Phantomythography & Glitch Perfect

Glitch Perfect

an installation & workshop by
OK Keyes

Saturday, March 12th
installation 11-4pm, workshop 1-3pm

Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St, Asheville


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Investigations of “ghosts,” defined as discrete packets of energy generated through the process of memory. If memory processing is a system, then a “ghost” would be the thermal energy released due to friction.


Phantomythography: A Young Ghost Comes of Age – is a multi-projection video installation piece, exploring the fiction of memory and identity through the lens of a queer Southern space. A haunted forrest is constructed through fragmented screens, upon which the distorted, disjointed narrative of two girls caught in a never ending game of chase unfolds.

OK Keyes will be here IN PERSON to talk about her work!
Installation open all day in the Auditorium at Pack Memorial Library!

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Glitch Perfect

Glitch Perfect: A Free Glitchmaking Workshop – Is a glitch still a glitch if you do it on purpose? These are the kind of questions asked in our technical workshop on glitch art and the power of breaking. Queer Theory meets media art in this step by step process for creating your own glitchy GIFs using open source software.

Target age group: adolescents, teens, & young adults (but open to everyone!)
Workshop runs from 1-3pm in the computer lab at the library.

About OK Keyes:

O.K. Keyes is adjunct professor in the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina, teaching courses in video production and media arts education. Their research focuses on youth media practices and the ways in which social media technologies can enhance the classroom experience rather than detract. Currently they are serving as the Youth OUTLOUD Coordinator, a safe and affirming discussion group for LGBT youth and allies, as well as the Media Educator for TakeBreakMake, an after-school, youth media based project for high school students in Richland County District. Their curriculum development centers around moving the conversation about queerness away from identity and more towards interruption. Weaving together lines of thought from queer theory, post-feminist theory, transgender studies, media history, fandom studies, and even ghost stories, they demonstrate the ways in which marginalized communities not only create new stories but also craft new ways of storytelling. Ongoing projects include a number of queer-focused short films and media performances, arts-based workshops with adolescent girls in juvenile arbitration, filmmaking summer camps for youth, and occasionally workshop-in-the-woods centered on DIY filmmaking practices. 

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The Found Footage Films of Jen Proctor

The Found Footage Films of
Thurday, February 18th 7PM
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce Street
$5 Tickets

but no one turned away!


“Anything which was taken for granted as not serious, not art, just things that are thrown away, were exactly what I paid attention to. …if you want to know what’s going on ina culture, look at what everybody takes for granted. Put your attnetion on that, rather than on what they want to show you.” – Bruce Conner – A Movie

Join us for a night of found footage film with the fabulous Jen Proctor. Watch a shot for shot side by side remake of Bruce Conner’s found footage classic A Movie, a textual adaptation of “Boundless Ontologies”, a laser pointer interactive documentary, and mashups galore!

Jen will be here (all the way from Michigan!) in person to talk about her work!!



The Lineup:
A Movie
(2010-2012, 12:00, digital video/found footage)
A loving remake of Bruce Conner’s seminal 1958 found footage film A Movie using appropriated material from YouTube and LiveLeak. As a remake, the video provides a parallel narrative that explores the changes in historical and visual icons from 1958 to 2010 – and those images that remain surprisingly, and delightfully, the same. The work also comments on the pervasiveness of footage available for appropriation in an online world, and the way disparate threads in the YouTube and LiveLeak databases can be assembled to create “a movie.”

So’s Nephew by Remes (thanx to Michael Snow) by Jorrie Penn Croft
(2015, 27:32, digital video/found footage)
This work is a textual video adaptation of Justin Remes’ essay, “Boundless Ontologies: Michael Snow, Wittgenstein, and the Textual Film,” published in Cinema Journal, 54.3, Spring 2015.

(2005, 5:00, 8mm, Image by Aaron Valdez, Sound Design by Jennifer Proctor)
A meditation on lost memories through the tail end discards of old 8mm home movies.

found footage/mashup video

troubling your horizons
(laser pointer & interactive video)
This nonlinear documentary is, at its heart, an experimental, interactive home movie, a tribute to an inseverable attachment to, and profound respect for, the sea. And, significantly, it’s an ode to the family that raised me in this life.

