Launching what it calls it’s most “extensive tour yet,” RESFEST ’05 will debut in New York September 15-18, the first of 40 cities worldwide bringing its signature mix of short film and music video programs, special events, parties and live music. This year’s RESFEST program of curated screenings will include a video retrospective of music pioneer Beck, from his first video for the hit “Loser” to rare and unseen videos, plus his most recent video with Motion Theory for “Girl.”
Also on tap is a director retrospective of Scandinavian production collective Traktor, whose award-winning work includes commercials for Nike and Fox Sports, music videos for Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim and Prodigy. And, the RES “Triple Threat” program, spotlights three up-and-coming directors Nagi Noda, Jonnie Ross and Francois Vogel.
Features include the world premiere of Doug Pray‘s new documentary “Infamy,” described by RES as “an intense journey into the lives of seven notorious graffiti writers in New York City, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.” Also slated is Mike Mill’s rarely seen documentary “Not How Or What But Why But Yes” which features actors from his upcoming feature film “Thumbsucker.”
Three programs will comprise this year’s shorts sections, including new and award-winning work by Jared Hess, Gaeuml;lle Denis, Miguel Arteta, Johan Kramer, Edouard Salier, Chris Cunningham, Nakd Design, and StyleWar; two music video programs – “Cinema Electronica” and “Videos That Rock!” – featuring new videos for The Chemical Brothers, Dizzee Rascal, RJD2, Four Tet, Bloc Party, LCD Soundsystem, Quasimoto, The Arcade Fire, Lemon Jelly and The Flaming Lips; and “By Design”, a showcase of “visually arresting and thought-provoking motion graphics and design-based animation.” Following New York, RESFEST will travel to the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco (September 21-25), the National Film Theatre in London (September 28-October 2), the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles (September 29-October 2), and Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art (October 6-9). The festival will continue on to cities in additional U.K. cities as well as Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia, and Brazil through December.
[For more information, please visit the RESFEST website.]