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Shell Stella Rosen Durham, NC, USA 0:06:09 ANIMATION As we live, we transform. Our experiences make us who we are, and change will happen to everyone who is brave enough to take the journey. Stella Rosen explains this simple yet profound life lesson through graceful animation.
Coffee Mug Clara Riedlinger & Piper Jane Austin Rochester, NY, USA 0:15:05 DIGITAL Love and friendship are on display as we follow two bosom buddies around on a day off together. An intimate Millennial relationship study, Coffee Mug celebrates the lazy days. Also, remember the last time you had to buy weed from a guy in a bookstore? Weird times.
Highway Semiotics Stephen Crompton Bowling Green, OH, USA 0:04:08 SUPER 8 An objective documentary about a vintage career that is part advertising, part propaganda.
We were hardly more than children Cecelia Condit Shorewood, WI, USA 0:08:45 DIGITAL Back when abortions were illegal in the U.S., “there was a third floor in Mexico and a basement in Brooklyn.” Let perspective be your guide as We Were Hardly More Than Children talks us through the struggle of two friends in 1969 when illegal abortion meant danger, despair and discrimination for many young women. Now, in 2019, bills are being signed in many states across the country banning abortions and/or making them more difficult to get. Her body, her choice!
Deep Waters Alice Heit Plouegat Guerrand, France 0:53:32 8MM A delightfully sexual exploration of the female body, Deep Waters unabashedly combines alluring 8mm footage with stop motion animation to educate women about their own bodies. Freeing accounts from other women narrate this piece to bring the female orgasm into the norm of conversation and open the flood gates of womanly pleasure.
EMBRACES & the touch of skin Sara Koppel Copenhagen, Denmark 0:02:42 ANIMATION Hand drawn love. Sara Koppel proves again that her work is unrivaled with an ode to the tender caress and aggressive embrace.
To fix a guy Astrid Söderberg Gothenburg, Sweden 0:10:12 DIGITAL Can a bath and a well timed fart teach us all we need to know about feminism? No. But fixing men is simpler than you think.
Home Physician Video Series Alexandra Derderian & Niklas Kelliher Lowell, MA, USA 0:06:01 DIGITAL Instructional videos to kick start your career as a doctor are only a credit card payment away.
Couleur du Moment Jeremy Sandor Montreal, Canada 0:14:30 DIGITAL Filmmaker Jeremy Sandor predicts an unenthusiastic future of corporatized color. Filmed in black and white, Couleur du Moment harkens that feeling you get when you see the color red while lamenting the loss of a hard day’s work.
Candy's Crush Roberto Nascimento Auckland, New Zealand 0:07:00 DIGITAL A bold documentary about Samoan wrestler Candy Lee. Wrestler by trade and trans woman by life. Candy’s Crush is an unforgettable glimpse into Lee’s unique headspace.
Spectopia AWARD WINNER JOE COUCH AWARD IN EXPERIMENTATION Joshua Pollock Portland, OR, USA 0:08:13 FOUND FOOTAGE Putting an unsettling twist on the format of collecting found footage; Spectopia allows us to gander at the hellish landscape we are creating for ourselves whilst witnessing the privacy we have lost. Come bask in your own emptiness.
PIT STOP AWARD WINNER BEST ART DIRECTION Mikail Ekiz. Madeleine Arana, Brooke Eilers, Heather Morrison, Preston Vihlen, Jessica Morris, Vanecia Pickett, and Manuela Aguilar Vasquez Savannah, GA, USA 0:03:55 ANIMATION Without a doubt, award for Best Art Direction was a clear choice this year. From the grizzled flowing hair of gas station customers to the tiny cigarette packs, Pit Stop is an all out achievement in stop motion animation and direction. Mikail Ekiz and Madeleine Arana take us to the ends of the universe as they fiddle with metaphysics and help an 8-ball transcend our hyperplane. All signs point to yes.
This Is What We're Left With Alexis Stratton Englewood, CO, USA 0:05:56 MIXED MEDIA An introspective, journalistic work made from personal found footage about how one becomes who one is. From the shadows emerge issues of family, sexuality, abuse, and growth, as Alexis Stratton unfolds the web of their adolescence in search of truth and understanding.
Made to Order AWARD WINNER TOP RANKING STUDENT Alanna Murray Brooklyn NY, USA 0:13:54 DIGITAL Winner of this year’s award for best student piece walks the line of sympathy and disgust toward the heinous actions of our hero. Horrors of the World Wide Web drive this plot forward in order to examine what it means to resent others and make decisions you can never erase. Made to Order is a thoughtfully complex character study that unravels right before your eyes.
Last Known Whereabouts Daniel Watkins Los Angeles, CA, USA 0:20:00 PERFORMANCE Last Known Whereabouts is an ambient audio/video performance piece comprised of sounds and visuals collected from human abduction sites around Los Angeles.
Cannibal Cat AWARD WINNER PINKY AWARD Andrew Martin Austin, TX, USA 0:04:10 ANIMATION A heart warming yet darkly humorous animation made by a lovely 6th grade human tells the true tale of a vagrant cat. Cannibal Cat’s struggle to fit in and survive is retold with vibrant pictures and well timed narration. This year’s outstanding achievement in 5 minutes of less is awarded to Andrew Martin and his biopic about a cat finding his home.
Negro Terror John Rash Memphis, TN, USA 0:58:00 DIGITAL Get to know the members of the hardcore punk band Negro Terror as they address topics like togetherness, hidden racism in America, and what it means to be in a band with members of all different beliefs and lifestyles. “An amalgamation of everything [they’ve] been around plus everything [they] wanted to be around”; Omar, Ra’id, and Rico are a trio who have used music to alter perspectives.
Fun to Cook "World's Best Food" Dongjun Kim Burbank, CA, USA 0:03:34 ANIMATION Dongjun Kim explores the Youtube cooking video as a style. Fun to Cook is the essence of contemporary filmmaking. This animation takes what we all know, turns it upside down and sprinkles a little on our soup.
Taylor and Vanessa AWARD WINNER TRANSFORMATIVE BEST Christina Santa Cruz Los Angeles, CA, USA 0:17:00 DIGITAL With her second straight year in our gallery of film, Christina Santa Cruz has painted herself as one of the most sophisticated filmmakers in The Unknown universe. Her works are wise and patient, horrifyingly human, and enter the audience’s psyche like welcomed water into lungs. In Taylor and Vanessa, Cruz tells a haunting voyeuristic tale that seems simple at first, but then blooms into thoughtful complexity. Someone, Somewhere is Silently Screaming Hannah Bel Davis Vancouver, BC, Canada 0:08:59 DIGITAL Hanna Bel Davis delivers an innovative student comedy from Vancouver, BC. From start to finish this film’s editing, cinematography, set design, and acting, push the boundaries and establish the tone for a future of delightfully absurdist filmmaking.
Revenge Angels Maren Moreno Olympia, WA, USA 0:05:50 DIGITAL A punk film from Olympia, WA about a womXXXn who needs revenge and the angels who help her get it.
Discovery Settings Kat Vivaldi Blacksburg, VA, USA 0:05:54 DIGITAL Online dating is new uncharted territory. Kat Vivaldi shows us that not only is online dating a new incarnation of traditional relational dynamics, but that all of our expectations are learned.
LITTLE AWARD WINNER UNKNOWN MASTERPIECE Kris Williams London, UK 0:16:30 DIGITAL The Unknown has seen a lot of mind bending films since its induction, but in our history no film compares to the complexity of Kris Williams’ piece about unknown lifestyles. Little is a work that has engulfed our brains and changed our perspective on what it means to mature and cope with trauma. Williams creates a dreamlike fantasy that shines a rainbow nightlight on reality. You will most likely have a conversation about this one on your bike ride home.
Gaia Mama AWARD WINNER FOLK AWARD Laura Bouza Los Angeles, CA, USA 0:18:46 16MM Our 2019 Folk Award goes to a soothing picture of sound and mind. Patient and true, this film about a duo of elders who make healing sounds in their backyard goes from documentary to meditation. Relax and let the v(i(b(r(a)t)i)o)n take you away.
Offerings AWARD WINNER BEST FORM AND EDITING With a special performance from Dolphin Midwives Torin Langen Kitchener, ON, Canada 0:26:20 DIGITAL & PERFORMANCE The Unknown is pleased to announce a live score of Offerings by local musician Dolphin Midwives! A chthonic piece designed as a seance in three acts. Offerings is an innovative experimental film using the method of Triptych filmmaking as a tool rather than a style. The meticulousness of Langen’s imagery is hard to miss as this expansive piece of horror and cult imagery effortlessly overtakes the audience and swallows them into the depths of the underworld.
