Onion City Film Festival

Thanks for joining us for 2016! It was a fantastic year. 

 

Onion City Awards:

First Place: Many Thousands Gone
Ephraim Asili

Second Place: Something Between Us
Jodie Mack

Third Place: Mad Ladders
Michael Robinson

 

Honorable Mentions:

Notes from the Interior
Ben Balcom

Aswirl Alight Aight
Tommy Heffron

Azimuth
KaSandra Skistad

Psychic Driving
William E. Jones

Prima Materia
Charlotte Pryce

Occidente
Ana Vaz

Join us next year for the 28th Onion City Experimental Film Festival.

Friday, March 22 | Casting Spells and Slowly Swaying

9:00 pm | 52 min

These six works meditate on place, sound, relationships, and ethereal presence. Deeply emotive, spiritual, and healing, they are visits from loved ones past, astrological guides, and fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Filmmaker Sasha Waters Freyer (RESPIRATION) will be in attendance for a short Q&A following the screening!


Fainting Spells    Told through recollections of youth, learning, lore, and departure, this is an imagined myth for the Xąwįska — or the Indian Pipe Plant — used by the Ho-Chunk to revive those who have fainted.  Sky Hopinka  USA, 2018, 10:45  Visit the   artist’s website here  .

Fainting Spells

Told through recollections of youth, learning, lore, and departure, this is an imagined myth for the Xąwįska — or the Indian Pipe Plant — used by the Ho-Chunk to revive those who have fainted.

Sky Hopinka

USA, 2018, 10:45

Visit the artist’s website here.

Summer's Last Moons    As summer comes to an end, the moon reaches towards becoming full. Over three nights the moon is captured on film through in-camera editing and multiple exposures. The moons of different nights come together in the frame, to interact and play with one another, while official NASA sound recordings from space bring us closer.  Kathleen Rugh  USA, 2018, 3:00 mins  Visit the   artist’s website here  .

Summer's Last Moons

As summer comes to an end, the moon reaches towards becoming full. Over three nights the moon is captured on film through in-camera editing and multiple exposures. The moons of different nights come together in the frame, to interact and play with one another, while official NASA sound recordings from space bring us closer.

Kathleen Rugh

USA, 2018, 3:00 mins

Visit the artist’s website here.

I Am Pagan Baby     I Am Pagan Baby  is about the fringes of life in a kind of Ur-form. The experimental portrait portrays a source of life on the edge of civilisation. Glimpses of a life-path which encourage us to ask what can become of humans if we rise from the rituals of necessity.  Jana Debus  USA, 2017, 11:00 mins  Visit the   artist’s website here  .

I Am Pagan Baby

I Am Pagan Baby is about the fringes of life in a kind of Ur-form. The experimental portrait portrays a source of life on the edge of civilisation. Glimpses of a life-path which encourage us to ask what can become of humans if we rise from the rituals of necessity.

Jana Debus

USA, 2017, 11:00 mins

Visit the artist’s website here.

Memoria Data     Memoria Data  collects the moments of connection from various and distant familial archives. These images remind us of why we keep records, who we set our sights upon, and exactly how we felt when our camera was running.  Lori Felker, sound by Patrizia Oliva Commissioned by the Chicago Film Archives and Lab 80 Film - Cinescatti Archive.  United States, Italy, 2018, 12:00 mins  Visit the   artist’s website here  .

Memoria Data

Memoria Data collects the moments of connection from various and distant familial archives. These images remind us of why we keep records, who we set our sights upon, and exactly how we felt when our camera was running.

Lori Felker, sound by Patrizia Oliva
Commissioned by the Chicago Film Archives and Lab 80 Film - Cinescatti Archive.

United States, Italy, 2018, 12:00 mins

Visit the artist’s website here.

Respiration    River naiads and backyard deities; nothing noticed is lonely. From inspiration to expiration, breathing is the only work to be enacted now.  Sasha Waters Freyer  USA, 2019, 4:30 mins  Visit the   artist’s website here  .

Respiration

River naiads and backyard deities; nothing noticed is lonely. From inspiration to expiration, breathing is the only work to be enacted now.

Sasha Waters Freyer

USA, 2019, 4:30 mins

Visit the artist’s website here.

Sketches & Portraits of Jean Michel    “ Sketches and Portraits for Jean-Michel  was photographed on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan, two areas familiar to Basquiat, and visually explores many of the themes and influences found in his paintings: street life, street art, politics, jazz, bodies in motion, bodies at rest, life, death, and black resilience.” – The Barbican  Ephraim Asili, accompanied by a live score by Ben Lamar Gay*  USA, 2018, 10:00 mins  Visit the   artist’s Vimeo page here  .

Sketches & Portraits of Jean Michel

Sketches and Portraits for Jean-Michel was photographed on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan, two areas familiar to Basquiat, and visually explores many of the themes and influences found in his paintings: street life, street art, politics, jazz, bodies in motion, bodies at rest, life, death, and black resilience.” – The Barbican

Ephraim Asili, accompanied by a live score by Ben Lamar Gay*

USA, 2018, 10:00 mins

Visit the artist’s Vimeo page here.