Whole Grain: CINEMA-19

A film still of a light-skinned, young man lying face down on the ground at the edge of a waterfront with a tarantula faintly superimposed over the image.
Still image of Tarantula (Scott Cummings, 2020, US, 3 min., video)

Skidmore students, staff, and faculty are invited to join us in person for a screening of CINEMA-19, a collection of 190-second short experimental films commissioned in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, March 18 and Friday, March 19, the films will loop inside the the Tang’s Somers Classroom from 5 to 9 PM.

The program features new works by Sarah Ema Friedland (Director, MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute), Matt McCormick, Kalpana Subramanian, Christin Turner, Mila Zuo, William Brown, Kelly Gallagher, Lori Felker, Courtney Stephens, Scott Cummings, Amir George, Eman Akram Nader, Alex Megaro, Mehrnaz Saeedvafa, as well as the two commissioning artists; Usama Alshaibi and Adam Sekuler. The films in CINEMA-19 do not attempt to summarize the pandemic, but instead focus on the personal, the political, the sensual, the distant, the abstract, and the absurd.

To ensure a safe experience for all, we invite up to 10 people in the screening room at any given time, and ask that you sit at least six feet apart from each other.

Join us Friday, March 19, at 8:00 PM, for a discussion via Zoom on filmmaking during COVID, with filmmakers Courtney Stephens and Sarah Ema Friedland, both of whom have short films in the program Whole Grain: CINEMA-19. Register for the zoom discussion here.

About Whole Grain

The Tang Teaching Museum’s Whole Grain series explores classic and contemporary work in experimental film and video. The series is programmed by Assistant Director for Engagement Tom Yoshikami.

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