Magic Explained Paul Tarragó London, UK 0:07:00 SUPER 8 Filmmaking is magic! Come devour these charming, underutilized techniques of the filmmaking arsenal as Magic Explained inspires and sparks creativity.
Cult Film Alastair Cummings United Kingdom 0:13:35 VHS Shot on VHS and, as far as this committee can tell, shot in 1997; Cult Film is one man’s exit tape that documents everything leading up to the recycling of the world. Filmmaker Alastair Cummings explores themes of blind confidence, child-like innocence, friendship, and fear of the unknown.
Knock, Knock, Knock Arom Choi Republic of Korea & United States 0:15:00 DIGITAL Examining issues of fear exaggerated by isolation; Choi vividly demonstrates our nature to create reality and live inside it. Knock, Knock, Knock beautifully and frightfully depicts loneliness as one girl discovers her reason to finally go outside.
PUTAHONTAS Aline Flores, Anna Armengol, and Daniela Trinidad Barcelona, Spain & Mexico City, Mexico 0:07:54 DIGITAL This documentary by Aline Flores follows the raw and honest perspective of Christian and his alter ego Putahontas. A mystic by day and drag queen by night, Christian speaks about life and the “blending of situations” that have created their personalities.
Silver in the Churn Jasper Lee 0:09:00 Birmingham, AL, USA DIGITAL Silver in the Churn uses montage in its foundational form to effect and confuse the audience in a physical way. Southeastern superstition is at play in this abstractly haunting piece.
Bagface Also Nonas Glendale, CA, USA 0:14:00 DIGITAL 1. Make an Entrance ✓ 2. -Smile- 3. Be Yourself ??
High Point Summer Joseph Mills Seattle, WA, USA 0:33:34 MINI DV High Point Summer presents us with rare images documented during the turn of the millennium in the gang-stricken area of High Point, Seattle. Joseph Mills, the coordinator of Southeast Asian Young Men's Group compiled segments from the video diary of Cambodian refugee Sopheak. Surrounded with friends and family, Sopheak explores the meaning of thug life.
No Fun House Beau House Vancouver, BC, Canada 0:02:30 16MM Presented on 16mm, No Fun House is cinema in its most beautiful and simplistic form: light and sound.
Lodestar Paul Kirby Ashland, OR, USA 0:09:38 DIGITAL We would never have predicted a parallel between PTSD and The Oregon Beach Bill of 1967, but filmmaker Paul Kirby takes us down an unforgettable path of what many take for granted. It’s an honor to have Kirby paddle us through our modern mental care system and teach us what works for him.
We share ourselves with you Max Wildenhaus Milwaukee, WI, USA 0:07:22 16MM Peruse forgotten objects alongside mind-altering whispers and an onslaught of clinks, creaks, and chimes while contemplating the meaning of possessions, and the relationship an old couple has with their collection as it is dismantled before their eyes.
L'EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP Sam Vinal Louisiana, USA 0:24:07 DIGITAL Water is Life follows Cherri Foytlin, an indigenous woman, as she soldiers against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. A voracious protector and a righteous fighter, Cherri takes us on a tour of the truth behind the oil industry's shameful and unrelenting unaccountability. For more information visit http://lelvcamp.org/
Maybe Carol Needs to Cry Mark Levine Chicago, IL, USA 0:43:52 DIGITAL An experimental film by way of editing and cinematography, and a narrative by way of story - Maybe Carol Needs to Cry is a uniquely colorful, rare joy. Mark Levine creates an empathic work that has the audience walking in the shoes of every character the camera touches, all while stylistically keeping us hypnotized. Follow Carol as her world crumbles in the face of honesty and she opens up to a world of secrets.
No Way, I'm Disco Dancing Nicole Elaine Portland, OR, USA INSTALLATION - LIGHTS, MIRRORS, MOTION Come get down at the most spectacular party in town! Brought to you by our benevolent overlords and fine corporate sponsors.
Touchance Kevin Roy Eastern Oregon University, USA INSTALLATION Touchance is an interactive tapestry of digital abstractions generated by an experimental iPhone app, then woven into 'found footage' shot in the 1950's. The work explores the convergence between traditional analog media, generative processes and interactive image manipulation. Viewers scroll through the images, browsing, while simultaneously contributing the film's forms and rhythms.
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Mirror Effect // Oliver Smith // Decatur, GA, USA Alienated // Sandy Parker // New Orleans, LA, USA Song for the Fate of Animals // Tommy Becker // San Francisco, CA, USA The Names of Trees // Pamela Falkenberg & Jack Cochran // Rockford, IL & Austin, TX, USA What is a Man? // Rob Munday // London, UK FROG // Lilly Lion // Portland, OR, USA Life! // Ramesh Jai Gulabrai // Accra, GHANA I Am A Desert // Daniel Freeman & Malak El-Quessny // Berkeley, CA, USA Densha // Jack Collier // Federal Way, WA, USA I'm Sorry // Gabriel Galand & Aaron Gomez // Vancouver, BC, CA Beg. // Sean Parker // Portland, OR, USA I can't stand myself, but I'm working on it // Ania Płonka // Warsaw, POLAND Remnants of a Room // Vonnie Quest // Milwaukee, WI, USA Don't Forget Your Bike // Zephyr Sheedy // Richmond, VA, USA Jennifer Again // Kyle Mangione-Smith // Boston, MA, USA Star Whale // Drew Dingeldein // Louisville, KY, USA The Common Fag // Denise Kenney & Michael V. Smith // Kelowna, BC, Canada Day Off Vibes // Melina Coumas // Portland, OR, USA Agalmatophilia // Jacob Midkiff // Athens, OH, USA NEVER GO THERE // David Connor // Bristol, Bristol, UK I Am He Who Created Himself // Emma Penaz Eisner // San Francisco, CA, USA Complicated Grief // Jayden Becker // Talent, OR, USA I Never Picked Cotton // Hanna Adams, Cole Bacani, Max Edmeier, Dariel Filomeno, Alexandra Gottlieb, NamQuyen “Q” Le, Yolanda Morgan, Victoria Perez. Benjamin Ragasa, Josie Stocks, John Stover, Jinghan Tian // Los Angeles, CA, USA Maids // Sofía Castro // Buenos Aires, Argentina Young & Naive // Tuesday Conner & Phil Tyler // Los Angeles, CA, USA Slow Days // Erin O'Malley // Portland, OR, US Cannibal Cat // Andrew Martin // Austin, Texas, USA
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Slimed // Eyeball // Lucas Ostrowski // Bowling Green, OH, USA TOXIC // Calvin Arsenia // Khitam Jabr // Kansas City, MO, USA PUT YOUR LOVE ON ME // DaKooka // Andrey Mousin, Alena Koukoushkina, Alexey Tomilov // Moscow, Russia This Love Is On Fire // You Can Call Me Sir. // Cassils // USA No Turning Back // MONTE.XTO // Kent Donguines // Canada DEPARTURE // Dusa (ft. Minerva) // Steve Lin // Taipei Taiwan Gold Tooth // Magic Body // Natasha Woods // Milwaukee, WI, USA Flamingo // Divino Ninos // Jake Armstrong // Baltimore, MD, USA SPLENDID CASE OF DOUBT // Krawauli // Daniel Moshel // Vienna, Austria Beam of Fire // Machine est mon Coeur // Bianca Calandra // France/Australia Running From Your Love // TIMEKODE // Lesley Marshall // Ottawa, ON, CAN Gipsy Dance // Tribal Baroque // Nuno Sá Pessoa & Kris Skovmand // Lisbon, Portugal The problems aren't us // Gili Portal // karni and saul // United Kingdom Bird Colors // Oldman Boykid // Daniel Freeman // Berkeley, CA, USAEarwig // Pearson Sound // Leila Ziu // London, UK Legendary // JT Almon (ft. Angelica Bess) // Clint Beastwood // Portland, OR USA Etérea // Criolo // Gabriel Dietrich, Gil Inoue, Pedro Inoue and Tino Monetti // São Paulo / SP, Brazil Play The Field // Partner // Lesley Marshall // Ottawa, ON, CAN Supermotor // My name is Fuzzy // Bastien Bron // Switzerland Fall4U // Akari // Maxfield Biggs // Brooklyn, NY, USA FHL // LJ // Connor Keaney // Indianapolis, IN, USA Lubodisko // Elektro Hafiz // Gizem Guvendag // Koln, Germany DIY // Van Der Blüte // Benjamin Esterlis // Adi, Israel YASU // Static & Benel Tavori with Eden Ben Zaken & Stephann // Roman Buchatsky // Tel Aviv, Israel Beautiful Day // Manager // Travis Welowszky // London, ON, CAN Day Drinking / Beer Pressure // Scum Shots // Joe Plescia // Staten Island, NY, USA Kill // What Would Tilda Swinton Do // Suzie Léger // New York, NY, USA
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Shell Stella Rosen Durham, NC, USA 0:06:09 ANIMATION As we live, we transform. Our experiences make us who we are, and change will happen to everyone who is brave enough to take the journey. Stella Rosen explains this simple yet profound life lesson through graceful animation.
Coffee Mug Clara Riedlinger & Piper Jane Austin Rochester, NY, USA 0:15:05 DIGITAL Love and friendship are on display as we follow two bosom buddies around on a day off together. An intimate Millennial relationship study, Coffee Mug celebrates the lazy days. Also, remember the last time you had to buy weed from a guy in a bookstore? Weird times.
Highway Semiotics Stephen Crompton Bowling Green, OH, USA 0:04:08 SUPER 8 An objective documentary about a vintage career that is part advertising, part propaganda.
We were hardly more than children Cecelia Condit Shorewood, WI, USA 0:08:45 DIGITAL Back when abortions were illegal in the U.S., “there was a third floor in Mexico and a basement in Brooklyn.” Let perspective be your guide as We Were Hardly More Than Children talks us through the struggle of two friends in 1969 when illegal abortion meant danger, despair and discrimination for many young women. Now, in 2019, bills are being signed in many states across the country banning abortions and/or making them more difficult to get. Her body, her choice!
Deep Waters Alice Heit Plouegat Guerrand, France 0:53:32 8MM A delightfully sexual exploration of the female body, Deep Waters unabashedly combines alluring 8mm footage with stop motion animation to educate women about their own bodies. Freeing accounts from other women narrate this piece to bring the female orgasm into the norm of conversation and open the flood gates of womanly pleasure.
EMBRACES & the touch of skin Sara Koppel Copenhagen, Denmark 0:02:42 ANIMATION Hand drawn love. Sara Koppel proves again that her work is unrivaled with an ode to the tender caress and aggressive embrace.
To fix a guy Astrid Söderberg Gothenburg, Sweden 0:10:12 DIGITAL Can a bath and a well timed fart teach us all we need to know about feminism? No. But fixing men is simpler than you think.
Home Physician Video Series Alexandra Derderian & Niklas Kelliher Lowell, MA, USA 0:06:01 DIGITAL Instructional videos to kick start your career as a doctor are only a credit card payment away.
Couleur du Moment Jeremy Sandor Montreal, Canada 0:14:30 DIGITAL Filmmaker Jeremy Sandor predicts an unenthusiastic future of corporatized color. Filmed in black and white, Couleur du Moment harkens that feeling you get when you see the color red while lamenting the loss of a hard day’s work.
Candy's Crush Roberto Nascimento Auckland, New Zealand 0:07:00 DIGITAL A bold documentary about Samoan wrestler Candy Lee. Wrestler by trade and trans woman by life. Candy’s Crush is an unforgettable glimpse into Lee’s unique headspace.
Spectopia AWARD WINNER JOE COUCH AWARD IN EXPERIMENTATION Joshua Pollock Portland, OR, USA 0:08:13 FOUND FOOTAGE Putting an unsettling twist on the format of collecting found footage; Spectopia allows us to gander at the hellish landscape we are creating for ourselves whilst witnessing the privacy we have lost. Come bask in your own emptiness.
PIT STOP AWARD WINNER BEST ART DIRECTION Mikail Ekiz. Madeleine Arana, Brooke Eilers, Heather Morrison, Preston Vihlen, Jessica Morris, Vanecia Pickett, and Manuela Aguilar Vasquez Savannah, GA, USA 0:03:55 ANIMATION Without a doubt, award for Best Art Direction was a clear choice this year. From the grizzled flowing hair of gas station customers to the tiny cigarette packs, Pit Stop is an all out achievement in stop motion animation and direction. Mikail Ekiz and Madeleine Arana take us to the ends of the universe as they fiddle with metaphysics and help an 8-ball transcend our hyperplane. All signs point to yes.
This Is What We're Left With Alexis Stratton Englewood, CO, USA 0:05:56 MIXED MEDIA An introspective, journalistic work made from personal found footage about how one becomes who one is. From the shadows emerge issues of family, sexuality, abuse, and growth, as Alexis Stratton unfolds the web of their adolescence in search of truth and understanding.
Made to Order AWARD WINNER TOP RANKING STUDENT Alanna Murray Brooklyn NY, USA 0:13:54 DIGITAL Winner of this year’s award for best student piece walks the line of sympathy and disgust toward the heinous actions of our hero. Horrors of the World Wide Web drive this plot forward in order to examine what it means to resent others and make decisions you can never erase. Made to Order is a thoughtfully complex character study that unravels right before your eyes.
Last Known Whereabouts Daniel Watkins Los Angeles, CA, USA 0:20:00 PERFORMANCE Last Known Whereabouts is an ambient audio/video performance piece comprised of sounds and visuals collected from human abduction sites around Los Angeles.
Cannibal Cat AWARD WINNER PINKY AWARD Andrew Martin Austin, TX, USA 0:04:10 ANIMATION A heart warming yet darkly humorous animation made by a lovely 6th grade human tells the true tale of a vagrant cat. Cannibal Cat’s struggle to fit in and survive is retold with vibrant pictures and well timed narration. This year’s outstanding achievement in 5 minutes of less is awarded to Andrew Martin and his biopic about a cat finding his home.
Negro Terror John Rash Memphis, TN, USA 0:58:00 DIGITAL Get to know the members of the hardcore punk band Negro Terror as they address topics like togetherness, hidden racism in America, and what it means to be in a band with members of all different beliefs and lifestyles. “An amalgamation of everything [they’ve] been around plus everything [they] wanted to be around”; Omar, Ra’id, and Rico are a trio who have used music to alter perspectives.
Fun to Cook "World's Best Food" Dongjun Kim Burbank, CA, USA 0:03:34 ANIMATION Dongjun Kim explores the Youtube cooking video as a style. Fun to Cook is the essence of contemporary filmmaking. This animation takes what we all know, turns it upside down and sprinkles a little on our soup.
Taylor and Vanessa AWARD WINNER TRANSFORMATIVE BEST Christina Santa Cruz Los Angeles, CA, USA 0:17:00 DIGITAL With her second straight year in our gallery of film, Christina Santa Cruz has painted herself as one of the most sophisticated filmmakers in The Unknown universe. Her works are wise and patient, horrifyingly human, and enter the audience’s psyche like welcomed water into lungs. In Taylor and Vanessa, Cruz tells a haunting voyeuristic tale that seems simple at first, but then blooms into thoughtful complexity.
Someone, Somewhere is Silently Screaming Hannah Bel Davis Vancouver, BC, Canada 0:08:59 DIGITAL Hanna Bel Davis delivers an innovative student comedy from Vancouver, BC. From start to finish this film’s editing, cinematography, set design, and acting, push the boundaries and establish the tone for a future of delightfully absurdist filmmaking.
Revenge Angels Maren Moreno Olympia, WA, USA 0:05:50 DIGITAL A punk film from Olympia, WA about a womXXXn who needs revenge and the angels who help her get it.
Discovery Settings Kat Vivaldi Blacksburg, VA, USA 0:05:54 DIGITAL Online dating is new uncharted territory. Kat Vivaldi shows us that not only is online dating a new incarnation of traditional relational dynamics, but that all of our expectations are learned.
LITTLE AWARD WINNER UNKNOWN MASTERPIECE Kris Williams London, UK 0:16:30 DIGITAL The Unknown has seen a lot of mind bending films since its induction, but in our history no film compares to the complexity of Kris Williams’ piece about unknown lifestyles. Little is a work that has engulfed our brains and changed our perspective on what it means to mature and cope with trauma. Williams creates a dreamlike fantasy that shines a rainbow nightlight on reality. You will most likely have a conversation about this one on your bike ride home.
Gaia Mama AWARD WINNER FOLK AWARD Laura Bouza Los Angeles, CA, USA 0:18:46 16MM Our 2019 Folk Award goes to a soothing picture of sound and mind. Patient and true, this film about a duo of elders who make healing sounds in their backyard goes from documentary to meditation. Relax and let the v(i(b(r(a)t)i)o)n take you away.
Offerings AWARD WINNER BEST FORM AND EDITING With a special performance from Dolphin Midwives Torin Langen Kitchener, ON, Canada 0:26:20 DIGITAL & PERFORMANCE The Unknown is pleased to announce a live score of Offerings by local musician Dolphin Midwives! A chthonic piece designed as a seance in three acts. Offerings is an innovative experimental film using the method of Triptych filmmaking as a tool rather than a style. The meticulousness of Langen’s imagery is hard to miss as this expansive piece of horror and cult imagery effortlessly overtakes the audience and swallows them into the depths of the underworld.
