D.E.F. SHOWCASE 2020

Welcome to the D.E.F. SHOWCASE 2020. D.E.F. is both an acronym for “DePaul Experimental Film” and is the slang word “def,” meaning “cool.” Experimental film is a visionary art form, boundary-pushing and virtually limitless in scope—and it’s really, really cool…

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Welcome to the D.E.F. SHOWCASE 2020. D.E.F. is both an acronym for “DePaul Experimental Film” and is the slang word “def,” meaning “cool.” Experimental film is a visionary art form, boundary-pushing and virtually limitless in scope—and it’s really, really cool (which hopefully this experience will be for you!).

This 80-minute screening block features 41 student films that span many forms of the experimental filmmaking medium. In many cases the work is challenging and complex, stunning visually, and oft times incredibly personal. It is work that deserves to be seen and celebrated.

These projects were created by DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts students in Experimental Filmmaking I class. The work featured in this particular screening was selected by jury members Sara Goodman, JP Olsen and Raul Benitez. The program will play straight through with a 3.5 second black space separating each film.

D.E.F. SHOWCASE 2020 JURY

JP OLSEN
JP Olsen is a writer, filmmaker, journalist and musician. He is currently a director of programming at HBO, where he oversaw all VICE News content for HBO and other programs, including “Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas” and “We’re Here,” which is currently airing on HBO. JP is also an educator and has taught at Columbia University and lectured at University of Michigan, The Ohio State University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, among others. In 2019, JP was named a MacDowell Fellow in film, where he completed STAN with creative partner, Kristen Nutile. Later this year he will be releasing his fifth full-length LP entitled “JP Olsen’s Barge of Sorrow,” for independent record label, Old 3C.

SARA GOODMAN
Sara Goodman is a new media artist, poet, curator, VJ, and educator working with new and old tech, forming lifelong friendships and collaborations based off of art-as- way-of-life life practice. She is drawn to landscapes, abstraction, meaning through repetition, science fiction, obscure subcultures, and broken technologies. Sara received her MFA in poetry from Columbia College Chicago and teaches creative writing, new media, and film classes to high school students in Chicago. http://saranaomigoodman.squarespace.com @saranaomigoodman

RAUL BENITEZ
Raul Benitez is the lead programmer for Full Spectrum’s annual shorts program, Chicagoland Shorts. He also currently programs for “Comfort Film” at “Comfort Station Logan Square” and at “The Nightingale Cinema,” while working as a screener for “The Chicago Underground Film Festival,” “The Twisted Oyster Film Festival,” and “CIMM Fest.” Raul was named on the Jury for the “Cortadito Shorts Film Showcase” at the “Gene Siskel Film Center.” He is also a member of the “Panorama Latinx” Community Council and “IFP Chicago.” He has previously volunteered for “The Chicago Cinema Society” and has partnered and/or programmed with “Chicago Film Makers,” “Little Mexico Film Festival,” “First Nations Film Festival,” “Reeling Film Festival,” “Chicago Film Archives,” “Beguiled Cinema,” “La Guarimba Film Festival,” “South Side Projections,” “DollHouse DIY,” “The Wretched Nobles of the Exiled Dynasty,” “Kartemquin Films,” “ACREtv,” “Moving Image Arts,” “Chicago Latino Film Festival,” “Cinema Culture” and “Nerivela Mexico.” In 2015 and 2017, Raul was named in the “Chicago Screen Gems” by “Newcity” and “The Chicago Reader.”

D.E.F. SHOWCASE 2020 POSTER DESIGN

LEE ZELENAK
Lee is a graphic designer and educator based in Chicago, IL and currently teaching at DePaul university. He attended Kent State University, receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication Design, with a focus on Branding and Environmental Graphic Design. Previously, he was an Associate Creative Director at VSA Partners in Chicago, working on the branding team for IBM. In 2012, he was a Senior Designer for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. Prior to the Obama campaign, he was a designer at a Cleveland based branding agency, Twist Creative, leading branding projects for Ohio City Incorporated (which includes the West Side Market,) Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor, and The People for Joe Cimperman. He also taught design at Kent State University and served as Programming Director for AIGA Cleveland.

This showcase of student work is not intended for commercial distribution.

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