SIDE/LOT Experimental Film Festival

SIDE/LOT is showcasing experimental and short-form videos created by video makers who live or work in Evanston as part of Evanston Made.

Join us for an OUTDOOR Screening North Side of the Evanston Art Center on Friday on May 31, 8:45pm!. Click to RSVP

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June 26, 7:15-8:15p, join the SIDE/Lot Curators and Artists for a viewing followed by a discussion. Click to RSVP

 

Selected Filmmakers:
Don Budzinski
Dorit Jordan Dotan
Ian Ehafh
Joey Garfield
Alice George
Felix Shaw
Kevin Valentine

 

 

Selected District 65 Filmmakers
Izzy
Adam
Janella
Miguel
Cameron
Jude

 

JURORS:
Ruth Hodgins
Mike Metzger
Mat Rappaport
Anne Stevens

 

Filmmakers:

ROBOTA II
Dorit Jordan Dotan

DESCRIPTION:
Redundant; Not strictly necessary to functioning but included in case of failure in another component.

BIO:
Dorit Jordan Dotan, Israeli German multidisciplinary artist lives in Evanston. Her work often expresses her social/political views, and calls attention to cultural issues. She is a long-time participant in movements for social change, and is active in the areas of peace, co-existence, women’s issues, human and animal rights. Her work as a documentary photographer and graphic designer has brought her images to the attention of the wider international and local community and media.

Dotan has exhibited in Israel, USA and Europe.

WEBSITE:
www.doritjoerdan.com

 

ephemeral multiplexor
Ian Ehafh

 

1988 MALFUNCTION in Emergency Broadcast System alert (EBS) in UTAH

Don Budzinski

 

DESCRIPTION:
Something definitely went HAYWIRE during this 1988 test of the Salt Lake City Emergency Broadcast System. Indeed, the  content displayed during that malfunction was a foreshadowing of the SURVEILLANCE STATE which now pervades our existence. (We should have seen it coming.)

Actually, this is a parody video - but regrettably too close to the truth. On the WWW is a genre of creatively edited video warnings such as this ad from the EBS (which was later renamed as the EAS - Emergency Alert System).  And with the advent of so-called "Smart TVs" which really DO watch you as you're watching it, the blurring of truth and fiction is occurring at a pace too rapid to stop.

The conception for the video alludes to this aspect of WHO is watching WHOM. How worried should we be? YOU decide.

BIO:

Don Budzinski has operated for the past 30 years as a free-lance computer consultant. Prior to that he taught at the high school level for 9 years in the Chicago Public School system and for 2 years at Evanston Township High School.

In 2012, he had the idea to start a YouTube channel as a means of exhibiting segments from his large collection of videotapes going all the way back to 1979 (on BETAMAX  – the videotape format that preceded VHS). That channel [ TheMotionDevotion ] is very Chicago-centric seeing as how the content of the videotape treasure trove consists of recorded broadcasts from Chicago TV ( non-cable ).  The channel is organized into playlists such as “Chicago Jazz”, “Chicago’s Art Scene”, “the Chicago Marathon”, “The Chicago Cubs”, “The Chicago Bulls” etc. and has recently passed the milestones of 5 million hits and 5,000 subscribers.

Eventually Don became curious about video production and wound up creating some social parody and  political satire videos as a means of learning those concepts in self-study mode. A playlist on the channel exists for this category of videos : “Political SATIRE & other Creative SILLINESS”.

WEBSITE:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMotiondevotion

 

Absurd
Kevin Valentine

DESCRIPTION:
Absurd

One exceptional child, one greedy scientist, one campaign for freedom. In Quantum, an alt-opera of time and love, Alya, the child of extraordinary parents is both temporal and gender fluid.  Held captive after accepting a dubious internship, Alya in rescued by fans only to confront the realities of life including the haters who inhabit the world.

Absurd, the first video from this new meta-existential exploration, is a short reflection from act IV, just after escape, beginning our character’s reaffirmation of self and identity.

BIO:
Trained as a painter and printmaker, Valentine has exhibited art in a variety of media including etchings, painting, interactive installations, performance and song.

Valentine’s Quantum project includes a 35-song cycle in four acts investigating the temporal relativity of our lives and the fluid nature of our self-identification. He is also working on writings related to the lives of these characters in novel form.

Widowsweave—his first project as fiscally sponsored not-for-profit, Artistactivist—highlights the living conditions of the overlooked survivors of Iraq’s thirty years of turmoil. The work is both abstract and specific, memorializing three million widows with lines and intersections of lines.  Works in this series include, performances with projected video, an interactive artist’s book with six video streams, public performances with community participation at dozens of area beaches.

In 2014 the artist ran 3 million meters in one year to mark the 10th anniversary of the “Mission Accomplished” speech.  He continues to create ways to highlight social justice issues as a part of his ongoing artistic practice. His recent work includes several installations as well as songs related to refugees and immigration.

He has a BA in Fine Art and Philosophy from Principia College, an MEd from Loyola University in Curriculum and Instruction, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media from Columbia College Chicago. His works have been exhibited in solo and group shows in the Chicago area, and around the country. Valentine teaches at both North Central College and Benedictine University.

