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From the film WATERSCAPE: illusions
NYWIFT Screening Series: Mythic Realities

This screening series celebrates the work of NYWIFT members. Films that are included in the series must be directed, co-directed, produced, written, edited or shot by women. Whenever possible, the filmmakers are present for discussion and socializing after their works are presented.

There will be a Q&A following the screening, and an after-party to follow, with Cash Bar and complimentary food @ Dempsey's Pub, 61 2nd Avenue, between 3rd and 4th Streets.

This month’s Screening, Mythic Realities, features the films and videos of Ann Deborah Levy and Lili White. Both women make strikingly visual works that juxtapose myths that cut across world cultures with our contemporary consciousness. Levy’s films, shot mostly in nature, focus on how the human mind distorts reality in perception, memory, imagination and creation; while White’s videos, featuring images altered extensively in post production, explore relationships of power and repression.

Ann Deborah Levy began her creative life as a painter and also performed and designed for the downtown experimental Abreaction Theatre, before turning to film making in the 1990’s. She has exhibited her drawings, installations and photography across the United States and her films have been screened internationally. Visit www.resonantimages.com

WATERSCAPE: illusions, seemingly a film about a woman filming a mysterious lake and its swans, is really a meditation on illusion and reality. As the film explores swans through symbolism, mythology and 'scientific' reportage from ancient times to modernity, a disparity between human observation and the lives of the real birds becomes obvious.

Watercolors follows changes in a landscape throughout the seasons as they are reflected on the surface of a pond. Carefully composed images, often abstracted by forces of nature, raise questions as to whether the film is a “painting in motion” or a document of the landscape.


From the film  S/tr:wEET WALK
From the film S/tr:wEET WALK
Lili White’s work is influenced by art history, Eastern philosophy and psychological theory. Her videos have been shown in the United States, Germany, England, Ireland and China. Their content highlights nature, myth, dreams, archetypal imagery and language. For further information visit: www.liliwhite.com

S/tr:wEET WALK is a travelogue through the American unconscious and some cities of its Civil War, featuring shoes found on a Dublin street housing a horse fair, and was once a prostitute's walk. They travel through Ireland, NYC, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, with voice-overs about ideas latent in culture: a personal story from the filmmakers, the Irish Cinderella tale, a newspaper review about U.S. monumental art, WISE BLOOD, historic facts and feminist takes on eroticism and pornography connect intuitively, with associations reminiscent of a dream.

Got'Cha. A short damaged clip of consecutive video frames connected a terrestrial Raven to that of another bird. The edit extends time, repeats some sections, alters and keys out color, along with looping to suggest the eternal return. Raven, known as a cultural trickster, was a mediator animal between life and death, and sometimes was the creator of human beings in different cultures.

Balloon Garden. Images shot in Central Park inflate into a layered lyrical composition, as a traveling balloon’s journey highlights water’s abstracted forms passing between earth and sky.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council of the Arts.

NYWIFT screenings are supported in part by a grant from The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Foundation

    
    


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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts

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