Dusty Stacks of Mom

Sunday, April 27th at 8pm

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Dusty Stacks of Mom: the Poster Project (2013, 41m, 16mm/DV, col., sound.)
Dir. Jodie Mack

Interweaving the forms of personal filmmaking, abstract animation, and the rock opera, this animated musical documentary examines the rise and fall of a nearly-defunct poster and postcard wholesale business; the changing role of physical objects and virtual data in commerce; and the division (or lack of) between abstraction in fine art and psychedelic kitsch. Using alternate lyrics as voice over narration, the piece adopts the form of a popular rock album reinterpreted as a cine-performance.

BeBe Theater
20 Commerce Street, Downtown Asheville

We’re Sweet on You


Short Films about Love and Heartbreak

Friday, February 14th at 8pm

First Congregational United Church of Christ
20 Oak Street, Downtown Asheville
$5 Suggested Donation (No one turned away!)

Join us for our 2nd annual Valentine’s Day show. This program celebrates love in all its weird, lonely, sweet, sad, beautiful strangeness.  Chocolate will be provided. But bring your own illusions of love.

Compress Fest: Media Shorts on the Big Screen


Thursday, November 14th @ 7pm
Fine Arts Theatre
36 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC
Admission: $10 (This is a fundraiser for the Media Arts Project celebrating 10 years of community programming!)

We’re excited to co-sponsor Compress Fest featuring media shorts (5 minutes or less) created by over 20 regional media-makers. A broad selection of genres showcases the creative diversity of the region, including movie trailers, glitch, avant-garde, claymation, documentary, music videos, cell phone videos, artist profiles, mash-ups, a little horror, and a good dose of humor.

Participants include: 

Edward Bakinowski
Louise Barry
Jaime Byrd
Courtney Chappell
Curt Cloninger
Lee Coleman
Katie Damien
Cecil Decker
Jeffrey Decristofaro
Andrea Desky
Greg Herman
Charlotte Taylor
Lynne Harty
Jason Holland
Laura Jensen
Daniel Lowe
Nava Lubelski
Danielle Mcclennan
Sam Nicols
Rusty Sheridan
Jason Shope
Charlotte Taylor
Josha Yates

Home Movie Day in Asheville!

Join us for Home Movie Day!


Saturday, October 19th
2pm – 4 pm
Wall Street Coffee House
62 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Members of the public are invited to stop by between 2-4pm and bring their home movies to our local event where they will be inspected by HMD projectionists and shared with an enthusiastic audience in a celebration of amateur filmmaking and home movie preservation. We will show your home movies on Super 8mm, Regular 8mm, 16mm film, VHS, VHS-C, or miniDV!

Home Movie Day events provide the opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community, and to see their neighbors’ in turn. It’s a chance to discover why to care about these films and to learn how best to care for them. Information about film preservation and video transfer facilities in our area will be available at the event! Bring your home movies to share, or just come enjoy the memories!

Home Movie Day is a worldwide event, find out more at www.homemovieday.com

Steal These Films – part of Copy/Right: A Symposium on Appropriated Art









We’re pleased to collaborate with the Media Arts Project and and Window (re/production|re/presentation) on a symposium about appropriated art.


Introduction and Q & A by Mark Hosler of Negativland

This screening will consist of shorts that appropriate images and sound into videos with new meanings and messages that subvert mainstream media culture. Including found footage, corporate monolith cartoon characters, vidding, clips of documentaries about copyright and remix culture, and a pinch of North Korean propaganda parody.

One night is not enough time to throughly represent the history of appropriation in film, however, we will give you a taste of the process and legal challenges over recent decades. We hope, after viewing, you will feel compelled to steal some footage and make your own re-mix masterpiece.

Saturday, August 17th 3pm-8pm

at Apothecary
39B South Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801


Uso Justo (2005, 20 min.)
Dir. Coleman Miller

Gimme the Mermaid (2005, 5 min.)
Dir. Tim Maloney and Negativland

Sonic Outlaws Clip (1995, 5 min.)
Dir. Craig Baldwin

Copyright Criminals Clip (2009, 5 min.)
Dir. Kembrew McLeod

Rip: A Remix Manifesto Clip (2009, 5 min.)
Dir. Brett Gaylor

Walt Disney’s Taxi Driver (2011, 5 min.)
Dir. Bryan Boyce

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring of Free Trade (2002, 6 min.)
Dir. the St01en Collective

Great Man and Cinema (2009, 4 min.)
Dir. Jim Finn

Detachable Penis (1997, 3 min.)
Dir. Media Cannibals

Buffy Vs. Edward: Twilight Remixed (2009, 6 min.)
Dir. Jonathan McIntosh

The Animated Heavy Metal Parking Lot (2008, 2 min.)
Dir. Leslie Supnet

Wouldn’t It Be Nice (2001, 3 min.)
Dir. Laura Shapiro

Favorite Things (2007, 2 min.)

