"Chrystelle is set against the striking natural landscape of his native Santander, his main character’s slick, vivid costuming surprisingly resonant with the vibrant elemental surroundings. At once alien and native, much like the artist himself, his work mimics life and his life is his work. He puts it best himself: “I like to create a new reality that remains connected with my life. I like opening doors onto the unknown and building something new.” Stina Puotinen
Magic for Beginners examines the mythologies found in fan culture, from longing to obsession to psychic connections. The need for such connections (whether real or imaginary) as well as the need for an emotional release that only fantasy can deliver are explored.
Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby
Since the 1970's scientists have been conducting experiments with bizarre amusement rides to study their effects on the human brain. Appropriating the aesthetics of a television documentary, the short film takes a tongue-in-cheek look at mankind's confused search for happiness and freedom. www.icr-science.org
A transformation of Nam June Paik's text "film scenario" into a movie. Hollywood stars speak Paik: "You can make any Hollywood movie interesting, if you cut the movie several times ..." Michael Caine, Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor, John Torturro, Katharine Hepburn and other protagonists of mainstream cinema are assembled to speak a text about deconstructing film watching.
Mikhail Karikis & Uriel Orlow
An animation inspired by the neurological condition of synthesia in which a single note is translated into micron-tonal layers which are then represented as a series of colors.