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Screening: A Selection of Shorts by Vanessa Renwick

Oregon Department of Kick Ass


The 26th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival is proud to announce its screening of a selection of shorts (Vanessa Renwick, USA, approx. 90 min, in English).

The ethos of DIY (do-it-yourself) punk rock inspires this filmmaking. Vanessa Renwick visits from Portland, Oregon, where she is founder of the Oregon Department of Kick Ass and has been making movies for nearly 35 years. Focusing on glimpses of outsiders from the Pacific Northwest, or the landscapes that surround them, her creatively eclectic filmmaking covers a range of style, subject matter, and tone through experimental approaches to the moving image. Once you’ve seen them, you won’t soon forget.  This evening’s screenings offer a range of extraordinary work from her extensive and often surprising filmography.

Introduction by Josh Guilford, of Amherst College

The director will be present for discussion

The screening will begin at 7:30PM on Wednesday, April 17th in the Isenberg Flavin Family Auditorium (SOM 137).

Vanessa Renwick

Guest Speaker

Vanessa Renwick is a Portland, Oregon based artist and filmmaker. She is described on her website as the "founder and janitor" of the production company Oregon Department of Kickass. Renwick's style of art is both experimental and documentary, and comes in many forms. Her work is highly invasive and radically political.Through her films, Renwick "builds authentic moving image works revealing an insatiable curiosity and unflinching engagement with the world around her."  Her art has been shown internationally, in such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, The Centre Pompidou, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, the Andy Warhol Museum, and many more.