10:30 a.m. in Honsey Hall 129

The idea of experimentalism in media art can be confusing. What makes "experimental art" experimental is not the same thing as in science. This lecture introduces a variety of approaches and how they relate to more familiar commercial media production through a selection of shorts and commercials.

Michael Betancourt is an artist, historian, theorist, and curator concerned with the convergence of digital technology and capitalist ideology. His essays have been translated into Chinese, French, Greek, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, and Spanish. He currently is a Professor of Motion Media Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. His book, The History of Motion Graphics: From Avant-Garde to Industry in the United States was published in 2013.

Michael will discuss his own work in a luncheon following this talk. To request an invite, contact Amanda Quist.

Filmmaker Panel Discussion
3:00 p.m. in Honsey Hall 129

Join the six panelists, all of whom have films showcased in the festival, and moderator Dr. Lars Johnson for a discussion on “design” and its role in their films. While the films that will be discussed are all very different, the “design” element connects them, whether it’s thematic (as in Jesseca Simmon’s experimental documentary Particles) or related to mis-en-scene and performance (the highly choreographed sequences in Eugene Park’s surrealistic Self-Deportation). Read more about this exciting event.

7:00 p.m., Multiple Venues Downtown Mankato

The mission of the Speechless Film Festival is to challenge individuals from different countries and cultures to communicate with each other through the universal medium of visual storytelling. Our films are not dialogue-free, rather productions are judged on quality of work as well as use of non-verbal storytelling. The festival has numerous hosting venues in Downtown Mankato

Ticket ($3) Redeemable for access to a single showcase. Available at the door.

Festival Pass ($15) Includes access to all showcases in the three main screening locations as well as our awards ceremony and visual music showcase. Available for purchase online, at Mankato Hyvee customer service, and the Honsey Hall office on the Bethany Lutheran College campus.

VIP Festival Pass ($35, 21+ only). Includes access to all showcases including the VIP screening location & lounge, access to the VIP launch party (with food, drink, and special screenings), awards ceremony, and a festival T-shirt. Available for purchase online, at Mankato Hyvee customer service, and the Honsey Hall office on the Bethany Lutheran College campus.

Visit the Speechless Film Festival website for more information.