Harkat 16mm Film Festival Harkat 16mm Film Festival

✿ SCHEDULE ✿

 

Please note: All timings are shown in Indian Standard Time. Screenings will be held in-person at Harkat Studios, Mumbai.

 

Friday, 9 December | Opening Night

7:00 – 7:45 PM | Eden *shorts

Light-logues of flowers and women. 

Blooming Fire, Burning Flowers, Bright as Sun | Kristen Williams

Petal to the Metal | Emily Pelstring  

This Little Light of Mine | Malo Sutra Fish

Dans les cieux et sur la terre | Erin Weisgerber

INNESTI NERI E BIANCHI (White and Black Grafts) | Federica Foglia

Fair winds and following seas | Alina Tretinjak

Deepest Darkness, Flaming Sun | Ella Morton

 

Introduction to the 16mm Festival 2022

 

8:00 – 9:00 PM | Terra Femme | Courtney Stephens *feature

Saturday, 10 December

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Vulture | Phil Hoffman *feature

 

12:30 – 1:45 PM | Ankur (a seedling) *shorts

to plant a seed in your mind, of all that can bloom from the celluloid medium.

Inventario Churubusco | Elena Pardo

Reptilian Freeze Reflex | Anna Hogg, Lindsey Arturo, Rachel Lane

Intricate Domestication | Eduardo Gutierrez Carrera

Black Hole Space Debt, or A Basic Guide to Syncing Sound and Image | Stephen Wardell

perf dance | Steven Woloshen

Pinhole Park | Alex MacKenzie

Shield | Taravat Khalili

purgatory is the side of the road | Mireya Martinez

they rise, these sponge fortresses | Guillaume Vallée

A Small Lie | Ethan Berry

Un-Tidal | Masha Vlasova

Black Gold | Michael Higgins

PRESS(ED) | Senne Driesen

 

4:30 – 5:30 PM | Dear Daisy *shorts

shared dreams, pressed like flowers, blue interludes,  reminiscent of lost letters

I Was a Free Dog | Yuula Benivolski

“Time is a loop”, I wish | Yue Hua 

16 One | Holden Treadway

16mm Letters | Claudie Lévesque, Ilyaa Ghafouri

Bleue | Anne-Marie Bouchard

Cuaderno de Agua (Water Notebook) | Felipe Rodríguez Cerda

 

6:00 – 7:30 PM | SPOTLIGHT: Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie

A showcase by and of the work of experimental filmmakers Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie. Together they established Nanolab, which is a hand-processing lab for super-8 black-and-white and colour reversal film in Australia.

 

8:00 – 9:00 PM | Datura floating *shorts

tidal shorts to accompany you into the night

Disparition(s) | Camille Pueyo

Upwards Tide | Daniela Zahlner

ENEZ | Emmanuel Piton

Sunday, 12 December

12:00 – 1:00 PM | Roses and Dandelions *shorts

a mixed bunch: of people and places

2gether| Kim Ekberg

Ground Control | Thor Zing Lodberg

How to Build a House out of Wreckage and Rags | Bernd Lützeler

Frankston | Patrick Anthony Tarrant

 

3:00 – 4:00 PM | the paradox of a marigold *shorts

like a marigold’s significance in different cultures, these are films of love & death, joy & grief, longing & time

The impasse of two angels | Clara Lazare

Before | Cecilia Araneda

600 Moons | Cindy Stillwell

How a Sprig of Fir Would Replace a Feather | Anna Kipervaser

That I Have Broken into Two | Ellery Bryan

LIMBO | Mathieu Peteul

 

4:30 – 5:00 PM | Ek-minute Film Competition 2022 *shorts

5:00 – 6:00 PM | straight8 x india 2022 *shorts

 

6:30 – 7:30 PM | ‘Cinema of Prayog’ with Amrit Gangar *lecture

Join us for a talk with Amrit Gangar,  film theorist, scholar, curator and provocateur — the very source of Cinema of Prayoga and the proposition it brings with it. 

 

8:00 PM  onwards | Ladies Log *performance + closing party

An expanded cinema film performance by members of Harkat, followed by a closing-night open house!

✿ More about each film below (in order of screening) ✿

 

Blooming Fire, Burning Flowers, Bright as Sun | Kristen Williams

A film about the birth of the universe, made of photograms of flowers on 16mm film.

 

 

 

 

Petal to the Metal | Emily Pelstring  

This hand-processed 16mm film reflects on botanical animism. It is a song written for night-crawlers, compost, and shadows, inspired by human flower-lust. Water, fire, earth and air are interwoven with the garden’s creature crew. The work draws a parallel between the photographic alchemy of cinematic experiments and the photosynthetic processes of plants.

