MadCat screens at UCLA

From: MadCat Women's Film Festival (email suppressed)
Date: Mon May 15 2006 - 15:39:40 PDT

UCLA is proud to present:

The MadCat Women's International Film Fest Tour

Tuesday, May 16, 7pm
UCLA at De Neve Auditorium
The event is FREE and open to the public. Please join us. Questions ­ Please
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The MadCat Womenıs International Film Festival seeks to exhibit provocative
and visionary works that are original in their use of the medium. The
festivalıs goal is to emphasize innovative works by women that challenge the
use of sound and image and explore notions of visual storytelling. This
international festival advances an alternative vision by emphasizing work
that exploits the medium.

Curated by Ariella J. Ben-Dov, Executive Director/Curator MadCat Women's
International Film Festival

These alternately loving and disturbing 16mm portraits hail from Austria,
France, Germany, Mexico and the US. Filmmakers use editing, optical printing
and camera movement (or lack there of) to create an ethnographic study of
Romania, a musical peek at a girl on the verge of puberty and a pulsating
footage bonanza among other stories.

donıt leave without news Christine Khalafian
2005 18 min Color 16mm
Russian children do cartwheels, men play soccer, nomads wander the land, a
tightrope walker impresses tourists, and villagers embark on a pilgrimage to
a buried relic. Shot in modern-day Armenia, the traveling filmmaker captures
chance encounters, conversations from field recordings, interviews, and
narrative insights offered on the way. No famous landmarks or distinct
ethnic symbols clue in the viewer. Eschewing the obvious relationship
between sound and image, this travelerıs fantasy creates an amalgam of the
harshness of life in a struggling post-Soviet republic.

Contemplating the City (Contemplando La Ciudad) Angela Reginato
2005 3:30 min B/W US/MX
Perfectly without affect, a girl sings along with a pop tune, transporting
herself through space and time to Mexico City circa 1978.

Picture Again Linda Christanell
2003 9 min Silent Color Austria
Barbara Stanwick and Fred MacMurray star in this sultry reframing of Double
Indemnity. Freed from the confines of the Billy Wilderıs narrative, the film
links this classic Hollywood film noir to her own stunning footage taken in
the streets of Berlin and Madrid.

The Influence of Ocular Light Perception on Metabolism
Stella Friedrichs & Thomas Draschan
2005 5 min Color Austria/Germany
A rhythmically edited found-footage celebration of nature. Set to a driving
beat with snippets of found sound, this is nature like you have never seen
itŠ. Come and take a colorful, sexual five-minute ride.

Bubonic Prairie Mary Beth Reed
2005 3 min Silent Color US
An elegant hand-painted swath of color and texture.

Ice/Sea Vivian Ostrovsky
2004 32 min Color 16mm France
Ostrovskyıs latest tour-de-force combines her signature style of montage
cinema‹mixing found footage with her own shot footage. Ice/Sea offers a
hyperactive and hilarious seaside romp from Patagonia to Odessa, Rio to Viet
Nam, and elsewhere. The rollicking at a channel-surfing pace proves
experimental cinema can have a joyous edge and a sense of humor. The
soundtrack has an ingenious tidal flow of found and created sound that
propels this rambling document of sheer, sandy fun. Ostrovsky, who grew up
in Rio de Janeiro, has captured the essence of how life is a beach‹the
commingling of families, couples and playmates, the languorous
sun-worshiping repose, the irresistible compulsion for leering, the
cavalcade of characters, and the surprises beyond the inevitable
sand-in-your-suit. The celebrated avant-gardist has wryly advised, ³Wear
your flip flops.² Watch for a cameo appearance by fellow filmmaker Ulriche

MadCat Womenıs International Film Festival turns TEN in 2006! Be part of
history and submit your film today.

MadCat seeks provocative and visionary films and videos directed or
co-directed by women. Films can be of any length or genre and produced ANY
year. MadCat is committed to showcasing work that challenges the use of
sound and image and explores notions of visual story telling. All
subjects/topics will be considered. Submission Fee: $10-30 sliding scale.
Pay what you can afford. For more details go to
or call 415 436-9523. Preview Formats: VHS or DVD. Exhibition Formats: 35mm,
16mm, Super8, Beta SP, Mini DV, VHS, DVD. All entries must include a self
addressed stamped envelope for return of materials. Extended Deadline: May
29, 2006.

Mad Mission
Founded in 1996 the MadCat Womenıs International Film Festival (MadCat) is a
highly acclaimed international festival that exhibits independent and
experimental films and videos directed by women from around the globe. The
Festival emphasizes work that is inventive and visionary. Our annual
takes place at select San Francisco and Berkeley venues throughout the month

The Festival was founded to create a forum the highlights women artists. The
Festivalıs primary goal is to bring these works to a range of San Francisco,
Bay Area venues and across the country to audiences who would not normally
exposed to this kind of work. MadCat exhibits films by women that challenge
use of sound and image and explore notions of visual storytelling.

A New Look at the Curatorial Process
MadCat has established a strong reputation for programming series of acute
insightful films audiences would be hard pressed to find anywhere else.
sets itself apart from other womenıs festivals by curating its programs
thematically as opposed to looking for films solely about womenıs issues.
with each year comes a completely new set of films and topics. MadCat seeks
educate spectators about the art of cinema through programming that
incorporates both experimental films and more accessible works. The
distinct curatorial approach allows audiences to make their own connections
between films and aids them in developing a film vocabulary by the mere act
watching a program. MadCatıs unique angle on programming often refreshes and
surprises its audiences. MadCat allows viewers to look into the vast array
topics women film and videomakers are wrestling with and expand traditional
notions of ³womenıs issues². The audience will not sit back and wait for the
images to wash over them nor for a simple narrative to tell its story.
the audience is watching a documentary, narrative, animation or experimental
film they will be on the edge of their seats grappling and participating
the visual texts set before them. By providing a dedicated exhibition venue
the San Francisco, Bay Area, MadCat encourages women and girls to take
control behind the camera, increasing visibility and opportunity for women
the arts.

³The MadCat Film Festival tests, expands, and evolves the traditional,
politically motivated, 20th Century definition of Œthe womenıs film
Independent Film and Video Monthly

MadCat Women's International Film Festival
639 Steiner Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 USA

Phone: 415 436-9523
Fax: 415 934-0642
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For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.