Thursday, August 19, 2010


Today's post comes from ASoF student and staff member Faiza Karcheni. Faiza was a TA for the Avant-Garde class and created her film Runt as an exploration of her interest in examining and "almost making a mockery of the acceptable rituals humans perform in every day life."
In her film, she describes how, "you see this gritty scratched black and white film rolling with a man dressed in all black performing some sort of ritual and it somehow injects fear or confusion into the viewer without any knowledge or dialogue as to what the man is doing and why. It’s interesting to think about, how images as simple as these set in the right mood can completely transform someone’s thought process from good to evil."

Faiza's film was inspired by her interest in the weird subcultures,taboos,and religions that exist in society and a major influence on the aesthetic of film is the occult. It is thought provoking and evocative of a powerful mood and tone. She likes working with Super 8, because she finds the cameras to be inexpensive, portable, and to have a lot of room for experimentation,"with Super 8, although you know what you are shooting, you don’t really know prior to processing how it will look. In the eyes of a conventional filmmakers what is viewed as a terrible mistake, is embraced in the eyes of an Avant-Garde filmmaker." Faiza's film will be screened this Saturday August 28 at 8:30pm along with other ASoF student work at the Friendly But Starving III Avant-Garde and Experimental Film Screening. The public is invited to attend, check out for more information.

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