WEBSITE:
Kevinvalentine.net

 

Pizza Dojo
Joey Garfield

DESCRIPTION:
Ten pizzas enter no pizzas leave

WEBSITE:
Joeyjoeygarfield.com

 

Eureka
Alice George

DESCRIPTION:
Eureka is a short-short visual essay rummaging around in the thrill-fleeting-ness of finding and loving and losing things. Images, voice and text by Alice George. Music and Sound by Shawn Decker.

BIO:
Alice George is a visual artist and poet living in Evanston, Illinois.  Her poetry appears in eight anthologies and her book of poetry was published in 2008  (This Must Be The Place, Mayapple Press).  Her work has been recognized by Illinois Arts Council grants and Ragdale Foundation residencies.

Alice began exploring text and image while pursuing her MFA in Writing from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago (2001), and her work has been exhibited in area venues, including a 3-woman show at the Evanston Art Center in fall of 2017, and the Evanston + Vicinity Biennial, fall 2018.  Her work includes paintings, prints, artist books and animations.

As a teaching artist, Alice has translated her interests into work with Columbia College Chicago’s Project AIM, working in long-term text-image residencies in K-12 classrooms.  She also teaches interdisciplinary workshops from her Evanston studio. Alice is also an active citizen and business owner; she and her husband Shawn Decker are co-founders of Sketchbook Brewing Company.

WEBSITE:
https://www.alicegeorge.org

 

How Americans Make Tea
Felix Shaw

DESCRIPTION:
My British friend asked me if Americans really do make tea in the microwave.  I replied 'yes,' but he didn't believe me. I made this video showing *exactly* how Americans do make tea.

BIO:
11 year old with access to cameras, lights, and a weird sense of humor.

WEBSITE:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCToeqSw5KWyV3iwhdeDzmWA

 

District 65 Filmmakers

Japan
Janella

General the Bird
Jude

Cut Paper Animation
Miguel

Don't play with Fire
Evan

What not to do on a Trampoline
Adam

What not to do in a Bank
Cameron

What not to do in a Zoo
Izzy

 

JURORS

Ruth Hodgins
Ruth Hodgins is Bentson Archivist/Assistant Curator at the Walker Art Center, where she oversees the care, use, and scholarship of the historic Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection. As curator for Moving Image events, Ruth has contributed to a range of events and exhibitions including, Metaphors on Vision by Brakhage, Patrick Staff, and “I Am Not a Filmmaker”: The Films of Marcel Broodthaers,  Expanding the Frame series, Sound for Silents: Film and Music on the Walker Hillside, and co-curator for the exhibition Platforms: Collection and Commissions. She is currently organizing the exhibition Without Within in collaboration with Experimental Sound Studio and Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago. From 2013 - 2016  Ruth was the Distribution Manager at the Video Data Bank at the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

Mike Metzger
Michael Metzger is the Pick-Laudati Curator of Media Arts at the Block Museum at Northwestern University. His scholarship, critical writing, film programming, education and creative practice seek to foster dialogue, community engagement, knowledge and experience through the moving image. He recently completed a Ph.D. in Art History with an emphasis in Film Studies at Stanford University, with a dissertation entitled ZOOM EPISTEMOLOGIES: TECHNOLOGY, EDUCATION AND REPRESENTATION IN THE 1970s. He has also worked as an educator since 2007, teaching courses on the history of images and information and digital media production.

 

Mat Rappaport
Mat Rappaport is a Chicago based artist, curator, and educator known for works which utilize mobile video, performance, and photography to explore habitation, perception, and power as related to built environments. Recent projects include the range series of performances employing commercial trucks, augmented with external cameras that capture video from the surrounding environment, and screens onto which video is projected as the truck navigates the city. In 2018, Rappaport developed the Range Mobile Lab, a platform for practice-based research based on a 1995 GMC delivery truck. The Range Mobile Lab serves to extend the range performances, architectural collaborations, and direct community engagement.

Rappaport’s work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally in museums, galleries, film festivals, and public spaces. Recent projects have been featured during the 500 Anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice, Italy, the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, the 2017 and 2018 Ann Arbor Film Festival and performances with the Range Mobile Lab at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Block Museum at Northwestern University.

Rappaport is a co-initiator of V1B3 [www.v1b3.com], which seeks to shape the experience of urban environments through media-based interventions. Rappaport’s photographic work is included in the Midwest Photographer’s Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago and in and at the Newberry Library Protest Art Collection. He has received fellowships from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Howard Foundation, the Mary L. Nohl Fund, the Montgomery County Ohio Cultural District, and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Center for 21st Century Studies. Rappaport is an Associate Professor in Cinema and Television Arts at Columbia College in Chicago.

WEBSITES:
http://www.meme01.com

http://rangemobilelab.com

 

Anne Stevens
Anne Hayden Stevens is a painter and printmaker living outside Chicago, IL. I have an MA in Visual Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from California College of the Arts.

My work ranges across painting, drawing, printmaking and public art. My work has been exhibited in Chicago at the Evanston Art Center, Governor's State University Art Gallery, The Koehnline Museum of Art, and at the Harold Washington Library Center during Chicago Artists Month.  Public art pieces are located on Rainier Avenue South in Seattle, the Seattle Municipal Tower, and the University of Washington.

WEBSITE
https://www.annestevens.com