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.
My Stereoscopic Film ‘Trapped Between Frames’ will be screened in New Delhi this Saturday 19th of March. Soundtrack by Laila Hansen (Partial facsimile) and Andrew Stuart-Buttle, performance Aya Toraiwa. Thanks so much to curator Poulomi Desai.
Usurp Zone5 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
19 March 2pm – 7pm Experimental Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Usurp Art Presents a selection of films from our Zone5 experimental short film festival. Many of the award winning films will be screened for the first time in India.
Showing my stereoscopic film “Trapped Between Frames” as part of Open Art Academy this weekend ( 3-6 December). Film will be screened in loop together with video work by Anders S. Solberg .
My stereoscopic film Trapped Between Frames will be screened next in Buenos Aires as part of FIVA Festival Internacional de Videoarte , sound design by Laila Laila ( Partial Facsimile ) and Andrew Stuart-Buttle , performance by Aya Toraiwa.
A article by Adrianne Finelli on the recent GAZE screening Film series in San Franscisco, Past Perfect • Future Tense: Voices and Visions of Women in Film Across Time and Space
” (…) Trapped Between Frames by Nazare Soares. The piece is a single-channel version of a stereoscopic photography installation that was the culmination of Soares’ studies at the University of Brighton. It was inspired by Japanese folklore and the Kaiser-Panorama, a pre-cinematic display made in 1883, and is the story of the sun goddess, Amaterasu portrayed through a painterly hybrid of formats—16mm, VHS, HD and 3D animation. There is a physical element involved in viewing this film, as your optic nerve works overtime to transport you from dream to myth to history. Memory becomes a visceral concept as the shrouded figure walks between stereoscopic images of caves flickering. Soares brings intent to the myth of Amaterasu, and an unwavering strength to the screen as she reverses the gaze to remind us that we part of something bigger than ourselves.
Past Perfect • Future Tense includes 16 individual voices and visions that would resonate in many contexts with diverse audiences. To me this collection of films builds in a strong and compelling way, creating new meaning between the works––space where silence has value and time connects us to one another.
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..
Eye of the Dawn, Lost Found and Trapped Between Frames have been selected for Usurp Zone 5 Film Festival in London. The Films are part of the exhibiton show everyday from 3pm till 6pm. Follow the link for more info:
14 – 17 Aug: Exhibition films – Free for everyone from 3pm to 6pm. Think – abstract, absurd, activist, animated, asemic, clandestine, collage, conceptual, cut-ups, environment, experimental, glitsch, graffiti, graphic, identity, kinetic, outsider, paracinematic, performance, plunderphonic, poetry, radio, rebellious, scores, sci-art, scratch, silent, sonic, subterranean, subversive, surreal, synesthetic, typographic, video art…More info: www.usurpzone5.org.uk/exhibition
Usurp Art presents the Usurp Zone5 Film Festival with extraordinary screenings, an exhibition and
a film sound track turntable night, featuring more than 80 experimental, short films, by artists and
filmmakers from over 15 countries, including Argentina, India, Jordan, Peru, Spain and South Africa.
With spatial sound explorations to post-internet performative actions, to meaning-finding/meaning
making idiosyncrasies, the Usurp Zone5 Film Festival traverses cinematic and televisual contexts,
film and video semiotics, allusions to gaming, advertising and internet art. This ambitious festival
highlights the politics of DIY creativity at a time of cuts and austerity. The programming for the
festival employs an experimental process that breaks with conventional curatorial authorship and
fosters a more democratic spectatorship, enabling audiences to create their own surprise links,
chance connections and perceptual analysis. The Usurp Zone5 Film Festival transforms the Usurp
Art Gallery into a suggestive interface; a communal, intimate living room in which to be inspired,
reflect, debate and share.
Usurp Art is proud to be the main sponsor
of this festival. Programme supported by
Film Hub London, managed by Film London.
Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film
Audience Network, funded by the National