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2009 Migrating Forms: Official Lineup

By Mike Everleth ⋅ March 26, 2009

Migrating Forms has released the list of films screening at their first ever event, which will run April 15-19 at the Anthology Film Archives. Picking up where the New York Underground Film Festival left off, Migrating Forms’ co-directors Nellie Killian and Kevin McGarry have programmed a fest that appears to be more tightly focused on the experimental filmmaking side of underground film. It’s a very intriguing lineup.

Some of the highlights include new work by longtime established experimental filmmakers like Owen Land, Barbara Hammer, Cecelia Condit, Naomi Uman and Bradley Eros as well as modern heavy hitters like Jim Finn, Kevin Jerome Everson, Robert Todd, Kent Lambert, Shana Moulton, Stephanie Barber and more. Plus, there are several specially curated events by filmmaker Bradley Eros, screening spaces MonkeyTown and 16beaver and the return of NYUFF’s popular Tube Time found footage tournament, which will include the participation of former NYUFF director Ed Halter.

The lineup below doesn’t have the usually descriptions I give for films. Since many of the films sound very experimental in nature and I haven’t seen them, I don’t want to misrepresent what they’re about. For more info on the films, please visit the official Migrating Forms site and /or follow the links I’ve included for films and filmmakers I could find reference to online.

April 15
8:00 p.m.: Dialogues, dir. Owen Land

April 16
6:30 p.m.: The City of Production, dir. Laurent Gutierrez & Valérie Portefaix

6:45 p.m.: “Only You”
The Citizens, dir. Kevin Jerome Everson
Eros c’est Lamour, dir. Bradley Eros
All Through the Night, dir. Michael Robinson
Annie Lloyd, dir. Cecelia Condit
Telethon, dir. Kevin Jerome Everson
Passing, dir. Robert Todd

7:45 p.m.: Impolex, dir. Alex Ross Perry (Read the underground movie review)

8:00 p.m.: DDR/DDR, dir. Amie Siegel

9:30 p.m.: Canary, dir. Alejandro Adams

10:30 p.m.: & 11:30 p.m.: MonkeyTown presents “Darkroom Karthik Pandian”

April 17
6:30 p.m.: China Town, dir. Lucy Raven

6:45 p.m.: “Living Large”
Developer, dir. Karthik Pandian
Resonance, dir. Karel De Cock
12 Explosions, dir. Johann Lurf
Dogs of Straw, dirs. Yin-Ju Chen & James T. Hong
Great Man and Cinema, dir. Jim Finn
The Unseen, dir. Pavel Medvedev

7:45 p.m.: Goshogaoka, dir. Sharon Lockhart

8:00 p.m.: “Land and Sea”
The Diving Women of Jeju-do, dir. Barbara Hammer
Unnamed Film (from Ukrainian Time Machine series), dir. Naomi Uman

9:00 p.m.: 7915 KM, dir. Nikolaus Geyrhalter

9:45 p.m.: “VOID for FILM”
programmed by Bradley Eros
A 7-hour marathon of imageless cinema and performance. “A range of works beyond abstraction, from the filmless to the projectorless, all without images. Zero degree cinema, past and present.” (BE) Ten new, live or rare works by: Baker, Brand, Eros, Fitzgibbon, Gibson/Recoder, Jacobs, McCall, Perkins, Sanborn, Seven. Plus ten classics.

April 18
12:30 p.m.: The Factory of Gestures, dir. Oksana Bulgakowa

3:15 p.m.: e-flux “video rental”
introduced by Anton Vidokle
Video art by Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Michel Auder, Wilson Diaz, Jakup Ferri, Jorge Macchi, Diego Perrone, Jozef Robakowski, Corinna Schnitt, Superflex

3:30 p.m.: California Company Town, dir. Lee Anne Schmitt

4:30 p.m.: “Temporary Positions”
sutro, dir. Jeanne Liotta
Riverbed, dir. Robert Todd
Jerk, dir. Stom Sogo
My Temporary Visiting Position from the Sunset Terrace Bar, dir. Carlo Zanni
Horizontal Boundaries, dir. Pat O’Neil

5:00 p.m.: e-flux presents “Khiam Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige”
introduced by Anton Vidokle

5:45 p.m.: “Silent Traditions”
The Last Silent Movie, dir. Susan Hiller
Without Books Life Would Have Been Very Poor, dir. Eva Linder
zasto ne govorim srpski (na srpskom), dir. Phil Collins

6:15 p.m.: What Manner of Person Art Thou?, dir. Erin Cosgrove

7:15 p.m.: “Mixed and Maxed”
The Peace Tape, dir. Jacob Ciocci
Edge TV with Animal Charm, dir. Animal Charm
Condensed Movie #2, dir. Kent Lambert
Oh, That’s Wonderful, dir. Aaron Valdez
Motor Post Motor Band Disband, dir. Erika Vogt
Still Untitled, dir. Oliver Laric
0% Down, dir. Josephine Meckseper
False Adaptation, dir. Phillip Gerson

8:00 p.m.: Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, dir. Jessica Oreck (Read the underground movie review)

8:30 p.m.: “Conjurer Visit”
Sand Saga, dir. Shana Moulton
the visit and the play, dir. Stephanie Barber
Somethings Gonna Soon, dir. EMR
Black Oval White, dir. Sabine Gruffat
Transmissions, dir. Grey Gersten
The Ancient Set, dir. Steve Claydon
Untitled RPG, dir. JD Walsh
What If?, dirs. Darrin Martin and Torsten Zenas Burns
Untitled (super-8s), dir. Jacob Ciocci & Shana Moulton

10:00 p.m.: “Tube Time!”
Teams headed by Michelle Collins (Best Week Ever!), Ben Coonley (artist), Ed Halter (Light Industry), and Joe Mande (comedian) square off with the freakiest videos as decided by audience applause. Hosted by Gabe Liedman.

April 19
1:15 p.m.: Hotel Diaries 1-8, dir. John Smith

2:30 p.m.: 16beaver presents “an open screening”

3:00 p.m.: Final Thoughts, Series One, dir. Steve Reinke

4:00 p.m.: Bidoun presents Moghollha (The Mongols), dir. Parviz Kimiavi

4:45 p.m.: “Mature Audiences”
My Happy Family, dir. Nina Schwanse
Carol Anne Is Dead, dir. Michael Robinson
Boy/Analysis, dir. Steve Reinke
Infinite Doors, dir. Takeshi Murata
The House That Herman Built, dir. Jackie Sumell and Herman Wallace
Somewhere only we know, dir. Jesse McLean
Court TV Unknown, dir. Eileen Maxson
Silverplay, dir. Stom Sogo
Novel City, dir. Leslie Thornton
Crazy and Freaky, dir. Jesse Hulcher

6:00 p.m.: Ponytail, dir. Barry Doupé

6:15 p.m.: “Day by Day”
Origin of the Species, dir. Ben Rivers
A Necessary Music, dir. Beatrice Gibson
Minot, North Dakota, dirs. Angelika Brudniak & Cynthia Madansky
Kalendar, dir. Naomi Uman

8:00 p.m.: The Earth Is Young, dir. Michael Gitlin. This documentary visits with the Young Earth Creationists, who believe the world was literally created in six days and is only 6,000 years old.

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