Memory Strata: Works by Sky Hopinka and Simon Liu Houston Cinema Arts Society and Dallas Based PSA. PleasureStyleAttitude team up for a virtual screening and discussion
Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) and PSA (Pleasure Style Attitude) present a week-long virtual screening of seven films by two contemporary experimentalists whose work exists at the juncture of personal expression and cultural memory. Sky Hopinka’s films explore the spiritual and aesthetic traditions of First Peoples within the U.S., while Simon Liu’s work delineates the richness and anxiety of diaspora existing between the U.S., the U.K., and Hong Kong.
Beginning Sunday, May 10th at 10am and extending to Saturday, May 16th at 10pm, participants may view the program via a shared Vimeo link. On Wednesday, May 13 at 7pm CST, programmer Michael Sicinski will conduct a live virtual Q&A with Sky and Simon on YouTube Live.
The program includes Jáaji Approx., When you’re lost in the rain, I’ll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You’ll Become, and Lore by Hopinka and Sneyd Green, Highview (2020 re-edit), and Signal 8 by Liu.
What does filmmaking look like post covid-19? With personal filmmaking and exploration of processes outside traditional settings at the forefront, PSA. feels strongly about bringing together Simon and Sky to discuss t their work and process as inspiration for artists and filmmakers looking to create expressive work during social distancing. HCAS and PSA. were also inspired by the conceptual pairing and interactions of the two bodies of work . They evoke a unique discussion about culture and identity in the modern euro-centric social context.
HCAS is thrilled to work with Sicinski and utilize digital programming to collaborate across Texas with the incredible talent behind PSA. Both organizations profoundly appreciate Sky and Simon’s work and its inquiries around place/placelessness and memory. As relationships to home and place become increasingly strained, their work becomes all the more critical and relevant.
For more information and to sign up, visit: https://www.cinemahtx.org/event/memory-strata-works-by-sky-hopinka-and-simon-liu/
PSA (Pleasure Style Attitude) is a pay what you want film series programmed by Daniel Laabs & Tony Nguyen showcasing films that amplify underrepresented voices and cultivate discussions of queerness, politics, aesthetics, class and race. PSA, through curation, encourages heterogeneity, accessibility, multiplicity, and curiosity. PSA is supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture 2020 Arts Activate funding.
About Houston Cinema Arts Society
Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting unique and innovative film programs, multi-media art, and educational opportunities to engage, enrich, and empower Houston’s diverse communities and cultures. Created in 2008 with the support of former Houston Mayor Bill White and philanthropist Franci Neely, it organizes and hosts the annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival, a groundbreaking and innovative festival featuring films and new media by and about artists in the visual, performing, and literary arts. The Festival celebrates the diversity of the arts in Houston and elevates the city’s film and arts scene. Houston Cinema Arts Society sponsors include signature sponsors Houston First Corporation, and Levantine Films, and presenting sponsor Nabors Industries. HCAS is also supported by the Franci Neely Foundation; The Petrello Family Foundation; Amegy Bank; Kinder Foundation; Brown Foundation; Texas Film Commission; Houston Film Commission; Texas Commission for the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; and Houston Arts Alliance. The 2020 Houston Cinema Arts Festival will take place from November 12-16.
Sky Hopinka Biography
Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga) was born and raised in Washington and spent a number of years in California and Oregon. In Portland he studied and taught Chinuk Wawa, a language indigenous to the Columbia River Basin. He received his BA from Portland State University in liberal arts and his MFA in film, video, animation, and new genres from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He currently teaches at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. His feature length debut maɬni – towards the ocean, towards the shore premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
Simon Liu Biography
Simon Liu is a film artist whose work centers on building a lyrical catalogue of the rapidly evolving inner and outer landscapes of his place of origin in Hong Kong through alternative documentary forms, abstract diary films, multi-channel video installations and 16mm projection performances. The films act as a storage mechanism which offer potential re-examinations of the city’s history and Liu’s shifting notions of selfhood as a person of Chinese/English decent, who was born in a former British colony. Liu’s work has been presented at festivals and institutions globally including New York Film Festival: Projections, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Toronto International Film Festival: Wavelengths, Sundance Film Festival, New Directors / New Films, British Film Institute, M+ Museum, and “Dreamlands: Expanded” with the Whitney Museum & Microscope Gallery. The Museum of Modern Art in New York will host an upcoming solo-presentation of Liu’s moving image work as part of their ongoing Modern Mondays series. Liu is a 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, a teacher at the Cooper Union School of Art, and a member of Negativeland, an artist-run film lab in Brooklyn. Liu is currently in post-production on his first feature film, Staffordshire Hoard.
Michael Sicinski’s Biography
Michael Sicinski is a Houston based writer, critic, programmer and educator who specializes in the analysis of experimental cinema. He is a frequent contributor to Cinema Scope, Cineaste, and Cargo. The program he curated for HCAF ’19 was titled “Around the World in A Day: Experimental Cinema Now.”