Come join us Monday, October 21 at the Hollywood Theater for a stellar lineup of short films. New works by 9 local filmmakers who explore myths, rituals, and the dark corners of the mind, including a freshly resuscitated version of my first film CPR, 9’s haunting teaser, Chel White’s hypnotic music video for David Lynch “Bird of Flames” and world premieres of Guy Baker’s “Legacy” and Matt Schulte’s “Image.” Come and celebrate the fruits born from Portland rain and the mad creativity it inspires in her inhabitants.
In the past few months I’ve had the great pleasure of working with London based sound designer Tim Harrison. And while waiting for my next film 9's final cut, he rallied some of his fine young neurons to play around with my first short CPR, whose sound design, once upon a time, was an afterthought at best.
If you’d like to partake in some of his knee buckling auditory rapture, the newly resuscitated CPR will screen at the Hallowed Ground festival at the Hollywood Theater October 21st at 7pm and I couldn’t be more excited to share. Join us for a feast of local shorts that evening.
You can find more of Tim’s large brain at: www.aumeta.com
CPR has been invited to a special screening next Wednesday in Prague at iShorts!
iShorts is a non-profit organization located in Prague, Czech Republic that promotes short films (together with their producers) not only in the Czech Republic but also abroad. iShorts has regular screenings of the most interesting Czech and foreign short films once a month at BIO OKO art house cinema biooko.net in Prague and typically draws 200+ fans of film to each screening.
Another successful screening last night at Portland’s International Film Festival. What an honor to be part of such a magnificent line up.
If you’re headed to Art Basel Miami this week, be sure to head to the Art Deco Welcome Center and check out CPR projected large and fabulous on their exterior wall for four whole days! December 6-9: 1001 Ocean Drive, South Beach, Florida
LIGHT ASSEMBLY: THE WORLD’S FIRST ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTION, VIDEO ART AND FILM FESTIVAL
Light Assembly is both a film festival like no other, and a mass-scale showcase of video art and architecture. In the last decade, visual artists such as Miranda July, Steve McQueen and Julian Schnabel have legitimized the crossover from visual art to filmmaking. Light Assembly is the first-ever film festival dedicated to assisting artists in that crossover between art and film. Light Assembly is also a pilot video art and architecture exposition program unique in the world. Conceived as a beta of Time Zones Chicago, planned for premier in late Summer of 2013, the goal of Light Assembly is to combine large-scale video art projection with the citywide canvas of Miami Beach and mainland Miami’s modern architectural marvels and historic landmarks. The combination of architecture and video art proposed by Light Assembly will allow a hybrid art form to emerge, one that reinterprets and reimagines the public space of the cities where we live and work. Over the last decades, the equipment needed to make and project video has become increasingly affordable, and transformed how installation work is thought about and made. Yet, the parallel evolution of these distinct art forms has not yet realized its full potential; we believe it is finally time to explore the full possibilities of these art forms, and on a whole new scale.
Light Assembly has gathered an influential industry list of 2012 jury members that bridge the visual art and film worlds including programming director at Sundance and curator at the Walker Art Center.
Look who is on the line-up to screen at the Brisbane International Film Festival! What an honor be part of their amazing 2012 program, November 12-25. http://biff.com.au/2012-programme
For those of you who missed CPR’s premiere at POW Fest last March, we’ve been selected to screen at the 39th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival November 9-11th in Portland, Oregon.
Each year the festival draws more than 400 entries from filmmakers in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, presenting to the public carefully selected programs of outstanding work and awarding critical recognition to top juror and audience recognized films. After the festival, the event lives on in the form of the ‘Best of the Northwest’ touring program, presented at key cultural and educational organizations across the northwest.
For more info and to buy tickets, visit http://festivals.nwfilm.org/nwfest39/
CPR is selected to screen this November at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in the UK! http://www.asff.co.uk
Reviews and Reflections on CPR’s premiere by strangers, colleagues and friends.
