PROJECT-C: SHORT FILMS THAT EXPLORE BIG IDEAS
CURATORIAL ESSAY BY APRIL THOMPSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CINEWORKS:
In the films, The Script, by Conor Provenzano and The Feminine Appetite, by Isaac You, archival footage is used to critique social standards and cultural mythologies such as whiteness and attractiveness. These artists use sound, pacing, and narrative to satirize this footage as anachronistic, while also giving us pause to reflect on how these ideas manifest in our contemporary moment.
In the films Travel Sizes by Xinyue Liu, Once Upon A Time, by Han Pham, and Ice Cream by Sydney Southam, we see personal reflections on embodied memory, collective identity, and how shared images can create longing for place and family. Each of these filmmakers present a unique approach to the boundary between fiction and non-fiction, considering how the two can be merged within the imagery we consume.
In A Meditation on Grain, by David Avelino, and No Monopoly on Bad Judgement by Peter Sickert, the artists use found footage and found audio to play with film’s very materiality. Respectively, they contemplate the poetics of a loop in sound and focus, and the warp of magnetic sound alongside the weave of grainy film stock. In these more abstract ensembles, we are encouraged to think through how the form dictates the message, and what meanings we project onto the medium.
In these more abstract ensembles, we are encouraged to think through how the form dictates the message, and what meanings we project onto the medium.