Basma Alsharif at Conversations at the Edge – April 24, 2014

Video Data Bank and Conversations at the Edge are pleased to present:


Thursday, April 24th – 6:00 p.m.
164 N. State St. Chicago IL 60640
Gene Siskel Film Center 

Basma Alsharif in person

Basma Alsharif’s sharp, seductive films have often been informed by Palestine’s history, its contemporary political situation, and the conflicted experiences of those who call it home (whether or not they live there). She returns to Conversations at the Edge with a collection of recent films that explore bilocation—the act of being in multiple places at once—a state of being she uses to describe Palestinian identity, as well as cinema itself. The program offers the possibility of bilocating through the visceral experience of drone-glitched TV and teenage cello lessons in Home Movies Gaza (2013); a rhyming exercise in the Panathenaic Stadium in Girls Only (2014); a stroboscopic oral history in Farther Than the Eye Can See (2012); and a hypnosis-inducing pan-geographic shuttle in Deep Sleep (2014), a film/performance. 

2012–14, Canada/Gaza Strip/Greece/Malta/United Arab Emirates, multiple formats, ca 70 min + discussion

Conversations at the Edge (CATE) is a weekly series of screenings, artist talks, and performances by compelling media artists, organized by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center and Video Data Bank.
CATE is FREE to SAIC students with a valid student ID
$11 General Public
$6 Film Center members
$7 Students $5 SAIC faculty and staff and Art Institute of Chicago staff

Video Data Bank at the Chicago Underground Film Festival


The Chicago Undeground Film Festival  is turning 21!  The festival is celebrating its legal age with a run from April 2 through 6 at Chicago’s Logan Theater.  

Founded in 1993, The Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is a year-round organization dedicated to the work of film and video makers with defiantly independent visions. Unlike many other “independent” film events our goal is not to imitate old guard, market-driven events such as Sundance but Instead to focus on the artistc, aesthetic and fun side of independent filmmaking. CUFF promotes works that dissent radically in form, content and technique from both the tired conventions of Hollywood and the increasingly stagnant IndieWood mainstream.

VDB is excited that this year’s fest showcases a number of VDB new releases among them: