Marking the fourth consecutive year of AEMI and GAZE working together to present a programme of moving image work by artists and experimental filmmakers as part of the festival, this packed line-up moves from the earthly to the celestial to assert political dissent, express longing and physical desire, evoke the stranger facets of human intimacy and celebrate the healing strength of joy, community and creativity.
As a programme made up of new work and premieres this screening hopefully addresses the specifics of this often contradictory moment in time as well as the more lucid perspectives it can sometimes give us on the past, in all of its chaos and complexity.
Amy Pennington, Where’s Danny?, 2022, U.K., 15 minutes
Ross G. Hewitt, Vagary, 2023, U.S.A., 2 minutes
Sofia Theodore-Pierce, Grace Mitchell, Pet World, 2022, U.S.A., 14 minutes
Kate Blamire, Flare, 2023, Germany, 27 minutes
Nicolas Graux, Trương Minh Quý, Porcupine, 2023, Belgium-Singapore-Vietnam, 12 minutes
Joseph Noonan-Ganley, The Cesspool of Rapture, 2017, Ireland-U.K., 17 minutes
Angelo Madsen Minax, Bigger on the Inside, 2022, U.S.A., 11 minutes
Running time: 97 minutes
Amy Pennington, Where’s Danny?
Drawing upon the media scandal headlined “GAY SANTA GETS SACK” Amy Pennington drags up as a reporter to explore this hyperlocalised piece of queer history.
Ross G. Hewitt, Vagary
Through the remembrance of a dream, a teenage boy discovers his attraction to a male college student.
Sofia Theodore-Pierce, Grace Mitchell, Pet World
Inspired by Amy Hempel’s short story collection, Reasons to Live, and the work of poet Bernadette Mayer, an ensemble cast riffs on what we might discover about intimacy in parking lots.
Kate Blamire, Flare
Flare is a film made in alignment with the tides of artist Kate Blamire’s illness and capacities, and is testament to the healing strength of joy, community, and creativity.
Nicolas Graux, Trương Minh Quý, Porcupine
In an abandoned hospital, ghosts still linger, strangers come and go.
Joseph Noonan-Ganley, The Cesspool of Rapture
English-American couturier Charles James’s (1906-1978) spoken theories of sexuality, and fashion, in-between camera work that journeys through zippers, stains, rips, abrasions, openings, and closings in a series of his dresses.
Angelo Madsen Minax, Bigger on the Inside
Outer and inner space collapse in Angelo Madsen Minax’s cosmic essay film, which diffracts feelings, memories, and longings during a blurry sojourn in a remote cabin in the woods