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#WeBelieveInThePowerOfLove | 2 min 20 sec.
Artist: Luca Finotti

Synopsis:
The idea behind Finotti’s #WeBelieveInThePowerOfLove is to bring together Riccardo Tisci and Nike’s worlds. Taking inspiration from Tisci’s statement “I believe in the power of of love”, Finotti aims to underline that we are all believers. 
Based on this, the video celebrates inclusion and love with a wide range of models and aesthetics to show how our differences are something that bind and bring us together, not set us apart. The cast stories and their own different versions of the video are published on Finotti’s Instagram and Vimeo accounts. 
Finotti’s pop aesthetic in this video can be perceived through the 3D footwear and glitch cuts throughout, with a strong reference to online virality and social media as a way to reflect the director’s idea of the “Internet taking over video”.

Bio:
Luca Finotti was born in Pavia on the 25th of May in 1986. Although to the general public Luca Finotti is known as a director, a fashion artist and a fashion photographer, he is not: Luca Finotti is a communicator. After studying economics at Bocconi University in Milan followed by a Master in marketing, he graduated a directing course in New York at the prestigious New York Film Academy at the young age of 23. In October 2006, after only two months of university, Luca’s work was published online on social networks, which was then immediately noticed by Italian fashion houses who proudly called the young talent to direct their fashion film launching Luca Finotti’s career internationally. Luca Finotti has directed fashion films for Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, Moschino, Trussardi, Herno, Jeremy Scott, Adidas, Tod’s, Hogan, Aldo, MSGM, Pitti, Tommy Hilfiger, Rimmel London Look, Martini, Diesel. Finotti collaborated with international magazines including Vogue Italy, Dazed & Confused, I-d Magazine, Hercules Magazine. 

A Guide to Indulgence | 3 min 24 sec. 
Artist: Nadia Lee Cohen

Synopsis:
“The constant pressure of striving for perfection is so familiar in the world we inhabit. In response to homogeneous ideals of beauty I wanted to create a satirical world in which the female inhabitants have pushed their appearances into cartoonish, melodramatic and extreme representations of femininity; yet are still looking to improve themselves even further. This is an entirely personal film, which hopefully subtly exposes the cracks beneath the surface; depicted through music, darting eyes beneath masks and subtle wordplay, these features endeavour to puncture an environment that unless scrutinized appears entirely perfect.”

Bio:
Nadia Lee Cohen is a photographer, filmmaker and self-portrait artist. Heavily inspired by cinema, Americana and Britain particularly in in the 1960’s and 70’s, Lee’s photographs and films are veritable visions of saturated, surreal dreamscapes.
Drawing upon the duality of the female form, fine art photographer and filmmaker Lee Cohen locks our optics upon the twisted paradise that lurks within her mind, exploring the paradoxical standoff between strength and fragility within womankind.

Rhythm of Being | 6 min 10 sec.
Artist: Giada Ghiringhelli

Synopsis:
For an instant, I am. 
The light touches me gently and I live, burst and shine. 
This constant, irreversible, rhythmic drift from being to not. 
Only the memories left. 
Escaping desires. 
The love and the pain. 
I only have an instant of life. 
So please. 
This film is an ode to the rhythm of being.

Bio: 
Giada Ghiringhelli is a Swiss Italian filmmaker and video editor who graduated with a MFA in Computer Art at the School of Visual Arts in New York and is currently living and working in London. Her creative and professional experience spans across experimental films, commercial videos and new media projects which have been exhibited internationally in both gallery and festival circuits. 

Kali | 11 min 49 sec.
Artist: Sabine Molenaar 

Synopsis:
In the fringe where you dance with your shadow, where being naked flows seamlessly into being masked, three female figures try to find a harmony between illusion and disillusion in their longing for the innocence of the “untouched.”

Bio:
Sabine Molenaar founded the company Sandman in 2012 which is based in Brussels and works cross-disciplinary with performance, film and photography. Sandman produced two physical theatre performances: That’s it (2013) and Touch me (2015) and three experimental short dance films: Wish her ill (2012), That’s it (2013) and Kali (2016). The first solo performance, That’s it, won a major award at the ACT festival in Bilbao (SP), as well as the prize for best female talent at the Theater Aan Zee Festival, in Oostende (BE) and a Special Mention award at BeFestival in Birmingham (UK). This production has been and is still touring internationally in Belgium, The Netherlands, Canada, Korea, Spain, Austria, Brazil. In 2015 the second solo performance Touch me premièred, which is touring as well internationally. The third solo performance Almost Alive premiered in 2017 in April.

