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2014 Migrating Forms: Official Lineup

By Mike Everleth ⋅ December 10, 2014

Korean airline worker stands with her light wand

The 6th annual Migrating Forms will be returning to the BAMcinématek in Brooklyn, New York on December 10-18 for a full week of new and classic experimental media.

The fun kicks off with the lyrical portrait of North Korea, Songs From the North, for which filmmaker Soon-Mi Yoo compiled footage from popular films, state-organized demonstrations and home video from her own visits to the country.

Highlights of the fest include a three-film retrospective of documentarian William Greaves, Still a Brother, The Fight and Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One; a new consumerist exploration by Cory Arcangel, Freshbuzz (www.subway.com); the oblique narrative Don’t Go Back to Sleep by Stanya Kahn; and the Hong Kong experimental post-apocalyptic The Midnight After by Fruit Chan.

The full lineup for the 2014 Migrating Forms is below:

December 10

8:00 p.m.: Songs From the North, dir. Soon-Mi Yoo. This portrait of North Korea has been crafted from personal footage shot by the filmmaker while visiting the country, and from popular films and state-sponsored pageants.

December 11

7:00 p.m.: “Artist Spotlight: Rachel Rose”
A Minute Ago, dir. Rachel Rose
Palisades in Palisades, dir. Rachel Rose
Sitting Feeding Sleeping, dir. Rachel Rose
Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii (clip), dir. Adrian Maben
T.Z., dir. Robert Breer

9:00 p.m.: Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One, dir. William Greaves. In 1968, filmmaker William Greaves hired a crew to film a scene in Central Park, then hired another crew to film the original crew and then a third crew to film the other crews. (Watch the trailer)

December 12

6:30 p.m.: “Delighted to Serve”
Ennui, Ennui, dir. Gabriel Abrantes
Delighted to Serve, dir. Sarah Abu Abdallah and Joey L. DeFrancesco
Psychic Driving, dir. William E. Jones

8:00 p.m.: Don’t Go Back to Sleep, dir. Stanya Kahn. After some sort of devastating event, suburban doctors perform bizarre rituals while musing on the death and destruction that surrounds them.

December 13

7:00 p.m.: Here’s to the Future!, dir. Gina Telaroli. A filmmakter attempts to mount a remake of a scene from The Cabin in the Cotton (1932), which was originally directed by Michael Curtiz.
Screening with:
Under a Changing Sky, dir. Jean-Claude Rousseau

9:30 p.m.: Freshbuzz (www.subway.com), dir. Cory Arcangel. Analyzing the website and social media tendrils of the fast food giant.

December 14

4:00 p.m.: The Irish Tapes, dir. John Reilly and Stefan Moore. This 1974 documentary captures the culture within Northern Ireland of the previous three years.

5:45 p.m.: Field Visits for Chelsea Manning, dir. Lance Wakeling. This travelogue documentary visits the places where whistleblower Chelsea Manning was imprisoned before her trial for releasing classified military documents to Wikileaks.

7:30 p.m.: Alive, dir. Park Jung-bum. A poor laborer struggles to provide for his sister and niece in a remote South Korean mountain village.

December 15

7:00 p.m.: Still a Brother, dir. William Greaves. This 1968 documentary captures and explores the mindset of the African-American community during the Civil Rights movement.

9:30 p.m.: The Fight, dir. William Greaves. This documentary captures the epic 1971 boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

December 16

7:00 p.m.: “Life and People”
Mainsqueeze, dir. Jon Rafman
Life and People, dir. Barry Doupé
Quickeners, dir. Jeremy Shaw

8:30 p.m.: “The Island Is Enchanted With You”
The Bell, the Digger, and the Tropical Pharmacy, dir. Allora & Calzadilla, Tony Gerber
Approximation in the digital age to a humanity condemned to disappear, dir. Mario Pfeifer
La Isla está Encantada con Ustedes (The Island Is Enchanted with You), dir. Alexander Carver and Daniel Schmidt

December 17

7:00 p.m.: “Four by Rolf Forsberg”
Parable, dir. Rolf Forsberg
Antkeeper, dir. Rolf Forsberg
Ark, dir. Rolf Forsberg
One Friday, dir. Rolf Forsberg

9:30 p.m.: The Airstrip: Decampment of Modernism, Part III, dir. Heinz Emigholz. A study of important historical architecture, from Rome’s Pantheon to the airstrip in the Mariana Islands where the U.S. planes took off to drop nuclear bombs on Japan.

December 18

6:45 p.m.: The Floating Chain, dir. Jonah Freeman and Jason Lowe. A camera weaves its way “through a sequence of disparate, nostalgic sets.”
Screening with:
The Urgency, dir. Jacob Ciocci

8:30 p.m.: The Midnight After, dir. Fruit Chan. A group of minibus passengers discover that they are the last human beings in Hong Kong.

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