Two events with visiting artist Brett Kashmere March 14 + 15

Headroom Screening Series is pleased to present two events with visiting artist Brett Kashmere in person!


BRETT KASHMERE is a Canadian-born, Pittsburgh-based filmmaker, curator, and writer. Combining traditional research methods with materialist aesthetics and hybrid interfaces, Kashmere’s experimental documentaries explore the intersection of history and (counter-) memory, popular culture, geographies of identity, and the politics of representation. His 2006 video essay, VALERY’S ANKLE, which examined the spectacle of hockey violence in North American media, has screened internationally at festivals, microcinemas, cinematheques, and galleries, and was named one of the top ten “Underseen, Underdiscussed” films of the decade in CINEMA SCOPE magazine. Kashmere’s current project, FROM DEEP continues his foray into the skein of sports, identity, and nationality.

In addition, Kashmere is the editor and publisher of INCITE – Journal of Experimental Media and on Friday March 14, Kashmere will give a talk relating microcinema history and the current issue “Exhibition Guide”, which pays homage to American microcinemas. He will also screen a selection of videos. From the introduction to “Exhibition Guide”, INCITE #4:

While vertically mapping MICROCINEMAS of past and present, this issue also surveys the breadth of alternative media exhibition practice, from Dziga Vertov’s agit-train and Bill Brand’s metro MASSTRANSISCOPE, to artists who use film without projectors and projectors without film. In the age of so-called “participatory” media, in which people connect virtually using avatars and aliases to stream data on handheld devices, what binds these social cinematic sites, herein, and makes them flourish?

WHERE: 101 Becker Communication Studies Building, 25 South Madison Street, Iowa City, IA

WHEN: Friday, March 14, 2014  –  8:00pm

SECOND EVENT: On Saturday March 15, at FilmScene, Kashmere will present his video essay FROM DEEP.


Part video essay, part audiovisual mixtape, FROM DEEP “looks at basketball and its profound role in American life – as an everyday street game played by millions around the country; a force in fashion, music, and mass media; and a platform for broader issues of race and class. Drawing its imagery from contemporary pick-up games, contemporary films, music videos, and spectacular sports footage, Kashmere charts a history of the game over the last century, including its rapid cultural rise in the 1980s, with the global branding of Michael Jordan; basketball’s growing connection with hip hop culture; and its multiplying fan base, which laid the groundwork for the sport’s significance today.” (Amy Beste, Conversations at the Edge)

WHERE: FilmScene is a community-supported cinema located at 118 E. College Street, On the Ped Mall, Downtown Iowa City

WHEN: Saturday, March 15, 2014  –  7:00pm.

There will a brief Q&A following the screening. Both events are FREE to the public.