Films in Competition 2

  • Roses
  • South Street
  • Arrest in Flight
  • Mangrove
  • Camera Test
  • 2cent
  • No Thoughts

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Main Theater - Michigan Theater Wed, Mar 22, 2023 5:30 PM





Mothlight Microcinema


Richard & Elizabeth Berman

Roses, Pink and Blue 

Julia Yezbick

Nordehouse Dunes & Detroit, MI / Westminster, MD | 2022 | 6 | Digital File

World Premiere

An elegy for a lost balloon. Things out of reach, just beyond our grasp, float away on currents unseen.


South Los Angeles Street 

Leighton Pierce

Los Angeles, CA | 2022 | 5 | Digital File

An acoustically rich and visually stunning point of view on America from the vantage point of a fourth floor loft at the edge of Skid Row in LA.  


Arrest in Flight 

Adrian Flury

Zug, Switzerland | 2021 | 8 | DCP

This experiment in film sets the stage for a hitherto unseen magical life form. The film focuses on the non-obvious character of movement when transferred to an alien object thus endowed with the life derived from the movement’s true to life source.


Mangrove School 

Filipa César & Sónia Vaz Borges

Portugal / Spain / France / Guinea-Bissau | 2022 | 35 | Digital File

North American Premiere

We recently went to Guinea-Bissau to research the guerrilla schools of the mangroves. Instead, we ourselves soon became the apprentices, and the first lesson we had to learn was how to walk. If you walk straight, placing your heels on the ground first, you promptly slip and fall in the dams of the flooded mangrove rice field or you get stuck in the mangrove mud. You need to lower your body, flex your knees, and stick your toes vertically into the mud, extend your arms forwards in a conscious and present movement. In the mangrove school the learning happens with the whole body.

Camera Test 

Siegfried A. Fruhauf

Vienna, Austria | 2022 | 5 | DCP

The green leader of the 16mm film is still running, yet the rattling sound is already committed to forward movement. And indeed, it moves forward, but also back again, past hills, fir trees, and apple trees—and at some point, the gaze zooms into the seemingly passing landscape, but will also be forward again. By stringing together recordings created in the context of a camera test, Siegfried A. Fruhauf constructs a cinematic “journey” whereby each of the landscape images are separated by several monochrome frames of green leader.


2cent / 10coil 

Monteith McCollum

Binghamton, NY | 2022 | 10 | Digital File

North American Premiere

Part science, part history, 2cent / 10coil is an exploration into the physical properties of a U.S. postage stamp and the anomalies it presents when subjected to the beam of an electron microscope. Integrated within are the philosophical musings and speeches of a man in his last weeks of life on a quest entitled “The Voyage of Understanding.”

No Thoughts Head Empty 

Quinn Franks

Melbourne, Australia | 2022 | 6 | Digital File

North American Premiere

A young woman walks through a void plagued with strange objects that cause her body to physically distort. Wiping her mind in an effort to free herself, she becomes unhinged from what little reality she has.