Artists’ Film International Screenings Curated by Laura Copelin

November 14, 2015

Admission: Free and open to the public

10AM to 6PM
Drop-in screenings of AFI international selections

Featured screening of short films by Brigid McCaffrey

Organized in conjunction with Whitechapel Gallery, London, Ballroom Marfa is pleased to present the 2015 season of Artists’ Film International, a program that showcases international artists working in film and animation. This year Ballroom Marfa will feature the work of Los Angeles-based filmmaker Brigid McCaffrey.

McCaffrey’s recent films are set in landscapes that convey precariousness and flux. Her approach to documentary focuses on environments and people in transition, and considers these subjects over long periods of time. These works meditate on the tension between individualism and community in the midst of unstable economic and ecological realities. Shaped by the process of portraiture, the films respond to the physical and emotional changes of their subjects, creating documents that fuse representations of self and place.

Ballroom Marfa will host a free screening of a selection of McCaffrey’s work, including her 2013 film Paradise Springs, which follows Ren Lallatin, a geologist who studies the Mojave Desert. Lallatin traces its volcanic and seismic actualities; locates water sources and the relics of previous inhabitants; and identifies landscape features that will conceal her mobile shelter from public view. The film consists of a succession of roving soliloquies and terrain crossings as the wandering geologist describes her interactions with the natural world, while declaring her rejection of land regulation and privatization.

McCaffrey’s films will be on view along with selections from the other international institutions of AFI 2015 at Marfa’s Crowley Theater in an all-day series of looped screenings on Saturday, November 14, 2015. A conversation with McCaffrey and Lallatin will follow in the evening.

Activities will also include a conversation and outdoor geology walk lead by Lallatin and a local geology lecturer, Jesse Kelsch from Sul Ross State University. The walk/lecture will take place at the Far West Texas-based nonprofit Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute’s land reserve and geology viewing area on Sunday, November 15. All of the events are free and open to the public.

Films screening as part of Saturday’s AFI 2015 event include selections from the following institutions:

Cultural Centre of Belgrade Centre, Serbia
Centre for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan (CCAA, Kabul), Afghanistan
Fundación PROA, Argentina
GAMeC (Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo), Italy
Hanoi DOCLAB, Vietnam
Istanbul Modern, Turkey
Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Germany
Para Site, Hong Kong
Project 88, India
Tromsø Kunstforening, Norway
Whitechapel Gallery, United Kingdom

Presented By: Ballroom Marfa

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