ABOUT THE CAMP
The Cinema Camp is an annual four-day long summer event organized by Meno Avilys Film Center based in Vilnius, Lithuania seeking to create the space for an informal dialogue around moving-image cultures. Believing in the potentiality of communal energy, every summer we invite filmmakers, film programmers, as well as film critics and scholars to stay together and discuss moving-image art-related themes. During the event, film screenings are usually followed by discussions with filmmakers, academics deliver specially prepared presentations, guests take part in creative workshops, reading groups and radio cinema sessions. Thus the idea behind the CCamp is to establish a vivid cross-disciplinary platform for the international moving-image art community to meet and watch films as well as discuss them without the usual confines of film festivals and academic conferences. Each year, the curatorial team chooses a specific theme. The Limits of Film Genres, Cinema and Freedom, Cinema and History, Cinema and Sound, Cinema and the Body, Cinema and Politics, Kino Eye, Welcome to Anthropocene, and Imperfect Cinema were the themes of the CCamp since 2010.
Participants of this year’s Cinema Camp are invited to critically approach the representations of gender and sexuality on screen and power relations that control them. The program will showcase films which creatively explore these topics, focus on queer and feminist cinema and its makers. In addition to the historical perspective of “electrified identities” on the screen, we will draw attention to the reflection of gender dynamics and transgender issues in contemporary cinema. As usual, the CCamp will be attended by both emerging and acknowledged experimental filmmakers connecting points between social activism and the art of moving image.
Electrified: thrilling or excited; bodies able to attract others are electrified, they're electrified by touching + Identity: self-perception socially constructed environment and setting for relationships, the determinant of behavior and decisions = Electrified Identities: search for projections of moving images that thrill and shudder self-perceptions critically and creatively suggesting to rethink the norms of gender and sexuality, partnerships and social behavior.
Antoine Barraud is a French director, scriptwriter and producer. Since 2004 his various shorts and two feature films (Les Gouffres, 2012 and Le Dos rouge, 2015) have been widely screened in France and in various international film festivals, such as at the Cinémathèque française, Locarno Film Festival, FID Marseille, Berlinale, etc. Barraud also created portraits of directors Kenneth Anger, Kohei Oguri, Shuji Terayama and Koji Wakamatsu, co-directed a Super-8 tribute to New York photographer Weegee, also worked with various independent filmmakers such as Tsai Ming-Liang, Stephen Dwoskin, João Pedro Rodrigues and Marie Losier. He is currently working on a film project "Monument Valley" together with Didier D’Abreu, and prepares his new feature "Madeleine Collins".
Amber Bemak is a filmmaker, artist, and educator. Her work is based in experimental and documentary film and also spans performance art and curatorial practice. For the past two decades, she has been engaged in a multi-layered exploration of performance and film which uses the body as a sight for socio-political inquiry, engages with text, language, and translation to open up discourse around deeply embedded colonization narratives, and commits to linking the intimate and personal with larger institutional systems and structures.
Anne Chamberlain is a filmmaker, educator, and gender rights activist. Her series of original 16mm shorts from the 1980s and ‘90s is preserved in the UCLA Film Archives “Legacy Project.” She has taught in and created media studies curriculum for the Departments of Film, Women, and LGBTQ Studies at City College of San Francisco, and also for The Harvey Milk Institute. Recently, Anne designed and taught courses titled Cinematography, Women Directors, and Documentary in the Academy of Art University’s Online Division. Her current teaching at AAU includes a Masters level course called Motion Picture Theory & Style, and an undergraduate elective class titled The Beatles in the Visual Arts. She holds an MFA in Cinema & Photography from Southern Illinois University where she received a Graduate Dean’s Fellowship, the Masters Woman of Distinction Award, and the Elizabeth Eames Women’s Studies Scholarship. Anne also holds a BA in History, along with a Certificate in Film Studies from Indiana University.
Elena Gorfinkel is senior lecturer in Film Studies at King’s College London. She is the author of Lewd Looks: American Sexploitation Cinema in the 1960s (2017); co-editor of Global Cinema Networks (2018) and Taking Place: Location and the Moving Image (2011), and a recent issue of Feminist Media Histories, on “Sex & the Materiality of Adult Media” (5.2, 2019). She is working on two books, Theory of the Prop, co-written with John David Rhodes, and Aesthetic Strike: Cinemas of Exhaustion, which was awarded a 2018 Arts Writers Grant. She writes criticism in Sight & Sound, Art Monthly, Cinemascope and other publications.
Brit Jensen is Danish audio documentary maker based in Czech Republic. Brit has been working as commissioning editor in the documentary department of the Czech Radio since 2015. A number of her radio features have aired on the Czech national Radio, but she has also produced programs for BBC, ABC and Danish radios. Her work has been shorlisted at international radio competitions and the series “Yusra swims for her life” (co-authored with Magdalena Sodomkova) won the Czech National Journalist prize in 2017.
