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

Cap off your festival experience with this year’s bleeding edge of cinema, featuring experimental documentaries, personal histories, and unexpected animation. Encounter filmmaking outside the bounds of tradition with a delightful slate of international and domestic avant-garde short films.



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Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant Garde

Sensual Pill

Directed by: Sam3

Greece, 2021, 4m

Travel the world during a global pandemic, using animated Google Earth satellite images.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant Garde

Up Close

Directed by: Sam Gurry

USA, 2022, 3m

A tactile exploration of earthly hungers, using animated domestic objects, from the director of “Winner’s Bitch” (FFF 2019).

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant Garde

On Time Off Time

Directed by: Hirotoshi Iwasaki

Japan, 2021, 9m

Segmented animation sequences create a juxtaposition of movement, continuity, and fluctuation.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant Garde

Ever Wanting (For Margaret Chung)

Directed by: Tina Takemoto

USA, 2022, 6m

Inspired by San Francisco’s first Chinese-American female physician, a found-footage film from the director of “Wayward Emulsions” (FFF 2019) that envisions the euphoria and despair of Margaret Chung.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant Garde

Bite Mark Evidence

Directed by: Daniel Watkins

USA, 2021, 3m

During Ted Bundy’s trial for the murder of Lisa Levy, a highly controversial forensic technique gained national prominence.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant Garde

We Had Each Other

Directed by: Kelly Gallagher

USA/Ireland, 2021, 15m

Sisterhood and solidarity among Irish Republican  POWs during their no-wash protest of British colonialism.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant Garde

Impulse

Directed by: Radhiah Ibrahim

USA/Malaysia, 2022, 6m

Pixilation, stop motion, and 2D animation portray a journey towards accepting the difficult emotions that make us human.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant Garde

Difficult Donuts

Directed by: Trevon Jakaar Coleman

USA, 2022, 6m

A film about collective and personal memory and navigating surrogate spaces.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant Garde

Beef

Directed by: Brendon Kingsbury and Sean Webley

USA, 2022, 13m

Some cows don’t need to jump to make it over the moon.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant Garde

Planktonium

Directed by: Jan van IJken

Netherlands, 2021, 15m

Journey into a secret universe, invisible to the naked eye, inhabited by microscopic plankton.