the way things are. the way they are going to be. part four

January 24th, 2020

7:30pm Doors

8:00pm (not punk time) screening.

$10 or pay what you can. No one turned away.

The Alamo Draft House Sloans Lake
4255 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80204

facebook event page is here

A screening addressing how our current culture will define and limit the futures available to us.

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Artist: Kirsten Lepore

Title: Natural History Museum

Statement: A short film around the theme of “a beautiful future” in collaboration with Belvedere Vodka + Janelle Monae

Origin: USA

Year: 2018

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Artist: by Rick Silva, with sound design by Kuedo + Holy Other, and assistance with drone cinematography by Zack Dougherty

Title: Western Fronts: Bears Ears

Statement: Western Fronts: Cascade Siskiyou, Gold Butte, Grand

Staircase-Escalante, and Bears Ears is an experimental video that reflects the political and ecological threats that face four U.S. National Monuments. The work combines aerial drone footage and photogrammetry with 3D animation to create a nature documentary that collapses into itself. The wilderness is scanned by large shapes that momentarily reduce the landscape into grayscale polygons —in these redactions we glimpse a near-future dystopia of computer-vision aided resource extraction. view all videos in the series at westernfronts.com

Origin: USA

Year: 2019

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Artist: Francois Verster, Simon Wood

Title: Scenes from a Dry City

Statement: What happens when a major metropolitan area runs out of water? In Cape Town, South Africa, residents fear the arrival of “Day Zero,” when the city’s taps will be shut off.

Origin: USA, South Africa

Year: 2018

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Artists: New Red Order (Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, Jackson Polys, and Bayley Sweitzer)

Title: Culture Capture: Terminal Adddition 

Statement: Half tongue-in-cheek absurdism and half deadly earnest, CULTURE CAPTURE: TERMINAL ADDITION continues the New Red Order’s ongoing project of “culture capture,” recruiting viewers to participate in a program of practical strategies to counter the “salvage mindset,” which sets aside Indigenous culture and sovereignty by consigning it to the past.

These strategies include using new, accessible technologies, such as smartphone apps that produce 3D scans of objects,  both of Indigenous material that museums and other institutions may hold and public monuments that celebrate and re-affirm the norms of European settler culture.

As the title of the work, TERMINAL ADDITION highlights the difference between addition and removal. The concept of “removal” is central to current debates about whether to remove problematic historical monuments— for example, Confederate war monuments in the South. It was also in the name of the Indian Removal Act, signed into law by President Jackson, which resulted in the displacement and death of thousands of Native peoples in what we now call the “Trail of Tears.”  Both present removal as a quick fix. With TERMINAL ADDITION, the NRO recognizes that acts of removal inevitably contain contradictions, and proposes an additive approach instead. 

Origin: so-called USA

Year: 2019

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Artist: Co-directors + Editors - Tuff Guts, Daniel Goodman, & Hazel Katz

Assistant Directors - Maya Yu Zhang & Christopher Paul Harris

Producers - Christopher Paul Harris, Nikita Price, Tuff Guts, Daniel Goodman, & Davey Field

Creative Collaborators - Black Youth Project 100 (NYC Chapter) & Picture the Homeless

Title: Acting Erratically

Statement: “Not even or regular in pattern or movement; unpredictable, turbulent, unsettled.”

Using found footage and archival material as metaphorical architecture, Acting Erratically explores the relationship between state violence and mental health with neurodivergent women of color in NYC.

Origin: USA

Year: 2017

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Artists: Written & animated by Charlie Stewart

Music & sound design - Caspar Leopard

Al - Matt Cundill

Sandy - Kathy Curtis

Title: While You Were Sleeping

Statement: A short film exploring the longevity and limitations of artificial intelligence, and the loneliness of deep space.

Origin: United Kingdom

Year: 2019