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

A shorts program of new and inexplicable adventures in cinema, this year’s collection of experimental films offers poetry, technical innovation, documentary, humor, and existential journeys to the edges of human consciousness. Discover what’s new in the world of avant-garde film and video. Warning: Strobing image.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Vertigo A.I.

Directed by: Chris Peters

USA, 2020, 6m

An artificial intelligence (A.I.) computer watched Vertigo 20 times in a row, and then it made its own disturbing movie.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Gazing

Directed by: Xiaoxiao Zhang

China, 2020, 4m

In Mandarin with English Subtitles

In a poetic reflection upon the twilight of her death, a woman recalls the small details that gave her life meaning.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

The Purple Video

Directed by: Halina Kliem

Germany, 2019, 5m

Loop or closing credits? “The Purple Video” explores themes of gender, sexuality, love, and social issues through a female narrative of the classical melodrama.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Borrachero

Directed by: Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea

Canada/Columbia, 2020, 8m

In English and Spanish with English Subtitles

After a job goes wrong, a woman flees to her hometown in southern Colombia. She encounters a mysterious figure, which might be the embodied spirit of an ancient plant.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Dysphoria

Directed by: Eric Butler

USA, 2019, 5m

An unknown entity struggles to recognize the self in its truest sense, from second to second, taking into account past, present, and future. Warning: strobing image.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

A Peculiar Week in My Dream Journal, May 1973

Directed by: Ryan & Rachel Betschart-Nakawatase

USA, 2019, 6m

An ode to the Beast. A feedback loop of failed promises inherited by lies. The latest from the San Diego underground mavericks behind “Zablah” (FFF 2018) and “Pudding” (FFF 2016).

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

The Other Night

Directed by: Joel Autio

Finland, 2020, 18m

Dreams and memories merge together at the moment of disappearance. Recurring visions and gestures are drawn into the void within the portrait of a dying one.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

E-Ticket

Directed by: Simon Liu

Hong Kong/USA, 2019, 13m

A film sixteen thousand splices in the making, “E-Ticket” is a frantic (re)cataloguing of a personal archive and an opportunity for rebirth of forgotten images.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

WWW {The Whale Who Wasn’t}

Directed by: Alessia Cecchet

Italy, 2018, 10m

Utilizing fragments of early educational films and animation, a sci-fi counter-narrative of subjugation and annihilation is told from a non-human perspective.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

His Eyes Behind Mine

Directed by: Ziwei Qin

USA, 2019, 6m

Based on a personal story. An emotional journey through love, sex, obsession, and violence.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Candy Shop

Directed by: Patrick Smith

USA, 2019, 2m

There are 11,926 pharmaceutical drugs available worldwide; this film shows 2,863 of them. A new film from the director of “Puppet” (FFF 2007).

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

On Color

Directed by: Hüseyin Mert Erverdi

Turkey, 2019, 3m

“Since all the colors emerged from the void of colorlessness, how could color fight with colorlessness?”

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Mate

Directed by: Chaerin Im

USA, 2019, 4m

A mating ritual on print, plate, and reflection.