Magic Explained Paul Tarragó London, UK 0:07:00 SUPER 8 Filmmaking is magic! Come devour these charming, underutilized techniques of the filmmaking arsenal as Magic Explained inspires and sparks creativity.
Cult Film Alastair Cummings United Kingdom 0:13:35 VHS Shot on VHS and, as far as this committee can tell, shot in 1997; Cult Film is one man’s exit tape that documents everything leading up to the recycling of the world. Filmmaker Alastair Cummings explores themes of blind confidence, child-like innocence, friendship, and fear of the unknown.
Knock, Knock, Knock Arom Choi Republic of Korea & United States 0:15:00 DIGITAL Examining issues of fear exaggerated by isolation; Choi vividly demonstrates our nature to create reality and live inside it. Knock, Knock, Knock beautifully and frightfully depicts loneliness as one girl discovers her reason to finally go outside.
PUTAHONTAS Aline Flores, Anna Armengol, and Daniela Trinidad Barcelona, Spain & Mexico City, Mexico 0:07:54 DIGITAL This documentary by Aline Flores follows the raw and honest perspective of Christian and his alter ego Putahontas. A mystic by day and drag queen by night, Christian speaks about life and the “blending of situations” that have created their personalities.
Silver in the Churn Jasper Lee 0:09:00 Birmingham, AL, USA DIGITAL Silver in the Churn uses montage in its foundational form to effect and confuse the audience in a physical way. Southeastern superstition is at play in this abstractly haunting piece.
Bagface Also Nonas Glendale, CA, USA 0:14:00 DIGITAL 1. Make an Entrance ✓ 2. -Smile- 3. Be Yourself ??
High Point Summer Joseph Mills Seattle, WA, USA 0:33:34 MINI DV High Point Summer presents us with rare images documented during the turn of the millennium in the gang-stricken area of High Point, Seattle. Joseph Mills, the coordinator of Southeast Asian Young Men's Group compiled segments from the video diary of Cambodian refugee Sopheak. Surrounded with friends and family, Sopheak explores the meaning of thug life.
No Fun House Beau House Vancouver, BC, Canada 0:02:30 16MM Presented on 16mm, No Fun House is cinema in its most beautiful and simplistic form: light and sound.
Lodestar Paul Kirby Ashland, OR, USA 0:09:38 DIGITAL We would never have predicted a parallel between PTSD and The Oregon Beach Bill of 1967, but filmmaker Paul Kirby takes us down an unforgettable path of what many take for granted. It’s an honor to have Kirby paddle us through our modern mental care system and teach us what works for him.
We share ourselves with you Max Wildenhaus Milwaukee, WI, USA 0:07:22 16MM Peruse forgotten objects alongside mind-altering whispers and an onslaught of clinks, creaks, and chimes while contemplating the meaning of possessions, and the relationship an old couple has with their collection as it is dismantled before their eyes.
L'EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP Sam Vinal Louisiana, USA 0:24:07 DIGITAL Water is Life follows Cherri Foytlin, an indigenous woman, as she soldiers against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. A voracious protector and a righteous fighter, Cherri takes us on a tour of the truth behind the oil industry's shameful and unrelenting unaccountability. For more information visit http://lelvcamp.org/
Maybe Carol Needs to Cry Mark Levine Chicago, IL, USA 0:43:52 DIGITAL An experimental film by way of editing and cinematography, and a narrative by way of story - Maybe Carol Needs to Cry is a uniquely colorful, rare joy. Mark Levine creates an empathic work that has the audience walking in the shoes of every character the camera touches, all while stylistically keeping us hypnotized. Follow Carol as her world crumbles in the face of honesty and she opens up to a world of secrets.
No Way, I'm Disco Dancing Nicole Elaine Portland, OR, USA INSTALLATION - LIGHTS, MIRRORS, MOTION Come get down at the most spectacular party in town! Brought to you by our benevolent overlords and fine corporate sponsors.
Touchance Kevin Roy Eastern Oregon University, USA INSTALLATION Touchance is an interactive tapestry of digital abstractions generated by an experimental iPhone app, then woven into 'found footage' shot in the 1950's. The work explores the convergence between traditional analog media, generative processes and interactive image manipulation. Viewers scroll through the images, browsing, while simultaneously contributing the film's forms and rhythms.
Fingertips
Mirror Effect // Oliver Smith // Decatur, GA, USA Alienated // Sandy Parker // New Orleans, LA, USA Song for the Fate of Animals // Tommy Becker // San Francisco, CA, USA The Names of Trees // Pamela Falkenberg & Jack Cochran // Rockford, IL & Austin, TX, USA What is a Man? // Rob Munday // London, UK FROG // Lilly Lion // Portland, OR, USA Life! // Ramesh Jai Gulabrai // Accra, GHANA I Am A Desert // Daniel Freeman & Malak El-Quessny // Berkeley, CA, USA Densha // Jack Collier // Federal Way, WA, USA I'm Sorry // Gabriel Galand & Aaron Gomez // Vancouver, BC, CA Beg. // Sean Parker // Portland, OR, USA I can't stand myself, but I'm working on it // Ania Płonka // Warsaw, POLAND Remnants of a Room // Vonnie Quest // Milwaukee, WI, USA Don't Forget Your Bike // Zephyr Sheedy // Richmond, VA, USA Jennifer Again // Kyle Mangione-Smith // Boston, MA, USA Star Whale // Drew Dingeldein // Louisville, KY, USA The Common Fag // Denise Kenney & Michael V. Smith // Kelowna, BC, Canada Day Off Vibes // Melina Coumas // Portland, OR, USA Agalmatophilia // Jacob Midkiff // Athens, OH, USA NEVER GO THERE // David Connor // Bristol, Bristol, UK I Am He Who Created Himself // Emma Penaz Eisner // San Francisco, CA, USA Complicated Grief // Jayden Becker // Talent, OR, USA I Never Picked Cotton // Hanna Adams, Cole Bacani, Max Edmeier, Dariel Filomeno, Alexandra Gottlieb, NamQuyen “Q” Le, Yolanda Morgan, Victoria Perez. Benjamin Ragasa, Josie Stocks, John Stover, Jinghan Tian // Los Angeles, CA, USA Maids // Sofía Castro // Buenos Aires, Argentina Young & Naive // Tuesday Conner & Phil Tyler // Los Angeles, CA, USA Slow Days // Erin O'Malley // Portland, OR, US Cannibal Cat // Andrew Martin // Austin, Texas, USA
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Slimed // Eyeball // Lucas Ostrowski // Bowling Green, OH, USA TOXIC // Calvin Arsenia // Khitam Jabr // Kansas City, MO, USA PUT YOUR LOVE ON ME // DaKooka // Andrey Mousin, Alena Koukoushkina, Alexey Tomilov // Moscow, Russia This Love Is On Fire // You Can Call Me Sir. // Cassils // USA No Turning Back // MONTE.XTO // Kent Donguines // Canada DEPARTURE // Dusa (ft. Minerva) // Steve Lin // Taipei Taiwan Gold Tooth // Magic Body // Natasha Woods // Milwaukee, WI, USA Flamingo // Divino Ninos // Jake Armstrong // Baltimore, MD, USA SPLENDID CASE OF DOUBT // Krawauli // Daniel Moshel // Vienna, Austria Beam of Fire // Machine est mon Coeur // Bianca Calandra // France/Australia Running From Your Love // TIMEKODE // Lesley Marshall // Ottawa, ON, CAN Gipsy Dance // Tribal Baroque // Nuno Sá Pessoa & Kris Skovmand // Lisbon, Portugal The problems aren't us // Gili Portal // karni and saul // United Kingdom Bird Colors // Oldman Boykid // Daniel Freeman // Berkeley, CA, USAEarwig // Pearson Sound // Leila Ziu // London, UK Legendary // JT Almon (ft. Angelica Bess) // Clint Beastwood // Portland, OR USA Etérea // Criolo // Gabriel Dietrich, Gil Inoue, Pedro Inoue and Tino Monetti // São Paulo / SP, Brazil Play The Field // Partner // Lesley Marshall // Ottawa, ON, CAN Supermotor // My name is Fuzzy // Bastien Bron // Switzerland Fall4U // Akari // Maxfield Biggs // Brooklyn, NY, USA FHL // LJ // Connor Keaney // Indianapolis, IN, USA Lubodisko // Elektro Hafiz // Gizem Guvendag // Koln, Germany DIY // Van Der Blüte // Benjamin Esterlis // Adi, Israel YASU // Static & Benel Tavori with Eden Ben Zaken & Stephann // Roman Buchatsky // Tel Aviv, Israel Beautiful Day // Manager // Travis Welowszky // London, ON, CAN Day Drinking / Beer Pressure // Scum Shots // Joe Plescia // Staten Island, NY, USA Kill // What Would Tilda Swinton Do // Suzie Léger // New York, NY, USA
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Shell Stella Rosen Durham, NC, USA 0:06:09 ANIMATION As we live, we transform. Our experiences make us who we are, and change will happen to everyone who is brave enough to take the journey. Stella Rosen explains this simple yet profound life lesson through graceful animation.
