The Media and Society Program is hosting a film screening of “Festival of (In)Appropriation 8,” on March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fish Screening Room of the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts.
“Festival of (In)Appropriation 8,” is a “yearly showcase of contemporary, short, audiovisual works that appropriate existing film, video, or other media and repurpose it in ‘inappropriate’ and inventive ways,” according to the festival’s website. Now in the eighth installment of the Festival, the 12 films featured in this edition range from sci-fi investigations of Afrofuturism to mediations on the Red Scare, comparisons of O.J. Simpson and Othello, and reimagining a Polish Jewish person returning to Lodz, among others.
Founded in 2009, the Festival showcases audiovisual works that are 20-minutes or fewer in length. According to the film’s website, the films featured in the Festival incorporate already existing media into new artworks as a practice that generates “novel juxtapositions and new meanings and ideas, often in ways entirely unrelated to the intentions of the original makers.” The works displayed are reorganized or fashioned in a way that is “inappropriate” from what the original content creator intended.
The event is curated by Jaimie Baron, an assistant professor of film studies at the University of Alberta, Lauren S. Berliner, an assistant professor of media and communication and cultural studies at University of Washington Bothell, and Greg Cohen, an artist and scholar of cinema and visual culture who teaches film studies at UCLA. The event is sponsored by the Los Angeles Filmforum.