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From: Kevin McGarry (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Apr 09 2010 - 14:52:23 PDT

We're pleased to announce the first portion of the 2010 festival... and
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by Wed. May 5th

2nd Annual Migrating Forms Festival

May 14–23, 2010

Anthology Film Archives, New York

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NEW YORK, April 9, 2010 – Migrating Forms announces its second annual
festival, running Friday, May 14th through Sunday, May 23rd at Anthology
Film Archives in New York. Expanding from five days to ten, the 2010 edition
of Migrating Forms will present a program of new works by more than 50
artists representing a broad spectrum of contemporary film and video
practices. Also featured are nearly a dozen guest-curated and retrospective
screenings. The complete 2010 lineup will be released on
migratingforms.orgin mid-April. Migrating Forms developed from the New
York Underground Film
Festival (NYUFF) (1994–2008) and is led by former programmers of the NYUFF,
Nellie Killian and Kevin McGarry.

2010 Opening Night

Migrating Forms announces the United States premiere of Kevin Jerome
Everson’s Erie (2010) as the opening night screening of the 2010 festival.
Erie is the Ohio-born, Virginia-based artist’s fourth feature-length
project, following Spicebush (2005), Cinnamon (2006) and The Golden Age of
Fish (2008), all of which received their New York premieres at NYUFF.
Spicebush won the 2005 Jury Prize at NYUFF for Best Documentary.

Everson is also the prolific maker of more than seventy short films and videos
since the late 1990s. His work is regularly exhibited internationally, at
venues including the International Film Festival Rotterdam; Sundance Film
Festival; Images Festival, Toronto; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the
Pompidou Centre, Paris; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York;
REDCAT, Los Angeles; Whitechapel Gallery, London, among others.

[image: erie]

"Erie consists of a series of single take shots in and around communities
near Lake Erie. The scenes relate to a Black migration in the USA,
contemporary conditions, folks concentrating on the task at hand, theater
and famous art objects.

"I’m hanging out, coolin’, on the frames that connect the necessity and the
coincidence. Formally, that is.With a sense of place and historical
research, my films combine scripted and documentary elements with rich
elements of formalism. The subject matter is the gestures or tasks caused by
certain conditions in the lives of working class African Americans and other
people of African descent. The conditions are usually physical,
social-economic circumstances or weather. Instead of standard realism I
favor a strategy that abstracts everyday actions and statements into
theatrical gestures, in which archival footage is re-edited or re-staged,
real people perform fictional scenarios based on their own lives and
historical observations intermesh with contemporary narratives. The
films suggest
the relentlessness of everyday life — along with its beauty — but also
present oblique metaphors for art-making.” (Everson)

  2010 Special Events

Retrospective: Jean-Pierre Gorin
Jean-Pierre Gorin will present a program of his work including two films from
his California Trilogy, Poto and Cabengo (1976) and Routine
Pleasures(1986). Most famous for his work as a member of the Dziga
Vertov Group with
Jean-Luc Godard, Gorin’s trio of films on “language, arrested development,
and cultural displacement in Southern California” (Senses of Cinema) are
important touchstones for the essay film genre.
Co-presented with Light Industry

Poto and Cabengo (1976)
Gorin’s first solo feature touches on many themes that would remain central
to his later work, through the lens of San Diego twins who developed a
private language. Gorin’s film advances in parallel lines, tracking the media
frenzy around the twins, expert analysis of their case, the cultural and
linguistic roots of their language and his own involvement in their lives.
Introduced by Jean-Pierre Gorin

Routine Pleasures (1986)
The best-known film in Gorin’s trilogy focuses on a group of model train
enthusiasts who meet near the studio of the director’s friend, the painter
and critic Manny Farber. “Routine Pleasures centers on the notion of work:
in their rage for detail, the model railroaders offer a skewed metaphor for
the painter’s work and my own as a filmmaker.” (Gorin)
Introduced by Jean-Pierre Gorin

Retrospective: Kerry Tribe
This survey of the Los Angeles/Berlin-based artist Kerry Tribe’s moving
image works created over the past fifteen years tracks her continued
exploration of the limits, failures and crises of cognition. Tribe will
present and discuss her projects made for screen and those made for

Tribe’s most recent film, H.M. (2009), is currently on view in 2010: The
Whitney Biennial. Her work has also been exhibited at the New Museum of
Contemporary Art, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,
Washington, DC; the Generali Foundation, Vienna; Kunst Werke, Berlin; and
SMAK, Gent. She was a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in 2005-2006,
received her MFA from UCLA in 2002, was a Whitney Independent Study Program
fellow in 1997–98 and received her BA in art and semiotics from Brown
University in 1997.

Ed Ruscha: 16mm films
A rare East Coast presentation of the seminal American artist's only film
works, Premium (1971) and Miracle (1975).
Introduced by Linda Norden

Made in Hollywood (1990) by Bruce and Norman Yonemoto
An irony-steeped depiction of the personal and cultural mediation of reality
and fantasy, desire and identity, by the myths of television and cinema. A
cult cast features Patricia Arquette, Mike Kelley, Ron Vawter, and more.
Preceded by the Yonemotos’ classic short video Vault (1984).
Presented by Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
Introduced by Bruce Yonemoto

NDP Exchange Program programmed by Matt Keegan and James Richards
A screening of works by Steve Reinke & Jean Paul Kelly and James Richards
and others celebrating the spirit and final installment of North Drive Press,
the non-thematic artist publication.
Presented by North Drive Press

Soziale Plastik I programmed by Brian McCarthy
David Cronenberg’s Stereo (1969) inaugurates this series, to be continued at
ISSUE Project Room in the fall, on Joseph Beuys and video abstraction.
Cronenberg’s film will be screened with work by Leslie Thornton, Stom Sogo,
and Ben Russell.

