BIMI’s Essay Film Festival (http://www.essayfilmfestival.com/about/) showcases overlooked examples of essayistic practice and emerging filmmakers taking the form in new directions, and provides a stage for critical understanding of the digital audiovisual essay. As we prepare for the 2017 edition of the festival we are very happy to welcome Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin to a special EFF event.
Álvarez López and Martin have worked together on a series of audiovisual essays on a wide range of subjects. Their work utilizes straightforward digital editing tools to re-edit and re-shape existing footage alongside written/spoken text to expand on the inherent meaning of the images used to create new approaches and different directions of film criticism.
In this session they will be joined by Catherine Grant for an extended conversation addressing the audiovisual essay as well as reflecting on their own audiovisual practice. The session will be interspersed with screenings from their wide body of work.'
Cristina Álvarez López is a critic and audiovisual artist who lives in Vilassar de Mar. She is the co-founder of the Spanish online film journal Transit: Cine y otros desvíos. Her critical writing and audiovisual essays have also appeared in Fandor Keyframe, MUBI Notebook, Shangri-la, LOLA, Contrapicado, Lumière, Blogs & Docs, La Fuga, De Filmkrant and books on Chantal Akerman, Bong Joon-ho, Philippe Garrel and Paul Schrader.
Adrian Martin is Adjunct Associate Professor of Film and Screen Studies at Monash University (Australia), and lives in Vilassar de Mar as a freelance writer and audiovisual artist. He is the author of seven books, the most recent being Mise en scène and Film Style: From Classical Hollywood to New Media Art (Palgrave). His regular columns appear in Caiman and De Filmkrant. He is co-editor of LOLA journal, and of the book Movie Mutations (BFI, 2003).
Catherine Grant teaches and researches film studies at the University of Sussex (UK). A prolific video essayist as well as a pioneering publisher and curator of such works (including at Film Studies For Free and Audiovisualcy), she is founding co-editor of the first peer-reviewed publication for audiovisual essays on film and media studies topics, [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies, which was awarded the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award of Distinction for 2015.