Women Alchemists: Monica Baptista

EPFC | June 6th, 2017

guest curator: Elena Pardo

Women Alchemists

There are artists still working with film around the world.
People who insist in doing so, as myself, consider that film has qualities and specific characteristics that are suitable for the experimentation we seek in our work.

The film lab is where great part of the alchemy happens and it has become the place where filmmakers and lovers of the photochemical cinema come together to collaborate, exchange knowledge and generate solutions that allow to continue working with this material.

In this program we will share the work of women who are part of artist run labs and whose films explore the possibilities of lab techniques, film material and film machines.

Monica Baptista (Portugal)

2011, DOC·EXP, 35mm, Colour/B&W, 22’30”

This film was made with series of images, over 4000, all them integrate a photographic recording that I have been carrying out for the past three years. Without any initial purpose that would circumscribe all these images, this photo diary drifts and accompanies many different circumstances, trips, places and people.

The editing of the film shown here does not resort to any major tricks: no image cutting was carried out – the photos are all here, in chronological sequence – frame speed was manipulated in a 35mm editing table where the mechanic and physical gesture can create a suspension of frame in time, interspersed with other moments in which the progression of the film takes on a syncopate rhythm.
Director.Photography.Editing: Mónica Baptista
Sound: Bruno Moreira

Mónica Baptista coollaborates with Átomo 47 lab in Oporto

Marvelous Movie Mondays June Curator: Elena Pardo!

EPFC | June 6th, 2017

Welcome to June, cinefriends! We’re excited to announce the artist who will be taking the curatorial helm of MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS for the month of June. Please join us in welcoming…


Elena lives between Oaxaca and Mexico City, where she has worked as a documentary, experimental cinema and animation filmmaker. Her short films have been selected at festivals and have been part of curatorial projects and experimental film compilations in Mexico, United States, Spain and France. She’s part of Trinchera Ensamble, an expanded cinema collective that recycles film equipment and footage for its performances. This interest in reusing materials resulted in her joining the community of filmmakers, programmers and scholars that carries out the Encuentro Internacional de Archivistas Audiovisuales (International Audiovisual Archive’s meeting) in Oaxaca every year since 2014. Since 2007, Elena has participated as a teacher of video production and animation with young people from diverse communities in Oaxaca. In 2013, she cofounded the Laboratorio Experimental de Cine (LEC), a non profit association dedicated to screening, producing and teaching about experimental cinema. An important part of this project is the preservation and dissemination of film-lab techniques and knowledge.

From Elena:
I grew up surrounded by film crews and equipment because my parents were involved in television commercial production. I found some of my favorite childhood toys on set or in the editing room. Some of these toys I still use. Later in life I had the chance to learn about experimental film and animation from Naomi Uman and Lourdes Villagómez. My work now is a continuous exploration on the possibilities of moving image, on the film material itself and on the communities that surround me. Together with other filmmakers we’re building the project called Laboratorio Experimental de Cine with the purpose to have a shared space to produce and screen films and to exchange knowledge with other colleagues.

And now, time to check out Elena’s film “Mi Barrio”:

One Day In July / Tawfiq’s Reef

EPFC | May 23rd, 2017

guest curator: Roger Hill

One Day In July
(Animated Short by Hermes Mangialardo Non)
A child plays with sand on a beach, but a soldier comes with his gun…

Tawfiq’s Reef
(Short Documentary by Anas Hamra and Roger Hill)
Tawfiq’s Reef is centered on the legacy of Tawfiq Abu Riyala, a Gaza fisherman who was shot dead by the Israeli Navy while attempting to build a man-made reef off the coast of Gaza, in order to catch fish and provide for his family.

The theme of May is “Stateless” and explores the works of diaspora Syrian and Palestinian artists and their stories. Today we look at two films that highlight what life is like in the Gaza Strip…especially for those families trying to make a living from the sea.

A Space Exodus

EPFC | May 15th, 2017

guest curator: Roger Hill

The theme of May is “Stateless” and explores the works of diaspora Syrian and Palestinian artists and their stories.

A Space Exodus quirkily sets up an adapted stretch of Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey in a Middle Eastern political context. The recognisable music scores of the 1968 science fiction film are changed to arabesque chords matching the surreal visuals of Sansour’s film.

Directed by Larissa Sansour

9 Days from my Window in Alleppo

EPFC | May 8th, 2017

guest curator: Roger Hill

The theme of May is “Stateless” and explores the works of diaspora Syrian and Palestinian artists and their stories.

9 Days from my Window in Alleppo. Directed by Issa Touma

This incredibly personal and moving documentary brings the audience into Aleppo and the life of the filmmaker. In August 2012, Syrian photographer Issa Touma awoke to the dawn of the rebel uprising in the city of Aleppo. He spent the next nine days holed up in his apartment, filming the emerging civil war outside.

Winner of the European Short Film Award at the European Film Awards