aemi Artist In Focus: Kevin Jerome Everson (Programme)
A programme of short works by the acclaimed filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson, aemi’s international Artist in Focus at CIFF2023 followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.
Total running time: 57 mins
Polly One is about ninety-nine percent totality. Filmed during 2017 eclipse across North America. (2018, US, 16mm, color, silent, 6 mins)
Cardinal is a film about bird-watchers looking for the state bird of Ohio. (2019, US, 16mm transferred to digital, b&w, 2.5 mins)
May June July are represented with peonies, fireflies and the year 2020. (2021, US, 16mm transferred to digital, b&w, 2.5 mins)
West Lounge is about an unfortunate event in Columbus Mississippi told by an unreliable narrator. World Premiere at Courtisane Festival in March 2023. Screened at Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg in June 2023. (2023, color, 5 mins)
The Daily Roster is called into action at a Columbus Mississippi firehouse. (2023, US, b&w, 4 mins)
Hough 66 has the talented firebreather Fuego Mansa Mufasa exhibiting the visuals of the 1966 Cleveland Ohio uprising. Premiere at Doc Fortnight (MoMA NYC) in March 2023. (2023, US, b&w, silent, 7 mins)
Emergency Needs is a 16mm film about the mayor, Carl Stokes, of Cleveland, Ohio USA dealing with the July 1968 uprising. (2007, US, color, 7 mins)
Century consist of a General Motors’ automobile, a Buick Century, meeting its fate. (2012, US, color, 7 mins)
Kadett C Three is about the speed and the specs of an Opel car. (2021, b&w, German Language, 3 mins)
Three Quarters features two magicians in Philadelphia practicing their slight of hand tricks. (2015, US, 16 mm, b&w, silent, 5 mins)
Grand Finale is the end of a lovely evening in Detroit. (2016, US, HD, color, sound, 5 mins)
All films appear courtesy of the artist and Picture Palace Pictures.
The programme will be followed by a post-screening discussion with the filmmaker led by UCC Head of Film & Screen Media Prof. Laura Rascaroli.
Biography, Kevin Jerome Everson
Kevin Jerome Everson (b. 1965, Mansfield, Ohio US) is the Commonwealth Professor of Art and Director of Studio Arts at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Everson’s art practice encompasses photography, printmaking, sculpture and film, 12 features and over 200 solo and collaborative short form works to date. He is the recipient of the Guggenheim; the Berlin Prize; the Heinz Award; the Alpert Award for Film/Video and the Rome Prize. His films, which screen internationally at festivals including Sundance, IFFR, Berlinale, NYFF, Venice, Black Star and Toronto have been the subject of retrospectives at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Tate Modern/Film, Cinema du Reel/Centre Pompidou, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Art Windsor-Essex/Media City Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Vienna International Shorts/Austrian Film Museum, and the Harvard Film Archive and have been featured at the Whitney Biennial (2008, 2012, 2017), the 2013 Sharjah Biennial the 2018 Carnegie International and the 2023 Contour Biennial.
Biography, Laura Rascaroli
Laura Rascaroli is Professor in Film and Screen Media at University College Cork. Her research interests span European and world cinemas; experimental nonfiction, the essay film, and first-person cinemas; artist film and the post-medium moving image. She is the author of five research monographs including How the Essay Film Thinks (2017) and The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film (2009), and the editor of four collections including Theorizing Film Through Contemporary Art: Expanding Cinema (2020) and Antonioni: Centenary Essays (2011). Her work has been translated into several languages. She is Editor-in-Chief of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media.
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