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11th Annual UNCG International Sustainability Shorts Film Competition

An annual short film competition held in the Spring semester that incorporates and addresses the elements of UNCG's definition of sustainability: social equity, the environment, the economy, and aesthetics. As part of the annual UNCG Sustainability Film & Discussion Series, the competition is an opportunity to share new artistic works in the international community that addresses the urgency of the climate crisis and acknowledges the power of film to connect, communicate, and convince.

The films are judged by Marisol Maddox, a graduate student in the International Security MA program at George Mason University and a research contractor at the Woodrow Wilson Center's Polar Institute. And by Jean Michel Rolland, a long time musician, painter, and filmmaker (and previous competition winner) based in France.

Winners receive a cash prize ($500, $300, $200) and will be announced on the website the week of May 4th. Vote for the Audience Choice Award below.


Spring Walk on Spaceship Earth
Kenji Kojima

Spring Walk on Spaceship Earth is one of the video series from the artist Kenji Kojima's project Techno Synesthesia: Four Seasons. The project concept is "Ecosystem goes around on Earth". Japanese ancient faith that is the background of the artist admires and respects the worship of nature spirits and a belief in sacred power in both animate and inanimate things, and sustained nature. That was the wisdom of the forest island people during the isolation from the rest of the world. The video is walking around spring woodland and creates music and 3D drawing from visual data and time perception. That is another concept of the project "Techno Synesthesia". The artist wishes his vision has a relation with music and time. He tried to realize it by computer technology for the artwork. A computer reduces all sensory data to binary and converts them to another file format.

Kenji Kojima is a visual artist. He has been experimenting with the relationships between perception and cognition, technology, music, and visual art using computer technologies. He was born in Japan and moved to New York in 1980. He painted contemporary tempera paintings that were medieval art materials and techniques. A personal computer was improved rapidly during the ’80s. In the early 90's he switched his artwork to digital. He studied computer programming by himself. His early digital works were archived in the New Museum - Rhizome, New York. He developed the application "RGB MusicLab" which converted music from a still image in 2007. He has created an interdisciplinary artwork “Techno Synesthesia” series exploring the relationship between visual and audio sensibilities. The project "Techno Synesthesia" has exhibited in New York, and media art festivals worldwide, including Europe, Brazil, India, Asia, and online art exhibitions.


Patient's Copy
Patrick Tarrant

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A hand-made reflection on the underconscious and on the illustration of ideas on plastic, this collage film recycles 1000 overhead transparencies that were used for teaching biology in a time before plastics in our oceans were such a visible concern. A chemically induced gaze looks out over this archive while a light shines down on obsolete treasures, buried ideologies and the science of life. Patient's Copy focuses on the capacity of these acetate transparencies to not simply allow light to pass through them, but also to allow light to reflect off them. This suggests a new function for images that have not only been excavated from their pedagogical and technological moment but which, in their new fluorescent form, are both less plastic, and more plastic than before.

Patrick Tarrant (Melbourne, 1969) is an Associate Professor in filmmaking at London South Bank University who has written on the feature-length portrait films of Pedro Costa (Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie?), Ben Rivers (Two Years At Sea) and Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez (Manakamana). Patrick has made video portraits and observational city films, while developing a hybrid filmmaking method that brings HD video and a 16mm film projector together (in The Take-Up, The Trembling Giant & Another Self Portrait ). Patrick has had films screened at the Hong Kong, London, Cork and Melbourne International Film Festivals, and was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2016 London Film Festival.