Scott Stark has produced more than 75 films and videos since 1980. Both a passionate purist and a cynical skeptic, he likes to emphasize the physicality of film while cross-referencing it to the world outside the theater, attempting to lay bare the paradoxes of modern culture and the magical nature of the perceptual experience.
In 2007 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. He has taught art classes at the San Francisco Art Institute (where he also received his MFA), interweaving non-traditional uses of film and video with a variety of art disciplines. Stark served for seven years on the board of the San Francisco Cinematheque, during which time, among many other things, he co-founded the Cinematheque’s journal of film and media art, Cinematograph.
Scott’s films and videos have shown locally, nationally and internationally, including recent one person shows at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Pacific Film Archive. His films have won several awards including four Black Maria awards, and San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award.
Nayantara Bhattacharya is film curator at Experimental Response Cinema
in Austin, TX and an international audiovisual artist.
She first came across videos of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictée and Hito
Steyerl’s work in the Asian American Studies Program at Hunter College,
City University of New York. She received her B.A. in Art History and
Asian American Studies from Hunter College C.U.N.Y.
Her musical oeuvre encompasses a wide variety of different genres
including improvisation, electronic composition, chamber music, indian
classical music and Bengali folk songs. Her film idols include Stan Brakhage,
Len Lye, Takahiko Limura and Pratibha Parmar and Joyce Wieland.
Performance art idols include such luminaries as Leif Elggren, Lynda
Bengalis, Martha Rosler, Carolee Schneemann and Alison Knowles. Her
audiovisual performances often reflect upon the ideas, politics, images and
soundtracks of esteemed Bengali filmmaker, Satyjit Ray.
Past performances include a live sound composition/ art performance piece
at The Blanton Museum as part of Wildly Strange: The Photographs of
Ralph Eugene Meatyard, an experimental music concert at New York’s
Secret Project Robot with venerable 60’s filmmaker Ken Jacobs, psychedelic
pop group diNMachine, and Foetus’ JG Thirlwell, plus, participating in 844
Souls Under The Seas: The Eastland Disaster Centennial
Memorial, a multimedia art performance at Chicago’s National Bohemian
Cemetery. She has screened her work in India and the US most recently for
Screen Compositions at Experimental Intermedia in NYC. Upcoming
projects will include Kingdoms of Elgaland- Vargaland at Cabaret Voltaire,
Zurich, Switzerland and a performance in Austin, TX with filmmaker Ken
Jacobs in the fall.
Philip Randolph Fagan was born in Fort Worth, Texas and grew up in
Teheran, Iran. He has travelled extensively throughout the US, Latin
America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and has worked as a bartender,
day laborer, public school teacher, travel agency manager, and as a Texas
State-Certified Private Investigator.
Using GI Bill benefits from the Navy, he obtained two University degrees,
both of which included Study Abroad programs focusing on media and
culture in Ireland. He received his Master of Arts degree in Film, New
Media and Irish studies from Northern Illinois University in 2006 and has
lived in Austin, Texas since 2007.
As a filmmaker, he has worked in Super 8, 16mm, and digital video formats.
His films and multimedia works have been screened at various festivals,
museums, galleries and nontraditional venues in the US and abroad, often
accompanied by live music and performance. He received a Texas
Filmmakers Production Fund grant from the Austin Film Society in 2008.
An avid experimental film historian, he is currently completing a
documentary and book project about his late uncle Philip Norman Fagan, a
little-known 1960s counterculture figure whose friends, associates and
collaborators included Alejandro Jodorowsky, Jack Smith, Jonas Mekas,
Gregory Markopoulos, Ronald Tavel, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and
Philip has taught in the Radio Television Film Department at Austin
Community College since 2009; and in 2010, he founded Festival Cinemah!,
an annual week-long film festival highlighting student and faculty film and
multimedia works. Having guest programmed for the MoMA, Anthology
Film Archives, the Austin Film Society and Alamo Drafthouse, he is
currently a curator, writer and administrator for Experimental Response
Jarrett Hayman is a film & video maker living in Austin, Texas. He has shown work at the Kinetic Gallery at SUNY Geneseo in upstate New York, and participated in screenings in the New Media Art and Sound Summit (NMASS) and Tiny Park Gallery, both in Austin. After dropping out of the English program at Southeastern Louisiana University, he worked an assortment of odd jobs, such as canning fish in Alaska, before settling for six years in Portland, Oregon. He obtained his BA in Film from Portland State University in 2011.
Ekrem Serdar is a filmmaker & programmer from Ankara, Turkey. He completed his MFA at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He frequently shows his work with the Küçük Sinemalar group, and is a founder and programmer of Experimental Response Cinema in Austin, TX.
Rachel Stuckey is a moving-image artist who works primarily with video and new media to make exploratory works on topics involving nature, technology, and the occult. She received her BFA in Filmmaking from the University of Colorado and is currently pursuing her MFA in Studio Art with a focus in time-based media at the University of Texas. Rachel also programs for Experimental Response Cinema and The Mad Stork Cinema in Austin, Texas and runs the digital residency program Welcome to my Guest Room at WelcomeToMyHomepage.net.
Caroline Koebel is an artist, writer and curator whose early love of experimental cinema and coming of age in a vibrant punk scene are touchstones for her travels near and far. Her films, videos and multi-platform artworks clash aesthetics and politics and catalyze dialogic relations between self and other, sound and image, matter and language, rhythm and duration, and analog and digital realms. Her projects—ranging in topic from early cinema and the maternal body through commodity culture and geopolitics to interrelations between humans and nature—discover autonomous spaces and invent radical toolkits enabling sustained and revelatory contemplation of the spectator’s pivotal role in the world.
Retrospectives include Festival Cine//B (Chile), the Centre for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle (Poland) and Directors Lounge (Germany), and in 2015 Young Projects in Los Angeles ran her solo show Incursions Into Cosmic Fear. Additional venues include Anthology Film Archives and Scope Art Fair (NYC), MadCat (San Francisco), Edinburgh International Film Festival (Scotland), dança em foco/dance in focus (Brazil), Bangkok Experimental Film Fest (Thailand), Ladyfest Toronto (Canada), European Media Art Festival (Germany), Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film & Video Festival (Malaysia), Camagüey Festival of Video Art (Cuba), and LOOP Barcelona (Spain). Her video Flying Saucer Drone, commissioned by the Magmart Festival (Italy), has toured to more than 25 countries, including Armenia, Algeria, Brazil, China, Greece, India, Iran, Philippines, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine.