Media City Film Festival

MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017: ALEXANDRE LAROSE, CAULEEN SMITH

By José Sarmiento-Hinojosa

This technical feature in black and white, color and sepia transcends the mechanical feats which in themselves are remarkable. The narrative of space-time, allows for a different perception of the experimental narrative, where the displacement of space is fundamental for recreating this “time of concentration” where the shifts and the placement of the image are something that one is completely aware of. In some way, Larose’s work teaches how to watch again.

MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017: CAMILO RESTREPO, HELENA GIRÓN AND MANUEL DELGADO, ANA VAZ

By Aldo Padilla

“I came to Comala because I was told that my father lived here, someone named Pedro Páramo”. That’s the start of the Juan Rulfo novel, which is a search of a ghostly figure in a town which seems to be a strange representation of limbo. Meanwhile, the questions about the land where the dying live arises, and also the question if the land itself is dying, a land whose blood circulates in form of lava, that from time to time needs to depurate some wounds through volcanos.

MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017: CAMILO RESTREPO, HELENA GIRÓN Y MANUEL DELGADO, ANA VAZ

Por Aldo Padilla

El purgatorio de Rulfo une a tres obras de una forma extraña: el fantasma que busca, la tierra que se manifiesta y que observa. Cinco autores que van uniendo hilos invisibles a partir de una especie de meta geología. Todos los participantes de esta leyenda parecen no tener clara su rol, el suelo es lava, el suelo es la realidad.

MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL: ESTHER URLUS, TERRA LONG, MANUELA DE LABORDE

By Ivonne Sheen

The Sea: organic millenary presence, reckless, that constantly roars under the Moon’s spell. Place of combats, and great escapes. Sunken Universe which evokes the immensity of its nature. Unavoidable poetic image that transcends the human simplicity. As part of the Media City Film Festivals 2017 ’s International Competition, two films approach the sea from the cinematic experience to evoke new aesthetic relations with it.

MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017: KEVIN J. EVERSON & CLAUDRENA N. HAROLD, EPHRAIM ASILI

By Morella Moret

Ephrain’s Asili’s Fluid Frontiers brings together elements of his intimate relationship with African American struggle, freedom and resistance to tell us the story of the people of Detroit. Through metaphors, poems and sensations, he exemplifies different moments of the long journey of the city and the African-American struggle that lead us to this day.

MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017: KEVIN J. EVERSON Y CLAUDRENA N. HAROLD, EPHRAIM ASILI

Por Morella Moret

Fluid Frontiers de Ephrain Asili une distintos elementos de su íntima relación con la lucha, libertad y resistencia africana para contarnos la historia del pueblo de Detroit. A través de metáforas, poemas y sensaciones nos ejemplifica distintos momentos del largo recorrido de la ciudad y la lucha afroamericana que nos llevan hasta el día de hoy.

MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017: ESTHER URLUS, TERRA LONG Y MANUELA DE LABORDE

Por Ivonne Sheen

El Mar: presencia orgánica milenaria, temeraria, que ruge sin cesar a manos de la Luna. Lugar de combates, de escapes. Lugar de tránsito y de desapariciones. Universo sumergido que evoca la inmensidad de su naturaleza. Inevitable imagen poética que trasciende la simpleza humana. Como parte de la competencia internacional del Media City Film Festival 2017, se encuentran compitiendo dos cortometrajes que se aproximan al mar desde la experiencia cinemática para evocar nuevas relaciones estéticas con este.

MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017: FUGUE, A LIGHT’S TRAVELOGUE BY ELS VAN RIEL

By Mónica Delgado

As in Gradual Speed, of of his latest works, the artist and filmmaker Els van Riel explores the diverse mechanisms of light as a physical and optical effect, in its specificity and materiality. In her Fugue, a Light’s Travelogue (Belgium, 2017), presented in Media City Film Festival, she elaborates a proposal of a story of light from its reverse, the phantasmagoric effect of shadows, light games and ghosts that surge from the darkness.

MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017: FUGUE, A LIGHT’S TRAVELOGUE DE ELS VAN RIEL

Por Mónica Delgado

Como en Gradual Speed, uno de sus anteriores trabajos, la cineasta y artista belga Els van Riel explora los diversos mecanismos de la luz, como efecto físico, óptico, en su especifidad y materialidad. En su Fugue, A Light’s Travelogue (Bélgica, 2017) elabora una propuesta de historia de la luz desde su reverso, en todo caso, desde el efecto de lo fantasmagórico.

MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017: JENNIFER SAPARZADEH, KEVIN JEROME EVERSON, SAUL LEVINE

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

It’s difficult not to feel shaken by the images of red flowers fenced by metal barb wires in Jennifer Saparzadeh’s last film Nu Dem. The transient feel of communities fleeing home through the Balkan Route is an image cinema has not been unaware of, but the nakedness of everyday coexistence, of a mass of humanity trying to reach Western Europe to survive, unaware if freedom or rejection awaits them, it’s specially disturbing in this kind of diary-film.

MEDIA CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017: DAÏCHI SAÏTO, ANA VAZ, PABLO MAZZOLO, FRIEDL KUBELKA

by José Sarmiento-Hinojosa

Proof of the outstanding reach of the Media City Film Festival in Detroit, is the remarkable variety of styles in contemporary experimental cinema, a feat that is possible via the efforts of an outstanding team, headed by Oona Mosna, which has attempted and achieved a fine selection in this edition of 2017. Following are a group of texts devoted to share a glimpse of what expanded cinema has to offer today in the 22th edition of the MC.