Every Tear

Sarah Vanagt | 31 min | Belgium | 2017

SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING

SYNOPSIS
In the 17th century, Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek, a draper from Delft, begins to make glass lenses, in order to better study the quality of his textile. He melts, drips and grinds small beads of glass. His tiny lenses are so bright and have such magnifying power that the draper seems to have entered a new dimension.
Is he the first to see little moving ‘animals’ in a drop of water? How to describe something that nobody ever saw before?

In the film Every Tear, Sarah Vanagt starts a journey into her home city of Brussels, with Leeuwenhoek’s microscope at hand. She picks up bits and pieces on her road, and tries to find out out what the first microscopic images may have looked like. She replaces the lens of her camera by the 17th century lens. As she is filming, she wonders why we always look for shapes that we already know, whenever we are in the eye of the unknown. A rocket! A bag filled with diamonds! Ribbed cardboard! A cat!

SCREENING SCHEDULE
Reimagining Biology
7:00 PM | Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Rockefeller University
Carsen Family Auditorium
1230 York Ave, New York, 10065

DIRECTOR'S BIO
Sarah Vanagt (b. 1976) makes documentaries, video installations and photos, in which she combines her interest for history with her interest for (the origins of) cinema. Her work includes films such as After Years of Walking (2003), Little Figures (2003), Begin Began Begun (2005), Boulevard d'Ypres (2010), The Corridor (2010), Dust Breeding (2013); and video installations such as Les Mouchoirs de Kabila (2005), Power Cut (2007), Ash Tree (2007). Her work is shown at film festivals (FidMarseille, Viennale, Doclisboa, Idfa Amsterdam, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Madrid/Berlin, Hors Pistes Centre Pompidou), and in museums (Frankfurter Kunstverein, Fact Liverpool, NGBK Berlin, Shedhalle Zürich). The silent short film Girl With a Fly (2013) was first shown at the 5th Biennale of Moscow. The film In Waking Hours (2015) premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Vanagt's most recent film Still Holding Still (2015) will be shown at IDFA Amsterdam, after its Belgian première on October 22, 2015 (Beursschouwburg, Brussels).


Frozen May

Péter Lichter | 72 min | Hungary | 2017

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

SYNOPSIS
1990, after the fall. A man struggles to survive in the forest, living alone in a small cabin. One day he spots a mysterious child in an abandoned summer camp.

SCREENING SCHEDULE
Frozen May
10:00 PM | Monday, October 16, 2017
Spectacle Theater
124 S 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Director | Péter Lichter
Script | Imre Bartók, Roger Deutsch, Péter Lichter
Music | Ádám Márton Horváth
Photography | Dávid Gerencsér
Distribution | Hanna Pálos, Benjámin Lichter
Producer | Boddah / Otto Films

DIRECTOR'S BIO
Péter Lichter is a Hungarian experimental filmmaker. He studied film history and film theory at the ELTE University, Budapest. Peter makes found footage, abstract films and lyrical documentaries since 2002. His films were screened at festivals and venues like: Tribeca Film Festival - New York; Rotterdam IFF; Jihlava IDFF; goEast - Wiesbaden; Cinema 16 - New York; EXiS - Seoul; CROSSROADS - San Francisco; VideoEX - Zurich; Festival of (In)appropriation - Los Angeles; Klex – Kuala Lumpur; Antimatter - Victoria, Canada; FLEX - Florida etc. He is also one of the editors of the Prizma film-periodical, his first book on experimental cinema (A láthatatlan birodalom/The Invisible Impire) was published in 2016. Peter frequently collaborates with composer Ádám Márton Horváth, sound designer Péter Benjámin Lukács and artists, like Loránd Szécsény-Nagy and Bori Máté.


Cosmos

Daria Kopiec | 2 min | Poland | 2016

NEW YORK PREMIERE

SYNOPSIS
Cosmos is an animated film about body. Muscles, skin, heart which wish to be touched. About body wanting to experience closeness with other body.

