Art Fervour’s Short Film Marathon! 5 movies under 5, 10 and 15 minutes.

Updated: Jan 28

Friday nights are reserved for tubs of popcorn and a cocktail of emotions as we dig into the newest matinee. It’s a bummer that a once casual activity that we gave no second thought to has become one of our most missed activities. To soothe the trouble we’re bringing you a marathon of short films over the weekend for you to kick back, relax and enjoy some short yet entertaining films that have premiered and won awards touring short film festivals around the world.

Our marathon begins today but will continue right through the weekend to bring you 5 short films that span the duration of 5, 10 and 15 minutes. So grab a friend, set up that facetime and let's get started!

5 Short Films Under 5 Minutes :

1. ‘A Small Talk : Yves Klein’

Directed by Jules Theret and Virgile Texier

‘A Small Talk : Yves Klein’ by Jules Theret and Virgile Texier Image Courtesy : IMDB

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The colour blue has always been associated with the sky. It’s a universal colour that attributes its hue to serenity and calmness. But in the artworld,one could turn and ask you which blue you were talking about! Artists have been known to be innovators, path breakers, risk takers, and this one artist's love for paint led him to create his own trademarked colour - Klein Blue.

A deep blue hue mixed on canvas began his monochrome work that is discussed at great length against a casual movie shooting in France. Directors Theret and Texier manage to blend in Klein and his magnificence through snippets of debate. If you want to learn about Yves Klein or even brush up on some French with some giggles, this movie is for you!

2. ‘Elemental’

Directed by Armand Dijcks

‘Elemental’ by Armand Dijcks Image Courtesy: CDN

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Photographer Ray Collins began photographing his friends surfing around his home after long shifts working in the nearby coal mines and has now come to be known as an International Award Winning Ocean Artist! His shots of pristine blue waves can be felt right through the frames and were transformed into cinemagraphs for this short film. A mixture of photo and video director Dijcks makes these photographs loop into an infinity that brings you back to your moments of stillness amongst the waves.

3. ‘Painting With Joan’

Directed by Jack Henry Robbins

‘Painting With Joan’ Directed by Jack Henry Robbins Image Courtesy : Broadsheet

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If you’re looking for something PG 16, this short film isn’t for you. Disclaimer for those who might be offended by this spoof absurdity that premiered at The Sundance Festival. Directed by Robbins, is replicated in a sort of Bob Ross homage to VHS recorded painting tutorials. The film features Kerry Kenny as Joan, a host of a how-to paint TV that reveals more about her quirky personality than an attempt at brushing up your painting skills. A quick look into the behind the scenes of our attempts at creating a masterpiece, this film is a comedic surprise that will leave you entertained.

4. Private View: Jenny Holzer at Blenheim Palace

Directed by Klaus Thymann

Private View: Jenny Holzer at Blenheim Palace Directed by Klaus Thymann Image Courtesy : Blenheim Art Foundation

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Jenny Holzer is known for her tongue in cheek and somewhat anarchist text based series ‘Inflammatory Essays”, this short film is a documentary of her large scale exhibition at the Blenheim Palace that explores the war and its aftermath. Partnering with the NFA or Not Forgotten Association, a British charity that serves the wounded, sick and disabled service members of the British military, Holzer presents a large archive of first person testimonials from survivors of war that address the lived experiences of those affected as intricate threads of their identity.

5. ‘The Beautiful Escape’

Directed by Naomi Itkes and Annika Aschberg

‘The Beautiful Escape’ Directed by Naomi Itkes and Annika Aschberg Image Courtesy: IMDB

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The Square, Oscar award winning film, directed by Ruben Östlund won the hearts of critics everywhere with his portrayal of a Swedish museum on the brink of a disaster. The film’s most noteworthy performance was American stunt-actor Terry Notary, the artist in the film that took centre stage as movement artist that mimics and imitates the stature of an ape. In this short film, Terry comes back as Oleg for the second time, stuck in a gallery space as he tries to reach a sense of self-perception through art.

5 Short Films Under 10 Minutes :

1. 'James Turrell: You Who Look' by Jessica Yu

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In this short by Academy award winning director, Jessica Yu, viewers are given an inroad into the meditative practice of James Turrell, a preeminent figure in the Southern California Light and Space Movement of the 60s and 70s. Turrell, who has been creating immersive series of works including his masterpiece that transformed Roden Crater, an extinct volcano into a site-specific installation in an Arizonan desert, lays bare the mechanics of vision and visual perception by playing into the ubiquitous medium of light. The film highlights his complex body of work that questions our notion of seeing, an experiential undertaking through the synthesis of art, technology, architecture and astronomy.

2. 'East Meets West: Tseng Kwong Chi Documentary' by Christine Lombard

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This 1984 short documentary delves into the subversive selfies of Tseng Kwong Chi, who was one of the cool cats of the burgeoning New York art scene in the 1980s. Often hailed as a citizen of the world, this Asian-American photographer, who was born in Hong Kong, brought up in Vancouver, then moving to Paris and ultimately settling in New York, tapped into the visual semiotics of identity politics in his art. Chi's satirical self-portraits posed in a Mao suit in front of iconic Western landmarks are tangible embodiments of the political encounter between the East and the West at a time when his freedom of movement could be deemed a privilege. However in conveying this, he never lost sight of his characteristic comical tone, evinced when he recounts in the film that wearing the sunglasses helped him assume a distinct "surrealistic quality".

