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Poster for RPM Fest presents Some Problems of Domestication: Short Films by Alison Folland

RPM Fest presents Some Problems of Domestication: Short Films by Alison Folland

Coming on March 19

Run Time: 60 min.

Post Screening Q&A with Jennifer Montgomery and Alison Folland

RPM Festival and The Brattle co-present a program of experimental short films by Alison Folland.

Attitudes Passionelles (2015 • HD • 13 min)
A hybrid video essay exploring topics of romantic ballet, madness, and the relationship between physical gesture and inner state.

House (2015 • HD • 16 min)
An adaptation of the “Full House” pilot, set on a half-built house outside Athens, Greece. 

Evangelia C’est Moi (2017 • 16mm to HD • 11 min)
The joys and heartaches of largesse. A real-life Madame Bovary reflects on her past excesses from her kitchen in austerity-era Greece.

Keeping Together in Time (2020 • 16mm to HD • 9 min)
This film is an attempt to define the word, “teleomeric”. It is an imaginary word, taught to me by my husband. He later had a stroke and lost his language, leaving me with the memory of a word that I cannot find in the dictionary. 

Are You My Mother? (WIP • 16mm to HD • 3 min)
Can we have both love and freedom? A child ponders the situation in an animal simulator game. 

Alison Folland is a filmmaker and performer based in Somerville, MA. Her short hybrid films engage questions of affect and truth-value and are directly informed by her work as an actor in the commercial film industry. Alison studied physical theater at the Experimental Theater Wing at NYU/Tisch and film/video art at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her films have been screened at festivals such as Athens International Film and Video Festival (Ohio), Athens International Film Festival (Greece), Antimatter (Victoria, BC), and Winnipeg Underground Film Festival. As a performer, Alison has worked with directors such as Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes, Barbet Schroeder, and David O. Russell. She is a member of Agx Film Collective and teaches 16mm filmmaking at Emerson College. 

Jennifer Montgomery is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. Her work has been screened internationally at festivals such as Toronto, New Directors New Films (MoMA), San Francisco, Rotterdam, Thessaloniki, Rimini, Edinburgh, and Melbourne. It has also screened at museums such as the Whitney (NYC), the ICA (London), the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis), and the Pasadena Arts Center, and has had theatrical distribution in American and European repertory theaters. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, Art Matters, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and received a Mary L. Nohl Fellowship from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation in 2005. 

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Revolutions per Minute Festival (RPM Fest) is dedicated to short-form poetic, personal, experimental film, essay film, animation, documentary, video and audiovisual performance, and is co-hosted by Art and Art History Department and Cinema Studies at UMass-Boston, Brattle Theatre in Cambridge & Harvard FAS CAMLab.

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