Not Sorry #2: Vessels
Sunday, October 14th, 2018 at 7 PM
The second installment of the series "Not Sorry: Feminist Experimental Film from the 1970s to Today", which seeks to ask questions like What is feminist experimental film? How is it feminist, and what makes it experimental? inspired by the new text Film Feminisms: A Global Introduction co-written by PSU film professor Dr. Kristin Lené Hole and Dr. Dijana Jelača screenings take place each Sunday evening in October. The goal of Not Sorry is to present a survey of short works spanning from the 1970s to today with an explicit intent on questioning the largely white male canon of experimental film while positioning different modes of experimentation within both international and contemporary terms.
"Not Sorry #2: Vessels" asks How does the body tell a story, and whose story is it? Is it meant to please itself or give pleasure to others? Who or what controls the body, and what must it endure? With Turkish-American filmmaker Nazli Dinçel in attendance, this program meditates on the general theme of the body as a vessel. Along with Dinçel’s two 16mm films, Her Silent Seaming (2014) and Solitary Acts #5 (2015)—which use the analog film format as a metaphor for the body itself and examine conflicted intimate experiences and emerging sexual desire—are Naomi Uman’s found footage porno Removed (1995) for which the filmmaker painstakingly removed the female figure in each frame with nail polish; German artist Vika Kirchenbauer’s Like Rats Leaving a Sinking Ship (2012), which narrates the experiences of the artist’s own transgender identity through an essayistic approach; and local artist Hannah Piper Burn’s celebration-turned-elegy for professional swimmer and actress Esther Williams in Mermaid Blues (2013).
Post-screening discussion to follow with filmmakers Nazli Dinçel and Hannah Piper Burns in attendance. The day before, on Saturday, October 13th, join Dinçel for the workshop Analog Film and the Body. The $35 tuition will also get you into the screening the next day.
Pre-show playlist provided by XRAY.FM DJ AM Gold.