April 30th – Orbit! Films about our Solar System at the Fusebox Festival


April 30, 2012
9:00 pm
Fusebox Festival Hub
1100 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA

Experimental Response Cinema and Austin’s Fusebox Festival present an other-worldly program of short, avant-garde films about our solar system. Starting at the sun, hopping from planet to planet from innermost Mercury to the distant reaches of Pluto, and finding along the way moons, asteroids and comets, each celestial body is represented by a short video by a different filmmaker, dealing with the science of outer space through creative and emotional storytelling and visual poetry. Some or all of the original source material in each piece comes from NASA footage, reinterpreted by the artist to make a unique extra-terrestrial portrait.
Filmmakers include: Brent Hoff, Ben Coonley, Jessica Oreck, Mike Plante, Brian Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky, Mark Elijah Rosenberg, Jacqueline Goss & Michael Gitlin, Kelly Sears, Bill Brown, Travis Wilkerson, and Deborah Stratman. The works in this program were originally commissioned by Rooftop Films and Cinemad.

Look at the Sun
(Brent Hoff | San Francisco, CA | 5 min.)
For thousands of years, humanity has watched the sun with a mixture of fear and awe, believing without knowing why, that our lives depend on its mysterious undulations. The sun has changed, our sense of wonder has not. Now more than ever, we must look at the sun.

Mercury (Ben Coonley | Brooklyn, NY | 6 min.)
A mercurial cine-opera set to visuals gathered by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft. Lyrics composed in collaboration with the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN).

Venus (Jessica Oreck | New York, NY | 5 min.)
Jessica explores the inner-workings of our sister planet. Examining the atmospheric composition of Venus, this piece, narrated by Jackie Reynal, exposes a reminder of what could happen on Earth.

Copernicus Resurrected [Earth] (Mike Plante | Los Angeles, CA | 5 min.)
A short note about Earth and a gentleman of our times.

I Seen the Moon (Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky | Brooklyn, NY | 4 min.)
Signs of life for this man may very well exist on the Moon.

No Message Received [Mars] (Mark Elijah Rosenberg | Brooklyn, NY | 9 min.)
A little robot born on Mars. The introverted scientist who created it. A meta-fictional re-telling of NASA’s Mars Pathfinder mission, discovering a story about outcast people and forgotten technology, about wondrous things struggling for attention in busy worlds.

…These Blazeing Starrs! [Comets] (Deborah Stratman | Chicago, IL | 14 min.)
Since comets have been recorded, they’ve augured catastrophe, messiahs, upheaval and end times. This will be a little film about these meteoric ice-cored fireballs and their historic ties to divination.” …These Blazeing Starrs! Threaten the World with Famine, Plague, & Warrs…” Du Bartas, De cometis (1665)

Jupiter Elicius (Kelly Sears | Houston, TX | 4 min.)
A haunted meteorologist dreams of storms that are both closer and further away than he thought. His unshakable bravado is undone through fast winds and high pressure systems and a sense of duty.

Scan Platform Problems (Close To You) [Saturn] (Jacqueline Goss and Michael Gitlin | Tivoli, NY)
The most beautiful planet deconstructed, played with, put back together again.

Neptune Calling! (Poseidan | Austin, TX)
Neptune, in a true display of his personality, prank calls the other planets.

Uranus (Bill Brown | Lubbock, Texas | 8 min.)
It is 2003. A spaceman takes a trip to Uranus. He is fleeing from the Earth in the month before a big, rich country invades a little country of little consequence for mysterious reasons.

Pluto Declaration (Travis Wilkerson | Denver, CO | 5 min.)
Restore the classical definition of planet!

Requiem for progress (Re-Entry) (Travis Wilkerson | Denver, CO | 6 min.)
A triptych for the age of austerity, as mournful and mysterious as deep space itself. Meant to be screened by 1 projector, 3, 9, 33, or (ideally) 99 projectors at once.