Onion City's Opening Night Program features an eclectic and diverse group of works on 35MM, video, and 35MM slides. All are Chicago premieres.
La Maleta (1963/2010, 19 min, digital video, Chile) by Raúl Ruiz
Big in Vietnam (2012, 29 min, DCP, France) by Mati Diop
Boxing in the Philippine Islands (2011, 7 min, digital video, The Philippines) by Raya Martin
Well Then There Now (2012, 13 min, digital video, US) by Lewis Klahr
One Way to Find Out (2012, 5 min, 35mm anamorphic, US) by Scott Stark
Selected 35mm Slides by Luther Price (2012, approx. 10 min, 35mm slides, US) by Luther Price
Line Describing Your Mom (2011, 6 min, digital video, US) by Michael Robinson (pictured)
Dangerous Light (2012, 7 min, digital video, US) by Robert Todd
Maneater (2012, 3 min, digital video, US) by Derick Hawksworth
A few descriptions:
BIG IN VIETNAM (2012, France, 29 min.): Mati Diop’s Rotterdam Film Festival prize-winner is a stunningly-photographed and resonant look at loss and displacement as Henriette, a French-Vietnamese film director, searches Marseille for a missing actor while her son carries on the production of an adaptation of “Les liaisons dangereuses.”
BOXING IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS (2011, The Philippines, 7 min.): Ghostlike images of amateur boxers and of favorite Filipino son Manny Pacquiao shimmer, jitter, glitch, and struggle for perceptibility in Raya Martin’s mesmerizing take on his country’s boxing obsession.
WELL THEN THERE NOW (2012, USA, 13 min.): Basing the film primarily on a 1980s script by musician John Zorn, with additional narration taken from Alain Robbe-Grillet and Phillipe Soupalt, Lewis Klahr fashions a haunting and elusive tale of desire and uncertainty.
ONE WAY TO FIND OUT (2012, USA, 5 min.) by Scott Stark: Hand-printed sections from 35mm movie trailers create a chaotic and densely layered retelling of Hollywood form. Loosely about desire, fear of coupling, and the consequences of moving forward, with results both catastrophic and ecstatic.