Coffee Mug Clara Riedlinger & Piper Jane Austin Rochester, NY, USA 0:15:05 DIGITAL Love and friendship are on display as we follow two bosom buddies around on a day off together. An intimate Millennial relationship study, Coffee Mug celebrates the lazy days. Also, remember the last time you had to buy weed from a guy in a bookstore? Weird times.
Highway Semiotics Stephen Crompton Bowling Green, OH, USA 0:04:08 SUPER 8 An objective documentary about a vintage career that is part advertising, part propaganda.
We were hardly more than children Cecelia Condit Shorewood, WI, USA 0:08:45 DIGITAL Back when abortions were illegal in the U.S., “there was a third floor in Mexico and a basement in Brooklyn.” Let perspective be your guide as We Were Hardly More Than Children talks us through the struggle of two friends in 1969 when illegal abortion meant danger, despair and discrimination for many young women. Now, in 2019, bills are being signed in many states across the country banning abortions and/or making them more difficult to get. Her body, her choice!
Deep Waters Alice Heit Plouegat Guerrand, France 0:53:32 8MM A delightfully sexual exploration of the female body, Deep Waters unabashedly combines alluring 8mm footage with stop motion animation to educate women about their own bodies. Freeing accounts from other women narrate this piece to bring the female orgasm into the norm of conversation and open the flood gates of womanly pleasure.
EMBRACES & the touch of skin Sara Koppel Copenhagen, Denmark 0:02:42 ANIMATION Hand drawn love. Sara Koppel proves again that her work is unrivaled with an ode to the tender caress and aggressive embrace.
To fix a guy Astrid Söderberg Gothenburg, Sweden 0:10:12 DIGITAL Can a bath and a well timed fart teach us all we need to know about feminism? No. But fixing men is simpler than you think.
Home Physician Video Series Alexandra Derderian & Niklas Kelliher Lowell, MA, USA 0:06:01 DIGITAL Instructional videos to kick start your career as a doctor are only a credit card payment away.
Couleur du Moment Jeremy Sandor Montreal, Canada 0:14:30 DIGITAL Filmmaker Jeremy Sandor predicts an unenthusiastic future of corporatized color. Filmed in black and white, Couleur du Moment harkens that feeling you get when you see the color red while lamenting the loss of a hard day’s work.
Candy's Crush Roberto Nascimento Auckland, New Zealand 0:07:00 DIGITAL A bold documentary about Samoan wrestler Candy Lee. Wrestler by trade and trans woman by life. Candy’s Crush is an unforgettable glimpse into Lee’s unique headspace.
Spectopia AWARD WINNER JOE COUCH AWARD IN EXPERIMENTATION Joshua Pollock Portland, OR, USA 0:08:13 FOUND FOOTAGE Putting an unsettling twist on the format of collecting found footage; Spectopia allows us to gander at the hellish landscape we are creating for ourselves whilst witnessing the privacy we have lost. Come bask in your own emptiness.
PIT STOP AWARD WINNER BEST ART DIRECTION Mikail Ekiz. Madeleine Arana, Brooke Eilers, Heather Morrison, Preston Vihlen, Jessica Morris, Vanecia Pickett, and Manuela Aguilar Vasquez Savannah, GA, USA 0:03:55 ANIMATION Without a doubt, award for Best Art Direction was a clear choice this year. From the grizzled flowing hair of gas station customers to the tiny cigarette packs, Pit Stop is an all out achievement in stop motion animation and direction. Mikail Ekiz and Madeleine Arana take us to the ends of the universe as they fiddle with metaphysics and help an 8-ball transcend our hyperplane. All signs point to yes.
This Is What We're Left With Alexis Stratton Englewood, CO, USA 0:05:56 MIXED MEDIA An introspective, journalistic work made from personal found footage about how one becomes who one is. From the shadows emerge issues of family, sexuality, abuse, and growth, as Alexis Stratton unfolds the web of their adolescence in search of truth and understanding.
Made to Order AWARD WINNER TOP RANKING STUDENT Alanna Murray Brooklyn NY, USA 0:13:54 DIGITAL Winner of this year’s award for best student piece walks the line of sympathy and disgust toward the heinous actions of our hero. Horrors of the World Wide Web drive this plot forward in order to examine what it means to resent others and make decisions you can never erase. Made to Order is a thoughtfully complex character study that unravels right before your eyes.
Last Known Whereabouts Daniel Watkins Los Angeles, CA, USA 0:20:00 PERFORMANCE Last Known Whereabouts is an ambient audio/video performance piece comprised of sounds and visuals collected from human abduction sites around Los Angeles.
Cannibal Cat AWARD WINNER PINKY AWARD Andrew Martin Austin, TX, USA 0:04:10 ANIMATION A heart warming yet darkly humorous animation made by a lovely 6th grade human tells the true tale of a vagrant cat. Cannibal Cat’s struggle to fit in and survive is retold with vibrant pictures and well timed narration. This year’s outstanding achievement in 5 minutes of less is awarded to Andrew Martin and his biopic about a cat finding his home.
Negro Terror John Rash Memphis, TN, USA 0:58:00 DIGITAL Get to know the members of the hardcore punk band Negro Terror as they address topics like togetherness, hidden racism in America, and what it means to be in a band with members of all different beliefs and lifestyles. “An amalgamation of everything [they’ve] been around plus everything [they] wanted to be around”; Omar, Ra’id, and Rico are a trio who have used music to alter perspectives.
Fun to Cook "World's Best Food" Dongjun Kim Burbank, CA, USA 0:03:34 ANIMATION Dongjun Kim explores the Youtube cooking video as a style. Fun to Cook is the essence of contemporary filmmaking. This animation takes what we all know, turns it upside down and sprinkles a little on our soup.
Taylor and Vanessa AWARD WINNER TRANSFORMATIVE BEST Christina Santa Cruz Los Angeles, CA, USA 0:17:00 DIGITAL With her second straight year in our gallery of film, Christina Santa Cruz has painted herself as one of the most sophisticated filmmakers in The Unknown universe. Her works are wise and patient, horrifyingly human, and enter the audience’s psyche like welcomed water into lungs. In Taylor and Vanessa, Cruz tells a haunting voyeuristic tale that seems simple at first, but then blooms into thoughtful complexity.
Someone, Somewhere is Silently Screaming Hannah Bel Davis Vancouver, BC, Canada 0:08:59 DIGITAL Hanna Bel Davis delivers an innovative student comedy from Vancouver, BC. From start to finish this film’s editing, cinematography, set design, and acting, push the boundaries and establish the tone for a future of delightfully absurdist filmmaking.
Revenge Angels Maren Moreno Olympia, WA, USA 0:05:50 DIGITAL A punk film from Olympia, WA about a womXXXn who needs revenge and the angels who help her get it.
Discovery Settings Kat Vivaldi Blacksburg, VA, USA 0:05:54 DIGITAL Online dating is new uncharted territory. Kat Vivaldi shows us that not only is online dating a new incarnation of traditional relational dynamics, but that all of our expectations are learned.
LITTLE AWARD WINNER UNKNOWN MASTERPIECE Kris Williams London, UK 0:16:30 DIGITAL The Unknown has seen a lot of mind bending films since its induction, but in our history no film compares to the complexity of Kris Williams’ piece about unknown lifestyles. Little is a work that has engulfed our brains and changed our perspective on what it means to mature and cope with trauma. Williams creates a dreamlike fantasy that shines a rainbow nightlight on reality. You will most likely have a conversation about this one on your bike ride home.
Gaia Mama AWARD WINNER FOLK AWARD Laura Bouza Los Angeles, CA, USA 0:18:46 16MM Our 2019 Folk Award goes to a soothing picture of sound and mind. Patient and true, this film about a duo of elders who make healing sounds in their backyard goes from documentary to meditation. Relax and let the v(i(b(r(a)t)i)o)n take you away.
Offerings AWARD WINNER BEST FORM AND EDITING With a special performance from Dolphin Midwives Torin Langen Kitchener, ON, Canada 0:26:20 DIGITAL & PERFORMANCE The Unknown is pleased to announce a live score of Offerings by local musician Dolphin Midwives! A chthonic piece designed as a seance in three acts. Offerings is an innovative experimental film using the method of Triptych filmmaking as a tool rather than a style. The meticulousness of Langen’s imagery is hard to miss as this expansive piece of horror and cult imagery effortlessly overtakes the audience and swallows them into the depths of the underworld.
