Experimental Films from Iowa


filmfront presents the recent work of 9 filmmakers based in Iowa City who make up the MFA program in Cinematic Arts at the University of Iowa. This shorts program includes a wide array of films and videos featuring optical illusions! closed-eye vision! arson, aliens, and small round fruit.

The program will include works by Traci Hercher, Auden Lincoln-Vogel, Julianna Torres Villarosa, Stephen Wardell, Kai Swanson, Michael Wawzenek, P. Sam Kessie, Philip Rabalais, and Sam Kahrar.

Filmmakers present for post-screening discussion!
$5 suggested donation (for filmmakers)

~60 min total, 16mm and video projection

There will be an opportunity to view an installation piece (which can only be watched by one person at a time) to follow screening.

Programmed by Michael Wawzenek


Baby Face


This is the fourth screening in a five-part series entitled AMERICAN EGO in which we invite the audience to view this selection of Classical Hollywood cinema with a critical eye to its preconceptions and depictions of success.

Part 4: Feminine Development

"Baby Face is most notorious of all the pre-code movies. It was in fact so shocking that the New York State Board of Censors rejected it even before the Hay's Code went into strict enforcement. The film follows the sexual escapades of Lily Powers (Barbara Stanwyck), the beautiful daughter of a speakeasy owner (during Prohibition), who is being pimped-out by her father to his customers. Lily's lackluster life in Pennsylvania takes a sudden turn when her father is killed in an accident. Unmoved by her father's death, Lily, along with her friend Chico (Theresa Harris), moves to New York in search of a better life. Now in New York City, Lily gets a job at a bank and uses her beauty and sexual prowess to seduce a string of successful men as she works her way to the top."

Program notes and program by Ashley Cooper.

Ashley Cooper is a Location Coordinator for film and TV productions based in Chicago. She is a cinephile who has a passion for classic American cinema.

by Alfred E. Green
1933, digital projection, 75 mins


Eclipsing: Death and Transformation - Xitlalli Sixta Tarin


ECLIPSING is partnering with filmfront to present a solo screening of new work by Xitlalli Sixta Tarin. Tarin's film, BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, is a two-part film that excavates the male psyche in regards to its fetishization of trans sex workers, and brings to light the fantasies & desires of the previously objectified.

Filmmaker in person!

Xitlalli Sixta Tarin is an Indigenous Chicanx interdisciplinary artist from San Antonio, Texas currently working on their BFA in Chicago. Through mostly performance & video work they have been exploring ideas of decolonization, sexuality, gender, ethnicity and how these interact with each other. Their work reflects on personal experiences of transphobia and racism within their romantic relationships and the queer community, and how the effects of Spanish colonization have influenced their family through traditional Roman Catholic ideologies.

ECLIPSING is a collaborative, multi-media festival, centering the work of artists and healers who find inspiration and strength within self-defined interpretations of darkness. ECLIPSING creates space for LGBTQIA+ artists and performers, namely trans & queer people of color, to cross boundaries between mediums, and to mobilize and harness darkness’s metaphorical and metaphysical qualities, creating space for reckoning and collective healing.

The festival offers a constellation of events, experiences, and exhibitions including a workshop series, a performance festival, a film/video screening, collaborative public programs, and a performative lecture. These events converge around the astrological occasion of the first lunar eclipse of 2019.

More information on the festival here.

by Xitlalli Sixta Tarin
2019, digital projection