6 December, Seattle-based Emerald Reels presented a
curated collection of experimental, animated and creatively-narrative
short films from filmmakers around the U.S. including
Zverina, Doug Lane, Steve Demas, dzigafilmsyndicate,
Morgan, and Reed O'Beirne.
The films explore themes and techniques that are largely
outside of mainstream filmmaking and challenge the traditional
approach to cinema thru a do-it-yourself creative ethos.
Martha Colburn’s hand-painted animations explore
the interconnectedness of political protests from around
the planet. Tony Gault uses digitally manipulated 16mm
footage to evoke the inner meaning of a family’s
home movies. Barbara Ireland and Danielle Morgan portray
love and attraction in surreal, explosive narratives.
Tactical media laboratory, dzigafilmsyndicate, presents
a mediation on life, death, pop culture, folk art, scenic
view points and vodka. Doug Lane, Jason Gutz and Michael
McCarty use handheld super-8 cameras with a cast and
crew of friends to create alternate worlds laced with
facepaint and poignancy. The show’s one night
only and not to be missed if you want to see what else
is possible in contemporary cinema.
The screening ran at West of Lenin, a lovely new multi-purpose
theater and studio space that re-establishes a permanent,
live performance theater in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood.
the Freedom Force
is No Assignment for Cowards
Lane and Steve Demas
Joe and the Fish Biologist
of Lenin, 203 N. 36 St., Seattle, WA 98103