Announcing the Spring 2019 Lineup

Excited/saddened/thankful/humbled/amazed and astounded to announce the Spring 2019 lineup for Headroom. Stay tuned for more info about each…

Saturday, Feb 09 at 7pm
at the the Franklin Miller Screening Room, 105 Adler Journalism Building 

“One of contemporary avant-garde cinema’s greatest proponents of fellowship and happiness in the cinema space,” Jodie Mack will present her first feature-length film, The Grand Bizarre: “Made up of tens of thousands of individually shot frames filmed in a dozen countries, it extends some of Mack’s recent shorts—animations of vibrant geometric textiles, busted electronics, and marbled endpapers—into a dizzyingly abstract, fiercely analog worldwide symphony of ragged geometrics.” – Leo Goldsmith, Artforum

Mack’s 16mm films have screened at a variety of venues including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Images Festival, Projections at the New York Film Festival, and the Viennale. She has presented solo programs at the 25FPS Festival, Anthology Film Archives, BFI London Film Festival, Harvard Film Archive, National Gallery of Art, REDCAT, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, and Wexner Center for the Arts among others. Her work has been featured in publications including Artforum, Cinema Scope, The New York Times, and Senses of Cinema. She is an Associate Professor of Animation at Dartmouth College and a 2018/19 Film Study Center Fellow at Harvard University.


Friday, March 29, at 7pm
at the Franklin Miller Screening Room, 105 Adler Journalism Building

Beloved filmmaker, Jonathan Schwartz, was just 45 when he died last October, leaving the experimental film community and the world in a shadow of his absence. He bent time with his love of light, poetry, and sound; and we’re fortunate to begin to mend and pay tribute with a program of his beautiful films.

Schwartz’s solo screenings include UnionDocs (Brooklyn), Cinema Project (Portland), and San Francisco Cinematheque. His films have regularly exhibited in many film festivals including New York Film Festival “Views from the Avant-Garde”, the Toronto International Film Festival “Wavelengths”, IFF Rotterdam, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Images, Media City, Recontres Internationales, Exis, and others. In 2010, he was included in The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Avant-Garde Poll in Film Comment as one of 25 Filmmakers for the 21st century.  Schwartz was an Associate Professor at Keene State College.


Friday, April 26, at 7pm
Location TBD

Rescheduled from last season, we’re thrilled Melika Bass can visit to share a suite of her slow-burning films that reside at the boundaries of experimental dance and abstracted narrative.

Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film 2018,”  Bass is the recipient of an Artadia Award (NYC), 2 Media Arts Fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, the Kodak/Filmcraft Imaging Award from the Ann Arbor Film Festival, an Experimental Film Prize from the Athens International Film Festival, and a Special Mention Prize from the International Jury of the 2018 International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.

Screenings and exhibitions include the BAMcinemaFest, Brooklyn;  Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (solo exhibition); Torino Film Festival, Italy; Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York; Kino der Kunst, Munich; Ann Arbor Film Festival;  Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; Anthology Film Archives, New York;  BFI London Film Festival; Athens International Film Festival; Segal Center for the Performing Arts, Montreal; International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany; and the Split Festival of New Film, Croatia. Her work has been profiled and reviewed in Filmmaker Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Bad at Sports, Art Daily, Rolling Stone Italy, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Pitchfork, and Criterion.