Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Carnegie Museum of Art Announces a Call for Submissions for the Second Annual Two-Minute Film Festival: “The Labor Party”

Carnegie Museum of Art Announces a Call for Submissions for the Second Annual Two-Minute Film Festival: “The Labor Party”

Deadline for Submissions is June 20.

See www.cmoa.org/2minutefilms for submission form and guidelines;

Films will be screened on July 21 during a special late-night Culture Club

Pittsburgh, PA… Carnegie Museum of Art announces the second annual Two-Minute Film Festival. Artists and filmmakers (amateur or professional) are invited to submit their finest—and shortest—work to be considered for inclusion in “The Labor Party,” an evening of food, drink, and film in the museum’s outdoor Sculpture Court.

In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Biennial, on view at the museum June 17­–September 18, 2011, the theme of this year’s film festival is “The Labor Party.” Filmmakers are encouraged to submit videos that, like the artworks in the Biennial, explore concepts of work, industry, or labor in a variety of interpretations. The word “work” has several meanings: the process or act of making; the context or place in which things are produced; and the product or outcome of one’s efforts.

Submissions should respond in some way to this widely interpretable prompt, and may be created using media of the filmmaker’s choice (camera, camcorder, cell phone, animation program). Entries must be two minutes or less in length, include a title card, and be submitted via CD or DVD as uncompressed QuickTime files (with extension .mov) for compilation purposes. Entrants must also include a screening copy of their film—either by providing a YouTube URL or a playable DVD—and a completed entry form, downloadable at www.cmoa.org/2minutefilms. There is no fee to enter, and entrants must be at least 18 years of age.

Submission materials (nonreturnable) should be mailed to:

Amanda Donnan

Carnegie Museum of Art

4400 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080

The deadline for submissions is June 20. See www.cmoa.org/2minutefilms for submission guidelines, entry form, and terms and conditions.

The Museum of Art’s contemporary art department staff will review the submissions and select works to screen at the July 21 event. The Two-Minute Film Festival audience will be encouraged to vote for their favorite film, and the Viewer’s Choice award winner will be announced at the end of the evening, with the winner receiving a free one-year individual membership to Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Drinks and food will be available in the museum’s outdoor Sculpture Court beginning at 7:30 p.m., and the film screening will begin at 9:30 p.m. A $10 entrance fee includes admission to the museum galleries and to the film screening, as well as two drink tickets; filmmakers whose work is included in the screening program will be admitted free of charge. Picnic-style fare will be available for purchase.

Last year’s Two-Minute Film Festival, themed “A Brief History of…,” was a huge success, thanks to more than 80 filmmakers who submitted work, and to the energetic crowd of more than 300 people who attended the event. The winner, by popular vote, was a “Brief History of Daily Transactions” by Cecilia Beltrão, Matthias Grabmair, and Zumrut Imamoglu. The winners donated their prize museum memberships to underprivileged local high school students with an interest in art.

In the Galleries

Carnegie Museum of Art’s presentation of the Pittsburgh Biennial opens in the Heinz Galleries on June 17, and includes several films and videos by artists—and former Pittsburghers—Peggy Ahwesh and Stephanie Beroes. The Biennial is extending for the first time beyond Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts into three additional venues—The Andy Warhol Museum and The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, in addition to Carnegie Museum of Art—each with its own independent curatorial focus. The Museum of Art’s presentation features a multigenerational mix of artists from or living in Pittsburgh who explore the double meaning of “work” as both action and outcome in film, video, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and publications.

Ragnar Kjartansson: Song, on view through September 4th, includes several video works that showcase Kjartansson’s interest in music and the “labor” of its performance over long durations, through repetitive verses, and in the face of harsh or unusual environmental circumstances.

Support

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Carnegie Museum of Art

Located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, it is nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished collection of American and European works from the 16th century to the present. The Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to enhancing understanding of the physical environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, call 412.622.3131 or visit our Web site at www.cmoa.org.

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