10th Annual T-10 Video Festival: featuring works that clock in at 10 minutes or less

Festival Dates: Thursday July 15-Friday July 16, 2010

21 Grand and Killer Banshee Studios present:

The 10th Annual T-10 Video Festival
two nights celebrating short videos

July 15 & 16, 2010
Doors 8.00pm
Screening 8.30pm
21 Grand
416 25th St. at Broadway

Thursday featured artists:
Lynn Marie Kirby

Thursday, July 15
(see bios)
Descriptions are currently in alphabetic order by artist name. Order will change to play order when it is set.
The Bulb

AACE - The Bulb
(Abraham, Asif, Chris & Eric)

A short documentary on a disputed east bay park that has become a home to the homeless & to artists!

Mechanical Bull

Sean Clute - Mechanical Bull

Both works were created scrambling the frames of video in random & semi-random ways. The works investigate the use of time in video, especially in documentary web-based works.


Wound Footage

Thorston Fleisch
- Wound Footage

Source material is a found footage super8 film. The visual carrier was attacked in a multitude of ways. It was scratched, cut open and violated. I captured an attempt to screen it. There it burned and was destroyed by the projector. Sorry little film. With the video footage I provoked the encoding. As a result some pixels were dislocated. In the end I reshot the film from the monitor while I somehow angered the cables that connect the monitor with my computer. That all may sound very negative and destructive to you dear reader but the goal was an almost humanist one: Unification of the digital with the analogue world. They seem so far apart and yet they aren't. By exposing every material's weaknesses and injuries it was made one. It's all visual sensations in the end.


I Said Silence

James Fontana
- I Said Silence

Set in an authoritarian world where music is not allowe, this is the story of Five strangers thrown together & forced into silent slavery. They must band together & inspire eachother to break free.


Makiko Fukaya - Drift

Drift is motion imagery that illustrate the relationship between time & emotion. Time commands & regulate people w/ infinite force. It causes lifeless people to have desive to escape from situation but that emotion is in turn washed away also by time.

Resonant City

Lee Hunter - Resonant City

Resonant City is a hand-painted meditative animated short that explores the idea of growth. From the city to the forest and back, this animation project attempts to investigate the growth of a city. The piece was painted on with black & white mural paint on a large sheet of printmaking paper; show with a digital SLR and assembled in an animation program.


Yellow Tricia Lawless Murray - Yellow

Andrew Makadsi  - Magnolia

An abstract animation about life. The evolution of sperm into humans and then ghosts.

Pixel Dub

Michael Mantra - Pixel Dub

Pixel Dub is a music video created for a track from the album Quantum Joy by Rod Modell (DeepChord Records of Detroit) and Michael Mantra. Quantum Joy is Rod and Michael’s 5th project together. Pixel Dub was created with Adobe Photoshop, Flash and After Effects to explore damaging pixels and warping the time/space continuum.


Yesterday's Tomorrows

Pinky Out Productions  - Yesterday's Tomorrows

An offbeat humorous, experimental documentary on absinthe.

Dream of Murder

Angela Rodriguez - Dream of Murder

Angela Rodriguez is a student in Downey, CA. She is heavily influenced by both literature & films. She spends hours watching the shots that were used to communicate the important points in Three Stooges, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy and Hitchcock films. Her study of shots, lights and effects led her to Film & TV Production classes. She's currently considering focusing her interests towards script writing.

Welcome to Shady Pines

V.K. Shah  - Welcome to Shady Pines

A timely mockumentary about the American housing industry funded by my 2008 Federal tax rebate. Welcome To Shady Pines is a short video by Estelle Getty, real estate agent for the up and coming neighborhood Shady Pines. Estelle takes us on a tour to meet her fabulous residents and see how great life is in Shady Pines. Estelle’s sells more than houses, she sells dreams. Estelle doesn’t discriminate either, even if you don’t have credit, a job, collateral, or a down payment, she will find a home for you!

welcometoshadypines.com          www.VKShah.info

Thrift Town: Get Used

Samantha Stevens
- Thrift Town: Get Used

THRIFT TOWN: GET USED, Stevens second film, is a celebration of a beloved Bay Area Thrift Store and a look inside the thrift culture showing how shopping second-hand can be so much more than just a good deal. This film features local San Francisco band, La Plebe! She is excited to share this film with the world. This film was screened at the San Francisco Doc Fest in 2010 and won first place in the Indie Roar Online Film Competition in 2010.

Study in Choreography for Camera Remote

Study in Choreography for Camera Remote


Second Star Kata

Featured Artist: Lynn Marie Kirby

Time Dilations
Study in Choreography for Camera Remote
Latent Light Excavations 2003-2010
Karate Class Exposure  Part 1: The Space Itself (silent), Part 3: Second Star Kata,
  Part 2: Points of Contact
Listening to Letters

Time Dilations, 1999 - 2003

The Time Dilation series works in the slippage between and through frames, the gaps and glitches between recording systems and histories. Each manifestation of digital break-up is evidence of technology’s material fragility as well as an articulation of the content. Concerned with a temporality determined by the "in-time-ness" of things, rather than drama or characters, this series of videos captures the cyclical and circular nature of life as it unfolds in both domestic and geographic sites.

Photons in Paris: image encoding 3, and 4 are part of a larger series of Photon pieces from the Time Dilations, these take place in the home. These videos play with the material space between the pixel break up and the parquet pattern on the floor. These are improvisations, with my son and the digital equipment, light and paper, through live editing.

