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2013 WNDX Festival of Moving Image: Official Lineup

By Mike Everleth ⋅ September 25, 2013

Poster for WNDX media festival featuring an abstract image

The 8th annual WNDX Festival of Moving Image is another epic celebration of experimental and avant-garde film held in Winnipeg, Canada, but this year the festival as an even epic-er retrospective of one of the giants of the field: WNDX fellow countryman Michael Snow.

WNDX is screening multiple works by Snow throughout the fest, which runs Sept. 25-29, including his classic and breakthrough films like Back and Forth and La Région Centrale; plus, other experimental works such as To Lavoisier, Who Died in the Reign of Terror, SSTOORRTY, Triage and Prelude. However, most exciting is the 12-hour continuous loop of “WVLNT” (Wavelength for Those Who Don’t Have the Time), a superimposed reworking of Snow’s groundbreaking and legendary Wavelength.

The festival isn’t limited to one filmmaker clearly and there are loads of experimental short film programs during the week that feature work by filmmakers such as Aaron Zeghers, Steve Reinke, Leslie Supnet, Christina Battle and more. Battle will also be showcasing her installation piece The Twelve Devil’s Graveyards Around the World, and has curated a block of short films screening at Noon on Sept. 27. Plus, there is also WNDX’s always thrilling One Take Super 8 Event, which always seems to debut future internationally acclaimed films.

There are also lots of artist talks planned, expanded cinema performances, more installations and lots of other visually challenging, entertaining and exciting work.

The full WNDX Festival of Moving Image screening lineup is below, but for more information please visit the fest’s official website.

September 25

7:00 p.m.: “Open Call 1: Fire Works”
Aula Magna, dir. Andrés Denegri
Fire Work, dir. Stina Wirfelt
AURAE, dir. Sabrina Ratté
Tudor Village: a one shot deal, dir. Rhayne Vermette
Darna: A Stone Is a Heart You Cannot Swallow, dir. Jon Lazam
VED’MA, dir. Cornelia Eichhorn
Boundary Interactions, dir. Paul R. Jones
((in stasis)), dir. Aaron Zeghers
TRSF, dir. Matt Rossoni
The Consequence of Noise and Silence, dir. Alison Ballard

8:30 p.m.: The Twelve Devil’s Graveyards Around the World, dir. Christina Battle
This is the opening reception for Battle’s mixed media installation that will be running throughout the festival. In it, various locations where it is believed that time and space “fold in upon themselves” occurs. The installation consists of HD video, 16mm film, projected light and archival magazine pieces.

September 26

8:00 p.m.: “One Take Super 8 Event”
The one, the only. One reel. No cuts. Not splices. And, if history repeats itself, there will be several films screened that will go on to international acclaim.

September 27

12:00 p.m.: “Wandering Through, Across and Within” (Curated by Christina Battle)
Great Blood Sacrifice, dir. Steve Reinke
Finding equanimity within the landscape by walking through an obstacle, Part 1, dir. Jenna Maurice
Interior/Exterior, dir. Nika Kaiser
Grasswalk, dir. Nicholas O’Brien
Standing in the Road, dir. Brian Lye
Finding equanimity within the landscape by walking through an obstacle, Part 2, dir. Jenna Maurice
Lost at Land #1, dir. Justin Beard
On a White Lake, Near a Green Mountain, dir. Zak Tatham
Willow, dir. Deirdre Logue
Breathing Space, dir. Heidi Phillips & Kruno Jost
five states of freedom, dir. Adan De La Garza & Christina Battle
Neapolitan Sixth: walk around the rock, dir. Serena Lee
aVoiding the obvious, dir. Max Bernstein

5:00 p.m.: “This Is Not Dying” (Installation and Artist Talk)
This installation by Nova Paul consists of “rays of light and coloured blocks, and interplay of smudged forms that have the look of early 20th century abstract painting.”

