Expanded Cinema Performances

  • Music In the Air
  • Falling Lass That Has Gone
  • Kino Lau




Club Havana/Heidelberg

Community Partner

Creative Washtenaw



Music In the Air

Scott Stark
San Francisco, CA | 2023 | 15 | two 16mm projectors with spinning shutter mechanism

In a live double-16mm projector performance, Scott Stark feeds gorgeous Kodachrome found footage from a 1950s promo doc about a fabled teen music camp near Stockton, CA, into his propeller-driven system to generate a transformative visual spectacle. Using two reels of film, the on-screen image alternates between the left and right projectors, transposing objects onto bodies, landscapes onto buildings, sidewalks onto swimming pools, and subtle musical movements onto frenetic explosions of color.

Scott Stark has made over 85 films and videos, as well as numerous moving image installations, live performances, and photo-collages. His work has shown nationally and internationally in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Cinematheque, International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Tokyo Image Forum, and many others.


Falling Lass That Has Gone

Laura Conway

Denver, CO | 2023 | 20 | performance with sound and image

A desktop performance about failed film projects and the relational quicksand I have created for myself doing this thing called cinema. I dig through forgotten hard drives to uncover the place where poor file management meets stunted emotional maturity. Come for the oversharing, stay for the live score by Denver’s favorite Fourth World duo, Fragrant Blossom.

Laura Conway is a filmmaker, DJ, and performance artist based in Denver, Colorado. Laura’s politically grounded films flirt with nonfiction, erotica, absurdity, and performance to grapple with the complexities of life in late capitalism. Her films have screened at Slamdance, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Antimatter Media Arts Festival, Lucca Film Festival, and Chicago Underground Film Festival, among others. She currently teaches filmmaking at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Cinema Studies and Moving Image Arts.

Kino Lau: Many Bodies

Rachel Makana’aloha O Kauikeolani Nakawatase, Ryan Betschart, Melissa Ferrari

Los Angeles, CA | 2023 | 20 | live music and magic lantern performance

"Kino Lau: Many Bodies" is a performance of live music and projections that aims to bridge the ancient and the contemporary, the tangible and the ethereal, creating a multisensory journey that resonates with diverse and modern audiences. This immersive experience is a harmonious convergence of two distinct artistic forms: magic lantern projections and ambient drone metal merged with traditional Hawaiian chants.

Rachel Makana’aloha O Kauikeolani Nakawatase is an Indigenous filmmaker and musician from Los Angeles. Her work has screened at Chicago Underground Film Festival, Indie Memphis Film Festival, Moviate Underground Film Festival, Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, and others.

Ryan Betschart is an Ashkenazi artist and programmer from Los Angeles whose films have screened and been awarded at Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Indie Memphis, Slamdance, and others.