Video Banquet: June 21 + 22, 2007

Video Banquet

Two nights of exceptional short films and video (and a puppet show) curated by Karl Lind.

June 21st & 22nd
8 pm
suggested donation $7

June 21st 8 PM, SHOW INFO:
headlining: “A German and a Mexican Tour”, Katja Straub and Miguel Alvarez
Katja Straub comes from Berlin. She studied experimental media at the University of the Arts and worked as a scenic painter and art director before traveling to the US. Miguel Alvarez comes from San Antonio. He is at times, an engineer, writer, or photographer. Both are award-winning filmmakers whose work has screened in the Museum of Modern Art, on PBS, and at numerous festivals around the world. They met in 2004 as graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin.
Drawing upon their unique cultural roots, Katja and Miguel offer up stories of Bavarian weather candles, inherited music toys in the forest of Latin America, imprisoned African magic in Berlin, and the like.

All White People are French, documentary, 12min, miniDV (c)2004
The childhood memory told by an asylum-seeker living in Berlin. These stories of African magic meet drawings on the walls of a prison in Berlin, where refused asylum seekers are kept prior to their expulsion to their countries of origin.

The White Bunny, experimental short, 7min,16mm (c)2005
Explores the conscious and sub-conscious longings of the human mind, told through the story of a woman, an injured boy, a small girl in a red dress, and a white bunny.

Veterans, documentary,13min, Super8 (c)2007
A documentary portrait of the filmmaker’s father and grandfather, two men whose lives are ultimately defined by the wars they’ve waged both abroad and within themselves.

You’re Not a Cowboy Unless You Got a Hat, documentary, 16min, miniDV/Super8 (c)2006
Explores the difference between German and American perceptions of the American West. The film follows three elder gentlemen who all claim to be cowboys. They talk about the cowboy mentality and lifestyle and how it feels for them to live in a world where these values are more and more shifting.

Tadpoles, short narrative, 8min, 16mm (c)2005
A story, told through the eyes of a young boy, about the tendency that people have to ignore the lessons learned from allowing inhuman actions to pervade humanity in times of war.

The Greeting From my Mother, documentary, 12min, 16mm/Super8 (c)2007
Traces the sublime and almost invisible bonds of motherhood, daughterhood and sisterhood over “one hundred years and two world wars.” Notes of faith and the passage of time, are combined in a collage of images.

For our post film live music entertainment this evening playing an unplugged acoustic congo set we have the Blue Ballerz

June 22nd 8 PM, SHOW INFO:
Do I Need to Draw you a Map? presents: The Sleeper in the Valley: Live Shadow Theatre

The Sleeper in the Valley is live shadow theatre based loosely on the poem of the same name by Arthur Rimbaud.
A soldier is shot as he marches in the desert. A jaunty young ghost in the finest military regalia flys out of his lifeless body as blood fills the screen. A series of adventures and mishaps ensue as he is flung through hell on earth on the back of a riverboat queen.

The (traveling) Super 8 Side Show………. Johnny Morehouse Curartor and Filmmaker)
Celebrating its 8th year, the Super 8 Side Show has amassed a number of short films from around the globe; all of which were shot with Super-8 film. Many genres and sub-genres, quasi-genres, and anti-genres will be present: a whole bunch of short films that were shot by the likes of your grandparents, or your brother, or your bratty/art-school/know-it-all-friend, who is actually not really your friend

For our post film live music entertainment this evening we are happy to have a very alive set from PartyKiller

For more information please contact Paul Middendorf