A diverse array of short films by artists in their mid twenties, each with a distinctive and personal use of motion picture media. L.A. artist in residence Jennifer Saparzadeh curated this night showing work by:

– Sebastian Gladstone; “Thoughts Underwater”, running time: 4 min 55 sec
The short film Thoughts Underwater is a reflection of my personal sentiments and emotional connections to the state of Israel and the Israel/Palestine conflict. The film is an attempt to replicate the disarrayed thought process when trying to alight logic and reason in relation to the neverending death and subsequent alterations that plague the area.

– Lila Gray & Tony Nittoli, “(Sub)stitute”, Running Time: 1 minute, 46 seconds
(Sub)stitute takes you through a hybrid stop-motion/live action journey through the playful adventures of a phallus. Our hero soars through the cosmos, gets resurrected as a flower, and becomes time him/it/herself. All set to a snappy tune by Nick Arthur Weiss III & The Cumsluts.
Lila was born and raised in Southern California before flying the coop to pursue higher learning at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. A Jackette of many trades, she now works in LA as a journalist covering art, culture, eroticism and whatever comes her way. She habitually contributes to LA Weekly and recently joined The Culture Trip to help grow its burgeoning LA hub. Tony Nittoli left his home state of New York more than 20 years ago for the glitzy glow of Hollywood. He never looked back. Tony now works at the best video store in the world, Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee, and enjoys watching old movies, playing around with stop-motion animation and co-raising his pet rat.

– Meredith Lackey, “Shwebontha”, 12 minutes
The signboard builders of Shwebontha Street in Yangon, Burma prompt a search for the sonic and visual traces of a country in transition. Performance of military, labor and sport suffuse the sallow hunger of foreign eyes; past and future swirl in the peeling bells of global imperative; production casts a lilting arrow of scalar confusion, like hydropower.
Meredith Lackey is a filmmaker whose work gives audiovisual form to the social and material conditions of global capitalism. She received a B.A. in Philosophy and Film/Video from Hampshire College and an M.F.A. in Moving Image from the University of Illinois Chicago. She was a 2013­2015 University Fellow of the University of Illinois Chicago, is the recipient of the UFVA Carole Fielding Grant, and is a 2014 Princess Grace Foundation Honoraria winner.

– Other people presenting short works are Maya Duverdier (France) and Nick Weiss (NYC). Pieces TBD.

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