Experimental Short Film Showcase

This showcase features avant-garde and experimental films that push the boundaries of cinema and bring it closer to contemporary art. These films are as much at home in museums and galleries as they are in cinemas.


The Stag's Mirror (USA 2017)

Directed by: Robin Starbuck

A short experimental ethnographic film on the indigenous people of Chiapas, Mexico. The Stag’s Mirror is a construct of interlaced imagery and text that establishes a break with progressive documentary text and how it is represented. 

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Cowboy Town (usa 2018)

Directed by: Jennifer Boles

Cowboy Town is a lyrical documentary film about a decaying roadside replica ghost town with automatons in rural South Dakota.

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Stranger (USA 2017)

Directed by: Isabella Vargas

“Stranger” is an experimental and non-fiction film that reworks ethnographic films and uses performative gestures in an attempt to redefine what it means to be 'exotic.' It speaks to the power of the 'first world gaze' in an attempt to give agency to indigenous girls who were unknowingly consumed and exploited through ethnographic filmmaking in the early 1940s. 


Simple Rotation (Germany 2017)

Directed by: Sahar Homami

"Simple Rotation" is an open living system that evolves from a geometric system to an organic one, with chaotic and orderly spaces, that are interacting with each other. Simple Rotation is a rigid yet fluid body that connects the geometric lands to something organic and gives birth to a unique and unified living system.


The Edge of Alchemy (USA 2017)

Directed by: Stacey Steers

The actors Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor are seamlessly appropriated from their early silent features and cast into a surreal epic with an upending of the Frankenstein story and an undercurrent of hive collapse. The third film in a trilogy examining women’s inner world, this handmade film is constructed from over 6,500 collages. Music by Lech Jankowski (Brothers Quay)