The 5th annual CineMarfa film festival will take place MAY 7 – 10, 2015.

CineMarfa, Crowley Theater 2011


Join us for the Closing Party at The Lumber Yard (South Dean Street, across from The Get Go.)
Sunday –  10:00PM



Bring the kids for complimentary milk and cereal and an episode of TOBOR THE 8th MAN, a 1965 animated series based on Japan’s 8 MAN (EITOMAN) that was originally broadcast on the Tokyo Broadcasating System from 1963 – 1964. Tobor is Japan’s original cyborg hero, who first appeared in the manga created in 1963 by science fiction writer Kazumasa Hirai and manga artist Jiro Kuwata. The groundbreaking TV series was the first of its kind, pioneering many of the elements that distinguish what we have come to know as Japanese Anime. Sunday 11:00AM

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Sunday 4:00PM. A collection of recent work by Marfa filmmakers.

Very Short Videos by Martha Hughes: Scene 117 (w/Luann Williamson); Scene 88 (w/Mark Scott); Scene 135 (w/Roger, Tomas, and Bruno); and Scene 92 (w/Dennis Dickinson).

White Rabbit (2004, 13 minutes) – A film by Travis Walker, Sam Walker, Travis smith, Austin smith, Jordan Champion, Justin Villanueva, Josh turner, Isaiah Garcia, and Clayton King.Teenagers are constantly avoiding a power hungry police officer. their frustrations eventually lead to suicide and murder.

Bird Boi (work in progress) (dir.Travis Walker, 2 minutes)

Monument to Cabeza de Vaca (work in progress) explores the relationship between conquistador/shaman Cabeza De Vaca, the prickly pear cactus, and the filmmaker himself. A historical, autobiographical, supernatural, film essay adventure. (dir. David Fenster, 15 minutes)

The Ranch Sells in 4 Days (work in progress) A video portrait of ranch trustee David McDannald, who has lived in a 600 sq. ft. building on 5000 acres of family ranch-land in Ft Davis, TX for the last 12 years. David discusses the significance of space and the ranch’s ultimate future as he meanders around his house and property days before it is sold to new owners. (dir. Joseph Cashiola, 20 minutes)

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The Musical Triumvirate Of Afro-Futurism: Lee “Scratch” Perry, George Clinton, and Sun Ra


Within the diverse genres of reggae, funk, and jazz, these figures developed startlingly interrelated ideas involving science, technology, mysticism, and extraterrestriality. Each of them articulated their space concept with a sly sense of humor; Ra once described Star Wars as “very accurate.” In this program, John Corbett, a Chicago-based writer and curator who has written extensively on the topic, will introduce Space is the Place (1974), a Sun Ra biopic that mixes Shaft with The Egyptian Book of the Dead, as well as a short, never seen film of Clinton and his band Parliament from their legendary 1976 Mothership Connection tour. Corbett’s own, Lee Perry Now Well Loaded (1990), rounds out the threesome with an intimate portrait of the dub pioneer at home in Switzerland. Corbett will also spin rare musical examples by each of the films’ subjects. Friday 7:30PM

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And be sure to join us after the screening for a dance party in the Lumberyard!



This program showcases films created during two recent filmmaking workshops in Marfa. Participants of the CineMarfa Super 8 Workshop worked with David Hollander and Joe Cashiola to create short films shot on Super 8 mm film and transferred to digital. (Sponsored by Kodak.) Marfa Shorthorns Behind the Lens, presented by Marfa Live Arts in association with Marfa Education Foundation, features the work of Marfa High School 7th and 8th graders. Local filmmakers Cory Van Dyke and David Fenster led the class through an intensive one-week workshop, where the students were instructed on the art of documentary filmmaking. Sunday 1:00PM

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This program features the films of Steve Holzer (1950-2014), a diverse and innovative artist of Marfa, Texas and a dear friend of CineMarfa.  Over four decades, he created paintings, prints, computer animation, sound, and film. Constantly experimenting with new processes to fulfill his visions, Holzer’s work blends scientific data transformed into imagery and a romantic’s view of the world.  SEE THE WORLD, (2011, 16mm, 3 minutes), MACHINE DEVA, (2012, 16mm, digital, 20 minutes), ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SUPERVISION, (2013, 16mm, digital, 8 minutes), HEAVEN IS ALL GOODBYES, (2013, 5 minutes)  (Premiere).  Courtesy of Daeryl Holzer. Sunday 3:00PM

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“No other effort from the golden age of spacesuit melodrama entranced the 60s avant-garde as deeply as Wesley Barry’s The Creation of the Humanoids, a deadpan talkie set after worldwide nuclear war, in which a shrinking population of radiation-infected humans rely on an army of android servants to maintain their idyllic lifestyle. Andy Warhol called it his favorite movie; Mike Kuchar parodied it in his robots-in-love featurette Sins of the Fleshapoids; Susan Sontag used it to explore the theme of dehumanization in her essay “The Imagination of Disaster;” and Robert Smithson dubbed it one of the ‘landmarks of Sci-fic.'” – Light Industry. (1962, 16mm, 84min) – Saturday 4:30PM – With an introduction by Thomas Beard

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Infinitely ridiculed by critics, but also as kinetic/maximalist/avant-garde art films, Michael Bay’s Transformers series has ruled the world’s collective wallet for the better part of the last decade. As Bay contemplates passing on directing the inevitable Transformers 5 in favor of “a new direction [for his] movies” (apparently a film based on the 2012 Benghazi attack), this screening presents four works that take the movies in disguise as a take-off point. Featuring films and videos by Bradley Eros & Tim Geraghty, Kevin B. Lee, and two works by Austin’s own Martin & Lawrence (Bryan Connolly & Tommy Swenson). Saturday 2:00PM  Programmed by Ekrem Serdar and presented by Bryan Connolly and Erkem Serdar.

