Monday, April 7, 2014

Yugoslavian Home Movies- Awards

Yugoslavian Home Movies which premiered on April 6th at Belgrade Festival of Documentary and Short Film was awarded Best Experimental Film in the "National" competition. A toast of Rakia to all my friends in Serbia who helped make this happen. And the 1,000 euro prize is very welcomed! Cheers to you all!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Yugoslavian Home Movies

Yugoslavian Home Movies, the resulting film from my residency in Belgrade last year will have its world premiere at Belgrade Festival of Documentary and Short Film on April 6th. I am working on an email interview they sent, and when it's finished I'll post that as well. YHM is made from a collection of home movies, news footage and photos gathered during my residency, documenting life and events from the 1960's to late the 1990's.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Zoetrope Animation/ SEAT & Spin

I made a short animation loop for a group exhibition in Seattle's Gallery 4Culture. Seattle Experimental Animation Team are creating fifteen frame looped animations that will be inserted, and stacked in large scale zoetropes. I created a digital version you can see here.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Yugoslavian Home Movies

I am close to finishing Yugoslavian Home Movies, the film resulting from my Belgrade residency last September. When I told the people at Academic Film Center my plans to use archived material they supplied me with some amazing footage ranging from the forty year period between the 1960's and the late 1990's. That footage includes Super 8 home movies of three generations of a family stretching the history of Yugoslavia, student rebellions of 1968, and local news footage documenting the break up of Yugoslavia.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Alternative Film/Video Festival

My films are well represented in this years Alternative Film/ Video Festival in Belgrade. Charade is in the competition program and screening opening night in Program #1, December 10th., with another screening the next day.  And Bryan Konefsky was invited to bring a selection of films from his Experiments in Cinema Festival, Happiness is a Warm Projector, which includes How to Draw Clouds on December 14th. In addition to this the festival begins with a screening of the award winners from last years festival which includes The Swimmer. Festival Programmer Greg deCuir will then bring the award program to International House Philadelphia on December 20th, and in spring next year bring programs of vintage Yugoslav films to New Mexico's Experiments in Cinema and hopefully  Seattle's Northwest Film Forum.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Film Review

Here is a link to a review of my films by curator Greg de Cuir. The review was the result of a screening at the Academic Film Center in Belgrade Serbia. I was there for a film residency, an award given during their 2012 Alternative Film and Video Festival. On December 20th a program of the 2012 award winners will screen in Philadelphia at International House Philadelphia.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Future Films

I have just been awarded a grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture to begin a series I’m calling Erasure Films. This series is based on themes begun in my film Nothing to Fear but Nothing Itself. In that film I took footage from the 60’s spy genre, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and erased the threats. In this new series I plan on extending this theme to other film genres: rogue cop, film noir romances, horror, etc… films that have a clearly definded Other. At the same time I have a lot of “found footage” that I brought back with me from Belgrade Serbia. This footage ranges from Yugoslavian home movies from the 60’s & 70’s, 60’s military educational films, and TV coverage of student rebellions in the 60’s and anti-war demonstrations in the 90’s. The wealth of this footage will probable create another series of films. There are obvious themes between these two series that may keep me busy for years.