

6 min., Video

“The Advice Shape diagnoses the extent to which domestic fears and anxiety today have become transatlantic and affected by nonhuman factors such as technology. It is simultaneously ubiquitous and particular, riddled with paradox.” – Jonathan P Watts

COMP 1 (Deion Sanders) Theodore Darst, USA, 2013

3 min., Video

The first installment in an on-going series of video diaries culled from the visual detritus of my online life reworked as animations and narrated by an amateur voice-over artist picked at random. In this video from November 2013, I have a bad visit with my mom in New York, watch a parade, and look at some art. – Theodore Darst

A Day For Cake And Accidents
Steve Reinke and Jessie Mott

A Day for Cake and Accidents features a cast of animal characters — each of a different, though often indeterminate, species — who struggle with impending astrological despair and engage in absurdist dialogs, confessing various melancholic desires and transgressive secrets in poetic cartoon abjection. – Steve Reinke and Jessie Mott

Do Voices Jesse Malmed, USA, 2013

15 min., Video

Through a by turns rigorous and improvisational sourcing and sequencing of images, sounds, ideas and collisions with an interest in both the cinematic experience as phenomenological event as well as the intellectual and emotional work an audience performs, this piece offers a guided mediation. It values the creative space of the cover, the dub, the reenactment, the bootleg and the impersonation while considering language as and through accents as and through place as and through identity in part as a consideration of how to value the individual within a realm of shorthand cultural signification. Robin Williams is a stand in, but the only stand-in there could be. I’m also interested in—and want you to be interested in—creative voicing, the part and the whole, structuring collaboration and the choir and its song as a temporary form. – Jesse Malmed

Secret Film
Mystery Director, USA, 2014
33 min., Video

A film so illicit, clandestine and underground we can’t even tell you what it is! This SECRET FILM is an experimental exploration and celebration of the Juggalo subculture in Buffalo, New York. Long and static takes show Juggalos engaged in their favorite activities, first and foremost of which – causing mayhem. Among these seemingly random acts of the everyday, preening, sexual gratification, explosions and destruction, a tentative narrative begins to emerge.

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