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Rene Laloux’s collaboration with designer Roland Torpor culminated with this allegorical tale, set on a savage planet peopled by Hieronymous Bosch-inspired creatures and two different races of humanoids: the the giant blue-skinned Draags and the much smaller human-like Oms. The Draags are spiritually and technologically advanced, but their treatment of the “primitive” Oms demonstrates that there is a blind spot in their humanity. The film won the special jury prize at Cannes in 1973 and remains one of the finest examples of European auteur animation ever created. Soundtrack by Alain Gorageur. (1973, 72m) –  Sunday 8:10PM

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This video marks the journey of a flying, planet-like creature navigating a bleak skyscape. This “sick planet” creature is lost in a polluted atmosphere, without grounding or roots, and led by hunger towards its own destruction. “My dreams look very much like this”, says artist Wangechi Mutu. “Coming out of the world of my collages, this film is a slice of my own type of magic realism, as a real and tragic space caught in time.” Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery. Commissioned by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Texas premiere. (2013, 8m) – Sunday 8:00PM

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This multi-award winning documentary explores a world creeping right below our feet, where time and space are magnified and intelligence redefined. Examining the work of fringe scientists, mycologists, and artists and their relationship with the extraordinary plasmodial slime mold, this film shows how slime mold is being used to explore biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing, and robot controllers – much of which borders on the world of science fiction. Featuring an original soundtrack by Jim O’Rourke. (d. Tim Grabham & Jasper Sharp, 2014, 82m) –  Saturday 10:00PM

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Inspired by the low-tech futurism of early Outer Limits and Twilight Zone Episodes, this is Scott Reeder’s first feature film and was eleven years in the making. The story is a dystopian comedy that takes place one hundred years in the future at a resort on the moon that has seen better days. The film was shot entirely in built interiors, where Reeder’s practice as a painter is evident in the painstakingly created, monochromatic sets and color-coordinated costumes. (2014, 93m) – Saturday 8:00PM – In person: Scott Reeder


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Surrealist artist H.R. Geiger terrified audiences with his Oscar-winning monsters in Ridley Scott’s “Alien.” Sci-fi, horror, music, album covers, tattoos, and fetish art have been influenced by his intricate and nightmarish paintings and sculptures depicting birth, death, and sex. Both a mesmerizing introduction to Giger’s ouvre and a must-see for Giger devotees, this definitive documentary shares the last years of the artist’s life and reveals how deeply he resided in his own dark artistic visions. Courtesy of Icarus Films. Texas premiere. (d. Belinda Sallin, 2014, 95m) – Saturday 12:00PM

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Andrei Ujica’s film is a portrait of his friend, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, and the ten months between 1991 and 1992 that Krikalev and his crew spent on the Mir space station. While the cosmonauts carry out the mundane routines that constitute life on the Mir, the Soviet Union is collapsing. Ujica looks at space travel through a personal lens, putting a human face on what is often depicted as glamorous and heroic. The much-decorated Krikalev is portrayed as a human being first, and the film gives us an intimate and thoughtful view of the humor, hardships, and pathos of a cosmonaut’s life. (1999, 96m) – Saturday 10:00AM

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This newly restored and remastered program of six short films from Austin recreates a screening organized by Jonathan Demme at the Collective for Living Cinema in New York City in 1981. The work here represents a defining moment in Austin underground culture that in many ways mirrors New York “No Wave” cinema of the same period. This 106m program includes films by David Boone; Lorrie Oshatz; Tom Huckabee and Will van Overbeek; Missy Boswell, Edward Lowry and Louis Black; Neil Ruttenberg; and Brian Hansen. In person: Louis Black and Sandy Boone – Friday 3:00P

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In ONE SMALL STEP, Peter Lucas and Camilo Gonzalez rework footage from NASA’s Apollo moon missions for a poetic homage to humanity’s first journeys away from its home planet. VOYAGER FOUND is an experimental assemblage of the contents of the Voyager “Golden Record” – a collection launched into space in 1977 as a message to potential extraterrestrial life. The collection also includes related sound works and imagery, assembled especially for this screening. (2014 & 2015, 50m) In person: Peter Lucas and Camilo Gonzalez – Friday 1:00PM

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Adapted from the 1960s cult sci-fi novel by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, this film tells the story of a group of scientists who are sent to the planet Arkanar, where conditions are equivalent to Earth’s Middle Ages and literacy has been banned. The scientists must refrain from influencing events on Arkanar, but Don Rumata, recognized by locals as a kind of futuristic god, tries to save the planet’s intelligentsia from their punishment. He cannot avoid taking the stance: “What would you do in God’s place.” Courtesy of Kino Lorber. (d. Aleksey German, 2013, 170m) – Friday 10:00AM

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In this searing speculative sci-fi about a United States in the not-too-distant future, a “progressive” leftist government has come to power, but sexism and classism remain the order of the day. Shot in a documentary style with a cast of non-actors, the film portrays women typically relegated to the fringes of mainstream media – single mothers, lesbians, and women of color – as powerful agents of radical social change. Director Lizzie Borden deftly calls attention to differences among women as she underscores issues of race, sexual orientation, and class that problematize feminism. Courtesy of First Run Features. (1983, 80m) – Thursday 7:00PM

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CineMarfa 2015

Click here to download the program of the 2015 Festival: CineMarfa Festival 2015 Program

The 5th annual CineMarfa film festival took place MAY 7 – 10, 2015.

2015 Films