Short Cuts VII: Space Time Being
Co-presented with the Northwest Film Center
1219 SW Park Avenue
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About This Screening
Parallel universes, bi-location, autohypnosis, alternate dimensions, and past lives. Taking a cue from filmmaker Basma Alsharif in discussing her new film Deep Sleep, mental movement between these imagined, physical, or psychological spaces is also at the core of the cinematic experience. For the 39th annual Portland International Film Festival, Cinema Project presents an evening of short videos that explores the resonance of space and how one can be in two places at once. The program is bookended by two films shot on the same beach in Southern Morocco: In Shezad Dawood’s Towards the Possible Film is a hazy golden dream where blue-skinned astronauts emerge from the ocean waves, while in Ben Rivers’s A Distant Episode another view is unveiled that is newly mysterious and fragmentary via grainy black-and-white imagery. In between, is a “hypnosis-inducing pan-geographic shuttle” between modern sites of ruin in Deep Sleep; abstract images made from concrete ones and visualized as a strangely familiar shimmering portal of gradually changing colors in Makino Takashi’s Cinema Concret; heavily-processed video footage from 1980s and early 1990s awards ceremonies laid beneath the prophetic ramblings of an unseen narrator in Michael Robinson’s Mad Ladders; and beneath the pops of fireworks and rhythmic mechanical hums is a shuttling between two temporal realities in the collaboratively-made Bunte Kuh from Ryan Ferko, Parastoo Anoushahpour, and Faraz Anoushahpour.
Advanced tickets can be purchased through the NW Film Center ticketing site.
Towards the Possible FilmMorocco/UK, 2014, HD video, color, sound, 20 min.
by Shezad Dawood
Deep SleepGreece/Malta/Palestinian Territory, 2014, HD video, color, sound, 13 min.
by Basma Alsharif
Cinema ConcretJapan, 2015, DCP, color, sound, 25 min.
by Makino Takashi
Mad LaddersUS, 2015, HD video, color, sound, 10 min.
by Michael Robinson
Bunte KuhCanada/Germany, 2015, HD video, color, sound, 5.5 min.
by Ryan Ferko, Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour
A Distant EpisodeUK, 2015, HD video, b&w, sound, 18 min.
by Ben Rivers
Screenings This Season
Note to Self: Psychosexual Films of Nazli Dinçel Feb. 23
Short Cuts VII: Space Time Being Mar. 5 + 6
Dirty Looks: First Three Years + Hardcore Home Movies Apr. 8
Black Cinema 1: Image and Mirage, Meaning and Identity Apr. 25
A Super 8 Odyssey: Films of David Domingo May. 22
Who are US Tour 2016: Observations from the 21st Century American Road Jun. 17
Down a Hard Hole