Launch Pad Cooperative starts Experimental Video FestivalWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
From Maya Deren to James Cameron, experimentation has long been considered an important element in the filmmaking process. It’s all about taking chances, and the Glass City’s creative class wants in on the act.
The Launch Pad Cooperative is debuting its Experimental Video Festival beginning Nov. 9.
The inaugural event is the creation of Launch Pad founder Timothy Gaewsky, himself an accomplished experimental filmmaker whose work has been shown at festivals around the world.
“I had spent of number of years creating my own video work. From the beginning I was highly influenced by the Dadaists, the Surrealists, early performance artists, and the main reason I decided to start this festival is because I looked around and I didn’t really see anything like it here. I just wanted to offer something new, something different in our community, but I wasn’t really sure how many people would respond. But it’s been really great, I’m very excited,” Gaewsky said. “The festival has received more than 80 entries from all over the country since submissions were opened on Sept. 16.”
This year’s participants include Casey Malone, Cory Kram, Hye Young Kim, S/N Coalition, Jenny Curtis, Joshua Zerangue, Justin Lincoln, Krista Caballero, Patrick Moser, Coalfather Industries, Deirdre Sargent, Ellen Mueller, Jake Scharbach, Kara Dunne, Maura Jasper, Paul Shortt, Scott Turri, Tom Whitton, Yana Sakellion, Christie Blizard, Erin Garber-Pearson and Gaewsky.
According to festival requirements as stated on the Launch Pad website, all videos were created between 2007-13 and are no more than seven minutes in length. Artists were allowed to submit up to three entries.
The two-night event also features screenings on Nov. 16. Both evenings will run from 7-10 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
“I want people to come away with a greater appreciation of video as an art form, and a wider awareness of the variety of work that’s out there,” Gaewsky said. “Over the years, as I’ve had more space to work, I’ve integrated video into my installation work, which has been really fun and opened things up for me and I just want to offer a venue for other artists like myself, who want to test the boundaries of their work.”
Launch Pad Cooperative is located at 911 Jefferson Ave.
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