Mar 5 2020

5:30PM
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Mar 6 2020

5PM 7PM 9PM

Mar 6 2020 5PM


VARSITY THEATER
123 E Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

PROGRAM 4: An Excavation of Us


Moon (for Alan)

Moon (for Alan)

RT: 01:45 Laurel Beckman

An abstract tribute to Alan Turing (1912 - 1954), British mathematician, computer scientist, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and gay icon. A pioneer of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence (A.I.), Turing was instrumental in breaking the German Enigma code, an elliptical language based encoder (in-out, out-in, repeat), leading to an Allied victory over Nazi Germany. In 1950 he published a theoretical paper outlining an 'imitation game' for comparing human and machine outputs, now called the Turing Test. Later in life he turned to the understanding, through computing, of biological patterns in nature, followed by his criminal conviction of homosexuality, with court mandated chemical castration, and eventual suicide. As played out through A.I. and machine learning, the ongoing negotiation of what it means to be human features desire and will as precarious tethers to humans and machines on all spectrums.
If the edges start to hurt

If the edges start to hurt

RT: 03:44 Emma Piper-Burket

There is a big tree in Southwestern New Mexico where wild turkeys sometimes roost. The tree is near a house, and at dusk everyone in that house gets very quiet hoping the turkeys won't get scared away and go somewhere else to sleep. As the birds fly up to the highest branches their wings flap, displacing the wind around them. The whole process can last an hour or more. This film was conceived under that tree, it is about staying supple after heartbreak and what happens when it snows in the desert.
The House with No Corners

The House with No Corners

04:00 Caitlin Ryan

Known as the Devil's House, the Town hall, and the Bull Valley Police Department. "The House With No Corner's" observes the uncanny past and present of those who haunt a midwestern landscape.
Private Properties

Private Properties

RT: 03:00 Lilli Carré

A forensic study of a private space.
  Cavalcade

Cavalcade

RT: 05:00 Johann Lurf

Can we believe our eyes? The short films of Johann Lurf often explore the enigmatic territory between the real and the perceived, challenging our senses to comprehend visions and sounds taken from the environment around us by means of subtle, beautiful trompe l´oeil effects. Cavalcade, equally dazzling in 2D or 3D, sees him make a direct intervention into physical space for the first time.
Petting Zoo

Petting Zoo

RT: 11:00 Daniel Robin

In 1974 the local news station came into our home to document and learn about Jewish rituals. A narrative evolves about the formation of American Jewish identity, and transforms into an analogy for the current rise in nationalism and anti-Semitism in America and the world.
Wasteland No. 2: Hardy, Hearty

Wasteland No. 2: Hardy, Hearty

RT: 06:40 Jodie Mack

Garden ghosts flirt with the weeds of spring, cycling matter[s] and lives and deaths. From Felix Salten’s Bambi, chapter on Winter: "Can it be true," said the first leaf, "can it really be true, that others come to take our places when we're gone and after them still others, and more and more?" "It really is true," whispered the second leaf. "We can't even begin to imagine it, it's beyond our powers." "It makes me very sad," added the first leaf. They were very silent a while."
Pwdre Ser the rot of stars

Pwdre Ser the rot of stars

RT: 06:40 Charlotte Pryce

6 minutes & 44 seconds, sound, 16mm film transferred to digital format. The film depicts an encounter with a mysterious, luminous, electrical substance. Inspired equally by medieval accounts of visionary experiences and by 19th century photography of the invisible, Pwdre Ser joins Kirlian photography with hand-processed images. Pwdre Ser is the Welsh name for a mythical substance that has been observed by many since the 1400's.
Bill Witherspoon's Thoughts on Light and Electricity

Bill Witherspoon's Thoughts on Light and Electricity

RT: 08:17 Philip Rabalais

A portrait of Bill Witherspoon, retired founder of The Sky Factory. Bill has been living alone out in the high desert of eastern Oregon for a number of years, surrounded by nothing but miles of sage brush. However, he is still involved in his company, and my friend and I were hired to visit Bill and create a "mission statement" video for The Sky Factory. "Bill Witherspoon's Thoughts on Light and Electricity" is a reworking of the footage we shot for the marketing video. Rather than relegating the earth and sky to the status of "b-roll", here they take on a lead role, reversing the structure of b-roll and subject. Bill's presence, as well as the presence of the filmmakers, is felt as something fleeting.
Lines to color within

Lines to color within

RT: 06:50 Matthew Wolkow

EXT. DAY. MONTREAL. / On the outskirts of the metropolitan highway, a Mediterranean fig tree stands. / Said Ficus carica, this tree is the work of a 60-year-old Montrealer of Argentine origin. / The miracle of a backyard where three regions of the world meet. / The story of an observation.
Freeze Frame

Freeze Frame

RT: 05:00 Soetkin Verstegen

Freeze frame: the most absurd technique since the invention of the moving image. Through an elaborate process of duplicating the same image over and over again, it creates the illusion of stillness. In this stop motion film, identical figures perform the hopeless task of preserving blocks of ice, like archivists. The repetitive movements reanimate the animals captured inside.
An Excavation of Us

An Excavation of Us

RT: 11:00 Shirley Bruno

The shadows of Napoleon's army fall upon a boat traveling through the mysterious cave named after her legend Marie Jeanne, a female soldier who fought in the Haitian Revolution. It is this battle inside her cave that will become the most successful slave revolution in history.
I Say 'See' Twice In The Same Sentence, So Please Change To

I Say 'See' Twice In The Same Sentence, So Please Change To

RT: 04:30 Joshua Mabe

"But to the end of time certain places of the world remain defined for him as the place where those sensations were; and his only possible answer to the question where anything is will be to say 'there,' and to name some sensation or other like those first ones, which shall identify the spot. Space means but the aggregate of all our possible sensations.” -William James
Eyes of Summer

The Eyes of Summer

RT: 15:00 Rajee Samarasinghe

The Eyes of Summer was shot in the filmmaker's mother's village in southern Sri Lanka in 2010, immediately after the civil war. Together with family members, he developed an improvised story around a shy girl who becomes friends with a spirit, based on similar encounters from his mother's childhood. A story from a repressed community that doesn't seem to draw defined boundaries between life and death.