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Jerusalem Film Festival, Jerusalem Cinematheque 2
The Israeli Video Art and Experimental Film Competition has become a tradition at the Jerusalem International Film Festival. Held for the eighth consecutive year, the competition continues to be one of the central platforms in Israel for the presentation of contemporary video-art and experimental film. The international framework of the Festival is an extraordinary occasion for the exposure of new developments in this field to international audiences. The collaboration between the Jerusalem Foundation, the Ostrovsky Family Fund, the Jerusalem Cinematheque, and Mamuta at the Daniela Passal Art & Media Center is an indication of the great interest the competition has aroused—not only in the artistic community, but among the many institutions and individuals who have committed themselves to its success. The response to the call for submissions was overwhelming—nearly one hundred submissions from veteran and new artists. Seen in their entirety, the nine works chosen constitute an intriguing and finely-executed corpus whose technical and aesthetical aspects are even more refined than in previous years. This year two prizes will be awarded: a first prize in the amount of 6,000 NIS from the Jerusalem Foundation, and a second prize of 4,000 NIS from the Ostrovsky Family Fund. We would like to thank all of our partners—the selection committee, members of the jury, the Jerusalem Cinematheque, the Ostrovsky Family Fund, the Jerusalem Foundation, and the staff of Mamuta, for their support in the development and production of the Competition and the exhibit opening, and to all of the artists who submitted their works. We wish the best of luck to all the artists whose works will be screened in the competition.
Lea and Diego – Sala-Manca Group (Directors of Mamuta at the Daniela Passal Art and Media Center)

The Program:
A FREE MOMENT • Nir Evron • 2010 • 4’
The work was filmed in Tel al-Ful, an 840-meter-high mountain north of Jerusalem, where stands an unfinished structure: the summer palace of King Hussein, whose construction was halted during the ’67 war. The film is an investigation of forms and substance that consolidate in the noting of a single act in a single location.
MORDECHAI & ME • Tamar Nissim • 2010 • 4’20”
The sculpture of Mordechai Anielewicz is at the center of the film, while a woman with hair up and wearing a robe scrubs and soaps him. Under her hand it is not clear whether he is a man or a child.
3 FEARFUL DAYS • Dafna Shalom • 2010 • 12’56”
Dancers in a series of movements whose iconography alternates between combat and sacred dance, a dialectic of perpetual, iterative proximity and distance. Through the circular camera movements, the martial art resembles a secular rite establishing a connection with nature.
ABDUCTION • Ohad Fishof • 2010 • 8’34”
“Based on an eponymous sci-fi story. Here, it is man who abducts the alien, and not vice versa.” The film and the story are a second part in a series of works, “Hoon,” which describes characters, sites, and events in the imaginary town of Hoon.
6853-NGC • Keren Yeala-Golan • 2010 • 10’
A clinical investigation conducted on mechanical and organic hybrid creatures. A meticulous operation generating combinations and transformations of substance and form in a species that is not of its own kind. A grotesque futuristic laboratory feeling.
RED SCARF • Nadav Bin-Nun • 2010 • 8’
A girl sweetly sings a song in Portuguese. When she asks to stop singing, the director replies that she must keep on singing for the film.
BLACK AND WHITE RULE • Maya Zack • 2011 • 15’
The film is about humankind’s attempt to impose order and form on reality through processes of domestication and discipline. Poodles on a giant chess board obey orders while their movement is supervised.
GOLD DIAMONDS • Shahar Marcus • 2010 • 7’11”
Raw diamonds undergo a process of polishing during which they are transformed, through chemical means, into gold diamonds. The process of sacrificing the diamond to produce gold is contrary to economic logic but is an important stage in the artist’s journey.
GRAY BLACK WHITE • Yifat Bezalel • 2011 • 2’45”
A place that nobody owns. I believe that physical and metaphysical places exist within us and that we operate on an axis between conscious and unconscious worlds. I have decided to research ancient places (that are nonexistent) and the idea behind them.
Length of program: approx. 75 minutes



