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Art Museum announces selected films for film festival

March 26, 2009

The ASU Art Museum has selected 19 short films by 17 artists to screen during its Short Film and Video Festival at 8 p.m., April 18, on the plaza of the Nelson Fine Arts Center.

Entries were submitted from 35 U.S. states and 27 countries. Roughly one third of this year’s selected entries came from Arizona filmmakers.

“We were very impressed with the quality of the entries we received this year, particularly from filmmakers with ties to the Arizona community,” says John Spiak, ASU Art Museum curator. “We don’t consider where filmmakers are based as part of the selection process, so it’s nice to see that we can shine a spotlight on some talented local artists this year.”   

The list of filmmakers and their selected entries includes: Lorena Rother – Chained Elephant, Savannah, Ga.; T. Arthur Cottam – Dirty Words: The Letter C, Burbank, Calif.; Ted Fisher – 12th & 3rd in Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.; Bill Plympton – Santa: The Fascist Years, New York, N.Y.; Susanne Hassepaβ – Ketten Reaktion, Berlin, Germany; Alex Merrill – Midnight Solo, Goodyear, Ariz.; Sean Christensen – Empty House, Phoenix, Ariz.; Sean Christensen – Fan Mail, Phoenix, Ariz.; Stephanie Lucas – Sweet Clover, Phoenix, Ariz.; Robert Kilman and Safwat Saleem – And Everything Was Alright, Phoenix, Ariz.; David Chai – Life on a Limb, San Jose, Calif.; V.K. Shah – Welcome to Shady Pines, Venice, Calif.; Stefan Elsenbruch – Das Gesight, Operpframmern, Germany; Kon Stamadianos – Cos & Effect, Tempe, Ariz.; Brett Leigh – Bea Johnson, Rumford, R.I.; David Yun – The Pain with Being Thirsty, San Francisco, Calif.; Erik Levine – Someone Hears a Shot, Long Island City, N.Y.; Joseph Mougel – Hole, Sarasota, Fla.; Joseph Mougel – Up Down, Sarasota, Fla.

The Short Film and Video Festival is part of ASU Art Museum’s Moving Targets initiative, which builds on the museum's long history of exploring the role of new media in the arts. Video art projects featured in this initiative during 2009 include Breathing is Free: 12,756.3; New Work by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, which exhibits through April 28, 2009. The upcoming I’m Keeping an Eye on You project was curated by John Spiak for Aqua Art Miami, one of the largest art fairs in the country. The project premiered in December 2008 and is slated for installation as a multi-channel exhibition at ASU Art Museum Sept. 19 – Dec. 30, 2009.

The ASU Art Museum is located at Mill Avenue and 10th Street in Tempe, Ariz. Films are screened outdoors on the Nelson Fine Arts Center plaza, directly behind the museum. Please bring your own seating. Viewer discretion is recommended for attendees under age 17. Video content during the second half of the event may be inappropriate for younger audiences. This event is free and open to the public.

The Art Museum, named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America, is part of the Herberger College of the Arts at Arizona State University. The museum is located on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street in Tempe and admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesdays (during the academic year), 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and closed on Sundays and Mondays. We offer additional educator hours by appointment, Monday and before 11 a.m., Tuesdays-Thursdays. To learn more about the museum, call (480) 965.2787 or visit