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F*ck You, DW Griffith

Films Against Racial Inequality
Monday, February 8, 2016, 7PM
Firestorm Cafe & Books, 610 Haywood Rd
$5 Suggested Donation


On the 101st anniversary of the release of DW Griffith’s racist epic “Birth of a Nation,” we choose instead to celebrate contemporary filmmakers whose pioneering visions show us an unequal world and fight for a better future. Films by Chris Harris, Kelly Gallagher, Ja’Tovia Gary, & Alex Johnston!

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The Interior

The Interior & other work by Jonathan Rattner
Thurday, January 23rd 7PM
North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Avenue


The Interior: January, the Alaskan Interior, 56 mushing dogs, 4 humans, 5 hours of sunlight. This observational work – shot on both 16mm and digital video – examines the interior worlds of its subjects and explores how to write with limited light.

Jonathan Rattner is an intermedia artist who primarily produces experimental documentary films and videos. In his work he employs a mixture of documentary (found footage, interviews, historical research) and lyrical (soft-focus imagery, collage, jump cuts, non-diagetic sound design, long-duration wide shots) filmic elements.

Jonathan will be here, IN PERSON for a Q&A!


Open Screening

Tuesday, December 15 at 8PM
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St., Downtown Asheville


Calling all Asheville filmmakers… the screen is yours! Share your work with a live audience! Maximum length is 10 minutes. Any genre! Any style! It can be old, new, or a work-in-progress. We want to see it.

Formats accepted: DVD, QuickTime or MPEG file, 16mm, and Super 8

 Submit work early by email: or just show up with your piece and we’ll watch it together. First come, first served, as time allows.

 There will be a short discussion after each piece with a chance to gather feedback from the audience.

Frenkel Defects

Frenkel Defects
Wednesday, November 4th
Firestorm Books & Cafe
610 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806
$5 or pay what you can

Colorado-based nonprofit organization, Process Reversal, presents the third installment of its unique traveling film series — Frenkel Defects.

Celebrate film on FILM!!!

This recurring series aims to explore what it means to work in — and exhibit on — photochemical film today by examining works from artists operating specifically in this practice. Often, this involves getting their hands dirty at every stage of the process: from optical effects to photo-processing, editing and contact printing, optical sound recording, and even the creation of photosensitive emulsion itself…

Handmade everything!

Curator Kevin Rice will be IN PERSON to present these rare and diverse works from across the globe, all in their intended 16mm format!


For more information about Process Reversal, visit their website: []

Home Movie Day

Home Movie Day
Saturday, October 17th
West Asheville Public Library
942 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806
Free and Open to the Public!

“There’s no such thing as a bad home movie. These mini-underground opuses are revealing, scary, joyous, always flawed, filled with accidental art and shout outs from attics and closets all over the world to be seen again.”  – John Waters

Dust off your old home movies and bring them to the West Asheville Public Library for HOME MOVIE DAY!

“Home movies provide invaluable records of our families and our communities: they document vanished storefronts, questionable fashions, adorable pets, long-departed loved ones, and neighborhoods in transition. Many people still possess these old reels or tapes, passed down from generation to generation, but lack the projection equipment to view them properly and safely,” stated Skip Elsheimer, president of the Center for Home Movies.  “That’s where Home Movie Day comes in: the public brings the films, and volunteers inspect them, project them, and offer tips on storage, preservation, and video transfer—and free of charge, in most cities. And best of all, you get to watch them with an enthusiastic audience, equally hungry for local history.”

Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually at dozens of local venues worldwide, providing the opportunity for individuals and families to discover how best to care for their films and get a rare chance to view examples of home movies. Traditionally held on the third Saturday in October (October 17th in 2015), dates for individual events will take place in October and November. Home Movie Day has grown each year from its initial slate of two dozen locations across the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Japan in 2003.



What film formats can I bring to Home Movie Day?

Volunteers will inspect and project 16mm, 8mm, and Super 8 film. We will also project DVDs, VHS, & VHS-C. If you have any other oddball formats (28mm, 9.5mm, etc.), HMD representatives can help you find a safe, cost-effective way to view these prints.

Do I need to bring a home movie?

Nope. You’re welcome to stop by and just watch other people’s home movies. This isn’t a film screening where you need to stay silent. The more the audience contributes, the more fun it is. Your commentary will be much appreciated!

I have a whole box of ’em! Can we watch ’em all?

Nobody likes a home movie hog. Bring as many films as you’d like, but we’ll be screening one reel (3-5mins) from each participant until everyone has had a chance to see their home movies. After that, second helpings are totally fine–especially in Kodachrome.

My home movies are very personal. Why would I want to watch them with a bunch of voyeurs?

