Winner of the prestigious Baloise Art Prize, Sack Barrow is a wistful portrait of a vanishing world. –TIFF
Ben Rivers (born in 1972) is a contemporary experimental film maker and artist based in London. His work has been shown in many film festivals and galleries throughout the world, and won numerous awards. His work ranges from themes about exploring unknown wilderness territories to candid and intimate portrayals of real-life subjects.
Ben Rivers’ practice as a filmmaker treads a line between documentary and fiction. Often following and filming people who have in some way separated themselves from society, the raw film footage provides Rivers with a starting point for creating oblique narratives imagining alternative existences in marginal worlds. Rivers uses near-antique cameras and hand develops the 16mm film, which shows all the evidence of the elements it has been exposed to – the materiality of this medium forming part of the narrative. More recently the film works have developed to incorporate installation.
He has been the recipient of a number of commissions and awards… read more
The Curtas Vila Do Conde Short Films Festival offers a varied & rich selection that exemplifies the special qualities of short form cinema.
In our annual poll, we pair our favorite new films of 2011 with older films seen in the same year to create fantastic double features.
Featuring an interview with Ai Weiwei and more. Also: The Gold Rush and Last Year at Marienbad in New York.
Sack Barrow, Slow Action and Two Years at Sea are all screening in this year’s Views from the Avant-Garde program.