Klyne “Lend Me Another Name” | 3 min 1 sec.
Artist: Alan Masferrer

Synopsis:
“It’s usual for me to work with abstractions, and in this case it wasn’t an exception. Although it’s a linear story, it’s told in an abstract way, and so it has to look the same as well. What I really wanted was to make something very suggestive that immersed the viewer in a hypnotic way. It’s more about feelings than understandings or interpretations. There’s a phrase from designer Anthony Burrill that left a lasting mark upon me that says: ‘I like it, what is it?’, and that’s the feeling I usually like to get from the viewer.”

Bio:
Alan Masferrer has directed several commercials, music videos and fashion films which have received awards and nominations across the globe. Most recently he was the most nominated director at this year’s Berlin Music Video Awards. Recent awards include: Best International Music Video at the Clipped Festival for Electrify, Best Creative Concept at Fashion Film Festival Chicago and Silver Award at the Berlin Fashion Film Fest for Moncler, and prestigious UKMVA nominations for his videos for Anthony & Cleopatra and Basement Jaxx.

Efímera | 3 min 25 sec.
Artist: Paco Peregrín

Synopsis:
Efímera (Ephemeral) is about the unknown and the imperfect beauty and a wonderful reflection on the passing of time, a metaphor of the ephemeral nature of beauty and life. 
Focusing on the varied interconnected artistic looks of a female model, Efímera is about the ephemeral nature of beauty and life, impressive and varied makeup creations work as a metaphor for the four ages of human beings and a wonderful reflection on the passing of time. Concepts such as life and death are treated symbolically in this project (from birth and breastfeeding, to the rebellious adolescence, maturity and decease) helping Paco Peregrín to reflect on life’s fleeting solitude. 
Thanks to its very dramatic, powerful and artistic aesthetic, Efímera makes explicit reference to the quick passage of time. It is also a positive and energetic expression, a colorful film about diversity and freedom that encourages us to enjoy and live life intensely without fears.

Bio:
Paco Peregrín was born in Almeria, Spain.  He resides in Madrid but works worldwide. He has won many grants and awards including a Gold Lux 2008 award  in the “Fashion and Beauty” category. His work is part of important art collections and it has appeared in numerous books such as New Fashion Photography (Prestel) and Otherworldly (Gestalten). Paco’s style has earned him credibility as one of the most exciting and talented photographers working in advertising, beauty, art and fashion today. His unmistakable signature belies his background in design, communication, theatre and painting. His photography carries a perfect blend of sensuality with avant-garde. Paco’s juxtapositions shows a mastery of the fine line between commercial success and art.  Fusing hyper-real futurism with high-end beauty images, his work is defined by a marked character of hybridization of styles where come together the latest fashion trends and the most personal conceptual reflections, always providing to his images with a sensual, elegant and mysterious, even perturbing character, trying to interrelate the point of view of the traditional art spectator with the most generic public of the mass-media. 

Rushing Like a Banshee | 2 min 22 sec.
Artist: John Sanborn

Synopsis:
“Rushing Like a Banshee” is the newest collaboration between director John Sanborn and the seminal (and anonymous) musical group, The Residents. The work foresees the collision between the human spirit and the ruin of the modern world. With humorous results.

Bio:
John Sanborn is an award-winning media artist whose work has been shown at every major museum in the world, and broadcast worldwide. He has shown at the Whitney Museum (solo installation and 2 biennales), MOMA (where he has work in the permanent collection) the Kitchen in New York; the ICA and Tate Modern in London; and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He was an artist-in-residence at the celebrated TV Lab at WNET/13 and received grants from the NEA, NYSCA, and the Rockefeller Foundation.  Vogue magazine called him “the acknowledged genius in the field.” John Sanborn has an honorary Master of Cinema Arts degree from ESEC in Paris, and was honored by the Minister of Culture of France as a Chevalier of Arts and Letters in 2015. Sanborn lives and works in California.

