The Unseen Festival 2018: September 1 to September 30

T H E  U N S E E N  F E S T I V A L 2018

Working with new definitions of experimental film, writing, and dance during a full 30 days of screenings and other performances at multiple venues from September 1 to September 30, 2018, Counterpath is excited to present year 2 of The Unseen Festival, exploring notions of the resistant, the excluded, and the unacknowledged.

Nightly events will take place at Counterpath, with secondary venues including Georgia Art Space, Gildar Gallery, Peralta Projects, Dikeou Collection, and the University of Colorado, Boulder. The festival also includes nightly offsite screenings across Denver, locations to be announced each evening. Running alongside the festival is a feature, “consent not to be,” of Fred Moten’s trilogy consent not to be a single being, as well as a feature of local businesses in the Counterpath neighborhood, “Locale.”

Work in the Unseen Festival represents outputs from artists, approximately 50% of whom are women, in over 45 different countries, with over 190 participants—see the full list here—and approximately 200 films.

Tickets are $7 for each evening, with full access passes for the month just $100.

Full schedule:

Friday, August 17

Sneak Preview!
Filmmaker and curator in person: Jean-Jacques Martinod
Preceded by a performance by Andy Martrich, J. Gordon Faylor, and Scott Adams.
Translations on the Voyage, curated by Jean-Jacques Martinod
350 MYA
, Terra Long (Morocco/Canada, 2016, 8 min)
Grabados del Ojo Nocturno, Jean-Jacques Martinod (Morocco/Ecuador, 2016, 7 min)
Ñores, Annalisa D. Quagliata (Mexico, 2017, 3 min)
Fracking, Colectivo Los Ingrávidos (Mexico, 2018, 4 min)
The Handeye (Bone Ghosts), OJOBOCA (Germany, 2012, 8 min)
El Diezmo, Jean-Jacques Martinod (Canada/Ecuador, 2017, 13 min)
Samadhi, Jordan Nelson (USA, 1967, 6 min, 16mm)
Half-price full-access passes on sale at this event only!

Saturday, Sept. 1

Opening Night!
Preceded by performances by Serena Chopra and Michelle Ellsworth.
In Between Takes, Alexei Dmitriev (Russia, 2017, 8 min)
Capsule, Simon Welch (France, 2016, 10 min)
Clearing, Eric Ko (USA, 2018, 3 min)
Microdistrict, Ivelina Ivanova (Bulgaria, 2017, 4 min)
Henry, Rhea Storr (United Kingdom, 2017, 5 min)
Requiem, Harold Charre (France, 2017, 10 min)
Fathers and Sons, Roger Deutsch (USA/Hungary, 2018, 30 min)

Sunday, Sept. 2

Preceded by a performance featuring Jessica Lawson and dance by Olivia Dwyer, with Vivian Kim and Alex Tomassian.
Dogs Over One Hundred Fire Doors, Gloria Chung (USA, 2018, 7 min)
Please Step Out of the Frame, Karissa Hahn (USA, 2018, 4 min)
The Parent Trap, Stephanie Barber  (USA, 2017, 4 min)
Like Evenly Spaced Plants, Nicole Rayburn (Canada, 2018, 3 min)
Golden Balls, Sarah Paul (USA, 2017, 7 min)
When the Rabbit’s Nose Twitches, Janelle VanderKelen (USA, 2018, 10 min)
All the Colours of Futility, Evanthia Afstralou (Germany, 2018, 3 min)
Dessert Disaster, Alison Nguyen (USA, 2018, 4 min)
Nothing a Little Soap and Water Can’t Fix, Jennifer Proctor (USA, 2018, 12 min)

Monday, Sept. 3

City Symphonies
Filmmaker in person: Jiayi Chen.
Preceded by readings by Carolina Ebeid, Jeffrey Pethybridge, and Patrick Pethybridge.

Autorretrato (Self Portrait), Nacho Recio (Spain, 2016, 4 min)
Silent London, Ivelina Ivanova (Bulgaria/United Kingdom, 2017, 3 min)
The Words are Not What You Meant, Jiayi Chen (USA, 2017, 13 min)
WZ557_Mont1, Ralph Klewitz (Australia, 2018, 2 min)
Rome in Fragments, Rob Munday (Italy/UK, 2017, 3 min)
Lines of Force, Dan Browne (Canada, 2018, 2 min)
XCTRY, Bill Brown (USA, 2018, 7 min)
Monoscape, Viktor Brim (Germany, 2017, 17 min)

