For decades, high cost made film one of the few art forms not readily influenced by the street. Accessible technology — including cell phones and webcams — has changed things. While the dominance of crotch-blows and kittens on YouTube has led some auteurs to bemoan the “democratization of film,” no one can doubt the impact of having so many stories being told from fresh eyes around the world. The cutting-edge Disposable Film Festival brings together works by “lesser” devices from as far afield as Iran, in categories including science and stop-motion. This year’s festival offers workshops, panels, lectures, parties, and screenings, but the Competitive Shorts Night remains the crowd favorite. Last year, the jury awarded Gabriel Bisset-Smith for Thrush(UK), which tracks a relationship from beginning to end to stalking in less than five minutes — and it is told with as much charm and sweetness as you’re likely to get from a big-budget indie. However, the audience chose Theo Putzu’s Paper Memories (Spain), a striking account of an old man who literally follows his dead wife through photographs to the beach. Other winners included a visually arresting experimental film made by folding laundry, the triumphant Graffiti Stop-Motion by Broken Fingerz, and a science entry from a family who sent its HD camera to space aboard a weather balloon.
Thu., March 22, 8 p.m., 2012