Tippi at Squam Lake | 2 min 57 sec.
Artist: Jenny Plante

Synopsis:
“Tippi At Squam Lake” is a collaborative film piece created between Jenny Plante and filmmakers Daphna Mero and Alison Folland. The film was shot on 16 mm and the sound was cultivated from Alfred Hitchcock’s original screen test for Tippi Hedren. Hitchcock’s magnificent obsession with Hedren has been a long time interest of Plante’s, as is filmmaking ephemera, and the filmmakers drew from the original footage when they  set out to make a short film studying lighting techniques on the female form. The project morphed into an exercise of repetition, rhythm and the male gaze. It was important to keep the original soundtrack as a record of Tippi’s deftness and diplomacy towards Hitchcock’s blunt misogyny. 

Bio:
Daphna Mero is an Israeli filmmaker and choreographer. Her work has been shown internationally and she currently resides in NYC.
Alison Folland is a filmmaker and actress. She has worked with Gus Van Sant and David O. Russell among many others. She currently works and resides in Boston.
Jenny Plante is a filmmaker. Her work is largely satirical and based on film culture. She works closely with Grrl Haus Cinema project in Cambridge, Massachusetts and resides in New Hampshire.
All three filmmakers met at and received their Masters Degrees in filmmaking at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. 

:::-:: (6-4) | 2 min 24 sec
Artist: Ana Valdez

Synopsis:
:::-:: (6 – 4) visually and audibly exposes the use of women as metaphorical dart boards for male aggression in concordance with the romanticization of sexual violence. It represents the artist’s personal experiences with male aggression in its numerous forms simply because of her sex.

Bio:
Ana Valdés began performing in Mexico City by participating in several Shakespeare plays and festivals, one of which was the ESU Anglo-Mexican Foundation National Shakespeare Competition. She was awarded the opportunity to perform at Lincoln Center at the age of 15, and later on was awarded a scholarship at BADA’s Midsummer Conservatory Program at the age of 17. Her experience ranged from clowning workshops with Le Navet Bete, to Indian theatre, Bharatanatyam, taught by Indian performer Nandita Kalan Mehra, to physical theatre workshops with ESU Coordinator Stuart Cox and self-devised Theatre of Cruelty workshops. She moved to NYC at the age of 18 to hone her skills at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Having graduated in May 2016, she moved on to work as an assistant for Estelle Lasher, owner of the talent management agency, Lasher Group. She continues to explore her artistic endeavors through her acting and video art work.

 

Spin | 3 min 40 sec.
Artist: Elena Knox

Synopsis:
“Spin” explores the practice in exotic nightclubs of nyotaimori, wherein fresh food is served on a naked body. It imagines a surreal transposition of the fetishized stripper into the fetishized role of exotic fish. As her clients eat, the woman-platter absorbs the energy of the (dead) fish that adorn her limbs. She comes to life, jolting into consciousness on the edge of a cliff, where her constrained fish-dance culminates in an ambivalent suicide/self-rescue.

Bio:
Elena Knox is a media and performance artist. She is a research fellow in Intermedia Art and Science at Waseda University, Tokyo, and affiliate artist with Australia’s National Institute for Experimental Arts. She co-directs production house Lull Studios, and her projects are nominated for multiple awards, most recently the Australian Art Music Awards. Knox’s media artworks have been presented in premiere venues in New York, Cologne, Berlin, Athens, Hong Kong, Plovdiv, Frankfurt, Milan, Aberystwyth, London, Sydney, Melbourne and Cairo. 

Sleeping with the Devil | 23 min 34 sec.
Artist: Alisa Yang

Synopsis:
Based on a recorded Skype exorcism and found footage, the filmmaker confronts her past growing up in the Evangelical prophetic and deliverance ministry.

