With SXSW just kicking off and the film world currently in the thick of festival season, it’s entirely reasonable for film lovers to want a change of visual scenery every now and then. Video production has come leaps and bounds over the past few years, bringing us ground-breaking and innovative new forms of both narrative and documentary storytelling. But how has this technology been influencing the world of more abstract video art? Vice’s “The Creators Project” decided to look ahead at what this year in video art will hold. What trend doesn’t come as a surprise? Of course, the presence of virtual reality that's on everyone’s mind! Their article highlights their top 5 experimental video artists to be on the lookout for, including Jeremy Bailey, Jillian Mayer + Lucas Leyva, Reed + Rader, Jon Rafman, and Jacolby Satterwhite. Read more about what they’ve been working on here, and if you need a break from all the logical narratives and factual documentaries, be sure to jump in and get ready to explore the strange and immersive worlds of video art.
With an interest in city architecture as a form of art, filmmaker Richard Bentley also has a penchant for working with time-lapses. In his trippy new video, Sometimes I See Faces, he combines these two interests by using mirroring and liquid likes effects to explore symmetry and transformation. The faces he says he sometimes sees in architecture are there in the video, glowing and brought to life with cities in motion. It's like symmetrical time-lapse impressionism…some type of strange new artform in itself. Bentley stated all images are from Dubai and were edited in Adobe Premiere Pro. Maybe this will force us to look at cities a little bit differently. Do you see the faces?? Read here for more on his process!
Gina Kamentsky's experimental short films consist of drawn and painted images created directly on film stock. A technique known as Direct Animation, Kamentsky states that her work is made as an exploration of the relationships between surface, rhythm, and representation. Strange, hypnotic and well, pretty much rad, you can read more about her work here (and check out her kinetic sculpture work there as well) or watch her recent short 'Tracheal Shave' now up on Vimeo. Also, be sure to check out this Vice article to also get an idea of how she animates on 35mm film stock!
When asked at the QandA after the film premeire "What did you want the audience to leave thinking at the end?" Director Cutter Hodierne replied, "I simply wanted them to leave thinking." Well he succeeded, and since well deserved hype is escalating around this Somali Pirate Vice Films produced feature. Expanding on his SunDance winning 2012 short film on the same subject, Cutter captures the real truths of the complex situation in a manner that will keep you on the edge of your seats. He pulled wonderful performances out of the largely Somali cast, and we at IndieStreet hope that the "Captain Phillips" release will prove to be a help not a hinderance for the exposure of this more honest and stylized representation of the conflicts on the African Coast. Click here to see a teaser for the feature, as well as the entire short film from 2012.