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Watching the Detectives (2017)
Chris Kennedy, 35 min, 16 mm
Immediately after the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013, amateur detectives took to the Internet chat rooms to try and find the culprits. Users on reddit, 4chan and other gathering spots poured over photographs uploaded to the sites, looking for any detail that might point to the guilt of potential suspects. Using texts and jpegs culled from these investigations, Watching the Detectives narrates the process of crowd sourcing culpability.
Chris Kennedy (b. 1977 Easton, Maryland) is an independent filmmaker, film programmer and writer based in Toronto. He programmed for the Images Festival from 2003-06 and Pleasure Dome from 2000-06. He co-founded and co-programs Early Monthly Segments and programs TIFF Cinematheque’s The Free Screen. He is the Executive Director of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. His short experimental films have screened at over one hundred film festivals worldwide and have been featured in solo shows at the Canadian Film Institute, Los Angeles Film Forum, Nam June Paik Art Center, the La Plata Semana del Film Experimental and the Pacific Film Archive. He has presented the work of others in Belgium, Egypt, Germany, the US and Canada. He holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, where he was co-founder and host of a weekly film salon. His work as an artist and programmer operates in dialogue with the history of film as art, exploring the medium’s materiality in a contemporary context.
Diaries from Guatemala (2015)
Renato Umali, 5 min 10 sec, video
Two diaries, a personal one and one kept by the Guatemalan Army's Death Squad, make up the film.
More about the film here.
Renato Umali is a performer, filmmaker, and musician. He writes and directs the annual Umali Awards, an absurdist re-imagining of an Oscars-style awards ceremony. His recent films include Diaries From Guatemala (2015), a mash-up of two diaries, a personal one and one kept by the Guatemalan Army's Death Squad, and Frida Was Here (2016), an investigation into a disputed trove of Kahlo artifacts and ephemera, as well as a rumination on authenticity. His ongoing interactive work, "I Learn Something New Every Single Day," was profiled in Drawing From Life, the Art of the Visual Journal by Jennifer New (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005). As a musician, he performs live piano accompaniment for silent film, and has collaborated with other filmmakers by composing soundtracks. He also teaches classical piano. At UWM, he teaches Film Score Studio, Multicultural America, Animation for the Web, and Intro to Digital Arts.
Sea of Vapors (2014)
Sylvia Schedelbauer, 15 min, digital video
A cascade of images cut frame by frame flow into an allegory of the lunar cycle.
Born in Tokyo Sylvia Schedelbauer first moved to Berlin in 1993, where she has been based since. She studied at the University of Arts Berlin (with Katharina Sieverding). Her films negotiate the space between broader historical narratives and personal, psychological realms mainly through poetic manipulations of found and archival footage.
Selected screenings: Toronto International Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, London Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Robert Flaherty International Film Seminar and Stan Brakhage Symposium. Awards inlcude the VG Bildkunst Award, the German Film Critics’ Award and the Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film.
Mặt trời đen (Black Sun) (2013)
Que Chi Truong, 11 min 34 sec, video
Black sun captures the image of a young couple, strolling around Saigon, the most exciting city of Vietnam. There, we can hear the melody of a rock-n-roll song that shares the same name with the movie title, showing the pessimistic view of the Southern Vietnamese youth before the impending reunification of the nation in 1975.
Truong Que Chi (Vietnam, 1987) is a curator with Nha San Collective and a film lecturer at the Hanoi University of Theatre and Cinema. She is also filmmaker and artist, and graduated with a Master’s degree in Film studies from the University of Paris III: Nouvelle Sorbonne. Black sun is her first fiction short film and has been shown in several international film festivals.