Break no. 1 & Break no. 2
Lei Lei, 2024, China, 18m
Chinese with English subtitles
North American Premiere
An assemblage of still images and video work, both real and imagined, Break no. 1 & Break no. 2 explores the fragility of human memory as it relates to the moving image and the unconscious. In Break no. 1, a silent narrator deals with the fallout of a friend’s suicide through dreams after photographs of the two of them together mysteriously disappear. In Break no. 2, the narrator floats through the endless corridors of a video hall, where the imposition of government censorship affects the ways in which the videotapes advertised there are consumed and remembered. 

The night of the minotaur
Juliana Zuluaga Montoya, 2023, Colombia, 11m
Spanish with English subtitles
North American Premiere
In a fantastic tale spun from archival material, Juliana Zuluaga Montoya explores the origins of pornographic cinema in Colombia, sparked by Luz Emilia García. In early-20th-century Colombia, in a small village surrounded by enigmatic wilderness, García becomes the master of ceremonies presiding over the debaucherous Night of the Minotaur. 

Kill ’Em All
Sebastian Molina Ruiz, 2023, Mexico, 19m
Spanish with English subtitles
North American Premiere
In this coming-of-age story, teenagers Mila and Carolina are close confidantes who live on opposite sides of Mexico City. They exchange diaristic videos that document their experiences growing up and their feelings toward the obligations, both familial and personal, they each face. Eventually, they decide to meet in person. 

The Porn Selector
Lou Fauroux, 2024, France, 13m
World Premiere
Lou Fauroux’s The Internet Collapse project asks: is there life after the Internet? The first installment in this series, The Porn Selector, follows former porn star turned porn producer Kasey Warner, who aims to corner the post-Internet market on pornography by selecting, downloading, and preserving different types of porn before they disappear. Innovatively using a variety of digital production techniques, Fauroux guides us through the ethical quandaries and quagmires of the Internet as we know it––in all its unrelenting, omnipresent glory.

Digital Devil Saga
Cameron Worden, 2024, U.S., 35mm, 11m
North American Premiere
A dizzying blend of .jpg, GIF, and .mov images scoured from every corner of the Internet are set, one image for each frame, to a soundtrack featuring heavy hitters from Chicago’s drill rap scene. Printed and presented on archival-grade 35mm ESTAR Base film stock, Cameron Worden’s film ensures that the not-so-blessed digital imagery of the 21st century will be preserved for decades to come.