THE SEVENTH ANNUAL CINEMARFA FILM FESTIVAL MARFA TEXAS MAY 4 – 7, 2017
The CineMarfa film festival is dedicated to bringing rare, forgotten, or difficult-to-see films – including films that have been banned or censored – to light in far West Texas. Since 2011, the CineMarfa film festival has distinguished itself from other film festivals by emphasizing the intersection between film and visual art. For four days each May, we screen around 20 films in the Crowley Theater and other spaces around town. Our focus is on films made by visual artists, as well as rarely screened archival, experimental, documentary, and narrative films. We also feature work by Texas artists, filmmakers, and other Texan film-related cultural producers, including some that call Marfa home. All of the screenings are free but reservations are strongly recommended.
Notes From a Revolution: The Diggers, Com/Co, and the Haight
On Friday July 20, 2012 at the Marfa Book Co., CineMarfa and Marfa Book Co. are proud to present a very rare screening of a film made by the San Francisco Diggers, NOWSREAL. The screening marks the release of the book Notes From A Revolution: The Diggers, Com/Co, and the …
A film by Chris Marker. 106 minutes / color, 2014. A woman (Laura), a computer, an invisible interlocutor: such is the setup on which LEVEL FIVE is built. She “inherits” a task: to finish writing a video game centered on the Battle of Okinawa – a tragedy practically unknown in …
CineMarfa Festival 2017 Program / May 4 – 7.
CineMarfa Film Festival returns to Marfa for its seventh continuous year of innovative film programming. Dedicated to bringing rare, forgotten, or difficult-to-see films – including films that have been banned or censored – to light in far West Texas, it will be held May 4 – 7, 2017 in Marfa, Texas.
Ruminating upon the current wild moment in politics, as well as addressing the ways in which artists engage activism, the festival opens with a screening of Maïdan by Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa.
The 2017 edition of CineMarfa film festival will host Chicago-based artist Cauleen Smith for a selection of her films. Artist duo Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman will be on hand to screen some of their films with a live musical accompaniment by Matt Sweeney & Jesper Eklow of Endless Boogie. Thomas Beard (Light Industry) will present All Divided Selves, a film by artist Luke Fowler about Scotland’s seminal psychoanalyst R.D. Laing.
Deeply concerned by the newly constructed Trans-Pecos Pipeline that crosses through the heart of the Big Bend, CineMarfa Film Festival 2017 will also screen Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock. This documentary chronicles the indigenous-led resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The screening will be followed by a skype Q&A with director Josh Fox.
A selection of local activist filmmaker’s work will be screened, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers discussing their work.
The festival ends with a screening of artist Mark Flood presenting his first feature film, Art Fair Fever, a critical and satirical look at the contemporary art world.
Other programs include: genius video-satirist Vic Berger‘s works, The Farnsworth Scores, an experimental film and musical composition collaboration between artist and musician Rob Mazurek and filmmaker Lee Anne Schmitt, and a lecture on sound art and activism by Fort Davis-based interdisciplinary artist Alyce Santoro.
All festival screenings and events are open to the public and offered free of charge.
CineMarfa Festival 2016 Program
Happening May 5 – 8, the 2016 CineMarfa film festival lineup focuses on films from and about California, with an emphasis on the rich history of experimental film from the Golden State. Two films from Agnes Varda’s California film cycle, “Lions, Love (…and Lies)” and “Black Panthers“, will be screened, along with short films by Jordan Belson, Bruce Conner, Bruce Baillie, and Freude Bartlett. “Void California”, a shorts program curated by Craig Baldwin of Other Cinema, includes films by Survival Research Labs, Tuxedo Moon, and Super-8 films by Texas artist Bill Daniel, who will be in attendance for the screening. Filmmaker and scholar Thom Andersen’s documentary on L.A.’s visual and geographic history, “Los Angeles Plays Itself” will be featured, and Light Industry‘s Thomas Beard brings “Bless Their Little Hearts”, Billy Woodberry’s rarely screened feature about life in South Central L.A. in the 80s. Other programs include Leo Gabin‘s new found footage adaptation of Harmony Korine’s “A Crackup At The Race Riots”, the Texas premiere of Tamar Halpern’s artist documentary “Lyn Foulkes One Man Band“, and a sneak peek at West Texas filmmaker Travis Walker’s upcoming feature “Bird Boi”. CineMarfa 2016 will also feature the first-ever public exhibition of Jordan Belson’s paintings, shown at the Eugene Binder gallery, a live analog video synthesis workshop led by Los Angeles artist Jennifer Juniper Stratford of Telefantasy Studios, and a free concert by Chicago post-rock ensemble Tortoise, co-sponsored by Marfa Live Arts. All programs, performances and workshops are free, but reservations are strongly recommended and will be available starting March 21st on our website. www.cinemarfa.org
We are thrilled to announce the lineup for CineMarfa 2015, which takes place May 7 – 10. This year’s program focuses on science fiction and explores ideas about outer space. Detroit-based artist Scott Reeder will be in attendance for the Texas Premiere of his film MOON DUST. John Corbett of Corbett Vs. Dempsey and editor of the book Sun Ra, the Astro Black and other Solar Myths will introduce a screening of Sun Ra’s SPACE IS THE PLACE and other rare Afro-futurist shorts. Louis Black will present MADE IN TEXAS, a compilation of films curated by Jonathan Demme featuring the late 70s work of underground Austin filmmakers including David Boone, Ed Lowry, and other important pioneers of the Austin film scene. CineMarfa 2015 will also feature the Texas premiere of Belinda Sallin’s documentary DARKSTAR: H.R. GIGER’S WORLD. Thomas Beard of Light Industry will present the classic sf film CREATION OF THE HUMANOIDS. Other programs include: Aleksai German’s epic HARD TO BE A GOD, Rene Laloux’s animated masterpiece FANTASTIC PLANET, AGE OF EXTINCTION: Films For Transformers presented by Ekrem Serdar of Experimental Response Cinema, ONE SMALL STEP, a program by artists Peter Lucas and Camilo Gonzalez, Lizzie Borden‘s feminist speculative docudrama BORN IN FLAMES, Andrei Ujica’s OUT OF THE PAST, THE CREEPING GARDEN, new films made in CineMarfa’s Spring Super 8 workshop, films made by Marfa High School students under the guidance of Marfa Live Arts, and a tribute to the life and films of Steve Holzer. All festival screenings and events are offered free of charge. Reservations will open here in the coming weeks so please stay tuned!
CineMarfa presents Ron Mann’s ALTMAN plus rare Robert Altman shorts
On Saturday, February 21st, at 7pm in the Crowley Theater CineMarfa will host filmmaker Ron Mann for a screening of his new documentary Altman, a film about the life and work of auteur director Robert Altman (Nashville, The Player, Short Cuts). Mann is a Toronto based filmmaker whose credits include Grass, Twist, Tales of the Rat Fink, Know Your Mushrooms, Comic Book Confidential, and In The Wake of the Flood. Louis Black, co-founder of The Austin Chronicle (where he is editor) and SXSW (where he is a director), will introduce Mann and moderate a Q & A with the director after the screening, which will include some rare Altman shorts. FREE