Keaton here- I love running events, and I especially love bringing creative people together. The goal of any events I've run is to create an atmosphere, something slightly surreal with anchors in reality.
Digestible Culture is a film festival that challenges three filmmakers to each repurpose found footage pulled from the depths of the web. The filmmakers are given 50+ video clips they have never seen before from all genres of film and television and have 30 days to reimagine then re-edit that material into a whole new 3-6min long film. Filmmakers have been given source material from two specific decades. In the case of our first presentation, the videos selected come from the 80’s & 90’s. What will the filmmakers craft? We have no idea! There are only 5 rules; 1. Each artist gets the same source material- An assortment of 50 videos pulled from the depths of the web. 2. Not all videos have to be used, but you cannot use only one video. 3. You may not acquire new footage by filming or photographing anything. You must only use the videos provided. 4. Films must be no longer than six minutes and no shorter than three minutes. 5. Titles are encouraged. This round, the filmmakers are; Andrew Stewart Jessie Hannam Kalen Artinian
This film festival will be a night of laughs, beer, food, special brownies and a celebration of video art. Three film makers have been challenged to make new films, in a short timeline out of found footage (http://bit.ly/2eK2zCL) they have never seen before. Before the screening of the three films, we will watch a 30min selection of the raw, un-edited, at times poignant and thoughtful, at other times absolutely hilarious, footage that the filmmakers were given and then an intermission for food and snacks. Afterwards we will have some words from the filmmakers, and watch their wonderful new creations! We hope that this order of the night will lead to some interesting conversations as well as a better understanding of the process of editing videos and telling stories. There will be time afterwards for Q&A and hanging out.
Digestible Culture aims to get artists and audience members alike to re-think how we consume, distribute, contribute and create our modern western culture within a visual medium. Hopefully, D.C. will also act as a spring board for new collaborations and ideas. Filmmakers Bios; Andrew Stewart "William Andrew Finlay Stewart (or Andrew Stewart) is an artist living on the traditional Anishinabe lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, in the city of Toronto, Ontario. He graduated OCAD University in 2012." Jessie "The names Jessie, I have recently arrived in Canada after spending the last 4 years abroad. I am a day dreamer. I believe there is no order in the chaotic absurdity called life. I like long walks on the beach and candle light dinners. The feel of night time drives, the thrill of having the wind blow through your hair at break neck, face melting speeds. I am just a fun loving guy." Kalen Artinian "Kalen Artinian is a writer and director, known for Hellvetica (2012), Move (2010) and Don't Scream (2015)"