The New England Home Movie Tour features handmade and homemade poetic film works from the northeast that celebrate the tactility and intimacy of celluloid-based moving images. This film tour aims to share films that embrace the contemporary DIY strategies, politics, and aesthetics of an enduring, artisanal, and personal approach to filmmaking. This traveling program carries with it more than 30 16mm films and 180 35mm slides that will ensure a uniquely arranged program at each stop along its way. With works by Luther Price, Jodie Mack, Robert Todd, Jonathan Schwartz, Jo Dery, Warren Cockerham, and Colin Brant.
Luther Price creates new works from found footage, discarded prints of old documentaries, and snippets of Hollywood features. He re-edits the footage by hand, effaces the image through scraping, buries the films to rot and gather mold, and adds chaotic visual patterns using colored inks and permanent markers. Using some of the same techniques as for his films, the artist also creates handmade slides, which will be exhibited alongside the films. Like his films, these slides are studies of a dying technology, pushing and exploring the qualities of projected light. He has shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the San Francisco Cinematheque.
Jodie Mack is an experimental animator who combines the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation, using collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling. Her films study domestic and recycled materials to illuminate the elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design. Questioning the role of decoration in daily life, the works unleash the kinetic energy of overlooked and wasted objects. Mack’s 16mm films have screened at a variety of venues including the Images Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Views From the Avant Garde at the New York Film Festival. She has presented solo programs of her work at venues such as the Anthology Film Archives, Los Angeles Filmforum, REDCAT, and the BFI London Film Festival. She has also worked as a curator and administrator with Dartmouth’s EYEWASH: Experimental Films and Videos, Florida Experimental Film and Video Festival, Portland Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Eye and Ear Clinic, Chicago Underground Film Festival, and The Nightingale. She was a featured artist at the 2011 Flaherty Seminar, and she’s the 2013 recipient of the Marion McMahan Award at the Images Festival.
Robert Todd‘s large body of short-to-medium format films have been exhibited internationally at a widevariety of venues and festivals including the Media City Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Le Rencontres Internationale, Black Maria Film Festival, Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, Cinematheque Ontario, the Harvard Film Archive, Pacific Film Archive, the Paris Biennial, Slamdance Film Festival, and others. His films have won numerous festival prizes, grants, and artist’s awards.
Jonathan Schwartz‘s short films are constructed from fragmented collections and findings, from both exterior and interior spaces. His films have exhibited in many festivals including New York Film Festival “Views from the Avant-Garde” and “Projections”, TIFF “Wavelengths”, Rotterdam, Ann Arbor, Images, Media City, Recontres Internationales, Exis, TIE, and others. Recent solo screenings include UnionDocs, Cinema Project, and San Francisco Cinematheque. In 2010, he was included in The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Avant-Garde Poll in Film Comment as one of 25 Filmmakers for the 21st century.
Jo Dery makes short films, little books, prints, and installation projects. Her short films have screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. In 2012, she recieved the Helen Hill Award, which supports innovative indepenedent filmmakers. She has been awarded grants from the LEF Foundation, The Free History Project, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Her drawings and prints have been exhibited in Providence, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Berlin. Her little books can be found in independent stores like Ada Books (Providence), Quimby’s (Chicago), and Little Otsu (Portland).
Warren Cockerham‘s film and video work are motivated by a curiosity about complex power structures in familial/intimate relationships and how these analogue power structures are presented and observed through the mediation of public and private archival material. His short films and videos have screened at a variety of moving-image venues domestically and abroad.
Colin Brant‘s growing body of short 16mm works explore visual rhymes that grow out of repetitive camera performances, and deal with landscape, movement, and travel.
The New England Movie Tour will be in Brattleboro at the Center for Digital Art to project the 16mm films and 35mm slides on 2 twin Xenon arc 16mm projectors and 35mm slide projectors; a performative and unique experience. For a full list of titles, bios, tour dates, news and more information, please visit http://www.newenglandhomemovietour.com/
Attendees will have a unique viewing at The Center for Digital Art on Saturday, February 21st. The show will begin at 7:00PM. The event is $10. The Center for Digital Art is a nonprofit educational organization, resource center, and exhibition/performance space located on the third floor of the Cotton Mill Hill in Brattleboro. For more information on classes or events at CDA, visit www.centerfordigitalart.com