A Touring Survey of Aurora Picture Show’s Eclectic Annual Festival
For over 20 years, Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Shorts Film Festival has showcased a diverse selection of adventurous, new short films and videos–each 3 minutes or less. This unique festival has become a lively Houston tradition, providing audiences with opportunities to experience a wide-ranging cross section of new visions from local, national, and international artists. This touring program is a curated survey featuring films from the U.S., Canada, Japan, France, and Italy that have been featured in the festival over the last two decades.
About Aurora Picture Show:
Aurora Picture Show is a Houston-based media arts organization dedicated to expanding the cinematic experience and championing experimental film, video art and audiovisual performances and installations. Aurora supports artists, engages audiences, educates youth, and fosters collaborations through a variety of unique media art experiences in its own exhibition space as well as alternative spaces throughout our community.
Program (65 minutes):
The History of Texas City, Bill Daniel, USA, 1989
A portrait of the Texas refinery town, as told by the history of country music. This 16mm film was shown at the very first Extremely Shorts Film Festival in 1998.
Lyrics on the Paper, Jeremy Rourke, USA, 2014
An animated music video made during a residency at Bay Area waste management facility Recology, using images and objects scavenged from the waste flow of San Francisco.
Green Means Go, Roger Beebe, USA, 2001
Part of the artist’s Strip Mall Trilogy of city symphonies attempting to liberate color, sound, and form from the sprawling consumerist landscape of postmodern America. The musique concrete soundtrack is composed of sounds recorded at the strip mall.
A I U EO NN Six Features, Takahiko Iimura, Japan, 1993
Funny and confusing exaggerations convey the experience of being lost between two cultures, and the slippages and misunderstandings that occur when one feels “foreign.”
Reinaldo Arenas, Lucas Leyva, USA, 2011
Culling material from various Cuban films and literature, this film captures the state of the aging Cuban-American exile community, from the point of view of a dying shark.
Remember Everything, To Not Forget Anyone, Paolo Caspani, Italy, 2016
Walking around the Italian island of Lampedusa, a hyperthymesiac man recites the names of more than 500 immigrants who died while attempting to reach Europe.
XXX Amsterdam, Martha Colburn, USA, 2004
A high-speed collage animation in which images, objects, and personalities converge to form a condensed vision of a day-in-the-life of Amsterdam. A commission from the Stadsdeel de Baarsjes. Music by Hilary Jeffery.
Raw Data, Jake Fried, USA, 2013
A layered, textured animation in ink, gouache, white-out and coffee.
The Adventures of Meow Meow, Denis Zaidi, Canada, 2015
A cunning cat meets its enemy, a red fish. He swears to destroy her…but will his carefully calculated plan succeed?
Sandbox, Daniel Carberry, USA, 2013
A squad of five soldiers is lost in the desert.
1-0, Saman Hosseinpour, Iran, 2013
A barber started cutting a boy’s hair while watching a football game on TV.
Elle Be Jay, Melissa Tran, USA, 2011
This text-based video highlights a mostly unknown phone call made by a well-known man.
Frog Jesus, Ben Peters, Canada, 2007
A nostalgic voyage takes a darker turn. Frog Jesus explores the naiveté of mankind through the eyes of a young boy.
Maybe Another Time, Khris Burton, France, 2013
Marc and Julia just found each other, yet they already have to say goodbye.
At the Sound of Your Voice You Are Here, Jenny Stark, USA, 2013
Adapted from the novel “Between Appear and Disappear,” the film’s narrator pieces together two incomplete reflections: one of war, and the other of a flood.
Three Minutes Out, Shizuko Tabata, Japan, 2000
An experimental travelogue.
We Hear Sirens, Alex Harder, USA, 2007
A recomposed memory of images and sounds from the indescribable experience of the artist’s friend–one of the few to escape the World Trade Center disaster on 9/11.
971 Horses + 4 Zebras, Yu Araki, Japan, 2007
Modeled after Muybridge’s photographs, hundreds of horse images are sequences to create a galloping motion.
A Eulogy for Memory, Karl Lind, USA, 2004
Forgotten family moments brought back to life.
Michigan 1971, Eileen Maxson, USA, 2002
The artist’s father reflects on youth, commitment, and his dedication to a corporation.
Please Come Visit Ivanhoe, Otis Ike (Ivete Lucas & Patrick Bresnan), USA, 2008
A rural Appalachian streetscape is given a quality of magical realism through the fantastical interpretations of the town’s protagonist, Ty King.
Rubber Band Ball, Ellen Lake, USA, 2002
San Francisco legends Samir and Nabil Kishek worked for more than two years on their quest to build the largest rubber band ball.
Pushing Cowboys, Lily McElroy, USA, 2005
A series of unusual dances with cowboys mixes the comic with the sincere.
Tailored, Augenblick, Italy, 2014
The rhythmic gestures of a tailor and his wife become a dance, but this glimpse of desire soon falls down like a pin.
I Am Your Grandma, Jillian Mayer, USA, 2011
An autobiographical video diary recorded for her unborn grandchildren, hearkening to bygone times when people could glimpse one another through a locket or lock of hair.
Big Screen Version, Aaron Valdez, USA, 2004
Split-screens and flying graphics collide in this musical mash-up commenting on the rhetoric and tone of Fox News.