Magic Explained Paul Tarragó London, UK 0:07:00 SUPER 8 Filmmaking is magic! Come devour these charming, underutilized techniques of the filmmaking arsenal as Magic Explained inspires and sparks creativity.
Cult Film Alastair Cummings United Kingdom 0:13:35 VHS Shot on VHS and, as far as this committee can tell, shot in 1997; Cult Film is one man’s exit tape that documents everything leading up to the recycling of the world. Filmmaker Alastair Cummings explores themes of blind confidence, child-like innocence, friendship, and fear of the unknown.
Knock, Knock, Knock Arom Choi Republic of Korea & United States 0:15:00 DIGITAL Examining issues of fear exaggerated by isolation; Choi vividly demonstrates our nature to create reality and live inside it. Knock, Knock, Knock beautifully and frightfully depicts loneliness as one girl discovers her reason to finally go outside.
PUTAHONTAS Aline Flores, Anna Armengol, and Daniela Trinidad Barcelona, Spain & Mexico City, Mexico 0:07:54 DIGITAL This documentary by Aline Flores follows the raw and honest perspective of Christian and his alter ego Putahontas. A mystic by day and drag queen by night, Christian speaks about life and the “blending of situations” that have created their personalities.
Silver in the Churn Jasper Lee 0:09:00 Birmingham, AL, USA DIGITAL Silver in the Churn uses montage in its foundational form to effect and confuse the audience in a physical way. Southeastern superstition is at play in this abstractly haunting piece.
Bagface Also Nonas Glendale, CA, USA 0:14:00 DIGITAL 1. Make an Entrance ✓ 2. -Smile- 3. Be Yourself ??
High Point Summer Joseph Mills Seattle, WA, USA 0:33:34 MINI DV High Point Summer presents us with rare images documented during the turn of the millennium in the gang-stricken area of High Point, Seattle. Joseph Mills, the coordinator of Southeast Asian Young Men's Group compiled segments from the video diary of Cambodian refugee Sopheak. Surrounded with friends and family, Sopheak explores the meaning of thug life.
No Fun House Beau House Vancouver, BC, Canada 0:02:30 16MM Presented on 16mm, No Fun House is cinema in its most beautiful and simplistic form: light and sound.
Lodestar Paul Kirby Ashland, OR, USA 0:09:38 DIGITAL We would never have predicted a parallel between PTSD and The Oregon Beach Bill of 1967, but filmmaker Paul Kirby takes us down an unforgettable path of what many take for granted. It’s an honor to have Kirby paddle us through our modern mental care system and teach us what works for him.
We share ourselves with you Max Wildenhaus Milwaukee, WI, USA 0:07:22 16MM Peruse forgotten objects alongside mind-altering whispers and an onslaught of clinks, creaks, and chimes while contemplating the meaning of possessions, and the relationship an old couple has with their collection as it is dismantled before their eyes.
L'EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP Sam Vinal Louisiana, USA 0:24:07 DIGITAL Water is Life follows Cherri Foytlin, an indigenous woman, as she soldiers against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. A voracious protector and a righteous fighter, Cherri takes us on a tour of the truth behind the oil industry's shameful and unrelenting unaccountability. For more information visit http://lelvcamp.org/
Maybe Carol Needs to Cry Mark Levine Chicago, IL, USA 0:43:52 DIGITAL An experimental film by way of editing and cinematography, and a narrative by way of story - Maybe Carol Needs to Cry is a uniquely colorful, rare joy. Mark Levine creates an empathic work that has the audience walking in the shoes of every character the camera touches, all while stylistically keeping us hypnotized. Follow Carol as her world crumbles in the face of honesty and she opens up to a world of secrets.
No Way, I'm Disco Dancing Nicole Elaine Portland, OR, USA INSTALLATION - LIGHTS, MIRRORS, MOTION Come get down at the most spectacular party in town! Brought to you by our benevolent overlords and fine corporate sponsors.
Touchance Kevin Roy Eastern Oregon University, USA INSTALLATION Touchance is an interactive tapestry of digital abstractions generated by an experimental iPhone app, then woven into 'found footage' shot in the 1950's. The work explores the convergence between traditional analog media, generative processes and interactive image manipulation. Viewers scroll through the images, browsing, while simultaneously contributing the film's forms and rhythms.
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The Common Fag // Denise Kenney & Michael V. Smith // Kelowna, BC, Canada Day Off Vibes // Melina Coumas // Portland, OR, USA Agalmatophilia // Jacob Midkiff // Athens, OH, USA NEVER GO THERE // David Connor // Bristol, Bristol, UK I Am He Who Created Himself // Emma Penaz Eisner // San Francisco, CA, USA Complicated Grief // Jayden Becker // Talent, OR, USA I Never Picked Cotton // Hanna Adams, Cole Bacani, Max Edmeier, Dariel Filomeno, Alexandra Gottlieb, NamQuyen “Q” Le, Yolanda Morgan, Victoria Perez. Benjamin Ragasa, Josie Stocks, John Stover, Jinghan Tian // Los Angeles, CA, USA Maids // Sofía Castro // Buenos Aires, Argentina Young & Naive // Tuesday Conner & Phil Tyler // Los Angeles, CA, USA Slow Days // Erin O'Malley // Portland, OR, US Cannibal Cat // Andrew Martin // Austin, Texas, USA Mirror Effect // Oliver Smith // Decatur, GA, USA Alienated // Sandy Parker // New Orleans, LA, USA Song for the Fate of Animals // Tommy Becker // San Francisco, CA, USA The Names of Trees // Pamela Falkenberg & Jack Cochran // Rockford, IL & Austin, TX, USA What is a Man? // Rob Munday // London, UK FROG // Lilly Lion // Portland, OR, USA Life! // Ramesh Jai Gulabrai // Accra, GHANA I Am A Desert // Daniel Freeman & Malak El-Quessny // Berkeley, CA, USA Densha // Jack Collier // Federal Way, WA, USA I'm Sorry // Gabriel Galand & Aaron Gomez // Vancouver, BC, CA Beg. // Sean Parker // Portland, OR, USA I can't stand myself, but I'm working on it // Ania Płonka // Warsaw, POLAND Remnants of a Room // Vonnie Quest // Milwaukee, WI, USA Don't Forget Your Bike // Zephyr Sheedy // Richmond, VA, USA Jennifer Again // Kyle Mangione-Smith // Boston, MA, USA Star Whale // Drew Dingeldein // Louisville, KY, USA
Music Videos
Slimed // Eyeball // Lucas Ostrowski // Bowling Green, OH, USA TOXIC // Calvin Arsenia // Khitam Jabr // Kansas City, MO, USA PUT YOUR LOVE ON ME // DaKooka // Andrey Mousin, Alena Koukoushkina, Alexey Tomilov // Moscow, Russia This Love Is On Fire // You Can Call Me Sir. // Cassils // USA No Turning Back // MONTE.XTO // Kent Donguines // Canada DEPARTURE // Dusa (ft. Minerva) // Steve Lin // Taipei Taiwan Gold Tooth // Magic Body // Natasha Woods // Milwaukee, WI, USA Flamingo // Divino Ninos // Jake Armstrong // Baltimore, MD, USA SPLENDID CASE OF DOUBT // Krawauli // Daniel Moshel // Vienna, Austria Beam of Fire // Machine est mon Coeur // Bianca Calandra // France/Australia Running From Your Love // TIMEKODE // Lesley Marshall // Ottawa, ON, CAN Gipsy Dance // Tribal Baroque // Nuno Sá Pessoa & Kris Skovmand // Lisbon, Portugal The problems aren't us // Gili Portal // karni and saul // United Kingdom Bird Colors // Oldman Boykid // Daniel Freeman // Berkeley, CA, USAEarwig // Pearson Sound // Leila Ziu // London, UK Legendary // JT Almon (ft. Angelica Bess) // Clint Beastwood // Portland, OR USA Etérea // Criolo // Gabriel Dietrich, Gil Inoue, Pedro Inoue and Tino Monetti // São Paulo / SP, Brazil Play The Field // Partner // Lesley Marshall // Ottawa, ON, CAN Supermotor // My name is Fuzzy // Bastien Bron // Switzerland Fall4U // Akari // Maxfield Biggs // Brooklyn, NY, USA FHL // LJ // Connor Keaney // Indianapolis, IN, USA Lubodisko // Elektro Hafiz // Gizem Guvendag // Koln, Germany DIY // Van Der Blüte // Benjamin Esterlis // Adi, Israel YASU // Static & Benel Tavori with Eden Ben Zaken & Stephann // Roman Buchatsky // Tel Aviv, Israel Beautiful Day // Manager // Travis Welowszky // London, ON, CAN Day Drinking / Beer Pressure // Scum Shots // Joe Plescia // Staten Island, NY, USA Kill // What Would Tilda Swinton Do // Suzie Léger // New York, NY, USA
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Shell Stella Rosen Durham, NC, USA 0:06:09 ANIMATION As we live, we transform. Our experiences make us who we are, and change will happen to everyone who is brave enough to take the journey. Stella Rosen explains this simple yet profound life lesson through graceful animation.
