SEAFF III | Relax, it’s probably just a parasite

A hypochondriac tries to figure out what’s ailing him. Hopefully it’s just a parasite.

Transplanted to Chicago atop rampaging bison from northwest Iowa, Joel Benjamin is a School of the Art Institute graduate spending most of his time moving things around pixel by pixel. He is adjunct faculty of both SAIC and DePaul University teaching 2D and 3D animation and is an award-winning animator and film-maker. Joel started the minuscule Motion Graphics company Electricbeard Productions and works as a motion designer on both corporate/commercial projects as well as more creative ones. Most of his free time is spent working on either developing carpal tunnel, or producing animated shorts.

SEAFF III | The Dream Hatcher

An experimental short about the interpretation of dream hatching and symbol of captivity and entrapment.

Mel Hsieh is a Visual Artist and a Creative Director. He graduated from CSM and SVA and he was nominated for British Young Designer of the year (2005), Winner for the D&AD Student Awards (2009), Red Dot Student Awards (2015) and received Exceptional Achievement at SVA Paula Rhodes Memorial Award. He now works as an Independent Filmmaker, Curator at MeowFound Music Label and the founder of AniMel Studio to corporates in the Art, Design, Music and Fashion industry. His film has won numerous of international awards and continues to screen at art and film festivals world wide such as Scope Art Miami, LA Centre of Digital Art, Visionaria Festival, Brooklyn Film Fes, Amsterdam Experimental Film Fes, London Fashion Film Fes, Hong Kong ArtHouse and National Theatre of Taiwan, etc.

SEAFF III | Sculpt the Motion

Sculpt the motion shows continuous transformations of metallic bodies through different urban plans. Contemporary architecture is a scenario for a performance, an experience as a sculptural promenade in a continuous flux. Silver strata of insulating material in action through the body change in mobile sculptures evoke Boccioni’s Futurist dynamism.
The uncontrollable surfaces do not contain the drive towards becoming a creative form. The video echoes back to the textile kinematics of Serpentine Dance, recalling a mobile texture and a continuous metamorphosis of shapes. The body becomes a ritualistic/gestural expression, and partly from an interest in the depiction of the body as malleable material. Gilles Deleuze’s famous remark that the body is “but a series of images” remembered, desired, rejected and dreamt, is an apt description for the body’s place within the video.

Devis Venturelli, born in Faenza 1974, is a multi‐disciplinary artist and architect. He has taken part in solo and group shows in museums, institutions, art galleries and festivals such as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York; Antology Film Archive, New York; PAC, Milano; Medialab‐ Prado, Madrid; Xinjiang Biennale; MACRO, Roma. His videos have been shown in international film festival including FIVA ‐ Festival Internacional de Video Arte, Romaeuropa Festival, Tehran International Short Film Festival, Regensburg International Short Film Week, New Filmakers NY.

SEAFF III | World of Forms

“World of Forms” is a dance short captured underwater. Based on Plato’s “Theory of Forms,” Andrea and Tyler move through a world unbound by physical material, where all ideas exist in a fluid and open state. When Andrea is left to question how real a physical object is, versus her pool of ideas, she works to lead Tyler onto a path of truth.

Andrea has had her work screened in New York, Paris, and London. Music plays a central role in her work, and she oftentimes composes her own score. She’s currently recording an album that will be the basis for dance film works to come. As a choreographer, Andrea teaches throughout the U.S. and has most recently performed her work in Italy for the 2018 Mediterraneo Dance Festival. Further, Andrea has performed her work as a featured artist in TEDx at the Phillips Center as well as in “Facing the Refugee Crisis” at the Digital Worlds Institute in Gainesville, Florida.

SEAFF III | There Be Dragons

Advanced technologies propel cities to seemingly move on their own. This film is an experimental reflection on the automation, and alienation, underlying the city of Doha—one of the world’s wealthiest capitals. This visual amble through the streets reveals an automated, quirky, and alternative side to the city.

Suzannah Mirghani is an independent filmmaker working on highlighting stories from the Gulf region, with a special interest in exploring the wealth of multicultural encounters that occur in a traditionally cosmopolitan place like Qatar. Her research background is in communication, media, and museum studies.