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Technology and versatility contribute to big booms in short filmmaking

March 19th, 2014 by Amy Richardson Posted in Around Town, Artists, Exhibitions | Comments Off on Technology and versatility contribute to big booms in short filmmaking

 

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By Kris Kerzman, The Arts Partnership

(Blogpost originally appeared in ARTSpulse)

A couple weeks ago, in the lead-up to the Academy Awards, NPR’s Neda Ulaby had this story about the rising popularity of short films and their increased visibility due to distribution channels like iTunes and Amazon. Further, big-time creators like Disney are using short films to explore (and promote) their fictional universes/franchises.

The rise in short film can easily be seen on a smaller scale and closer to home, too, where video platforms like YouTube and Vimeo make creating and sharing short film easy and inexpensive. Recently, the Fargo Film Festival held another highly popular two-minute movie contest, and Plains Art Museum is hosting an exhibition of the One-Minute Film Festival, a popular event that eventually made the leap to the MassMoCA in Boston. In addition, the museum is hosting its own one-minute film contest, “Fargo in 60 Seconds.” Short film, it would appear, is having a moment.

To get some reaction to this growth of short film, we looked to two participants in the “Fargo in 60 Seconds” contest: Fergus Falls-based filmmaker and artist Deb Wallwork and Los Angeles-based filmmaker Rita Baghdadi.

What do you find appealing about the short film format?

Wallwork: Short films are fun. You can convey a lot of information in bite-sized portions. If a picture is worth 1000 words, a short film must be worth 10,000 words. The best short films are like poems, they use metaphor and more impressionistic sketches to operate on several levels. A short film keeps you on your toes because you’ve got to convey a lot in a small space. I’m best known for hour-long programs, and once when I was recommended for an assignment, the argument was made that I didn’t have the right instincts. In fact, if you can know how to make a good longer film, you can figure out how to fit it into whatever time box you have to work with. And the converse is also true. Starting out making a short film will give you a lot of the tools to work in a longer format.

Baghdadi: What I like about the short format is that it doesn’t leave room for unnecessary details. You have to get right to the point. As a storyteller, this is an appealing challenge. Shorts are also a great way to explore an idea or character before committing to an expensive feature. It’s not as daunting to embark on a short project. I make documentaries and it often takes years to finish one feature whereas I’ve shot short docs in just five days. Of course it depends on the subject, but short films can be just as effective as features.

What advantages do online platforms (like YouTube and Vimeo) give you as a short filmmaker?

Baghdadi: Views and likes are currency these days. Online platforms like YouTube and Vimeo level the playing field by giving short filmmakers a chance to get eyeballs on their project. It’s also a great way to make a name for yourself if you’re just starting out.

Wallwork: New media are wonderful for reaching the circles of people that are your friends or the friends of your friends, and sometimes beyond. Not everyone can make a screening, and the online venues bring the screenings to you. On the other hand, it’s like a thrift shop. You’ve really got to hunt to find the gems.

As an audience member, what do you like about short films?

Baghdadi: I like watching short films for the same reason I like making them. If done well, they’re succinct and compelling in the most necessary of ways. It’s amazing how three minutes can feel too long for one story while 45 minutes just isn’t enough for another. I like the uniqueness of each short. They might not follow a three-act structure like a lot of features do so the outcome is often unexpected.

Wallwork: Short films satisfy our modern short attention spans. It’s like the weather here on the Plains, if you don’t like it, just wait ten minutes and it’ll be different. With all the new platforms, phones, computers, social media, short films are hot, because they fit the gaps in our day, the coffee breaks, waiting for a bus, all the in-between moments.

What advice would you give someone who is intrigued with making short films?

