A Research Site Devoted to the Past and Future of Found Footage Film and Video

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“A lot of people who call themselves artists now are cultural critics who are using instruments other than just written language or spoken language to communicate their critical perspective.”
-Leslie Thornton

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Brave New Work

I've often thought that the next frontier in film mash-ups lay in feature length works. Below is a trailer for one such work by Gabriele Guerra. Remember, this is the trailer for a 53 minute movie!

More incredible digital remix/found footage work from Dinorah de Jesús Rodríguez:

check out more of his incredible work here: http://cinesthesia.blip.tv/

Also, some very fun and mysterious interstellar found footage work from Man Zanas:

Also, I wanted to share the call for works from the 2009 "(In) Appropriation" festival. It looks amazing and I think they may read this blog. Wooooo!


Los Angeles Filmforum invites film and videomakers to take part in the

WHO: All film and videomakers
WHAT: Call for entries for the Festival of (In)appropriation
WHEN: Entries must be received by April 1, 2009.
WHERE: Send submissions to Jaimie Baron, 10480 National Blvd. #308,
Los Angeles, CA 90034
PRESENTED BY: Los Angeles Filmforum

Whether you call it collage, compilation, found footage, detournement,
or recycled cinema, the incorporation of previously shot materials
into new artworks is a practice that has generated novel
juxtapositions of elements which have produced new meanings and ideas
that may not have been intended by the original makers, that are, in
other words “inappropriate.“ This act of appropriation may produce
revelation that leads viewers to reconsider the relationship between
past and present, here and there, intention and subversion.
Fortunately for our purposes, the past decade has seen the emergence
of a wealth of new sources for audiovisual materials that can be
appropriated into new works. In addition to official state and
commercial archives, vernacular archives, home movie collections, and
digital archives have provided fascinating source material that may be
repurposed in such a way as to give it new meanings and resonances.

Thus, Los Angeles Filmforum invites submissions for a Festival of
(In)appropriation, open to all works that appropriate film or video
footage and repurpose it in “inappropriate” ways. We will consider
both films and videos, including works that are made up entirely of
found footage and those that only use small segments of appropriated
material. Particular consideration will be given to films that
repurpose materials in an inventive way and to films that are under
twenty minutes long. We will only accept work finished in 2006 or later.

The Festival of (In)appropriation will take place in June 2009.
Curated by Jaimie Baron and Andrew Hall

• Submission deadline: April 1, 2009
• Please send all submissions in DVD format to: Jaimie Baron, 10480
National Blvd. #308, Los Angeles, CA 90034
• Submissions must be 20 minutes or less and must contain some form
of “(in)appropriation.“
• Acceptable submission formats: DVD and VHS
• Acceptable exhibition formats: mini-DV, DV-Cam, 16mm film, 35mm
film, DVD (but discouraged, since DVD is not a reliable projection
• Please include: title, filmmaker, running time, a 30-word or less
synopsis, and contact information (phone and email).
• No submission fee, but please send only good films ☺

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city’s longest-running organization
dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film and video art,
documentaries, and experimental animation.

For more information, please go to: http://lafilmforum.wordpress.com/


ricardo said...

i'm curious why you do not count any of craig baldwin's works as feature length, among others

great blog btw

Eli Horwatt said...

Hey Ricardo,

I definitely consider Baldwin's work to be in the found footage film category. I was referring to digital remixes. Thanks for the comment.