Festival 2013

The 3rd annual CineMarfa film festival will take place May 1 – 5, 2013

All Films | Wednesday May 1, 2013 | Thursday May 2, 2013 | Friday May 3, 2013 | Saturday May 4, 2013 | Sunday May 5, 2013

Featured Films

All Films



11am | Sunday May 5, 2013

Bring the kids for complimentary milk and cereal and a screening of a classic ethnographic film that is suitable for all ages.

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Closing Party

10 pm | Sunday May 5, 2013

Closing Party with DJ Brian LeBarton and special guests

Location TBD

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8:00 pm | Thursday May 2, 2013

1999, video, 15 minutes

A film by Mark Leckey

Leckey’s dazzling cut-up of found footage from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s of the underground music and party scene in the U.K.

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Found Footage Workshop

3 pm | Sunday May 5, 2013

The premiere of the 16mm found footage films that have been produced by local filmmakers during the Found Footage workshop held this year at the CineMarfa studio.
Some of the source material came from 16mm films that were de-accessioned by the Marfa Public Library.

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1 pm | Friday May 3, 2013

2012, DVD, 99 minutes

Directed by Chantal Akerman

Courtesy of Icarus Films

For years immigrants passed through San Diego, but cutting-edge technologies have helped stem the flow of illegal immigration there. This leaves only the mountains and deserts of Arizona for those desperate enough to try their luck. And it is here that Akerman shifts her focus, between Agua Prieta, Sonora, and Douglas, Arizona, and the desert in between. Mixing evocative landscapes with interviews with the families of immigrants, American sheriffs, fearful locals, and advocates, FROM THE OTHER SIDE is “A spare, painterly and scrupulously unsentimental look. Both eerily beautiful and filled with a quiet compassion.” —Dave Kehr, The New York Times.

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2 pm | Saturday May 4, 2013

1980, 16mm, 44 minutes

directed by Werner Herzog

Courtesy of Werner Herzog Film Office

Dr. Gene Scott, an American TV preacher, manages to collect several hundred thousand dollars within 30 minutes. A film about a monomaniac and a nationwide malaise, a film about greed and currency.  We are thrilled to present this rarely screened experimental ethnographic gem.

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5 pm | Thursday May 2, 2013

2009, 16mm, 61 minutes

Directed by Harun Farocki

Courtesy of Arsenal Films

Bricks are the resonating fundamentals of society…Through different traditions of brick production Farocki’s film has our eyes and ears consider them in comparison – and not in competition, not as clash of cultures. Farocki shows us various brick production sites in their colours, movements and sounds. Brick burning, brick carrying, brick laying, bricks on bricks, no off-commentary. 20 inter-titles in 60 minutes tell us something about the temporality of working processes. The film shows us that certain production modes require their own duration and that cultures differentiate around the time of the brick. – Ute Holl

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Karthik Pandian at Michael Strogoff

6 – 8 pm | Thursday May 2, 2013

Indian Country, an exhibition by artist Karthik Pandian at Michael Strogoff brings together works from the artist’s oeuvre that find both kinship and conflict between anthropology and minimalism. Reversing commonly held assumptions about the two discourses, the moving image, sculpture, sound and photographic works in the exhibition explore the formal rhetoric of ethnography and the affective potential of a reductivist aesthetic. This exhibition marks the first US presentation of Pandian’s film, Sacrifice of the Banana, originally commissioned by Triple Canopy in 2010. Special thanks to Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago.



8 pm | Friday May 3, 2013

2012, 87 minutes

Directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel

Courtesy of The Cinema Guild

One of the most critically-acclaimed documentaries in recent years, Leviathan is a groundbreaking, immersive portrait of the contemporary commercial fishing industry.  Employing an arsenal of cameras that passed freely from film crew to ship crew; that swoop from below sea level to astonishing bird’s-eye views in the sky, the film that emerges is unlike anything that has been seen before. Entirely dialogue-free, but mesmerizing and gripping throughout, it breaks new ground in both cinema and anthropology, while presenting a cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors.

Presented by Thomas Beard of Light Industry

This screening is full.  We cannot accept any more reservations, but we will try and accommodate standby guests if possible.


Lineaus Lorette

8 pm | Sunday May 5, 2013

2013, HD video, 20 minutes

a film by David Fenster

Lineaus Lorette lives in West Texas. He is a man of many passions. Among them: crafting the finest medicine balls and punching bags in the world, collecting prison and homoerotic art, preaching the virtues of communism, selling lamps, and rescuing dogs (he owned 40 at one time).

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Mark Allen and Machine Project

10 pm | Friday May 3, 2013

Thirteen films produced by Los Angeles collective Machine Project with appearances by (but not limited to): pizza, babies, psychics, trapdoors, an opera for dogs, plants on vacation, Cliff Hengst, an igloo, a Marlene Dietrich tableau vivant, music for parking garages, amplified tea kettles, three disturbed big-box store employees, some interesting new directions in drag makeup, and simultaneous aerobics and butter making.

