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Encounter - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 1:08

Directed by Tulu Bayar | Distribution: tulubayar.com | 2008 In Encounter, artist Tulu Bayar deals with the constructed identity and investigates how outside appearance affects one’s perception of another person. This experimental short video explores in four different scenarios the strange but familiar momentary dynamics that exist between two strangers who walk by each other. Contact: tbayar@bucknell.edu

Tags: women's caucus, 2016 Film Festival,

A Story of Three Girls - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 4:04

Rebika Bhandari, Topala Pun Magar and Sabita Chising are three Nepali women who graduated from college on scholarships from the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation. In Nepal, one of the world’s poorest countries, only 3% of women attain advanced degrees and attending college often requires challenging long held views about the role of women in society. This short animation is a window into their difficult past, promising future and the power of education to transform a country.

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The Herstory of the Female Filmmaker - '16 SPE Film Festiva...

Runtime: 14:30

An animated history of female filmmakers. Directed by Kelly Gallagher | Distribution: purpleriot.com | 2009 | Contact: kgallagher@antiochcollege.org

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Echo - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:51

In echo the filmmaker addresses the sense of mirroring and finding her location in the system in where she lives and was brought up, to understand where and who she comes from. Echo is an imperfect return of sound. The film investigates the process of establishing identity through echos

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Dying Bee - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 0:31

This short experimental film reflects transcendental personal experiences associated with time and death and questions the condition of evident environmental deterioration caused directly from humanities interactions with the natural world. Directed by Patricia Lois Nuss | Distribution: info@patricialoisnuss.com | 2015

Tags: women's caucus, 2016 Film Festival,

The Trial of Spring/Syria: Brides of Peace - '16 SPE Film F...

Runtime: 9:14

The sisters Kinda and Lubna Zaour walked through the main souk in Damascus dressed as brides, a symbol of love and peace. They were arrested almost immediately. Directed by Lauren Feeney | Distribution: forkfilms.net | 2015

Tags: women's caucus, 2016 Film Festival,

Inspector Xugha - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:27

Xugha, a woman from a distant time and place, walks around her environment collecting data while struggling with an armful of objects. She uses obsolete technology to mediate her surroundings, which are quickly becoming exhausted. Directed by Amanda Le Kline | Distribution: amandalekline@gmail.com | 2014

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Liberation - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:15

It’s about time. From the moment the Racing Homers are brought to the release location to the moment they are liberated; a year’s worth of work boils down to seconds. Directed by Annie Donovan | Distribution: eimiledonovan@gmail.com | 2015

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ImBalancing - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 2:11

A homage to Marcel Duchamp and his alter-ego Rrose Selavy. Starring Adam Wesley George & Colette Copeland. Imbalancing is the sixth performance video collaboration between Copeland and George. Directed by Colette Copeland | Distribution: colettemedia@aol.com | 2015

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Pen Up The Pigs - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 12:01

The historical connections between the violence of slavery and modern day racist policing and mass incarceration are explored through cut-out animation. In moments of struggle, as people fight back against racism and their oppression, the natural world responds as animated cut-out flowers grow frantically, pollinated by the militant resistance of the oppressed, as gardens of new life are born out of struggles to destroy white supremacy. Directed by Kelly Gallagher | Distribution: purpleriot.com | 2014 | Contact: kgallagher@antiochcollege.org

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Our Pale Blue Dot - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 7:41

A story of discovering our Earth from the vantage point of space. From the point of view of an astronaut, a fledgling weather satellite, or an orbiting fleet of high-tech robots, we now have a perspective of our planet of which our ancestors could only have dreamed. Directed by Victoria Weeks | verglasmedia.com/ourpalebluedot | 2014

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Twice Fried Plantains - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:44

In Twice-Fried Plantains I work in the backyard of my maternal grandparents' home in Miami. Here I set the stage for the body of work Remembrances, establishing two significant components: food and performance. In the video, I perform two tasks that are a part of my Cuban family’s fading vernacular: harvesting bananas and preparing twice-fried plantains. Directed by Ania Moussawel | Distribution: aniamoussawel@gmail.com | 2012

