Featuring exciting and innovative work spanning decades of moving image history, MIFFONEDGE explores the intersection of film and art and pushes the boundaries of our commonly accepted notions of cinema. MIFFONEDGE Vol. 2 (at MIFF 2014) featured a drop-in exhibition, a community cameraless film project, and a special Found Films event, all hosted at Common Street Arts, as well as a live performance by the Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra at the Waterville Opera House. MIFFONEDGE invites you to rethink your experience of the moving image.
MIFFONEDGE drop-in exhibition
Open daily, Saturday, July 12 through Saturday, July 19,
Common Street Arts, 16 Common Street
The Pittsburgh Trilogy, 1983 – color sound, Super 8 film – 40 Minutes
Peggy Ahwesh has been making films and videos since the early 1980s. After receiving a B.F.A. from Antioch College in 1978, she returned home to Cannondale, PA, an industrial town on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, where, in 1983, she completed The Pittsburgh Trilogy, a three part work that features the lives of her friends during that summer. Ahwesh’s work uses a variety of styles—from narrative to documentary and improvised to scripted—as well as media—from Super-8 to 16mm and Pixelvision to found footage—and has both transgressed and expanded the idiom of experimental film and video. Her work has been featured in retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, and the Filmmuseum, Brussels, as well as three Whitney Biennials. She is a professor at Bard College and currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
John A. Coffer
Tintype Movies, 2005
Walking Boots (0:51); Sawing (0:16); Sharpening a Razor (0:22); Scrubbing on a Washboard (0:17)
John A. Coffer is among those credited with the current revival of the use of antiquarian photographic techniques, particularly the wet collodion (or wet-plate) process. Coffer lives off the grid in a 12-foot-square cabin on his 48-acre farm in Upstate New York. The farm provides all of his photographic subject matter and it’s also the site of Camp Tintype, which he has run every summer since 1996. His work is represented by Gerald Peters Gallery in New York City, and is in the permanent collections of the Colby Museum of Art and The International Center for Photography. These “movies” were made from multiple tintypes, which were subsequently scanned and digitally animated (he runs his computers using solar energy).