Bio:
Alisa Yang is a multidisciplinary artist and independent filmmaker. She received her BFA from Art Center of Design in 2009 and MFA from Interdisciplinary Arts at the University of Michigan in 2016. Her practice is rooted in collage across medium; from two-dimensional works to video installations, her work explores themes of language, cultural identity, memory, and sexuality. Her work has been shown at Riverside Art Museum, Orange County Center of Contemporary Arts, and New Mexico Museum of Art with reviews in LA Times, Hyperallergic, and Huffington Post. Her recent film, PLEASE COME AGAIN won the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Golden Reel Award, and SLEEPING WITH THE DEVIL won Best Regional Filmmaker Award at Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Your Approval is Not Essential | 11 min 49 sec. 
Artist: Leen Michiels

Synopsis:
When a chance supermarket encounter unlocks untapped passion in an ordinary woman, her grey life quickly goes into sensory overload. “Your Approval is Not Essential” sheds a colorful, whimsical light on what happens when you let go of your inhibitions and – out of the blue – start embracing life’s quirky pleasures. 

Bio:
“Your Approval is Not Essential” is Leen Michiels’ first short movie. She lives in Brussels and works as an independent documentary-maker for Belgian television channels. After filming “the real world” for years, Michiels wanted to create a world and explore fiction in all its colorful being. Michiels loved the idea of finally leaving reality behind and creating a world where everything is possible. Michiels developed a passion for incorporating body language and dancing in film while the narrative is the focus. This time a story of freedom – or madness – is told.

THEP | 5 min.
Artist: Kannan Arunasalam

Synopsis:
This is a short movie about Thep – a mild-mannered surgeon in a storefront clinic in Bangkok who gives people the bodies they’ve always wanted. He almost never sleeps or eats, and he keeps his mobile by his side always. Until, like, yesterday, he’d never heard of Caitlyn Jenner. He’s glad the rest of the world is finally catching up.

Bio:
Kannan is a British Sri Lankan documentary filmmaker. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The New Yorker, AOL Originals, in addition to broadcasts on BBC and Al Jazeera English. His films have screened at international film festivals and art museums, including Seattle South Asian Film Festival (2015); Neuberger Museum of Art, N.Y. (2014); Rubin Museum of Art, N.Y.C. (2015); and selected for Film South Asia’s Travelling Film Festivals (2011, 2013, 2015). Kannan is a director at the Los Angeles based production company, Stateless Media that produces its signature shortreals for online platforms. In 2013, he was awarded best documentary short for Kerosene (16 mins) at the Seattle South Asian International Documentary Festival and the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation’s best documentary short prize for The Story of One (19 mins).

Degrees of Doneness | 3 min 51 sec.
Artist: James Lees

Synopsis:
Human beings have always had a complex relationship to tanning—from the lead-powdered faces of Elizabethan England, through to the plucked and preened vision of ’80s beachside beauty, to the fake-bake culture of today’s reality TV. An extreme, infomercial-inspired examination of the beauty phenomenon.

Bio:
After a childhood in theatre James transferred his skills to film, shooting his very first short – The Apology Line – to much acclaim and numerous best film awards, a European Film Academy Award nomination and official selection at over 50 festivals worldwide including Sundance. Two more award winning short films followed (Pockets was named one of the top ten short documentaries ever made by the UK’s Channel 4) after which he signed to the prestigious Warp Films. This soon led to representation in the States with Doomsday Entertainment and music videos for some of the world’s biggest and most respected artists with his various videos for OneRepublic, Justin Bieber, Lil Dicky and Bloc Party et al amassing 3 billion views collectively. In advertising James has helmed extensive commercial and is a regular contributor to the fashion, art and culture online platform Nowness. Ending, James’ latest short film funded by Creative Scotland and Creative England is being released in 2017 as James develops his first feature for production.

 

Four Play – Blue, Water, Table, Cello | 4 min 43 sec.
Artist: Sarah Kershaw

Synopsis:
A woman sits alone writing music. As her imagination leads to deeper inspiration, her music and her sexual imagination intertwine. 
This is the first of a series of films by amatory artist, musician and filmmaker Sarah Kershaw for her blog ‘PLAY ON’. skno1.tumblr.com 
To collaborate with her followers she asked them to send in four suggestions; a colour, an object, a piece of furniture and a soundtrack; to use as inspiration to explore explicit sexual imagery and expression on film.

