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Arts + Lit Lab | Mills Folly Microcinema: Golden Jubilee
July 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$5
Mills Folly Microcinema presents Golden Jubilee and Experimental Short Films
Join us for an evening of recent short experimental films on Wednesday, July 28, at 8:00 p.m. (Please note later start, closer to sunset.) Admission $5.00, free for ALL members. Seating is limited, and doors open at 7:30 p.m. A $1 fee will be added for single admission credit card charges, but no fee for multiple admissions ($10 or more).
Mills Folly programmers have been busy surveying recent online experimental film festivals this past Spring, and we will present programs of short films and videos during our Summer 2022 season.
Two Sisters | Magdalena Bermudez | 2021 | 8 minutes
A history of sister portraiture is reanimated by nascent datasets, as portraits dodge derogatory categories by paradoxically inhabiting both one and multiple bodies. Featured at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Audience Award winner at the 2022 Milwaukee Underground Film Festival.
Flowers blooming in our throats | Eva Giolo | Belgum, Italy | 2020 | 8.5 minutes
Everyday occupations, some domestic tools, fruits, light, rope and many hands. Hands that dig in the earth, that cut, that cook, that touch, rip, wash, squeeze, erase, press, push. The sound of domestic spaces and its silence. Red flowers one summer. Flowers blooming in our throats is a cinematic poem in response to the worldwide pandemic of 2020.
Golden Jubilee | Sunil Sanzgiri | 2021 | 19 minutes
What is liberation when so much has already been taken? Who has come for more? Golden Jubilee, the third film in a series of works about memory, diaspora and decoloniality, takes as its starting point scenes of the filmmaker’s father navigating a virtual rendering of their ancestral home in Goa, India, created using the same technologies of surveillance that mining companies use to map locations for iron ore in the region. A tool for extraction and exploitation becomes a method for preservation. The father, sparked by a memory of an encounter as a child, inhabits the voice of a spirit known locally as Devchar, whose task is to protect the workers, farmers, and the once communal lands of Goa. Protection from what the filmmaker asks? Sanzgiri’s signature blend of 16mm sequences, 3D renders, direct animation, and desktop aesthetics are vividly employed in this lush, and ghostly look at questions of heritage, culture, and the remnants of history.
Home When You Return | Carl Elsaesser | 2021 | 30 minutes
“Superimposing the stories of two women—the filmmaker’s late grandmother and the amateur filmmaker Joan Thurber Baldwin—Home When You Return explores the psychogeographies of mourning through a variety of modes, from documentary to melodrama. Emptied and put up for sale following its matriarch’s passing, the family home becomes the site of a winding tour through polymorphic representations of the past in media and memory.” – NYFF Currents description.