Coffee Mug Clara Riedlinger & Piper Jane Austin Rochester, NY, USA 0:15:05 DIGITAL Love and friendship are on display as we follow two bosom buddies around on a day off together. An intimate Millennial relationship study, Coffee Mug celebrates the lazy days. Also, remember the last time you had to buy weed from a guy in a bookstore? Weird times.
Highway Semiotics Stephen Crompton Bowling Green, OH, USA 0:04:08 SUPER 8 An objective documentary about a vintage career that is part advertising, part propaganda.
We were hardly more than children Cecelia Condit Shorewood, WI, USA 0:08:45 DIGITAL Back when abortions were illegal in the U.S., “there was a third floor in Mexico and a basement in Brooklyn.” Let perspective be your guide as We Were Hardly More Than Children talks us through the struggle of two friends in 1969 when illegal abortion meant danger, despair and discrimination for many young women. Now, in 2019, bills are being signed in many states across the country banning abortions and/or making them more difficult to get. Her body, her choice!
Deep Waters Alice Heit Plouegat Guerrand, France 0:53:32 8MM A delightfully sexual exploration of the female body, Deep Waters unabashedly combines alluring 8mm footage with stop motion animation to educate women about their own bodies. Freeing accounts from other women narrate this piece to bring the female orgasm into the norm of conversation and open the flood gates of womanly pleasure.
EMBRACES & the touch of skin Sara Koppel Copenhagen, Denmark 0:02:42 ANIMATION Hand drawn love. Sara Koppel proves again that her work is unrivaled with an ode to the tender caress and aggressive embrace.
To fix a guy Astrid Söderberg Gothenburg, Sweden 0:10:12 DIGITAL Can a bath and a well timed fart teach us all we need to know about feminism? No. But fixing men is simpler than you think.
Home Physician Video Series Alexandra Derderian & Niklas Kelliher Lowell, MA, USA 0:06:01 DIGITAL Instructional videos to kick start your career as a doctor are only a credit card payment away.
Couleur du Moment Jeremy Sandor Montreal, Canada 0:14:30 DIGITAL Filmmaker Jeremy Sandor predicts an unenthusiastic future of corporatized color. Filmed in black and white, Couleur du Moment harkens that feeling you get when you see the color red while lamenting the loss of a hard day’s work.
Candy's Crush Roberto Nascimento Auckland, New Zealand 0:07:00 DIGITAL A bold documentary about Samoan wrestler Candy Lee. Wrestler by trade and trans woman by life. Candy’s Crush is an unforgettable glimpse into Lee’s unique headspace.
Spectopia AWARD WINNER JOE COUCH AWARD IN EXPERIMENTATION Joshua Pollock Portland, OR, USA 0:08:13 FOUND FOOTAGE Putting an unsettling twist on the format of collecting found footage; Spectopia allows us to gander at the hellish landscape we are creating for ourselves whilst witnessing the privacy we have lost. Come bask in your own emptiness.
PIT STOP AWARD WINNER BEST ART DIRECTION Mikail Ekiz. Madeleine Arana, Brooke Eilers, Heather Morrison, Preston Vihlen, Jessica Morris, Vanecia Pickett, and Manuela Aguilar Vasquez Savannah, GA, USA 0:03:55 ANIMATION Without a doubt, award for Best Art Direction was a clear choice this year. From the grizzled flowing hair of gas station customers to the tiny cigarette packs, Pit Stop is an all out achievement in stop motion animation and direction. Mikail Ekiz and Madeleine Arana take us to the ends of the universe as they fiddle with metaphysics and help an 8-ball transcend our hyperplane. All signs point to yes.
This Is What We're Left With Alexis Stratton Englewood, CO, USA 0:05:56 MIXED MEDIA An introspective, journalistic work made from personal found footage about how one becomes who one is. From the shadows emerge issues of family, sexuality, abuse, and growth, as Alexis Stratton unfolds the web of their adolescence in search of truth and understanding.
Made to Order AWARD WINNER TOP RANKING STUDENT Alanna Murray Brooklyn NY, USA 0:13:54 DIGITAL Winner of this year’s award for best student piece walks the line of sympathy and disgust toward the heinous actions of our hero. Horrors of the World Wide Web drive this plot forward in order to examine what it means to resent others and make decisions you can never erase. Made to Order is a thoughtfully complex character study that unravels right before your eyes.
Last Known Whereabouts Daniel Watkins Los Angeles, CA, USA 0:20:00 PERFORMANCE Last Known Whereabouts is an ambient audio/video performance piece comprised of sounds and visuals collected from human abduction sites around Los Angeles.
Cannibal Cat AWARD WINNER PINKY AWARD Andrew Martin Austin, TX, USA 0:04:10 ANIMATION A heart warming yet darkly humorous animation made by a lovely 6th grade human tells the true tale of a vagrant cat. Cannibal Cat’s struggle to fit in and survive is retold with vibrant pictures and well timed narration. This year’s outstanding achievement in 5 minutes of less is awarded to Andrew Martin and his biopic about a cat finding his home.
Negro Terror John Rash Memphis, TN, USA 0:58:00 DIGITAL Get to know the members of the hardcore punk band Negro Terror as they address topics like togetherness, hidden racism in America, and what it means to be in a band with members of all different beliefs and lifestyles. “An amalgamation of everything [they’ve] been around plus everything [they] wanted to be around”; Omar, Ra’id, and Rico are a trio who have used music to alter perspectives.
Fun to Cook "World's Best Food" Dongjun Kim Burbank, CA, USA 0:03:34 ANIMATION Dongjun Kim explores the Youtube cooking video as a style. Fun to Cook is the essence of contemporary filmmaking. This animation takes what we all know, turns it upside down and sprinkles a little on our soup.
Taylor and Vanessa AWARD WINNER TRANSFORMATIVE BEST Christina Santa Cruz Los Angeles, CA, USA 0:17:00 DIGITAL With her second straight year in our gallery of film, Christina Santa Cruz has painted herself as one of the most sophisticated filmmakers in The Unknown universe. Her works are wise and patient, horrifyingly human, and enter the audience’s psyche like welcomed water into lungs. In Taylor and Vanessa, Cruz tells a haunting voyeuristic tale that seems simple at first, but then blooms into thoughtful complexity.
Someone, Somewhere is Silently Screaming Hannah Bel Davis Vancouver, BC, Canada 0:08:59 DIGITAL Hanna Bel Davis delivers an innovative student comedy from Vancouver, BC. From start to finish this film’s editing, cinematography, set design, and acting, push the boundaries and establish the tone for a future of delightfully absurdist filmmaking.
Revenge Angels Maren Moreno Olympia, WA, USA 0:05:50 DIGITAL A punk film from Olympia, WA about a womXXXn who needs revenge and the angels who help her get it.
Discovery Settings Kat Vivaldi Blacksburg, VA, USA 0:05:54 DIGITAL Online dating is new uncharted territory. Kat Vivaldi shows us that not only is online dating a new incarnation of traditional relational dynamics, but that all of our expectations are learned.
LITTLE AWARD WINNER UNKNOWN MASTERPIECE Kris Williams London, UK 0:16:30 DIGITAL The Unknown has seen a lot of mind bending films since its induction, but in our history no film compares to the complexity of Kris Williams’ piece about unknown lifestyles. Little is a work that has engulfed our brains and changed our perspective on what it means to mature and cope with trauma. Williams creates a dreamlike fantasy that shines a rainbow nightlight on reality. You will most likely have a conversation about this one on your bike ride home.
Gaia Mama AWARD WINNER FOLK AWARD Laura Bouza Los Angeles, CA, USA 0:18:46 16MM Our 2019 Folk Award goes to a soothing picture of sound and mind. Patient and true, this film about a duo of elders who make healing sounds in their backyard goes from documentary to meditation. Relax and let the v(i(b(r(a)t)i)o)n take you away.
Offerings AWARD WINNER BEST FORM AND EDITING With a special performance from Dolphin Midwives Torin Langen Kitchener, ON, Canada 0:26:20 DIGITAL & PERFORMANCE The Unknown is pleased to announce a live score of Offerings by local musician Dolphin Midwives! A chthonic piece designed as a seance in three acts. Offerings is an innovative experimental film using the method of Triptych filmmaking as a tool rather than a style. The meticulousness of Langen’s imagery is hard to miss as this expansive piece of horror and cult imagery effortlessly overtakes the audience and swallows them into the depths of the underworld.