Tuesday, Sept. 4

Camera Lessons
Preceded by a performance curated by Diana Nguyen, featuring Emelia Kamaldulski and Lara E. Wilber.
Outubro Acabou (October is Over),  Karen Akerman & Miguel Seabra Lopes (Brazil/Portugal, 2015, 24 min)
Camera Threat, Bernd Lützeler (Germany/India, 2017, 30 min)

Wednesday, Sept. 5

Invisible Islands
Preceded by a performance curated by Julia Madsen, featuring Evelyn Hampton and Bailey Mestayer Pittenger.
Alfaião, André Almeida Rodrigues (Portugal, 2016, 13 min)
Gede Vizyon, Marcos Serafim, Jefferson Kielwagen, and Steevens Simeon (Brazil/Haiti, 2018, 15 min)
Fragmento de Canto del Macho Anciano, Cristián Tapies and Roberto Oyarzún Susñar (Chile, 2017, 10 min)
Quehuaya, Anuar Elias (Bolivia, 2017, 23 min)

Thursday, Sept. 6

Future Light
Filmmaker in person: M. Dianela Torres
Preceded by a performance curated by Julia Madsen, featuring McCormick Templeman and Vincent Carafano.
The Sky is Mine, Mahta Hosseini (Iran, 2018, 2 min)
The Man in the Bushes, Vasilios Papaioannu and Emma Piper-Burket (USA, 2017, 6 min)
Couldn’t Dream Anywhere, Eden Mitsenmacher (Netherlands, 2016, 4 min)
Sincronía, M. Dianela Torres (Mexico, 2016, 6 min)
Juno, M. Dianela Torres (Mexico, 2017, 5 min)
Extraterrestre, Victoria Karmin (Mexico, 2015, 15 min)
Eclipse, Emilia Izquierdo (United Kingdom, 2017, 5 min)
Future Light (2021), Karissa Hahn (2018, 7 min, 16mm)

Friday, Sept. 7

An Evening at GEORGIA
Alternate venue: GEORGIA Art Space, 952 Mariposa St. (Back Yard), Denver
Filmmakers in person: M. Dianela Torres, Kelly Sears, Monteith McCollum
The Forest is Offended, Stephanie Barber (USA, 2017, 3 min)
A Film Containing Trees, Jon Behrens (USA, 2018, 3 min)
Generation, Dan Browne (Canada, 2017, 2 min)
Prist, Eric Ko (USA, 2018, 5 min)
Uno No Es Tan Débil Como Para Sucumbir Ante Situaciones Así (One is Not as Weak…), M. Dianela Torres (Mexico, 2017, 5 min)
Equal Tense, Ieva Balode (Latvia, 2018, 8 min)
Not For Medical Use, Camila Moreiras (Spain, 2017, 4 min)
Applied Pressure, Kelly Sears (USA, 2018, 6 min)
The Event, Mo Flannery (Australia, 2017, 5 min)
In a Free Sound Field, Monteith McCollum (USA, 2017, 11 min)

Saturday, Sept. 8

Recorded Apparitions
Filmmakers in person: Monteith McCollum and Julia Madsen
Preceded by readings by Cassandra Eddington and Marcia Douglas.
13 (Recorded) Apparitions of Her Ghost, Pere Ginard (Spain, 2018, 7 min)
Mountains of the Sun, Gloria Chung (USA, 2017, 10 min)
Down Escalation, Shunsaku Hayashi (Japan, 2018, 8 min)
The Uninvited, Laura Focarazzo (Argentina, 2015, 4 min)
The Boneyard, The Birth Manual, A Burial, Julia Madsen (USA, 2018, 5 min)
Black Hillsmilk, Spitzweg & Braun (USA, 2018, 9 min)
El Diezmo, Jean-Jacques Martinod (Ecuador, 2018, 13 min)
Rabbit in the Sand, Monteith McCollum, live performance (USA, 2018, 20 min)

Sunday, Sept. 9

Man from Iota
Alternate venue
: University of Colorado, Boulder, CASE Building, NEST Studio for the Arts
Filmmaker in person: Laurids Andersen Sonne
Man from Iota, Laurids Andersen Sonne (Denmark/USA, 2018, 50 min)

Monday, Sept. 10

Encounters with the Unknown: The Cinema of Dakota Nanton
Alternate venue: University of Colorado, Boulder, Visual Arts Complex. 1B20

Filmmaker in person: Dakota Nanton.
Preceded by a guided mediation led by Kitty Moore.

