Films by Mike Gibisser, Erin Espelie, Tara Knight, Kelly Sears, and Jeanne Liotta. Friday, November 30, 2018, 7pm

Please join us at Counterpath (7935 East 14th Ave. in Denver) on Friday, November 30th at 7pm for an evening of screenings featuring Mike Gibisser. We will also screen work by Tara Knight, Kelly Sears, Jeanne Liotta, and Erin Espelie. Free and open to the public.


Sun B-Roll (2 min) Erin Espelie
Unsettled (video, 7 min) Tara Knight
A Tone Halfway Between Lightness and Darkness (video, 7 min), Kelly Sears
Travel Stop (16mm print or video, 16min), Mike Gibisser
Blue Loop, July (16mm print or video, 6min), Mike Gibisser
“Slit film” work in progress (video, 3 min), Mike Gibisser
Aug 17 2017 (3 min, Super8, silent), Jeanne Liotta


Mike Gibisser is a filmmaker interested in navigating the indefinite lines between essay, narrative, experimental, and documentary work, often drawing together disparate subjects or time periods. His work has been exhibited at festivals including Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, the New York Film Festival, the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, the Images Film Festival, and the European Media Arts Festival. His work has been featured in ArtforumVariety, andCinemascope, amongst other publications. He currently teaches at the University of Iowa and directs the Headroom Screening Series in Iowa City.


Erin Espelie is a writer, editor, and filmmaker, with degrees in molecular and cellular biology from Cornell University and the experimental and documentary arts from Duke University. Her poetic, nonfiction films have shown around the world at the New York Film Festival, the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival, the Whitechapel Gallery, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Imagine Science Film Festival, and more. Her feature-length documentary, The Lanthanide Series, won the grand prize at the Seoul International New Media Festival in 2015; it has shown in Denmark, Portugal, the U.K. and had its New York City premiere at Anthology Film Archives in June 2016. Espelie currently holds an assistant professorship in Film Studies and Critical Media Practices at the University of Colorado Boulder; she serves as an Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and is Editor in Chief of Natural History magazine, a centenarian publication for which she has worked since 2001.

Tara Knight is a filmmaker, animator, and media designer for live performance. Her broad range of media practices includes animated shorts, dance collaborations, world-premiere projection designs at La Jolla Playhouse, and media installations. The Floating World, a performance she co-created with Malashock Dance, was awarded an Emmy in 2011. Her Mikumentary series of films have screened in institutions ranging from pop culture to fine arts, including: New York Comic Con, South by Southwest Interactive panel, Time Warner’s “Future of Storytelling,” animation festivals in Britain, Hong Kong, and Mexico, toured with Miku the hologram herself in North America, and at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. Current projects include Sound Planetarium, a multidisciplinary project to create an interactive, data-driven “instrument” for both artistic and scientific research, as well as serving as the co-Director of NEST Studio for the Arts. Knight began her career as an optical printing assistant, a painter on the films of animation pioneer Faith Hubley, and as an animation assistant for Emily Hubley on her short films and the cult hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Knight received a B.A. from Hampshire college and an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. She is currently an Associate Professor of Critical Media Practices at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Jeanne Liotta was born and raised in NYC where she makes films and other cultural ephemera – including her ‘one-cut’ newspaper collages, moving image installations and live projection performances. Her largest body of work takes place at a curious intersection of art, science, and natural philosophy. “Observando El Cielo,” her 16mm film of the night skies, was voted one of the top films of the decade by The Film Society of Lincoln Center, was Artforum‘s Best Film of the Year, was awarded the Tiger Award for Short Film at Rotterdam International Film Festival, Best International Screen at Images Festival, and Most Beautiful Sound Design award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Her work has been seen widely and variously at festivals, museums, galleries, clubs, and science centers, i.e., The Whitney Biennial, The New York Film Festival, The Wexner Center for the Arts, The Exploratorium, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Centre de Georges Pomipidou, CCCB Spain, MCA Denver, The Menil Collection, and Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn, among many others. Her work is collected by The Museum of Modern Art, The Austrian Film Museum, and Harvard University. She is an Associate Professor in Film Studies at CU Boulder and is also Co-Chair of Film/Video at the Bard MFA Program.

Kelly Sears is an experimental animator who recasts and reframes American archetypes and institutions to reimagine our own social and political legacy.   Through combining animated photographic and film documents with speculative storytelling, each of her films contains recognizable political and social narratives that take fictional twists, becoming uncanny or fantastic as history merges with myth. She teaches advanced filmmaking and animation at the University of
Colorado Boulder. More info available at A Tone Halfway Between Lightness and Darkness: A visit with lost mediums, lost lives, lost histories and lost hopes. In middle gray. Channeling William Mumler.