Our guest curators will present two programmes each over the weekend, with the remaining three programmes presented by Overnight Film Festival.

(1983, US, Dir Joel DeMott, Jeff Kreines / 120 mins)

Presented by Overnight Film Festival and screening for the first time in the UK, Joel Demott and her partner Jeff Kreines’ legendary yet little seen early ’80s Indiana teenagers documentary was commissioned for broadcast by PBS, who then declined to show it.

Winner of a 1985 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury prize, Seventeen is an essential piece of direct cinema that captures Midwestern attitudes to race, class and sex without gloss or commentary. This American Life host Ira Glass described the film as “the most amazing reporting on a high school that I had ever seen”; it remains startlingly relevant today.

In their final year at Muncie’s Southside High School, a group of seniors hurtles toward maturity with a combination of joy, despair, and an aggravated sense of urgency. They are also learning a great deal about life, both in and out of school, and not what school officials think they are teaching.

[Please note that due to a rights clearance issue we are now unable to screen Peppermint Soda – apologies for any disappointment.]

Shorts Programme curated by Shiva Feshareki

(1940, Canada, Dir Norman McLaren / 2 mins)
An experimental film of dots animated by being drawn directly on film stock.

Pen Point Percussion
(1951, Canada, Dir Norman McLaren / 6 mins)
Norman McLaren explains how he makes synthetic sound on film; the technique is demonstrated in Dots and Loops.

Blinkity Blank
(1955, Canada, Dir Norman McLaren / 5 mins)
This experimental short is a playful exercise in intermittent animation and spasmodic imagery.

(1964, Canada, Dir Norman McLaren / 10 mins)
This short animation explores the ‘canon’, a form of musical ’round’ in which each singer picks up the words and tune of a song after the preceding singer.

(1971, Canada, Dir Norman McLaren / 7 mins)
This animated short features synchronization of image and sound in the truest sense of the word.

(1952, Canada, Dir Norman McLaren / 8 mins)
In this Oscar-winning short film, McLaren employs the principles normally used to put drawings or puppets into motion to animate live actors.

Powers of Ten
(1977, US, Dir Charles Eames, Ray Eames / 9 mins)
Eameses’ best known film illustrates the universe as an arena of both continuity and change, of everyday picnics and cosmic mystery. Starting from a view of the entire known universe, the camera gradually zooms in until we are viewing the subatomic particles on a man’s hand.

“The first programme I present looks at films that show the interaction between light and sound, as well as the perspective of space in a broader context. As a composer, my music focuses on sound that interacts – or is at one with – light, space and sculpture, so this gives me the opportunity to present films that are inspiring for my practice as a musician.

Furthermore, the films of Norman McLaren present visionary methods of processing visuals with sound, from the era of the mid-20th century when there were exciting experimentations in this area in many disciplines. Therefore, it gives me the opportunity to compare Norman McLaren’s film practice to the music practice of British composer Daphne Oram, who also worked with ‘hand-drawn sounds’ and is a major influence on my work.” – Shiva Feshareki

Lots more programme news to follow!


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