SCREENING SCHEDULE
Memory Error
7:30 PM | Monday, October 16, 2017
Spectacle Theater
124 S 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Director & Screenwriter | Daria Kopiec
Producers | Justyna Rucinska, Wojciech Leszczynski, Anna Mroczek
Editor | Monika Sirojc
Animator | Adam Wyrwas

DIRECTOR'S BIO
Daria Kopiec is a film and theatre director. In 2003 she completed her education in the State Secondary School of Fine Arts in Gdynia – Orłowo. She is also a graduate of the Leon Schiller’s Academy of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź, having studied in the Direction of Photography department with a specialization in Animation and Special Effects (2009). From November 2006 to March 2007, Daria was an intern at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels – La Cambre in Brussels. She has been a member of the Polish Filmmakers Association since 2010. Currently, Dria is a student of the Directing Department at the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw.


Hot Winter: A Film by Dick Pierre

Jack Henry Robbins | 18 min | USA | 2016

SYNOPSIS
One of the first films in American cinema to address climate change, Hot Winter: A film by Dick Pierre, was also a hardcore porno. All sex scenes have been removed as to not distract from the conscious message.

SCREENING SCHEDULE
Memory Error
7:30 PM | Monday, October 16, 2017
Spectacle Theater
124 S 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Director | Jack Henry Robbins
Screenwriters | Jack Henry Robbins, Nunzio Randazzo
Producer | Alexandra Sandler
Executive Producer | Tim Robbins
Director of Photography | Nate Gold
Production Designer | Jenell Randall
Costume Designer | Candice Brittain
Music | Vulfpeck
Sound | Matt Schwartz
Editor | Jack Henry Robbins
Makeup | Valene Del Rosario
Assistant Director | Jeff Cohn
Principal Cast | Nunzio Randazzo, Chandra Brenner, Cameron Simmons, Nikki Tilmouth, Rachael Bower, Louis Madrapilias

DIRECTOR'S BIO
Jack Henry Robbins is a filmmaker and human being who lives in Los Angeles. Jack Henry recently wrote and directed Spotify's first scripted show, Ultimate Ultimate, a mockumentary about EDM DJs. He completed his second feature film, Ghostmates for YouTube Red, and his documentary Storied Streetsplayed at the 2014 Traverse City Film Festival. According to Jack, he has "the potential to be a universally respected male model," but he hasn't found the time yet.


Gil

Eva Giolo | 5 min | Belgium | 2016

US PREMIERE

SYNOPSIS
At the core of this film collage is the artist’s search for the face of her deceased twin brother, who died without leaving behind any photographic record. Paradoxically his absence is rendered perceptible through a profusion of images. An indirect portrait as the confirmation of an existence.

SCREENING SCHEDULE
Memory Error
7:30 PM | Monday, October 16, 2017
Spectacle Theater
124 S 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Director | Eva Giolo

DIRECTOR'S BIO
Eva Giolo (b.1991) is a musician and audio visual artist. She completed her musical education at the Institute of Contemporary Music in London and later, turning her attention to video, studied media art at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. Giolo explores the relationship between loss, time and memories. Recent screening and exhibition include, Rotterdam International Film Festival (2017); Blaa Galleri, Copenhagen (2017); Hommage Bozar, Brussels (2016); Courtisane Film Festival, Ghent (2016); Unfold Braam Gallery, Brussels (2015); OFFoff cinema, Ghent (2015); Nu nog Croxhapox, Ghent (2015); Mu Ishibiki Gallery, Kanazawa (2014); In Out Film Festival, Gdansk (2014). Giolo currently lives and works in Brussels.


Insect Bite

Grace Rhee | 2 min | USA | 2015

SYNOPSIS
A tiny bug tries to figure out what it wants to become.

SCREENING SCHEDULE
Memory Error
7:30 PM | Monday, October 16, 2017
Spectacle Theater
124 S 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Director | Grace Nayoon Rhee
Sound Designer | Devin Wiley

DIRECTOR'S BIO
Born in 1986 Pennsylvania USA, Grace Rhee graduated from Hongik University (South Korea) in 2008 with BFA in Animation. In 2013, she graduated from California Institute of the Arts (USA) with an MFA in Experimental Animation. Grace is currently living in Los Angeles and working on a personal stop-motion animation film, among several other projects.


