A wide variety of works were referenced at the Codes & Modes Conference that took place here in the IMA on November 7, 8, and 9.
Here is a sampling:
Requiem for M, Kiri Dalena (2010, single-channel video, 6:52)
Requiem for M is an experimental short documentary in the aftermath of the Maguindanao massacre in the Philippines in which multiple journalists were slain. Dalena captured scenes from the funerals and played this in reverse, in the wistful yearning to turn back time to before the tragedy occurred.
(Flying Under the Radar Panel)
The Things I Cannot Change, Tanya Ballantyne (1967, single-channel video, 55’)
This feature documentary is considered to be the forerunner of the NFB’s Challenge for Change Program. The film offers an inside look at the life of the Bailey family shot with early portable video equipment. Trouble with the police, begging for stale bread, and the birth of another child are just some of the issues they face. Through it all, the father tries to explain his family’s predicament. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
Me Gustan Los Estudiantes, Mario Handler (1968, Single channel video, 6min.)
This film is a music-filled counterpoint juxtaposing Uruguayan students protesting with cheerful indignation against the presence of US President Lyndon B Johnson at a conference of Latin American leaders in Punta Del Este. This historic short marks the beginnings of militant cinema in Uruguay.
(Under the Radar Panel)
Man With a Movie Camera: The Global Remake, Perry Bard (2010, interactive web doc)
Man With a Movie Camera: The Global Remake is a participatory video shot by people around the world who are invited to record images interpreting the original script of Vertov’s Man With A Movie Camera and upload them to this site. Software developed specifically for the project archives, sequences and streams the submissions as a film. Viewers are invited to interpret Vertov using their own equipment, and upload footage to the site to become part of the database.
(Participatory Cultures panel)
Manhole 452, Finley + Muse (2011, single channel video, 12:30)
Despite assurances from local municipalities, manholes occasionally blow sky-high, The film is a first person narrative that follows the reflections of a middle-aged man whose car was hit by an exploding manhole; he now rides the Geary Limited bus the length of Geary Street to his job fitting prosthetic limbs. The narrative explores his obsession with calculating odds and the possibility of miracles amid random violent occurrence.