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Woodland Pattern Book Center is excited to host three programs of the 2016 Milwaukee Underground Film Festival


Schedule at Woodland Pattern: Saturday, April 30th

Juror Presentation: Eileen Rae Walsh | 2 PM

Program in Competition II | 4 PM

Program in Competition III | 8 PM


For the full Milwaukee Underground Film Festival 2016 program line up & list of venues, click here



Program Details


Juror Presentation: Eileen Rae Walsh | 2 PM

Program line up to be announced.


Eileen Rae Walsh is an artist and writer living and working in Chicago, IL. She works primarily in photography, video and the written word. She received her BFA from the University of North Florida in 2012, and will receive her MFA from Columbia College Chicago in May of 2016. Her work is steeped in the romantic, playing with photographic tropes tied to sublime sensation. Concerned with elevated states of being, the work obscures perception, relying on the inexplicable and the poetic — an idealized version of experience. She has exhibited at Women Made Gallery, The Franklin, ACRE TV, Mana Contemporary, The Pitch Project and ­Filter Photo Space, and has been featured in Ain’t Bad Magazine and Bridge Eight

She is the cofounder of the Crit-Exchange in Chicago and is a bookmaker for The Chicago Perch.



Program in Competition II | 4 PM


Tempo of Tomorrow Revisited | Josh Gibson/Annie Gibson | 13 min 15 sec


A meditation on tourism and nostalgia in Cuba. Two American travelogues about Cuba intertwine. One shot in 1958 in the months before the Revolution and another in 2014, shot from the same locations and camera angles. As these two travelogues combine, their narrations split apart, forcing an active relationship between sound and image, past and present. Two detached narrators separated by fifty-seven years, at two distinct transitional moments in these two countries histories, speculate on what tomorrow will bring.


Beneath a Glass Floor Lobby | Lisa Danker | 5 min 4 sec


This short essay film, shot on Super 8, reflects on the denigration of historically significant sites as a result of commercial real estate development in Miami––a city that has long thought of itself as having little history. In 2011, the Miami Herald building was purchased by the Genting Group, a casino corporation based in Malaysia. Genting planned to build a mixed-use development to include casinos, stores, and residences, but the site remains undeveloped as of April 2016. At the Met Square mixed-use development a few miles away, artifacts of a Tequesta village dating back to at least 600 A.D., were discovered in 2013. Mediated agreements between the City of Miami and the developer reveal that plans for a future building were designed at the expense of preserving the past.


Ceallaigh at Kilmainham | Kelly Gallager | 7 min 14 sec


A 16mm collaged and handcrafted exploration of land, roots, and the strength of the women who came before me.


A tone halfway between lightness and darkness | Kelly Sears | 7 min 30 sec


A lyrical investigation of a spirit photographer and his ability to channel the deceased. The film is a channeling of lost mediums, lost lives, lost histories and lost hopes, in middle gray.  Based on photographer William Mumler, this story, and the images of the photographers taken from discarded 35 mm photography books, are rendered unsteady and unreliable.


Setting West | Judith Porier | 5 min 25 sec


Setting West was made using original printing materials from eminent North American letterpress studios*. Printed directly onto 35mm film stock, these type & stereotypes of “Cowboys and Indians”, trains and bison produce a unique texture on screen as well as an original sound track, evoking the western genre.* including the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.


Snowbirds | Lorenzo Gattorna | 8 min 29 sec


The onset of northern winter transitions towards the solace of southern latitudes. A dense nostalgia nestles into the former as a peculiar splendor surfaces upon the latter. However, what remains constant is a forecast for the near future. A certain unease surrounds eventual passersby and the establishment of permanence.


Adeline through Montana | Kim Kielhofner | 7 min 57 sec


Composed of a collage of personal and found footage and archival stills, this video investigates the memory of a night through narration and visual associations.


LE VISIBLE ET L’INVISBLE | Manuela De Laborde | 5 min 40 sec


Titled after Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s book, Le visible et L’invisible is a family portrait and an observation on the image. My grandmother’s blindness and devotion contrast and defy the experience, seeing, of my uncle, mother, and myself; that document exhaustingly in our cameras what she holds only in memory.


Familiar Memories | Pol Merchan | 3 min 52 sec


The reconstruction of a family archive through fragmentary and disturbing memories, is moved to the limit of what we classify as fiction. A voice over tell in about the invisible and buried elements of a biography not captured by the camera or not wanted to be seen.


A Cinematic Lunatic Trial | Angelica Vergel/Christopher Gorski/Laura Trager/Tzuan Wu | 4 min 4 sec


A Cinematic Lunatic Trial is a document of the morbid and uncanny that repurposes literary and cinematic texts of influential writers and filmmakers. Narration, forms and tones collide to convey the tensions of the strange language of cinema, where angels and ghosts populate a world of terror and beauty.


