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Annual screening of international

EXPERIMENTAL FILMS and VIDEOPOEMS

TRANÅS AT THE FRINGE Festival takes place every year in Tranås (Sweden) in the first week of July. The film screening is focused on short experimental films and videopoems from all over the world and it happens both in situ and online.

Here are a few more opportunities connected to the festival:

FILM TALKS: Every year, we select a bunch of filmmakers whose films are screened at the festival to have a talk about their film and their artistic practice.

You can check some of the past interviews here.

A POET'S RESPONSE TO A FILM: Every year, some of the films screened at the festival have the possibility of receiving a poetic response from one of the poets participating in the festival.

You can check some of the past responses here.

EKPHRASTIC POETRY AND SCREENING: A workshop in ekphrastic writing inspired by the films screened at the festival. The films together with the ekphrastic poem are then screened in Copenhagen at Nature & Culture film festival.

You can check this project here.

FILM TALKS

Laura Bianco in conversation with filmmakers

FILM TALK 2021: Jesseca Ynez Simmons in conversation with Laura Bianco
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FILM TALK 2021: Jesseca Ynez Simmons in conversation with Laura Bianco

A talk with Jesseca Ynez Simmons, director of "Emerald Ice" SYNOPSIS Emerald Ice takes the viewer on a journey of the imagination to explore Diane Wakoski's fearless meditation on intimacy and mortality. Narrated by the poet herself, the audience assumes the side of the reader as facts of the author’s life weave through enigmatic, fantastical and fractured stories. Whether it is a documentary, narrative or docufantasy, like any film (or poem), it is up for the viewer to decide what is true to them. This cinematic curation drops the audience in the middle of a California orange grove, leading to momentary glimpses of the expansive worlds existing inside this beloved American poet in hopes to give more credence to our own multitudes. "What makes a biography? Is it a list of facts strung together by narrative that summarize a whole lifetime or does that just scratch the surface? Jesseca Simmons’ biographical docufantasy, Emerald Ice, makes a strong statement arguing for the latter. Emerald Ice is based on the life and works of American poet Diane Wakoski. Instead of presenting a biography filled with trivia and talking heads recalling semi-relevant anecdotes, Simmons takes us on a metaphorical journey through Wakoski’s psyche by using her poetry as a road map. The end result is something that feels more personal and widely relatable." - Paul Gonter, FACETS BIOGRAPHY Jesseca Ynez Simmons is a filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago, IL. Originally from the Bay Area, she received her BA in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, followed by an MFA in Documentary Media from Northwestern University. Jesseca was a finalist for the 2016 ASC Vilmos Zsigmond Award and a 2015 Southern Exposure Film Fellow for the Southern Environmental Law Center in Birmingham, AL. In addition to directing, Jesseca works as a cinematographer and her images have been screened at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Hot Docs Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, DocLisboa, Sidewalk Film Festival as well as on National Geographic. Jesseca currently holds the Filmmaker in Residence position at Northwestern University. In addition to filmmaking, Jesseca works in crafting stained glass windows, painting and poetry. Her feelings on art are ever-changing, but today she has chosen to evoke the words of Georges Bataille, “There are explosives everywhere that perhaps will soon blind me. I laugh when I think that my eyes persist in demanding objects that do not destroy them."
FILM TALK 2021: Markus Maicher in conversation with Laura Bianco
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FILM TALK 2021: Markus Maicher in conversation with Laura Bianco

A talk with Markus Maicher, director of '10 megabytes of memory' and "Into the Wild' SYNOPSES 10 megabytes of memory What is the meaning of "memory" in the digital age? For humans memory consists of subjective images of past events, for computers memory refers to an objective capacity to store information. The film compresses 10 human years in 10 megabytes of binary information and employs an aesthetics of the small file format, a counter strategy against the ever increasing resolution, bitrate and cost of digital images. The file was compressed and assembled with open-source software ffmpeg, the original Video8 tapes were left unedited. Into the Wild Images, harvested on a farm in Mount Forest, Canada, captured with a hand-cranked Bolex, on film material that is made for sound only. Processed in buckets, in shimmering red light down by the old stables. A glimpse through the cracks, somebody is walking in the meadow, trees trembling in the wind, flowers, grass. A world that only film can see, a material flow emerging from the coupling of camera, celluloid, silver salts, chemicals, light particles and the hand of the filmmaker. The film was entirely processed by hand and chemically treated: overexposed images were brought back to life with bleach, other images were solarized and reversed. BIOGRAPHY Markus Maicher, 1984, is an experimental filmmaker, projectionist at the Austrian Filmmuseum, part of the artist-run film lab filmkoop wien, PhD candidate at the University of Applied Arts and teaches film as artistic research at the TU Vienna. He studied Sociology, Urban Studies, Psychoanalytic Cultural Studies, Film Studies and Experimental Film at the Friedl Kubelka School for Independent Film. His film works engage with the cinematographic dispositiv and the poetry of the physical qualities of film itself. His films have been shown at festivals such as Vienna Shorts Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Experiments in Cinema, Analogica, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Fracto, RPM Festival and at the Austrian Filmmuseum, Stadtkino and Metro Kinokulturhaus.
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A poet's response: Jonas Ellerström  to 'The Bearers of Memory' by Miglė Križinauskaitė-Bernotienė.

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