The 2004 New York Video Festival
by Sandra Ogle
The 11th edition of the New York Video Festival kicks off Wednesday at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater in New York City, with a screening of five short videos in a program entitled "Road Trip." The five-day festival, which focuses on short length videos and web-based works, will feature more than 100 videos from 17 countries in 14 different programs.
The "Synaesthesiologists: Global Audiovisuals Now" program will feature live performances from audiovisual artists from around the world, including the New York group LMNOPF who will perform live with their own imagemaking software. Paul Chan's 51 minute film "Baghdad in No Particular Order" and Jacqueline Goss's "How to Fix the World," an animated short inspired by a 1930s Soviet scientific study on how culture effects cognitive development, will be featured in the "Foreign Affairs" program on Sunday, July 18th.
Another highlight includes the "Wild Wild Web" program on Wednesday, July 14th, which will feature screenings of web-based works and will be followed by a panel discussion with commentary by Webby Award winner and festival co-organizer Ze Frank. Style and content on established sites like HomeStarRunner and Star Wars Kid will be among the topics discussed.
In a break from the short formats of most of the works, three feature-length works -- Gina Kim's "Invisible Light," the Japanese feature "Peep TV Show," and experimental French filmmaker Francoise Romand's "Theme Je/The Camera 1" -- will be screened as well. Music video director Ben Stokes, critic Armond White, and video artist Mike Kelley will be among those in attendance this year. There will also be a special video mixing program.
The world of video gaming will be the focus of the closing night program and will be followed by an after-party at the Tribeca Grand Hotel.
[For more information, please visit: http://www.filmlinc.com/nyvf/nyvf.htm.]