Almudena Escobar Lopez is an independent curator, programmer, archivist, and researcher from Galicia. She is Time-Based Media Curatorial Assistant at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY and is a Ph.D. candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. Her research considers affect as an alternative collaborative approach to knowledge questioning the limits of institutional archives. She has curated programs for The Alternative Film/Video film festival in Belgrade, The Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival (FLEX), Vtape in Toronto, and ULTRAcinema in Xalapa, Mexico. She is a member of the collective screening project On-Film and co-curated with Herb Shellenberger the 2018 Winter/Spring Flaherty NYC series ‘Common Visions’ at Anthology Film Archives.
Almudena Escobar Lopez
Labour of Love is a programme encompassing multiple spectrums of effort, care, affect and compassion in new forms of documentary cinema, film and video essays. The unifying aspect of the films in the programme is the integrity of agency, be it the directors or composers, to the field and the topic. The represented communities or subcultural phenomena are profiled and challenged by most instutionalised forms of support or togetherness. They stretch and accommodate themselves in the cracks of globally wired processes.
Labour of Love is curated by Monika Janulevičiūtė and Antanas Lučiūnas.
Labour of Love
Dane Komljen lives and works in Berlin, after studying at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing and the Universität der Künste in Berlin. His short films have been shown and awarded at the Locarno Film Festival, IFF Rotterdam, Festival de Cannes, FID Marseille, Toronto IFF, New York FF and Sarajevo FF. In late 2018, the ICA in London organized a full retrospective of his work. Currently he is developing two new feature length projects, A Treatise on Limnology and Desire Lines.
D'Angelo Madsen Minax works in documentary and hybrid filmmaking formats, narrative cinema, experimental and essay film, sound and music performance, and media installation. Drawing from his personal ethnographies and histories of participation in justice-oriented communities, Minax's projects explore queer and trans embodiment, chosen and biological structures of kinship, cosmic phenomena, and technologically mediated experiences. D'Angelo Madsen's works have screened and/or exhibited at spaces including the European Media Art Festival (Germany), the Ann Arbor Film Festival (MI), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Anthology Film Archives (NYC), The British Film Institute (UK), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), REDCAT (Los Angeles), and hundreds of LGBT film festivals around the world. Minax is currently a Tribeca Film Institute All-Access Fellow and an Assistant Professor of Film and Video Art at the University of Vermont.
D'Angelo Madsen Minax
Akosua Adoma Owusu is a Ghanaian-American filmmaker, producer, and cinematographer whose films address the collision of identities. Interpreting the notion of "double consciousness," coined by sociologist and civil rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois to define the experience of black Americans negotiating selfhood in the face of discrimination and cultural dislocation, Owusu aims to create a third cinematic space or consciousness. In her works, feminism, queerness, and African identities interact in African, white American, and black American cultural environments. Named by Indiewire as one of 6 pre-eminent Avant-Garde Female Filmmakers Who Redefined Cinema, she was a featured artist at the 56th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar programmed by renowned critic and film curator Dennis Lim.
During Cinema Camp Akosua Adoma Owusu will do a workshop for filmmakers, film critics and researchers.
Akosua Adoma Owusu
Janina Sabaliauskaitė is a Lithuanian artist and independent curator based in Newcastle upon Tyne, who has a background in photography and whose interests span LGBTQ+archives, erotica and film history. Her works address the issues of identity, gender and sexuality. Janina’s journey to erotica & female pleasure started after co-curating the On Our Backs: An Archive exhibition. On Our Backs was the first women-run erotica magazine and the first magazine to feature lesbian erotica for a lesbian audience in the United States. (1984-2006). Personal Archives of Desire consist of some films from Cinenova archive - volunteer-run charity that preserves and distributes the work of feminist film and video makers (founded in 1991, London). Cinenova currently distributes over 300 titles that include artists’ moving image, experimental film, narrative feature films and documentary and educational videos made from the 1920s to the late 1990s. Janina’s Recent Projects include: Artist in residence: NGO Meno Avilys, where together with a cinema and media historian Lina Kaminskaitė - Jančorienė, Janina is undertaking a period of research exploring the archives of women who worked in Lithuanian film industry back in the Soviet Lithuania (Summer, 2019); Co- curator of Cinematic Inclusions: 3 day film festival exploring Lithuanian poetic and experimental documentary filmmaking of restored cinema (Star & Shadow Cinema, Spring, 2019); Curatorial residency (Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, present - 2021).
Thursday, August 8
Gender and Sexuality on Screen: CCamp curators’ intro
Labour of Love: Sadness is an Evil Gas Inside of Me (Pilot, 2014, 45 min. / Episode #1.2, 2014, 20 min.) by Stine Omar & Maximilian Boss. Presented by Monika Janulevičiūtė and Antanas Lučiūnas labouroflove.lt
Introduction to film & video installations by filmmakers D’Angelo Madsen Minax
and Antoine Barraud
Presentation of Radio Cinema and listening to the radio documentary
Time Brings Roses (30 min.)
