Who Cares. Who Sees: Experimental Shorts

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Director Madi Piller expected.


How we see others and understand them is explored through six poetic films: three portraits—of a geologist, of the Andes, and of “anyone” or “nobody”; an homage to Robert Frank’s photographs in The Americans; a collage featuring photos of a Masonic order; and a consideration of communication between dogs, humans, and computers. New films by Janie Geiser, Christoph Giradet and Matthias Müller, Adam Levine and Sara Smith, Brigid McCaffrey, Jesse McLean, and Madi Piller.

Untitled, 1925 Part Three
Part three of a trilogy witnesses the space, the people, and the culture of the Andes and reflects on time and belonging. (Madi Piller, Canada/Peru ​2016, 11 min​)

You Got Eyes
An experiment in movement and single-frame video inspired by Robert Frank’s The Americans. Featuring dancers Aretha Aoki and Sara Smith. (Adam Levine, Sara Smith, US ​2016, 7 min​)

Bad mama, who cares
Geologist Ren Lallatin moves into a small housing complex located between a rail yard and the interstate. Desert vistas are replaced with an arsenal of tactile pursuits; seismic vibrations serenade the home. (Brigid McCaffrey, US ​2016, 12 min​)

Flowers of the Sky
Flowers of the Sky—a medieval term for comets—draws on two panoramic photographs, found in an LA thrift shop, that depict a gathering of members of the Order of the Eastern Star. The film reveals and obscures the original event. (Janie Geiser, US ​2016, 9 min​)

This is somebody, nobody, anyone. This is us in the course of time. Persistently, in vain. The self is the need for permanent self-assertion. (Christoph Gir​ardet, Matthias Müller, Germany 2016, 15 min​)

See a Dog, Hear a Dog
A consideration of the deficits and surpluses produced by attempts at communication among humans, animal, and machines. (Jesse McLean, US 2016, 18 min)​

Presented in association with the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Co-sponsored by San Francisco Cinematheque. Curated by Kathy Geritz and Vanessa O'Neill.
Film Details
  • Running time: 72