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Glasstire Loves Cinemarfa

20 May 2013


Glasstire just posted the second article in a two-part series on CineMarfa, the film festival founded by Marfa residents David Hollander and Jennifer Lane in 2011. In short, Glasstire’s Peter Lucas was feeling it. From CineMarfa 2013 (Part 1: The Festival)

“Because it is relatively small, free, laid back, and has an audience heavy in artists and cultural investigators, there was little distinction between the intermingling festival organizers, official guests, and audience members – all of whom were there simply to see films and to share their thoughts and ideas. (Of course, that should be the case at all film festivals, but believe me, it’s rare.) Discussions about the films, and art and life in general, spilled out between screenings onto the front steps, and in pockets at the Lost Horse Saloon and Padre’s Bar and Grill, at the festival’s rooftop cocktail hour at Hotel Paisano and the closing party at the Chicken Coop.”

Lucas also provides an enthusiastic assessment of the festival’s programming in CineMarfa 2013 (Part 2: The Films), including a look at the work of local filmmaker (recently seen in the role of Staff Sgt. Baldy in “Devils at Play”) Joe Cashiola …

West Texas Cloud Appreciation Society, a Texas-paced, work-in-progress documentary essay by Marfa-based filmmaker Joseph Cashiola, provided glimpses of the area’s diversity of characters and happenings—from ranching and cowboy poetry to punk rock house parties, UFO conventions, and art parades. The wilder life is brought down to earth with shots of the landscape and sky, and by scenes with folks like Marfa bar owner Ty Mitchell and Valentine, Texas artist Boyd Elder. This painted an intriguing portrait of the unique planet that is West Texas, and its screening being packed with enthusiastic locals reminded me that I was in the middle of it.”

In other film news, the Marfa Film Festival is gearing up for its return on June 26, and here at the Ballroom we’re putting the finishing touches on the New Growth film program, curated by Rashid Johnson and Josh Siegel. And, of course, we’re looking forward to the arrival of Alix Pearlstein in July as part of the Artists’ Films International program. Stay tuned for more information.

Karthik Pandian at Michael Strogoff

3 May 2013


karthik pandian
Indian Country
May 2 – May 26, 2013
Opening: May 2, 6-8PM

Karthik @ Vilma Gold

This exhibition is co-presented with CineMarfa, an annual film festival in Marfa, TX that foregrounds the intersection between film and visual art. Please visit for their complete 2013 schedule.

More info at Michael Strogoff.

Spring Breakers in Marfa

9 Apr 2013

CineMarfa just announced the latest addition to their 2013 festival lineup: Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers. Here’s a video interview with director Korine from The Guardian:

“There is a very clear narrative at its core, then around it is this kind of … something that’s more like a liquid narrative. Something more tonal, more about a culture of surfaces, the way things look and feel. I wanted to make a movie that kind of was … y’know … I don’t know if you want to call it post-narrative, or post-articulation. Something that was more inexplicable. Something that was more like a feeling, almost like a drug experience. With a kind of transcendence. Then it disappears, goes into darkness.” – Harmony Korine on Spring Breakers

CineMarfa Launches Website, Unveils 2013 Film Program

18 Mar 2013


From our friends at CineMarfa…

Check out the program and schedule for CineMarfa 2013 on our NEW website:

All screenings are FREE

Reservations are now OPEN

The 2013 program includes work by Chantal Akerman, Werner Herzog, Harun Farocki, James Nares and others. Updates and rumors are also available by way of their Facebook page.

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Jennifer Lane at Marfa Book Company

5 Mar 2013


New works on paper by Marfa-based artist (and CineMarfa co-founder) Jennifer Lane at the Marfa Book Company. Opening Thursday, 7 March 2013 from 6-8pm. From MBCo:

We’re presenting b.c., featuring new work by Jennifer Lane. Lane works in a variety of media, including film, guache, and collage. The works on paper are often marked by metamorphic qualities, and I mean metamorphic in the Ovidian sense. Bodies of mushrooms, flowers, birds or moths become bodies of women and vice versa. Or the same may sprout limbs, wings or stalks of one or the other. She also makes strong singular forms that consist of parts of any or all of these. And there are solid painted forms that maintain organic resemblance but without figural aspects. Have a look at her work at her website, if you’d like to see what I’m trying to say. There is also a page of recommended reading, which is very cool. The show will be in the gallery until April 7th.