Unravel / Reclaim
to cause to come apart; to resolve the intricacy, complexity, or obscurity of; to demand or obtain the return of; to regain possession of
2017 Altered Esthetics Film Festival
June 1-3, 2017
The Southern Theater
1420 Washington Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55454
As part of ARTshare, the Altered Esthetics Film Festival presents its fourth season at The Southern Theater, June 1-3, 2017, with screenings, performances, and discussions. Each year a theme is selected based upon trends noticed in the selected submissions. This year's theme, Unravel/Reclaim, brings a wide variety of moving-image-based works together, screening local, national, and international artists. Continue to follow this site as we begin to post the festival schedule! We are proud to announce this year's selected artists!
2017 Film Festival Curators
Jes Reyes is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and arts administrator living and working in the Twin Cities. Her photography and video art has exhibited with Artists in Storefronts, Altered Esthetics, Walker Art Center, and Made Here. Jes is the founder of the Ae Film Festival and coordinates programming for Spectrum ArtWorks, a multifaceted art studio for artists living with mental illness.www.jesreyes.com
Ari Newman has curated the Ae Film Festival for the past two years. She works as a videographer/photographer for Patrick's Cabaret and as a Barista at Peace Coffee. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing with Pilot V7 pens, going to the Trylon to get nutritional yeast on her popcorn, and overthinking every decision she makes. http://flowertalks.weebly.com
Chelsea Arden Parker is a video and new media artist living in Minneapolis. She is currently working as a freelance video editor and has previously taught media literacy in youth afterschool programs and studio instruction at local cable access stations. She is also currently the curator and co-organizer of Feminist Video Quarterly, a community and quarterly screening for non-binary and female-identified artists. https://www.behance.net/chelseaardenparker
Featured Artist Award
The purpose of the Featured Artist award is to honor and recognize promising artwork from 1-2 artists who are innovative with their approach to the moving image medium. Only Minnesota-based artists are considered for the Featured Artist recognition. Featured Artists receive an honorarium and various promotions.
Our 2017 Featured Artists are M. Parker Stuart and Nik Nerburn.
M. Parker Stuart
M. Parker Stuart, best known for her abstract 2d video work exploring the limits of pixel and data manipulation, was breathed into being by the 11th dimensional surrealists at the age of 407i*3 as a painter. She followed the influences of Leonora Carrington, Eileen Agar, and Helen Frankenthaler while investigating the possibilities of porting their thought to a pure digital medium. Her early work using software languages to encapsulate concepts allowed her to learn the tools she would use to begin producing glitch work, setting her up to use algorithms as her primary set of tools for constructing her own sense of digital surrealism.
Altered Esthetics Film Festival will feature three new works from M. Parker Stuart. Liquid Histories will screen June 3 at 7:30 PM. Small Sadnesses will screen June 3 at 4:00 PM. An installation of Saturday Morning Cartoons will be presented in the 2nd Floor Lobby of The Southern Theater during the duration of the festival.
Nik Nerburn is a research-based storyteller, experimental historian, filmmaker and photographer. He's interested in personal histories, folklore and regionalism, being equally informed by documentary journalism and avant-garde forms. His work often involves essayistic interventions in archival materials to explore regional histories, focusing on stories that stand at the intersection of power, memory, nostalgia race and place.
Altered Esthetics Film Festival will feature Nerburn’s 13 Roads in Otter Tail County on June 1, 2017, at 7:30 PM. His documentary Prairie Dreamers, a short film that celebrates 5 years of Springboard for the Arts in Fergus Falls, will screen June 3, 2017, at 7:30 PM.
Creative Vision Award
Festival curators nominate five to six artists exhibiting in the current season for the Creative Vision Award. Local jurors then vote to select one artist from the nominees whose work demonstrates a commitment to their personal voice and vision over conventional storytelling. The winner of the Creative Vision Award receives a token of recognition as well as various promotions. We will be making a formal announcement later this week on our blog.
2017 Creative Vision Award Jurors
D.A. Bullock is an award-winning filmmaker. His films have been a selection of The Toronto International Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival and the Urbanworld Film Festival 2003 Best Film winner. In 2011 Bullock founded Bully Creative Shop, a documentary, media art and story-based advocacy organization. Bullock was a 2015 Creative Citymaking artist in partnership with Intermedia Arts and The City of Minneapolis. Bullock was named a 2014 McKnight Foundation Media Arts Fellow. In 2015, Bullock was awarded a Forecast Art Jerome Planning Grant for emerging public artists and a Minnesota State Arts Board grant for media arts.
Andrea Shaker is a professor of art at the College of St. Benedict | St. John’s University. She earned her BA in Government and International Relations from Georgetown University and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. As an Arab American, her films draw from an exploration of the tension between a lived understanding of home and an imagined ancestral homeland. Her short film “home. not home.” screened at the 8th Twin Cities Arab Festival (2013) and the Walker Art Center (2014). It was a recipient of the Minnesota Television (MNTV) 2014 award, aired on Twin Cities Public Television, screened on the Best Buy Video Bay, Walker Art Center and is in the Ruben Bentson Moving Image collection at the Walker Art Center. Her short film “disgraced” premiered at the 10th Twin Cities Arab Film Festival (2015). Andrea participated as a Featured Artist last year during the 3rd Ae Film Festival where she performed a special presentation of on silence, an experimental piece that integrated film, spoken word, and live music.
Jordan Lee Thompson is an art worker and educator who works in a variety of mediums including video production, projection, performance, installation, drawing, animation and other new media to combine his passions of participatory art, critical theory, sociology and storytelling. Jordan serves as the Film Festival Coordinator for Mizna's Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, and spends his days running the Youth Media Department at CTV North Suburbs, helping teens write, produce and distribute their own short films. Most recently, Jordan co-produced The Beginning of Things + Fictions in a guest residency at the Southern Theater's ARTshare program as Creative Director of Dance & Other Behaviors. Jordan has also worked with organizations including the Minneapolis Television Network, James Sewell Ballet, and the Twin Cities Media Alliance. Jordan holds a BFA in Painting, a BA in Art History and Arts Management, and a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Iowa.
2017 Creative Vision Award Nominees:
Xiaolu Wang - Xialou (Minnesota)
Sharlene Bamboat - The Wind Sleeps Standing Up (Canada)
Tanin Torabi - Invisible Point (Iran)
Kiera Faber - T is for Turnip (Minnesota)
Peter Nelson - Intruder Man (Minnesota)
Nishat Hossain - 45 minutes (Pennsylvania)
A special presentation of the nominees will screen Thursday, June 1 at 7:30 PM.
All Selected Artists to present June 1-3:
M. Parker Stuart (Minnesota) (Featured Artist)
Nik Nerburn (Minnesota) (Featured Artist)
Six Families (Minnesota)
Emily Fritze (Minnesota)
Simone LeClaire (Minnesota)
Elizabeth Davis (Missouri)
Sami Pfeffer (Minnesota)
Soyeeon Kim (California)
Madie Hamilton (Minnesota)
Emily M. Van Loan (New York)
Chamindika Wanduragala (Minnesota)
Dan Murphy (Minnesota)
Xiaolu Wang (Minnesota) (Creative Vision Award)
Peter Nelson (Minnesota) (Creative Vision Award)
Kiera Faber (Minnesota) (Creative Vision Award)
Sharlene Bamboat (Canada) (Creative Vision Award)
Nishat Hossain (Pennsylvania) (Creative Vision Award)
Tanin Torabi (Iran) (Creative Vision Award)
John Akre (Minnesota)
Micah Dahl (Minnesota)
Midwest Special Services (Minnesota)
Feminist Video Quarterly (Minnesota)
Eddie Estrin and Mike Croswell (Minnesota)
Jeremy Speed Schwartz (New York)
Sébastien Pins (Belgium)
Anne-Marie Bouchard (Canada)
Edward Ramsay-Morin (Texas)
Madsen Minax (Tennessee)
Chelsea Arden Parker (Minnesota)
Karolina Neiduza (United Kingdom)
Anders Nienstaedt (Minnesota)
Martin Gonzales (Minnesota)
Liberty Antonia Sadler (United Kingdom)
Marinah Janello (Massachusetts)
Alyssa Costopoulos (Minnesota)
Laura Iancu (Iowa)
More artists will be announced as festival finalizes screenings and performances.
1420 Washington Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Altered Esthetics is a volunteer-driven nonprofit art gallery and organization located at The Southern Theater on the West Bank in Minneapolis.
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