Student Program: A Black Hole is a Black Hole in the Ground

The Student Program is PWYC

There will be a FREE shuttle bus departing from Innis following the Student Program: A Black Hole is a Black Hole in the Ground and going to the Cinesphere for Closing Night: Outer Worlds on April 18 at 7PM. Limited capacity.

This program of student works articulates a specific tension between aesthetic and utilitarian approaches to architecture and their implicit ability to shape our socio-political conceptions of time, space, and personhood.

What does does it mean to see Richard Serra’s East-West / West-East (2014) beside the prototypes for the new US/Mexico border wall? In what way are we to interpret these aesthetics and on what side of these structures do we find ourselves? How can we learn to recognize the inherent biases in how we relate to these forms and, more importantly, how can we work to dismantle them? What walls have we built to house our perceivably unique experiences? What are the implications of altering our vision of these landscapes in such ways and how does this affect our understanding of the quotidian?
— Aaron Moore and Jeremy Saya

Wasis, Carr Sappier
Canada, 2017, digital, 6 min
Using found fabrics and objects, this film recreates an imaginative world from the perspective of an unborn child. The variety of shapes, colours and sounds are ambiguously explored as if seeing and hearing them for the first time.

taking-away, Eginhartz Kanter
Canadian Premiere, Austria/Japan, 2018, digital, 10 min
The film taking-away shows surprisingly quiet streets in Tokyo at night. The nocturnal peace is interrupted by an unexpected intervention. A strange object shifts the appearance of the uncanny and seemingly apocalyptic nightly streets. It disturbs the peaceful order of the well-kept neighbourhood.

Buffer Zone Blues, Franz Milec
Canadian Premiere , Czech Republic, 2018, digital, 6 min
As part of the so-called strategy of mutually assured destruction, the US produced a list of over 2,000 nuclear targets in the Eastern Bloc and the information was declassified only a couple of years ago. The list includes military bases and airports, but also targets that would have had an impact on millions of civilians.

Lane, Evangeline Brooks
Canada, 2018, 16mm with digital, 3 min
Shot both digitally and on 16mm, Lane explores how water changes with the interaction of a swimmer and then reverts back to stagnancy.

EVEN IN PARADISE, Duane Peterson
Canadian Premiere, USA , 2018, digital, 10 min
Serene forest groves and opaque Silicon Valley windows provide the visual framework for an assumption-challenging essay film taking a critical geography approach toward a new way of seeing the costs of war making as they are found in the very flesh of California.

MONOLITH, Gabriel Bullen
Qatar, 2018, Super 8/8mm with digital, 3 min
A nonlinear film examining U.S. artist Richard Serra's enigmatic installation, EAST-WEST/WEST-EAST, located in the Brouq Nature Reserve in Qatar. The film was shot on film with a Super 8 camera, with all edits executed in-camera.

Life After Love, Zachary Epcar
Canadian Premiere, US , 2018, digital, 9 min, English
A shifting of light in a lot where parked cars become containers for a collective estrangement.

It's Going to Be Beautiful, Luis Gutierrez Arias
Canadian Premiere, MEX /US, 2018, digital, 9 min, Spanish
Eight prototypes for a border wall stand on the US-Mexico border. To choose a winning design, Border Patrol officers and the military will attempt to climb, dig under, or breach the structures using techniques employed by immigrants and drug dealers.

Aufstieg, Eginhartz Kanter
Canadian Premiere, Austria/Hungary, 2018, digital, 3 min
Aufstieg (Rise) is an attempt to contrast the massive aesthetic of a brutalist residential block with a poetic gesture. The coexistence of nature and ruins is broken here by the action of a protagonist.

A Black Hole is a Black Hole in the Ground, Tyler Macri + Sophia Feuer
World Premiere, US, 2018, 16mm>digital, 13 min, English
Concerning three groups of children from disparate upbringings, A Black Hole is a Black Hole in the Ground blends sci-fi and ethnography techniques to intimately depict the strange, ephemeral realities that arise on evenings of play during early youth.


Franz Milec (1993, Žilina, Slovakia) is a filmmaker and multimedia artist focusing on the intersection of film and data visualization. Working with open source software, commercial APIs, and public domain sources, Franz constructs multisensory experiences while also building his own software tools.

Evangeline Brooks is a hybrid media artist working in art direction and production design. Her work moves between analog and digital media, exploring identity, space, and interactivity. Past film work has been featured at festivals in Canada and the US, including TIFFxInstagram and the Calgary International Film Festival.

Duane Peterson is an independent filmmaker and alumni of the University of California, Santa Cruz. He lives in Santa Cruz with his cat Ralph and works as a film editor.

Gabriel Bullen
Gabriel Bullen is an artist and filmmaker from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. His filmography consists of short narrative, documentary, and animation. His fields of interest also include experimental film, storyboarding, and animation. He has shot on HDSLR , Super 8 and Super 16mm, mobile phones, and RED Epic Mysterium-X. He creates his own analogue VFX using old techniques with ink, milk, and a fish tank.

Zachary Epcar (b. 1987, San Francisco) studied at Bard College and is a current MFA candidate in the Film, Video, Animation, & New Genres program at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. His work has screened at the New York Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, Ann Arbor Film Festival, San Francisco Cinematheque’s Crossroads, Images Festival, and others.

Luis Gutiérrez Arias (b. 1990) is a Mexican-Cuban filmmaker and video artist whose work explores notions of identity politics, neo-colonialism and the politics of cinema. His work has been shown at Sundance, DokLeipzig, Kasseler Dokfest, Morelia and Guanajuato among others.

Eginhartz Kanter works with film, video, photography and installation, mainly in the context of public space. The starting point for his projects are often deserted architectural situations, which he discovers on extensive tours through (sub)urban landscapes. In his artistic approach he questions the boundaries and conventions of everyday life and living environments.

Tyler Macri (b. 1996, USA ) is a recent graduate of Ithaca College holding a degree in Cinema, Photography, and Writing. In 2017 he was the recipient of the KODAK Student Scholarship (Gold Award) and the Rod Serling Communications Scholarship.

Sophia Feuer is a filmmaker and multimedia artist from upstate New York. She has spent the past year working on various independent films in New York, Germany and Costa Rica. She works in New York and San Francisco as a freelance Director of Photography. She graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in Cinema and Photography, Art and Anthropology.

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18 April 2019 05:30PM

Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave