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Sat, Dec 7, 2019

Highlights From The 2019 New York Film Festival
Projections Shorts Program 2: On the Move
Co-presented by Acropolis Cinema, Film at Lincoln Center and MUBI, with additional support and funding provided by the Tadashi Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities.

The New York Film Festival’s annual Projections section presents a diverse selection of film and video works from some of the most adventurous moving-image artists in contemporary cinema. With its aim to “expand upon our notions of what the moving image can do and be,” Projections is at the forefront of bringing exciting and innovative filmmaking to U.S. audiences. Join us for a two-part program of highlights from the 2019 Projections shorts lineup, including new works by Beatrice Gibson, Tomonari Nishikawa, Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold, Ben Russell and Zachary Epcar.
Films include:

“Black Bus Stop” (2019, USA, 9 min. Dirs. Kevin Jerome Everson, Claudrena N. Harold) Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold resurrect an informal meeting ground for black students at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in the 1980s and ’90s in this ecstatic tribute. In a collaboration with members of the student body, the filmmakers stage a nocturnal celebration of this historic space through an exuberant display of choreographed song and dance.

Los Angeles Premiere! “Amusement Ride” (2019, Japan, 6 min. Dir. Tomonari Nishikawa) Tomonari Nishikawa’s latest visual sleight of hand, shot on 16mm with a telephoto lens, observes the inner workings of a Ferris wheel, locating intricate structural patterns and crosscurrents of movement from the inside of a swinging passenger car.

Los Angeles Premiere! “(tourism studies)” (2019, USA, 7 min. Dir. Joshua Gen Solondz) A selection of still and moving images captured in over half a dozen locations around the globe has been transformed into a bracing, rapidly unfolding cinematic travelogue in Joshua Gen Solondz’s lyrical film, which finds unexpected parallels and echoes among its far-flung locales.

Los Angeles Premiere! “Signal 8” (2019, Hong Kong/U.K./USA, 14 min. Dir. Simon Liu) Simon Liu’s eerie, entrancing portrait of contemporary Hong Kong tracks a series of strange disruptions to the city’s urban infrastructure. Deceptively tranquil 16mm images of everyday life are accompanied by muffled music cues, ominous radio transmissions and intimations of an impending hazardous event that may never arrive.

“Pelourinho: They Don’t Really Care About Us” (2019, Ghana, 9 min. Dir. Akosua Adoma Owusu) In 1927, W.E.B. Du Bois wrote to the U.S. Embassy of Brazil concerning the country’s discriminatory attitude toward black immigrants. Akosua Adoma Owusu conveys this correspondence through montage, juxtaposing voiceover readings of the letters, sumptuous Super-8 footage shot on the streets of Pelourinho, and interpolated images from Spike Lee’s controversial music video for Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Really Care About Us,” resulting in a film that swiftly traces nearly a century of social unrest.

“COLOR-BLIND” (2019, France, 30 min. Dir. Ben Russell) Ben Russell’s visually eclectic Super 16mm work of psychedelic ethnography surveys the history of colonialism in French Polynesia through present-day forms of ritualized dance, body art and woodworking. Shot between Brittany and the Marquesas Islands, COLOR-BLIND is guided by the spirit of post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin, whose words and art appear throughout.

75 minutes. | Screening format: digital
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian • Sat, Dec 7, 2019 • 7:30pm

Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Sat, Dec 7, 2019 - 5:00pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian