Q&A with Kevin Jerome Everson, Ross Meckfessel, and James Edmonds on Oct. 8 & 9

Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie, 2023, Australia, 16mm, 11m
Set to a rhythm that is at once convulsive and meditative, Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie’s Intersection collides crosswalks and traffic flows in an Eisensteinian onslaught of jagged, rapid-fire edits. The result is a riotous city symphony that captures the fractured sensations of contemporary urban space and sets it against a dense chorus of breaths, ums, and interjections.

Maryam Tafakory, 2023, Iran/U.K., 17m
No dialogue with English subtitles
In Mast-Del, an intimate conversation between two women summons memories and images—both original and appropriated from post-revolutionary Iranian cinema. Bathed in indigo and midnight blue and enmeshed in disorienting superimpositions and bleeding colors, these elusive glimpses cast a soft, violent gaze on oppression and desire, forbidden pleasure, and the specter of punishment.

James Edmonds, 2023, Germany, 4m
U.S. Premiere
James Edmonds’ impressionistic diary film catalogs lyrical fragments, flashes of memory, and bursts of light and texture collected on a trip to the English countryside. A modest paean to fleeting sensation and the ephemerality of memory, Disappearances wistfully contends with the present on the precipice of its inevitable loss.

If You Don’t Watch the Way You Move
Kevin Jerome Everson, 2023, U.S., 12m
North American Premiere
John Cage’s renowned composition receives a compelling remix while, in a recording studio in Columbia, Mississippi, Derek “Dripp” Whitfield Jr. and Taymond “ChoSkii” Hughes of the group BmE lay down a new track. Interpolating the worlds of hip hop and mid-century experimental music, Kevin Jerome Everson’s If You Don’t Watch the Way You Move both documents the labor process of the recording studio and subtly alludes to the filmmaker’s own work of structural assemblage.

N’Importe Quoi (for Brunhild)
Luke Fowler, 2023, France/U.K., 16mm, 10m
French, German, English with no subtitles
World Premiere
In N’Importe Quoi (for Brunhild), a playful and richly textured ode to the German radio artist and composer Brunhild Meyer-Ferrari—widow of musique concrète pioneer Luc Ferrari—portraiture becomes collaboration, as filmmaker Luke Fowler delves into his subject’s history and practice, and they explore together the collision of sound and image.

Spark from a Falling Star
Ross Meckfessel, 2023, U.S., 21m
World Premiere
A forbidding soundtrack of horns and distorted noise sets the scene for Ross Meckfessel’s Spark from a Falling Star, where shots of grocery store parking lots and dimly lit suburban roads breed atmospheres of low-level menace. At the other extreme, smooth digital renderings promise a shiny, spectral future utopia of clean lines and mirrored grids.