Forever the Geography: National Mutability in ‘Krabi, 2562’ (2019) + Nazar’s ‘Guerrilla’ (2020)

Looking over what I have seen and heard in this mess of a release year so far, I realized that two of my favourite works of art – one a movie, another an album – are tied together by their decision to depict a particular place, or identity, with an intentional formal wooliness. Continue reading Forever the Geography: National Mutability in ‘Krabi, 2562’ (2019) + Nazar’s ‘Guerrilla’ (2020)

UDVFF 13: Disappearances + Intonations

A collection of shorts and features whose curation was loosely inspired by two books (Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance by Ackbar Abbas and Intonations: A Social History of Music and Nation in Luanda, Angola, from 1945 to Recent Times by Marissa Moorman) and a couple of projects I’m working on. The state of the world and that great gift of free association also played their parts. Continue reading UDVFF 13: Disappearances + Intonations

Announcement: (Virtual) Artist-in-Residence, Jake Jacobs

As our first ever artist-in-residence, Jacob Harrison Jones (Jake Jacobs) was supposed to be in Berlin for the month of July this year. Since life had other plans, we are thrilled to be hosting our first virtual artist residency, which will entail a month-long collaboration culminating in: a published article, a sound piece, an interview, a video work, and a UDVFF program. Jake and I … Continue reading Announcement: (Virtual) Artist-in-Residence, Jake Jacobs

UDVFF 10: “I never died,” says he.

Editor’s Note: Welcome to the tenth program of our Virtual Film Festival, which offers a weekly watching schedule of moving image works available for free streaming. Previous programs can be found here.If you enjoy this week’s program, we ask that you please click the ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’ button below to make a donation to your local community or a national organization (or both!) by MLP … Continue reading UDVFF 10: “I never died,” says he.

Revolutionizing Festivals – Notes on the First Virtual Ann Arbor Film Festival

If somebody had told me that my first experience of Ann Arbor Film Festival would happen during one of the worst pandemics in recent human history, while I was locked down in the Parisian periphery, I would have seriously reconsidered this person’s mental condition. Continue reading Revolutionizing Festivals – Notes on the First Virtual Ann Arbor Film Festival

Review: ‘My First Film’ (2018) by Zia Anger

by Savina Petkova “You’re in”, reads the email. I slide out of my chair to make myself a coffee – it’s going to be a long night. After four days of snooping around and refreshing Zia Anger’s twitter page at random times, I’m ‘in’, even though all the available slots for her interactive My First Film, have consistently filled up in less than six minutes. … Continue reading Review: ‘My First Film’ (2018) by Zia Anger