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Map of a New World - films from the Flaherty Film Seminar

Map of a New World - films from the Flaherty Film Seminar
2019 | NR. 1hr 3min
CAST: Various DIRECTOR: Various 2019 Tacoma Film Festival Official Selection


Curated by 2019 TFF juror Jon-Sesrie Goff, Executive Director of the Flaherty.
Six animated and documentary films taken from various editions of the Flaherty, an annual seminar founded in 1954 and dedicated to exploring the potential of the moving image.

1. Academy Leader Variations

US | 1987 | 5 min | Various
Animators from around the world present their fanciful versions of the “academy leader”, the piece of filmstock at the beginning of each reel of a movie that counts down the seconds 8-7-6-5-4-3-2.


Philippines | 1985 | 6 min | Rox Lee
ABCD is both a showcase of Rox Lee’s technical vocabulary and a rundown of his key concerns: the environment, urbanization, and human rights.

3. Hijacked

US | 2017 | 15 min | Shambhavi Kaul
Airplane space is inhabited by characters for whom ‘escape’, one of the promises of airplane technology, proves elusive.

4. Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (by Kelly Gabron)

US | 1992 | 7 min | Cauleen Smith
“Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (by Kelly Gabron) is less a depiction of ‘reality’ than an exploration of the implications of the mediation of Black history by film, television, magazines and newspapers. Using her alter ego, Kelly Gabron, Smith fabricates a personal history of her emergence as an artist from white-male-dominated American history (and American film history).” -Scott MacDonald

5. Columbus on Trial

US | 1992 | 18 min | Lourdes Portillo
In this political satire featuring the comedy trio Culture Clash, sharp dialogue, physical comedy, and state of the art video techniques are used to dramatize a mock trial of Columbus in a present-day courtroom. With a “Spanish-by-way-of-Mexico” judge presiding, Columbus on Trial hits on the complexities of Latino identity in America while slicing into the kitschy consumer icons and buzzwords that stand for racial and ethnic identity in contemporary society. Claiming among his achievements bringing the horse, the wheel, and Julio Iglesias to the New World, Columbus fights for his symbolic life as the “discoverer” of America.

6. The Creation as We Saw It

United Kingdom | 2012 | 13 min | Ben Rivers
Three mythical stories from the island nation of Vanuatu, South Pacific, concerning the origin of humans, why pigs walk on all fours, and why a volcano sits where it does.

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