Wallwork: I would say to an aspiring filmmaker that it’s best to get your elevator speech in your head, know what your core story is before you shoot. Otherwise you end up wading through tons of footage and hard decisions that don’t contribute to the process. If the subject is really broad, take one angle and explore that. A short film takes almost as much material as a longer film, you just have fiercer about how you cut it. In “Waterlilies,” I wanted to make a film that captured the joy and freedom of swimming in a body of water that is wild, that is real. Unlike a longer film, I didn’t try to explicate what had actually motivated me to make the film, the fact that I see fewer and fewer people going into the water; that we put screens and motorized vehicles and the fear of being exposed in a bathing suit between us and what is a such a tremendous source of wonder and pleasure. The short film doesn’t need to say all that, it just gives you the experience, and lets that speak.

Baghdadi: My advice is to get your hands dirty! Go out and make something. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. In fact, I encourage you to break all the rules! To quote Salvador Dali, “have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”

Image: a screen grab from “Waterlilies,” a short film by Deb Wallwork; click the link to view.

Video embed: Endless Eye | Documentary Reel 2013 from Rita Baghdadi on Vimeo.

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Filmmaker/artist Jason Simon to talk at Plains Art Museum on March 7

February 14th, 2014 by Amy Richardson Posted in Around the Museum, Around Town, Contests, Exhibitions | Comments Off on Filmmaker/artist Jason Simon to talk at Plains Art Museum on March 7

Plains Art Museum and the Fargo Film Festival are co-hosting a reception on March 7 for Jason Simon, the founder of The One Minute Film Festival: 2003-2012, currently on exhibition at the museum. The show features hundreds of one-minute films created by more than 300 artists whose video vignettes range from the meditative and poignant to the startling surreal and outright funny.

New York-based artist Simon curated the exhibition, which appeared at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) prior to opening at the Plains.

Museum Reception/Fargo Film Festival Pre-Party

Friday, March 7, 5 – 7 p.m.
6 p.m. – Brief remarks by Jason Simon
Hors d’oeuvres by Mosaic Foods and cash bar
Complimentary copies of the MASS MoCA show catalog, while supplies last
Free for museum members and Fargo Film Festival pass holders, $10 nonmembers, $5 students

Simon is a media artist and assistant professor of Cinema at City University of New York. He creates films, videos, installations, photographs, and sound sculptures that focus on the intersection of consumption and culture.

The One Minute Film Festival is on display at the museum through May 24. The exhibition and related programs are sponsored by The Forum. Plains Art Museum is located at 704 First Avenue North in downtown Fargo.

Fargo in 60 Seconds: Open call for films through March 17
To expand on the creative vision of The One Minute Film Festival, Plains Art Museum invites submissions from filmmakers to submit their best one-minute films and video creations. There is no fee to enter, and contributors may submit up to two movies. The entry deadline is March 17, and the submissions will be showcased at the museum in a continuously looped screening titled Fargo in 60 Seconds from March 24 to May 24.

The Museum will also host a Teen Filmmakers Awards Night on April 10 for a special screening of films submitted by filmmakers ages 14 to 18. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st Place – $100, 2nd Place – $75 and 3rd Place – $50. Filmmakers ages 19 and above will be eligible for a drawing for two tickets to the museum’s 2014 Spring Gala: Optical Illusions on May 3. For more details and entry guidelines, visit http://plainsart.org/visit/public-programs/fargo60/.

 

“The One Minute Film Festival” and “Fargo in 60 Seconds”

January 13th, 2014 by Amy Richardson Posted in Around the Museum, Education, Exhibitions | Comments Off on “The One Minute Film Festival” and “Fargo in 60 Seconds”

We’re excited to present The One Minute Film Festival: 2003-2012, an exhibition of hundreds of one-minute films created by more than 300 artists whose video vignettes range from the meditative and poignant to the startling surreal and outright funny. Curated by New York-based artist Jason Simon, the film festival comes to Fargo from January 25 to May 24, 2014, as a traveling exhibition created by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). A reception will be held at the Museum featuring a talk by Jason Simon on March 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The show also includes artist-designed, full-size movie posters for a selection of the films, many of which are humorous takes on traditional Hollywood movie posters. An hour-long film compilation, Exquisite Corpse 2012, will also be on display. Acting as a modern variation on the Surrealist “exquisite corpse” party game, the film was created by 60 artists who each received the last second of a previous film and built a new minute based on that glimpse. The exhibition and related programs are sponsored by The Forum.

Fargo in 60 Seconds

Open call for films through March 17
To expand on the creative vision of The One Minute Film Festival, Plains Art Museum invites submissions from area filmmakers age 14 and up to submit their best one-minute films and video creations. There is no fee to enter, and contributors may submit up to two movies. The entry deadline is March 17, and the submissions will be showcased in a continuously looped screening on the Museum’s Third Floor from March 24 to May 24.

Entries received before February 17 will be considered for inclusion in the Fargo Film Festival’s 2-Minute Movie Contest held in March. The Museum will also host a Teen Filmmakers Awards Night on April 10 for a special screening of films submitted by filmmakers ages 14 to 18. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st Place – $100, 2nd Place – $75 and 3rd Place – $50. For more details and entry guidelines, visit www.plainsart.org.

Free Workshop on January 30: Making Your Own One-Minute Film
Area filmmakers from Minnesota State University Moorhead will provide tips and insights on crafting short films on Thursday, January 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Museum atrium. The workshop is funded in part by Xcel Energy.

From the Curator: An Unveiling at the NDSU Ceramics Department

November 8th, 2013 by Becky Dunham Posted in Around Town, Artists, Exhibitions | Comments Off on From the Curator: An Unveiling at the NDSU Ceramics Department

NDSU KilnHello from your new Curator at Plains Art Museum! Earlier this week, a few of the Museum staff and I accepted the invitation of David Swenson, NDSU Associate Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture, and Daniel Siverson, NDSU Studio Technician, to watch them unload freshly fired ceramic wares from the Art Department’s massive wood-fire kiln.

As an amateur ceramist, I readily welcomed this opportunity. And what an experience it was! Despite the encroaching wintry weather, it was a perfect sunny day to see David and Daniel carefully remove and inspect all of the objects, with assistance from an undergraduate ceramic student and members of the newly-launched post-baccalaureate ceramics program. It was especially memorable as one of the works unloaded was a large pot by Daniel that will be featured in the Museum’s upcoming exhibition Red River Reciprocity: Contemporary Ceramics in Minnesota and North Dakota (Feb. 8 – May 11, 2014).

This exhibition is part of the Museum’s new initiative to promote the education of and collecting and exhibiting of ceramics. We are partnering with Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis to showcase the amazing work local artists are making in ceramics, a medium that has a long, rich history in the region. With this exhibition, along with our ceramics facilities in the Center for Creativity and continued collecting of ceramic objects, the Museum is poised to become to a leader in the field.

Thank you to NDSU for including us in your unloading—we look forward to partnering with you and the other local schools on future projects!

Photo: Daniel Siverson, top, carefully removes a large pot he created from NDSU’s wood-fired kiln with help from Michael Weiss, left, and David Swenson, right. The pot will be featured in a contemporary ceramics exhibition at Plains Art Museum, opening Feb. 8, 2014.

Call For Entries: Happy Birthday, James Rosenquist!

October 14th, 2013 by Amy Richardson Posted in Exhibitions, News, Special Events | Comments Off on Call For Entries: Happy Birthday, James Rosenquist!
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The North Dakota Mural by James Rosenquist at Plains Art Museum. The mural was commissioned by the Museum and dedicated in 2010. Milestones Photography

To celebrate James Rosenquist’s 80th birthday, Plains Art Museum invites artists to submit images of work to be displayed in an exhibition titled Happy Birthday, James Rosenquist! Works in all media will be considered that are inspired by or in the spirit of this major 20th/21st century artist, whose roots run deep in North Dakota and Minnesota. Submissions will be reviewed by museum staff, and the selected works will be featured in a curated show in the museum’s Atrium from February to May 2014.

