Excited to be moderating a panel on documentary filmmaking for the Kansas City Women in Film and Television at KIFF this year - Saturday November 7th at 10:30am - it’s going to be fun… Check out the festival lineup and go see some films!
Big big thanks to ArtsKC for awarding me an Inspiration Grant to cover my travel expenses to and from Escape to Create.
I’m so pleased to announce that I’ve been selected as one of the artists for the Escape to Create residency in Seaside Florida! I will be spending January working on a new 16mm film project and I couldn’t be more excited.
Here’s a nice review of “The Center is a Moving Target? by Neil Thrun for KC Studio Magazine.
The Center Is a Moving Target.
I feel so fortunate to be a part of this excellent exhibition curated by Erin Dziedzic at the Kemper Crossroads. I’m in extremely good company and there are really powerful architectures of space and knowledge at work in the show - check it out until January 6th. https://www.kemperart.org/exhibitions/center-moving-target-if-you-lived-there
I had the great pleasure to be a guest on KCUR to talk about my favorite art exhibition that has happened in Kansas City this year. More here about the amazing exhibit and our radio conversation… Click the link above to read a great New York Time’s story about the show.
Coming up at FPS - “A Spell To Ward Off the Darkness” - FREE - April 16th 7pm at the Tivoli.
Due to the impending rain “Map Of Rain Hitting Water” has been changed to April 15th - same time & place. Very much hope to see you there!
Images from _place _plateau a site-specific installation I did for the Hown’s Den Domestic Exhibition space at 5624 Lydia in Kansas City, MO. The exhibition consisted of two video/sound installations (on the backdoor and in Elliot’s room), one light/sound installation (in the bathroom) and a sculptural video installation on the mantlepiece. A link to the event page here. And show statement here.
It was really a pleasure working with Crystal, Bobby and Elliot and getting to know the neighborhood. Big thanks all around.
Had another fantastic experience at the True/False Film Festival - this time with students from my Documentary Film History course. As usual the films were outstanding and the company even better. Had a great time teaming up with KU friends Bob Hurst and Tamara Falicov and their students - some of our crew made the paper even… http://www.columbiatribune.com/multimedia/photo/true-false/collection_e7ce89f4-7455-5201-9335-5689c3d3f2ff.html#image_23
Was very honored to be included this line-up of amazing artists - big thanks to Christel Highland and Mark Berndt for their beautiful work.
It was such a pleasure and honor for Resistant History to be a part of the Craft, Care & Justice Hub at Project Space. We had a screening of work by myself, Emiel Cleaver, Asriel Brown and Skylar and discussion about the films which addressed the history of civil rights struggles in Kansas City, gun violence and stereotyping. The Hub was an amazing project - big thanks to the organizers and to Susanne Mitko from the Youth Ambassadors Program. You can view the films at http://www.resistanthistory.org and share your own stories of resistance.
More info about the Hub: Monday, December 1 though Friday, December 19, 2014, Charlotte Street Foundation’s Project Space Gallery (21 E. 12th St., KCMO) will become The Craft, Care & Justice Hub, home to an 8-evening series of free-to-attend events addressing the issue of violence in its myriad forms. Co-organized by 2014-15 Curator-in-Residence Danny Orendorff with local artist NedRa Bonds and independent curator Anna-Maria Kretzer, this series will include film-screenings, pop-up exhibitions, a book-club, artist talks, open forum discussions, and presentations by area social-workers and activists. On view for the duration of the project will be a small selection of artwork curated by Kretzer, an informal library, and a feedback graffiti wall capturing attendee thoughts on each of the presentations.
More info about Resistant History: Resistant History maps sites of change in the history of the Kansas City region through the creation of a group of videos that engage the viewer in the urban environment. Screening this evening will be excerpts from Horsmon’s own documentary, “The Right thing to do: The Walker School Boycott”, as well as projects by Emiel Cleaver (“Freedom is Now: The History of Freedom Incorporated”) and members of the Kansas City Youth Ambassadors program.