 

 

 

This Little Light of Mine | Malo Sutra Fish

This film answers the question: “How does it feel to have a seizure?” as well as asking the follow-up: “How do I get to be a filmmaker as a photosensitive epileptic?”.
Shot in Super 8Ektachrome and using the codes of experimental cinema, this short film evokes the 4 stages a person undergoes when having a tonic-clonic seizure, one of the most violent experiences the body inflicts on itself.

 

 

Dans les cieux et sur la terre | Erin Weisgerber

Vertiginous masses of carved granite give way to an ecstasy of light and living colour through an alchemical spell of elemental transformation. Hierarchies dissolve as the transient quotidian inspires the monumental. Imprinting successive layers of time in a ritual of repeated gestures, active attention, walked paths, shifting seasons, and cycling years, Dans les cieux et sur la terre combines the alchemical potential of photochemical film with the ritual of the filmmaker’s performance.

Filmed over 7 years in the neighbourhood around the filmmaker’s Montreal home, a foundational local monument meets fleeting traces of urban flora. Bipacked with travelling mattes, the vibrant reversal filmstrips pass many times through the camera’s gate, sedimenting layers of time. Golden autumn leafmeal meets the cool of a late-spring iris within the frame’s architectural ground. The film was shot and hand-processed entirely on reversal films, with all of the composite images created in camera.

 

INNESTI NERI E BIANCHI | Federica Foglia

Grafting is the act of placing a portion of one plant (bud or scion) into or on a stem, root, or branch of another (stock) in such a way that a union will be formed and the partners will continue to grow. Following a similar approach several orphan films [1930s circa – 1970s circa] are assembled in a hand-made collage to reflect upon the personal and cultural process of becoming a woman.

The film follows the chronological evolution of a woman from childhood to death and the iconic traditional milestones she is expected to hit in Catholic Western culture: communion, confirmation, marriage, motherhood, housewife-hood, maybe learning crocheting and so on. In an odd reversal none of these moments has been experienced by the filmmaker.

 

Fair winds and following seas | Alina Tretinjak

The film sketchily describes states and conditions of traveling, conquering, migrating. The images are predominantly set in India, but avoid any exoticism.

 

 

Deepest Darkness, Flaming Sun | Ella Morton 

A short experimental film about the Svalbard Archipelago in the Norwegian High ArcHc. Narrated by wilderness guide Marte Agneberg Dahl, The film features Super 8mm film footage of the region. Marte speaks about her travels around Svalbard, climate change, her work as a guide, walruses and the region’s history. She also sings a song about the first female trapper who lived on Svalbard in the 1930’s. Her words are paired with experimental alterations to the celluloid, including bleach, varnish, soil and inks, which speak to the sublime and fragile qualities of the land. Marte’s words alongside the altered film give a sense of our enduring connection to the land and the depth of what we are losing as climate change continues to unfold.

 

Terra Femme | Courtney Stephens

Typically performed with live narration, this film essay investigates the history of women as travel filmmakers from the 1920s through the 1950s. Drawing on archival materials, the film scrutinizes the traces left by these women with a movie camera asking questions about gender, genre, and the gaze. 

 

 

 

Vulture | Phil Hoffman

`vulture’ sets its sight on farm animals, their surrounding flora, and the farming process. Static shots and slow moving zooms, follow the grazing animals in their minute inter-species exchanges. When left to roam together the sensibilities of these “beasts” are allowed to surface.The film was shot and processed with various means including flower/plant processing carried out as blooming occurred, from 2016-18. In some cases a salt bath was used for fixing the film which was left soaking in the dark for 3 days.

Vultures hover over the barn, from high, with razor sharp eyesight, and a keen sense of smell. Together, they stalk and share their decaying sustenance. Intense acid in their stomach allows them to digest great quantities of their dead prey, without falling ill. The vulture is akin to the analog filmmaker, working with celluloid, and transformative fluids, in an act of preservation, sustainability and survival.

 

Inventario Churubusco | Elena Pardo

a film made during a residency at Estudios Churubusco, a state run lab/film studio in Mexico City.

 

 

 

 

Reptilian Freeze Reflex | Anna Hogg, Lindsey Arturo, Rachel Lane

Reptilian Freeze Reflex attempts to capture the embodied experience of the freeze reflex through the frenetic energy of a camera-less film made by scratching directly onto 16mm black leader. The film reflects upon the way we sometimes fail to relate to one another as individuals because of severe anxiety.

 

 

 

Intricate Domestication | Eduardo Gutierrez Carrera

Images in black and white to delve into who is looking, into who is filming who between a balloon, the animal, the camera and me.