Bio:
“Four Play – Blue, Water, Table, Cello” is Sarah Kershaw’s first experimental film.  Kershaw is also an actress and musician; currently she is a member of “The Irrepressibles” and stars in the 2017 feature film “Euphoryya.”  Kershaw first became interested in creating work inspired by sex about three years ago when she became intrigued as to why there was not much of it out there that appealed to her personally. She first began as an erotic model as a way to approach bringing change to the genre. She now has a decent following on her blog PLAY ON; a very honest and personal account of her own sexuality as well as musings on the subject in general. She is passionate about the possibilities available in the genre of erotic film and takes particular inspiration from how music can inform the erotic imagination and hopes to explore this further in her future filmmaking. 

Two | 1 min 22 sec.
Artist: Tamara Hansen

Synopsis:
This short film is about the relationship of two girls.

Bio:
Tamara Hansen is a German director and photographer, specializing in fashion and beauty, based in New York. Her work is colorful, flashy, otherworldly and bizarre, but captures the subject of the picture in a beautiful way. In 2016, she received a Fulbright Scholarship for the US. She’s a member of BFF Germany, and her work has been exhibited at Parallex Art Fair in London in 2016, at the Photo Weekend in Dusseldorf in 2017 and at Fast Retailing Headquarters in New York City in 2017. Her work has also been published in Foto Hits, Men’s Health Malaysia, Kaltblut Magazine, Basic Magazine, Blickfang dbf, Switch Magazine, Judas Magazine, and more.

 

The 3rd Woman | 1 min 53 sec.
Artist: Benjamin Nicolas

Synopsis:
If you look at yourself too much, you lose yourself.  A story of Narcissus dived into the fashion industry.  

Bio:
First actor, then photographer and cinematographer, Benjamin Nicolas, represented by Satellite my love, is now a fully accomplished music video, advertising, documentary, and fashion film director.  It is by exploring every genre out there that Nicolas discovered his attraction to fashion films, a genre that offered him creative liberty and allowed him to experiment until he found his signature style within it.  The 3rd Woman represents the centerpiece of his series of fashion films.   

Nothing a Little Soap and Water Can’t Fix | 9 min 15 sec.
Artist: Jennifer Proctor

Synopsis:
In films, as in life, the bathtub is often considered a private space for women – a place not only to groom, but to relax, to think, to grieve, to be alone, to find sanctuary. For Hollywood, though, it’s also a place of naked vulnerability, where women narratively placed in harm’s way have no escape.
Using appropriated movies, this experimental found footage work deconstructs the representations of women in this domestic space as historically framed in popular film. 

Bio:
Proctor is a filmmaker, media artist, and Associate Professor of Journalism and Screen Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Andy Wooff’s Birthday | 7 min 14 sec.
Artist: William Bentley

Synopsis:
Andy Wooff has been stuck in a cycle for nearly 4 decades: rest, pan-handle, shoot up heroin and repeat.
Today is his 51st birthday. He reflects on the culmination of his life thus far, memories of family and what could have been, a cacophony in his own mind.

Bio:
William Bentley lives and work in the United States. He recently studied for an MFA in Social Documentary at the School Of Visual Arts. 

KOKOKO!: Tokoliana | 3 min 38 sec.
Artist: Markus Hofko

Synopsis: “Images were shot during a Pygmy ritual called ‘Wale,’ which occurs when a woman gives birth to her first child. This is a maternal rite of passage in which first-time mothers must follow strict rules of seclusion to protect their newborns and elevate the status of their families. We chose to focus on Pygmies as they are the underdogs of Congolese society, pillaged by lumber companies and despised by many in the country. The condition of the Pygmies embodies the whole of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s ordeal—daily struggle and a life with corporate greed—reflected in KOKOKO!’s song title ‘Tokoliana,’ which means “We are eating each other” in Lingala.

Bio:
German born multitalent Markus Hofko has been creatively active for most of his life. After his studies of Communication Design in Augsburg, Germany he worked at several design studios as a graphic designer and art director. Seeking for independence and a change of scenery he moved to Auckland, New Zealand in 2007. From here he has been working independently as a designer and director for local and international clients in the fields of art, culture, music and advertising. His diverse activities range from video productions, photography and graphic design to stage productions and music. Markus’ focus lies in conceptual image making and experimental narrative.
He created several illustrations for Wired magazine (US), The Atlantic (US), Becks, Adidas and more and directed visually outstanding music videos for musicians such as Flying Lotus, Kid Moxie, Gojira, Opeth, Safia and Débruit (for whom he also developed an interactive live projection show.)