I was so privileged to document a new Kate Gilmore work commissioned by the H&R Block Artspace - Beat It. It was a fascinating process with lots of folks working on of strategizing, fabrication and then me lighting and shooting - and it turned out to be an amazing piece. I’m so thankful that Raechell Smith trusted me to do this project, and want to thank Kevin Mullin for his invaluable production help and thank Kate for being so fantastic to work with. Check out more of Kate’s work at the Artspace until December 17th. [photos by E.G. Schempf, stills from Beat It, Kate Gilmore, 2014]
So…. First Rain and the the World Series made it impossible for this performance to happen. But we’ll be back. April of next year… See you then!
Very pleased to be showing some of the collaborations I’ve done with composer Mara Gibson in the last few years in an amazing outdoor venue and with a live percussion performance of Map of Rain Hitting Water with vibraphone, woodblock, log drum, gongs and song bird whistle . We’ll be on the roof of the downtown Constantino's garage (6th floor - take the elevator up) 7pm on Thursday night for images and sounds…
An evening of the compositions of Mara Gibson culminating in the first live outdoor performance of Map of Rain Hitting Water. Map will be performed by renowned percussionist Mark Lowry and is a collaboration with media artist Caitlin Horsmon. Also included in the program are Gibson’s works with moving-image accompaniment, E:Tip (images by Caitlin Horsmon) and E:Vespers (images by Rebecca Dolan).
Here’s a photo of the venue… A boxcar and prairie grass green roof in the middle of the city.
I’m back from the 2014 Flaherty Film Seminar and as usual it was excellent. Great films, discussions and people. It’s always so different and so amazing. It’s a simple formula - watch nonfiction films often for a week & talk about them. Take it seriously.
H&R Block Artspace Digital File! Opening June 6th 6-8 pm @ 16 E 43rd St, Kansas City, MO. 64111
I’m very excited to have Practice Process:Classical included in this year’s H&R Block Digital File. It’s going to be screening on 16mm (on a looper)!
Spectra Presents, Action:Aesthetics:Action
I was really thrilled to be invited by the amazing new screening series in KC, Spectra, to curate Action:Aesthetics:Politics, a program that explores the subtle and complex ways that experimental films use aesthetics to produce political meanings.
Works inlcuded Broken Tongue by Mónica Savrión, Reckless Eyeballing by Christopher Harris, Kino-Eye by Dziga Vertov, ELSA merdelamerdelamer by Abigail Child, Encounters with your Inner Trotsky Child by Jim Finn, Ils Nous Tueront Tous…, by Sylvain George, and #RUSHES by Jason Livingston.
It was a great evening of even better cinema!
Two great free & open to the public screenings coming up in KC. First on Saturday May 10th at 11am at the Tivoli we have, as a part of the ITVS Community Cinema Program, The New Black and as with all Community Cinema screenings we will have community partners in the room to talk about the impact of the issues in the film on the Kansas City Community - hope to see you there…
Then Wednesday, May 15th, 6:30pm at the Tivoli we have UMKC’s Student Showcase - Come see what the kids are up to!
Plug projects has partnered with KCAI and UMKC to bring Jesse McLean to town to screen some of her amazing video work. Not to be missed!
Plug Projects, in collaboration with The Kansas City Art Institute Painting Department and University of Missouri Kansas City Department of Communication Studies, is pleased to present Jesse McLean’s moving image work. McLean’s videos use the cultural detritus of the media landscape to explore the experience of mediated psychic spaces. “My work is motivated by a deep curiosity about human behavior and relationships, and is concerned with both the power and failure of the mediated experience to bring people together.” Five of McLean’s films will be screened, The Eternal Quarter Inch (2008); Magic For Beginners (2010); Remote (2011); The Invisible World (2012); and Just Like Us (2013). The screening will take place Wednesday, April 23rd, 7 p.m. at the Tivoli Cinemas in Westport (4050 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64111).