Astronaut of Featherweight

Dalibor Barić | 27 min | Croatia | 2017

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

SYNOPSIS
Astronaut of Featherweight is a dark vision of a hypercapitalist transhuman society in which the body is a commodity and money brings immortality. From space spa colonies to alien plantations, everybody is forced to take care of their bodies.

SCREENING SCHEDULE
Memory Error
7:30 PM | Monday, October 16, 2017
Spectacle Theater
124 S 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Direction, script, design, animation, music | Dalibor Barić
Voice | Ivana Rushaidat
Cast | Ivana Horvat, Marko Cindrić, Nikša Marinović
Director of Photography | Daniel Bakotić
Editing | Iva Kraljević
Modeling | Ivana Bošnjak, Thomas Johnson
Costumes | Slavica Motušić
Assistant Director | Marko Tomašević
Production Coordinator | Miroslav Šimeg
Re-recording Mixer | Bojan Kondres
Translation | Valentina Lisak
Creative Consultant | Emerik Pall
Producer | Vanja Andrijević

DIRECTOR'S BIO
Dalibor Barić is a Croatian experimental filmmaker whose works often explores traditional genres like science fiction and horror. Using found objects as his source material, Barić uses collage techniques in order to produce sophisticated psychedelic narratives that often blur the lines between our outer and inner realities. Barić’s work also calls into question issues surrounding artistic practices in the digital age including ideas about authenticity, simulation/replication and appropriation.


Evolutionary Jerks and Gradualist Creeps

Duncan Marquiss | 38 min | UK | 2016

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

SYNOPSIS
Two evolutionary biologists, Niles Eldredge and Armand Marie Leroi, consider the analogies and differences between the cultural and the biological realms, comparing the history of life within the fossil record with the evolution of pop music. Marquiss draws on Eldredge's pattern of evolution (Punctuated Equilibria) as a cue for image-making processes and editing structures to transpose scientific enquiry into cultural production.

SCREENING SCHEDULE
Reimagining Biology
7:00 PM | Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Rockefeller University
Carsen Family Auditorium
1230 York Ave, New York, 10065

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Artist | Duncan Marquiss

Image courtesy of Duncan Maquiess and LUX, London.

DIRECTOR'S BIO
Born in 1979 in Dumfries, Scotland, Duncan Marquiss lives and works in London. Duncan Marquiss works predominantly with drawing and film. His early work featured ambiguous drawings of found images, and videos of deserted landscapes accompanied by minimal music. Many of Marquiss’s recent works are formal experiments, including abstract drawings based on rubbings of studio detritus, and flicker films that play with visual perception.


Squid Coming to Life

Nipam H. Patel | 7 min | USA | 2016

SYNOPSIS
Embryos of squids and cuttlefish, among the most enigmatic groups of marine creatures, rapidly develop into small versions of the adults and flash their chromatophores as young hatchlings.

SCREENING SCHEDULE
Reimagining Biology
7:00 PM | Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Rockefeller University
Carsen Family Auditorium
1230 York Ave, New York, 10065

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Visuals | Nipam Patel
Music | Kristina Dutton, Nathan Clevenger
Audio Mastering | Jason K. Cupp

DIRECTOR'S BIO
Nipam Patel is a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley and conducts research on the evolution of development.


Painted Lady Butterfly Both Wings

Aaron Pomerantz & Nipam H. Patel | 1 min | USA | 2017

SYNOPSIS
The beauty of metamorphosis is illustrated through the development of the forewing and hindwing of a Painted Lady butterfly imaged during the complete period (approximately 8 days) of pupal development.

SCREENING SCHEDULE
(IM)MIGRATIONS
7:00 PM | Saturday, October 14, 2017
National Sawdust
80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Directors | Aaron Pomerantz, Nipam H. Patel

DIRECTOR'S BIO
Aaron Pomerantz is a graduate student in the Integrative Biology Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and Nipam Patel is a Professor at the University of California Berkeley and studies the evolution of development.