Please submit images of work by December 1, 2013. Artists are invited to submit already made works or they may create new pieces. Submissions may be large, but must remain smaller than 6 x 6 feet in size. Email submissions to Becky Dunham, museum curator, at bdunham@plainsart.org and include the following information about the work in the email: title, medium, dimensions, and date of creation.

For more on Rosenquist’s art, visit www.jimrosenquist-artist.com/ and here.

Museum hosts Sept. 25 receptions for FMVA, teaching artists

September 20th, 2013 by Amy Richardson Posted in Around the Museum, Artists, center for creativity, Exhibitions, News, Special Events | Comments Off on Museum hosts Sept. 25 receptions for FMVA, teaching artists

Ren Fuglestad PotteryPlains Art Museum will host two simultaneous opening events on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m., to display new artwork by the Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists (FMVA) and the Museum’s teaching artists.  Both events and the Museum galleries will be free and open to the public that evening.

The FMVA reception is a preview of works across a range of mediums by more than 40 artists participating in the annual FMVA Studio Crawl. The show and reception will be in the Xcel Energy Gallery and stays on exhibit through the Crawl, which is held on Oct. 5 and 6.  During the Crawl, visitors to the museum who present a Crawl brochure will have free admission to all galleries.

The “Meet the Artist” open house in the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity showcases the talents of several professional teaching artists who lead adult and youth classes. Visitors are invited to explore the various classrooms in the Center for Creativity and connect with instructors during the open house.

For more information, visit fmva.org and plainsart.org.

Photo: Pottery by Ren Fuglestad

Toward the Setting Sun inspired by classic and contemporary novels

September 12th, 2013 by Amy Richardson Posted in Exhibitions, Special Events | 0 comments

T. L. Solien, Waterlilies, 2007 Mixed media on paper 30 5⁄8 x 35 1⁄2 in.

Art with a twist: the opening reception for T. L. Solien’s new show features music, food, and refreshments, including a special “Moby-tini” martini created especially for the event, which takes place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21st. On Sunday, Sept. 22, from noon to 10 p.m. the Museum becomes the site for 60 narrators participating in a marathon read of Moby-Dick, the initial inspiration for the Toward the Setting Sun exhibition, which runs through January 12, 2014.

Solien began this series in 2003 after reading Herman Melville’s classic 1851 novel. He was struck by how the main character, Ahab, is so hell-bent on destroying the great whale Moby-Dick that his fanatical obsession leads him and his whaling crew to ruin. Solien identified with Ahab’s tragic flaws and recognized patterns that are deeply ingrained in American history and culture, and set about exploring the novel’s themes and characters in visual form. This led him to the 1999 novel, Ahab’s Wife, or the Star-Gazer, by Sena Jeter Naslund. He shifted the focus of his visual art to Ahab’s wife, who became his main character, “an Every Woman,” who travels through history and geography, moving beyond the narrative of the novel. In Solien’s hands, Ahab’s wife reinvents herself in different settings and professions, adapting to her circumstances rather than imposing her will on the world, as Ahab strove to do.

In collaboration with many community partners, Plains Art Museum is hosting several related events that correspond to the T. L. Solien: Toward the Setting Sun exhibition. The Museum partnered with the public libraries in Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo to promote the “Three Communities, Two Books, One Art Exhibit” project, encouraging people to read Moby-Dick and Ahab’s Wife in anticipation of the exhibition opening. Events in the coming weeks include lectures, workshops, book discussions, performances of the opera Moby-Dick by Fargo-Moorhead Opera, and a visiting author series in partnership with North Dakota State University featuring Sena Jeter Naslund, bestselling author of Ahab’s Wife. In addition, special screenings of movies that inspired the Solien exhibition will be held at area libraries and the Fargo Theatre. All events are free, except where noted. The full schedule of events is available at Plains Public Events and 321fm.org/events/.

