On Sunday (Feb. 23), two films from CalArts alums screen at Doc Fortnight, MoMA’s annual Festival of International and Nonfiction Film and Media.
Las Breas (2018), directed by School of Film/Video alumna Laura Kraning (MFA 10) with Blue Kraning, is part of the Doc Fortnight Shorts Program. This conceptual short film examines three of the world’s remaining tar pits and how humans have exploited one of Earth’s most limited resources. The program also features nine other short films and covers a variety of topics, from San Francisco’s Chinatown to ancient dance rituals in the Peruvian highlands.
In the evening program, Communion Los Angeles (2018) screens as part of a dual program alongside La extraña: Notas sobre el (auto) exilio (2018). Communion Los Angeles comes from alums Peter Bo Rappmund (Film/Video-Music MFA 10) and Adam R. Levine (Film/Video MFA 10). Winding from San Pedro to Pasadena, their poetic visual essay delves into the rhythms of life, cars, and commerce on a 35-mile stretch of Interstate 110, California’s oldest freeway.
Filmmakers will be in attendance at both events and take part in discussions following the screenings.
Variety describes the festival as “an annual showcase of the best in nonfiction film” and also notes that of this year’s nearly 20 documentary features, most were directed by female filmmakers.
This is the 18th edition of MoMA’s festival and it will run from Feb. 21-28.
Doc Fortnight 2019
MoMA’s Festival of International Nonfiction Film and Media
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 St., New York