MUFF 2015


Marika Borgeson: Marika Borgeson is a filmmaker and photographer currently based in Los Angeles, California. Fascinated by the fluidity and mythology of American histories, she uses film and video to explore the suspension of time and the creation of legends through historic sites, museums, landscapes, and archives. She also works with 16mm film using cameraless techniques and alternative processes. Her work has screened in galleries and festivals, including the New York Film Festival in Views from the Avant Garde, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Void Gallery in Derry, Northern Ireland, and the Media City Film Festival in Windsor, Canada.  Before receiving an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University, Marika served as the Assistant Director of the Experiments in Cinema Film Festival in Albuquerque, NM.

Kelly Gallagher: Kelly Gallagher is an experimental animator and filmmaker currently based in Iowa City. She is the 2014 recipient of the Helen Hill Award for her political cutout animation, “Pen Up the Pigs,” which explores connections between the history of slavery and modern day racist policing. Her films have screened in venues across the world including: the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Bryn Mawr Film Institute, ICA Artists’ Film Biennial, Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, London Hackney Picturehouse, Berlin Mobile Kino, and Alternative Film Video Festival Belgrade. She is interested in the history of handmade cinema and the radical possibilities of collage film and cutout animation. She is currently finishing an experimental documentary on abolitionist John Brown.

Ben Balcom: Ben Balcom is film and video maker currently living, working, and teaching in Milwaukee, WI. His work in film and digital (and digital-film hybrids) investigates ordinary objects and affects through the lens of speculative realism. In addition to making films and videos, Ben also is the curator and co-founder of a neighborhood cinema in Milwaukee called Microlights, which specializes in avant-garde film and video work (




The Starry Messenger, Marika Borgeson
life would be tragic if it were not funny, Jolene Mok
Every Filter in Final Cut Pro, Lisa McCarty
Prospector, Talena Sanders
Fragments of a Tesseract, Lisa McCarty
Excerpt from Arcanam terra lacrimarum, Marika Borgeson

FRIDAY MAY 1, 2015

Juror Presentation – In Conversation with the Archive: The Work of Kelly Gallagher and Ben Balcom

Kelly Gallagher:
Annabelle Serpentine Dance, Edison & Co – 45s
Thumbelina, Lotte Reiniger – 11m
From Ally to Accomplice – 3 minute excerpt
Pearl Pistols – 3 min
The Herstory of the Female Filmmaker – 15 min

Ben Balcom:
Electrocuting an Elephant, Edison & Co – 2m
Found video object (Massive Unidentified Sea Monster Caught on Oil Rig Cam) – 5 min
Found video object (Turning a Sphere Inside Out) – 2 min
Array – 7.5m
A Symptom – 6.5m
Digital Actualities – 6m

Steel Mill Rolling – Ross Nugent
Demolished Every Second – John Davis
Something About Which Nothing Can Be Said – Ted Kennedy
Tog – Max Weinman
Wolkenschatten – Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzalez Monroy
Watercourse – Hanna Chetwin
Under the Heat Lamp an Opening – Zachary Epcar
Vindmoller – Margaret Rorison
Leather – Jimmy Jo Roche
Wake – Eric Stewart
City 3 – Sam Hoolihan and John Marks


Broadcast Eschatology Warpaint Cantata – Daivd Witzling
Chorus – Josh Lewis
Turn on the Hill – Lori Felker
Wayward Fronds – Fern Silva
Wawa – Sky Hopinka
The Peacock – Andrew Kim
Shwebontha – Meredith Lackey
The Plastic Garden – IP Yuk-Yiu
As Near As Light – Susan DeLeo
Scrapbook – Mike Hoolboom

Waldgeist and Me – Joe Bichard
Pas de Cheval – Courtney Krantz
The Wrong Story – Ali Aschman
Fausto & Emilio – Nora Sweeney
Nonstop Beautiful Ladies – Alee Peoples
Watershed – Charlie Egleston
C’est mignon tout ça (Sweet Oh Sweet) – Kevin Gourvellec & Anne Marie Piette
My Insatiable Apotemnophilia – August Traeger
Field Notes – Vashti Harrison
Check – Carlos Dominguez
Under the Atmosphere – Mike Stoltz

SUNDAY MAY 3, 2015

Night Noon – Shambhavi Kaul
Invocation of Uzi – Ross Meckfessel
Beautiful Things – Mike Olenick
Manhattan 1234 – Tomonari Nishikawa
Model Fifty-one Fifty-six – Josh Weissbach
Traces – Erin Celeste Weisgerber
Stick It – Stefan Ramirez Perez
Old Growth – Ryan Marino
Rest in Me – Henning Frederik Malz
Stories Houses Tell – Scott Fitzpatrick
Coming Cold – Rob Todd
Sound of a Thousand Insects – Tomonari Nishikawa
Bad Bitches – Elisabeth Albeck
Traditional Day for Eating Grilled Eel – Joel Schlemowitz

War Prayer – Richard Wiebe
I Am Made of Matter and I Matter – Grace Mitchell
Alberta – Dan Browne
A Knight’s Walk – Clint Enns
Diaries From Guatemala – Renato Umali
Ungun – Jessica Fenlon
I Love You – Daniel Watkins
Fort Morgan – Alexander Stewart
Subtle Distance – Christina Santa Cruz
Babash – Lisa Truttmann and Behrouz Rae
Bag of Film – Matt Rossoni


A Partial History of the Natural World, 1965 – Sasha Waters Freyer
Working Title – Irina Arnaut


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