Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

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Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Total Runtime: 86 min

*Talent in attendance

 

Back by popular demand, the shorts program that will dazzle and corrupt your expectations of cinema! This collection of experimental documentary, essay, dance, found footage, and animation challenges convention with innovative techniques and imagery. Discover new films that are poetic, mystifying, and totally unique.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Hi I Need to Be Loved

Directed by: Marnie Ellen Hertzler

USA, 2018, 11m

The director (“Growing Girl,” FFF 2018) auditions Craigslist actors by reading from a collection of her spam emails. Is this poetry or malware?

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

A Study of Fly

Directed by: Cherlyn Hsing-Hsin Liu

USA, 2018, 12m

A reflection on the fly as both a living being and a metaphor for the human desire to reach beyond, using artifacts from hand-processing.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

My Daddy was a Gunman (for Madeleine)

Directed by: Jimmy Schaus

USA, 2019, 2m

Adolescent fascinations, fears, and desires are re-animated and profaned through play in front of the green screen.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Self-Portrait: Impermanence

Directed by: Nick Twardus

USA, 2019, 3.5m

Human interaction with the Florida wilderness is juxtaposed with abstract movement, creating a portrait of impermanence in the natural landscape.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Ykcowrebbaj

Directed by: Helen Hideko

Austria/Germany/India, 2019, 8m

Follow the little green bird into this looking-glass world to see a mesmerizing version of the Lewis Carroll poem “Jabberwocky.”

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Never Never Land

Directed by: Michael Fleming

Netherlands, 2018, 9m

A brutal, stunning exploration of society’s obsession with physical perfection, and the need to control and shape our bodies in the pursuit of fantasy. From FFF 2018 provocateur Michael Fleming (“The Garden of Delight”).

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Wayward Emulsions

Directed by: Tina Takemoto

USA, 2019, 4m

Oblique wanderings of emulsion lifted from reels of 35mm film capture fleeting cinematic impressions of a wayward woman.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Winner’s Bitch

Directed by: Sam Gurry

USA, 2018, 7m

Inspired by a found archive, a woman ahead of her time sacrificed herself for her profession, arguably at a cost, in this documentary by Sam Gurry (“The Biggest Wad is Mine,” FFF 2016)

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Yellow Line

Directed by: Simon Rouby

France, 2018, 15m

A flight over the desert leads to a highway; at its center, a dazzling, yellow line. Tirelessly they paint and repaint the line.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Birds in the Earth

Directed by: Marja Helander

Finland, 2018, 11m

The contradictions between nature and modernity are revealed through dance, raising deeper questions about Sámi land rights in Scandinavia.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Shalva (Tranquility)

Directed by: Danna Windsor

USA, 2018, 3m

Hebrew

Liberation of form is achieved through the pure destruction of an empty, sexualized body. A Hebrew meditation in self-defense becomes a bloody, floral abstraction.