Personal Archives of Desire, short film programme curated by an artist Janina Sabaliauskaitė. Holding (1971) by Constance Beeson, Keep Your Laws Off My Body (1990) by Catherine Saalfield & Zoe Leonard, Sweet Dreams (1979) by Honey Lee Cottrell, A Short Film About Us (1996) by Ramses Underhill-Smith, Condomnation (1992) by Anne Chamberlain (the filmmaker is present), Your Body Is A Wave (2019) by Janina Sabaliauskaitė & Deborah Bowers
Friday, August 9
Electrified Body? Revolting Hag!, screening and talk by a filmmaker Anne Chamberlain. One Shot (1987), Waiting for Godard (1988), A Feminist Film (1988), Premenstrual
(1992), Condomnation (1992), Burden of Dykes (1994), Rode on Rosa (1995), Thelma and
Louise Don’t Live Here Anymore (1995), and Tales of The Pit (1997)
Film programme curated by Antoine Barraud
A Cinematic Pissoir, presentation by a film scholar Elena Gorfinkel
Screening of Carolee Schneemann’s film Fuses (25 min.) presented by Lukas Brašiškis
Screening of Barbara Hammer’s film Nitrate Kisses (67 min.) presented by Elena Gorfinkel
Screening of Dane Komljen’s All the Cities of the North (100 min.) followed by a discussion with the filmmaker
Triple Consciousness: films by Akosua Adoma Owusu followed by a discussion with the filmmaker
Labour of Love: Sadness is an Evil Gas Inside of Me (Episode #1.3, 2015, 17 min. / Episode #1.4, 2015, 18 min.) by Stine Omar & Maximilian Boss. Presented by Monika Janulevičiūtė and Antanas Lučiūnas labouroflove.lt
Music by Direktorius
Saturday, August 10
Screening of Natalia LL’s film Consumer Art (17 min.)
Intimate Topographies, film programme curated by Almudena Escobar Lopez. Part 1: jeny303 (2018) by Laura Huertas Millán, The Eddies (2018) by D'Angelo Madsen Minax (the filmmaker is present), Strangely Ordinary This Devotion (2017) by Dani Leventhal ReStack & Sheilah ReStack, and It is April (2017) by Rindon Johnson
Intimate Topographies, film programme curated by Almudena Escobar Lopez. Part 2: Tell Me When You Die (41 min.), a trilogy by Amber Bemak and Nadia Granados followed by the discussion with D'Angelo Madsen Minax and Amber Bemak
Screening of Stephen Dwoskin’s film Age Is… (75 min) presented by Antoine Barraud
Screening of Toshio Matsumoto’s film The Funeral Parade of Roses (107 min) presented by Mantė Valiūnaitė
Screening of Alain Guiraudie’sfilm The Old Dream That Moves (51 min.)
Vladas Dieninis (Live)
Querelle / terrorist drag dj performance
Antanas Lučiūnas (DJ set)
Sunday, August 11
Wrapping up round table discussion with all the filmmakers
Film & video Installations
The video installation by D’Angelo Madsen Minax connects Separation of the Earth (By Fire) (2014), Source is a Hole (2017), and Because of Us (2017), three distinct works that shed light on the artist’s investment into dreams and fantasy, mysticism and erotics, social justice and transformation.
A French filmmaker, cinephile Antoine Barraud offers us a documentary project following the footsteps of three cult Japanese cinema directors: Shuji Terayama (“The Mountain of Terror”), Koji Wakamatsu (“Houses of Fire”) and Kohei Oguri (“The Forest of Dreams”). These three very different film-portraits, revealing the vision of three different filmmakers, are to be appreciated in one continuous filmic experience.
In My Own Words. Audio portraits by LRT RADIO and Nanook collective (in Lithuanian and English)
12:00-14:00 Workshop by a filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu
13:00-15:00 Animation workshop by Aušra Umbrasaitė
16:30-18:00 Six Chairs Books reading group (registration email@example.com)
Thursday through Saturday at the Chapel
Radio Cinema. Close your eyes and open your ears.
Stories in sound curated specially for the Cinema Camp.
Presented by Vaida Pilibaitytė (LRT RADIO).
With guest author Brit Jensen (CZECH RADIO)
Ona Kotryna Dikavičiūtė
Lina Kaminskaitė - Jančorienė
Arrival by Car
GPS coordinates: 55.8114° N, 25.3675° E
by Public Transport
take a bus from Vilnius or Kaunas to Kamajai Rokiškis direction), there will be the Camp bus waiting for you
Please build the tents in marked area only. Camping is for free. Please respect the nature and leave the place as you found it.