Who: Chel White
What They've Done (and Won):
A Portland, Ore., fixture, White has been making experimental shorts for 20 years. Describing himself as an explorer of "obsession, alienation, fetishism, transcendence, death, and childhood memories," his work seems to dispatch itself in some secret, subversive code, flashing messages amid animation, obscure stock footage, and actors with crazy eyes. His "Choreography for Copy Machine (Photocopy Cha-Cha)" pulses with a grinding sort of ghostly sexuality and won first place for animation at the USA and Ann Arbor film festivals, among others. His work has screened at Sundance, Berlin, and Big Muddy.
What's Showing (and When):
"Choreography for Copy Machine (Photocopy Cha-Cha)"
Sunday, Aug. 10, 9:45pm
What They Might Like:
Disturbing, daring, political, necessarily pretentious, multimedia art films that alternately creep out and comfort. A distressed finish and surreal sheen couldn't hurt, either.