Home movies often commemorate scenes of enormous personal importance: weddings, graduations, birthdays, family reunions. Though home movies often begin as family records with deeply private meaning, the passage of years makes them compelling to people far beyond your immediate family. They serve as authentic records of our neighborhoods, traditions, and communities. You’ll enjoy sharing them–really.

Will you take my home movies and never give them back? They’re incredibly precious to me!

Nope. We’ll just inspect and project your home movies and return them to you in comparable condition. If there are broken perforations or cracked frames, we’ll fix those and return the films in better condition! Keep in mind that decades-old films are fragile and there’s an inherent (though slight) risk of damage during any projection. If we do not feel that the film can be safely projected, we will not screen it.

This sounds amazing! How much will this expert consultation set me back?

Home Movie Day is free, but donations are always welcome to defray costs.

For more information about Home Movie Days around the world: []

Walking October Mountain

Three short films about place
with filmmaker Paul Hinson IN PERSON
Monday, September 21st
Firestorm Cafe, 610 Haywood Road, Asheville

Currently based in Philadelphia, Paul left his rural hometown in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia to look for work in the city. These films are about coming into the city and back out of it. They are quiet and fleeting, tuned into the moment of sensation as inner life reaches out to the landscapes around us, both familiar and alien.
“Places, we realize, are as much as part of us as we are part of them, and senses of place — yours, mine, and everyone else’s — partake complexly of both.”
— Keith H. Basso, Wisdom Sits in Places

33 min // digital video // digital sound
Fall gives way to winter as Sean and his daughter Caitlin stop off in a rural college town on their way back from an off-season beach vacation.
From a football game at one of the loudest stadiums in the country, to a lonely cabin in the mountains, and along the meandering forest roads, they finally lose their way while looking for a church down by the river.
Entirely improvised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia, LAUREL RUN ROAD is part fiction, part gentle observation of place.

9 min 17 sec // digital video // digital sound
An optically printed landscape of a mountain in northeast Pennsylvania. Shifting horizons, kaleidoscopic trees, and passing hikers meet shifting frame lines, changing frame rates, and optical effects in a phenomenological exploration of the interanimation of thought and landscape.

4 min 35 sec // 16mm // optical sound
Optically-printed on 16mm, YELLOWBLUE layers textures of etched and bleached found-footage as well as slides to create rhythms of abstraction and representation that invoke simultaneous sensations of warmth and coldness, nearness and distance, intimacy and alienation.

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(Images from Laurel Run Road)

Cotton Road

Cotton Road
Screen & Swap!
Monday, September 7th
Clothing Swap @ 7pm / Film @ 8pm
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St., Asheville
Tickets $5


What does a rural town in South Carolina have to do with China? Americans consume nearly twenty billion new items of clothing each year, and at least one billion of them are made in China.Cotton Road uncovers the transnational movement of cotton and tells the stories of worker’s lives in a conventional cotton supply chain. From rural farms in South Carolina to factory cities in China, we span the globe to encounter the industrial processes behind our rapacious consumption of cheap clothing and textile products. Are we connected to one another through the things we consume? Cotton Road explores a contemporary landscape of globalized labor through human stories and provides an opportunity to reflect on the ways our consumption impacts others and drives a global economy.

Join us for a Clothing Swap before the film and a Q&A with the filmmaker following the screening!

Clothing Swap info:
“Clear your clutter, upgrade your closet and do it all without spending a dime.”*
Any and all clothes welcome, including accessories! Make sure to clean clothes and check pockets before bringing garments to the swap. Clothing swap is free and open to the public – please invite your friends! Men’s, women’s, & children’s fashion, clothes of all styles and sizes welcome!

Film Tickets $5, but no one turned away due to lack of funds!

Check out the trailer here: []
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*Quote from Amber Kallor’s article “13 Rules for a Successful Clothing Swap” (

Rural Route Film Festival

Best of Rural Route Film Festival
Tuesday, June 16th @ 8PM
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St., Asheville
$5 suggested donation

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The Rural Route Film Festival was created to highlight works that deal with rural people and places. The creators of Rural Route Film Festival leave it up to the film and video artists to express their unique definitions of “rural” – whether it be a documentary about an organic turnip farm in West Virginia or a fictional backpacking drama set in Peru.

Based in New York, this film festival takes place in the summer and tours the country during the rest of the year. We’re excited to host this “best of” program for Asheville audiences!

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