Tags: women's caucus, 2016 Film Festival,

Women In War - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:05

This work began with research on the tag “women” on YouTube, where I found stereotypical women's images with titles like “Most Beautiful, Famous or Sexy.” By re-editing the found footage and adding sound from reports on women in war and violence against women, the subversion of women's media images and the woman as a commoditized object becomes obvious. The video breaks with a world of male illusions and exposes a world of male transgression. Directed by Evelin Stermitz | Distribution: artfem.tv | 2010

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The Ballad of Holland Island House - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 4:19

The Ballad of Holland Island House is a short animation made with an innovative clay-painting technique in which a thin layer of oil-based clay comes to vibrant life frame by frame. Animator Lynn Tomlinson tells the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay. Told from the house's point of view, this film is a soulful and haunting view of the impact of sea-level rise. Directed by Lynn Tomlinson | Distribution: mtomlinson@towson.edu | 2014

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Morning Coffee - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 1:00

A meditation on morning coffee. Peering into the cup, a journey of half dream/half daydream as one gains consciousness. Directed by Tracy Miller-Robbins | Distribution: tmillerrobbins@gmail.com | 2015

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Vignettes (Enatic) - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:44

Part of the video series Vignettes, Fetal explores intimate experiences captured and shared in fragments. Fetal references a feminine relationship to fertility and mortality; questioning the opposing forces of potentiality and fear, beauty and grotesque, nature and culture. Directed by Ashley Czajkowski | Distribution: ashleyczajkowski.com | 2015

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Vignettes (Fetal) - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:44

Part of the video series Vignettes, Fetal explores intimate experiences captured and shared in fragments. Fetal references a feminine relationship to fertility and mortality; questioning the opposing forces of potentiality and fear, beauty and grotesque, nature and culture. Directed by Ashley Czajkowski | Distribution: ashleyczajkowski.com | 2015

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Wobble Shoes - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 0:38

This short experimental film was made in conjunction with a photographic series titled “Rituals” which focuses on the role of nightclubs and sexualized dance play in human mating rituals. Directed by Patricia Lois Nuss | Distribution: info@patricialoisnuss.com | 2012

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Six Letter Word - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 16:33

An unlikely mother is forced to confront her young son’s autism after an unexpected encounter with one of her johns. Directed by Lisanne Sartor | Distribution: lsartor@sbcglobal.net | 2013

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The Sun Prints of Meg Madison - Schatzie - '16 SPE Film Fes...

Runtime: 6:08

Photographer Meg Madison created a series of cyanotypes entitled, Thirst, featuring women over the age of sixty and 95- year-old Fran Hoffman, aka Schatzie, agreed to be one of the participants. Meg selected the L.A. River as the site for the print, and the water, dirty though it was, flowed as cleansing and mighty. Schatzie’s daughter, Kim Abeles, created this video about the process. Directed by Kim Abeles | Distribution: kimabeles@earthlink.net | 2015

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Strange Fruit - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:29

This work, set to Nina Simone’s Strange Fruit, examines a place, space, and time that is familiar and yet unknown. My interpretive dance is a response to the tragedy of black men lynched in the South. Through ritual and dance, I embody the loss and mourning of these men. Director: Alexis McGrigg | Distributor: alexis.mcgrigg@ttu.edu | 2015

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Susan - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 11:31

This film is my first experience creating a vignette about a personal subject

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Boys Are Back In Town - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 0:46

A gang of turkeys chases away a lone peacock, asserting their dominance as the kings of the coop. The fowl are all ultimately dominated by their confinements. Directed by Amanda Le Kline | Distribution: Amandalekline@gmail.com | 2015

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SPE NOLA Juried Caucus Exhibition

Runtime: 3 minutes

Check out this video that was created to recap SPE's multi-caucus exhibition at the 2015 national conference.

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2015 SPE National Conference Highlights Video

Runtime: 3:58

Highlights video from SPE's 2015 National Conference in New Orleans by Walker Pickering.

