The Flaherty Film Seminar is doing something new. They are bringing some of the work from this summer’s excellent programming to NYC audiences at Anthology Film Archive.
The monthly event series will launch this Monday with a screening one of my favorite filmmakers from the seminar. This is Oliver Husain….
His short videos and films works are really not to be missed.
Chi-hui Yang said it best, “If part of the Seminar’s quest was to find a new language to deal with an interconnected, globally flattened reality, it was perhaps Oliver Husain who had the most coherent form… Surreal, romantic, disorienting and whimsical, his videos are experiential and almost undescribeable.”
Films and videos to be screened include:
Q (2002, 15 min.) – A fantasy of globalization set in a multicultural consumer space that fulfills its shoppers’ and viewers’ every desire and need.
Squiggle (2005, 21 min.) - Giving a wink to Bollywood, this film is a personal exploration of a young man’s desire to understand himself as an artist as he returns to India, his homeland.
Swivel (2003-05, 15 min.) - An experimental work in which the camera continuously swivels around to create a 360° panoramic portrait of new Shanghai.
Shrivel (2005, 8 min.) – A surrealist fantasy of a hyper- globalized Indonesian suburb where American consumer culture and lifestyle have taken over.
Green Dolphin (2008, 9 min.) - This hybrid films follows a Filipino Canadian woman as she recounts her complicated romantic affairs (which may or may not be imagined).
Mount Shasta (2008, 8 min.) – A 16-mm film of a puppet play created by Husain and based on incidents during a road trip through Oregon. Music by Canadian independent recording artist Mantler (a.k.a. Chris A. Cummings).
I will be actually moderating the Q&A… so come out and ask a good question.
General admission $10. ($8 for Anthology members and students)
Tickets can be purchased online by clicking HERE. You can also purchase tickets at the Anthology box office the day of the show.
Anthology Film Archives is located in the old Second Avenue Courthouse building in the East Village at 32 Second Ave. at the corner of 2nd Street.
The Flaherty is thrilled to be bringing the innovative and thought-provoking works that screen at the Flaherty Seminar to local audiences in New York City. The screenings will occur on the second Monday of every month at the Anthology Film Archives and will feature films and videos from the 2008 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, The Age of Migration, which took place in June. The fall schedule will showcase works by Oliver Husain (Canada/Germany), Alison Kobayashi (Canada), Sylvia Schedelbauer (Germany), and Lee Wang (USA) and will feature post-screening discussions with the filmmakers.
The Flaherty NYC series premiere on October 13 will feature the New York City debut of films by Oliver Husain, a German-Indian artist currently based in Toronto, who uses visual media to explore ideas of geography, migration, and globalization. His award-winning short films range from documentary to live-action composite to Bollywood dance sequences to most anything you can (and cannot) imagine. He carefully crafts worlds that are somewhat familiar to the viewer, but are also strangely bizarre, visually captivating, and fantastically delightful.