Since 2010, the Pittsburgh-based creative collective VIA has provided a platform for emerging music, new media art, and technology with numerous concerts, performances, installations, and exhibitions. The entity also organizes film events, and this year, as part of its annual festival, VIA will showcase screenings that examine basketball, punk music, and the Internet.
Filmmaker Brett Kashmere documents the presence of basketball within the sociocultural landscape of contemporary America. Combining self-shot “moving snapshots” of the game in its everyday form with a wide array of archival footage, highlight reels, movie clips, commercials, music videos, video game recordings, and found material, this audiovisual essay offers a layered, non-linear perspective on the merger of basketball and hip hop culture, focused through the wide angle lens of the game’s history. From Deep will screen at Row House Cinema at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A Q&A with Kashmere and a special guest will follow the screening. Tickets are $8 and are available for purchase at Ticketfly.
She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column
“All Women Are Bitches” was not a chart topper, but it represented a significant thread in Toronto’s musical tapestry thanks to the all-female art punk band Fifth Column. Former band members recall the 1980s queer art punk scene and their progressive efforts to unite music, film and zine culture to challenge conventional art practice, gender roles and femininity. Archival films from the influential alt-cinema/production collective the Funnel complement present day interviews with Caroline Azar, Beverly Breckenridge, GB Jones and Bruce la Bruce. The band’s memories of the fun and feuds that fueled their creativity and built their reputations connect to the later Riot Grrrl movement. Most enlightening may be what was Toronto’s first zine war, where rivals battled it out through handcrafted photocopies. Three decades may heal old wounds but clearly a few scars remain. Director Kevin Hegge pays homage to a bygone era while keeping the indie spirit alive. She Said Boom screens at Row House Cinema at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A Q&A with director Kevin Hegge and panel discussion will follow the screening. This event is co-presented by Queer Video Vault. Tickets are $8 and are available for purchase at Ticketfly.
Works by video and new media artist Jennifer Chan and artist Theodore Darst, employing a variety of practices to respond to the incessant flows of information on the Internet. Hybrid Theory will be shown as part of the AV Showcase at the historic Union Trust Building (501 Grant St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219). Featured acts at the event include Blue Hawaii, Zebra Katz, L-Vis 1990, Traxman, Cities Aviv, Diode Milliampere, Troxum, and Cakes Da Killa. See the VIA website for more information. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and are available for purchase at Ticketfly.
The 2014 VIA Festival runs from October 1st through October 5th. Guests can purchase Weekend or All-Access Passes at Ticketfly. Prices range from $42 to $100.