Magic Explained Paul Tarragó London, UK 0:07:00 SUPER 8 Filmmaking is magic! Come devour these charming, underutilized techniques of the filmmaking arsenal as Magic Explained inspires and sparks creativity.
Cult Film Alastair Cummings United Kingdom 0:13:35 VHS Shot on VHS and, as far as this committee can tell, shot in 1997; Cult Film is one man’s exit tape that documents everything leading up to the recycling of the world. Filmmaker Alastair Cummings explores themes of blind confidence, child-like innocence, friendship, and fear of the unknown.
Knock, Knock, Knock Arom Choi Republic of Korea & United States 0:15:00 DIGITAL Examining issues of fear exaggerated by isolation; Choi vividly demonstrates our nature to create reality and live inside it. Knock, Knock, Knock beautifully and frightfully depicts loneliness as one girl discovers her reason to finally go outside.
PUTAHONTAS Aline Flores, Anna Armengol, and Daniela Trinidad Barcelona, Spain & Mexico City, Mexico 0:07:54 DIGITAL This documentary by Aline Flores follows the raw and honest perspective of Christian and his alter ego Putahontas. A mystic by day and drag queen by night, Christian speaks about life and the “blending of situations” that have created their personalities.
Silver in the Churn Jasper Lee 0:09:00 Birmingham, AL, USA DIGITAL Silver in the Churn uses montage in its foundational form to effect and confuse the audience in a physical way. Southeastern superstition is at play in this abstractly haunting piece.
Bagface Also Nonas Glendale, CA, USA 0:14:00 DIGITAL 1. Make an Entrance ✓ 2. -Smile- 3. Be Yourself ??
High Point Summer Joseph Mills Seattle, WA, USA 0:33:34 MINI DV High Point Summer presents us with rare images documented during the turn of the millennium in the gang-stricken area of High Point, Seattle. Joseph Mills, the coordinator of Southeast Asian Young Men's Group compiled segments from the video diary of Cambodian refugee Sopheak. Surrounded with friends and family, Sopheak explores the meaning of thug life.
No Fun House Beau House Vancouver, BC, Canada 0:02:30 16MM Presented on 16mm, No Fun House is cinema in its most beautiful and simplistic form: light and sound.
Lodestar Paul Kirby Ashland, OR, USA 0:09:38 DIGITAL We would never have predicted a parallel between PTSD and The Oregon Beach Bill of 1967, but filmmaker Paul Kirby takes us down an unforgettable path of what many take for granted. It’s an honor to have Kirby paddle us through our modern mental care system and teach us what works for him.
We share ourselves with you Max Wildenhaus Milwaukee, WI, USA 0:07:22 16MM Peruse forgotten objects alongside mind-altering whispers and an onslaught of clinks, creaks, and chimes while contemplating the meaning of possessions, and the relationship an old couple has with their collection as it is dismantled before their eyes.
L'EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP Sam Vinal Louisiana, USA 0:24:07 DIGITAL Water is Life follows Cherri Foytlin, an indigenous woman, as she soldiers against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. A voracious protector and a righteous fighter, Cherri takes us on a tour of the truth behind the oil industry's shameful and unrelenting unaccountability. For more information visit http://lelvcamp.org/
Maybe Carol Needs to Cry Mark Levine Chicago, IL, USA 0:43:52 DIGITAL An experimental film by way of editing and cinematography, and a narrative by way of story - Maybe Carol Needs to Cry is a uniquely colorful, rare joy. Mark Levine creates an empathic work that has the audience walking in the shoes of every character the camera touches, all while stylistically keeping us hypnotized. Follow Carol as her world crumbles in the face of honesty and she opens up to a world of secrets.
No Way, I'm Disco Dancing Nicole Elaine Portland, OR, USA INSTALLATION - LIGHTS, MIRRORS, MOTION Come get down at the most spectacular party in town! Brought to you by our benevolent overlords and fine corporate sponsors.
Touchance Kevin Roy Eastern Oregon University, USA INSTALLATION Touchance is an interactive tapestry of digital abstractions generated by an experimental iPhone app, then woven into 'found footage' shot in the 1950's. The work explores the convergence between traditional analog media, generative processes and interactive image manipulation. Viewers scroll through the images, browsing, while simultaneously contributing the film's forms and rhythms.
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The Common Fag // Denise Kenney & Michael V. Smith // Kelowna, BC, Canada Day Off Vibes // Melina Coumas // Portland, OR, USA Agalmatophilia // Jacob Midkiff // Athens, OH, USA NEVER GO THERE // David Connor // Bristol, Bristol, UK I Am He Who Created Himself // Emma Penaz Eisner // San Francisco, CA, USA Complicated Grief // Jayden Becker // Talent, OR, USA I Never Picked Cotton // Hanna Adams, Cole Bacani, Max Edmeier, Dariel Filomeno, Alexandra Gottlieb, NamQuyen “Q” Le, Yolanda Morgan, Victoria Perez. Benjamin Ragasa, Josie Stocks, John Stover, Jinghan Tian // Los Angeles, CA, USA Maids // Sofía Castro // Buenos Aires, Argentina Young & Naive // Tuesday Conner & Phil Tyler // Los Angeles, CA, USA Slow Days // Erin O'Malley // Portland, OR, US Cannibal Cat // Andrew Martin // Austin, Texas, USA Mirror Effect // Oliver Smith // Decatur, GA, USA Alienated // Sandy Parker // New Orleans, LA, USA Song for the Fate of Animals // Tommy Becker // San Francisco, CA, USA The Names of Trees // Pamela Falkenberg & Jack Cochran // Rockford, IL & Austin, TX, USA What is a Man? // Rob Munday // London, UK FROG // Lilly Lion // Portland, OR, USA Life! // Ramesh Jai Gulabrai // Accra, GHANA I Am A Desert // Daniel Freeman & Malak El-Quessny // Berkeley, CA, USA Densha // Jack Collier // Federal Way, WA, USA I'm Sorry // Gabriel Galand & Aaron Gomez // Vancouver, BC, CA Beg. // Sean Parker // Portland, OR, USA I can't stand myself, but I'm working on it // Ania Płonka // Warsaw, POLAND Remnants of a Room // Vonnie Quest // Milwaukee, WI, USA Don't Forget Your Bike // Zephyr Sheedy // Richmond, VA, USA Jennifer Again // Kyle Mangione-Smith // Boston, MA, USA Star Whale // Drew Dingeldein // Louisville, KY, USA
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Slimed // Eyeball // Lucas Ostrowski // Bowling Green, OH, USA TOXIC // Calvin Arsenia // Khitam Jabr // Kansas City, MO, USA PUT YOUR LOVE ON ME // DaKooka // Andrey Mousin, Alena Koukoushkina, Alexey Tomilov // Moscow, Russia This Love Is On Fire // You Can Call Me Sir. // Cassils // USA No Turning Back // MONTE.XTO // Kent Donguines // Canada DEPARTURE // Dusa (ft. Minerva) // Steve Lin // Taipei Taiwan Gold Tooth // Magic Body // Natasha Woods // Milwaukee, WI, USA Flamingo // Divino Ninos // Jake Armstrong // Baltimore, MD, USA SPLENDID CASE OF DOUBT // Krawauli // Daniel Moshel // Vienna, Austria Beam of Fire // Machine est mon Coeur // Bianca Calandra // France/Australia Running From Your Love // TIMEKODE // Lesley Marshall // Ottawa, ON, CAN Gipsy Dance // Tribal Baroque // Nuno Sá Pessoa & Kris Skovmand // Lisbon, Portugal The problems aren't us // Gili Portal // karni and saul // United Kingdom Bird Colors // Oldman Boykid // Daniel Freeman // Berkeley, CA, USAEarwig // Pearson Sound // Leila Ziu // London, UK Legendary // JT Almon (ft. Angelica Bess) // Clint Beastwood // Portland, OR USA Etérea // Criolo // Gabriel Dietrich, Gil Inoue, Pedro Inoue and Tino Monetti // São Paulo / SP, Brazil Play The Field // Partner // Lesley Marshall // Ottawa, ON, CAN Supermotor // My name is Fuzzy // Bastien Bron // Switzerland Fall4U // Akari // Maxfield Biggs // Brooklyn, NY, USA FHL // LJ // Connor Keaney // Indianapolis, IN, USA Lubodisko // Elektro Hafiz // Gizem Guvendag // Koln, Germany DIY // Van Der Blüte // Benjamin Esterlis // Adi, Israel YASU // Static & Benel Tavori with Eden Ben Zaken & Stephann // Roman Buchatsky // Tel Aviv, Israel Beautiful Day // Manager // Travis Welowszky // London, ON, CAN Day Drinking / Beer Pressure // Scum Shots // Joe Plescia // Staten Island, NY, USA Kill // What Would Tilda Swinton Do // Suzie Léger // New York, NY, USA
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