The Skies the Limit for New Student Organization
By Carl Elsaesser and Emily Drummer
Vertical Cinema's inaugural year was a tremendous success. We started out the first semester by collaborating with the Headroom Screening Series to bring filmmaker Christopher Harris and curator and archivist Ruth Hodgins to campus. Both programs were well attended from community members and students, but also helped spread the word about our new endeavor and spurred conversations of future programs including the possibility of a program of Scottish female experimental filmmakers coming in the fall! We also teamed up with filmmakers from the University of Boulder and the University of North Carolina, Durham to co-present a program of shorts coming out of our perspective programs. We had guest filmmaker Irene Lusztig swing by to present her feature film, The Mother Archives and ended the semester with guest filmmaker Michael Wawzenek who presented a program of his shorts. Spring semester we teamed up with IC DOCS to bring out filmmaker Azadeh Navai to present a program of her work. All in all, Emily Drummer and Carl Elsaesser, Cinematic Arts Graduate Students, were quite busy this year bringing filmmakers and curators out at different stages of their careers and focusing on different aspects of moving image work. Next year we aim to continue to foster a sense of community around experimental moving image work and challenge audiences to think boldly about moving images!