Details about the entire event below or at this website.


The Heroines of Handcrafted Cinema

The Heroines of Handcrafted Cinema
July 6, 2013 at 8pm
The BeBe Theater
20 Commerce Street, Asheville, NC
$5 Suggested Donation (No one turned away)

Mechanical Eye will present “The Heroines of Handcrafted Cinema” at the BeBe Theater, as part of this year’s Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA) conference taking place July 5-7th. For this program, we’re teaming up with filmmaker Kelly Gallagher, the curating genius of Philadelphia, to present films by women who labor for their art impractically.

Film line-up:
Altitude Zero – Lauren Cook
Removed – Naomi Uman
Peeks – Jo Dery
The Body Besieged – Kelly Sears
Yard Work is Hard Work – Jodie Mack
Nothing’s Wrong – Charlotte Taylor
Ceallaigh at Kilmainham – Kelly Gallagher
L’eye – Xander Marro
Quick and Easy – Lauren Gregory
Night Hunter – Stacey Steers
Arbor – Janie Geiser
Myth Labs – Martha colburn
Like a Lantern – Lille Carré

The heroines of “handcrafted” cinema animate moving images that are literally and tangibly created by their own hands — images that are crafted, painted, torn up, spit up, chewed out, glittered up, collaged, drawn, painted, puppeteered, sewn, hand-processed, bleached, scratched, made with love, made with hate, and made with everything in between.

This cinematic exploration is political on two explicit levels: the politics of “handcrafting” a film and the political topics that each piece explores. These exuberant heroines create cinema that is richly political, often times militant, sometimes comedic, other times serious, yet *always* colorful and as strong and varied as their different tools and weapons of *craft!!!*

Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts is a membership organization for those who make experimental or conceptual work with obsolete technology.

The goals of ILSSA include: (1) the establishment of a Union to foster community, solidarity, and peer review; and (2) the formation of a Research Institute to support new ideas, communications, and resources.

Impractical Labor is a protest against contemporary industrial practices and values. Instead it favors independent workshop production by antiquated means and in relatively limited quantities. Economy of scale goes out the window, as does the myth that time must equal money. Impractical Labor seeks to restore the relationship between a maker and her tools; a maker and her time; a maker and what she makes. The process is the end, not the product. Impractical Labor is idealized labor: the labor of love.

For more information on ILSSA or the ILSSA conference, visit: http://www.impractical-labor.org/

Mechanical Eye at the Asheville Art Museum

No Cameras, Lots of Projectors


Filmmakers Roger Beebe, Robert Edmondson, and Nick Mendez in person!

Friday, June 7th: 6pm-7pm
at the Asheville Art Museum
$5 Art Museum Members/ $6 Non-members plus admission to museum
Filmmaker Roger Beebe will present his multi-projector performance “Films for 1 to 8 Projectors.” Beebe will be running as many as 8 projectors simultaneously, projecting short films made and projected in a variety of formats (video, 16mm, and Super-8). The films combine found footage and Beebe’s own striking handmade images. This work can only be screened with the filmmaker actually running the projectors, and running from projector to projector.  Florida filmmakers Robert Edmondson and Nick Mendez will also be projecting cameraless films, both projecting originals — which means no other copy of this work exists!


Cameraless Film Screenings

Saturday, June 8th: 12pm-1pm and 2pm-3pm
Sunday, June 9th: 1pm-2pm and 3pm-4pm
$5 Art Museum Members/ $6 Non-members plus admission to museum

Cameraless films and videos by Jodie Mack, Ben Popp, Scott Fitzpatrick, Kelly Gallagher, Joshua Solondz, Devon Damonte, Gregg Biermann, Matt Gossett, Lauren Cook, and others! With a special showing of Madame Winger Makes a Film!


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