WEDNESDAY, 5 OCTOBER 2022
This screening session features 11 short films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
Alfred Sküll Gallery, Alpacastraat 29, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Entry is free and includes a drink! Reservations are not required, but optional. Reserve your seats here.
The Armor (France) by David Fitt
Synopsis: Several women reflect on their daily lives.Running time: 00:01:00.
Selections/awards: Toronto Arthouse FF, Super Shorts NY.
About the director: David Fitt is an award-winning filmmaker, whose work has been praised for its storytelling and electric vibes. Dedicated to his passion to create haunting and vibrant images, he has also been working as a photographer for years. He is currently based in Paris.
Contrapunctus I (Germany) by Qunyuan Wang
Synopsis: From street violence to war, why human beings are so keen on violence. Running time: 00:04:10.
About the director: Wang lives in Dusseldorf, Germany and has studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy.
Machine Clean (USA) by Michael Workman
Synopsis: A cinepoem by Michael Workman Running time: 00:00:55.
About the director: Michael Workman is an artist, writer and reporter, choreographer, dance, performance art and sociocultural critic. In addition to his work at the Chicago Tribune, Guardian US, Newcity magazine, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, and as the Movement Matters columnist at Art Intercepts, Workman is also Director of Bridge, a Chicago-based 501 (c) (3) publishing and programming organization.
Upsodown (Australia) by Nathan Ceddia
Synopsis: An omniscient narrator leads us through various surreal worlds exploring the disconnect between humanity and nature. We are reminded that all living things are connected and collectively shared, on this planet - our home. Through the power of sharing, we can promote hope and reconnect. All it takes is a bit of reflection. Running time: 00:10:00.
Selections/awards: Sydney World FF (Best Australian Film), Venice Film Week.
About the director: Nathan's bold yet versatile approach to filmmaking allows him to craft his style across a wide range of film genres. Best known for his indirect experimental approach to filmmaking, resulting in a distinctively unique vision, Nathan takes the ordinary and turns it into the extraordinary. He was born in Melbourne Australia, and is currently based in Berlin Germany.
Shivering Wall (Taiwan) by Tseng Yu Chin
Synopsis: A dark room. A reverberating bass. A languid heap of teenaged bodies at a house party. A heavy atmosphere. A slight smog represents a spirit in the space. Is the spirit someone else? Is the smog another you – a parallel you from another world to look at your own body in this group full of chaos and desire? All you can do silently look down at your body, and move away quietly. Running time: 00:10:00.
Selections/awards: Super Shorts London, Amsterdam Independent FF, Brussels Independent FF.
About the director: Tseng Yu-Chin, (1978, Taiwan) is a video artist, film director, photographer, curator, designer. His work has been exhibited all over the world.
a story that doesn't have to do with me (USA) by Kymberly McDaniel
Synopsis: As I seek to connect with my partner about their queer and feminist research in bioarchaeology, a conversation emerges about what is left behind after death. Running time: 00:07:03.
The Dream Machine (France) by Michael William West
Synopsis: A woman experiments with a Dream Machine, hoping to escape trouble. Within the light and dark of the machine, violent emotions awaken. Running time: 00:09:29.
About the director: 'The Dreamachine' was invented by the painter Brion Gysin and popularized by William S. Burroughs in order to live the great adventure of the dream. Michael William West, a fervent lover of esoterism, creativity, spiritualism and pop culture, pays tribute to the writer in a exceptional hallucinatory and visionary journey. For this, he used the “cut-up” technique, bringing out the implicit and the unacknowledged. He puts like this its main character, a woman, in the situation to emerge out of any structured life, making her lose all control of herself. His cinematic trip is unique." - Michèle Levieux Regnier
Atlas (France) By Jim Vieille
Synopsis: Dark and poetic, this music video depicts a rite of passage : the liberation of an inhibited personality. First, the night, rough, wild and frenetic, to let out all the accumulated frustrations. Then the next day, appeased, like a rebirth, a return to life. Running time: 00:05:43.
Selections/awards: Rhode island IFF (Best Music Video), Sydney World FF (Winner Best Music Video), Verona IFF (Winner Best Music Video), Super Shorts London, and more.
About the director: Jim Vieille is a french director. Dark and enigmatic, his work in different mediums (film, video, installation) explore the boundary between fiction and experimental. His films and videos have been featured in over 150 international festivals (Hamburg, Wintherthur, Dresde, Clermont-Ferrand, Minsk, Stuttgart, Krakow, Sydney, Barcelona, Berlin and more). In 2010, "Take Me To The Water", his first short movie, was awarded with Prize Of The City Of Clermont-Ferrand. In 2021, his music video "Atlas" was has received the 1st Prize for the Best Music Video at the Rhode Island International FF and the Best Music Video Award at the Verona, Bruges, London and Los Angeles International FF.
Tata Reading From Bernhard's Frost (Australia) by Darik Janik
Synopsis: Tata reads from Bernhard's Frost. Running time: 00:03:56.
Play Misty for Me, Siri (Australia) by Kieran Boland
Synopsis: In August 2017, I drove from San Francisco to Los Angeles with the voice of Siri guiding my every move. I would have been lost without her. As I approached the small but affluent town of Carmel by the Sea I said, “Play Misty for me, Siri”. My request echoed the fictional character of Evelyn who was in the habit of ringing the radio DJ within the film, Play Misty for Me (1971) to request Misty, Erroll Garner's 1954 jazz standard. Running time: 00:03:11.
About the director: Kieran Boland is a Melbourne based multidisciplinary artist working primarily with the moving image. He is currently completing a PhD at RMIT University in the School of Art on the subject of “Smartphonocentrism” in which he explores the decline of the voice as a primary means of communication through the pervasive influence of the smartphone.
Camping Paraíso** – About dying (Germany) by Daniel Schüßler
Synopsis: In 2020, the Essen-based comedy writer Dirk Roß experienced an accident with serious consequences: he was on his scooter and an SUV took the right of way. Weeks and months of fighting for life and death followed. ANALOG accompanies Dirk Roß through the course of his fight for survival, traces the process of hovering between life and death and the persistence in intermediate worlds. Texts developed from interviews create scenic, choreographic and musical arrangements of restlessness and in-between worlds and become condensed into an abstract film level. Running time: 00:45:00.
About the director: Since its founding in 2004, ANALOG has been developing interdisciplinary theatre and performance projects under the direction of Daniel Schüßler and Dorothea Förtsch and has grown into one of the most renowned theatre groups in Cologne and North Rhine Westphalia. Due to its method of working with biographical and documentary material, the group has been attracting attention beyond the state's borders since its inception. The work plays with the boundaries between performance, theatre and film, illusion and documentary.