Films to Make You Think, Feel, and Act
By Assistant Professor and Head of Film and Video Production Mike Gibisser
The Headroom Screening Series finished another successful season of programming, which included fruitful collaborations with the new student-group, Vertical Cinema, as well as the Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival (IC DOCS). Always committed to its mission to introduce the Iowa City community to work that pushes against the boundaries of traditional Hollywood or narrative fare, this season's visitors were evenly split between artists and curators, allowing us to explore a broad range of contemporary and historical avant-garde film and new media work.
Headroom and Veritical Cinema teamed up in the fall to bring filmmaker and recent Creative Capital awardee, Christopher Harris, to Iowa City, as well as Walker Museum archivist and curator, Ruth Hodgins. Harris presented a full slate of his award-winning films and Hodgins shared a program called, Living In the Stacks: A selection of titles from the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection, which included work from artists Maya Deren, Hollis Frampton, and Marcel Broodthaers. In December, we welcomed filmmaker, Sky Hopinka, to share a program of his recent work. Notably, one of his films, Visions of an Island, screened for us at Headroom ahead of its official premiere at the Sundance Film Festival the following January; his work continued on to be included in the Whitney Biennial in March.
In the Spring, Headroom collaborated with IC DOCS to present former Ann Arbor Film Festival director David Dinnell's juror show, a thoughtfully curated program of films that effortlessly moved between work that engaged directly with the Iowan landscape (Barry Kimm's 1989 film, The Measurements of Oxford and Ana Mendieta's Untitled: Silueta Series, 1979), to themes of political activism and history (Zelimir Zilnik's Black Film and Jay Lash Cassidy's Best of May, 1968), to the poetic and metaphysical (Seamus Harahan's Auftakt and Neil Beloufa's Kempinski).