Migrating Forms at Anthology Film Archives, April 15 –19, 2009

From: Kevin McGarry (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Mar 18 2009 - 23:34:41 PDT

Hi everyone,
We're well into programming the first Migrating Forms festival, the new
incarnation of the NY Underground Film Festival, taking place at Anthology
Film Archives April 15–19. We've just released preliminary info about some
of this year's highlights. All is below, or you can download a pdf at

For more information, contact Kevin McGarry or Nellie Killian at
email suppressed

NEW YORK, NY (March 19, 2009)—Migrating Forms, the organization that has
grown out of the New York Underground Film Festival (1993–2008), will
present its inaugural festival of film and video from April 15–19 at
Anthology Film Archives in New York City. Under its new moniker, the
festival focuses on presenting new experimental film and video work from
around the world. Across five days, the festival will show more than 12
feature films and 60 shorts during 30 screenings programmed by two former
directors of the NYUFF, Nellie Killian and Kevin McGarry.

Migrating Forms will open on Wednesday, April 15 at 8:00pm with Dialogues
(2009), a new film by one of the early masters of the structuralist
avant-garde, Owen Land (formerly George Landow). Incorporating humor, tropes
of television and advertising, word play, and structural manipulation to
create a completely unique body of work, Dialogues is Land’s first film in a
decade, and in his words,

"On one level, Dialogues is a parody of Scorpio Rising, using era-specific
hit records to locate scenes in time and mood; on another level, it's an
interpretation of Plato's dialogue 'Phaedo,' in which Socrates proves the
doctrine of re-incarnation; on still another level, it is a polemic for the
Tantric belief in the sacredness of male-female polarity. With music by
Meredith Monk, Laurie Anderson, Joan Baez, Patti Smith, The Byrds, Phil
Collins, Alice Cooper, Genesis, The Human League, et al. Rated R: Restricted
to audiences with a knowledge of Art History."

Michael Gitlin’s new film The Earth Is Young (2009) will close the festival
on Sunday, April 19 at 8:00pm. Gitlin’s work (The Birdpeople, Berenice) has
been shown internationally at museums, biennials and film festivals. In The
Earth Is Young, Gitlin explores the relationship between science and faith,
and writes:

"The Earth Is Young takes as its starting point a series of interviews
conducted with Young Earth Creationists, who find evidence of a six-day,
six-thousand-year old creation in their reading of the fossil and geological
record. Bordering on a kind of science-fiction film, The Earth Is Young is
an essay about the nature of science, and about the tools, both physical and
ideological, with which one builds a model of the world."

The full program will be announced on Wednesday, March 25 at

A selection of films premiering this year:

What Manner of Person Art Thou? (2008) directed by Erin Cosgrove – New York
Ponytail directed by Barry Doupé (2008) – United States Premiere
7915 KM directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter (2008) – United States Premiere
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo directed by Jessica Oreck (2009) – New York
Impolex (2009) directed by Alex Ross Perry – World Premiere

Guest curators include 16beaver, Bidoun Magazine, e-flux and Bradley Eros.

A three-person jury comprised of Redmond Entwistle (artist, New York, NY),
Jacob Korczynski (programmer for Images Festival, Toronto, ON) and Astria
Suparak (director of Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA) will
determine special distinctions for outstanding new work presented during the

For industry accreditation, please contact Jaime Pereira at
email suppressed before April 7. For press inquires, email
(address suppressed)

Migrating Forms wishes to thank the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for
their support of the 2009 festival.

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Kevin McGarry
Migrating Forms
PO Box 1072 - Cooper Station
New York, NY 10276
646 271 0833
2009 Festival
April 15-19
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.