Featuring a live performance by Anthony McCann and Cliff Hengst preceding the screening. Machine Project founder and executive director Mark Allen will be in attendance.

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Opening Reception

7 pm | Wednesday May 1, 2013

Crowley Theater Lobby

Complimentary cocktails in the theater lobby from 7 – 8 to kick off the festival.



8:30 pm | Thursday May 2, 2013

1982, 16mm/DVD, 40 minutes

Directed by Trinh T. Minh-ha

This groundbreaking work epitomizes the idea of “experimental ethnography”. Informed by poststructuralist theory, Min-ha’s use of disjunctive editing, personal narration, and acute observation upended the conventions of virtually all of the ethnographic filmmaking that came before. Her document of Senagalese village life, which focuses particularly on women, employs film poetics to luminous effect while fiercely resisting the impulse to essentialize.

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8 pm | Saturday May 4, 2013

1983, 16mm, 120 minutes

Directed by Joel DeMott and Jeff Kreines

Courtesy of Icarus Films

Arguably one of the most fascinating films ever made about teenagers, this verite-style documentary was made for TV in 1983 but was rejected for broadcast after sponsors expressed concerns over the depiction of interracial dating in the film.  Filmed in Muncie, Indiana in the early 80′s with an amazing FM radio soundtrack, the film follows a group of working-class kids with feathered hair and afros, as they smoke dope, drink beer, and experience intense angst and drama throughout their senior year at Southside High School.

Presented by Louis Black

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Spring Breakers

10 pm | Saturday May 4, 2013

2013, DVD, 94 minutes

Directed by Harmony Korine

Courtesy of A24

Four sexy college girls plan to fund their spring break getaway by burglarizing a fast food shack. But that’s only the beginning… During a night of partying, the girls hit a roadblock when they are arrested on drug charges. Hungover and clad only in bikinis, the girls appear before a judge but are bailed out unexpectedly by Alien, an infamous local thug who takes them under his wing and leads them on the wildest Spring Break trip in history.m

*This screening is now full.  We cannot accept any more reservations, but we will try and accommodate as many people as possible at the door on a standby basis.



8 pm | Wednesday May 1, 2013

2011, HDV, 61 minutes

a film by James Nares

courtesy of James Nares

“James Nares’ Street is a microcosm of contemporary New York that makes accessible the countless individual moments, gestures, and interactions that are normally too fleeting to take in all at once. Because its underlying subject is people, Street is also fascinating to view in a historical context… – Thomas P. Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum

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The Films of Hermann Schlenker

3 pm | Thursday May 2, 2013

16mm prints courtesy of John Cannizarro

During the 1960s and 1970s, amateur ethnographer Hermann Schlenker made a slew of exceptional non-narrated ethnographic films documenting material culture and social customs in far-flung places like Afghanistan, Melanesia, and the Upper Amazon.  These rare films, originally released in the US for the educational market, have not been screened publicly for years and are not present in the current canon of ethnographic film.

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The Friendship State: Texas Experimental Filmmakers

4 pm | Sunday May 5, 2013

Courtesy of the artists

“THE FRIENDSHIP STATE was originally conceived for presentation in New York City (where I used to live) as a testament to the vitality of cinema art in Texas (where I live now). The motto of Texas is “friendship.” In my time here, I have been sustained and inspired by the presence of a plethora of film and video artists.  THE FRIENDSHIP STATE embraces the dialog between makers from diverse points of Texas: Lyndsay Bloom, Caroline Koebel, Jennifer Lane, Kelly Sears, & Scott Stark—each engaging select tactics to reveal, negate and ultimately transcend moving image boundaries.

” – Caroline Koebel, guest curator

Presented by Caroline Koebel

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3 pm | Friday May 3, 2013

1988, DVD, 107 minutes

Directed by Antony Thomas

Courtesy of Antony Thomas

Assembled by British documentary filmmaker Antony Thomas, THY KINGDOM COME THY WILL BE DONE is an exploration of the political ramifications of religious fundamentalism. Thomas interviews several “born again” Christians, who espouse their philosophy and their hopes for a better world via unilateral conservatism. The film then concentrates on Heritage USA, the theme park/apartment complex established by the redoubtable Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. The final portion of the film is a study of the influential First Baptist Church of Dallas. Completed in 1986, Thy Kingdom Come… was revised in 1988 to chronicle the Bakkers’ fall from grace. The film was first telecast in the United States over PBS on April 6, 1988. – Hal Erickson, Rovi

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8:30 pm | Sunday May 5, 2013

Work-In-Progress, HD Video, 65 minutes

Directed by Joe Cashiola
West Texas Cloud Appreciation Society is a documentary-style film essay that examines the towns and regions of West Texas, and the people who inhabit them, exploring by proxy the underlying myths and archetypical forms that attend the “American West” at large.  Filmed over the course of 3 years, West Texas Cloud Appreciation Society is above all a meditation on the scale of time and the value of place, approaching the notion of “environment” through a particular interest in the exploration of foreground and background.

*Please note that this screening has been changed from 8 pm to 8:30 pm.

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