3. On the Other River Banks in Berlin: Sasha' by Yang Bo

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This is a segment from a film produced by London based Lisson Gallery about Chinese Neo-Realist painter, Liu Xiaodong. His figurative approach realised by intuitive brushwork follows an exploration of transgender identity. He paints a portrait of Sasha, a transgender sitter in skin-coloured tights, which is a part of a larger series about transgender and gay subjects in Berlin. In the span of a mere 9 minutes, we come to terms with some intimate insights about the revelations, metamorphoses and other quandaries of trans-identity as narrated by Sasha, who also admits having embraced a personhood by transcending the bodily boundaries.

4. 'Paul Simonon: Wot No Bike' by Baillie Walsh

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Baillie Walsh's short film was displayed alongside Paul Simonon's paintings at his solo show at London's ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art). Simonon, who is known worldwide for being the bass guitarist of 1970s British punk rock band 'The Clash', talks to filmmaker Baillie Walsh about his lesser known first love, painting. By allowing us a glimpse into the interiors of his home, the film documents his reflections about his work and artistic influences. We come to witness a collection of objects and biker paraphernalia which he translates into figurative oil paintings and linocuts including leather jackets, boots, motorbikes, cigarettes and ashtrays that literally create a picture of his everyday.

5. 'Zeng Fanzhi: From Hand to Mind' by Alison Chernik

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Zeng Fanzhi who is often known to grab headlines owing to the prodigious numbers that his artworks culminate in at auctions, barely makes media appearances. Director Alison Chernik, however, managed to catch a moment with the artist in Paris, where he reflected on the indefinite nature of his art which like his persona also shifts in time. He comments on the import of the dexterity of hands alongside the heart in reaching the point of spirituality that he pursues in his art. In an almost unassuming manner, Fanzhi talks about some deep questions of philosophical intrigue, besides hinting at the social and political ramifications that contemporary Chinese society has in the making of one's identity.

5 Short Films Under 15 Minutes :

1. 'Some Kind of Quest' by Andrew Wilcox

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Some Kind of Quest attempts to answer the existential question through the eyes of Bruce Zaccagino - the creator of a 52,000-square-foot model train installation 75 minutes outside Manhattan, New York. Although miniature trains are not high in the list of things we imagine when we think of great art, as a collective display, the 400 bridges and trestles, about 500,000 miniaturised trees and 8 miles of track - definitely falls in this category. Zaccagnino struggles to answer when asked “why” he made the work in the first place, as is the case with a lot of pieces of art, the only logical answer we’re forced to settle with is that sometimes, creation is an attempt as sustenance.

2. ‘Through the Eyes of a Painter’ by M. F. Husain

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M. F. Husain, probably as a reflection of his early career of painting cinema billboards, painted freely and on a monumental scale. In the 1960s, the National Films Division of India invited filmmakers to develop their own experimental projects. Through the Eyes of a Painter is a compilation of glimpses of the architecture, people and places of Husain’s India in general and Rajasthan in particular. His journey is interspersed with shots of his sketches, including a delightful sketch on the body of a cow. The film won a Golden Bear at the 1867 Berlin Film Festival.

3. ‘Art’ by Markus Baumeister

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Art is a Belgian short film about what happens when a young artist begins to paint with a brush on his hands and a beer on his lips. It is a simple, funny film and that’s what it’s appeal lies in - its simplicity and fun. It was shot with zero budget at night and in fog! Art was nominated for the Blue Flower Award, which only seeks films with a romantic background. Art being about an artist who finds love for painting through his love for life, fits in, although unconventionally so.

4. ‘Guernica’ by Alain Resnais

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Humanity has endured a number of atrocities and wars since 1937, yet if you think of an artwork borne out of the same, you will very likely still think of Guernica. The artwork that Picasso started painting less than a month after the aerial bombing of the Spanish Civil War renders the horror of a sudden, thorough destruction never witnessed before. In black and white, just like Picasso’s painting, the painting combines imagery from Guernica and other artistic sources and the poem Victory of Guernica by Paul Éluard. Resnais would then go on to direct classics of French cinema such as Hiroshima Mon Amour and The Last Year at Marienbad.

5. ‘Jackson Pollock 51’ by Hans Namuth

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Jackson Pollock 51 (the 51 being short for 1951) lets you see Pollock painting from a unique perspective - from behind glass, giving the viewer a feeling of actually being the canvas. Since Namuth did not have the budget for a lighting crew, they shot in the Long Island expanse of grassland outside Pollock’s house. Although Jackson Pollock 51 satisfied Namuth’s aesthetic goals, it came at a great price - the film took a toll on Pollock’s health and well-being. At the end of a huge argument, Pollock poured himself a Bourbon - after having been sober and recovering for two years - and then never stopped.


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