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CAAMFest 2015


Shorts / 75 mins


Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
March 15, 2015 5:00 pm Not Available


Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
March 16, 2015 5:20 pm Not Available


In this collection of exuberant and wildly imaginative short works, global politics, mythologies and simple sensual encounters are the laboratories for playful visual and aural experimentation. Puns, image-rhymes, fabulous logic and transcendent moments of stillness are the ways through which these artists explore everything from the “cloud” to financial meltdowns to filmmaking itself.

– Curated by Chi-hui Yang  

In This Program

  1. Curtains

    Jenyu Wang / Shorts / USA / 2014 / Short / 3 mins
    From this Chicago-based artist comes an opening provocation for attention and tension, where the ripples of an anticipatory stage curtain are the main attraction.

  2. Ham Over Rice

    Ying Liu / Shorts / USA / 2014 / Experimental, Short / 2 mins
    In this pun-filled, rooftop-to-subway escapade, New York-based Liu deconstructs the Chinese myth of the legendary archer Houyi, who saves the world but loses his immortality. Animation, live action and a kaleidoscope of text connect the worlds.

  3. Liquidity, Inc.

    Hito Steyerl / Shorts / Gemany/USA / 2014 / Short / 28 mins
    In this alternately absurd and poignant provocation, liquidity is metaphor, linking financial malfeasance to environmental disaster through the central character of financial advisor-turned-mixed martial artist Jacob Wood. As DIY CGI effects entertain the screen, militant meteorologists, shock-proof portfolios, cloud systems and Bruce Lee’s mantra “be like water, my friend” intervene to reveal a cosmology of interlocking ideological systems.

  4. Moving to the Cloud

    Laura Hyunjhee Kim / Shorts / USA / 2014 / Short / 2 mins
    Digitalism might not be so friction-and-effort free, as demonstrated in this playful, hyper-colored, bubble-bursting intervention from San Francisco-based video artist Kim.

  5. Odd Rumblings

    Jun Cen & Gabriel Sedgwick / Shorts / USA / 2014 / 6 mins
    The gorgeous, spare, wintry pop of Brooklyn, NY-based band Odd Rumblings animates the journey of a young woman who escapes institutionalized hibernation and escapes to the Arctic, where a snow monster might be the key to her past and future.

  6. Raymond

    Nina Yuen / Shorts / USA / 2014 / Short / 11 mins
    Daydreams and musings, life and the universe, and the name of every person he’s known who has died begin to draw a portrait of Yuen’s father, who ruminates while this New Jersey-based artist constructs a fragmented, inspired and poignant imagistic universe to match.

  7. Snipers in the Trees

    Curtis Choy / Shorts / USA / 1985 / Experimental, Short / 12 mins
    Curtis Choy’s (FALL OF THE I-HOTEL) early free-wheeling experimental shorts are a portrait of a vital San Francisco arts scene and a blistering, tongue-in-cheek comic assault on all those powers that (still) need checking. In seven wildly contrasting episodes — including “Burros at Taco Bell” and “Hip-Shaking C-Town” — race, cultural politics and place are skewered with Choy’s mondo-humor, where revolutionaries take a bao break, and macho men get down. Appearances by Janice Mirikitani, Lane Nishikawa, Marc Hayashi and more.

  8. Trails

    Cyrus Tabar / Shorts / USA / Experimental, Independent, Short / 4 mins
    In multi-hyphenate Tabar’s hypnotic, near psychedelic study of modernity and landscape, the view from a Tokyo-Kyoto bullet train is abstracted through flashes of color and an original drone soundscape.

Dates & Times


Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
March 15, 2015 5:00 pm Not Available


Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
March 16, 2015 5:20 pm Not Available