The New England Home Movie Tour this Saturday

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BRATTLEBORO >> The New England Home Movie Tour's traveling program celebrates handmade and homemade poetic film works from the Northeast featuring 30 16 mm films and 180 35 mm slides. After stopping in states from Florida to Colorado, Texas to New York, the tour is landing in Brattleboro on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Center for Digital Art (CDA).

Artistic Director of CDA, Michel Moyse calls these films experiments of technique and they may be thought of as moving art. Abstract in nature, these films are non traditional use of film to tell a story. As an example, one filmmaker, Luther Price, creates his art from discarded prints of old documentaries, snippets of Hollywood features, and other cinematic scraps. He then edits and physically alters the film by means such as burying the films to rot and gather mold, or adding patterns using colored inks and permanent markers for visual effects. His works are presented in 16 mm film and in 35 mm slides.

Other filmmakers/artists whose works are featured in this tour include Brattleboro resident and associate professor at Keene State College, Jonathan Schwartz, who creates shorts of experimental and non-fiction films, constructed from fragmented collections and findings of both exterior and interior spaces. Robert Todd teaches film production at Emerson College in Boston, is a filmmaker, sound and visual artists whose short works have been exhibited nationally and internationally, winning numerous prizes and awards. Colin Brandt is a film/video/animation technician for Bennington College and works primarily with hand-processed 16 mm films in which he explores visual rhymes. Another member of Bennington College in the Visual Arts Faculty, Warren Cockerham, also has his work featured. He focuses his subject matter around how intimate relationships are presented in public and private material. Another Brattleboro resident, Jo Dery is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Keene State College who makes short films and likes to experiment with visual storytelling. Jodie Mack, who teaches animation at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, is an award-winning experimental animator; her handmade films make use of collage.

This film tour aims to share films that embrace the contemporary DIY strategies, politics, and aesthetics of an enduring, artisanal, and personal approach to filmmaking. The Tour in Brattleboro at the Center for Digital Art will project the 16mm films and 35mm slides on 2 twin Xenon arc 16mm projectors and 35mm slide projectors; a performative and unique experience. For a full list of titles, bios, tour dates, news and more information, please visit http://www.newenglandhomemovietour.com/

The Center for Digital Art is an educational organization dedicated to the creation, presentation and appreciation of art works achieved through the use of digital media tools, evolving video, and computer-based technologies. They offer classes and workshops for students and educators encompassing creativity, critical thinking and computer art skills.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. The event is $10. For more information on classes or events at CDA, visit www.centerfordigitalart.com, or call 802-254-7390. The Center for Digital Art is located on the third floor, 72 Cotton Mill Hill in Brattleboro.

Contact Cicely M. Eastman at 802-254-2311, X261.

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