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2012 Strange Beauty Film Festival: Official Lineup

By Mike Everleth ⋅ January 24, 2012

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The 3rd annual Strange Beauty Film Festival unspools on Feb. 16-18 with three nights, and one afternoon, of great underground short films from all over the world. The fest screens at the Man Bites Dog Theater in Durham, NC.

First, Strange Beauty’s home state of North Carolina is properly represented with several short films, such as Jim Kellough’s Red Rocks, Josh Gibson’s Kudzu Vine, Heather D. Freeman’s Pennipotens, Charlotte Taylor’s The Edge of Summer and several more.

Plus, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada is heavily represented by Leslie Supnet‘s Spectroscopy, Kevin Kelly’s 367 Years in Montreal, Aaron Zeghers has two films in the fest: I See a Light and The Story of Thomas Edison; and Winnipeg expat Clint Enns will screen Connecting With Nature. However, most exciting on the Winnipeg front is a screening of Jaimz Asmundson‘s thoroughly amazing The Magus, which was the 2nd runner up for the Underground Film Journal’s Movie of the Year. This is a must see if you’re going to the fest!

Some other highlights include a screening of Windsor McKay’s classic 1921 animated film Dream of the Rarebit Fiend: The Pet, which will be accompanied by a live score by the band Felix Obelix; Filmhistory.2, a three screen 16mm film program of early cinema footage curated by Tom Whiteside; two films by amazing animator Jodie Mack, Unsubscribe #4 and August Song; and the fest kicks off with the incredibly fun Six Hundred and Forty-One Slates by Don Swaynos, a snappy compilation of outtakes of exactly what the title says.

For more information on the fest, please visit the official Strange Beauty Film Festival. The full lineup is below:

Feb. 16

8:15 p.m.:
Six Hundred and Forty-One Slates, dir. Don Swaynos (Watch online)
One Art, dir. John Scott
A Life’s Work, dir. Adam R. Levine
Red Rocks, dir. Jim Kellough
Unsubscribe #4: The Saddest Song in the World, dir. Jodie Mack
Irma, dir. Charles Fairbanks
The Art-Qaeda Project, dir. Wei-Ming Ho
367 Years in Montreal, dir. Kevin Kelly
Spectroscopy, dir. Leslie Supnet
Kudzu Vine, dir. Josh Gibson
Another Dress, Another Button, dir. Lyn Elliot
Day of the Hominid, dir. Eva-Marie Elg
Lintu, dir. Ian McClerin
Pennipotens, dir. Heather D. Freeman

Feb. 17

8:15 p.m.:
American Discotheque Number One, dir. Deron Williams
Connecting With Nature, dir. Clint Enns
Diankinetics, dir. Ryan Simmons
Mall Church, dir. Stephen Crompton
we are all made of stardust, dir. Marissa Katarina Bergmann
I See a Light, dir. Aaron Zeghers
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, dir. Marc Russo
Dream of the Rarebit Fiend: The Pet, dir. Winsor McKay (Live musical score performed by Felix Obelix: Wendy Spitzer & Billy Sugarfix)
Filmhistory.2, dir. Tom Whiteside

Feb. 18

3:15 p.m.:
The Edge of Summer, dir. Charlotte Taylor
Pow Pow Pow, dir. Dianne Bellino
Baptism, dir. Jacob Mertens & Michelle Byron
Unspooling Time, dir. William Noland
expresso, dir. Steve Edwards
Lying, dir. Matt Paley
Murphy’s Chang, dir. Francesca Talenti
Front Street Yard, dir. David Ellsworth
Circus, dir. Lindsay Greer
Moving Portrait — Girl at the Mall, dir. Deniz Berkin
Sublimate, dir. Derek Blackman
Julu Road, dir. Habib Yazdi
Dirty Silverware, dir. Steve Daniels
a joined, dir. Sarah Goetz
August Song, dir. Jodie Mack

8:15 p.m.:
Ultra Monster Movie, dir. Lansing Bruce Robertson
Lay Claim to an Island, dir. Chris Kennedy
The Story of Thomas Edison, dir. Aaron Zeghers
The Magus, dir. Jaimz Asmundson (Watch online)
Strange Beauty Aural Fixation, curated by Jennifer Deer
LeafLight, dir. Jess Shuler
Hepworth, dir. Alexis Bravos
Ghost of Yesterday, dir. Tony Gault
Mr. Percy’s Run, dir. D.L. Anderson
Murder and UFOs, dir. Brian MacDonald
How to Raise the Moon, dir. Anja Struck