FILMS for ONE to EIGHT PROJECTORS
Help us celebrate Sputnik Day Weekend (to celebrate the beginning of instantaneous global communication?). Not on your calendar? Please pencil it in, digi-log it in your phone… or burn it somewhere in your brain. Friday October 2, minicine? is proud to host touring filmmaker Roger Beebe, and local music act, The RatCatchers as a prelude to coming Halloween shenanigans' Haunted House down the street! Seriously, next to Antioch Baptist Church… More info to follow as discovered….
About the music: Well, what about the music… This one keeps changing so check back often… For sure… minicine? takes pleasure in introducing Shreveport's newest pop drives, The RatCatchers, with Christian Yates, Christopher Denman, Kristen Watson and Mike Markivee.
About the films: A man after our own heart, Roger Beebe, will present his touring program, FILMS for ONE to EIGHT PROJECTORS. Beebe, a filmmaker and professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Florida has screened his films around the globe including such unlikely places as McMurdo Station in Antartica and the CBS JumboTron in Times Square. And oddly, he has even been to Shreveport, and did so with us, literally in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.** minicine? gladly welcomes Roger back to a less flooded, less desperate, less debris strewn Louisiana for this screening of his newest works.
And we can't wait to help him unpack his touring vehicle, as Roger will be bringing a bevy of projectors. His new work, the result of two years of experimentation, has evolved "outta sorta a discovery" that occurred to him when he projected positive and negative prints of one of his films side-by-side for a kind of Frankensteinian cinemascope effect. This epiphany pushed him to explore the possibilities of using multiple projectors, not for a free-form VJ-type experience, but for the creation of discrete works with distinct forms. This tour is the result of the two years of experimentation that followed. This show will build from his relatively straightforward two-projector films "The Strip Mall Trilogy" and "TB TX DANCE" (both made prior to the discovery of this new direction and retooled in its wake) to his more elaborate three-projector meditation on Las Vegas, "Money Changes Everything," and on finally to his eight-projector magnum opus "Last Light of a Dying Star." These films are simultaneously performance films (as they will be screened with Beebe actually running the projectors' and running from projector to projector), technological demonstrations (with a parade of different modes of image making and presentation), and significant aesthetic works in their own right.
FRIDAY October 2 / minicine? swampland / 846 Texas Avenue / 9PM / $5
**Roger Beebe has also screened in traditional venues such as The Museum of Modern Art, and the Pacific Film Archives. His work has been included in festivals such as Sundance, the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, and New York Underground. Numerous awards include a 2009 Visiting Foreign Artists Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, a 2006 Individual Artist Grant from the State of Florida, and Best Experimental Film at the 2006 Chicago Underground Film Festival. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, he is also a film programmer: he ran Flicker, a festival of small gauge film in Chapel Hill, NC, from 1997-2000 and is currently Artistic Director of FLEX, the Florida Experimental Film Festival. He also owns Video Rodeo, an independent video store in Gainesville, FL