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Light Matter Film Festival, No Name Cinema, James Hansen
Friday
March 1st
doors 7p ~ film 7:30

Light Matter

film festival traveling program

Tucked away in the village of Alfred in rural western New York, the experimental film and media arts festival Light Matter has become “a major East Coast showcase for experimental film and video” in three short years.  Spurred by a desire to bring together the often disconnected worlds of Film and Media Arts, curator James Hansen constructs thoughtful, eccentric programs that seek to create conversation between individual works, showcasing both emerging and established artists.... In 2024, Light Matter is taking its show on the road, with stops in Santa Fe, NYC and Chicago.  Spanning a host of mediums, medias, and styles, “this festival regards experimental media less as a genre and more as an open question, a form whose identity flickers into being at the moment when light hits the screen.”  This traveling program is for any film lover with a sense of adventure, a tolerance for flicker, and an open mind.

Featuring short films and videos by

Eduardo Gutierrez (Peru), Laura Kraning (USA), Jude Abu Zaineh (Canada/Palestine),
Simon Payne (UK), Valentin Sismann (France), Michael Lyons (Japan), Tina Sulc Resnik (Slovenia), Lorelei d’Andriole (USA), Teri Carson (Mexico), Joanna & Mark Byrne (UK), Esperanza Collado (Spain), Abinadi Meza (USA/Mexico), Bridget Coderc (UK),

and Linnea Nugent (USA)

curator James Hansen in attendance from NY  +  post-screening Q&A!
Carlos Gonzalez, No Name Cinema, Russian Tsarlag, Toilet Frenzy, Formulaic In Advance, U.T. 9 Scanner
Friday
March 22nd
doors 7p ~ film 7:30

three new videos by Carlos Gonzalez

Underground musician, graphic novelist, and filmmaker Carlos Gonzalez (aka Russian Tsarlag) takes us on an excursion into new frontiers of Hi8 depravity with three new video shorts created in 2023.

Full program (total runtime: 68 mins)

TOILET FRENZY (a woman enters a ramshackle "McDonald's" and gets more than she bargained for)

 

FORMULAIC IN ADVANCE (a lottery winner spends his fortune on an experimental microwave)

 

U.T. 9 SCANNER (a pair of government workers are called to investigate the finances of a T.V. psychic).

For fans of: regional home movies, basement futurism & crooked storytelling!

(presented on VHS!)

Upcoming Events

Fri March 1 - LIGHT MATTER film festival traveling program - Tucked away in the village of Alfred in rural western New York, the experimental film and media arts festival Light Matter has become “a major East Coast showcase for experimental film and video” in three short years.  Spurred by a desire to bring together the often disconnected worlds of Film and Media Arts, curator James Hansen constructs thoughtful, eccentric programs that seek to create conversation between individual works, showcasing both emerging and established artists.... In 2024, Light Matter is taking its show on the road, with stops in Santa Fe, NYC and Chicago.  Spanning a host of mediums, medias, and styles, “this festival regards experimental media less as a genre and more as an open question, a form whose identity flickers into being at the moment when light hits the screen.”  This event is for any film lover with a sense of adventure, a tolerance for flicker, and an open mind.  Featuring short films and videos by Eduardo Gutierrez (Peru), Laura Kraning (USA), Jude Abu Zaineh (Canada/Palestine), Simon Payne (UK), Valentin Sismann (France), Michael Lyons (Japan), Tina Sulc Resnik (Slovenia), Lorelei d’Andriole (USA), Teri Carson (Mexico), Joanna & Mark Byrne (UK), Esperanza Collado (Spain), Abinadi Meza (USA/Mexico), Bridget Coderc (UK), and Linnea Nugent (USA) - (curator James Hansen in attendance from Alfred NY + post-screening Q&A!)

Thurs March 7, 6-8pm - Chess & Jazz club - Chess playing and jazz listening, open to all skill levels. Free herbal tea. Every first & third Thursday of the month.

Thurs March 21, 6-8pm - Chess & Jazz club - Chess playing and jazz listening, open to all skill levels. Free herbal tea. Every first & third Thursday of the month.

Fri March 22 - three short videos by CARLOS GONZALEZ - Underground musician, graphic novelist, and filmmaker Carlos Gonzalez (aka Russian Tsarlag) takes us on an excursion into new frontiers of Hi8 depravity with three new video shorts created in 2023. The night's program will feature TOILET FRENZY (a woman enters a ramshackle "McDonald's" and gets more than she bargained for), FORMULAIC IN ADVANCE (a lottery winner spends his fortune on an experimental microwave), and U.T. 9 SCANNER (a pair of government workers are called to investigate the finances of a T.V. psychic).  Total Runtime: 68 mins.  For fans of: regional home movies, basement futurism, and crooked storytelling!  One of No Name Cinema's favorite artists!  (presented on VHS!)

Thurs April 4, 6-8pm - Chess & Jazz club - Chess playing and jazz listening, open to all skill levels. Free herbal tea. Every first & third Thursday of the month.

April (exact date TBA) - ROBERT FRANK centennial celebration

Thurs April 18, 6-8pm - Chess & Jazz club - Chess playing and jazz listening, open to all skill levels. Free herbal tea. Every first & third Thursday of the month.

Tues April 23 - CRAIG BALDWIN 3D double 16mm expanded cinema performance "11th Dimension"  (filmmaker in attendance from San Francisco + 3D glasses provided!)

Fri May 3 - OPEN SCREEN v.5  (Open to all local artists/filmmakers working in experimental, personal, animation and/or non-fiction filmmaking.  Maximum one submission per person, 15 mins or less.  Submissions open in April.)

Sat May 18 - COURTNEY STEPHENS Terra Femme - An hour long, archival film live performance. (filmmaker in attendance from Los Angeles + post-screening Q&A!)

Fri June 7 - George Kuchar's WEATHER DIARIES marathon

(flyers for past events)

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