It’s only a year old, and it takes place in one day, but the Festival of (In)appropriation has us intrigued. Scheduled for September 19, 2010 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, the festival showcases “contemporary short (20 minutes or less) audiovisual works that appropriate film or video footage and repurpose it in “inappropriate” and inventive ways.” From the official press release:
Whether you call it collage, compilation, found footage, detournement, or recycled cinema, the incorporation of previously shot materials into new artworks is a practice that has generated novel juxtapositions of elements which have produced new meanings and ideas that may not have been intended by the original makers, that are, in other words “inappropriate.”
Founded in 2009, the Festival of (In)appropriation is a yearly showcase of contemporary short (20 minutes or less) audiovisual works that appropriate film or video footage and repurpose it in “inappropriate” and inventive ways. In this program, we bring together a selection of 14 recent films that appropriate footage from diverse sources with vastly different results, demonstrating the range of approaches contemporary filmmakers are taking in repurposing found materials. Indeed, these films push the boundaries of the “found footage” film, raising questions about how we define “found footage” filmmaking in an era in which ever more materials are available for reuse in ever more complex ways. We believe that together, these films reveal how (in)appropriation is flourishing at this social and historical moment.
– Jaimie Baron, Andrew Hall, and Madeleine Gallagher, Curators
What: The 2010 Festival of (In)appropriation
When: Sunday September 19, 2010, 7:30 pm
Where: At the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. at Las Palmas, Los Angeles CA 90028