Experimental Cinema Group was ushered in by Carla Selby and Gladney Oakley and was later influenced by Bruce Conner and Stan Brakhage. It is now called First Person Cinema and the curator is Don Yannacito. This program was started in 1955 with the intention of bringing an awareness of the personal cinema to Boulder, and has become a highly respected, international showcase for the makers of personal film. It is the longest existing program in the world that has been continually screening avant-garde film and video work.

The Stan Brakhage Film Series will continue to show films by Brakhage on the first Sunday of every month at 8:00pm in ATLAS 100. All shows are free and open to the public.

Student Award Showcase

Student Award Showcase

Friday, January 25, 2019
7:00 PM

Winners of The Grillo And Goldfarb Awards

Made possible with funds from the Arts and Cultural Enrichment Fee. Free†admission. The Grillo/Goldfarb awards are designed to encourage excellence in†filmmaking and help defray some of the expenses required to pursue a degree in film production. A total of up to $17,000, combined Goldfarb and Grillo funds†is distributed each year to four tiers of production students. Final recipients and†individual award amounts will be determined each semester by in-class student votes and a panel of judges made up of CU Film Studies faculty and outside professionals.†A selection of award winning films will be shown one night only. The Grillo Awards are drawn from a University of Colorado Foundation fund set up in the early 90ís by the founder and former chair of the CU Film Studies Program, Virgil Grillo (1938-1994), whose dedication and vision helped shepherd Film Studies from its modest beginnings in the 1970ís to an undergraduate degree program boasting some 600 majors. Goldfarb awards are given by the Goldfarb Foundation and Peter Goldfarb, President.

Student Academy Awards

Student Academy Awards

Friday, February 8, 2019
7:00 PM

The 2009 Compilation Film runs approximately 110 minutes and features the five Gold Medal Award-winning entries from the 36th Annual Student Academy Awards competition as well as the Honorary Foreign Film Award winner.

Animation Gold Medal Award: "Pajama Gladiator"

A boy tries to explain to his mom why he was caught with his hand in the cookie jar-literally

Glenn Harmon, Brigham Young University

Narrative Gold Medal Award: "Kavi"

A young boy in India attempts to escape from the brick factory where he is forced to work as a modern-day slave

Gregg Helvey, University of Southern California

Alternative Gold Medal Award: "Alice's Attic"

A fragile being must face the fears that lie waiting for her in the darkness

Robyn Yannoukos, University of California, Los Angeles

Documentary Gold Medal Award: "The Last Mermaids"

For 2,000 years, the women of Jeju Province in Korea have used the ocean to give them life, shield them from war and educate their daughters

Liz Chae, Columbia University

Honorary Foreign Film Award: "Elkland"

After being away for a long time, Henrik returns home for his father's funeral

Per Hanefjord, Dramatiska Institutet, Sweden

Pat O'Neill

Pat O'Neill

Friday, March 1, 2019
7:00 PM

Pat O'Neill is a filmmaker and visual artist, active since the early 1960's. He is best known for works which combine modes of representation, time scales, and diverse photographic qualities. They raise more questions than they answer, and so may be said to be about the condition of wonder. They are not stories, but they contain language. They are abstractions made from the recognizable traces of the everyday.

Water and Power

35mm 1.33:1 54 min. color 1989

Horizontal Boundaries

35mm 1.33:1 23 min. color 2008


35mm 1.33:1 6 min. b&w 1998

Black Maria

Black Maria

Friday, March 29, 2019
7:00 PM

Since 1981, the annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival, an international juried competition and award tour, has been fulfilling its mission to advocate, exhibit and reward cutting edge works from independent film and video makers. With previous Oscar nominated and international award-winning shorts, the festival is widely known for its national public exhibition program, which remains loyal to featuring a variety of bold contemporary works drawn from the annual collection of 50 award winning films and videos. Now in its 29th year, the Black Maria Festival awards more than $10,000 in cash to independent filmmakers, distinguishing itself as a cornerstone for artists to express the inventive, insightful, and uncommon spirit. Festival Director John Columbus will present a program of the 2010 winning shorts, ranging from a variety of narrative, animation, documentary, and experimental. Amoung the artists to be in the collection are: Thorsten Fleisch, Greg Biermann, Seoungho Cho, Ruth Peyser, Joanna Priestly, Steven Subotnick, Eric Dyer, Kerry Laitala, and Shambhabi Caul.

Co-Sponsored by Film Studies and the Brakhage Center

Craig Baldwin

Craig Baldwin

Friday, April 5, 2019
7:00 PM

Born in Oakland, California, Craig Baldwin attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, University of California at Davis, and San Francisco State University (Masters, 1986). In the Cinema Dept. there, he studied under Bruce Conner and became increasingly drawn to collage film form. His interest in the re-contextualization of "found" imagery led him to the theories of the Situationist International and to various practices of mail art, zines, altered billboards, and other creative initiatives beyond the fringe of the traditional fine-arts curriculum. After three short films, his first to be commercially released was TRIBULATION 99, a satirical collage rant on conspiracy theory, xenophobia, apocalyptic thinking, and US covert interference in Latin America. His first feature-length production, Sonic Outlaws, was an experimental documentary on the emerging "electronic folk culture", exploring the legal, political, and artistic implications of the audio-collage work of culture-jamming collectives like Negativland, Tape-beatles, Emergency Broadcast Network, and the Barbie Liberation Organization. Mr.Baldwin then completed Spectres of the Spectrum, a 91-min. sci-fi spoof utilizing early educational kinescopes to criticize the corporate control of electronic-communications technologies. His latest 'collage-narrative' feature, Mock-Up On Mu, parodies the impending militarization of space by means of allegories drawn from urban myths of post-War California subcultures.

Ben Russell

Ben Russell

Friday, April 12, 2019
7:00 PM

Ben Russell is an itinerant media artist and curator whose practice operates within the seemingly divergent spaces of psychedelia, phenomenology, ethnography, and performance. With over 20 films and 7 international film/music tours under his belt, his works have been presented in spaces ranging from 14th Century Belgian monasteries to 17th Century East India Trading Co. buildings, police station basements to outdoor punk squats, Japanese cinematheques to Parisian storefronts, and solo screenings at the Rotterdam Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art. A 2008 Guggenheim award recipient, Ben began the Magic Lantern screening series in Providence, Rhode Island, is co-director of the eponymous artist-run space BEN RUSSELL in Chicago, and currently teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Let Each One Go Where He May

Shot in 16mm and consisting of thirteen extended takes, this film operates in the uncanny space(s) between documentary and fiction, history and mythology, record and re-enactment. Beginning in the ghetto squats just outside of Paramaribo, Suriname and ending in the rapids that lie just past the last occupied Maroon village on the Upper Suriname River, it follows two unnamed brothers as they make the long journey upriver, tracing the footsteps of their ancestors who escaped from slavery 300 years prior.

135:00, 16mm, 2009

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