Films selected from international call for entries plus an Encore Screening of Matthew Barney: No Restraint following a brief intermission
Glass Crow (2004)
Directed animated, and edited by Steven Subotnick
In Glass Crow, Providence, RI artist and animator, Steven Subotnick offers a poetic mediation on the Defenestration of Prague - the spark which ignited the Thirty Years' War. Bringing together the media of paint, drawing, photography, and collage, the short oscillates between textured bstractions, bold, reductive forms, and prismatic color to describe a dark comedy of Catholic and Protestant conflict.
After growing up in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, Steven Subotnick studied studio art, filmmaking, and animation at UCLA and CalArts film schools. He has been making independent animations since 1985, and has received awards, grants and
residencies for his work. Additionally, he has worked as an animator, director, illustrator, and has taught animation at the Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard University, and
the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Running Time: 6 min 20
For more information, visit www.stevensubotnick.com
Written and Directed by Heidi Saman
The first short film from Philadelphia-based writer and director, Heidi Saman, Pears is an experimental narrative about couples in various stages of miscommunication with one another. Through strange events and comedic plays with language, the film examines the surrealism of life and human interaction.
Using Arabic dialogue with English subtitles Saman’s film addresses the visual depiction of Middle Eastern and Middle Eastern-American characters occupying roles of romance, comedy and intelligence. Shot in a way that calls attention to the act of filming, Pears recalls reflective stylistic conventions of 1950s and 60s French film as a means of challenging filmic conventions in the context of Arab-American perceptions and the Arabic language.
Born and raised in Anaheim, California, Heidi Saman is of Egyptian-Lebanese-Armenian descent. She attended the University of California, San Diego where she studied World Literature and Gender Studies. Saman recently completed her master’s degree in Film and Media Arts on a Future Faculty Fellowship from Temple University in Philadelphia. Her next short film, Walkers/Drivers (2006) is currently in post-production.
Running Time 9 min
Artist: John Tronsor
Edited by: Jason Georgiades
Selected as an entry for Resistance to Vision, currently on exhibition at Manifest Gallery
Pittsburgh artist John Tronsor’s Untitled (2007) shows excerpted text from the works of philosophers Jacques Derrida and Ludwig Wittgenstein as they’re successively scrawled erased, and layered on a blackboard. In time, the text becomes a dissonance of linear forms rendered with varying quickness, legibility, and rhythm, foregrounding the viewer’s own struggle in the act of seeing, reading, and making sense of what is written.
John Tronsor is an undergraduates student in Philosophy and Studio Arts and the University of Pittsburgh. Untitled (2007) was selected as an entry to Manifest’s current exhibition, Resistance to Vision (Nov. 9 – Dec. 7).
Running Time: 5 min
Matthew Barney: No Restraint (2006)
Directed by Alison Chernick
At the request of several patrons unable to attend the standing room only season opening of the Art and Design on Film Series, Manifest Gallery will present an encore screening of Matthew Barney: No Restraint, the sophomore film of documentary director Alison Chernick.
Copies of the film will be available for sale by its distributor Voyeur Films (www.voyeurfilms.net) through Nov. 19.
Running Time: 72 min
(See below for details on the film)