This year the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) will be held from 24 January to 4 February. One of their programmes is Pan-African Cinema Today (PACT), which covers African and the African diasporic cinema with features, documentaries, shorts, virtual reality, music videos and rare classics. The main event to explore Pan-Africanism, the revolutionary historic movement aiming to liberate and unite all Africans worldwide, is Bridging the Gap on Sunday January 28th.
On this day, from 12-6pm, international filmmakers and film professionals will talk about this underexposed milestone in history in a dynamic talkshow setting: Haile Gerima (acclaimed director of Sankofa and Harvest 3000 years), Louis Massiah (director of W.E.B. Du Bois – A Biography in Four Voices, a documentary about one of the most influential Pan-Africanists), Shirikiana Aina (producer of Sankofa and director of the newly released Footprints of Pan Africanism), Ford Morrison (producer and initiator of The Foreigners’ Home, a documentary about writer and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison), Rosine Mbakam (director of Les deux visages d’une femme Bamiléké) Jon Goff (film specialist of the Smithsonian NMAAHC), Clarence Peters (Nigeria’s most dynamic music video director), Patricia Pisters (professor of film at UvA about The Battle of Algiers and Queimada), Milford Graves (legendary free jazz drummer featured in Milford Graves Full Mantis), Nadia Denton (on Beyond Nollywood) and many more.
The talkshow is free of charge and open for all to visit. Check here the info of the talkshow. And check here all the films included in the PACT programme.
During the upcoming International Film Festival Rotterdam (24 January – 4 February), filmmaker Florian Haag, who is currently a student in the MA programme Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image, will show his film The Villain Robert Otto, with which he graduated from the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. The film is a portrait of an exceptional writer – the mysterious Swiss Robert Walser, who was productive and much-loved, but went insane and got forgotten, to become rediscovered long after his death. He had been in a psychiatric institution since 1933, and was no longer writing. But countless notes were found in shoe boxes.
Florian will be present during the screenings on the 27th and 28th of January. For more information, click here.
The University of Amsterdam, the Free University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University are happy to present The NECS 2018 Conference ‘Media Tactics and Engagement’ from 27-29 June 2018. There will also be a Pre-Conference (‘Media in Transition’) on 26 June 2018 hosted by Utrecht University and a Post-Conference (‘Open Access in Media Studies’) on 30 June 2018 hosted by the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision. The deadline for te main conference is 31 January 2018. Please submit all proposals using the submission form.
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The new issue of NECSUS on dress is out now. The issue, featuring a contribution by Film Faculty member Marie-Aude Baronian, can be fully accessed online at necsus-ejms.org. The article by Baronian, entitled ‘The Dress is the Screen: Dancing Fashion, Dancing Media ‘, can be found here.
Access the new issue of NECSUS here.
Following the successful re-launch in August, Cine Qua Non is back in the form of a pop-up shop. You can find the store until the end of this year opposite the Coffee Company on Waterlooplein in Amsterdam. They have a diverse supply of film books, stills, posters, magazines, postcards and DVDs.
Check out their website here.
Tuesday, November 21st at 6pm actress Nicola Ruf will read from letters from Elisabeth Elsaesser, followed by the screening of the documentary ‘Die Sonneninsel’ and a Q&A with Thomas Elsaesser and Anna Seidl. The event will take place at the Goethe-Institut (Herengracht 470, Amsterdam) and the admission is €5 (students may enter for free).
Stedelijk Statements: Patricia Pisters – Worlding the Brain is the fourth edition of Stedelijk Statements, a program series in which a scholar, artist, critic, or cultural entrepreneur composes an evening at the museum. The organizer of the program is given the floor to share his or her views on visual art and design. New research and both artistic and academic projects will be presented during an evening program consisting of lectures, debates, performances, and film screenings. In this edition, Professor of Film Patricia Pisters (Media Studies, University of Amsterdam) shows how art translates subjective experiences that take place in our brain.
From May 26-29th, 2018, EYE teams up with the University of Amsterdam and Sound and Vision in organising a special edition of its annual International Conference, entitled ‘Activating the Archive: Audio-Visual Collections and Civic Engagement, Political Dissent and Societal Change’, to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the Master’s in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image (P&P), a programme of the Department of Media Studies in collaboration with EYE Filmmuseum, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, the Living Media Arts foundation, and others. The call for papers is open en the deadline of submissions is 15 November 2017.
CfP in PDF
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On Saturday September 16th from 12.30-5.00pm (doors open at 12pm) the philosopical Waanzin Festival will be held in TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. Film scholar Patricia Pisters is one of the speakers.
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On Thursday September 7th (8pm) De Balie hosts another edition of Big Thinkers, this time on Marguerite Duras (1914-1996), the writer, filmmaker, opinion leader with bluntness and ‘enfant terrible’ of French literature. The evening will feature a discussion with writer and psychologist Marte Kaan, theatre maker Julie Cafmeyer and film scholar Patricia Pisters.
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On Thursday July 6th from 7-10pm there will be a second session of Black Figures, Black Voices focuses on the work of the Surinamese -Dutch poet and author Edgar Cairo (1948-2000). The evening at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam starts with a screening of Cindy Kerseborn’s documentary ‘Edgar Cairo: Ik ga dood om jullie hoofd’ (2011), about the life and work of this writer, poet, painter and performer. Kerseborn’s film highlights Cairo’s role as a pioneer in the thinking about a black identity and a black consciousness in the context of the Dutch colonial history and post-colonial present. During this evening, Charl Landvreugd (Artist, Researcher) will read from Cairo’s poems and present a performative lecture that focuses on reading Cairo as theory. In the exhibition space, a number of rarely exhibited paintings by Edgar Cairo will be on display. The program ends with time for questions and a dialogue between the audience, Charl Landvreugd and Cindy Kerseborn.
