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Filmmaker Kate Balsley And Princess

18 April 2014 10:07 AM, PDT

Kate Balsley says:

This is Princess. She was adopted from the Felines and Canines shelter in Chicago, but sadly we had to return her since my roommate was allergic. Felines and Canines is a fabulous no-kill shelter where cats are allowed to freely roam around a giant scratching-post filled room. (I am already the proud “pet parent” of two rescues from Carbondale, Illinois: Mujisa and Ursala.)

My experimental films deal with our interactions with the natural world. My narrative films are about arachnids that lurk in bathroom sinks.

Underground Film Journal says:

One of  Kate Balsley‘s short films is the wonderfully kinetic Anima Mundi, which was one of the top prize winners of the 2011 Milwaukee Underground Film Festival and is easy to see why once you watch it below.

In addition to making great films, she is also currently a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Lake Forest College in Illinois. »

- Mike Everleth

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Experimental Short Film: Carbon Surf Drawing

18 April 2014 7:00 AM, PDT

There have been extremely few — really if any — experimental short films that attempt to replicate the painterly technique of Cubism. While that may not have been the goal quite set out by Christina McPhee, she perfectly captures all elements of the ocean in a sort-of Cubist montage in her short film Carbon Surf Drawing. In this film, she explores the power, beauty and science of the water in an exciting rushing torrent of images.

Actually, this film can be described with all sorts of metaphors of ocean waves: Images crashing into each other, flowing seamlessly from one theme to the next, audio that completely washes over one’s ears, etc. Clearly inspired by the enormity and overwhelming nature of her subject, McPhee has crafted her film to mimic the ocean’s properties.

At the same time, like the previous film of hers, Tesserae-Yellow Tahiti Substation Foods 4 Less, there is also »

- Mike Everleth

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Videofag: Everyone’s A Little Queer: A Program Of Experimental Film And Video From Portland, Oregon

17 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT

April 24

8:00 p.m.


187 Augusta Avenue

Toronto, On M5T, Canada

Hosted by: Regional Support Network and Videofag

Toronto will get a little taste of the Portland, Oregon underground film scene courtesy of Regional Support Network, the screening series run by Clint Enns and Leslie Supnet. A night of short films all by Portland indie filmmakers will screen at the Videofag screening room. The lineup has been curated by animator/filmmaker Ben Popp and is listed in full below.

Included in the program are several films by Popp, including his classic Lázsló Lassu, plus work by living legend Bob Moricz, experimental film/video documentarian Julie Perini, Hannah Piper Burns, Orland Nutt, Karl Lind and many more.

Official Lineup:

Torn, dir. Qathi Hart

Entrance, dir. Stephen Slappe

Counter’s Edge, dir. Dylan McDaniel

Rocky’s Moves From The Fight Scene In Rocky, dir. Chris Freeman

Dear Peter: Yaks, dir. Orland Nutt

Dear Peter: Goats, »

- Mike Everleth

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Filmmaker Josh Weissbach And Giblet

16 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT

Josh Weissbach says:

Filmmaker Josh Weissbach (theoria, and none better than an old man, 106 River Road) sits with the first animal who ever fell in love with him, his deaf and blind cat Giblet.

Underground Film Journal says:

We were unfamiliar with Josh Weissbach‘s work up until this cat submission, but he makes beautifully photographed and composed experimental films, such as the meditative landscape film theoria, which we are embedding below.

His films have screened at many great festivals, such as the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema and Chicago’s Onion City. But, you can also watch many of his films on Vimeo. And anybody who cares for a deaf and blind kitty is aces in our book!

Plus, there’s a bonus photo of Josh and Giblet below.

More Cats: View our entire gallery of Filmmakers and Their Cats!

Submit: If you’re a filmmaker and you love your cat companion, »

- Mike Everleth

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2014 Experiments In Cinema: Official Lineup

15 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

Experiments In Cinema v9.72 is running April 14-21 at several venues across Albuquerque, New Mexico, primarily the Guild Cinema, but with satellite screenings at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Southwest Film Center.

Special Programs: On April 16, there will be a selection of short films written, produced and directed by local students through Basement Films’ youth outreach endeavor. On April 17, there will be a program, curated by Antoni Pinent, of cameraless films from Spain. On April 18, first Stephen Kent Jusick will present short films from the Mix NYC queer film festival; then Greg DeCuir, Jr. will present films from Belgrade’s Ciné-club produced between 1960 and 1980. April 19 will host another night of films from Belgrade, this time curated by Miodrag Milošević.

After Festival Night: While film screenings end on the 20th, on April 21 Gerry Fialka will lead two discussions and screening/event programs, first on contemporary documentary films and then »

- Mike Everleth

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Filmmaker Duncan Reekie And Tikky

14 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

Duncan Reekie says:

My Cat is currently named Tikky and lately he’s been waking me up by biting my face at 6am. I make all kinds of films and I also perform with film and music. Recently, my work has gone a bit abstract and psychedelic, but I’m now making a short documentary about the London Exploding Cinema Collective.

Underground Film Journal says:

We first became aware of Duncan Reekie way, way back in 2001 when he screened his collaborative film, Maldoror, at the New York Underground Film Festival. The film was ostensibly a feature-length adaptation of the controversial 19th century poetic novel in which a different filmmaker was to adapt a different chapter of the book. Some did, some made their own unrelated short film, creating a confusing and highly entertaining cinematic experience.

Duncan has been a central figure of the Exploding Cinema that he is currently making a documentary about. »

- Mike Everleth

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2014 Chicago Underground Film Festival: What I Love About Concrete & Shadow Zombie

14 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT

The two most striking narrative features at the 21st annual Chicago Underground Film Festival couldn’t have been more different, even though both do originate from the American south. One is an utterly charming teen comedy while the other is a dark, mysterious and mature drama.

What I Love About Concrete opened the fest on April 2, a strong opening night choice and an extremely impressive achievement given that the film is a debut feature by three young filmmakers from Memphis — co-writers and co-directors Alanna Stewart and Katherine Dohan, and collaborator Brett Hanover.

Also strongly contributing to the film’s terrific success is Morgan Stewart (director Stewart’s younger sister) who stars as Molly Whuppie, a teenage girl who awakens in a strange house one morning covered in bird feathers. Lying next to her in bed is a dead swan. A few hours later at school, Molly literally lays an egg »

- Mike Everleth

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