The Film Department of The Museum of Modern Art is proud to present “CELLuloid: Cell Phone-Made Documentaries,” screening February 20th at 6:30 p.m. in Theater 2 during the Museum’s annual Documentary Fortnight exhibition. The full exhibition program can be found online.
CELLuloid: Cell Phone–Made Documentaries
Pushing the boundaries of personal, political, and documentary art, these works produced using cell-phone cameras arise from established artists experimenting with new technology as well as first-time creators inspired to document the world around them. The results are alternately comic, poignant, topical, and socially relevant. This presentation is co-curated by Sally Berger, Assistant Curator, Department of Film, and Sara Rashkin, Independent Curator.
Dark Glass. 2006. UK. Directed by Clio Barnard
Wednesday, February 20, 2008,
6:30 p.m., Theater 2, T2,
68 min. screening + discussion
Bear. 2004. USA. Directed by Edward Lachman. 2 min.
A young man and his girlfriend defend themselves from a bear. From renowned cinematographer Lachman’s series of four Cell Stories, reported to be the first documentary shot using a mobile phone.
Télépattes. 2008. France. Directed by Vivian Ostrovsky. 9 min.
Philosophers embodied by cats – a felinosophy of life. English version. New York premiere.
Dark Glass. 2006. UK. Directed by Clio Barnard. 8 min.
A taut micro-drama that visually recreates in a single shot a spoken description of family photographs recalled under hypnosis. New York theatrical premiere.
They Can Shoot Me But They Can’t Kill Me And Neither Can You. 2008. USA. Directed by Jeffrey Peixoto. 7 min.
Woody Guthrie’s life and times told through black and white hand-drawn images and text. World premiere.
We Shall Remain (selected works). 2008. USA. Directed by Michael David Little, Rebecca Nelson. 14 min.
From We Shall Remain, a multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history, comes a series of short, personal films by Native Americans from communities around the country. In these selections, Michael Little tells of his unlikely journey out of homelessness to success as a painter and gallery owner, and Rebecca Nelson describes how she created the best-Christmas-ever for her younger brother. We Shall Remain is a production of PBS’s American Experience. World premiere.
UFO Days. 2008. USA. Directed by Joshua Thorson. 8 min.
Eerie cell-phone video of a personal UFO encounter is intercut with scenes from Elmwood, Wisconsin’s annual “UFO Days” parade. World premiere.
Every (Text, Image, Sound, Movie) from my cell phone. 2008. USA. Directed by Darrin Martin. 9 min.
A collection of all material expunged from the artist’s cell phone after the holidays. An exercise in happenstance and a time capsule of life with a cell-phone. Theatrical premiere.
Nanookie Of The North. 2007. USA. Directed by Nao Bustamante. 1 min.
A mysterious and humorous send-up of the classic documentary Nanook Of The North (1922, Robert Flaherty). Staring Igor Vamos, Sandy Dubowski and Nao Bustamante, with cinephontography by Jason Plourde. Theatrical premiere.
New Love Meetings (excerpt). 2007. Italy. Directed by Marcello Mencarini, Barbara Seghezzi. 6 min.
Interviews with contemporary Italians on the subject of sex and love, a remake and update to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1965 documentary Comizi d’amore (Love Meetings). Selection on sex, power and sexual tourism. Reported to be the first feature length movie shot on a mobile phone. In Italian; English subtitles. New York premiere. Program 60 min.
There will be a discussion with filmmakers following the screening.