Last night, Other Cinema hosted a gathering of witches, both embodied and bound in celluloid. The night began with a brewing of cups by the Church of Color and Light, a local ritualistic performance collective that uses overhead projection, dance movement, and incantation for audience involvement and transformation. One slithering spirit even abandoned a rubber snake in my lap. Soundtracked by the buzzing of flies, their cultus ceremony set tone for a spooky evening with intermittent camera flashes punctuating the dark.
Cohesively curated experimental film and video from past iterations of the Häxän Festival filled the remainder of the evening’s program. Häxän celebrates witchcraft and the personal occult from a feminine perspective, with all works curated and made by women. The program was strong yet scrappy, with a generous dose of silence and nudity. A couple of pieces veered too close to the works of experimental film great Maya Deren (unsurprisingly) and animator Lewis Klahr, to be truly original. But the lovely, ghostly Trapped Between Frames by Nazare Soares seemed outright possessed with its multi-exposed film frames trembling and twitching
My stereoscopic film Trapped Between Frames will be shown on the 29th of October at Artist Television Access in San Francisco as part of HÄXÄN project:
After 2 epic Autumns in the East Bay, the Haxan Project now sets up stakes in the Mission, to initiate a Big-City audience into its irresistible cycle of wicca-ed cinema, with a tent-full of works—all women-made—capped by a provocative live performance! Curators Courtney Fellion, Phaedra Restad, and Hannah Schulman have hand-picked the very best work from their wildly creative coven, including transformative pieces from Gina Basso, Karissa Hahn, Leslie Supnet, Sarah Rooney, Natalie Tsui, Nazar Soares, Laura Conway, Lili White, and Julia Triangular—all to be consummated in the rites of the Church of Color and Light, whose overhead projections and hypnotic incantations promise a path to thee metaphysical via our beloved smoke machine! Free mulled wine.
‘Trapped Between Frames ‘ will be screened in DOBRA Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro on 3rd of September 21 h at Cinemateca MAM/RJ, part of O Oculto Pessoal, a special program curated by HÄXÄN Festival.
Trapped between Frames will be screened at Haxan Festival in Oakland on 28-29 August 2015! http://www.haxanfestival.org/
The Consecration of Yr Personal Occult Thru Film
Opening night: August 28 at 420 14th St, downtown Oakland
Closing night: August 29 at the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave
HÄXÄN Festival is a Bay Area film festival focusing on local filmmakers exploring psychic and mystic connections through experiments in video and film. Celebrating witchcraft and the Personal Occult.
Presenting 2 evenings of experimental short films, art and performances.
Screening films from 22 enchanting local and international artists including:
onyinye alheri, Ale Bachlechner and Olivia Platzer, Stephanie Barber, Gina Basso, Flatsitter, Penny Van Hazelberg, Lyra Hill, Damian Lebiedzinski, Kayla Lenberg, Arnont Nongyao, Kathleen Quillian, Nowhere Mountain, Grace Nayoon Rhee, Iqrar Rizvi, Leyla Rodriguez, Sarah Rooney, Linda Scobie, Nazare Soares, Alexander Stewart, Natalie Tsui, and Julieta Triangular
We will also have spooky performances and magical installations put together by
Sarah Brady, Sarah Godfrey, Gossimer, Porpentine Charity Heartscape and Brenda Neotenomie, Ryan Rebekah Erev, Emmanuelle Negre, Beast Nest, Danielle O’Malley, Piper Rose, and Lily Zone.
Plus herb vendors, crystal face painting, tarot readings and more..