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2013 Migrating Forms: Official Lineup

By Mike Everleth ⋅ December 9, 2013

Big changes are in store for the 5th annual Migrating Forms experimental media festival, which is set to run December 11-17.

Well, that’s the first change: Moving from its traditional spot in March to December. More importantly, though, the fest is moving physical locations. Instead of it’s usual home of the Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan, this year’s Migrating Forms will be screening at the BAMcinématek in Brooklyn.

The festivities will begin on Dec. 11 with the U.S. premiere of four new short films by media artist Ryan Trecartin. Each film involves a unique cast of characters, including Trecartin’s actual high school classmates and a group of reality TV show hopefuls, navigating their complex social strata.

The rest of the fest will screen challenging feature-length material, such as Drew Tobia‘s outrageous See You Next Tuesday; the family drama The Unity of Things by Daniel Schmidt and Alexander Carver; a pair of films by Johnny To, Sparrow and Running on Karma; the classic 1990 Sandra Bernhard performance film Without You I’m Nothing; and more.

Special programs throughout the fest include a pair of films starring famed choreographer Merce Cunningham; a performance and video program by Xavier Cha; and a four-decade retrospective of films by Lutz Bacher.

There are also loads of short film blocks, including work by Laida Lertxundi, Andrew Lampert, Anne Charlotte Robertson, Stephen Broomer; and more.

The full Migrating Forms lineup is below. For more information, please visit the BAMcinématek website.

December 11

7:30 p.m.: “Ryan Trecartin: 4 New Movies”
Junior War
Comma Boat
Item Falls

December 12

7:00 p.m.: From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf, dir. CAMP (Shaina Anand & Ashok Sukumaran). This documentary was primarily filmed by Indian sailors who captured their daily existence travelling with their cargo from India to the Persian Gulf and back.

9:30 p.m.: “Migrating Forms Program 1”
About the Unknown Girl – Ma Sise, dir. Yang Fudong
The Salad Zone, dir. Sarah Abu Abdallah
Yumen, dir. Huang Xiang, Xu Ruotao, and J. P. Sniadecki

December 13

7:00 p.m.: The Unity of All Things, dir. Daniel Schmidt & Alexander Carver. Two teenage brothers from China visit the U.S. to see their mother, an expatriated physicist.

9:45 p.m.: “Migrating Forms Program 2”
Birds, dir. Gabriel Abrantes
A Breakdown and After the Mental Hospital, dir. Anne Charlotte Robertson
Utskor: Either/Or, dir. Laida Lertxundi
Not Blacking Out, Just Turning the Lights Off, dir. James Richards
Emily Died, dir. Anne Charlotte Robertson

December 14

6:50 p.m.: Without You I’m Nothing, dir. John Boskovich. The classic 1990 performance film starring Sandra Bernhard.

9:45 p.m.: See You Next Tuesday, dir. Drew Tobia. A pregnant young woman with a loose grip on reality involves her alcoholic mother and “party girl” sister into her increasingly chaotic life. (Watch Online)
Screening With:
Apologies, dir. Anne Charlotte Robertson
Travel Plans, dir. Ted Fendt

December 15

2:00 p.m.: “Merce Cunningham for Camera”
Merce by Merce by Paik, dir. Nam June Paik
Channels/Inserts, dir. Charles Atlas, Merce Cunningham

4:30 p.m.: “Xavier Cha Program”
Videos and performance art, including the piece Body Drama, and more.

7:00 p.m.: “Migrating Forms Program 3”
45 7 Broadway, dir. Tomonari Nishikawa
Mount Song, dir. Shambhavi Kaul
A Third Version of the Imaginary, dir. Benjamin Tiven
Juan Gris Dream House & Popova-Lissitztky Office Complex, dir. Jon Rafman
Amuse-gueule #1: Digital Destinies, dir. Gina Telaroli
El Adios Largos, dir. Andrew Lampert
Pepper’s Ghost, dir. Stephen Broomer

9:30 p.m.: “Migrating Forms Program 4”
Warm, Warm, Spring Mouths, dir. Ed Atkins
bbrraattss, dir. Ian Cheng
Even Pricks, dir. Ed Atkins
Swallow, dir. Laure Prouvost
Critical Mass, dir. Kerry Tribe

December 16

7:00 p.m.: Sparrow, dir. Johnnie To. A group of thieves become involved with a femme fatale.

9:30 p.m.: Running on Karma, dir. Johnnie To, Wai Ka-fai. A former monk turned exotic dancer has the special ability to see other people’s karmic baggage.

December 17

7:00 p.m.: “Lutz Bacher Program”
A retrospective of Lutz Bacher’s four decades of film work, including “poetic field recordings of the people and sites around her, epic time-lapse animations, and re-photographed material from film and television.”

9:30 p.m.: “Migrating Forms Program 5”
Lo que el fuego me trajo (What Fire Brought to Me), dir. Adrián Villar Rojas
Sequence 0, dir. João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva