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2014 Shooting Wall Film Festival

Greetings Soldiers and Cinephiles,

The 2014 Shooting Wall Film Festival is rapidly approaching! This Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 2pm at PhilaMOCA! Below are more details on the films being screened at this year’s festival. We hope to see everyone there!

Saxony by Alexis McCrimmon, 2:15

Saxony is a short experimental digital collage animation that examines the destructive nature of ritualistic courtship. alexismccrimmon@gmail.com

Quietly by Sarah Mourad, 10:40, Egyptian

An upper middle class housewife in her mid-thirties faces the moment of her pregnancy as a perplexing encounter with her existential status. The film’s story follows a degrading relation between a contemporary couple who shares the isolation of their worlds, and the struggle of the will to live a cold and meaningless life, which leads eventually to an obscure revenge in a quietly manner. Sarah Mourad in her first short film grasps the vulnerability of the female in her most intimate and basic instincts.  sarahhmm88@gmail.com

Keajaiban (Miracle) by Loong Wah, 13:02, Malaysia

In a night club disco bar, there are fabulous veteran Drag Queens Performers. At the same time, there will be many new young performers coming in to perform and dance. The fabulous veteran Drag Queens Performers will still find happiness.  loongwah@yahoo.com

Home Movies Pt. 4 by Craig Scheihing, 3:47

These films are part of an ongoing series of work, Home Movies, which I began rather haphazardly and unwittingly sometime in 2011 when I began documenting my living situation with my roommate’s Bolex. For me, there is a great joy in seeing the faces and spaces that I love on celluloid, and an even greater sense of connectivity in the act of screening. These films are simple, without pretense, and aim to share my moments of happiness with others that helped create them, as well as with strangers, who I hope may one day do the same. craig.scheihing@gmail.com

Sholtz’s House by Sophie Dixon, 8:28, UK

Srbská is a small village on the Czech Republic’s border with modern-day Poland. Part of the Sudetenland region it was changed irrevocably when an estimated three million Sudetenland Germans were expelled from the country at the end of the Second World War. In as little as a day thriving villages such as Srbska were abandoned.

Arriving in the village in 2008, Sophie Dixon began to unravel the past through individual stories and the physical traces they leave behind. Working across a range of media her work investigates the themes of loss, memory and displacement. It draws on the human experience of time: the interpretation of what has been, and what now is.  www.sophie-dixon.com. dixonsophie@hotmail.com

Centuries and Dilemmas, Part One: Delirious Annotations by Joshua Martin, 28:27

Part one of a multi-part film. An attempt to make a film in the present tense. The film combines the narrative of a poet named, Anne and her encounters with various characters in her attempt to find understanding in an increasingly fragmented society; with sequences entitled “tangents,” where the filmmaker attempts to engage, in the present tense, with the ideas being expressed within the film as well as questioning the purpose of radical cinema within the context of 21st Century American society. jdmartin84@gmail.com

YellowBlue by Paul Hinson, 4:36

Optically-printed on 16mm, YELLOWBLUE layers textures of etched and bleached found-footage as well as slides to create rhythms of abstraction and representation that invoke simultaneous sensations of warmth and coldness, nearness and distance, intimacy and alienation. paul.hinson@me.com

Overlooking a Fall by Jenny Lee Maas, 3:34

Overlooking a Fall is a chapter of Psyche’s Lullaby, an ongoing series of intuitive dream based films.  This episode looks into the mind’s eye of the dreamer; as she waits for infinity and longs for a return, she let’s go.  A temple form represents her sacred space, it is what allows her to travel through space & time in a protected field, a ghostly spaceship that carries her.  At the overlook she is waiting, but is the one she waits for dead or so far gone that she cannot reach him anymore?  The act of losing hope allows fear to invade and tear down her sacred space.  For more info on Psyche’s Lullaby check out www.jlmaas.com.

Drawing the Line by Jenny Lee Maas, 2:27

Drawing the Line is a chapter of Psyche’s Lullaby, an ongoing series of intuitive dream based films.  This episode is a ritual of drawing the line, it is claiming a protective zone, making a safe space. For more info on Psyche’s Lullaby check out www.jlmaas.com.

Work by Phally Chroy, 30:00

Work: spit and chew is a thirty minute cinema verite film about my father. The film provokes the refugee experience, capitalists systems, and Brecht’s dialogism. A slow moving film, the film plays with language and how language works in the creation of understanding.  phally@temple.edu

Memory Untitled by Naomi Levine, 3:30

Memory Untitled is an experimental documentary short that recounts an unsettling recurring dream about the filmmaker’s childhood friend. Memory Untitled combines 16mm b/w reversal footage, with family photographs and text. naomi.levine@gmail.com

Greenhouse by AG McCants, 16:54

In the suburbs of NJ, eight year old twins Taj and Garnett long for an escape. One wishes to leave all his cares behind and ride the nearby train to Philadelphia, while the other builds a LEGO Greenhouse in hopes that it can someday become his new home. The boys, who appear to be raising themselves despite the absence of their parents; face issues of neglect, intimidation, social deficiency, and psychological despair. It soon becomes apparent that, “nobody and nothing is what it seems.” Their condition is played up by the use of visual abstraction; using light, overlay, color, and shadows. kinwis23@msn.com

Heirloom by Malia Bruker, 27:00

Dave and Sherry came of age in the 60s—they protested war, fought for the environment, fell in love during a hitchhiking trip across the country, and raised their family in a “back to the land” community.  In this poignant and funny documentary, their daughter, Director Malia Bruker, contemplates the baby-boomers’ legacy of social change and her own generation’s apathy. As Dave and Sherry retire and relocate, Malia—newly unemployed—joins them on a 4-month road trip across the US.  Heirloom follows this unconventional family as they survey the mutable landscape of their country, confronting one another’s notions of idealism, social responsibility and hope. malia.bruker@temple.edu

Home Movies Pt. 5 Craig Scheihing, 2:35

These films are part of an ongoing series of work, Home Movies, which I began rather haphazardly and unwittingly sometime in 2011 when I began documenting my living situation with my roommate’s Bolex. For me, there is a great joy in seeing the faces and spaces that I love on celluloid, and an even greater sense of connectivity in the act of screening. These films are simple, without pretense, and aim to share my moments of happiness with others that helped create them, as well as with strangers, who I hope may one day do the same. craig.scheihing@gmail.com

Toothless Aggression by Steve Magnier, 20:30

This is my story.  I am the WWE action figure salesperson.  It is a great job, it is just the right fit for me.  I have worked very hard to get to this moment, and in this video tape I recount a time that I made a bold decision that had a big impact on the rest of my life.  Pro wrestling is a little less pedestrian and a lot more fun the way I tell it.  WWE action figures for sale?  Sign me up!   An awesome look at the life of Musclemanatee215, as he finds merch and deals with the customers.  Is he always gonna do this?  Depends.  Divorcee Andrew Barnes tries to regain a gift that he never should have lost.  Spans decades.  clapband@gmail.com

 


2014 Shooting Wall Film Festival

Greetings Soldiers and Cinephiles,

2014 SHOOTING WALL FILM FESTIVAL

The 3rd Annual Shooting Wall Film Festival will be held on Sunday May 4, 2014 at PhilaMOCA (531 North 12th St. Philadelphia, PA 19123). The doors will open at 1:30pm and the festival will begin at 2pm. This year’s festival will present films produced both locally and internationally. It is completely free to attend and open to the public. This is a filmmaker centric festival committed to showing the most interesting, daring, and radical independently made cinema that we can find. The Shooting Wall Film Festival is committed to screening underground works for audiences who want to engage with cinema in a meaningful way. We embrace the notion of film as art; cinema as life. The Shooting Wall Film Festival is not about money or fame or deals, but about cinema. Our festival aims to give audiences and filmmakers a pure cinematic experience.

FILMS

Centuries and Dilemmas, Part One: Delirious Annotations by Joshua Martin, 28 minutes
Drawing the Line by Jenny Lee Maas, 2:27
Greenhouse by AG McCants, 16:54
Heirloom by Malia Bruker, 27:00
Home Movies Pt. 4 by Craig Scheihing, 3:47
Home Movies Pt. 5 Craig Scheihing, 2:35
Keajaiban by Loong Wah, 13:02
Memory Untitled by Naomi Levine, 3:30
Overlooking a Fall by Jenny Lee Maas, 3:34
Quietly by Sarah Mourad, 10:40
Saxony by Alexis McCrimmon, 2:15
Sholtz’s House by Sophie Dixon, 8:28
Toothless Aggression by Steve Magnier, 20:30
Work by Phally Chroy, 30:00
YellowBlue by Paul Hinson, 4:36


Two New Short Films

Greetings Soldiers and Cinephiles,

We have posted two new short films to our Vimeo page. Both films premiered at our Views from the Underground series in December 2013. Check them out, if you missed them or if you loved them and want to watched them again!

