Onion City Experimental Film & Video Festival
June 9-13, 2021
Program 1: Family Time Changes
Artist Q&A: Wednesday, June 9 at 7:00 PM CST
The families we choose and the families we are born into carry their own sense of time. Using a mixture of found footage and original images, these works capture the infinite permutations of family time in the face of political and economic projects intended to render them meaningless. Throughout the program, filmmakers weather personal crises, celebrate the revolutionary potential of love, and recognize the time passing.
Program depicts sexual content and situations.
TOO SMALL TO BE A BEAR
Two generations of women reflect on a profound event in the life of the filmmaker’s grandfather. Featuring Jessica Taul and Dorothy Taul.
Paige Taul, United States, 2020, 05:00 mins
As a knife cuts through sky, through snow, and through fruit, quasi-ethnographic footage—with its conventional markers of music, food, ritual—joins with home-movie auto-portraiture of a New England winter, communicating a sense of dislocation at once vertiginously queasy and absurdly comic.
Luis Arnías, Venezuela/United States, 2020, 12:00 mins
Avanti! is inspired by Antonio Gramsci’s writings: as an idealistic young man, a romantic, a father, and a revolutionary.
EJ Nussbaum, United States, 2020, 08:00 mins
TWO SONS AND A RIVER OF BLOOD
A queer woman is pregnant. The self-made family unit of two dykes and a trans man imagine a kind of erotic magic that will allow for procreation based solely on desire.
Amber Bemak and Angelo Madsen Minax, Mexico, 2021, 11:00 mins
MAYA AT 24
The filmmaker films her daughter Maya in 16mm black and white film, at ages 6, 16 and 24.
Lynne Sachs, United States, 2021, 04:00 mins
Fragmented stories relate experiences of Colombian immigrants at the border.
Bryan Angarita, Canada, 2021, 05:00 mins
LETTER FROM YOUR FAR-OFF COUNTRY
Drawing upon a rich repository of images, Letter From Your Far-off Country maps a hidden vein of shared political commitment and diasporic creative expression.
Suneil Sanzgiri, United States/India, 2020, 18:00 mins