Film Archive

California on Fire

Documentary Film
USA
2018
25 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Jeff Frost
Jeff Frost
Jeff Frost
Jeff Frost
Jeff Frost
Jeff Frost
Jeff Frost
An exhilarated guitar stumbles. The glow of the evening throws off its romantic disguise and reveals itself as the face of a hellish conflagration in California, covering hilltops and residential areas. Its brutal beauty turns the events into a cosmic and unreal incident. Using time-lapse, granular editing and drone sounds, Jeff Frost paints a world that is out of joint and makes it tangible in his impressive composition.

André Eckardt

Crowded

Animated Film
Germany,
Netherlands,
USA
2019
6 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Nathania Rubin
Nathania Rubin
Nathania Rubin
Nathania Rubin
Nathania Rubin
Nathania Rubin
Nathania Rubin, Max Rubin
Nathania Rubin, Max Rubin
A face is being drawn with a pencil. The countenance of a woman emerges. Old and suddenly a girl again. In her bedroom the film of her life unfolds by key moments. Changes are made visible by the eraser and new drawings. The girl becomes a woman, a lover brings a storm of mystical and fantastical elements. The arrival of the child opens new dimensions not only in the room. The child scrutinises the world and looks right into our eyes.

Nadja Rademacher
Kids DOK 2019
Du Iz Tak? Galen Fott

Mr. Millipede stumbles over a seedling and wonders what may be growing there. As the seasons change, the plant thrives under the watchful eyes of the meadow dwellers.

Du Iz Tak?

Animated Film
USA
2018
11 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Linda Lee, Paul R. Gagne, Melissa R. Ellard
Galen Fott
Sarah Hart
Galen Fott
Carson Ellis
Mr. Millipede stumbles over a seedling and wonders what may be growing there. As the seasons change, the plant thrives under the watchful eyes of the meadow dwellers. The insect children especially are happy about their new playground, climbing and swinging in the wind on the large leaves. The film uses a fantasy language to narrate the life cycle in a microcosm.

Marie-Thérèse Antony
International Programme 2019
Just a Small Na Kyung Kim

This small story of the tiny eel in the vast ocean probes the eternal cycle of life. The starting point of this contemplative journey is a mosaic painting by Na Kyung Kim.

Just a Small

Animated Film
USA
2019
5 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Na Kyung Kim
Na Kyung Kim
Na Kyung Kim
Na Kyung Kim
Na Kyung Kim
Na Kyung Kim
Aidan Reynolds
An eel faces existential challenges in the blue-black of the sea. Iridescent sea creatures float through the water, occasional predatory fish cross his path. With her small story of a tiny animal in the vastness of the ocean, Na Kyung Kim takes the pulse of the eternal cycle of life. The starting point of this contemplative journey is her mosaic painting of six plates of about one square metre each. The soundtrack by Aidan Reynolds contributes to the atmospheric density.

Nadja Rademacher

Light Is Calling

Animated Film
USA
2003
9 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Hypnotic Pictures
Bill Morrison
Michael Gordon
Bill Morrison
Lola Todd, Edward Philpps
“(…) the soul (…) is an awakened life from God’s eye: its origin is in fire and the fire is its life; though if it does not go out of this fire (…) into the light other than through grim death into (…) love fire, it remains in its original fire and has nothing but (…) a desire in fire (…).” Jakob Böhme

A soldier, a woman, the nature of life and love … and the dramatic decay of old nitrate film images.

Mait Laas
International Programme 2019
Mate Chaerin Im

A close-up of the powers that influence mating rituals: powers of attraction and repulsion. Copperplate prints, drawings and photos flicker at different points on the screen.

Mate

Animated Film
USA
2019
4 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Chaerin Im
Chaerin Im
Roger Kim
Chaerin Im, Ray Chang
Chaerin Im
Chaerin Im
Shanthal Caba
A close-up of the powers at work in mating rituals: powers of attraction and repulsion. Copperplate prints, drawings and photos flicker at different points on the screen, almost like breathing. Phallic loops of attraction and struggle are choreographed in the abstract by Chaerin Im. The musical accompaniment by Roger Kim follows the multiplying images which sometimes arrange themselves in triptychs.

Nadja Rademacher
International Programme 2019
Score for Joanna Kotze Shelly Silver

A space that can be everything. Or nothing. A four-minute essayistic stream of consciousness about the American choreographer Joanna Kotze – and pollution in the Mediterranean.

Score for Joanna Kotze

Documentary Film
Italy,
USA
2019
4 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Maureen McLane
An imaginary space that could be anything. Or nothing. A space that is everything one wants it to be. Dancers co-opt spaces and transform them into an irresistible pull – as does the American choreographer Joanna Kotze, for whom this essayistic score of words and images was written. Shelly Silver created a four-minute associative flow of consciousness that is an indictment of pollution in the Italian Mediterranean, too.

Julia Weigl
Next Masters Competition Short Film 2019
There Were Four of Us Cassie Shao

At full tilt and brightly surrealistic, this narrative flow circles around questions concerning a death. An electronically charged, garish chamber play. In the leading role: the subconscious, it seems.

There Were Four of Us

Animated Film
USA
2019
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Cassie Shao
Robert Wolf
Cassie Shao
Katie Gately
Four people soliloquizing in a room. In the leading role: the subconscious, it seems. An electronically charged, colourful chamber play with rapid changes of location. Sequences that could be from a strange diary in dialogue with layers of dream pull you in. “One day I dreamed that I couldn’t wake up from layers and layers of dreams.” In Cassie Shao’s film, the narrative flow circles around questions concerning a case of death – no holds barred and brightly surrealistic.

Nadja Rademacher

Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos & Afterbreezes in the Mütter Museum)

Animated Film
UK,
USA
2011
32 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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PRO BONO films, Atelier Koninck QbfZ
Brothers Quay
Timothy Nelson
Brothers Quay
Brothers Quay
Brothers Quay
Brothers Quay, David Spolum
Derek Jacobi
Brothers Quay
As students, the Brothers Quay visited the Mütter Museum with their drawing class – an extremely memorable experience. In the semi-dark, a world of things between science, art and life stories opened up. Forty years later, they put the focus on selected objects from the medical collection in Philadelphia.

André Eckardt
Extended Reality: DOK Neuland 2019
Traveling While Black Roger Ross Williams, Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël, Ayesha Nadarajah

Published between 1936 and 1966, the “Green Book” was a survival guide for African-American U.S. citizens, recommending safe places to avoid racist hostility on domestic journeys.

2018

Traveling While Black

360° Film
USA
2018
21 minutes

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Felix & Paul Studios
Roger Ross Williams, Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël, Ayesha Nadarajah
Jason Moran
Headspace
Published between 1936 and 1966, the “Green Book” was a survival guide for African-American U.S. citizens, recommending safe places to avoid racist hostility on domestic journeys. “Ben’s Chili Bowl” has been among those recommendations since 1958. The intimate corners of this Washington restaurant become spaces of reflection for the racist degradation existing even today.

Lars Rummel, Marie Hinkelmann