This month, Video Data Bank continues its longstanding collaboration with the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). The 45th edition of the Festival runs January 27th through February 7th, 2016, and VDB Director Abina Manning will be in attendance until February 2nd. Please join us for the following special events at the festival:
Borderless: DiNAMO Distributor’s Screening
Sunday, January 31st, 3:00 pm
LantarenVenster Cinema 2
VDB will collaborate with international colleagues in the Distribution Network of Artists’ Moving Image Organizations (DiNAMO) to present the program Borderless, a collaborative showcase of works that play with issues of border crossing and permeability. VDB’s contribution will be Joe Gibbons‘ Final Exit (2001), where an elderly being is confronted with his options in blunt terms.
After the screening, IFFR and DiNAMO invite attendees to celebrate short film in all its forms at a reception in the LantarenVenster Foyer.
Video Data Bank/IFFR Press & Industry Screening:
Saturday, January 30th, 10:00 am
LantarenVenster Cinema 2
Free Entrance with IFFR Guest or Press pass
Newly released titles from the VDB catalog will be showcased at a Press & Industry Screening featuring Sara Magenheimer‘s Slow Zoom Long Pause (2015) and The Rhythm of Plain White (2014), alongside the newly restored Videofreex title Portapak Conversation (1973) .
2016 Short Film Selection: Fountains of Youth
Thursday, January 28th, 8:15 pm, LantarenVenster Cinema 2
Saturday, January 30th, 12:15 pm, LantarenVenster Cinema 3
In this program, “desire is the beginning of everything; artists who not only seek but find, bones of mortality vs. eternal youth, hair extensions, solar peptides, beautiful new shapes, colors and sounds: forever young!” The screening features VDB new release Dear Lorde (2015) by Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby.
2016 Short Film Selection: Original Language
Friday, January 29th, 5:00 pm, LantarenVenster Cinema 2
Saturday, January 30th, 8:15 pm, LantarenVenster Cinema 3
In this program, “language has the capacity to enlighten and deceive.” Five short films give insight into the power and pitfalls of communication. With humor and subversion, the films reflect on verbal, written and cinematic language. This program features VDB new release Chums from Across the Void (2015) by Jim Finn.
Hivos Tiger Award Competition 2016: A Woman, A Part
Sunday, January 31st, 7:45 pm, Pathe 4
Eight films have been nominated to compete in the 2016 Hivos Tiger Award Competition, including the new feature by VDB artist Elisabeth Subrin, A Woman, A Part (2016). In the film, an exhausted, workaholic actress abruptly extricates herself from a successful but mind-numbing TV role, returning to her past life in New York.
Themed Program: ID Check
This year the Festival will present a series of themed programs around the idea of personal identification, to include Jem Cohen‘s Chain (2004) and Michael Robinson‘s The Dark, Krystle (2013). To quote festival director Bero Beyer, “Society is constantly in flux…. The recent ongoing flows of migrants contributes to an increase in the population, bringing about incredibly swift changes in our society, creating great challenges. During IFFR, within the themed programme ID Check, we will give scope to artistic expressions that approach this situation from a filmic perspective.”
Official Selection: Here Come the Videofreex
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 2:15 pm, Cinerama 5
Sunday, January 31st, 2016 9:30 am, Cinerama 7
Saturday, February 6th, 2016 10:45 pm, Cinerama 7
This award-winning film on the Videofreex collective is an official selection of the Rotterdam International Film Festival! Jenny Raskin and Jon Nealon’s documentary recounts the story of the pioneering collective of video journalists, active in the late 1960s and 70s, who were the forerunners of public access television.
Other VDB artists featured at IFFR include Rosa Barba, Kevin Jerome Everson and K8 Hardy. Huge congratulations to all those who will be featured in competition and thematic programming throughout the festival!