Ideas for Film (2017, 5 min)
Nancy Lieder’s Vision (2014–16, 7  min)
Mineola (2018, 5 min)
Fear of Drowning (2018, 9 min)
Meditations on Binary Vision (2016, 10 min)
Odysseus and the Oceanic Feeling (2017, 25 min)
Oh, Ophelia (2016, 4 min)
Amazonas (2018, excerpt)

Tuesday, Sept. 11

Uprooting Ghosts
Alternate venue: Gildar Gallery, 82 South Broadway, Denver, CO
Preceded by a reading curated by Tameca Coleman, featuring Allissa Woodson and Rashid Mohamed. 
Field of Infinity, Guli Silberstein (United Kingdom, 2018, 6 min). World Premiere!
Digital Trauma (And the Crystal Image), Maria Molina Peiró (Netherlands, 2018, 8 min)
Beyond Action, Ana Rodríguez León (Spain, 2018, 6 min)
Uprooting Ghosts: A Queer “Fantasia on National Themes”, Rafal Morusiewicz (Poland, 2017, 47 min)

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Filmmaker in person: Saif Alsaegh
Preceded by a dance performance by Rowan Salem and Maggie Ammons.

Homesick, Marco Pareja (Ecuador, 2018, 13 min)
If I Were Any Further Away I’d Be Closer to Home, Rajee Samarasinghe (Sri Lanka/USA, 2016, 15 min)
Le Métro, Vieira da Silva, Ricardo Vieira Lisboa (Portugal, 2016, 9 min)
Rosa, Saif Alsaegh (Iraq/USA, 2018, 17 min)
The Source is a Hole, Madsen Minax (USA, 2017, 26 min)

Thursday, Sept. 13

Memories and Fragments
Filmmaker in person: Saif Alsaegh
Preceded by a dance performance by Vivian Kim and Keith Hayne.

38 River Road, Josh Weissbach (USA, 2016, 8 min)
Autonotturno in 22 frammenti, Mattia Biondi (Italy, 2018, 7 min)
Ring, Renato Pérez (Germany, 2018, 11 min)
Domain and Range, Simon Welch (France, 2015, 6 min)
Diana, Traci Hercher (USA, 2018, 8 min)
Alazeef, Saif & Fady Alsaegh (Iraq/USA, 2016, 22 min)

Friday, Sept. 14

Volleyball Holiday
Preceded by a dance performance by Vivian Kim and Keith Hayne.
The Vanishing American, Wago Kreider (USA, 2018, 8 min). World Premiere!
La Mesa, Adrian Garcia Gomez (USA, 2018, 10 min)
Identity Parade, Gerard Freixes Ribera (Spain, 2017, 5 min)
Volleyball Holiday, Ricardo Vieira Lisboa (Portugal, 2016, 8 min)
Kinski Wanted Herzog to Direct but He Turned it Down, Guillaume Vallée (Canada, 2017, 6 min)
Amateri, or The Lost Innocents, Graeme Cole (United Kingdom, 2017, 20 min)

Saturday, Sept. 15

Lake Club
Filmmakers in person: Bin Li and Magali Dougoud.
Preceded by a reading by Hanna Rose Shell and Laynie Browne.
i am also here “FDF,” Bin Li (China/USA, 2018, 4 min) (live performance by Bin Li with clarinet accompaniment by Rebecca Zinner)
Seaside, Emmanuelle Nègre (France, 2018, 4 min)
A Day at the River, Pedro Lacerda (Chile/Brazil, 2018, 7 min)
Lac Club, Magali Dougoud (Russia/Switzerland, 2018, 15 min)
Black Blue Abstract, Evelin Stermitz (Austria, 2014, 8 min)
Taylor Creek, Dan Browne (Canada, 2017, 2 min)
On Familiar Waters, Rita Mahfouz (Lebanon, 2018, 8 min)
The Stream VII, Hiroya Sakurai (Japan, 2017, 6 min)
i am also here “PTP,” Bin Li (China/USA, 2018, 30 min, outdoor projection loop)

Sunday, Sept. 16

Film Decay
Filmmakers in person: Kate E. Hinshaw and Emily Van Loan.
Preceded by a performance curated by Jessica Lawson, featuring André Hoilette and Ella Longpre.
Great Dismal Swamp, Jason Sudak (USA, 2018, 11 min)
La Cognizione del Calore, Salvatore Insana (Italy, 2017, 12 min)
Grabados del Ojo Nocturno, Jean-Jacques Martinod (Morocco/Ecuador, 2016, 7 min)
Fool(ed), Emily Van Loan (USA, 2017, 8 min, 16mm)
Re-Vue, Dirk de Bruyn (Australia, 2018, 7 min)
Teardown, Kate E. Hinshaw (USA, 2018, 4 min)
History of a Dying Eye, Mattia Biondi (Italy, 2017, 4 min)
De.Cadence, Marisol Bellusci & Luis Saray (Argentina/Colombia, 2018, 3 min)
The Garden of Delight, Michael Fleming (Netherlands, 2017, 12 min)

