We curated three events for the 58th Cork Film Festival:
‘Battle for The Brain’, ‘99%’ and ‘Rewiring The Body’.
Battle For The Brain
17th November, 2pm, Triskel Cinema, tickets €6
A feature documentary and shorts programme about mental health and the law. Alongside the films was a discussion around the issues raised.
NCR: Not Criminally Responsible
Canada / 2013 / 98 Minutes / Colour / Dir. John Kastner
Sean Clifton savagely attacked a complete stranger in a psychotic frenzy and tried to stab her to death in front of scores of witnesses, because “the devil told [him] to stab the prettiest girl in the mall.” His victim miraculously survived, haunted by nightmares, but relieved that her attacker had been safely locked away. Now he’s out. His victim is terrified he will come after her. With unprecedented access to Clifton, the victim and the mental institution, the film by 4-time Emmy-winner John Kastner follows Clifton through an extraordinary treatment process and back onto the streets—only to find his victim’s family tracking him. This feature will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and an extensive discussion around the issues the film addresses. Prior to the feature will be a diverse programme of shorts looking at mental illness, stigma and treatment.
I’m Fine Thanks
Dir. Eamonn O’Neill, 4 mins 30
.Are You OK?
Like Me, Only Better
Dir. Martin Pickles, 5 mins 30
.A laconic comedy about Neuroses, Catholicism and Prozac.
Dir. Ed Suckling, 5 mins
Sam finds a badly beaten woman outside his apartment.
Dir. Peter Carruthers, 9 mins 40
Mike is a British Army
PROTEST, FAIRNESS AND GLOBAL SOLIDARITY IN A CHANGING WORLD
13th November, 6pm, Triskel Cinema, tickets €9
This event explored the global and local Occupy movement, its impact and its ongoing legacy. 99% is a feature film created collaboratively by 99 filmmakers, painting a compelling portrait of the Occupy Wall Street movement from personal stories to analysis of the big picture issues. The documentary’s producers and activists were in attendance to discuss the film and its themes, including questions around activist organisational structures, hierarchies vs horizontalism and violent vs nonviolent protest. Prior to the feature film was a programme of relevant short form work including clips of footage from Irelands’ Occupy movement. This programme examined the structures and global ethics which effect all our lives, and the actions which are being taken to challenge these.
99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film
United States / 2013 / 97 Minutes / Colour / Director: Audrey Ewell, Aaron Aites, Lucian Read, Nina Krstic
In September 2011, The Occupy Wall Street movement propelled issues of economic inequality into the spotlight. 99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film goes behind the scenes of the movement, definitively revealing what happened, and why. Personal stories imbue analysis of big picture issues with the real-world struggles of those compelled to take action, speak up, march, and risk arrest and brutality at the hands of oppressive police forces around the country. Supporters, participants, experts and critics shed light on why and how this movement took off with such explosive force, and ask what the next phase might encompass.
Isle of Flowers (Ilha das Flores)
Brazil / 1989 / Director. Jorge Furtado / 13 mins 20
This seminal Brazilian short is a fast-talking polemic on the food chain, capitalism, fairness and the free market.
Rewiring The Body:
Film and discussion at the intersection of technology and flesh
10th November, 12:30pm, Triskel Cinema, tickets €6
Can technology fundamentally change the physical nature of humanity, and has it already done so? This programme of short films looked at the rapidly changing relationship between the human body and technological development. From cyborgs to bionic eyes to life without a heartbeat and from 3D printed exoskeletons to pain management through virtual reality, these films blurred the borders between science and fiction as traditional boundaries of the body are crossed. The programme of shorts was followed by a presentation by artist and designer Agatha Haines. Haines graduated in 2013 from the Design Interactions program at the Royal College of Art. She made a splash with her graduation show which featured beautifully rendered sculptures of bioprinted organs and surgically enhanced babies.
Dir. Steven Cantor, 3 mins 30
Dr. Joseph Rizzo and Prof. John Wyatt have pioneered a technology for restoring sight to patients who suffer from degenerative blindness.
Dir. Gina Czarnecki, 3 mins 40
Pixie Dust explores the notion of limb regeneration for humans within the contexts of science, sport, disability and super-ability.The title Pixie Dust comes from the substance taken from the pigs gut matrix that is applied to wounds to prevent scarrification and therefore allow continual growth of the tissue – as used in finger regeneration (allegedly) it plays the nonreality and disney-fication of scientific research.
Heart Stop Beating
Dir. Jeremiah Zagar, 3 mins 30
In March 2011, two visionary doctors from the Texas Heart Institute successfully replaced a dying man’s heart with a ‘continuous flow’ device, proving that life was possible without a heart beat.
Dir. Stephan Zlotescu, 6 mins 12
The short film is set in the not-too-distant future where augmentation is ‘in’. Kay can’t afford to augment in the U.S., so he heads to the black market of Bangkok where anything goes. While there, he gets a hold of a mysterious chip and finds himself on the run from dangerous forces.
In Your Head
Dir. Michael Tucker & Petra Epperlein, 3 mins 30
Can virtual reality control pain? Interface designer Dr. Diane Gromala has experienced chronic pain for the last 25 years. Working with concepts of mindfulness meditation, where a patient focuses on their pain to control it, Dr. Gromala and her team have built an immersive virtual reality environment that allows patients to interface with the self by using biofeedback and sensory cues to moderate pain levels.
Dir. Rafel Duran Torrent, 3 mins 30
Neil Harbisson was born with achromatopsia, a rare condition that causes complete colour blindness. In 2004, Harbisson and Adam Montandon developed the eyeborg, a sensory device that translates colours into sounds, which Harbisson, the world’s first officially recognized cyborg, wears at all times.
Dir.Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo, 8 mins
In an augmented world, knowledge is power.
Dir. Ondi Timoner, 3 mins 30
Scott Summit, Founder of Bespoke Innovations, creates prosthetic limb fairings for amputees using 3D printing.