Program 5: The Medium Is the Message

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Last Chance to Rent Oct 5, 8:00 PM ET

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Featuring Steve Reinke’s An Arrow Pointing to a Hole, Hsu Che-Yu’s Single Copy, and Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s Once Removed.

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Program Features

3m
Shorts Program 5: The Medium Is the Message Intro

An introduction by Eugene Hernandez and Tyler Wilson.

28m
An Arrow Pointing to a Hole

Steve Reinke, 2020, USA/Canada

In this wry confessional video, Steve Reinke appears—shirtless and lavishly tattooed—in a basement, playing archival clips and delivering arch disquisitions on his filmmaking and the ways in which images represent his engagement with the world. Mortality, desire, empathy, and horror all feature as subjects of Reinke’s idiosyncratic erudition, which mutates from sincerity to irony to provocation.

22m
Single Copy

Hsu Che-Yu, 2019, Taiwan, In Mandarin with English subtitles

When three-year-old conjoined twins were separated in Taiwan in 1979, the surgery was broadcast live on television, in just one of a series of mediations through which their bodies were represented and mythologized. Blending real and fictive iterations, filmmaker Hsu Che-Yu collaborates with the lone surviving twin, now 43, digitally scanning his body, recreating moments from his life, and revisiting his small role in a 1997 film.

29m
Once Removed

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, 2019, Lebanon

An exploration of personal and historical trauma, collective memory, and supernatural transference, Once Removed guides us through a slideshow of archival images belonging to 31-year-old historian Bassel Abi Chahine as he relays the history of the Lebanese Civil War and memories from his past life as a fighter in the People’s Liberation Army and the Progressive Socialist Party militia

46m
Shorts Program 5: The Medium Is the Message Q&A

A conversation between Tyler Wilson and directors Steve Reinke (An Arrow Pointing to a Hole), Hsu Che-Yu (Single Copy) and Lawrence Abu Hamdan (Once Removed).

Bonus Content

1m
58th New York Film Festival Trailer
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