Tube Time: Online Found Footage Duel
Teams led by Triple Canopy's Sam Frank, CTRL+W33D's Keenhan Konyha, Rhizome's
Ceci Moss and filmmaker Jessie Stead present their most overboard online
finds of the year, week or moment for this annual, tournament-style

E.P.I.C. Extreme Private Intimate Cinema curated by Bradley Eros
Continuing an eleven-year tradition of organizing special screenings for
Migrating Forms and NYUFF, Eros has paired filmmakers and arranged for them
to watch and respond to each other’s work in private. Over the course of the
festival, these screenings, each with an audience of two, will take place
around the world.

2010 Trailer

Each year Migrating Forms commissions a festival trailer by a previously
participating filmmaker. The 2010 trailer was created by Leslie Thornton
and can be viewed online at:

“Leslie Thornton's rigorously experimental film and video work is an
investigation into the production of meaning through media. For Thornton,
form and content are co-extensive, as exemplified by her epic project Peggy
and Fred in Hell, an ongoing cycle of interrelated films, videos and
installation environments focusing on two children who have been "raised by
television." Thornton was born in 1951 in Knoxville, Tennessee. She studied
with filmmakers Hollis Frampton, Stan Brakhage, Paul Sharits and Peter
Kubelka at the State University of New York/Buffalo, and with Richard
Leacock and Ed Pincus at MIT in Cambridge, MA. Her film and media works have
been exhibited worldwide, in venues including The Museum of Modern Art, New
York; the Whitney Biennial exhibition; Rotterdam International Film
Festival; New York Film Festival; and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley.” (EAI)

2010 Jury

There are no cash prizes or predetermined awards at Migrating Forms.
Instead, a panel of artists or curators devises written awards according to
whatever criteria they feel most relevant to the program as a whole,
indicative of unique achievement, and/or beneficial to the filmmakers.

The 2010 jury is Rebecca Cleman, Ben Coonley and Thomas Zummer, all of whom
are based in Brooklyn, New York.

Rebecca Cleman is the Director of Distribution of Electronic Arts Intermix
(EAI). She has organized screenings and/or “situations” for the New York
Underground Film Festival; Light Industry, Brooklyn; Public Opinion
Laboratory; Anthology Film Archives; and ISSUE Project Room, among others.
In May 2009 she chaired “Copyright and the Moving-Image, Online,” for the
Oberhausen International Film Festival, Germany. Along with Jay Sanders and
Andrew Lampert, in December 2009 she organized a discussion between Richard
Foreman and Paul Chan around the work of Stuart Sherman, as an event
launching EAI’s distribution of preserved Sherman titles.

Ben Coonley is a video and electronic media artist. His work has been
exhibited at International Film Festival Rotterdam, the New York Underground
Film Festival, Images, PDX, FLEX, CORNCHEX, Performa 09, 2nd Moscow
Biennial, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Monkeytown (R.I.P.), the New Museum, Stan
Brakhage Film Symposium, Rhizome, GQ.com (really!), YouTube and Google
Video. He has collaborated on projects with artists including Marisa Olson,
Nao Bustamante, Michael Smith, James Fotopolous, and Dr. Jonathan Zizmor.
His 2006 Internet catsploitation film Valentine for Perfect Strangers was
included on Diablo Cody’s list of the top viral videos of 2009. He has
taught media production courses at Princeton University and the New School.

Thomas Zummer is a scholar, writer, artist and curator, and a frequent
lecturer on philosophy, aesthetics, and the history of technology. His
artworks have been exhibited worldwide. Thomas Zummer has taught at Brown
University, New York University, The New School, and Tyler School of
Art/Temple University. He is currently Regular Visiting Professor in the
Transmedia programme/post-graduate at the Hogeschool Sint-Lukas/Universite
Leuven in Brussels, and Faculty in Philosophy at the Europäische
Universität für Intisziplinare Studien (EUFIS), Saas-Fee, Switzerland.


Migrating Forms invites all curators, distributors, programmers, writers and
representatives of colleague organizations to attend the festival as
accredited guests. To join us during the festival, email your name, contact
information and affiliation to email suppressed by Wednesday, May
5, 2010.

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An annual, ten-day festival dedicated to new experimental film and video,
Migrating Forms grew out of the New York Underground Film Festival, which
ended in April 2008. Led by the former directors and programmers of NYUFF,
Migrating Forms continues the tradition of presenting new experimental
cinema and visual arts film/video each Spring at New York's historic
Anthology Film Archives. Last year's inaugural festival featured new work by
Stephanie Barber, Phil Collins, Barry Doupé, Bradley Eros, Kevin Jerome
Everson, Jim Finn, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Michael Gitlin, Barbara Hammer,
Susan Hiller, Owen Land, Oliver Laric, Jeanne Liotta, Josephine Meckseper,
Pavel Medvedev, Shana Moulton, Pat O'Neil, Lucy Raven, Ben Rivers, Michael
Robinson, Amie Siegel, John Smith, Naomi Uman, Erika Vogt, and many more. A
full listing of filmmakers is available at migratingforms.org.

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2nd annual Migrating Forms Festival
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