7:00 p.m.: Back and Forth, dir. Michael Snow. This film is a odyssey of back and forth pan camera movement.
Screening with:
To Lavoisier, Who Died in the Reign of Terror, dir. Michael Snow. A drama of “abstraction and theoretical realism”

9:00 p.m.: “Open Call 2: Onenoughtninetwentyseven”
Eleven Forty Seven, dir. Marika Borgeson
THE HANDEYE (Bone Ghosts), dir. Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzalez Monroy
KORONA, dir. Lena Ditte Nissen
Sakitakwin, dir. Kevin Papatie
Should I Stand Amid Your Breakers Or Should I Lie With Death My Bride, dir. Marcy Saude
Con Brio, dir. Sandra Eber
Bruce’s Borders, dir. Scott Fitzpatrick
Negative Patterns, dir. Gemma Green-Hope
The Irlam House Bequest, dir. David Jacques

11:00 p.m.: “Performance 1: Scott Fitzpatrick & Andrew Milne”
The Shutterless Projector, dir. Andrew John Milne
“Driven by variable speed motors from vintage projectors, 14 lenses revolve around the machine while the film loops inside without pausing.”
Screening with:
BCKGRNDS, PTTRNS, TXTRS + TNTS, dir. Scott Fitzpatrick
“An ongoing cinematic adaptation of repeating patterns by iconic American graphic designer Clarence P. Horung.”
606, dir. Scott Fitzpatrick
“Delicate super 8 film is used to dismantle and reconstruct the suburban Winnipeg landscape across multiple projectors.”

September 28

1:30 p.m.: “Michael Snow and Dan Graham in Conversation”

3:00 p.m.: “The First Universe” (Curated by Richard Macdonald)
Endless Rhyme, dir. Tanatchai Bandasak
Napkins, dir. Joanna Margaret Paul
Block B, dir. Chris Chong Chan Fui
Thorndon, dir. Joanna Margaret Paul
Task, dir. Joanna Margaret Paul
This is not dying, dir. Nova Paul

5:00 p.m.: SSTOORRTY, dir. Michael Snow
“The image of a staged event which has been divided into 2 halves each superimposed (sound and picture) one on top of the other.”
Triage, dir. Michael Snow and Carl Brown
A dual-projection collaboration by Michael Snow and Carl Brown with a sound composition by John Kamevaar.
Prelude, dir. Michael Snow
“A scene, which is itself a prelude to a film.”

6:00 p.m.: “Celluloid and Public Space”
Featuring films by participants of the Winnipeg Film Group’s 16mm film incubator workshop: Sonya Ballantyne, Madison Thomas, David McGregor, Kristiane Church and Ivan Hughes.

7:00 p.m.: “Open Call 3: Ill-Mannered Cinema”
A Time Is a Terrible Thing to Waste, dir. Leslie Supnet
Party Island, dir. Neil Beloufa
Mr. Coffee, dir. Kelsey Braun
Visual Element, dir. Wuttin Chansataboot
Devilry 7: Merry Christmas, dir. Denis Kant
Musophobia, dir. Amber Christensen
Smell of Oil and Cheap Perfume, dir. Allan Brown
Weird Science, dir. Milos Mitrovic
The Illmannered Milkman, dir. Willehad Eilers

9:00 p.m.: “Performance 2: Solar Coffin & Lief Hall”
Solar Coffin is the “Winnipeg based duo of Fletcher Pratt and Erik Larsen, who use analog modular audio and video synthesizers to create a synchronized, hypnotic drone environment”; while Lief Hall will perform “Composition for Improvised Voice I, II and III.”

9:00 p.m.: “WVLNT” (Wavelength for Those Who Don’t Have the Time)
A looped 15 minute version of Michael Snow’s groundbreaking classic Wavelength that will screen continuously for 12 hours. “Composed of three unaltered superimpositions of sound and picture.”

11:00 p.m.: “BYOB (Bring Your Own Beam) Party”
Featuring DJs Rob Vilar and Rhayne Vermette. Bring your own film and/or projector to this bash. Co-presented with Open City Cinema

September 29

1:00 p.m.: “Open Call 4: Metaphysical Karaoke”
SONG No21, dir. Céline Trouillet
Time is the sun, dir. Isiah Medina
my clothes were dragging me back, dir. Maria Magnusson
Just Passing Through, dir. Tess Girard
Bones, dir. Pixie Cram
Talking Me, dir. Metrah Pashaee
on the day it started there wasn’t a cloud in sight, dir. Christina Battle
King Lost His Tooth, dir. Gheith Al-Amine
Boogodobiegodongo, dir. Peter Millard
Spectography of a Battle, dir. Fabio Scacchioli & Vincenzo Core

3:00 p.m.: La Région Centrale, dir. Michael Snow. A camera mounted to a continually moving robotic arm captures an icy landscape.