Edinburgh film festival unveils programme for experimental filmmaking strand, Black Box
Lizzie Borden's Regrouping gets rare screening, new features from Mika Taanlia and Lewis Klahr premiere
The Edinburgh International Film Festival has revealed the 2016 programme for Black Box, its strand dedicated to experimental filmmaking, which features a series of new works and retrospectives, as well as a programme of special events.
What, with it being the EIFF's 70th birthday and all (many happy returns, guys), Black Box will pay tribute to the 1970s, by showing some classics from the era. If that's not an excuse to don your best 70s-style flares and star-shaped sunglasses, then what is? Fans of experimental cinema are in for a rare treat as Lizzie Borden's Regrouping is being screened for only the fourth time ever. The self-reflexive film-within-a-film is a complex, intelligent look at second wave feminism in New York.
Borden herself will also be present for a discussion on Regrouping on Fri 24 Jun. She will be joined by feminist theorist Laura Mulvey and filmmakers William Raban and Sarah Turner, and the conversation aims to investigate the cultural and political synergies between the 1970s and today.
As well as the retrospective works, two innovative features will be premiering as part of Black Box. Sixty Six, from avant-garde icon Lewis Klahr, is a fantasy college of 1960s ephemera, which uses materials from advertising and comic books to paint a unique picture of a past era. Also premiering at the festival is Mika Taanila's camera-less Tectonic Plate. This work maps an anxiety-ridden plane journey from Tokyo to Helsinki, portraying the journey through an alternative language.
Some interesting shorts programmes have also been confirmed. In The Body Of Technology chronicles the transformative dialogue between body and technology, and features a live performative intervention by Bea Haut entitled Pending; Early Matters. Rituals of Transformation and Discovery looks at practices of physical and spiritual transformation, and Reflections on a Journey explores how travel and discovery are recorded and remembered.
Black Box is supported by Lux Scotland and Aberystwyth University's Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies.
Edinburgh International Film Festival, Wed 15–Thu 26 June.