Ostrovsky is an internationally celebrated artist and curator.  She is known  for her advocacy of experimental film and avant-garde programming,  often featured  at venues in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Her global perspective has several dimensions. Vivian was born in New York  but grew up in  Rio and pursued higher education in Paris. Her films have been seen around the world, not only in film festivals but also at major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Of late, she has expanded her practice beyond her signature style in documentaries and collage shorts to include moving-image creations developed for cell phones and for installation artworks.  The artist retains a devotion to working with celluloid and continues to be inspired by vintage imagery such as the canon of classic films associated with  Henri Langois’s reign at the Cinematheque de Paris, the spirit of black and white American slapstick personified by Buster Keaton, and the art, film, advertising and architecture of the 1940s through 70s in Brasil .
Vivian, who is also uniquely well-versed in and supportive of  emerging, time-based and contemporary art in Israel, will present and discuss a selection of her most recent works.
The program will conclude with Q & A, and live music.     Please join us!

In the program:

Movie – 1982, 10 min’

From Paris to Berlin, from Amsterdam to Rio, from Jerusalem to New York. With a super 8 camera shooting only at night

P.W. Pinceis e Paineis – 2008, 15 min

A collage of archival footage, music and werneck’s modernist mosaics,

Made for an exhibition in Rio on Paulo Werneck

Fone Fur Follies- 2008, 9min

Feline fantasy. Filmed by a cell-phone.

The Title Was Shot 2009, -9min

A composition of fragments from over 25 films dating from the 1920s to the 1990s.

Tatitude- 2009, 3:40min

A tribute to Jaques Tati. Sand, sea and sun as elements in a carefree life.




OY DIVISION present the Renaissance of the Shtetel with good old-fashioned Eastern European Jewish music that will make your grandma dance. The OY DIVISION hysteria started in Tel-Aviv when some of Israel’s top talents united to satisfy their lust for Eastern European Jewish tunes. Their shows consist of spontaneous dancing in the audience and enthusiastic cries of joy or OY !!

The band members are all top musicians. Eyal Talmudi (clarinet and vocals) – reed player for the Balkan Beat Box. Noam Inbar (vocals, accordion and drum) – The leader of the acclaimed punk-folk band Ha’biluyim. Avichai Tuchman (double bass) of My Second Surprise. Gershon Leizersohn (violin and vocals) is a prominent musician in the religious music circles. Assaf Talmudi (accordion) is one of Israel’s busiest record producers.

Free admission- please register in advance places are limited 077-4310485


Mamuta at the Daniela Passal Art and Media Center

Tuesday , September 21st, 19:00 at the Jerusalem Cinemateque

Part 2: Masters of Video Art

with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund || Curators: Sala-Manca and Sergio Edelsztein – CCA

Tony Oursler captivated the New York audiences with his films dealing with personal investigation and social reflection. He has collaborated with many other artists and his latest works feature projected images on sculptural forms.



The Lone, 1980, 23:00 min

Son of Oil,1982 , 18:00 min

The Weak Bullet 1983, , 14:00 min

Hallowened, 1990, 6:00 min

Kapone 1991 , 11:00 min

at the Jerusalem Cinematheque.Tickets: 02-5654333

Calls & Opportunities

at Mamuta, July 21st, 17:00

The workshop deals with the re-make of Dziga Bertov’s classical film, digital manipulations and re-make as as concept. The work done during the workshop becomes part of an on-line and ongoing project. The workshop includes- Screening of Dziga Vertov’s original film- man with a movie camera, 1929. Discussion concerning the film’s ideas and aesthetics Introduction to the project’s website and concepts Discussion over remake possibilities: literal remake, interpretive content, interpretive formalism, digital manipulations Shooting footage in real time, from digital still cameras, cell phones, video cameras   Editing, and uploading files. screening remake for participants to see their uploads as part of the global montage   Perry Bard is an artist living in New York; she works individually and with community groups on projects for public spaces, dealing with issues of media representation. Her works were shown worldwide:Ars Electronica – Lindz, Transmediale-Berlin, Montreal Biennale among others…   Bard is participating in Mamuta’s residency program on July 4th – 26th 2010.   For further information: Dana- 077-4310485, ,   The workshop is open to the audience, free of charge, please register in advance, places are limited:send an email with your CV up to 10 lines and details to contact you back.


