BIFF Shorts: Experimental

Screening w/ Filmmaker Q&A

Exciting, avant-garde expressions, essays and reflections. (104 minutes total runtime) Various filmmakers in attendance for Q&A.

Love Song on Liberty Crossing, Sophie Hamacher (Dir.), 11 minutes, USA, 2018

The Staten Island Ferry becomes a place of contemplation as filmmaker Sophie Hamacher reflects on motherhood, geography, language and culture.

Teddy Roosevelt and Fracking, Pamela Falkenberg & Jack Cochran (Dir.), 30 minutes, USA, 2018

Teddy Roosevelt’s writings on landscape and conservation are juxtaposed against current rural landscapes in North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana, in Pamela Falkenberg & Jack Cochran’s visual essay.

Look Around You, Lauren Cook (Dir.), 3 minutes, USA, 2018

His end is her beginning in Lauren Cook’s captivating narrative remix.

Service Industry, Annette Daniels Taylor (Dir.), 6 minutes, USA, 2018

A poetic documentary exploring African-Americans’ past experiences within America’s moving images with music.

Kansas Ice Storm, Tiffany Deater (Dir.), 8 minutes, USA, 2018

A visual essay that explores existence, longing and the limits of human knowledge.

165708, Josephine Massarella (Dir.), 7 minutes, USA, 2018

Exploring the capacity of the film medium to express various notions of time, 165708 uses 16MM in-camera techniques and hand-painted imagery as a semiotic point of inquiry.

Screenings: Ann Arbor

Fragments 83, Richard Millen & Corentin Koskas (Dirs.), 19 minutes, USA, 2018

A personal memoir repurposing past footage as the filmmaker explores the hunt for sex and love in the early days of the AIDS crisis in Brooklyn and the West Village.

Screenings: Ann Arbor

Sonic Scores, Laurie Kwasnik (Dir.), 6 minutes, Canada, U.S. Premiere, 2018

A visual and sonic tapestry of a sound-singing performance by Nobuo Kubota. Kwasnik’s visual layering becomes an experiential corollary to Kubota’s unique improvisations, which incorporate looping techniques in combination with his live ’singing’.

Two Cats and Two Pianos, Laurie Kwasnik (Dir.) 11 minutes, Canada, U.S. Premiere, 2018

A rigorously structured film composition that retains the richness of two free-improvisational performances. Featuring duet piano with Michael Snow and Casey Sokol and a duet analog synth performance by Michael Snow and Mani Mazinani.

BIFF Offscreen: Michael Snow Plays Piano in Buffalo follows immediately afterward at Burchfield Penney Art Center at 3:15PM

Love Song on Liberty Crossing
Teddy Roosevelt and Fracking
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