Music by DJLabro
Proceeds benefit Twisted Oyster, a festival focused on social issues, culture, the environment and outreach. This year’s theme is called Vital Signs and will present works that speak about climate change, global warming, ices melting, trash, the human print and impact on the planet, exploitation of resources, (the list goes on…) but the festival will also present solutions through films and new media works that can be cathartic, inspire and promote change.
Twisted Oyster furthers the craft of artists and filmmakers by showcasing and promoting the work of both aspiring and established professionals. The annual festival explores topics that bridge culture, society and technology through powerful content programming, while focusing on engagement, enhancing access, and raising awareness on social issues through event design, use of powerful mediums and curation.
The festival aims to raise awareness and expand knowledge about the human condition as a whole. The works created by culturally diverse artists and filmmakers from around the world open doors to stories that go underneath the immediate layer of perception and engages its audience into an in-depth experience with human tales and narratives. Spectators are introduced to technologically produced artwork that speaks about the global social issues and basic social rights in humanity presented as an annual themed-based cinema and new media art exhibition.
The festival’s a dual program, experimental and standard narrative cinema and time-based art exhibition, offer a platform for knowledge and further understanding. The cinema program screens international short, feature and documentary films and animation, and the time-based art exhibition program presents works immersing an audience to visual and auditory experiences stimulating the senses with curated installations and performances of invited artists from Chicago as well as from across the US and abroad.
As a compliment to the cinema and art exhibition, Twisted Oyster hosts an Outreach Program where (1) filmmakers and artists create a public dialogue or lecture, (2) invite young, high school- and community college-level artists to submit their films or video art for screening or exhibition, and (3) filmmakers and artists are invited to conduct a workshop or presentation for our invited young public school artists.