248 | 11 min 37 sec.
Artist: Leonardo Corallini

Synopsis:
248 is a visual poem translating the authentic story of the protagonist, all through staging a lyrical narrative, both syncopated and evocative – similar to a poem. 
Whatever you see in the film is real. From the mother to the son, ex-wife to the brother, the exterior and the interior of the house, daughter to the best friend, plus the voices and relationship behaviors. All this gives the film both a sense of strength and fragility. All shooting was designed to present a raw adaptation of Massimo’s life, but nonetheless a complete and intergrated vision of it. 
The film title “248” represents the 248 seconds Massimo spends deep beneath the sea without access to oxygen. The act of freediving is Massimo’s passion which the authors later took as the metaphorical inspiration for the film. 
In this tale of emotional apnea Massimo looks inside: the shortness of breath and the absence of a project which gives meaning to time. Perhaps it’s time to take a break. Anxiety mounts. Massimo holds his breath and dives. On the seabed he recalls the significant events of his life and looks to the future, the horizon is not far away. Perhaps it’s possible to enjoy the moment. Massimo re-emerges from the bottom and takes a breath.

Bio: 
Leonardo Corallini studied at Politecnico in Milan and attended lessons of sculpture and video-making at the Art student league in New York. Recipient of a scholarship from Les Ateliers Paris E.N.S.C.I, he improved his knowledge of video-making and then moved to Berlin to study video art in the Visual Communication department of the Hochschule der Kunste. His work is based on a constant research on the experimental languages and techniques of contemporary portrait.

Dear Beloved (Series) | 6 min 21 sec.
Artist: Orkhan Huseynov

Synopsis:
This video contains 2 stories that visualize 2 scam emails from Huseynov’s “scam emails collection” that he received during 2016. The goals of those letters are similar to each other and clearly aimed at getting the personal data of the receiver. However, the elaboration of the narratives and the often beautiful written stories are convincing and give the reader a feeling of being personally addressed and thus involved. 
The text and grammar of the original letters were untouched.

Bio:
Orkhan Huseynov currently lives and works in Baku. He graduated from the Faculty of Ceramic Design at A. Azimzadeh State Art College in Baku in 1995, and from the Faculty of Ceramic Design at Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Art in 1999. He received his Master’s degree in 2000 from the Faculty of Art History and Theory at Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art in Baku. He uses a wide range of materials and media, creating thought-provoking, ironic gestures that are often subverting and de-constructing political-cultural narratives in Azerbaijan. He works in the fields of installation, painting and video.

Mexico City Punks | 3 min 8 sec.
Artist: John Merizalde

Synopsis:
“When I was a teenager, my dad showed me a movie about drug-dealing punks in Medellín called Rodrigo D: No Future. It left a huge impact. One of the things that always stuck with me was that this British subculture, punk, had been exported and integrated into Latin American countries.  We focused on Mexico City because it has arguably the biggest modern punk scene in all of the Americas. There’s an open punk flea market downtown every Saturday and an astounding amount of punk shows, bands and venues. Punk is everywhere there. It’s not just about the music or fashion. I think part of the reason you see punk more prominently here is because Mexicans, in general, are more socially conscious of corruption and work together in more collectivist ways to combat it. To the punks in Mexico, the scene is way more than just aesthetics. It’s a support system for the working class.”

Bio:
John Merizalde is an LA-based writer and director. Originally hailing from Atlanta, John dropped out of college to pursue filmmaking on his own terms. Growing up in the South shaped much of his aesthetic, pushing him towards shining a light on stories and subjects that are often overlooked. His work has been featured on Vimeo Staff Picks over ten times, as well as publications such as the BBC, The Atlantic, Nowness, Dazed, OnePointFour, Short of the Week, and more.

 

Oporavak | 4 min 40 sec.
Artist: Charlie Tweed

Synopsis:
“Oporovak” proposes a methodology for what it calls “information recovery” and the solving of “integrity problems.” Taking its inspiration from data recovery solutions and the language of achieving “complete visibility” via forms of HD technology and big data, the film is part alternative software training video and part the voice of a subversive hybrid machine. It takes the intent of information restoration into a new context with its apparent ability to manipulate all sorts of digital and non-digital materials via its sentient interface and performative actions which apparently can operate at molecular level. The film utilizes the voice of an unreliable narrator which acts to draw the viewer in and raise their awareness of inbuilt human desires for clarity and visibility. It also attempts to make the viewer aware of the affective content and remixing tools that are constantly used to manipulate their senses within post-internet culture and does this by exposing software tools and revealing video effects that are being used. The final section of the film looks towards a “sensing mechanism” that has the functionality to manipulate and alter any type of visual material at its source and the capability of connecting with and manipulating the subconscious of its viewers.

