No Gatekeeping: Open Mic Film Screening
“BYO film, open to all”. With an “Open door’ policy, simply show up with your film and let us host a screening. Ideal for emerging filmmakers or videomakers with limited screening space, Open Mic Night provides the space (Testing Grounds Emporium) for you to show your film; no one turned away. Come buy a drink at the festival bar and get comfortable for a film night designed for filmmakers. Films must be under 15 minutes; 16mm projector available. We have organised a few films to warm up the night and after that it’s free for anyone who’s keen to share!
Psychological Operations in Support of Unconventional Warfare | 16mm | black and white | 3′ | 1975
Kathryn Bigelow’s first (sic) film is being shown courtesy of Nigel Lendon and Axel Debenha-Lendon; a family hand-me-down, Psychological Operations is a conceptual art(war)film – silent, but deadly – made by Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow. In under 5 minutes we are presented wording from military documents, plastered against darkness. White words against a Black frame: find the metaphor yourself. Presented in 16mm, with permission from the artists who own this reel of film, which comes courtesy of legendary artist Nigel Lendon.
Celestial Bodies | 16mm | colour | 3’08” | 2023
Falling asleep your body is a mountain, your skin made of wet stars.
Melody Woodnutt is a descendant of the pirate Blackjack Woodnutt, and has rambled around the world before landing in Naarm/Melbourne in 2018. Melody’s films are often made from an alchemical feminist position as default (alongside bio-art’s concept of “witches in labs”). She is currently an exhibiting member of Artist Film Workshop – an ARI and film lab for analogue small gauge film, and the Artistic Director of the international filmmakers’ residency and collective platform, The Weight of Mountains.
Landing | 16mm | colour | 7’24” | 2019
Landing is a ritual in film that performs the return of the celestial body to the terrestrial body, through the act of spinning, mirroring and altering time. A merging of the female and celestial body. Sound by Erkki Veltheim.
Sabina Maselli is a filmmaker whose visual works are presented as films, installations, and live performances. She sees her works as sites for transformation between body, nature, memory and technology, and how they manifest in the physical, material, mystical, and mythological realms.
Advanced Archetypal Thought Forms: Session Two | Super 8 | colour | 5’05” | 2023
The forms in the following film are to be undertaken in the context of the new Advanced Archetypal Development Course under the guidance of a registered practitioner ©️ The Seven Rays Institute, 1986
Lucy McCallum is a multidisciplinary film artist, editor and theatre maker. Her work delves into the collective dream field through a meditative practice to form tableau poetics into rhythmic space. Thomas Henning is a writer, director, producer, curator and artist working in surrealist theatre and film. Thomas is originally from Naarm/Melbourne and now based in Indonesia.
Habitat Echoes | digital | colour | 4’30” | 2023
Habitat Echoes is an examination of civic spaces, both desolate and brimming with life, revealing the stark disconnection between vitality and neglect.
Sam Soh (she/her) is a moving image artist and freelance filmmaker. Her practice draws from the traditions and methods of documentary, dance, spatial design, street casting and cultural theory.
Every Sunday Lucy Kostos will be running Sweet 16mm workshops
and Garden Reflexxx are running a Film School
or maybe you just want to come and write about everything you see and have your words sing,
come to Enoch Mailangi and Priya Leigh’s Film Criticism123.