MadCat in Michigan

From: MadCat Women's Film Festival (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Jan 22 2007 - 15:31:06 PST

Women Make Films, Too, Projectorhead, and The Department of Screen Arts and
Culture Present

MadCat Women¹s International Film Festival Presented by festival curator,
Ariella Ben-Dov
Thursday, January 25, 7:00pm
Modern Languages Building, Lecture Room 2
University of Michigan
PUSHING THE FORM features a selection of films and videos from the 10th
annual MadCat Women¹s International Film Festival. Curated and presented by
Ariella Ben-Dov this series includes an array of formal experimentations and
innovations in storytelling. PUSHING THE FORM encompasses experimental
documentaries, animation, an ephemeral performance and optically printed
avant-garde works.

Dear Bill Gates Sarah Christman
2006 € 16 min € Color € Mini-DV € US
A simple correspondence evolves into a poetic visual essay exploring the
well-documented co-optation of our visual history and culture. Combining
original and archival images, video and images from the internet, Dear Bill
Gates draws unexpected connections among mining, memory and Microsoft.
Deep Woods Alison O¹Daniel
2006 € 6 min € Color € Mini-DV € UK
Part of a series, this performative video lures its male participants
through the filmmaker¹s enticing yet vague Web advertisements.
The Intimacy of Strangers Eva Weber
2005 € 19:35 min € Color € Beta SP € UK
A clandestine film crew prowls the streets of London capturing phone
conversations that take place in public. Weber ³steals² these intimate
moments and explores the ever-shrinking gap between private and public
spheres. She weaves seemingly random exchanges into a modern-day love story,
from first attraction to bitter end, creating an anonymous dance of life,
love, loss and hope.
Winter Return Chelsea Walton
2006 € 1 min € Color € Mini-DV € US
A moody stop-motion peek at a city.
Tune In Esther Johnson
2006 € 14:30 min € Color € DVD € UK
Follow the fascinating world of amateur radio operators, better known as
Radio Hams. Dealing with the politics of space and social communication,
this film blends documentary and abstract audio to reflect a world that
bridges both do-it-yourself and state-of-the-art technologies.
Orbit Kerry Laitala
2006 € 7 min € Color € Silent € 16mm € US
Candy-apple light emissions create a series of stimuli that tickle the
retinas‹a playful pulsation of mis-registered images made when a lab
accidentally split the film from 16mm to Regular 8. Kodachrome color fields
create tremulous vibrations, which hypnotize with their flickering beauty.
Boll Weevil Days Susan Simpson
2005 € 7 min € Color € 16mm € US
Set against the background of real and imagined Southern California
disasters, Simpson¹s film re-conceptualizes the disaster narrative. The
safety and ease of home gives way to waves of devastation. In the midst of
repeated blows, two figures take turns rescuing and doctoring one another
with extreme care and tenderness. A fragile paper city and yellowing
pictures of rescue workers from the 1930s creates an elliptical portrayal of
intimacy in the face of oblivion.
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. International entrants disregard the fee. 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. Previews will not be returned without a self addressed
stamped envelope. Early Bird Deadline: March 23, 2007. Late Bird Deadline:
May 21, 2007.

Founded in 1996, the MadCat Women¹s 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.
MadCat began as a volunteer organization and grew out of an essential need
within the San Francisco, Bay Area film community. The Festival emphasizes
work that is inventive and visionary. Tonight¹s program will include a
variety of work from the previous years¹ festival. The Festivals curator,
Ariella Ben-Dov will lead a discussion following the screening.
³Women Make Films Too² is an ongoing visiting artist and scholar series
focusing on professional women filmmakers working in the industry as well as
those who work as independent film and video artists. The series is a
University-wide forum and showcase for film screenings and symposia that
addresses the (in)visibility of women working in film. The focus of the
project is to bring to the University of
Michigan, women who will speak about their own work as well as scholars
whose writing specifically focus on women filmmakers. This year¹s Women Make
Films too is series is made possible in part by a generous donation from the
Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

Projectorhead is a project of the Donald Hall Collection in the Department
MadCat Women¹s International Film Festival
639 Steiner Street Unit C
San Francisco, CA 94117 USA

P. 415 436-9523
F. 415 934-0642
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MadCat Women¹s International Film Festival
Screening the best films by women directors from around the world

Screen Arts and Culture. Each year Projectorhead offers a program of film
screenings and hosts visiting artists in its ongoing series that is open to
the public
free of charge.
Information on MadCat Women¹s International Film festival:
Email: email suppressed
Information on Women Make Films, Too, please contact:
Jennifer Hardacker, Lecturer IV Department of Screen Arts and Culture
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Stashu Kybartas, Lecturer IV Department of Screen Arts and Culture
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Information on Projectorhead contact:
Philip Hallman, Librarian, Donald Hall Collection, Department of Screen Arts
and Culture, email suppressed

For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.