- [Kimberly Warner’s] amazing film blew everyone away… it’s in an entirely different league.” award winning director James Westby - Rid of Me, The Auteur
- “We loved CPR – indeed, it was part of our Director’s favorite screening in the whole festival, so many congratulations!” - Helena Culliney, marketing officer Aesthetica Film Festival
- “Also worth getting excited about: Kimberly Warner’s CPR, which I raved about when it played POWFest earlier in the year” - blogger Nick Bruno, RainFallsDownOnAPortlandTown
- “Exquisite on my first viewing and exquisite on my tenth. I cannot wait for [Kimberly Warner’s] next flick.” - award winning UK director Ian Pons Jewell, Jargon “Disappoint You,” Best New Director UK Music Video Awards 2011
- “Reflecting on CPR, it’s powerful influence is felt on a sub-conscious level. The absence of dialogue, the dream-like sequences, the score…you don’t have to be qualified to appreciate it, you don’t have to be intelligent to be affected. You just have to watch, and listen, and observe how your short film infiltrates… Was there a shift from watching the film? Yes. Can I explain why or how? Not easily! But that only lends to the effect. If it’s affect is truly Jungian, then all of us can feel it — male or female, though I grant you, we feel it in different ways. Your work has the luster of a diamond and I hope it catches the attention such a gem deserves.” - Gordon Heady
- “It was all so visually stunning… I keep seeing the blue of her eyes and the blue of the water. The red lips, the red lifeguard suits. The unreal dull flesh color o f the landscape and the dummy bodies. The dummy face smeared with the red lipstick. And so on. Beautiful. And all the water metaphors are potent for me… baptism, drowning, cleansing, the un-conscious/dream-state, being saved or being the savior, reaching a crisis where the heroine in all of us chooses to live or die. Wow!
Personally the part I found so haunting was the surreal detachment of everything except the dummies for the heroine. (There is this uncanny resemblance in the setting of your film to a time in my life when I felt that way the most - Southern California suburban home with pool, palm trees, dry hills in the backdrop…) But the universal part of this experience in any setting is her curiosity, that becomes astonishment, that becomes a sort of isolating horror, of having reactions and emotions and perceptions that it appears the entire so-called “context of reality” you find yourself in does not see, acknowledge or have any way what so ever of even co-existing with. (scream)
But she is smiling in the end, and so am I. Luckily, we were transformed.
Anyway, congratulations for such an amazing, beautiful film! What a huge accomplishment!
Cheers to more!” - Megan Mills Kitchen
- “Kimberly Warner’s CPR - my favorite of the bunch, drawing dual inspiration from the visual aesthetic of Mad Men and the narrative sensibilities of The Twilight Zone.” - blog RainFallsDownOnAPortlandTown
- “I am still buzzing about CPR!! I feel like your movie speaks to people, no, it’s speaks to the collective unconscious and at the subconscious level, it’s like a key or a password that unlocks…something. It’s beautiful! It’s really beautiful! …when an artist makes art, I am not sure they understand the ripples in the pond it evokes!” - Gordon Heady
- “…your film is stunning…the sound design and music, cinematography, and story were all dead cool…I’d love to help with your next film. Congrats on this one!” - composer Jim Brunberg
- “…really gorgeous. Such a work of art.” - award winning director Sarah Adina Smith - The Sirens
- “…sensual, enigmatic… This film is the feminine made manifest. Kimberly’s journey from the formless into form as her first short film, CPR, beautifully demonstrates, carries that core of the spacious and sensuous that IS the feminine soul. Art, in it’s highest expression is a bridge between realms, between the seen and the unseen, the real and the imagined. Thank you for your dedication to constructing a gossamer and shimmering bridge for us to meander both worlds, and glimpse remembrance of our dual citizenship.” - Nancy Warner
- “…most visually stunning short of the night.” - designer Rio Wrenn
- “CPR is an excellent piece. Hope it gets the chance to reach as many eyes as possible!” - blogger Nick Bruno - RainFallsDownOnAPortlandTown
Thrilled to announce that CPR will be premiering at the Portland Women’s Film Festival March 8 - 11th 2011. Hope all you fans of Portland, films and estrogen will make it!
CPR is receives the Silver Award in the Oregon Film Awards short film competition!
a moment of nostalgia washes over me as i remember four incredible days last october with my creative team. plans for cpr’s private party/premiere underway…