T. L. Solien, Waterlilies, 2007 Mixed media on paper 30 5⁄8 x 35 1⁄2 in.

Hidden Fargo in Plain Sight

May 9th, 2013 by Nicole Posted in Around the Museum, Artists, center for creativity, Education, Exhibitions, News, Press Releases, Special Events | Comments Off on Hidden Fargo in Plain Sight

Plains Art Museum will open the exhibit Wing Young Huie: Hidden Fargo in Plain Sight on Thursday, May 16 at 7 PM. Minneapolis-based photographer Huie joins the Museum again to present images taken during his residency at the Museum last October.

Huie’s subjects come from the everyday: people whose faces we see but often fail to notice. Within each of those individuals, personal stories unfold on the grand and small scales; yet all are affected by a confluence of cultural and social forces. His photographs capture glimpses into these private stories as a way to gain insight into the lives of others.

On May 16, Huie will facilitate and take part in a special talk in the Starion Financial Gallery that will be transformed into a “Third Place,” where participants are encouraged to share their own thoughts and experiences living in our increasingly diverse community. In addition to the images by Huie, the exhibit features work from Fargo-based photographer Ann Arbor Miller. Miller spent time as an informal apprentice with Huie as he worked with various members in the community, documenting and emulating his process.

WHAT: Wing Young Huie Opening Reception including gallery talk, karaoke, ping pong, hors d’ouevres, and cash bar

WHEN: Thursday, May 16 at 7 PM

WHERE: Plains Art Museum

COST: Members free, students $5, nonmembers $10

It’s Spring Gala Time!

April 24th, 2013 by Nicole Posted in Around the Museum, Exhibitions, News, Special Events | Comments Off on It’s Spring Gala Time!

Join the Plains Art Museum for your Fifteen Minutes of Fame at the 17th annual Spring Gala on Saturday, May 4th from 7 PM – Midnight! With presenting sponsor Border States Electric, the theme will be based on Andy Warhol’s Creating Myth and Icon exhibition, so come dressed to impress as your favorite icon or in cocktail attire. The night will be filled with ravishing fun!

Mosaic Foods will be catering their famous food for the event followed by delicious desserts from Nichole’s Fine Pastry. Happy Harry’s will be providing a wine and beer tasting and Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome will be performing live music so guests can dance the night away! In addition, there will be dinner music by Diane Miller and the Silver Daggers, a photo booth to capture your look, cocktails by Side Street, and much more.

A silent art auction will be held throughout the event where regional artists will have their artwork for sale.

Proceeds will benefit the Plains Art Museum educational programs.

To purchase tickets, visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e6uzv2mca7e09f25&llr=rgnqygcab or call (701) 232-3821.

Written by Savanna, Communications Intern.

When Pop Goes Your Culture

April 17th, 2013 by Nicole Posted in Around the Museum, Artists, Education, Exhibitions, News, Press Releases, Special Events | Comments Off on When Pop Goes Your Culture

As an exploration of Andy Warhol’s appropriation of Native American cultural figures, Plains Art Museum asked photographer Joseph Allen to create a set of images in response to Warhol’s print series Cowboys and Indians. Allen will discuss his work in a public talk at the Museum on Thursday at 7 PM. In the two images, Allen challenges the viewer to question perceptions of the Native American as portrayed in art and commerce. While Warhol’s images attempt to examine such figures through the lens of pop culture, stripped of their original social significance, Allen attempts to bring the issue full circle and raise awareness of how such appropriation affects our understanding of Native American culture and history.

WHO: Joseph Allen

WHAT: “When Pop Goes Your Culture: Joseph Allen Talks Back to Andy Warhol”

WHEN: Thursday, April 18 at 7 PM

WHERE: Plains Art Museum

COST: Free and open to the public

Joseph J. Allen (Lakota/Ojibwe) currently lives on the White Earth Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota and has been exhibiting his art for 18 years. His photographs are in the collections of the Weisman Art Museum, the Minnesota Historical Society and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community archives. His work has also appeared in the books  Beloved Child and Minnesota in Our Time: A Photographic Portrait. Joe has won awards for his work, including a “best photo spread” honor by the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) in 1998. He also won a McKnight Photography Fellowship in 1993.

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