Flicker & Wow 2

March 26, 2017 · Knoxville Museum of Art · 4:00 P.M.

Free and open to the general public.


Parallel Inquiries

Christina C Nguyen
Runtime: 9:25
Format: 16mm

sound from image / image from color // inquiries into the analog film system

Christina C Nguyen is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Her work has screened at REDCAT and Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles, the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, and Light Field in San Francisco. She holds a BA in Visual Art: Media and a BS in Molecular Biology from University of California, San Diego and an MFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts.



Nova Remnants

Stefan Grabowski
Runtime: 10:30
Format: Digital

A nova remnant consists of matter left behind by a cataclysmic nuclear explosion, causing the intense and sudden brightening of a star. Due to the relatively short time-span over which they occur, nova remnants generally no longer exist by the time their light reaches us on Earth.

Stefan Grabowski is an artist and filmmaker based in Boston. Since 2011, he has curated the Balagan Film Series, dedicated to avant-garde, experimental, and otherwise marginalized film and video. He is also a founding member of the AgX Film Collective, an open group that formed to share equipment, resources, knowledge, and camaraderie with a focus on photochemical filmmaking.



Ghost Comb.

Ryland Walker Knight
Runtime: 7:15
Format: Digital

A meditation on life as text, and how we may outlive our finite selves in the realm of the imaginary.

Ryland Walker Knight is a filmmaker and writer based in the Bay Area. His short film, Inside Voices, screened at Vancouver International Film Festival and San Francisco IndieFest.



Spotlight on a Brick Wall

Alee Peoples and Mike Stoltz
Runtime: 8:00
Format: 16mm

A performance film that navigates expectations of both the audience and the makers. A series of false starts. Dub treatment on the laugh track.

Alee Peoples maintains a varied artistic practice that involves screen-printing, sewing, sculpture and film. She is inspired by pedestrian histories, pop song lyrics, and the hand-made. Mike Stoltz is a Los Angeles-based artist whose practice is dictated by process, working directly with the tools of cinema (film, video, sound, special effects, and projection) to explore boundaries of space, time, memory, and the medium itself.



Little Orphant Annie

Bill Morrison
Runtime: 7:00
Format: Digital

Little Orphant Annie is a re-edit of a silent film of the same title from 1918, directed by Colin Campbell. Two reels from an original nitrate print were scanned and re-edited to make the new film, which follows the structure of the poem written by James Whitcomb Riley in 1885. Riley is heard reciting his poem in a recording made in 1912. The poem is also heard read by Kelli Shay Hix in 2016, who additionally wrote and performs the song, “The Swimmer.”

Bill Morrison’s films often combine rare archival material set to contemporary music. His work was honored with a mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 2014 and at Big Ears 2015. His most recent film, Dawson City: Frozen Time, had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival. The Great Flood (2013), with music by Bill Frisell, won the Smithsonian Ingenuity Award for historical scholarship, and Decasia (2002), with music by Michael Gordon, was the first film of the 21st century to be selected to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.



One Roll in the Blackness

Chris Kennedy
Runtime: 3:10
Format: 16mm

Keiji Haino, live in Toronto, June 22, 2011. A single roll of film, shot one frame at a time. Special thanks to Keiji Haino and Adam Rosen.

Chris Kennedy is an independent filmmaker, film programmer, and writer based in Toronto. He has programmed for the Images Festival, Pleasure Dome, and TIFF Cinematheque’s The Free Screen, and he co-founded and co-programs Early Monthly Segments. His short experimental films have screened at over one hundred film festivals worldwide and have been featured in solo shows at the Canadian Film Institute, Los Angeles Film Forum, Nam June Paik Art Center, the La Plata Semana del Film Experimental, and the Pacific Film Archive.