Shorts Program 2: Moving at the 28th annual Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival will include works by Jesse Malmed, Sally Lawton, Alee Peoples, Sky Hopinka, and Orr Menirom.
The works in this program are deeply moving testaments to current political atmospheres in the United States and elsewhere. Each film considers the role of media in radical political movements, protest, and war.
5720 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago, IL 60660
(enter on Hollywood Ave.)
Friday, March 9th, 8:30pm.
THERE (Jesse Malmed, 2016, 1 min, US)
Shot November 9, 2016.
SKY HIGH AND THE COLOR OF MONEY (Sally Lawton, 2017, 6 min, US)
This film looks at the exchange of patterns between protests and parades. The filming took place at various parades and protests in Illinois from 2013-2017, and at a Trump rally in St. Louis, before he was the Republican nominee.
DECOY (Alee Peoples, 2017, 10 min, US, 16mm)
Decoy sees bridges and walls as binary opposites and relates them to impostors in this world. Humans strive for accuracy. You don’t always get what you wish for.
DISLOCATION BLUES (Sky Hopinka, 2017, 17 min, US)
An incomplete and imperfect portrait of reflections from Standing Rock. Cleo Keahna recounts his experiences entering, being at, and leaving the camp and the difficulties and the reluctance in looking back with a clear and critical eye. Terry Running Wild describes what his camp is like, and what he hopes it will become.
HOMEWRECKER (Orr Menirom, 2016, 14 min, US)
Homewrecker is a short video which follows a bride who lost all memories and documentation of her wedding. Her story is told through a juxtaposition of protest and wedding footage, downloaded from different social media accounts and merged into a single narrative. Using editing techniques borrowed from social media-dubbing and supercuts, the war and wedding images appear to be continuous, though they were captured by strangers and have no spatial or temporal connection. The viewer is aware of the illusion created by the edits, yet the viewer’s eyes connect the fragmented scenes into a single story. In this story, the bride goes out on a journey to trace back her lost photos and memories.
TRT: 48 minutes; All Digital Projection, except where noted
Opening Night: Ouroboros
Shorts Program 2: Moving
Shorts Program 3: Touching
Shorts Program 4: Thinking
Incense, Sweaters & Ice
Shorts Program 5: Sensing
Shorts Program 6: Listening
Shorts Program 7: Looking
A Production of Chicago Filmmakers:
Onion City is one of the premiere international festivals exclusively devoted to experimental film and video.
Onion City was founded in the 1980s by the Experimental Film Coalition and run by them for many years. Chicago Filmmakers assumed responsibility for the festival in 2001, and expanded the size and opened it up to video work as well as film. It is generally 8-10 programs over four days and features roughly 60-70 works from around the world. Aside from the competition programs, there are occasional special presentations of new or old films of note or guest presentations. Screenings take place at Chicago Filmmakers and other venues around mid-June.
The mission of Onion City is to provide local and regional audiences with an opportunity to view a wide variety of contemporary experimental works, focused on artistic excellence but also with an eye towards representing differing styles, forms, and nationalities.
Chicago Filmmakers is a not-for-profit media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation, and understanding of film and video as media for artistic and personal expression, as well as media of important social and community impact. Chicago Filmmakers’ twofold mission is to serve independent film and digital video artists by supporting the creation and dissemination of new media arts works and to serve Chicago audiences by screening artistically innovative, socially relevant, and diverse films and videos.
Chicago Filmmakers nurtures the development of aspiring filmmakers of all ages by offering classes, workshops, and summer camps; empowers artists to create new work through production grants, equipment access, fiscal sponsorship, and other services and resources; and encourages the professional advancement of media artists through seminars, panel discussions, lectures, rough-cut and open screenings, as well as networking events and other opportunities for artistic exchange. Chicago Filmmakers develops diverse audiences through its year-round weekly film and video exhibition programs and its two annual film festivals, Reeling the Chicago LGBTQ International Film Festival and The Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival.