SCREENINGS

The Unrestricted Life of Ted Fujioka, a film by Julian Semilian — 2017, 43 minutes

"The Unrestricted Life of Ted Fujioka" is an oral history documentary introducing Ted Fujioka, a second generation American of Japanese ancestry who, along with his family, relocated by government mandate to an internment camp in the Arkansas Delta during the Second World War. Incorporating historical footage, animation, and an original score by Laura Ingram Semilian, this intimate and engaging series of topical interview segments with Mr. Fujioka share his humor, dignity, and philosophical insight through memories of his time spent in camp, his postwar visit to his parents' original home in Hiroshima, his subsequent career as an inventor and artist, and his interpersonal experiences as a Buddhist spiritual mentor.

Music by Laura Semilian

 

Showings:

2017

Screening for UNCSA and Winston Salem community, Babcock Theatre  

 

2018

Wake Forest University

 

2018

Walkertown Library 

 

 

Gazing Oozing with Mendacity, a film by Julian Semilian — 2012, 36 minutes

"Gazing Oozing with Mendacity" is a surrealist exploration of ways in which images compel our eyes to view them, and ways in which our eyes are compelled to interpret them. It is composed of three episodes, each of which, in exploring its own theme, mirrors the format of a book of stories, such as Cortazar's Blow Up and Other Stories. The first episode is a study in the style of Antonioni's Blow Up of an event, accidentally shot, which, upon second viewing, testifies to mysterious agendas. Repeated perusal of the footage poses hypotheses concerning the nature of surveillance and the ethics of the eye. The second episode explores abstraction and beauty, using and distorting objects which figure in the first episode, and peers into the ways images constantly shift into fugitive meanings, with references to Jorge Luis Borges' The Book of Imaginary Beings. The third episode, featuring documentary footage surreptitiously shot on the streets and subways of New York City interspersed with historical footage, all framed in experimental collaging in Max Ernst style and colliding with mathematical symbols, explores equivalences: what value systems do we each subjectively resort to in order to weigh the nature and meaning of images?

 

Music by Laura Semilian

Showings: 

 

2014

Beyond Baroque, Los Angeles

University of Film and Video Association

 

2013

UNCSA Screening ACE Theatre 

2021

Sulfur Surrealist Jungle

 

 

Figures in a Landscape with Butterfly, a film by Julian Semilian  —  2014 , 27 minutes

"Figures in a Landscape with Butterfly" is an experimental documentary exploring the unintentional poetic resonance that occurs as a side effect of a happenstance incident of surveillance. A painterly look extracts the film out of the everyday and abstracts it so that the poetic becomes predominant. Captured within the unescapable time and space of the continuous frame, the viewer observes with the scientific lens of slowed-down time as the protagonists gradually reveal themselves.

In this film, Semilian reached out to music composition faculty Bruno Louchouarn, who worked with him providing the music. 

 

Music by Bruno Louchouarn

 

 

Showings:

 

2014

Screening for UNCSA and Winston Salem community, Babcock Theatre

2014  

University of Film and Video Association

 

 

 

The Dream Life of Cleo de Merode, a film by Julian Similian  — 2010, 14 min

A surrealist inquiry into the oneiric journeys of the notorious femme fatale. 

 

Festivals and showings:

2012

Filmmakers Showcase, Light Factory, Charlotte, NC

Exquisite Corpse, a Journal of Letters and Life  

 

2011  

Les 24 Instants Video Tour: Paris, Milan, Marseilles

Experimentation Mediatica: Galeria Candela, San Juan Puerto Rico

Objects of Desire:  The Freud Museum, London

 

2010

Moving Frames Festival: Mytelene, Greece

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art

Devotees of the Precipitate, a film by Julian Semilian  — 2009, 36 min. 

Concerning selected ephemera of one Emuel Dnitsk, an aspirant to Man Ray's circle.

Foretelling Ray's derision, Dnitsk restricted the creation of his "moving paintings" (peintures fluides) to furtive yet copious notes.

Devotees endeavors to resurrect Dnisk's vision from the precipice of reticence. (Cameo apparition by Bruno Schultz).

 

Music by Laura Semilian

 

Festivals and showings:

2013

Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex, NC
 

2012

Exquisite Corpse, a Journal of Letters and Life
 

2010

Gold Mine Gallery, New Orleans

Abstracta Film Festival, Rome

Relation du poème à son temps, 

University of Haifa: Anthology Film Archives,  NYC

 

2009

Rowan University , New Jersey

 

Tear Void Insomnia Mist, a film by Julian Semilian  — 2007, 8 min

A hypnagogic voyage through visual and aural landscapes of longing and desire, color and abstraction.

The sinuous weave of juxtaposed, ordinary objects yields arcane meanings and reveals subversive prohibitions,

granting surrealist pleasure to ear and eye.

Music by Laura Semilian

 

Festivals and showings:

 

2008

International Xperimental Film & Animation Festival:  Nicosia, Cyprus