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Takashi Arai, Exposed in a Hundred Suns: US-Japan Nuclear Legacies...

Runtime: 18 minutes

If art is something that we cannot stop demanding to overpower us, or to transcend human knowledge and death, perhaps the new suns unveiled by thermonuclear bombs are some extreme realization of this demand-even if this is something that leaves an unremovable curse on the earth. There is a heavenly image of a nuclear cloud captured from way up in the sky. There is another image of deformed bodies piled on the ground of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This is my impossible journey in search of new monuments to connect two images separated by an unbridgeable divide between extreme beauty and extreme ugliness.

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Adam Ekberg, "Creating Temporal Environments"

Runtime: 42 minutes

Ekberg's work over the last 10 years has involved creating environments and intervening in landscapes exclusively for the purpose of making photographs. In these images he uses a vast array of objects, materials, lights, and techniques to transform the setting and thereby influence what is captured within the photographic frame. Ekberg's images add up to a world of objects misplaced, misused, or inexplicably activated. He hope that an illogical moment of disbelief allows for a potential reality, just slightly off, to present itself in these photographs.

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SPE Exhibition: "Off the Web, On the Wall 2" - Winter 2014/15

Runtime: 10 minutes

A brief tour of SPE's member exhibition - installed in SPE's national headquarters in Cleveland.

Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe, Twenty Years of Collaboration

Runtime: 55 minutes

SPE 2014 National Conference Presentation "Twenty Years of Collaboration" by Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe.

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SPE Exhibition: "Off the Web, On the Wall 1" - Summer 2014

Runtime: 19 minutes

A brief tour of SPE's member exhibition - the first in a series - installed in SPE's national headquarters in Cleveland.

2014 National Conference Highlights Video

Runtime: 7 minutes

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John Upton, "The Golden Decade: The Students of Ansel Adams, Minor...

Runtime: 49 minutes

This is a recording from the SPE 2013 National Conference in Chicago, IL. The presentation examines the unique history of the photography program at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) from 1945 to 1955. The significance of the program in the postwar era of photographic education will be discussed in addition to the presentation of student and faculty photographs from the period.

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Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman, "Geolocation: Tribute to the Dat...

Runtime: 23 minutes

Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman's collaborative practice focuses on the cultural understanding of distance as perceived in modern life and network culture. In this video lecture, Nate explores the collaborative Geolocation project, which uses publicly available embedded GPS information in Twitter updates to track the locations of user posts. The collaborators then make photographs on the site of the update and pair the images with the originating text. The act of making a photograph anchors and memorializes the ephemeral online data in the real world and also probes the expectations of privacy surrounding social networks.

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Carol Golemboski, "That Old Black and White Magic"

Runtime: 34 min

Carol Golemboski's manipulated, metaphorical images of classic illusions relate photography to the golden age of magic. Here the photographer is the conjurer, a performer who creates photographic tricks behind the curtain of the darkroom. For anyone who has ever marveled at an image "magically" appearing in the developer, these photographs express nostalgia or a way of making pictures that has quickly (and perhaps hastily) been overshadowed by digital technology. This project represents more than wistfulness for a past era and disappearing photographic techniques. It suggests that the magic of the darkroom has a place in photography's future.

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Steven Skopik, "Significant Insignificance-Banality in Contemporar...

Runtime: 47 minutes

Over the last few decades banality has emerged as a dominant conceptual position and aesthetic sensibility. In contrast to reigning traditions of the early and mid 20th-century approaches that valorized technical flourish, formal virtuosity, and a relatively earnest expressive register much contemporary photographic practice has gravitated towards intentionally crude pictorial styles, quotidian subject matter and a general temper of ambivalence and irony. Contradictorily, this version of banality alludes to a lurking and often fraught significance. Such work acknowledges the photographic medium's many contradictions and communicative limitations, while embracing its nonetheless considerable-and enduring-representational allure.

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Jeff Curto, "A Life in Photography, Teaching & Learning"

Runtime: 39 minutes

SPE Midwest Region - 2013 Honored Educator Presentation by Jeff Curto.

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