Bio:
Charlie Tweed is an artist and academic based in Bristol. He is currently a lecturer in Digital Media and Culture at Bath Spa University. He has an MFA in Art Practice from Goldsmiths, London and an MA in Digital Media from Oxford Brookes University. He is currently completing his Arts and Humanities Research Council funded PhD at Kingston University where he is developing a large-scale video installation titled The Signal and The Rock.

xxxxxxx | 13 min 31 sec.
Artist: Liliana Colombo

Synopsis:
A tarot card reading as a starting point. 
A disruptive relationship as a point. 
Translation of the cards’ symbols to a joint. 
Of the domestic exploration for finding my voice.

Bio:
Liliana Colombo (b. Gallarate, Italy) lives and works in London. 
She studied and practiced ballet for over 15 years at the Accademia Proscaenium in Italy and at the Académie de Danse Classique Grace Kelly in France under the direction of Russian ballet dancer Marika Besobrasova, performing in various national and international theatres. 
Liliana holds a BA in Media Communication Studies from IULM University of Milan and an MA in Experimental Film from Kingston University London. 

The Was | 13 min 40 sec.
Artist: Soda_Jerk

Synopsis:
A sample-based video for now, about the time before now. Part experimental film, part music video and concept album, “The Was” is the collaborative meeting of Australian sample artists Soda_Jerk and The Avalanches. Constructed from over a hundred rotoscoped film samples, “The Was” is a de/tour de/force through the neighborhoods of collective memory.

Bio:
Formed in Sydney in 2002, Soda_Jerk is a 2-person art collective that approaches sampling as an alternate form of history-making. Working at the intersection of documentary and speculative fiction, their archival practice has taken the form of video installations, cut-up texts, screensavers and lecture performances. Soda_Jerk are based in New York where their work was recently shown in a dedicated program at Anthology Film Archives. They have collaborated with Australian collectives The Avalanches and VNS Matrix, and exhibited work in museums, cinemas and festivals. Soda_Jerk are the recipients of the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission and will premiere their new film Terror Nullius at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in 2018.

Ruby | 1 min 13 sec.
Artist: Emma Allen

Synopsis:
An animated self-portrait exploring the idea of rebirth and illustrating the transfer of energy from one incarnation to another. Allen painted this stop frame animation on herself over 5 days, using some face paints, a mirror and a camera.

Bio:
Emma Allen resides between Sri Lanka and London, where she was born and raised. She’s an internationally recognized artist that is entirely self-taught, and produces work in a broad range of different mediums. A maker at heart who combines painting, body-painting, animation, sculpture, sewing and even light in her work. Despite such breadth, her work has a clear focus on the human condition, and how it interacts with nature. She’s best known for her body-paint animation work which has been exhibited all over the world, received millions of views online, and press coverage in both print and online and featured as a TV news story in 12 countries. Her work manages to combine critical acclaim with mainstream appeal, attracting audiences in many countries around the world. Allen is not afraid to tackle big issues with her work and through the course of it has helped a number of charities, worked with refugees, prisoners and founded her own arts charity for disadvantaged children in Sri Lanka.

The Duel | 5 min 50 sec.
Artist: Sean David Christensen

Synopsis:
A sixteen-year-old girl must save her younger brother from the dangerous reality of their father’s sudden mental breakdown.

