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2011 Media City: Official Lineup

By Mike Everleth ⋅ May 20, 2011

Film festival poster featuring abstract images and film stills

Once again, in a perfect blend of Canadian and U.S. experimental film harmony, the cities of Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan are teaming up for the 17th annual Media City. It’s four nights of great experimental videos and films from all over the world that will run on May 24-28.

Special events this year include a retrospective of the work of Dutch filmmaker Jaap Pieters, which opens the fest. Pieters specializes in shooting 3-minute reel Super 8 films of the interesting people and events that pass by his apartment window, which he has been making for three decades.

There will also be a retrospective of the films of William Raban, who has been making experimental documentaries about the changing face of east London over the past 25 years. Plus, artist Silvi Simon will host a discussion of her sculptural film projections, which will be on display at the Art Gallery of Windsor.

In addition to these special events, the festival is crammed full of experimental and avant-garde short films and videos from all over the world, including Belgium, Germany, Russia and Austria. U.S. filmmakers who will be represented at the fest include Ben Russell, Kevin Jerome Everson, Michael Robinson, Robert Todd and Bruce McClure.

For more info on the festival, please visit the official Media City website. The full lineup of films screening is below:

May 24

8:00 p.m.: “Jaap Pieters: The Eye of Amsterdam”
A retrospective of the Dutch filmmaker’s 3-minute reel Super 8 films.

May 25

7:30 p.m.: “Under the Tower: Films of William Raban”
Island Race
Beating the Bridges

9:30 p.m.: “International Program 1”
Flag Mountain, dir. John Smith
Ground Control, dir. Adnan Softic
In the Absence of Light, Darkness Prevails, dir. Fern Silva
Relocation, dir. Pieter Geenen
Square and Mountain, dir. Nick Collins

May 26

6:00 p.m.: “Regional Artists Program”
Vismic Rhythm, dir. Steven Smith
A Movie by Jen Proctor, dir. Jen Proctor (Watch online)
The Natural, dir. Ted Kennedy
6-13/16, dir. Matt Rossoni
Blow Their Hearts Out, dir. Rhonda Rudnick
Aestival, dir. Chantal Vien
Anima Scripps, dir. Gary Schwartz
Northside Window, dir. Justin Langlois
From Scratch, dir. Kelsey Haas
Ride This Country, dir. Joshua Romphf
Echoes in a Shallow Bay, dir. Scott Northrup

7:30 p.m.: “International Program 2”
Forms Are Not Self-Subsistent Substances, dir. Samantha Rebello
The Matter Propounded…, dir. David Gatten
I Will Forget This Day, dir. Alina Rudnitskaya
Gutes Ende (Bliss), dir. Friedl vom Groeller
Heidi Kim at the W Hong Kong Hotel, dir. Friedl vom Groeller

9:30 p.m.: “International Program 3”
Three Portraits, dir. Ute Aurand
Between Gold, dir. Jonathan Schwartz
Envios, dir. Jeannette Munoz
Correspondence, dir. Robert Fenz

May 27

3:00 p.m.: “Filmatruc a verres: Discussion with Silvi Simon”
At the Art Gallery of Windsor, Simon will discuss her sculptural film projections.

7:30 p.m.: “International Program 4”
If I Were Buried at a Street Corner, dir. Maija Blafield
The Sole of the Foot, dir. Robert Fenz
About Now MMX, dir. William Raban

9:30 p.m.: “International Program 5”
Tobacco Shed, dir. Nicky Hamlyn
Cinematographie, dir. Philipp Fleischmann
Loutra / Baths, dir. Nick Collins
Concrete and Samples III Carrara, dir. Aglaia Konrad
Bridges: Blocks, dir. Robert Todd
Constellations, dir. Helga Fanderl

May 28

7:30 p.m.: “International Program 6”
Tokyo – Ebisu, dir. Tomonari Nishikawa
Jackson Heights, dir. Jim Jennings
Va Regarde – 2, dir. Philippe Cote
The Prichard, dir. Kevin Jerome Everson
After Morning, dir. Robert Todd
Shibuya – Tokyo, dir. Tomonari Nishikawa

9:30 p.m.: “International Program 7”
Resonance, dir. Karen Johannesen
Bouquets 11-20, dir. Rose Lowder
These Hammers Don’t Hurt Us, dir. Michael Robinson
Vice Versa Et Cetera, dir. Simon Payne
Trypps #7 (Badlands), dir. Ben Russell
Double Pipes, dir. Bruce McClure