In the Absence of Light, Darkness Prevails

Northwest Film Center Whitsell Auditorium | 1219 SW Park Ave Feb. 21 | 6:15 pm
From "Sea Series #10"

For the 2012 Portland International Film Festival, Cinema Project brings a program of international short film and video that thoughtfully ponders the themes of transition and darkness. In this program, we travel across seemingly disparate places by way of aesthetic association—color, sound, and texture—with works like Jonathan Scwartz's A Preface to Red, that moves from one continent to another via tunnels and visions of bright colored toys and bright white sneakers, or Sylvia Schedelbauer's Sounding Glass that brings a flood of impressions through structurally rhythmic waves of images and sound. There is also a bit of time travel, as in Ben Rivers' latest film Sack Barrow, which presents a portrait in rhythm and surface of a vanishing London-suburb plating factory established in 1931 for limbless and disabled war veterans.

February 21

  • A Preface to Red [Turkey/USA, 2010, 16mm, color, sound, 6 min.]
  • By foot-candlelight [USA, 2011, video, color, sound, 9 min.]
  • In the Absence of Light Darkness Prevails [USA, 2010, 16mm, color, sound, 13 min.]
  • Sounding Glass [Germany, 2010, video, b&w, sound, 10 min.]
  • Sack Barrow [UK, 2011, 16mm, color, sound, 21 min.]
  • Sea Series #10 [Canada, 2011, 35mm, color, silent, 10 min.]