reality fragment 160921

an experimental documentary by 七个木 Qigemu 七個木 (2018) 
Distributor: Video Out Distribution

Reality Fragment 160921 is Qigemu's debut film. Using footage they collected during a summer together, jasmine & april decided to create a film, writing and editing through Skype calls between Los Angeles and Stockholm. Thus, the piece simultaneously materializes this iterative process of reflection as well as its result. Due to its organic conception, Reality Fragment 160921 transcends the boundaries of distinct genres, encompassing docu-fiction, experimental narrative, and video art in its structural form and use of aesthetic storytelling mechanisms.


 

Our own histories are always under curation, and as such, our perspectives become the central point in the building of personal realities. How do these multiple lived worlds, each their own amalgamation of memories, sensations, thoughts, coexist with de facto presentations of distance, history, and totality? How is this coexistence mediated if one is an actor in the online realm? The Internet functions as yet another parallel universe, but likewise an explicit symbol of the traversing between the subjective and the objective — a symbol in the questioning of solitary truths. Reality Fragment 160921 follows two people in their process of reality-curation, as they create their own spaces against and via understandings of distance, as they go through the motions of growing themselves by growing their universes. We witness not only their movements, but also partake in the thoughts of two witnesses and how by seeing these two people, worlds are merged. In turn, we ask you, a viewer of this film and thus also a witness, to pay attention to your own movements of perception and reflect around the ways in which you build your own world. Who have you merged your world with, and what does that mean for the subjective truths you tend to?



 
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS 

13th ZUBROFFKA International Short Film Festival, Bialystok –– Best International Short 2018
StockMOTION Film Festival, Stockholm –– Best Editing & Best Screenplay 2018
21st International Video Festival VIDEOMEDEJA, Novi Dad –– Special Mention Video 2018
35th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel –– NOMINATED Golden Key 2018
22nd Queer Lisboa, Lisbon –– NOMINATED Best Short Film 2018
Shanghai Pride Film Festival, Shanghai –– NOMINATED Best Editing 2018

LesGaiCineMad, Madrid –– NOMINATED Best International Short & Best Film by Female Director 2018

LOOP Discover –– Shortlist 2018 

SELECTED FESTIVALS, SCREENINGS & EXHIBITIONS
Chinese Arts Now Festival: Queering Now, Rich Mix, London, 202
Transcendence, Hillyer Art Space, Houston, 2019

http://www: a birthday celebration, Carnation Contemporary, Portland, 2019
LA Filmforum: Representations of Leaving l QUEER DEATH and heavens, Egyptian Theater, Los Angeles, 2019
iNCAB (International Nomadic Contemporary Art Biennale), Casablanca, 2019
MADATAC (Musetra de Arte Digital Audiovisual y Tecnologías Avanzadas Acontemporáne), Madrid, 2019
Video Art Festival Turku, Turku, 2019
Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival, Lausanne, 2019
Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, Iowa City, 2019
KuirFest Berlin: Queer Feminist Rebels, Berlin, 2019
Queer & Trans Asian Short Films, USC Asian Pacific Cinema Association, Los Angeles, 2019
MegaZine Issue 4, online, 2019
Experimental Response Cinema: Wake America!, Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, 2019
La Faz de la Tierra, Espacio Pla, Buenos Aires, 2018
Videobardo International Videopoetry Festival: 7th Feminist Audiovisual Conference, Buenos Aires, 2018
Queer Asia Film Festival, British Museum, London, UK
Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, London, 2018
Women Make Waves International Film Festival, Taipei, 2018
WNDX Festival of Moving Image, Winnipeg, 2018
Tunis International Feminist Art Festival Chouftouhonna, Tunis, 2018
Portobello Film Festival, Muse Gallery, London, 2018
Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival, Istanbul, 2018
Floating Projects, Hong Kong, 2018
Vachina Sinophone Gender Film Month Programme 5, SOAS, London, 2018
+CODE Fest de Arte Electronico, Buenos Aires, 2018
Beijing International Short Film Festival, Beijing, 2018
14th Queer Women of Color Film Festival, San Francisco, 2018
NO FLASH Video Show, Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey, 2018
amwa presents: film series 02, Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, 2018
Hard but Soft, Welcome to Junior HIgh, Los Angeles, 2017
 

for press kit, subtitles (ch+eng), & screening inquiries,
please email qigemu@gmail.com




unchained melody

Created in 24 hours for Somesuch’s Intern Duties challenge, this eponymous music video to the classic love ballad “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers indulges in the mission of queering conventional narratives of love and heartbreak. Romantic pleasure and angst, alongside expressions of loneliness, despair, affection, and nostalgia, are all recycled and re-portrayed in the memories of a love that once existed between two Chinese diasporic queers. This piece also acts as a tender homage to Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai’s contribution to illustrating deeply affective Chinese stories, whilst prodding at his apparent inability to center non-male characters with emotional depth. (2017)




SELECTED SCREENINGS:
Friday Late at V&A: Sino Flux, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2017
Body Landscapes Performance Art Festival, Copenhagen, 2018




CHIRLA x The Women Excel Project


Produced as part of The Women Excel Project, this short film by filmmakers Jasmine Lin & Anissa Amalia highlights the impact of The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), a nonprofit devoted to achieving a just society fully inclusive of immigrants. 
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