BIFF Shorts: Experimental
Cinematic poetry and essays in pixels and celluloid. 77 minutes.
Jason Livingston (Dir), 20 minutes, USA, NY Premiere
Ancient Sunshine traces a meandering path through coal extraction and climate defense in the American West, in a captivating political and ecological essay.
the gleaners, and: ritual for signaled bodies
Benjamin Rosenthal & Eric Souther (Dir), 9 minutes, USA, Special Presentation
This experimental animation blurs the boundaries between interior/exterior, the few/ the many, etc and permiates surfaces, skins, projections and inferences.
A ritual for creating new worlds and situations for fragmented bodies, signals pass through the joints of animated and genderless bodies and body parts entangling the body-signal-actions both materially and conceptually as these control mechanisms interfere with pre-animated content.
Tyler Hubby (Dir), 13 minutes, USA, NY Premiere
Bathing in the murky depths of folklore, this surrealist horror short uses hypnotic techniques to recount the gruesome appetite of Los Angeles' Echo Lake in this darkly comic mediation.
Caitlin Mary Deibel (Dir), 3 minutes, USA, World Premiere
An interpersonal performance shot in 16MM that merges the oneiric qualities of Maya Deren with the humor of Charlie Chaplin in a ballet mecanique.
Probes and Burrows
Barbara Lattanzi (Dir), 4 minutes, USA, WNY Premiere
A hypnotic simulation and riff on the behavior of some organisms interacting with their environment - an abstract population that probes and burrows.
Laura Kraning (Dir), 4 minutes, USA, WNY Premiere
Images gathered from two years of walks through forests and the suburban landscapes of Western New York create a mosaic of intersecting slices of time in this exploration of stillness, motion, cracks and fissures.
Jason Bernagozzi (Dir), 4 minutes, USA, WNY Premiere
Framing historical records as a fragment between signifier and sign, this dispotian essay film explores the entanglement of data, images, narrative and land rights in Utah’s Sanpete Valley.
Scary Places/Shapes & Sizes
Pamela Falkenberg & Jack Cochran (Dir), 6 minutes, USA, NY Premiere
BIFF alum Pamela Falkenberg and Jack Cochran return with an indictment of American car culture and the alienating urban environments that result from cities designed around freeway systems, turning their lens on the urban sprawl of Austin, TX.
The Wind and The Kite
Robert Machoian & Keely Song (Dir), 7 minutes, USA, NY Premiere
An evocative tale of marital strife told through dance.
Barbara Lattanzi (Dir), 7 minutes, WNY Short Film, USA, World Premiere
In a process analogous to unstable chemical mixing, "Volcano Rondo" stirs up a photographic arrangement - a fire, a fire stoker, fuel for the fire - with a rondo.