Amy Beste is the director of public programming for the department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she organizes the visiting artist series 'Conversations at the Edge' at the Gene Siskel Film Center. She is also a doctoral candidate at Northwestern University where she is writing a history of experimental, industrial, and educational filmmaking in Chicago. For Eyewash, she presents a program that grows out of her research into the city's fascinating media history, collecting together colorful advertising spots and instructional shorts that draw from experimental film traditions, along with experimental films that both draw inspiration from and critique the media-saturated environment of their production.
Xander Marro (American b. 1975) is a fake scientist/olde style tinker residing at the dirt palace; a feminist cupcake encrusted netherworld located along the dioxin filled banks of the Woonasquatucket river (which is to say in Providence, RI USA). From this post she makes movies, puppet shows, prints and phone calls. Her adventures underground have included curating the "Movies with Live Soundtracks" film series and performing in various theatrick/musical formats as one of the variety of her alter egos (Madame Von Temper Tantrum, Lady Long Arms, Lil Blood-n-Guts, Madame Von Malt Liquor etc.) Of recent days she has gotten herself deep into the wild world of community organizing around neighborhood social justice and human rights issues. Marro will present a collection of short movies made over 15 years in Providence RI. Mostly made on 16mm film, sometimes narrative the program's common themes include : DIY living quarters, puppeteer frontiers, too many cats, winter, witches, wishes, silkscreen explosions, portable cooking stoves, zine libraries, drum kits, fairy tales, cut paper, trinkets stored in drawers, the quest for true love, the junk of this material world, alchemy/regular chemistry, the magic of unlikely alliances, and the spirits of the night.
Dan Streible joined NYU Cinema Studies in 2006 after nine years at the University of South Carolina. He teaches film history, documentary, and curating, and works with the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation master's program. He is the author of Fight Pictures (2008) and coeditor of Emile de Antonio: A Reader (2000) and Learning with the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States (2011). Streible has also published research on the history of movie exhibition, amateur filmmaking, nontheatrical film, and moving image preservation. Since 1999, he has organized the biennial Orphan Film Symposium, bringing together archivists, academics and artists to save, study and screen neglected films. Additionally, he programmed the 2011 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, Sonic Truth. Streible will showcase a sampling of shorts the NYU Orphan Film Project has helped preserve: animation, experimental, amateur, outtake, documentary, and other neglected (i.e., "orphan") films.
Peter Burr is an artist from Brooklyn, NY, USA. His video and performance work has been presented in many venues including Le Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid, ES; and Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY. Recent gallery exhibitions include ApexArt, New York, NY; Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO; and Synchronicity Space, Los Angeles, CA. Past residencies include the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH; Bemis Center, Omaha, NE; and IMPAKT Works, Utrecht, NL. He is the founder of CARTUNE XPREZ, an animation project that has released 3 dvd publications and toured through 20 countries over the past 5 years to present site-specific cartoon events. Part live theater, part psychedelic insurrection, and part roadshow, his work has become a touchstone for an experimental genre that animates it's way out of Sunday morning cartoons to the extent of anarchy.
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