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Artist Matt Meindl on Ohio Shorts

Fri, Mar 11, 2011

Inside Out

From Jennifer Lange, Curator, Film/Video Studio Program:

Columbus-based artist Matt Meindl's experimental films, mostly shot on Super 8, have garnered a loyal following here at the Wexner. For the past 4 years, we've screened his delightfully quirky films that all share in common a unique handmade aesthetic. I have to admit, I look forward to his Ohio Shorts submissions every year and so I asked for his thoughts on the program.

We are still accepting submissions for Ohio Shorts. Head here for details on how to enter, including information on our Youth Division for artists 18-years old and younger.

From Matt Meindl:

Just mailed my entry for the upcoming Ohio Shorts Showcase at the Wexner Center. I try to submit new work to the show every year because I feel like screening a movie at the Wex is the best of both worlds for Ohio filmers -- it's local + accessible yet it's also a respected contemporary art institution. The annual showcase provides an opportunity to see your movie on a big ol' screen and view a cross-section of other independent film/video work being created throughout the state. Thankfully the Wex showcase is by nature inclusive; it tosses together narrative, documentary and experimental shorts along with other emerging hybridized genres. I certainly don't like every film I see there (and neither will you, most likely) but each year I see films that stick with me . . . even haunt me, in the good way. And sometimes the creepy way. Some of my friends and I still quote lines from Dan Olsen's hilarious "Homeslice" which screened back in 2007. And I remember last year's show featured an oddly-engaging 35mm short by Clevelander Bruce Checefsky that was based on a scenario published in 1924 by Hungarian Dadaist György Gerö. Lots of faces and floating objects in that one. It's definitely fun to see my own work screen with other Ohio-made films but more importantly, to be reminded of what an independent filmmaker can accomplish here.

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