Bio:
Sean David Christensen is an artist who works in animation, illustration and experimental documentary. As both a filmmaker and graphic designer, his work has been featured at the San Francisco International Film Festival, New Hampshire Film Festival, Hi/Lo Film Festival, Tacoma Film Festival, Atlanta Underground Film Festival, the Nevada City Film Festival, Phoenix Film Festival, Little Big Shots: Australian International Animation Festival, Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival & the Sony Pictures Wet Paint Animation Festival.  His documentaries have been seen at the Angelika Film Center, Film Independent: Los Angeles, Phoenix Art Museum, dA Center for the Arts, Arizona State University Art Museum & LUX Scotland. Online, his artwork & design has been featured on Buzzfeed, The A.V. Club, Gawker, Fandor, Boing Boing and his animated documentary The Sandwich Movie was named a Vimeo Staff Pick in 2010. On television, his work has been shown on PBS.
Christensen lives and works in Phoenix and Los Angeles.

A Hard World for Little Things | 1 min 46 sec.
Artist: Sonja Bertucci

Synopsis:
Inspired by Charles Laughton’s “The Night of the Hunter,” the film foregrounds the uncanny nature of toys, showing how the imagination can become saturated with violence in objects of childhood.

Bio:
Sonja Bertucci is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and scholar. She has an MFA in Film and Video from California Institute of the Arts as well as a PhD in French Literature and Film Studies from UC Berkeley. Originally from France, she has taught at numerous institutions of higher learning in the US (including UC Berkeley, Duke University, Miami University, and Concordia College).  In dialogue with her academic research, her films take a poetic-experimental approach to documentary filmmaking and have focused so far on the question of ephemerality, representations of grief and loss, and the struggle for personal and communal survival within a web of geopolitical events that diminish possibilities for agency. Her first feature-length documentary entitled Stranger from Within, a personal and political film about Serbian culture in Kosovo, which screened at the RedCat Theater in Los Angeles and won the Special Jury Award at Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival in May 2015.

The Performance | 7 min 53 sec.
Artist: Miao Hao

Synopsis:
A story about a starving artist who faints on the ground at a gallery opening reception. Unexpectedly, no one in the gallery helps him out but enjoys watching his fainting in an absurd way.

Bio:
Born and Raised in Beijing, China, Miao Hao currently lives in New York where she attends the School of Visual Arts with the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship. Concentrating on directing and editing, she is also interested in blending different art forms in her works.

Home Alone | 2 min.
Artist: Adi Halfin

Synopsis:
Featuring the Bat Sheva Dance Company ensemble, this short film imparts an atmosphere of “parental absence” as the dancers make creative use of the space – an abandoned building, combining planned and improvised choreography.

Bio:
Adi Halfin is a graduate cum laude of the Sam Speigel Film School in Jerusalem, where she directed 3 shorts – two of which participated in the prestigious Cannes and Berlinale film festivals. Her films have toured in many festivals around the world and have won several prizes. 
Since graduating Adi has been working with film, television and commercials in both directorial and production positions. She now divides her life between Tel-Aviv and Berlin, writing two feature films, directing music videos and commercials and working on future dance projects. 

Vakuum | 1 min 53 sec. 
Artist: Maria Burns

Synopsis:
Growing up within a generation having to face the idea that there is no God led me to create the piece entitled VAKUUM. So far, I have not found a substitute that might fill the void left behind by the absence of a God. It is a vacuum that most don’t even identify with nor understand, yet frenetically try to fill with the help of modern technology, using electronic gadgets or social media to provide a sort of satisfaction through instant gratification. In 1882, Nietzsche declared that “God is Dead” at a time when no one was ready to hear it. Some may be able to relate to it today, and I wonder how they handle the challenge of being human. Nietzsche saw the challenge of being human in the following way. He spoke of the human condition as being “zwischen Tier und Übermensch”, that is being between animal and superman. And the challenge of the human condition is: What do you make out of your endowment as an animal and how far can you go towards the journey of becoming god? This question is the structural backbone of the video. An animal led by his drives, will simply follow the drawings of life. A human, however, is capable of fighting life. A human has the capacity to think for himself and now that God is dead, no longer needs to live according to values that are not his. A human now can become the creator of his own values.

Bio:
Born and raised in Switzerland, Maria Burns completed her sensible study of psychology at Berne University before moving to Brooklyn to pursue photography. While studying at the International Center of Photography in NYC, Maria began exploring human nature through image. Maria found her niche combining her newfound art with her love of psychology, creating work that attempts to understand how modern social dogmas affect perception and behavior. With her first short film, TENDANCE BRUTE, followed by others, Maria brings her defined aesthetic sense into the motion world.

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