Experimental Response Cinema is an Austin-based film programmers collective. We are devoted to bringing moving-image art to screens throughout our city.
Our screenings feature historical and contemporary artist-focused works that span a number of histories, genres, and scenes. We program experimental film and video, artists film, underground film, video art, installation art, the poetic film, the essay film, avant-garde cinema, and much more. You can see a list of artists we have hosted and screened on our Featured Artists page.
We hold (and have held) screenings at locations generously provided by a variety of partner organizations, including the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, the Austin Film Society, Farewell Books, First Street Dance Studio, GrayDUCK Gallery, Mass Gallery, the Museum of Human Achievement, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Spellerberg Projects Masur Gallery, and the Spiderhouse Ballroom.
We strive to show all media in its original presentation format, under the best screening conditions possible.
ERC was founded by Caroline Koebel , Ekrem Serdar, and Scott Stark. We held our first events in February, 2012. ERC has benefited from the membership of several experimental film enthusiasts over the years. You can read more about them here.
From 2012-2014, we assisted and collaborated with UT Austin’s The Mad Stork Cinema.
ERC was proud to be a fiscally-sponsored project of the Austin Film Society and Women & Their Work from 2013-2018. We received Community Grant support from IBM and were supported in part by the City of Austin CORE Program.
As of 2019, ERC’s current programmers are Liz Rodda, Jennifer Stob and Ana Treviño. After a long period of dormancy, we are excited to slowly resume a regular programming schedule, and continue expanding hearts and consciousnesses with the screenings we organize. We hope to nurture our established audience and introduce new audiences to each other, to international media artists and to lots more breathtakingly original art.