AFTER TEN YEARS
Review of the Final NOMAD FEST show
of an era
NVF was originally created by a group
of five friends in Seattle WA, circa 1992,
as Nomad Video, as an inner
city video festival manifesting screenings
at differing locations every two months:
nightclubs, cafes, bars, resturants, and
any dive or watering hole easily converted
into a screening room. After two years and
twelve shows, Nomad Video outgrew
itself and transformed into an annual west
coast touring outfit called The Nomad
VideoFilm Festival, which booked screenings
at arthouse cinemas, theatres, and galleries
in Berkeley (CA), San Francisco (CA), Petaluma
(CA), Mendocino (CA), Sacramento (CA), Portland
(OR), Seattle (WA) and Port Townsend (WA).
Ten years later, in the end of 2002,
The Nomad VideoFilm Festival has
run out of steam. This years tour
was our final festival. Weve experienced
a great decade of showing short experimental
films and cutting edge videos that we, and
our audiences, may have never seen otherwise
and may never see, again. Its been
much like live theatre that way -- vital
and ephemeral -- and I will miss that.
Lastly, I wish to encourage you, who entered
and were accepted into NOMAD, to
persist in the transformation of your
art and to persist in whatever kind
of life you need to be living in order to
continue creating and, to continue staying
only art that comes from the "conscious
mind" is dead art.
2002 PROGRAM NOTES
media arts group, Perte De Signal, this
wry video detonates the NOMAD line-up.
BetaCam video. West
FIGHT TONIGHT (3:40;
York City, NY) Breaking
up is hard to do but who decides who gets
the cat ? Who ?! Mini-DV.
(3:30; 1999) Mark
Jose CA) Hand-drawn
and experimental animation techniques
combine to evoke childhood fears, lifes
big questions and random thoughts on a
Rimbauds poem acts as an oblique
narrative for a slo-mo courtship ritual
between a dancing goddess and her masked
demon love slave.
(10:00; 1998) Robert
We find poetry
from the clash between archeology (silent
film techniques) and anthropology (modern
commercial rivalry). Robert Ellmann,
(1:00; 2001) Sebastien
Pesot (Montreal, Canada) Another
video-active blast from Quebecs
Perte De Signal group. BetaCam video.
FINE LINES (5:30;
York City, NY) A
brilliant disturbance of cinematic expectations,
the ideas behind the words seem to explode
as theyre spoken in this battle
cry of an enraged imagination.
As an encroaching
techno-scientific world stretches the
schism between body and mind, this artists
gutsy vision attempts to pull them back
favorite of school children everywhere,
the wustenspringmaus has successfully
avoided extinction by scaling the heights
of Unbridled Silly-ness.
16mm film & DV. World
FROM THE MOON (8:30;
marionettes enact "The Angel Closet',
a short story by surrealist writer Jose
Pierre. 16mm film.
(3:00; 2002) Michele
Beck and Jorge Calvo (NYC,
performers with their heads wrapped in
packing tape (sticky-side out) attempt
interpersonal relations in this highly
visceral digital video.
poet Rainer Maria Rilkes text serves
as a solitary mans thoughts and
memories on his final day on earth in
this chilling music video.
CHUCK MAKES A WOODCUT
and Joe Caterini
melodrama of a day in the life of an artist
(made by a painter who sold his own work
to make this film).
16mm 16mm film.
NOMAD gross-out award goes to this in-your-face,
macro close-up of everything you already
knew but have never seen before about...(see
homage and dance to the beat of nature
in humanity and the humanity in nature.
(NYC, NY) We
close with a heart-wrenching tribute to
those who were there before, during and
after the September 11th tragedy in New
York City; set to Lives song of
the same title.
NOMAD CURATION BIAS
the NVF bias is hard to
explain, we tend to favor work
showing poetic immediacy
and fearless experimentation.
We're not film school brats or
art critics; we're self-funded
mediamakers. Our bias remains
fiercely subjective; we tend to
choose whatever moves us the most.
We also know enough about mediamaking
to see whatever commitment,
or lack thereof, was invested
in most everything we review.
Though we respect craft and technique,
we love originality and guts.
major selling point is the currency
of written audience response;
petty cash prizes, distribution promises,
commodity coupons or ridiculous certificates
are sent to our winning entries. Each
NVF artist receives personal hand-written
each audience in every city of our
N O M A D Fests
notes, pix, venues
"the poetry film"
Real or Faux Docs?
No Theme Theme
N O M A D
Oracle Arts Center,
Grover Studio, PT Community Center
911 Media Arts Center
Theatre, Clinton St. Theater, NW
Fim Center (Guild)
VENUE 9, CELLspace, ATA