It's been a while since I've posted an update here – apologies for the absence! In December I welcomed a new baby into my family life and, while things have been a bit topsy-turvy, they are finally starting to settle again. In the meantime, there are a bunch of news updates that have accumulated so here's a rundown:
In January I started a new Patreon account. I've got a description of my intentions that you can read there, but in a nutshell I'm looking for alternative methods for funding projects and connecting with audiences, while recognizing my time is becoming scarcer with my developing family life. By becoming a patron, you'll get postcards in the mail and exclusive access to new work, including a feature-length diary film I am posting episodically on a monthly basis. (This project might not ever show at a festival or cinema either!) You can become a patron for as little as $1/month and get access to all the material, so please check out the link and consider pitching me $12/year – I would really appreciate it!
This month, Found Footage Magazine's Special Issue #5 was released, featuring an interview I did with the Hungarian filmmakers Péter Litcher and Bori Máté, their first in English. Our discussion covers such films as Polaroids, No Signal Detected, Pure Virtual Function, The Headless Appearance, and their new co-directed feature, The Rub. The issue has a great assortment of articles and images. Order it here!
“'Bad' quality images will always be (and have been) more interesting to me than 'good' quality images, because when the cinema wants to become reality, it always fails to be
art." – Péter Lichter
phenomenology, the corporeal turn, and sensuousness have become important within the past
decade because we have strayed too far from our bodies and senses. What we, and
many other artists, offer is a strategy to find our way back to the sensorium..." – Bori Máté
In other screening news:
Midway screened at the8fest in Toronto on January 25th, with the original Kodachrome reversal print hitting the light of a projector and the retinas of audiences for the very first time! This was a great screening that was especially resonant for me as I have worked as a technician at this festival in previous years, and was very happy to be able to share the film, which was shot at Toronto's Canadian National Exhibition, for a hometown audience. You can watch Midway on Vimeo here!
To wrap up, I've been posting monthly news updates on this site since I first built it in 2013. I've been blessed to have enough consistency with presentations of my work over the last five years such that I've always had something new to announce, and last December was the first month where I didn't have time to post something, or any screenings going on. The fact that this coincided with the birth of my daughter Maya was not a coincidence, as I'm trying to scale back right now and focus my time on new work and new family (plus some long-outstanding writing projects as well).
Now that I'm active on Patreon, I will be shifting to monthly updates on that platform – including a new vlog – which will be rounded out by quarterly updates here.
This month, I'm performing live at Arrayspace on Sunday, November 18th, with improvisors Bill Gilliam (piano), Bill McBirnie (flute), Eugene Martynec (laptop), Ambrose Pottie (percussion), and Glen Hall (soprano sax).
Update: Here is a documentation of the performance, where I am controlling the video projections in real time with direct input response from the music.
Screenings this month:
memento mori at Dok Leipzig, October 29 - November 4th.
Palmerston Blvd. at Nomadica Festival, Bologna, Italy, November 4th.
Palmerston Blvd. at Antimashup Festival, Angoulême, France, November 10-11th.
Lines of Force at L'Alternativa Festival, Barcelona, Spain, November 12-18th.
Taylor Creek at Ultracinema Festival in Xalapa, Mexico, November 24th, curated by Duo Strangloscope.
^ Palmerston Blvd. at Nomadica Festival, Bologna, Italy.
- Taylor Creek, Generation, and Concrescence at Planet in Focus Film Festival, Al Green Theatre, Toronto, October 27th, 8:30 PM. With Isle of the Hungry Ghosts (2018, Germany, documentary directed by Gabrielle Brady). I will be in attendance!
Generation will receive its NY Premiere at "Designed Reminiscence Vol. 1," a programme of short films exploring family, home, and memory, curated by Alex Faoro and presented on August 18th.
Several of my recent works will be shown as part of Unseen Festival in Denver, Colorado, this September, including the world premiere of Lines of Force (2018) in a programme entitled "City Symphonies" on September 3rd, Generation at pop-up gallery Georgia on September 7th, and Taylor Creek on September 15th, in a programme entitled "Lake Club." The full programme is available here.
Palmerston Blvd. also receives its Californian premiere in a programme of excellent short films entitled "your mileage may vary" at San Diego Underground Film Festival on August 26th. Very grateful to have my work return to this wonderful festival!
I've also recently started artist pages on Facebook and Instagram – please give these a like, follow, or share if you feel so inclined! I'll be posting content from whatever I happen to be currently working on.
^ Still image from Lines of Force (2018, 2 min, 4K)
Looking forward to heading to NYC on May 8th to present Palmerston Blvd. at Anthology Film Archives for the launch of Millennium Film Journal's Issue #67! The programme is curated by Rachel Stevens & Grahame Weinbren and also features works by Lorna Mills, Naeem Nohaiemen, Alee Peoples, and Anita Thacher. The issue is available now – buy your copy at http://www.mfj-online.org/
Finally, I am excited to announce the world premiere of Taylor Creek at San Francisco Cinematheque's Crossroads Festival, June 7–10th at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, in the programme "lines are drawn," alongside films by Paul Clipson, sair goetz, Rosa John, Nico La Shae, Talena Sanders, Kelly Sears, Alexander Stewart, and Antoinette Zwirchmayr. The full schedule looks amazing!
"Fever in the Insta-Archive: An Interview with Dan Browne," by Clint Enns will be published in the upcoming Millennium Film Journal, Issue #67 (Spring 2018). Pre-order discount until April 12th at http://www.mfj-online.org/.