Study in Choreography for Camera Remote

In 2000 when we returned to the Bay Area I began a year-long project in which I recorded my daily sweeping after breakfast, this is a seven day excerpt. I think of this piece as a collaboration across time with Maya Daren and her film, Study in Choreography for Camera from 1945. I too am thinking about the space of dance, movement and time. I used the camera remote and the record deck remote to dance with the daily material.

Latent Light Excavations, 2003- 2010

After returning to the States, I began again to work with the American landscape. The Latent Light Site Excavation Series is a continuation of my interest in American history and its residue in the landscape. I am fascinated by how sites carry traces of their history, but also act as reservoirs of memory, as virtual sites. Each final projection in the archive is a document of the landscape itself, a slice through time to what lies below the visible, an archive and critique of what it means to be an American.

For this series, I use a hybrid process, employing both 16mm film and digitization systems to excavate the invisible history of American landscapes and to reconsider and make visible media technology, here the transfer process of film to digital. I exposed, 16mm raw film stock without a camera. This exposure encodes on the film both the
light of the site and the performance of a gesture. Next, the developed film is used as source material for an improvisation on a film to digital transfer/encoding deck, using the film material like a chart or thematic framework on which to improvise.

The material aspects of the film source medium are revealed through usually hidden, unintended and unwanted artifacts: dust, scratches, hole punches, head and tail leader information. Uniquely digital artifacts, similarly usually unwanted in the transfer process are also introduced.

These American sites are chosen for their complex histories. The sites of exposure may have a personal history or intersect my interest in the American vernacular and history, and the history of cinema and media making. The works function at times as memorial gestures or homages and at times as celebrations or critiques.

This series eventually expanded to include exposures at international sites, including Lebanon, Rwanda and the Jordan staircase in St. Petersburg among others.

Karate Class Exposure: three variations (silent/ sound)

First made as part of an evening of video and performance with Harrell Fletcher, who had been a student at CCA, my son James and his karate teacher. The material was gathered at my son’s karate school. The video it is comprised of three sections.

Part 1: the space itself (silent) and Part 3: second star kata (sound)
I exposed two rolls of 16mm film with out a camera to the light of James’ karate class. One roll was exposed to the general light and space of the Karate One dojo and the other was exposed while James was practicing his second star form with his teacher Sensai Shanas. In part 1, I work with the framing of karate practice through the blue dojo mat to focus on questions of framing in film and digital media. In part 3, I use the star icon inside the transfer machine to mediate on James’ star form. I commissioned Alex Lukas, a San Francisco sound artist and former graduate student at CCA, to do one of his sound rubbings of the dojo, which is the sound of Second Star Form.

Part 2: Points of Contact (sound) (Motion Studies after Muybridge)
For this section, I recorded a series of kicks like those James did in the dojo on the day that Harrell and I shot. Instead of using video as the recording medium, we used ink and paper. The paper recorded the energy of the kicks. I scanned the kick records into the computer and placed them along side the sound recorded in the dojo. I wanted to bring attention to the focus and discipline that karate practice had for James. By scratching the record of the kicks, I attempt to bring out this sense of attention and the supportive and challenging relationship that he had with his teacher Sensai Shanas. These studies of a boy in motion were inspired by Muybridge’s early still photograph motion studies of athletes. Where Muybridge decomposed the motion of an athletic gesture into multiple still images, I begin with a single image, the kick impact, and reconstruct the gesture.


Requiescat, a prayer or a wish for the repose of a person, here for a person killed in Iraq.

I scratched into a 100 Ft roll of film an “X” for a person killed in Iraq. I scratched until the roll was filled. In transferring the film to digital video I again thought of those killed in Iraq. This time I was not etching an "X" into the film emulsion for each death, but punching the transfer machine each time I saw an "X" pass in real time, changing the “X” from positive to negative. This new gesture marks each death anew with a skip or glitch in the transfer process.

Listening to Letters

Listening. It brings quiet into the frenetic noise of our time by pausing to focus on what we hear

In 2009 I began a listening practice, paying attention to the sounds of sites. Not wanting to use sound recording technology or make field recordings, I began by taking sound notes as a way of being attentive to encounters that resonate through the audible.

I started by listening carefully to the day. I listened to each hour of the day for a week until, after twenty-four weeks, all twenty-four hours were carefully paid attention to. I listened to the alphabet, the history of the sounds of vowels and consonants, how these sounds became marks then letters. Using the frame of a workday to structure listing in a domestic space, I listened in a house for eight-hours. I invited a friend to listen with me. We took our listening notes and performed them with an American Sign Language interpreter in the home where we had originally listened and created another moment of listening.

Listening continued in Art in Storefronts, the 24th Street Promenade sponsored by Triple Base Gallery and the City of San Francisco. After listening myself, I invited the public to listen with me in sites along 24th Street: the 7th Day Adventist Church, the Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting House, Center Nail Salon, the Brava Theater, St Francis Fountain and Garfield Park. Together we took notes. I put the listening notes from these sites into the forms found at the original sites: church programs, pamphlets, price lists, theater announcements, menus, and park signs. I also made documents of the listening experience for each of the listeners.

I was recently was part of the San Francisco/ Shanghai Sister City Exchange, I traveled to Shanghai to listen. Once in Shanghai I asked people I met to show me their city and to listen with me. We listened together at thirteen sites: in public parks, around tables in homes, in cafes and restaurants, to dance performances, during reflexology treatments and in schools. These listening documents were recently in a show in San Francisco and will travel to Shanghai.

Tonight I will perform Listening to Letters with ASL interpreter Jesada Pua.




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