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Two Sunrises
Jenny Stark
2006 | 28 min | Colour | Digital

Jenny Stark’s Two Sunrises, assembles a series of dramatised vignettes that describe one night's experience of the waitress Susie, whilst working at the late night diner Lil Joe’s. Stark’s film manages to successfully describe the jealousies and friendships of the characters who are caught in these low-paid jobs and the knowingly flirtatious manner of the various customers that populate these minor cathedrals to 24-hour modernity. 

Music to Watch Dead Girls by
Claudia Joskowicz
2006 | 20 min | Colour | Digital

Claudia Joskowicz’s Music to Watch Dead Girls by, is filmed as one seamless slow motion tracking shot that records a series of interior recreations of ‘as shown on tv’ re-enactments of infamous murders of young American women. By patiently recording each cadavers relationship to its surroundings, Joskowicz allows the camera to forensically draw out the inherent beauty of these still lives as our eyes ever so slowly scan from one scene to another.

Preemptive Disappearance
Francisca Benitez
2003 | 14 min | Colour | Digital

Francisca Benitez’s Preemptive Disappearance, describes the effects of the Patriot Act on artists living in New York as told through the tender recounting of someone who discovers, when returning home one day, that her husband has been arrested for taking photographs ‘in the wrong place’. Benitez’s film slowly draws us into the emotional turmoil and sense of loss that is felt when someone close to you disappears and allows us a powerful and dramatic insight into the personal insecurity suffered by many people after 9/11

Jenny Stark recently screened work at the New York Underground Film Festival, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico City, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington DC, the LA Film Forum and at the Viennale,Vienna. She was born in the USA and lives and works in Sacramento.

Claudia Joskowicz recently exhibited work at Momenta Art Gallery, New York, Lawndale Art Center, Texas, Kinz, Tillou + Feigen Gallery, New York, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, Exit Art, New York and at the McDonough Museum of Art, Ohio. She was born in Bolivia and currently lives and works in New York.

Francisca Benitez recently exhibited work at the Westport Arts Centre, Connecticut, Exit Art, New York, Smack Mellon, New York, Centre de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, Valenzuela Klenner Galería, Bogotá and at the Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York. She was born in Chile and lives and works in New York.

Part of Filmarmalade's Anniversary programme, curated by Gordon Shrigley.