Friday July 16th, 18:15, Jerusalem cinematheque.

Avishai Sivan with an experimental film and Sala-manca group with a performance .

Two local creators, corresponding with the orthodox world and the cinema of avant-garde. Avishai Sivan (the 2007 winner of the video art and experimental film competition) who participates also in the Israeli film contest with “Wanderer” presented also at Cannes, presents his black and white experimental film “returnee”.

Sala-manca group perform alongside to their film “West and East-A Film Translation”, the work that has been presented at the Tate Modern museum and at the PFA Berkeley cinematheque.



Thursday july 15th, 19:30, Mamuta at the Daniela Passal Art and Media Center- El Dan house, Ein Karem

This program casts a spotlight on the unique and beautiful cinematic work of Raquel Chalfi, better known as one of Israel’s most original and important poets.


The program includes a screening of two of her works and a discussion in participation of Chen Sheinberg, Dr. Anat Zanger, Dr. Sandra Meiri and Raphi Weichert.

Curated by Chen Sheinberg.

Free entrance.


Intersections – video art and experimental cinema at the 27th Jerusalem film festival
Mamuta at the art and media center collaborates with the Jerusalem film festival, for the second year, to present three unique programs of Video Art and Experimental Cinema in the frame of “Intersections”

The Annual Video Art and Experimental Film Competition
Monday, July 12th, 21:00, Jerusalem cinematheque.


Ten experimental films were selected by a lector’s committee out of 60 appliances.

First prize, on behalf of the Jerusalem foundation- 6,000 nis
Second prize, on behalf of the Ostrovsky foundation and Mamuta- 4 editing shifts at Mamuta, with an editor.

Tami Gross & Nurit Sharett, Michal and Uri Kranot, Amir Yatziv, Nadav Bin-Nun, Boris Oicherman, Hadas Neuman, Tali Keren, Raya Bruckenthal, Amit Epstein, Shahar Marcus


Sala-manca will present Mame Moderne Salon  Video program presented last week at Tate Modern at Impa -  La Fabrica in Buenos Aires, with works by Pil&Galia Kollectiv; Assaf Setty; Adi Kaplan, Shachar Karmel. Itay Onik, Yonatan Vinitsky and Noam Kaplan; Tamar Shippony; Hadas Ofrar and Sala-Manca.


IMPA – La Fabrica, Querandíes 4290 – 4to Piso

20 de Mayo – 19,30hs
Susurradores de Poesía: del Colegio Mariano Moreno
Los Fantasmas del Impa: Oracio Campos (Ex Presidente Impa)
Poesía: Silvia Spinazola, Sergio Kisielewsky, Laura Kisielewsky
Video: Colectivo Sala-Manca ( Israel )
directores de  Mamuta en el Centro de Arte y Media “Daniela Passal” (Jerusalem).
videos de: Adi Kaplan y Shachar Karmel, Hadas Ofrat, Tamar Shippony, Pil y Galia Kollectiv y Assaf Setty, Sala-Manca entre otros.
Perfomance: Claudia Ruiz Herrera
Música Experimental: Tu Pak, Alejandro Davio,
Cantos étnicos en Quechua y Mapuche por Carolina Rovira
Bono contribución – Gente de Impa entrada libre
Coordinan: Javier Robledo, Asociados Carlos Hesling y Silvio Aguilar, Ileana Gomez Gavinoser, Kelly Gavinoser, Sonia Tobal, Daniel Acosta, Patricia Sibar y los que se sumen.
Colaboran: SOS Tierra . Grupo Universo


Thursday April 22nd, 19:00 at the Jerusalem Cinemateque

OFF series >> Part 2 >> Masters of Video Art

–>with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund || Curation: Sala-Manca and Sergio Edelsztein

Chip Lord

Chip Lord is a professor in the department of film and digital media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has been working in film since the early 1970s, at first with documentary work, and later moved to experimental narrative and non-fiction.

This collection of early works deals with the deconstruction of television and the construction of identity.

Calls & Opportunities

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