Shorts Program 8: Oracle Fires

– February 9, 2014

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Shorts Program 8: Oracle Fires
88 min.

Sister City Dani Leventhal, USA, 2014

5 min., Video

“Sister City channels moments of paradoxical experience—of being a superhero or being for sale—into reverberant conduits, articulating a nature divided by panes of glass or suspended in watery solitudes. Each shift begets a kind of origin story: one encounter traces the specific azure of a James Turrell installation to a pet shop jellyfish, in another, a modern-day putto purifies a horrific tale by blowing bubbles in a tub. Sister City, like water, seeks its own level; cresting and displacing continuous bursts of life, spiritualized, succulent, and ultimately alone.” – Deirtra Thompson

Crisálida Alejandro Enmanuel Alonso Estrella, Esther de Rothschild, Rosanna Mendez Gonzalez, Laura Costa Cantal, Cuba, 2012

8 min., 16mm

Crisalida, which means ‘cocoon of an incubating butterfly,’ is the name of an 86-year-old woman who watches the world through her bedroom window. Over the course of a Sunday in her small Cuban town, her past and present converge in ironic, unsettling ways. – Esther de Rothschild

Part 2: I Can’t Not Hear You Kyle Schlie, USA 2013

11 min., Video

Part 2 of a fabricated 1987-88 documentary about the retroactively created Communications, Formulations, and Lists division of Procter & Gamble. In this episode Lou discusses the relaunch of their product label customer satisfaction call numbers under the project name Direct-Connect. The long dead Lunsford Richardson, the father of junk mail, makes an appearance. Following a cut in funding for the division’s promotional video, an updated in-progress version of the video is shown in an attempt to convince the fictional documentarians to support their efforts and possibly use it in their feature. – Kyle Schlie

M4W Annelise Ogaard, USA, 2013

20 min., Video

A candid glimpse into the life of a young woman working as a Craigslist dominatrix to make ends meet, and deal with her troubled past. – Annelise Ogaard

De Luce 2: Arichitectura Janis Crystal Lipzin, USA, 2013

9 min., Super 8 on Video

Light and photochemistry collide and conspire against 12 different architectural backdrops becoming suspended in the time of the eternal present. Shot on super-8mm film in Paris, Norway, Toronto, Wyoming, Colorado, Chicago, Cincinnati, and California over 3 decades, and painstakingly hand-processed. The second film in the artist’s ‘De Luce’ (On Light) series that was inspired by this medieval text: ‘In the beginning of time, light drew out matter along with itself into a mass as great as the fabric of the world.’ – Robert Grosseteste (1170-1253). – Janis Crystal Lipzin

Homeostatic John Rash, USA, 2013

6 min., Video

Homeostatic uses secondary orality to voice online reviews of a small apartment complex in rural North Carolina. Viewers might consider their own expectations as renters, and the disparity between public and private voice. – John Rash

Rice For Sale Brendan & Jeremy Smyth, USA, 2013 31 min., 16mm

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An experimental tale distorting Bali’s modern world into a historical account depicting the demise of its former cultural motto, “Rice is Life.” Ten wordless vignettes, all in-camera edits, are strung together to compose a two-part mythological venture down the heavenly mountain toward the demonic sea, culminating at the site of the 2002 terrorist bombing. – Brendan & Jeremy Smyth