MFA Alumni Caroline Koebel and Kelly Sears featured in

The Friendship State: Texas Experimental Filmmakers

Lyndsay Bloom, Caroline Koebel, Jennifer Lane, Kelly Sears, Scott Stark

Curated by Caroline Koebel

Friday, February 22nd, 2013, 7PM

Avant Film Society, Austin, Texas

The Austin Film Society began in 1985 with a group of friends getting together to watch films that weren't distributed to the general public. As word got out, that small group of cinephiles turned to hundreds and the Austin Film Society (AFS) was born, honoring classic and independent film with screenings in venues all over Austin.

The Friendship State: Texas Experimental Filmmakers

Lyndsay Bloom, Caroline Koebel, Jennifer Lane, Kelly Sears, Scott Stark

Curated by Caroline Koebel

"The Friendship State" was originally conceived for presentation in NYC (where I used to live) as a testament to the vitality of cinema art in Texas (where I live now). Befuddling all the alienating preconceptions about my new state is the direct encounter of Texas from the inside; depth of familiarity takes presence. While I’m still dismayed - horrified - by the reality of the state’s dominant politics, now I know from first hand experience that there’s also a whole lot of good in circulation. The motto of Texas is "friendship." In my time here, I have been sustained and inspired by the presence of a plethora of film and video artists. "The Friendship State" embraces the dialog between makers and comprises five directors, including me, from diverse points of Texas—each engaging select tactics to reveal, negate and ultimately transcend moving image boundaries. Caroline Koebel, Austin.

Traces (SS,2012, 35mm on video, color, sound, 7:00)
Worldly surfaces, shifting shadows and overlooked patterns: a series of short 35mm films generated from digital still images and printed onto movie film. The top and bottom half of each image alternate in the projector gate, arranged in a dizzying array of rhythms and patterns. The images also bleed onto the optical sound track area of the film, generating their own unexpected sounds.

Swoop (CK,2011, miniDV & Super 8 on video, color/b&w, silent, 7:45)
Inspired by a colony of cliff swallows nesting under a freeway in Austin, Swoop considers human-animal interactions through optical rhythms and flight patterns. Birds—cliff swallows as well as thousands of purple martins on their migration path—collide with new construction to nowhere.

Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise (KS, 2011, video, color/b&w, sound, 7:30)
An animated horror film constructed from the candid photos and handwritten messages of discarded high school yearbooks. As an unknown force seeps into the walls of the school, the student body is consumed one extra curricular activity at a time.

Clouds (JL, 2010, HD video, color,sound, 8:00)
An experimental nature film about the water cycle of planet earth. Mirroring the style of an educational film, images of the unique and varied cloud formations of far West Texas are accompanied by voice-over narration that could have originated from another time and place.

Williamsburg Bridge Walk (LB, 2012, hand processed 16mm on video, color, silent, 0:20)
Frame shot every five steps walking across the Williamsburg Bridge, New York, NewYork.

Plumeria Spider (LB, 2012, hand processed 16mm on video, color, silent, 1:05)
Plumeria palm blooms and a hill country spider weaves its web, Houston and Dripping Springs, Texas.

Boat Ride (LB, 2012, hand processed 16mm on video, color, silent, 4:45)
Pedal boating Lady Bird Lake with Jesse and discovering an island, Austin, Texas.

Repeat Photography & the Albedo Effect (CK, 2008, video, b&w, sound 8:12)
Intermixes unlikely suspects to reflect upon the impact of global warming on glaciers. Boxing scenes from Scorsese's Raging Bull are re-shot with a Bolex 16mm camera and then hand processed and juxtaposed against NPR reportage and artist Katie Paterson's audio project. Part 1 of Flicker On Off.

Fawn (JL, 2003, 16mm on video, color, sound, 5:00)
A nude, androgynous woman and a wild deer engage in a subtle pas de deux in the rigidly designed interior of a suburban house.

The Drift (KS, 2007, digital video, color, sound, 8:20)
A mysterious disappearance on a 1960s space journey launches the counter-culturerevolution, the government blocks contraband radio broadcasts, and Americanfervor for conquering space results in tragic ends. Psychedelic Rock, wayward space transmission, happenings, scientific research, the space race, highhopes, failed dreams, and bodily levitation all come together in the story of The Drift.

Hotel Cartograph (SS, 1983, 16mm on video, color, sound,11:00)
A camera mounted on a movable cart, pointing down at the floor, passes over a seemingly endless succession of gaudy carpets and surfaces in a single shot through a major hotel. The movements across the 2-dimensional space, and in and out of elevators through 3-dimensional space, suggest a conceptual map of the visible environment, which is perhaps drawn by the camera itself.

XOXO (LB,2012, 16mm on video, color, silent, 2:55)
Multiple exposures of making love with an ex-lover, Austin, Texas.

Barton Springs Lake Travis (LB, 2011, hand processed 16mm on video,color, silent, 2:30)
Waterscenes, Austin, Texas.

Kiss (LB, 2012, hand processed 16mm on video, b&w, silent, 1:31)
Underwater shot at Film Farm, Mount Forest, Ontario.

LYNDSAY BLOOM received her BFA at Cooper Unionin New York City and currently works out of Texas where she has been shooting and processing her own 16mm and super 8 films since 2009. In addition to being an artist-educator in Texas public schools, she has worked on films with Jennifer Reeves and Winsome Brown, taught photography at Camp Stanton Meadowsin Virginia, built dioramas for The American Museum of Natural History's Climate Change exhibit, and joined grassroots organization Lo Curativo in teaching art and performing puppet shows for youth in Buratovich, Argentina. She was a 2012 resident at Film Farm in Mount Forest, Ontario. She taught movie making for Aurora Picture Show in Houston. Lyndsay Bloom is currently pursuing an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego.

CAROLINE KOEBEL is an Austin-based filmmaker and writer on faculty at Transart Institute (New York-Berlin). Her experimental films and art videos have played internationally, with recent retrospectives at Festival Cine//B (Santiago, Chile) and Directors Lounge (Berlin, Germany). She has published in Jump Cut, Brooklyn Rail, Afterimage, ArtPapers, and elsewhere. She holds a BA in Film Studies from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Visual Arts from UC San Diego.

JENNIFER LANE was born in Dallas in August of 1968 and currently lives and works in Marfa. She studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Her films, videos, and drawings have been exhibited at the Castillo Di Rivoli in Turin, the ZKM Center for Experimental Media and Technology in Karlsruhe, the Royal College of Art in London, the UCLA HammerMuseum in Los Angeles, the Miami International Film Festival, the Austin Film Society, and on Japanese television.

KELLY SEARS is a Houston-based animator and filmmaker, whose award-winning collage films draw on documentary, science fiction and experimental cinema and combine traditional stop motion animation with digital compositing techniques. She reworks popular media artifacts to create new readings of the nation's past and forge connections with contemporary history. Her many exhibition venues include MoMA, The Hammer Museum, Light Industry, Sundance Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Black Maria Film Festival. She teaches classes on experimental animation, found footage video and collaborative arts practices at the University of Houston.

SCOTT STARK has made over 75 films and videos since the early 1980s, and has created numerous installations, performances andphoto-collages. His work has shown nationally and internationally in venues asdiverse as New York's Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Cinematheque, the Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Tokyo Image Forum. His 16mm film Angel Beach was invited into the 2002 Whitney Biennial, and in 2007 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is the webmaster for Flicker, the web resource for experimental film and video.