HCAF 2014 will use several venues to present the unique “live cinema” performances that are highlights of each year’s schedule.
DIGITAL DIASPORA FAMILY REUNION ROADSHOW
with Thomas Allen Harris
Thursday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m.
The first event will be held at the Eldorado Ballroom, where Project Row Houses and HCAF will host the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow (DDFR) beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event is a companion to the acclaimed new feature, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, which will screen at 6:15 p.m. that night in the Eldorado. At the interactive Digital Diaspora Roadshow, hosted by filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris and producers Greg Warren and John Perry, audience members are encouraged to bring both print and digital images that will be copied, projected, discussed, and uploaded as a set of Third Ward Storieswithin the online One World One Family Album.
Thomas Allen Harris
Thomas Allen Harris’s award-winning films include Vintage – Families of Value, That’s My Face (E Minha Cara), and Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela. His work has screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial, Reina Sofia, the Corcoran Gallery, and on PBS, ARTE, and CBC, as well as at the Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, Outfest, and FESPACO film festivals. Harris is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rockefeller Fellowship, and has garnered nominations for several Emmy Awards and an Independent Spirit Award.
TIME SQUARED: A “NERVOUS MAGIC LANTERN”
Performance by Ken Jacobs
Friday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Aurora Picture Show
Aurora Picture Show and HCAF will host avant-garde film pioneer Ken Jacobs for a performance of Time Squared: A Nervous Magic Lantern. Described by Jacobs as “a device so elemental it puts us in the running with the very earliest inventors of cinema,” his Nervous Magic Lantern is an instrument that uses projected light, the most basic ingredient of cinema, to create hallucinatory optical effects hand-manipulated by
the artist, creating stereoscopic effects onscreen without celluloid or video.
A live performance by Deke Weaver
Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Rice Media Center (University and Stockton)
Rice Cinema will co-host Deke Weaver for a live performance of Wolf, the third chapter in his lifelong endeavor, The Unreliable Bestiary, an ark of stories about animals, our relationships with them, and the worlds they inhabit. On stage in the Rice Cinema, Weaver will perform his own versions of these stories, with video accompaniment. According to Dennis Harvey of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, “Weaver’s writing intrigues, while his conspiratorial, cool-to-manic stage presence trips nuggets of off-kilter humor like a tap dance through landmines.”
An opening reception for the video installations “Roadside Kestrel” and “Mountain Pine Beetle” by Maria Whiteman and Cary Wolfe and the live performance piece, “Wolf,” by Deke Weaver will take place in the XLAB space of 3CT and Rice Public Art, Room 202, Rice Biosciences Research Collaborative (BRC), at the corner of Main and University on November 15, 5:30-7:00.
Deke Weaver is renowned for his interdisciplinary works that combine elements of theater, video and graphic art into unique works of art. His latest work, Wolf is the third installment in what Weaver calls his lifelong project,, the Unreliable Bestiary. The project focuses on the fragility of the symbiotic relation between man and animal. Weaver’s performances and videos have been presented in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia, Europe, and the United States at venues such as Channel 4/U.K., the Sundance Film Festival, the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center, The Berlin Video Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art/LA, The Moth, and many others including livestock pavilions, night clubs, backyard sheds and living rooms.Early in his career, Weaver served as the Senior Animator for the broadcast design group at the Showtime network. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with appointments in the School of Art and Design and Department of Theater.
REVOLVE ON CAMERA: THE PERFORMANCES
with Benjamin & Heather Epps and Revolve Dance Company
Sunday, November 16 at 4:00 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston Brown Auditorium
The live performances will conclude Sunday afternoon at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston with Revolve on Camera, a special film and dance performance with Revolve Dance Company of Spring, Texas, and Los Angeles-based husband-and-wife filmmakers Benjamin and Heather Epps. “The first time we saw Revolve perform we knew we wanted to collaborate with these extraordinary dancers. They possessed a technique and musicality like nothing we had ever seen before,” say the Epps, who have worked in the dance and film industry for over 17 years. In this special film and dance performance, six completed dance pieces from the upcoming film Revolve on Camera will be accompanied by a special live performance by Revolve Dance Company.
Revolve Dance Company
Revolve Dance Company, based in Spring, Texas, has been presenting new works for stage since 2004 that motivate, inspire, and educate through the art of dance. Under the direction of Amy Cain and Dawn Dippel, both former dancers with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Revolve has performed their work worldwide, including Italy, New York and across their home state of Texas. Revolve’s repertoire is delightfully varied in tone, style and genre and accessible to anyone, whether a dancer or an audience member completely new to the art form.
Benjamin & Heather Epps
Benjamin & Heather Epps, the husband and wife filmmaking team behind ROC, each bring over fifteen years of entertainment experience to the table. Working predominantly in narrative film, Benjamin’s feature directorial debut, Family Weekend, starring Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Modine, opened theatrically in 2013. Meanwhile, Heather honed her producing skills in television and event producing, including the Oscar® and Emmy® telecasts, and producing live dance events across North America for six years before co-founding Gothic South with Benjamin. Together their production company focuses on developing and producing popular genre feature films with a strong influence from the fine arts. Revolve on Camera is their first feature documentary.