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The Armenian Genocide is commemorated every year by descendants of survivors. What is the influence of the genocide and the commemoration culture on them? On the 8th of June this will be discussed in the Humanity House on the basis of the film Ararat. Ararat (2002) is a drama film about a family and film crew in Toronto working on a film based on the Armenian Genocide. In addition to exploring the human impact of that specific historical event, Ararat examines the nature of truth and its representation through art. After the film there will be a conversation with Marie-Aude Baronian, Associate Professor in Film and Visual Culture at the University of Amsterdam, and Aysenur Korkmaz, PhD researcher at the University of Amsterdam in regional, Transnational and European Studies. The event is free of charge and open for all to join.
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On Tuesday, May 23th, from 10:00-12:30 hrs, there will be a film screening of The Poetics of Fragility (2016, 63 mins) and a master class with its filmmakers, Lata Mani and Nicolás Grandi, at the VOC-room of the Bushuis (Kloveniersburgwal 48, Amsterdam). The screening (and accompanying Q&A) is open for the general public, along with the participants of master class. The screening is organized by Sudha Rajagopalan, hosted by NICA and ASCA, and moderated by Jaap Kooijman. The Poetics of Fragility is a kaleidoscopic bilingual exploration of the texture, vitality and aesthetics of fragility. It interweaves stories of bodily frailty with optical vignettes of nature’s delicacy to reclaim fragility as intrinsic to existence, not something to be bemoaned or overcome.
Registration: Please register for the masterclass by sending an e-mail to Eloe Kingma at firstname.lastname@example.org, including your program and affiliation.
From Saturday May 27 to Tuesday May 30, the annual EYE International Conference takes place at EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam. The final schedule of this 3-day program is now available online. This year, the conference presents a special 40th edition of the technical symposium The Reel Thing. Founded and curated by Grover Crisp and Michael Friend, The Reel Thing addresses current thinking and most advanced practical examples in the field of preservation, restoration and media conservation, and creates an international common ground for discussion and evaluation.
The Reel Thing has been presented all across the United States, as well as Europe and South America, since its inception in 1994. The Reel Thing at EYE Filmmuseum is a 2-day program with a unique line-up of 25 international laboratory technicians, academics, archivists, new media technologists and preservationists. The Reel Thing includes technical presentations and special screenings of restored films. The opening of the EYE International Conference on Saturday May 27 is part of the EYE Collection Day, featuring recent highlights from the collection of EYE Filmmuseum. The 3rd conference day, on Tuesday May 30, takes place in the new EYE Collection Centre.
Program and registration information can be found here.
Geo Mediations celebrates the entanglements of media and geological events. By situating media objects and digital culture within geological processes, the event addresses the need for a materialist understanding of mediation in the Anthropocene: the present geological epoch during which humans have become a geological force that is capable of having environmental impact on the earth. The evening program brings together a wide ensemble of voices in both talks and artwork presentations.
20:30 -23:00 Mediamatic Biotoop Dijkspark 6, 1019BS Amsterdam By Mediamatic Foundation +31206389901 mediamatic.net.
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This month a new wave of curators and artists will present self-composed programs and remixes of material in the EYE collection. Students of the Master Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image and the Master Media Studies (UvA) have made programs consisting of films from the EYE collection and their own work (remixes).
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Fasion plays an important role in films. Cross-pollinations between the fashion industry and the film industry are already regularly taking place since the 1920s. This film program, taking place in May and June 2017, includes a selection of four films in which the relationship between fashion and film is clearly visible or is made visible.
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Film Faculty member Marie-Aude Baronian has published a new book, Screening Memory: The Prosthetic Images of Atom Egoyan. Atom Egoyan, a Canadian of Armenian origin, is a prolific filmmaker and visual artist, having created a number of feature films, short films, video installations, and more. His extensive, dense, and multifaceted oeuvre, which delves into questions of heritage, alienation, loss, family, and traumatic history, has continually focused on the relationship between image and memory. While cinema and memory are inextricably bound (films register time, and filmic images are inscribed into our memories), Egoyan’s work takes up this assumption, questioning and complicating the nature of the relationship. Whether it is the relation between memory and audiovisual technology, memory and the Armenian Catastrophe, or memory and diaspora, it is by continually constructing and deconstructing the foundations of the image that these connections emerge. It is thus in these obsessive and repetitive dynamics that Egoyan creates and produces images, at once artificial and fragile, as prostheses of memory.
A double edition of EYE on Art on behalf of FIBER Festival, including a special on film and alchemy. Alchemical Visions is the title of a cinematic trip that will initiate the audience into the alchemists’ time-honoured quest to transform matter. An evening with Professor of Film Studies Patricia Pisters, architect/artist Füsun Türetken, filmmaker Karel Doing, media artists TeZ and Tarik Barri and sound artist Mark IJzerman.
Alchemical Visions is an introduction to the FIBER Festival (11-14 May). This year’s theme is the relationship between art and alchemy.
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The symposium ‘The Costume of the Future’ focuses on the role new technological developments play in designing and making costumes. What does it mean for the making process? Does it change the costume designer’s role? And what does it mean for directors and actors? These and other questions will be discussed by Dutch designer Ellen Lens (Brimstone), the Italian-American designer of digital costumes Luca Nemolato (The Hunger Games) and former fashion journalist Pauline Terreehorst. Moderator is Marketa Uhlirova, Director of the Fashion on Film Festival in London and author of numerous books and articles about the role of fashion and costumes in film. This symposium was established in collaboration with students of the MA Film studies (UvA), and particularly the course ‘(Un)dressing Cinema: Fashion & Film’ by Marie Baronian.
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