 

 

 

 

 

Black Hole Space Debt, or A Basic Guide to Syncing Sound and Image | Stephen Wardell

This is a speculative sci-fi narrative about space billionaires posing as an instructional document about making a handmade optical soundtrack. As the film progresses, the nature of the soundtrack comes to speak for the way space exploration is part of a larger, systemic repetition of colonialism.

This film is purposefully queer, handmade, and anti-illusionist as a means of deconstructing established narrative film conventions and audience expectations – ultimately working toward a musical, process-based state of play.

 

perf dance | Steven Woloshen

A physical dance with darkness and light – a dark choreography with film.

 

 

 

Pinhole Park | Alex MacKenzie

Created using a 35mm film tin modified into an outward-looking 59-pinhole camera that registers images on a single film loop mounted in the tin. Each loop is exposed in one moment with 59 pinhole “lenses” to create as many distinct images that, when presented in series, create a panning of the landscape in various directions.

The work was exposed on outdated black & white 35mm print stock acquired from Archives Canada discards, and processed by hand in Caffenol chemistry, a less environmentally impactful developer made with coffee, vitamin C and washing soda.

 

Shield | Taravat Khalili

Vulnerability, anxiety and lack of confidence are always present, it’s the protector inside that allows the functionality to progress. Shield is a hand-processed, hand manipulated and painted film. The use of phytogram is also very present.

 

 

 

purgatory is the side of the road | Mireya Martinez

Filmed on 16mm using in-camera editing techniques, purgatory is the side of the road is an imagining of the liminal space between being and non-being.

 

 

 

 

they rise, these sponge fortresses | Guillaume Vallée

The cameraless animated short ”they rise, these sponge fortresses” is made from a 35 mm trailer of the feature film ”Water Lilies” (2007) by Céline Sciamma. Experimental filmmaker Guillaume Vallée explores and questions his sensory memory as a teenager, partially lost. This process of resuscitating buried experiences and forgotten memories is carried by the materiality of 35 mm film, the nature of the images filmed and the interventions of the filmmaker painting and scratching the film emulsion directly. In this reverse journey, the memory-images, the affects reveal their plasticity, their imperfections, their chaos, their sensuality and their significance.

 

 

A Small Lie | Ethan Berry

A Small Lie told with found and damaged footage combined with a language lesson.

 

 

 

Un-Tidal | Masha Vlasova

An experimental film essay about a found (stolen?) photograph, a hurricane, and film’s inherent ability to animate and re-animate still, dead, and inanimate beings, images, and objects. The film is created using an ink-jet direct-on-film technique where the digital frame is printed directly onto onto recycled 16mm celluloid.

 

 

Black Gold | Michael Higgins

Two adverse characters, through some form of ritual, navigate internal landscapes. The story was surfacing, our skin was alive…

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS(ED) | Senne Driesen

Every single day the same infinite struggles. We are trapped in our repetitive work pattern. A dead end street with no way out, what kind of valuable work do we do?

PRESS(ED) is a silent film with live music. A nostalgic trip that makes us aware of the monotonous industrialisation.

 

 

 

I Was a Free Dog | Yuula Benivolski

Two sisters meet in a dream, and swim together for the first time since they were kids. Sound recordings from their childhood accompany this landscape: an orchestra of air raid sirens, barking dogs and tropical birds exist all at once, and indicate that we are within multiple realities.

 

 

 

 

“Time is a loop”, I wish | Yue Hua 

A personal poetic film composed of hybrid media of 16mm and motion graphics.

“When I was little, time was slow and I thought I could catch time…Now I made a wish.” The filmmaker transcribes feelings on time and loss with toys, wobbly cradle Balance Balls, and light and shadow.

 

 

 

16 One | Holden Treadway

A found 16mm home movie taken from its source and buried outside of my own home for 31 days. Control of the project was relinquished to the environment, which in turn warped the film into an abstract artifact. 16 One constructs a space for the past and present to commune.​

 

 

 

16mm Letters | Claudie Lévesque, Ilyaa Ghafouri

In this epistolary film, two filmmakers have attempted a correspondence through 16mm film reels.

 

 

 

 

Bleue | Anne-Marie Bouchard

100 feet of clear 16mm, using mostly blue paint & inks, playing with the persistence of vision by drawing on one of two frames only. Music improvised on the images.

 

 

 

Cuaderno de Agua (Water Notebook) | Felipe Rodríguez Cerda 

The writings of a relegate to the Patagonian archipelago during the chilean military dictatorship are found 35 years later. The notebook takes us into his encounters with the inhabitants of the Guaitecas Islands and their ways of life deeply linked to the sea.

