OFS Professor Night with BRETT KASHMERE

05 May

Presented by the Oberlin Film Series

Friday, May 6th @ 9pm
West Lecture Hall
Oberlin College

Brett Kashmere is a Canadian-born, Pittsburgh-based filmmaker, curator, and writer. Combining traditional research methods with materialist aesthetics and hybrid interfaces, Kashmere’s experimental documentaries explore the intersection of history and (counter-) memory, geographies of identity, and the politics of representation.  His films and videos have screened internationally at the London Film Festival, Made in Video: International Video Art Festival in Copenhagen, Anthology Film Archives in New York, the Kassel Documentary Festival in Germany, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, Portland’s Cinema Project and PDX Festival, New York’s Eyebeam, the British Film Institute, and The Images Festival in
Toronto, among other places.  He currently teaches in the Cinema Studies Program at Oberlin College.

Screening Line-Up:

unfinished passages (version one) — 16mm, 9 minutes
“History breaks down into images, not into stories.”  — Walter Benjamin, Passagen-Werk

unfinished passages (version two) — digital video, 17 minutes
Archival images and a contraflow of texts trace the migration of the artist’s great-grandfather from England to the Canadian prairies.  Using the shadow play of light and darkness as a metaphor for human memory, unfinished passages reframes this forced immigration/orphan experience through the developing lens of the cinema.  (London Film Festival)

Valery’s Ankle — digital video, 33 minutes
In September 1972 Canadian hockey pros faced the amateur Soviets for the first time ever. Canada’s victory in this famous Cold War showdown, thanks to a last-minute winning goal, has become the most celebrated Canadian story of all time. But the games were also marked by extreme acts of violence that are only subconsciously remembered.  Team Canada’s performance throughout the series and Bobby Clarke’s
two-handed slash of rival Russian star Valery Kharlamov’s ankle, in particular, signal a “glitch” in the production of Canadian nationalism, identity, and masculinity. This fracture disrupts Canadian self-identification as polite, peaceful and sportsmanlike and enacts a shadow identity as frustrated, aggressive and vengeful.  (BK)

“… using the avant-garde apparatus to shift the artistic mythology from Paul Henderson’s overdone orificial penetration to this moment of violence and shame may well give momentum (and integrity) to the discourses of sports, masculinity, and nationalism in Canadian cinemas.” (Thomas Waugh, The Romance of Transgression in Canada: Queering Sexualities, Nations, Cinemas)

“This rumination on hockey and violence is an essay film in the best, most Markerian sense of the term: personal, contemplative, and dense, its tightly focused topic opens nonetheless onto a broad field of inquiry.” (Sean Rogers, Broken Pencil)
The Fifth Quarter — HD video, work-in-progress (excerpts)
The Fifth Quarter is an experimental documentary on the history and geography of basketball in America. Continuing my research into the cross-section of sports, identity, and nationality, The Fifth Quarter focuses on the evolution of basketball from its indoor middle class roots to an outdoor city game, with particular emphasis on its merger with hip hop in the mid-1980s and the rise of the “Dunkadelic Era.” (BK)

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