The world premiere of ‘Spirit Messages’ – aemi’s 2024 touring programme, receives its theatrical debut at the 68th Cork International Film Festival.
Curated by aemi for CIFF 2024 ‘Spirit Messages’ is an opportunity to spotlight some truly exciting moving image works by a range of Irish and international filmmakers. The programme includes premieres of three new Irish works by Amanda Rice, Niall Cullen and Ross McClean alongside works by artists Jamie Crewe, Luis Arnias, and Danh Guthrie. aemi are excited to have their ‘Spirit Messages’ programme screen for the first time at CIFF before it begins an extensive national and international tour in 2024.
Dan Guthrie, Coaley Peak (A Fragment), 2021, United Kingdom, 16mm/digital, 6.5 mins
Jamie Crewe, False Wife, 2022, United Kingdom, digital, 15 mins
Amanda Rice, The Flesh of Language, 2023, Ireland, 16.5 mins
Niall Cullen, The Dog Who Became a Frog, 2023, Ireland, digital, 6.5 mins
Luis Arnías, Terror Has No Shape, 2021, Venezuela / United States, 16mm/digital, 10 mins
Ross McClean, Echo, 2023, Ireland/United Kingdom, 16m/digital, 12 mins
Running time: 66 mins
Dan Guthrie, Coaley Peak (A Fragment)
Dan Guthrie’s idea with Coaley Peak was to make a film about Blackness and belonging in the English countryside, taking a family photo of some of his relatives at the Gloucestershire viewpoint Coaley Peak as a starting point. Whilst making the film, something happened.
Jamie Crewe, False Wife
False Wife is a poppers training video, but its material is obscure. Its narrative is drawn from a variety of folk tales in which transformation occurs, and relationships happen. Its footage is scavenged from sources that reflect these themes, reduced to slivers of significant imagery, rubbed together.
Amanda Rice, The Flesh of Language
The Flesh of Language establishes a parallel between interspecies and paranormal communication to engage with the barrier that typically separates science from esotericism.
Niall Cullen, The Dog Who Became a Frog
The Dog Who Became a Frog delves into the interconnectedness of our world by exploring the idea that every living thing shares the same energy force.
Luis Arnías, Terror Has No Shape
Terror Has No Shape follows a mysterious and grotesque, viscous creature. The film fragments the American horror and sci-fi genres to bring the terror of the lived personal and collective experience of racial trauma to the surface. Through effigy, these horrors materialize and are burned.
Ross McClean, Echo
An operation 10 years ago left Allister with damaged vocal cords and an obstacle to communication. His unusual solution reminds us that community thrives in surprising places.