There is a lot of poetry in these films.

Cinema Project gives a fair shake to short film in Space Time Being at PIFF. On Tuesday night at Whitsell Auditorium, Cinema Project and Northwest Film Center co-presented Short Cuts VII: Space Time Being for the 39th Annual Portland International Film Festival. Six short films, not one of them exceeding 25 minutes by directors from …

A Bizarre Holiday

The Cinema Project screened two hyper-hypnotic and abstract films last weekend — the aural-optical dreamy kaleidoscopic Chumlum and the similarly psychedelic, dissociating yet relatively graspable Christmas on Earth. It was an off-beat celebration of the season, as both proved to be exemplary works for the volunteer-driven film collective which continues to unwrap the genre of avant-garde cinema for anyone …

Blurry Lines Between Migrants, Refugees, and Illegals

And We Will Throw the Sea Behind You documents the stories of several migrants from middle eastern nations to Greece and Turkey. Pieced together from low resolution video and film, spanning roughly 2009 to 2012, and audio recordings of testimonials from migrants, an impression of the life of the Arab migrant is sculpted. Lacking a …

Small Acquisitions Over Time Equal One Big Collection

Say goodbye to Cinema Project for the summer. Last weekend, their final frame for several months flickered in the musty upstairs event hall of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) local office in the industrial-turning-leisurely inner southeast neighborhood. They hope that this marks their last event after two years of gypsy-like, ad-hoc presentation from unusual …

Maybe This Is Change

Cinema Project Presents “Horrorism For Beginners”: Select Films by Berlin-Based Filmmakers, Anja Dornieden and Juan David Gonzalez, a.k.a. OJOBOCA Last night, I thought I would have wild, fantastically visual dreams. The kind that you instantly recall upon waking up for the vivid hallucinatory quality they had; images from childhood, of yourself, imposed on textured recollections …

Is This Festival in the Act of Audiencing?

Day 5 at T:BA:14 has begun. Today marks the halfway point for T:BA:14. This evening I will be attending the U.S. Premiere of Luke George & Collaborators Not About Face. I attended the workshop he facilitated last year and have been looking forward to participating in this “choreographic experiment in anonymous intimacy and fake belief”. …