Monday, Sept. 17

Separated by the Sea
Preceded by a performance curated by Marcia Douglas, featuring Davidas (Bird) Marathe.
Katagami, Michael Lyons (Japan, 2016, 4 min)
Displaced, Salar Niknafs (Australia, 2017, 6 min)
Divided by Blue, Eric Ko (USA, 2016–17, 9 min)
WWW {The Whale Who Wasn’t}, Alessia Cecchet (USA, 2018, 11 min). World Premiere!
way of the gods, Lorenzo Gattorna (China/Taiwan/Japan/USA, 2016, 11 min)
Rodez, Stefano Miraglia (France, 2017, 3 min)
A Return, James Edmonds (Germany, 2018, 6 min)

Tuesday, Sept. 18

Violence Is to Charge 600 Euros
Alternate venue: Gildar Gallery, 82 South Broadway, Denver, CO
Preceded by a dance performance by Brooke McNamara and Lauren Beale.
Give, David de Rozas (USA, 2018, 17 min)
An Ecstatic Experience, Ja’Tovia Gary (USA, 2015, 7 min)
Violence Is to Charge 600 Euros, Public Land I, Elena Friedrich (Germany/Spain/Greece/Turkey, 2017, 28 min)
Violence Is to Charge 600 Euros, Public Land II, Elena Friedrich (Germany/Spain/Greece, 2017, 28 min)

Wednesday, Sept. 19

Remnants of a Dream
Films curated by Amir George.
Curator in person: Amir George.
Preceded by a performance curated by Steven Dunn, featuring Suzi Q. Smith, Bianca Mikahn, and Jenee Elise Donelson.
He Kind of Like Skipped Over Me and Tells All My African American Friends to Go Sit Down,” A.J. McClenon (USA, 2015, 9 min)
Summer Before Spring’s End, Terence Price & Reginald O’Neal (USA, 2015-16, 9 min)
Her Name in My Mouth, Onyeka Igwe (Nigeria/UK, 2017, 6 min)
Tower XYZ, Ayo Akingbade (UK, 2016, 3 min)
Remnants of a Room, Vonnie Quest (USA, 2017, 4 min)
Fucked Like a Star, Stefani Saintonge (Haiti/USA, 2017, 8 min)

Thursday, Sept. 20

Contorting Metaphysical Hijinks
Curator in person: Amir George.
Preceded by a performance curated by Tameca Coleman, featuring Ralonda N. Simmons and Ahja Fox.
Films by Amir George.

Friday, Sept. 21

Rhythm of Being
Preceded by a dance performance by Laura Ann Samuelson and Ondine Gearey.
3 Peonies, Stephanie Barber (USA, 2017, 4 min)
Ambrosia, Janelle VanderKelen (USA, 2017, 4 min)
Reasonable Watchfulness, Talena Sanders (USA/Spain/Portugal, 2018, 8 min)
Regenmusik, Auden Lincoln-Vogel & Annelyse Gelman (Germany, 2018, 5 min)
Positive, Hadi Moussally (Lebanon, 2018, 2 min)
Rhythm of Being, Giada Ghiringhelli (Switzerland, 2017, 7 min)
Hijacked, Shambhavi Kaul (USA, 2017, 15 min)
Junkanoo Talk, Rhea Storr (UK, 2017, 12 min)

Saturday, Sept. 22

Preceded by a reading by Diana Nguyen and dance by Rick Manayan.
You Can’t Plan a Perfect Day Sometimes it Just Happens, Alison Nguyen (USA, 2018, 9 min)
#63 Completion, Lili White (USA, 2018, 4 min)
The Partisan, Jean-Michel Rolland (France, 2017, 2 min)
Walking Cycle, Wenhua Shi (China/USA, 2016, 9 min)
Flow, Morgen Christie (USA, 2018, 3 min)
Jailbird, Anabela Costa (France, 2018, 6 min)
Stakra, Sara Bonaventura (Italy/USA, 2017, 5 min)
Nihelious, Yuri Yefanov (Ukraine, 2017, 11 min)

Sunday, Sept. 23

Work/Prints: Taylor Dunne and Eric Stewart
Alternate Venue: University of Colorado, Boulder, CASE Building, NEST Studio for the Arts

