Flaherty NYC Winter/Spring 2015
THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE
Programmed by Sierra Pettengill & Pacho Velez
Anthology Film Archives
Every other TUESDAY: Jan 20; Feb 3, 17; March 3, 17, 31
REBELS OF THE NEON GOD
Tuesday, March 17, 7pm @ Anthology Film Archives
Filmmakers Jodie Mack, Scott Cummings and Jessica Bardsley will be present for a post-screening discussion.
What is the matter with kids today? Jodie Mack ‘reanimates’ her mother’s nearly-defunct psychedelic poster business through her own playful interventions; Scott Cummings creates a delightfully unreliable portrait of Juggalo culture in his hometown; and Jessica Bardsley turns Winona Ryder and archival films about the dangers of shoplifting into a meditation on her own teenage transgressions. A collection of films about youth culture, the relentless search for authentic forms of rebellion, and the detritus left behind.
FILMS Dusty Stacks of Mom Directed by Jodie Mack (USA, 2013, 41 min., 16mm)
Interweaving the forms of personal filmmaking, abstract animation, and rock opera, this animated musical documentary examines the rise and fall of a nearly-defunct poster and postcard wholesale business; the changing role of physical objects and virtual data in commerce; and the division (or lack of) between abstraction in fine art and psychedelic kitsch. Using alternate lyrics as voice over narration, the piece adopts the form of a popular rock album reinterpreted as a cine-performance.
Buffalo Juggalos Directed by Scott Cummings (USA, 2014, 30 min., digital file)
An experimental exploration and celebration of the Juggalo subculture in Buffalo, New York. Surreal scenes shot in long and static takes of Juggalos engaged in their favorite activities, first and foremost of which – causing mayhem. Among these seemingly random acts of preening, backyard wrestling, explosions, hedonism, violence and destruction, a tentative narrative begins to emerge.
The Blazing World Directed by Jessica Bardsley (USA, 2013, 18 min., DV)
A troubling relationship arises between the character played by Winona Ryder in the film Girl, Interrupted, the genuine depression experienced by the actress, and the shoplifting of which she was accused. Consisting entirely of clips stolen from existing films, this video essay, which ultimately turns out to be profoundly personal, explores possible links between depression and kleptomania.
Jodie Mack Jodie Mack is an experimental animator who received her MFA in film, video, and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and currently teaches animation at Dartmouth College. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, and the tension between form and meaning. Musical documentary or stroboscopic archive: her films study domestic and recycled materials to illuminate the elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design. Questioning the role of decoration in daily life, the works unleash the kinetic energy of overlooked and wasted objects.
Mack’s 16mm films have screened at a variety of venues including the Images Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Views From the Avant Garde at the New York Film Festival. She has presented solo programs of her work at venues such as the Anthology Film Archives, Los Angeles Filmforum, REDCAT, and the BFI London Film Festival. She has also worked as a curator and administrator with Dartmouth’s EYEWASH: Experimental Films and Videos, Florida Experimental Film and Video Festival, Portland Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Eye and Ear Clinic, Chicago Underground Film Festival, and The Nightingale. She was a featured artist at the 2011 Flaherty Seminar, and she’s the 2013 recipient of the Marion McMahan Award at the Images Festival.
Scott Cummings Scott Cummings is a Buffalo-born, New York based filmmaker. In 2014, he was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 2014 25 New Faces of Independent Film. He grew up in a working class Union family in the shadow of the same factory his parents met at. He received his BA in Russian Studies and English from SUNY Buffalo, where he was introduced to Buffalo’s vibrant experimental film/video history. After 18 months living in Tver and Moscow (Russia), he relocated to Tokyo, Japan and spent three years teaching, spending much of his free time playing in post-punk and noise bands. In 2004, he moved to Los Angeles and received his MFA in Film Directing at the California Institute of the Arts. Upon graduating, he professionally wrote scripts for adult film giant Vivid Video, until moving to New York to work for the Criterion Collection. He currently makes a living as a commercial editor. His work has screened at MOMA, BAMcinemaFEST, Visions du Reel, CPH:DOX, Chicago Underground Film Festival, the Centre Georges Pompidou and more. Buffalo Juggalos was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Live Action Short at the 2014 AFI Fest.
Jessica Bardsley Jessica Bardsley is a film artist and critical writer exploring experimental non-fiction forms. Her work has screened across the U.S. and internationally at esteemed venues such as RIDM, CPH:DOX, Visions du Réel, Antimatter Film Festival, European Media Arts Festival, Kasseler Dokfest, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Images Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Rooftop Films and more. She is the recipient of a Princess Grace Award in Film, a Flaherty Fellowship, Director’s Choice at the Black Maria Film and Video Festival, Grand Prix at 25FPS, and the Eileen Maitland Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. She was a 2012-2013 Artist in Residence as part of HATCH Projects at the Chicago Artists Coalition. Jessica received an MFA in Film, Video, New Media and Animation as well as an MA in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is now a PhD student in Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University.
Flaherty NYC at Anthology Film Archives: 32 Second Ave. (@2nd St.) Tickets on sale at the box office day of screening.
This project is a collaboration with Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, and made possible with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation.
Flaherty NYC is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.