Oct 18 2011
Dark Matter: An Experimental Cinema Series "Other Evolutions"

7:15PM, Willard Straight Theatre
Cornell Cinema: Filmscreening with introduction by program curator and filmmaker Michael Robinson
These six short works of ecological strangeness use radical cinematic forms to question mankind's relationship to the natural world, the longevity of the planet, and existence itself.  Ben Rivers's Origin of the Species documents the home and handiwork of a Scottish hermit obsessed with Darwin's seminal text, while a home-gardening TV program mutates into a lesson on ethical communication in Lori Felker's This is My Show. Barry Doupe's Thale is a haunting dirge of animated alien botanicals, and Syracuse-based duo Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby's Beauty Plus Pity is an episodic musical of forgetful gods, talking animals, and faulty parenting.  The program also includes Fern Silva's poetic ode to the final chapter of humankind, In the Absence of Light, Darkness Prevails, and Hooliganship's Faketrap, an atmospheric animation of forest portals and digital abstraction.

Cosponsored with the Department of Art and the Cornell Council for the Arts
Image: Thale

Cornell Cinema Program 2011-12