Reminder that we are still seeking submissions for the 3rd Annual Shooting Wall Film Festival. Submission deadline is March 25, 2014. Festival will be held on Sunday May 4, 2014 at PhilaMOCA in Philadelphia, PA. Submit your films now by emailing us at shootingwallzine@gmail.com

Bammy’s Dad by Rob Malone and Marc Dickerson

https://vimeo.com/87617579

Mystery Box by Rob Marvin

https://vimeo.com/87618455


Views from the Underground Monday February 10, 2014

Greetings Soldiers and Cinephiles,

Our final night of the season for Views from the Underground will be held Monday February 10, 2014 at 7pm at PhilaMOCA. We will be taking a few months off after this to get ready for the 3rd Shooting Wall Film Festival which will be held Sunday May 4, 2014 at PhilaMOCA (submission deadline March 25, 2014). February’s lineup is below. Be sure to come out and help us end our season with a bang!

Monday February 10, 2014 at 7pm

Jenny by Maggie Farley, 12 minutes

Pen Up the Pigs by Kelly Gallagher, 12 minutes

Uncertain Relations by Joshua Martin, 97 minutes


2014 Shooting Wall Film Festival Open for Submissions!

Greetings Soldiers and Cinephiles,

Shooting Wall is now accepting submissions for our 2014 Film Festivals! More details are below. Send us your films!

And don’t forget Monday January 13, 2014 at 7pm at PhilaMOCA we will be continuing our Views from the Underground series with another group of great films. Be there!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Shooting Wall wants films that are bold, experimental, inventive, formal, difficult, challenging, avant-garde, new, radical, and daring. If you are making films to get a deal in Hollywood, we don’t want your film. If you are not attempting to push yourself or cinema in a new direction, we don’t want your film. Shooting Wall wants films that the mainstream refuses to play or accept. We are seeking films from 0 to 30 minutes to screen in May 2014 at our 3rd annual film festival. Submission is free, attendance is free, and this is all open to the public. The deadline for submissions is March 25, 2014. If you have a film you would like to submit or would like more information about Shooting Wall or the festival email us at shootingwallzine@gmail.com.

Film festival will be held on Sunday May 4th in Philadelphia, PA.


Views from the Underground 1/13/14!

Greetings Soldiers and Cinephiles,

It is less than a week until our next Views from the Underground screening at PhilaMOCA! What better way to kick off the new year, then with some new and exciting independent films! You won’t see anything better at the multiplexes or at the Ritz. Check out the details for the films below.

Monday January 13, 2014 at 7pm

The Greggs by Bruce Bundy, Nigel DeFriez, Jessie Levandov, Rob Malone, Alex Mechanik, Kira Pearson, Jonathan Rosenblit, 20 minutes

A secret origin type story of how the standardized tests are written. They’re written by the Greggs.

Perfect Thoughts by Doron Max Hagay, 50 minutes
PERFECT THOUGHTS tells the story of a dissatisfied young woman whose quest for improvement begins when she discovers a self-help book titled “Perfect Thoughts”. Her inner turmoil escalates upon meeting and developing an obsessive longing for the author’s assistant - prompting her to create mood boards, purchase a car, and develop a strange lump on her body. Employing handheld camera work and long, messy shots without edit, the camera becomes an invasive presence recording detritus and meaning in equal measure; producing a film that exists in a realm between cinema, documentary, and low-budget porn.

Irina by Michael Johnston, 13 minutes
Struggling with the disastrous review of her latest play, an aging theater actress transforms her apartment into her stage, her husband into her audience, and the dead bird on her balcony into an allusion to Anton Chekhov.

Movement by Cronistas, 3 minutes

Some Thoughts On Movement

 Movement is a short, stream-of-consciousness-style montage drawn from nearly twenty hours of video footage of the 2011 May Day demonstrations in Oakland, California. It was filmed as part of an ongoing effort to chronicle the reemergence of radical consciousness in the city that developed in response to the police murder of Oscar Grant III on New Year’s Day 2009 and has continued to the present.

 In our opinion, Movement embodies many of the traits we dislike about what is often regarded as radical cinema. It lacks context, it’s not strategic, it doesn’t advance revolutionary politics… Actually, it falls pretty squarely into the so-called category of “riot porn,” which is not meant pejoratively, but does none-the-less denote an approach to radical filmmaking we have generally moved away from.

 On the other hand, it succeeds in capturing the frustration that seeped from under the surface of the day—a frustration that had been building since the loss of the Occupy Oakland encampment six months earlier. What Movement captures is the leading up to a confrontation in which police snatch squads begin grabbing and arresting demonstrators they’ve singled-out. There is an obvious desire to fight back, but it is muted and doesn’t, for a number of reasons, go all the way. That frustrated response functions as a metaphor of the period in general and is intensified by the aesthetics and use of dislocated sound and disjunctive editing. This complicates our earlier critique and, in the least, it makes the film useful for debates concerning the relationship between aesthetics and content in radical cinema.