Aufgelöst | Stefanie Weberhofer | 4 min 3 sec


A 16mm color film first documents chemical processes through a microscope and then has to experience these processes for itself. Aufgelöst is a dyadic study showing change – change as the only constant.


Mad Ladders | Michael Robinson | 10 min


A modern prophet’s visions of mythical destruction and transformation are recounted across a turbulent geometric ceremony of rising curtains, swirling set pieces, and unveiled idols from music television’s past. Together, these parallel cults of revelation unlock a pathway to the far side of the sun.



Program in Competition III | 8 PM


Here There | Alexander Stewart | 4 min 40 sec


Here There gives graphic form to memory’s malleable, straying lines. It begins as a traveler’s sketchbook, drawn in Croatia in the summer of 2014, but details soon fade away into abstract impressions on the edges of memory. This film is a reduction to the essence, a condensed feeling of one place and time.


Neverland | Edda Manriquez | 3 min 2 sec


Neverland is an intergalactic journey through the childhood’s mind. Entering the blurred lines of memory. Neverland is a videographics composited film recorded on VHS.


Picture Start | Hannah White | 6 min 39 sec


Shadows on the wall teach us about our blindness, our seeing, and ourselves. What are your ways of seeing?


INVERT AND ALL THAT IS SOLID | Olivia Ciummo | 3 min 15 sec


A retelling of words through textures, movements and sounds– the images and sounds try to wrangle with linguistics. Based on the poem A HEART by Ian Dreiblatt.


Blue Movie | Michael A. Morris | 6 min 30 sec

Blue Movie is an elegiac tribute to the late Juanita Slusher, a Dallas-based exotic dancer well known in the 50s and 60s as “Candy Barr”. Footage from the stag-film Smart Alec, a film given to me by my grandfather, is used as the majority of the source imagery set to a rendition of Autumn Leaves performed by Dallas-based vocalist Lily Taylor. The song was noted by Candy Barr as her favorite to dance to, while also noting that she viewed her dancing as a form of creative expression. The silver-based emulsion of the film was replaced with cyanotype chemistry and laid under the sun to create the blue image. This film is a companion piece to my 2010 film, Confessors.


Continent | Katya Yakubov | 3 min


Travel and domestic imagery weave a spoken letter to a friend, evoking the mind states of a young woman who chooses to stay within the confines of her own psyche.


A Ghost in his Shadow | Michael Rice | 10 min 17 sec


Growing up in Boston, I felt as if I had a strangely close relationship to the notorious gangster, Whitey Bulger. Although few people ever met or saw the man (including myself), his presence was always felt permeating the city and each of its neighborhoods. Through the stories told about him (some true, some embellished), the city learned to both fear and at the same time idolize him. Over time, he became a mythic presence – even today, years after his ultimate arrest in Santa Monica, this film concerns itself with a more broad subject: how a person’s presence can be feared despite their physical absence. The imagery in the film is drawn mostly from surveillance footage of Whitey and images of the places where he would frequent while he lived in Boston and Santa Monica. To me, these liquid images suggest a man as an elusive and lurking presence; they are images and words that describe a living ghost, the realization of a disembodied menace.


Townhomes Scare Me 1 | Benjamin Edelberg | 3 min 16 sec


Townhomes Scare Me 1 explores my first childhood experience with panic. I attempted to cope with these then foreign feelings of anxiety with a journal of drawings, which I recently rediscovered while visiting my home in Chicago. The title phrase is lifted from one of my entries.


Direct Route | Pam Minty | 48 min 22 sec


Direct Route  observes a blind woman (the director’s mother) navigating her domestic surroundings, presented alongside landscape images and the retelling of memories prior to losing her vision. Through conversations, and the solving of word puzzles with her daughter, a story emerges about the relationship between memory and the texture of experience.


The Queen of Material | Rajee Samarasinghe | 2 min 15 sec


A short procession of colorful material and a mysterious woman lit by the sun. A paean to Kenneth Anger.


Song for Koko | Tommy Becker | 4 min


A life force is being held against its will or once again running wild through the streets. The moment the lion lunges at the tamer we understand his motives. We relate viscerally to his oppression as we connect to the soul of its being.


Plane Wave | Daniel Robert Kelly | 9 min


Plane Wave is an interactive analog film. The film itself is a series of lenses that attempt to focus the working of the projector on to the exhibition screen. Each exhibition’s visuals are dependent on the lens/lamp/screen arrangement. A love letter exposing the refractive nature of light bending around the edges of metal, bone through tiny celluloid windows.