I Am Your Grandma

Jillian Mayer feat. Michael John Hancock
I Am Your Grandma
I Am Your Grandma
10K Islands
A Borscht Corp. Production
Video by Mayer\Leyva (Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva)
Director of Photography: Daniel Fernandez
Costumes & Make up: Wildchild World
Production Assistant: Layla Youssef Bessiso
Vice Premiere
YouTube 1,000,000 Club
Web Soup Spoof
CBS News

KEEPSAKE – TIFF: Best Experimental Film

Keepsake, an experimental short film by Callum Linden.

This film won Best Experimental Film at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Next Wave Jump Cuts Filmmakers Showcase.

This film was done for a film project, for film school. The purpose of the project, was to find an object that had great meaning to myself, and through my film, I had to show that the object I chose wasn’t only an inanimate object, but something more. I had to change the viewer’s opinion on my object, changing it from their view of it being just the object, to my personal view by subjectifying it, and showing what my object means to me. The film had to have 70% of it’s footage as the object, and the other 30% could be extra narrative elements to help enhance the story.


Artist’s Statement

The object I chose to subjectify was an old Minolta X-700 SLR. The camera belongs to my father, and he has had it for about 30 years. The camera has captured many moments in his life, mine, and my family’s. Looking back on the camera which is now no longer in use, it reminds my father and I of many past events, fun times, and memories. Through my film, I tried to show that this camera, to me, isn’t just a camera, but an object that holds these memories, and all of them built up together can be thought of as my life. With the camera, metaphorically, being my life, each roll of film can be thought of as a chapter within my life, and each picture taken, can be thought of as a memory.

In my film, I decided to start with a distorted shot of my camera, to show my birth, followed by footage of a roll of film being placed into the camera, showing the first chapter of my life beginning. Throughout the film, I showed old footage of my childhood, and showed the camera capturing these moments as memories. As the film neared the end, I showed the camera hitting the last picture in the roll of film. This represented a chapter of my life ending, waiting to be replaced by a new one. The video of the camera zooming out of the SLR and the film pieces all around it, showed that as I move on through the chapters of my life, these memories become fragmented and slowly fade away.


abridged version

A dive into a data-complex, alive and reactive in its virtual presence. Geometric layers morph and reshape themselves in this volatile data-structure.


more project information at sugurugoto.com
March 22, 2016

premiere in Tokyo, Japan at WWW (shibuya.jp/)
with works by Suguru Goto, Lucio Arese, Antoine Schmitt

Art2Action • 11. Judgment / Traveling

An excerpt from “Eleven Reflections on September” by Andrea Assaf

Poem # 11: Judgment
Post-script 1: Traveling

Video Art by Pramila Vasudevan.
Sound Design for “Judgment” by Owen Henry & Keegan Fraley.

Choreographic Assignment: Raise me from the dead. From the metaphorical underworld to the heavens. Once you have lifted my body-spirit from the ground, help me travel to the afterlife. Travel with me, and send me on my way.

Cue: After the poem “Judgment” ends (repeating “just stop” 3x), the Daf pulses three times, followed by a chapreez — and the ritual to raise the dead begins. It will continue through the end of “Traveling”.

Movement during the re-mixed/voiceover section of “Judgment”: I am responding to the fragmented, falling, exploding words with my body — torso, arms and head only, while kneeling on the ground. This section is my descent into the underworld, so to speak — or simply my disintegration, from which you will raise/remake me…

A note on “Traveling” — This poem is an English translation of Mohamed Bouazi’s suicide note to his mother, posted on his Facebook page. Tarek al-Tayyib Muhammad ibn Bouazizi, a 26-year old Tunisian fruit vendor who quit high school to work and support his mother and sisters, set himself on fire on December 17, 2010, after his wares were confiscated … A fire that sparked the revolution now known as “The Arab Spring”. His last note is pure poetry, his final act pure protest. The poem, by Andrea Assaf, was published by Mizna in the Spring 2012 issue on “Literature in Revolution.”

Max Stossel • Subway Love

I wrote this as I waited for the F train at West 4th on a day where it just WASN’T coming. It was a particularly hot and sweaty day and as the station filled up it got hotter and sweatier. Eventually I realized we were 250 people staring into a black tunnel and I started trying to make eye contact with people.

Love & life’s greatest opportunities are hiding right in front of our faces… and breathing hot, disgusting air down our necks.

So much thanks to Matt Freidell and everyone who helped bring this to life!


Written, by Max Stossel
Directed, by Matthew Freidell
Cinematography, by Sean Ferry
Starring, Rachel Berman & Ryan Weiss
Choreography, by Celia Rowlson-Hall
Produced by, Matthew Freidell, Sean Ferry & Max Stossel
Graphics/FX by, Matthew Freidell
Audio Engineering, By Samuel Witte

Extras: Mark Smith, Alex Mizrahi, Anya Raza, Douglas Holt, Pavel Konoplenko, Amy Merrill, Vishal Sapra, Orpheus Mercury, Rameet Chawla, James Hercher, Paul Kuhn, Matthew Brimer, Emmy Bush, Radha Agrawal, Christina Manat, David Yarus, Madison Headrick, Alex Rieflin, Paul Mauer, Stephanie Bagley, Eli Clark-Davis, Dean Ginsberg, Ruthie Ginsberg, Brooke Amber Johnson, Miki Agrawal, Andrew Horn, and Dan Fredinburg.

Brazilian Portuguese Subtitles: Flávio Marianni


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