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AFROGALACTICA

EPFC | February 13th, 2017

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curator: Christina Battle

VISIONS OF A POTENTIAL FUTURE

Video #2:
AFROGALACTICA- A brief history of the future (teaser) – Kapwani Kiwanga – https://vimeo.com/41449171

In October, 2016 online publication The Intercept obtained a video made by the Pentagon for an internal military audience. The 5 minute video, titled “Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” presents a view of the future, specifically of global cities: “The video is nothing if not an instant dystopian classic: melancholy music, an ominous voiceover, and cascading images of sprawling slums and urban conflict. ‘Megacities are complex systems where people and structures are compressed together in ways that defy both our understanding of city planning and military doctrine,’ says a disembodied voice. ‘These are the future breeding grounds, incubators, and launching pads for adversaries and hybrid threats.’”

Used by the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations University as a training guide against “The Emerging Terrorism Threat,” the video gives us a clue into just how our militaries are preparing for the future. From The Intercept: “‘This is the world of our future,’ warns the narrator of ‘Megacities.’ ‘It is one we are not prepared to effectively operate within and it is unavoidable. The threat is clear. Our direction remains to be defined. The future is urban.’”

This is where we begin. Throughout the month of February, as part of Echo Park Film Centre’s Marvelous Movie Mondays, I will present three alternative visualizations of what the future might look like as proposed by media artists. I see visualizing the future as a strategy for creating it – a way to see the potentials for how it might be, how it could be, and to help us to imagine strategies that might make it better. And, as it is no doubt clear from your various social media feeds, we need alternative visualizations now more than ever.

With notes from:
Turse, Nick. “Pentagon Video Warns of “Unavoidable” Dystopian Future for World’s Biggest Cities.” The Intercept. 13 Oct. 2016.

Visions Of A Potential Future

EPFC | February 8th, 2017

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curator: Christina Battle

VISIONS OF A POTENTIAL FUTURE

In October, 2016 online publication The Intercept obtained a video made by the Pentagon for an internal military audience. The 5 minute video, titled “Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” presents a view of the future, specifically of global cities: “The video is nothing if not an instant dystopian classic: melancholy music, an ominous voiceover, and cascading images of sprawling slums and urban conflict. ‘Megacities are complex systems where people and structures are compressed together in ways that defy both our understanding of city planning and military doctrine,’ says a disembodied voice. ‘These are the future breeding grounds, incubators, and launching pads for adversaries and hybrid threats.’”

Used by the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations University as a training guide against “The Emerging Terrorism Threat,” the video gives us a clue into just how our militaries are preparing for the future. From The Intercept: “‘This is the world of our future,’ warns the narrator of ‘Megacities.’ ‘It is one we are not prepared to effectively operate within and it is unavoidable. The threat is clear. Our direction remains to be defined. The future is urban.’”

This is where we begin. Throughout the month of February, as part of Echo Park Film Centre’s Marvelous Movie Mondays, I will present three alternative visualizations of what the future might look like as proposed by media artists. I see visualizing the future as a strategy for creating it – a way to see the potentials for how it might be, how it could be, and to help us to imagine strategies that might make it better. And, as it is no doubt clear from your various social media feeds, we need alternative visualizations now more than ever.

With notes from:
Turse, Nick. “Pentagon Video Warns of “Unavoidable” Dystopian Future for World’s Biggest Cities.” The Intercept. 13 Oct. 2016.

Video #1:
Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity: https://vimeo.com/187093104

LUPER

EPFC | January 30th, 2017

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curator: Brian C. Short

SOUND & MOTION

Luper – A duet from Gloria’s Cause, choreographed by Dayna Hanson for dancers Jim Kent and Jessie Smith. Shot by Benjamin Kasulke in summer 2011 for the feature film Improvement Club.

https://vimeo.com/54582252

Festivals We Love: the 8fest

EPFC | January 23rd, 2017

the8fest is North America’s longest-running festival devoted to all forms of small-gauge film, including super 8, 8mm, 9.5 and loops, shown in their original formats. the8fest showcases the 70+ history of small gauge film – from contemporary artists’ work in the form, to its wider cultural use in home movies, instructional loops and beyond.This year’s edition of the8fest consists of eight programmes, one super 8 camera workshop, and two artist’s talks.

This year marks the8fest’s 10th anniversary! Running January 27 – 29, 2017 at Toronto’s SPK Polish Combatants Hall, there’s going to be a ton of small gauge fun for everyone! Check out all the festival details here!

Sacred Revolution

EPFC | January 23rd, 2017

MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!!
guest curator: Brian C. Short

SOUND & MOTION

“Sacred Revolution” by Susanna, from the album Triangle, released by SusannaSonata. Video by Helge Sten, whom some may know as Deathprod. Sourced from the moire patterns of a CRT monitor, this oceanic video is both subtle and precise.

https://vimeo.com/163830235