 

 

 

 

Disparition(s) | Camille Pueyo

This film reflects on te gender violence suffered by the filmmaker and the impending disappearance of her childhood island. Patriarchal capitalism has forced a retreat from the world and a search for shelter far from their assailants – is there any other choice?

 

 

 

 

Upwards Tide | Daniela Zahlner

Filmed between 2017 and 2021 on nights and days of the Full Moon; between the salt water shores of Loch Carron, the Scottish Highlands and the autumnal leaves of the Viennese forests. There are overlapping sounds, bodies and moonlight, gathering together like sediment on outdated stock, short ends and leftovers, gifted to me by friends and colleagues.

 

 

 

ENEZ | Emmanuel Piton

Enez is a physical and poetic exploration of a small piece of land lost in the middle of the sea. The sea is gradually nibbling away at this island, which will be completely submerged in a few decades. The film scans this space that seems far from everything while tracing the memory of the islanders. They seem to be facing this disappearance and yet they persist in living here, on this rock eaten away by the waters.

 

 

 

2gether | Kim Ekberg

Hampus and Olivia, former Ex on the beach-participants and influencers, struggle to maintain their work and relationship in Norrköping, Sweden. Director Kim Ekberg has long wanted to make a film about his brother Hampus and his girlfriend. Unfortunately the couple break up and the previous script needs to be remade, and suddenly it becomes a film with an unexpected meta-level. Now it’s a movie about moving forward without each other instead.

A short genre blending meta-romcom shot on 16 mm film with first time actors Hampus Ekberg & Olivia Hedlund.

 

 

Ground Control | Thor Zing Lodberg

On a night out in Copenhagen, Louie has a mental breakdown and wakes up in a psychiatric ward. It’s not the first time he has lost control but now his girlfriend Ville can’t take it anymore. Louie doesn’t understand that and sets out to save his broken relationship.

 

 

 

How to Build a House out of Wreckage and Rags | Bernd Lützeler

Found footage: California in the 1950’s and 60’s. A young Indian couple enjoys their personal American dream come true in their home somewhere in the suburbs of San Francisco. In great detail they demonstrate their newly achieved wealth in front of their Super-8 camera. Like postcards, they would send these film rolls to their families back in India. Around the same time, an American missionary couple visits the city of Calcutta to shoot a Christian propaganda film. The drastic reality of poverty and famine in the streets of the Indian metropolis fits perfectly into their wicked plan: To promote the believe in Christ by showing the misery that pagan believers are doomed to suffer from.

 

Frankston | Patrick Anthony Tarrant

Frankston is a study of the place I grew up, a satellite of Melbourne with affordable housing, nature-strips and beach views. The downright ordinary nature of the opportunities and festivities afforded by Frankston, and the ambivalence one can feel going back there, nonetheless give rise to a new aesthetic: the suburban symphony. In this case the symphony is rendered in strange hues and luminescences as though affirming Robin Boyd’s depiction of ‘the Australian ugliness’in 1960, where he claims that “taste has become so dulled and calloused that anything which can startle a response on jaded retinas is deemed successful.”

 

The impasse of two angels | Clara Lazare

Luna cuts the scar her missing lover left on her to make him reappear.

 

 

 

 

 

Before | Cecilia Araneda

With intricate hand-printed 16 mm footage, Before is a dark ode to the possibility and impossibility of love. It reflects on time, inner worlds and soft landings we find in desolate moments in life.

 

 

 

600 Moons | Cindy Stillwell

A young woman takes a walk in the woods and slips into another realm wherein she glimpses her future self. If we live long enough, we will have seen six-hundred moons at fifty years of life on earth. 600 Moons is a wordless experimental film that wonders about the fluidity of time, the fragility of our existence and what happens when we die. Shot in Ontario and Montana on 16mm, the film was hand processed with a variety of techniques including developers made from herbs and weeds.

 

How a Sprig of Fir Would Replace a Feather | Anna Kipervaser

Taking its title from Charles Altamont Doyle, the film is a meditation on ritual, at once a labor of love and of pain, of parting. A taxonomy of the investigation of love, of becoming. In perpetual beginning. In perpetual ending. Coming into vision, into the present, a leaving. A leaving.

 

 

 

That I Have Broken into Two | Ellery Bryan

Made following the death of my former partner, this film uses double exposure and half-processed 16mm film to explore the feeling of removal, division, and loss. Splitting the screen across a threshold, my performance attempts to interface with another side.

 

 

 

 

 

LIMBO | Mathieu Peteul

Eloise and Elsa are twin sisters. One is a pianist, supported by her mother, the other is plagued by existential doubts that challenge her certainties.

Retracing the traces of her childhood, Eloise wanders through the Stangala Gorges in search of a lost truth, but she soon loses her way, causing her father to worry and go looking for her.