After some months of rest and recuperation, Balagan again travels to the strange quiet of the Financial District. This time, we present a screening of short works selected from an open call, featuring filmmakers from Boston, the greater US and Canada. The resulting program, taking place during midsummer twilight in Norman B. Leventhal park, is a crepuscular journey through hypnagogic wormholes.
The event's goal is fundraising for future Balagan programs, and the represented filmmakers have generously donated the rentals of their films for our cause. Many thanks to all those who offered us their work that we were unable to include in this program.
Admission is free and open to everyone, but we ask that you please consider making a donation at the event -- or online via our Support page -- Balagan relies on the help of the community to continue programming such as this.
Balinese Rebar / Stephen Broomer (Toronto) / 2012 / 16mm / 3.5 min
Shades of Grey / Robert Todd (Boston) / 2014 / 16mm to video / 7 min
Spaces between black and white: Obscurities, Vagueries, Ephemera, Flotsam and other inconsistencies drifting distantly through the haze of film. / Robert Todd is a Boston-based filmmaker, known primarily for his short poetic experimental films. He teaches film production at Emerson College. His films have screened at international film festivals including The Rotterdam International Film Festival, The New York Film Festival, The Ann Arbor Film Festival, Media City Festival, and others.
The Soul of Things / Dominic Angerame (San Francisco) / 2010 / 16mm / 15 min
Oracle / Douglas Urbank (Boston) / 2014 / 16mm / 7.5 min
Sleep of Ondine / Mark Cetilia (Providence ) / 2013 / 16mm to video / 12.5 min
Rattle / Rene Dongo (Boston) / 2014 / video / 2.5 min
Overlapping memories. / Utilizing time and space as his canvas, Rene explores socially conscious issues from a youthful perspective. As a Boston-Peruvian videomaker he strives to better understand community issues while exploring new visual languages through digital video.
Message to Humanity / Ernesto Livon-Grossman (Boston) / 2009 / video / 5 min
An abstract phonetic poetry performance by Roberto Cignoni extended by found footage. / Ernesto Livon-Grosman was born and raised in Buenos Aires. In his early twenties, he moved to Patagonia, where he developed an interest in the history and the politics of that region. He later published Geografias imaginarias, a study about travel writers who created a mythical iconography of the Patagonian landscape, one in which the region is viewed as an uninhabited space despite the indigenous groups that have been living in the area for centuries. During the last military dictatorship, Livon-Grosman emigrated to Costa Rica. He went back to Argentina in 1983 after the return of the democratic government. He now lives in the Boston area where he teaches literature and film at Boston College.
Battle Hymn of the Republic / LJ Frezza (NY) / 2013 / video / 5 min
Renai no Daikyouen (Banquet of Love) / Haruka Mitani and Michael Lyons / 2014 / Super-8 to video / 6.5 min
Created by Haruka Mitani & Michael Lyons, 2012-2014, to celebrate the Norman McLaren Centennial. The soundtrack is created optically using light sensors on the projection screen. / Haruka Mitani is an independent filmmaker based in Kyoto Japan. She was raised in a traditional Kyoto lacquer-ware crafts family and received a university degree in Image Arts and Sciences from Ritsumeikan University. Michael Lyons is a media arts and sciences researcher and educator based in Kyoto, Japan. He regularly contributes to conferences such as SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH ASIA. He co-founded the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, a leading music technology research event held annually. He is currently a Professor of Image Arts and Sciences at Ritsumeikan University.
Triptych 1, Acadia National Park / Ben Pender-Cudlip (Boston) / video / 3 min
Mountain Lying Down / Lorenzo Gattorna (Baltimore) / 2012 / 16mm to video / 3 min