Filmmakers in person: Taylor Dunne and Eric Stewart
Off Country (work-in-progress excerpt), Taylor Dunne & Eric Stewart (USA, 2019)
Obar (excerpt), Taylor Dunne (USA, 2008)
Katah-din (excerpt), Taylor Dunne (USA, 2014)
Harbour, Eric Stewart (USA, 2016)
MAYDAY, Eric Stewart (USA, 2012)
Helios, Eric Stewart (USA, 2018, 5 min, 16mm)

Monday, Sept. 24

Moment of Yield: Recent Work by Toma Peiu and Luiza Parvu
Alternate venue: University of Colorado, Boulder, CASE Building, NEST Studio for the Arts
Filmmakers in person: Toma Peiu and Luiza Parvu

Arabidopsis thaliana, Nicholas DelRose, Toma Peiu, and Luiza Pârvu (USA, 2016, 4 min)
Post-Kirill, Toma Peiu and Luiza Pârvu (USA/Romania, 2018, 11 min)
Sisyphus 2.0, Toma Peiu and Luiza Pârvu (USA/Romania, 2016, 7 min)
Civilians, Toma Peiu and Luiza Pârvu (USA/Romania, 2017, 34 min)
plus Surprise Screening!

Tuesday, Sept. 25

The Sun Quartet
Alternate venue: Peralta Projects, 747 Elati Street (garage), Denver, CO
Preceded by reading curated by Erinrose Mager, featuring Mike Walsh and Elisa Gabbert.

The Sun Quartet, Colectivo Los Ingrávidos (Mexico, 2017, 62 min)
San Juan River
November 2 / Far from Ayotzinapa

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Ritual and Repetition
Alternate venue: Dikeou Collection, 1615 California Street, Suite 515, Denver
Preceded by readings by Emily Barton Altman and Tameca Coleman.
Tadpole Tale; A Fantasy,
 Laurids Sonne (USA, 2017, 14 min)
The Girl with Two Watches, Gabriele Tosi (Italy, 2018, 4 min)
Konstruktion Aria, James Pomeroy (Canada, 2017, 4 min)
Vortex, Alexandre Alagôa (Portugal, 2017, 10 min)
_galore, Bernd Lützeler (Germany/India, 2018, 9 min)
Locus, Luther Clement (USA, 2018, 5 min)
Interloop Meaning Lies Inter/Views/Loves, Paul Jacques Yves Guillbert (Belgium/France, 2018, 13 min)
Ritual and Repetition, Eric Souther (China/USA, 2018, 9 min)

Thursday, Sept. 27

Sunken Treasures
Preceded by a performance by Kanika Agrawal and dance by Boulder Burlesque.
601 Revir Drive, Josh Weissbach (USA, 2017, 9 min)
Even in paradise it is not good to be alone, Lorenzo Gattorna (Italy/USA, 2017, 8 min)
Distance, Sharon Whooley (Ireland, 2018, 14 min)
Sunken Gardens, Domietta Torlasco (USA, 2016, 20 min) 

Friday, Sept. 28

An(other) Evening at GEORGIA
Alternate Venue
: GEORGIA Art Space, 952 Mariposa St. (Back Yard), Denver
Överföringsdiagram nr 1 (Diagram of Transfer No. 1), Lina Selander (Sweden, 2018, 9 min)
A Camouflage of the Mind, Patrick O’Hare (USA, 2016, 12 min, silent)
Letter Inside a Bottle, Renato Pérez (Chile, 2018, 8 min, silent)
The Spectre Watches Over Her, Rajee Samarasinghe (Sri Lanka/USA, 2016, 14 min, silent)
Transitions, Aurèle Ferrier (Switzerland, 2017, 13 min)

Saturday, Sept. 29

Preceded by a performance curated by Diana Nguyen, featuring Phuong Thao Vuong and Richard Greenfield.
Ast*risk, Kotaro Tanaka (Japan, 2017, 8 min)
Simulacra Contemplating the Mirror Neuron System, Ben Skea (Scotland, 2018, 2 min)
Forever in a Day, Eden Mitsenmacher (Netherlands, 2016, 1 min)
Ya—Why so Negative?, Nicole Rayburn (Canada, 2017, 3 min)
Untitled.mp4, Lê Xuân Tién (Vietnam, 2018, 16 min)
Perambulation, Joe Hambleton (Canada, 2018, 11 min)
Promenade Mythanalytique. Logotype, Parole & Emreinte, Paul Jacques Yves Guillbert (Belgium/France, 2017, 23 min) 

Sunday, Sept. 30

Closing Night! Best of the Fest!
Preceded by a dance performance by Kate Speer and Megan Madorin.
Best films from across the festival!