Artists' Television Access

The Autonomy of Place: Cut + Run Tour 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011, 8:00 pm, $6

Traveling film festival, Cut + Run, hits the road again for their 3rd annual tour of experimental short films. This year C+R presents the work of American filmmakers from throughout the country each exploring the fringes of the Autonomy of Place. Each film uniquely investigates the capacities in which we recognize the politics and philosophies of the forgotten, overlooked, and sometimes untold landscapes of our time and place. 

Featured artists include: Robert Todd, Shelly Silver, Roger Beebe, Sara Zia Ebrahimi, Salise Hughes, Rick Bahto, and Charles Fairbanks.

Curated by Brenda Contreras and Mallary Abel 

Gathering by Robert Todd- Traces of the Spring, A Gathering of Images. 

How to Draw Clouds by Salise Hughes- A poetic meditation on the desire to make permanent what is ephemeral.

S A V E by Roger Beebe- A disused gas station offers a curious imperative to passersby: “SAVE.” A riddle posed in the form of architecture: what is there to save? One more installment in the history of Americans pointing their cameras at gas stations; an attempt to figure out something about where we’ve been, where we’re headed, and what’s been left behind.

Irma by Charles Fairbanks- Irma is an intimate musical portrait of Irma Gonzalez, the former world champion of women’s professional wrestling. Filmed in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl – a notorious district of Mexico City – Irma contradicts everything we have come to expect from stories reported from Mexico. Featuring music written and performed by Ms. Gonzalez, Irma’s story surges with love and deceit, masculine strength, feminine charms, and an extraordinary sense of humor.

“A portrait built like a Russian matryoshka: surprise after surprise, revelation after revelation.”  – Carlos Ramos / IndieLisboa

5 Lessons and 9 Questions About Chinatown by Shelly Silver-  You live somewhere, walk down the same street 50, 100, 10,000 times, each time taking in fragments, but never fully registering THE PLACE.  Years, decades go by and you continue, unseeing, possibly unseen.
A building comes down, and before the next one is up you ask yourself ‘what used to be there?’  You are only vaguely aware of the district’s shifting patterns and the sense that, since the 19th century, wave after wave of inhabitants have moved through and transformed these alleyways, tenements, stoops and shops.
10 square blocks, past, present, future, time, light, movement, immigration, exclusion, gentrification, racism, history, China, America, 3 languages, 13 voices, 152 years, 17,820 frames, 9 minutes, 54 seconds, 9 questions, 5 lessons, Chinatown.

Cusps by Sara Zia Ebrahimi- Cusps started with the question of what the role of artists in gentrification is, and transformed into a poetic visual journal exploring the post-industrial landscapes of Philadelphia neighborhoods.

Passeggiata by Rick Bahto- A passeggiata is a little stroll taken in the evening for the pleasure of walking in and of itself. This work was made along a stairway in San Francisco I have walked many times. It was made in the form of a canon for two parts, with the leading “voice” shifting back and forth between the two projectors. The film was shot on Super 8 and processed by hand.