Crisis by Marc Dickerson, 45 seconds
A man has a crisis.

Rough Edits by Dan Dickerson, 27 minutes
Integrity vs. survival. Art vs. commerce. Man vs. himself. A former academic and bestselling author’s mental state is called into question when deadlines and responsibilities are forgotten in a one sided, belligerent quest for the truth. Anxiety, business pressure and self-hatred give way to a vision of a forgone American civilization that may or may not have existed.


Views from the Underground 1/13/14 Lineup!

Greetings Soliders and Cinephiles,

We are happy to announce our lineup for the January 13, 2014 Views from the Underground. As usual, the screening will be held at 7pm at PhilaMOCA and is free and open to the public. We will be posting more details about the films soon! Check out the list of films below. Stay tuned for February’s lineup!

Monday January 13, 2014

The Greggs by Bruce Bundy, Nigel DeFriez, Jessie Levandov, Rob Malone, Alex Mechanik, Kira Pearson, Jonathan Rosenblit, 20 minutes

Perfect Thoughts by Doron Max Hagay, 50 minutes

Irina by Michael Johnston, 13 minutes

Movement by Cronistas, 3 minutes

Crisis by Marc Dickerson, 45 seconds

Rough Edits by Dan Dickerson, 30 minutes 


Views from the Underground December and Beyond

Greetings Soldiers and Cinephiles,

This is a reminder that Night 4 of our Views from the Underground series will be held this Monday 12/9/13 at 7pm at PhilaMOCA. As always, it is completely free! We will have drinks and some great cinema!

Shooting Wall has also added two additional nights of the Views from the Underground series. We will continue the series into the new year with screenings on Monday January 13, 2014 and Monday February 10, 2014. Stay tuned for more details on that; we hope to be announcing January’s lineup very soon. 

Shooting Wall will be starting work on our 3rd annual film festival shortly as well. We will be opening up for submissions soon, so stay tuned for that and start making new films!

More exciting events will be coming up in 2014, so be sure you are checking back with us.


Night 4 Views from the Underground 12/9/2013

Greetings Soldiers and Cinephiles,

Night 4 of Shooting Wall’s Views from the Underground is two weeks away! Check out the full details on the films we will be screening below. Be sure to check back in December when we will be announcing our lineup for our additional January screening!

December 9, 2013

Mystery Box by Rob Marvin, 13 minutes

MYSTERY BOX is a short film based on a script written by Joshua Martin that he originally sent to Jill Hackney.  Jill then showed it to Rob Marvin who was instantly drawn to the noir-ish elements as well as Martin’s complete disregard for plot and cohesive narratives.  He didn’t change a thing except for cutting half of the dialogue, the majority of the shots, and swapping the genders of the main characters.  The last part isn’t important since gender is just a social construct with no real purpose.  Important things are veggie burgers, peanut butter, cats, MST3K, and the Evil Eye Cafe’s deal of $1.75 for a homemade bagel and 24oz coffee.  Seriously, if you haven’t been to the Evil Eye Cafe, it’s worth it.  They’re on South St. right next to Hot Diggity.  Anyway, I guess I was talking about this stupid movie… Yeah, there’s nothing really going on in it.  Just watch it like you would a JJ Abrams movie and ignore every nonsensical plot point, unmotivated action, and illogical structure until you go home and can write an angry blog post about me.  I promise that I’ll cry into my glass of boxed wine and play with my feet while reading it.

 Bammy’s Dad by Marc Dickerson and Rob Malone, 9 minutes

A short about father and son.  Bammy is inducted into the tried and true realm of adulthood when he helps his father “dig a hole.”  Remember:  Keep your eyes on the sky.

 Procession at Dawn by Jenny Lee Maas, 5 minutes

Philadelphia artist Jenny Lee Maas is currently working on a series of interconnected short films.  ‘Procession at Dawn’ was the first filmed of the ongoing ‘Psyche’s Lullaby’ series. Each film is based off the symbology and mythology of dreams, and each short serves as a chapter to the overall story.  Though ‘Procession at Dawn’ deals with mourning and loss, death is a shift of consciousness while Dawn refers to a new day, a rebirth, a transformation fulfilled.  

An Atrocious Woman by Rob Curry, 75 minutes

Robert Curry’s first feature film, An Atrocious Woman, is a character study of Julie (Jessica Mockrish), a young woman whose material needs surpass any allegiance to either her lover or her friends.  The film follows Julie as her greed and selfishness send her spiraling down a course toward homicide.  Paced to be an unflinching analysis of human behavior and moral corruption, An Atrocious Woman also offers some subtle commentaries on popular television, photography, pornography and monogamous relationships.