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Australian Film Television and Radio School

130 Bent Street

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Moore Park, NSW 2021

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A Ross Meckfessel retrospective presented in partnership with Static Vision and Reflexxx

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Join us for an exclusive, one-off Australian retrospective screening of the films of Ross Meckfessel, an artist and filmmaker who works primarily in Super 8 and 16mm film, proudly presented by AFTRS, Static Vision and Reflexxx.

His films often utilise pop music, appropriated commercial images and horror film tropes. His works have been showcased at TIFF, NYFF, and Sheffield Doc/Fest.

This is a rare opportunity to see the work of a fascinating contemporary voice in the experimental art scene. Not to be missed.

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The Air of the Earth in Your Lungs (2018), 11', DCP

The real and the virtual fold together and apart until space itself is rendered immaterial in this slipstream of digital-modulated environments that brings together landscape photography, video game interfaces, and drone-conducted land surveys in brisk montage.

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Flowing (2018), 2', 16mm

“The life of a flower is short

Only bitter things are many”

– Fumiko Hayashi

“If they don’t see happiness in the picture at least they’ll see the black”

– Chris Marker Sans Soleil

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A Century Plant in Bloom (2017), 10', 16mm

“I remember one day sitting at the pool and suddenly the tears were streaming down my cheeks. Why was I so unhappy? I had success. I had security. But it wasn’t enough. I was exploding inside.” – Ingrid Bergman

A cry for help in the form of a pop song. A village cast as a simulacrum of the past by Oliver Stone and Ridley Scott, Pasolini and Scorsese. As the future starts devouring the present, how can we hope to remember the past? Pics or it never existed. For Ingrid and Roberto

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The Golden Hour (2015), 8', 8mm

The stink of seaweed permeates the streets. I’ve heard there’s growing dissatisfaction among the youth. Do you feel content? How often do you dream? Are you better off alone?

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Invocation of Uzi (2014), 5', 8mm

Ostensibly an abstracted portrait of actress Jojo Hill as she portrays five different characters in this behind-the-scenes documentary of Uzi’s Party: an experimental pagan teen drama by Lyra Hill. However, the film is also a ritual in and of itself; it captures the energies within the pagan temple used as a filming location, while visually portraying the disintegration of identity that occurs throughout the narrative of Uzi’s Party.

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Gita (2012), 3', 8mm

A diary film of blue sunlight, digitized faces, and neon.

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He, She, I Was (2011), 5', 16mm

He, She, I Was captures strangers on the street as I tell their, and my own, supposed life stories. By switching between presumed fact and fiction, the film calls its own validity into question. Can movies ever be trusted to tell the truth?

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Untitled (I) (2011/2012), 16mm

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Cheryl (2011), 16mm

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Ross Meckfessel is an artist and filmmaker who works primarily in Super-8 and 16mm film. His films often emphasise materiality and poetic structures while depicting the condition of modern life through an exploration of apocalyptic obsession, contemporary ennui, and the technological landscape. His work has screened throughout the United States and internationally. He was awarded Best 16mm Film at The Artifact Small Format Film Festival in Calgary, Canada.

Static Vision are a Sydney-based film collective, dedicated to bringing arthouse and experimental film screenings to Australian audiences. They also curate (and assist in curating) a number of on-going screening programs.

The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) is Australia's national screen arts and broadcast school.

Reflexxx is a weekly AFTRS students-run film club. The Reflexxx program includes get-togethers and film screenings for students every Thursday during semester.

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Moore Park, NSW 2021

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