Shorts Program 6

SHORTS PROGRAM 6 – Sunday April 23rd

5pm – Kenilworth Square East

1915 E Kenilworth Pl, Milwaukee, WI


We’re All Here dir. Beny Wagner

12 min, digital, 2016

The feeling of inexplicable loss for something never known or experienced. The liminal space between human and nonhuman, life and death. Camouflage as the human desire to subjugate the landscape but simultaneously yearn to be immersed in it completely, to dissolve the line that separates the body from its surrounding.


Old Hat  dir. Zach Iannazzi

8 min, 16mm, 2016

“Whatever the difficulty of finding a way forward, film does nothing but.” — Max Goldberg


Vaseline dir. Malic Amalya & Nathan Hill

6.5 min, 16mm, 2016

“Lying on the table, it was a banner telling the invisible legions of my triumph over the police. I was in a cell. I knew that all night long my tube of Vaseline would be exposed to the scorn–the contrary of a Perpetual Adoration–of a group of strong, handsome, husky police men. So strong that if the weakest of them barely squeezed his fingers together, there would shoot forth, first with a slight fart, brief and dirty, a ribbon of gum which would continue to emerge in a ridiculous silence. Nevertheless, I was sure that this puny and most humble object would hold its own against them; by its mere presence it would be able to exasperate all the police in the world; it would draw down upon itself contempt, hatred, white and dumb rages.” Jean Genet, The Thief’s Journal (1949)

Caught in a system of confinement, surveillance, and restriction, a leather fag eludes the state by recalling his lover bathed in Vaseline.


Resin dir. Kimberly Forero-Arnias

16 min, 16mm, 2016

Through intimate performances, the surfaces of the skin and the screen become plastic and the body’s viscous secretions slip between stimulation and discomfort.


Histories of Stimulated Intimacy  dir. Emily Drummer

11 min, digital, 2017

“Great obstacles excite great passions; since eros consists not in possession but in wanting, what

could stimulate eros more than distance and especially death, itself the ultimate distance?”

– John Durham Peters, Speaking into the Air


Cleaning the Glass  dir. Brett Kashmere

11 mind, digital, 2016

Exploding the cine-essay into a desktop documentary, CLEANING THE GLASS considers how the relationship between sports, politics, race, and media has changed over the past half-decade. A postscript to 2013’s FROM DEEP.


See a Dog, Hear a Dog  dir. Jesse McLean

18 min, digital, 2016

Taking its title from a sound design maxim and using it as a conceit to grasp the desire for connection, this video probes the limits and possibilities of communication. Can we ever truly communicate with a machine, with a nonhuman animal, with each other? Our anthropomorphic tendencies, our fear of replacement by nonhuman forms, even our interpersonal limitations, can’t foreclose the possibility of connection and understanding, a great unknown sometimes called trust.