The Bangkok Experimental Film Festival gets off the boat tonight, and heads across town to Esplanade Cineplex.
Starting at 6pm, there will be Thunska + Sompot, featuring five works by Sompot Chidgasornpong and indie maverick Thunska Pansittivorakul.
Sompot's films are Naoko is trying to Teach Me How to Make "Tonkatsu" in 1 minute and 8,241.46 Miles Away from Home from 2006 and Landscape 101 01 1101 01... from last year.
Thunska premieres two brand-new works, "Action!" and a 65-minute feature, Soak, which is actually a remake of his first film using technology that wasn't available when he first made it.
Thunska and Panu Aree will hold a Q&A session afterward, and there will be an opening reception in the VIP lounge.
At 8.30pm, the first of the core programmes will unspool. According to the festival organizers, Track Changes "reflects the role of the media and translation in the making – and the forgetting – of political history." It includes Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit's Bangkok Tanks, which was part of the Spoken Silence program at last year's Thai Short Film & Video Festival.
Other films in Track Changes are Bopitr Visenoi's 19.09.2549 (the date of the 2006 coup); Wathit Wattanasakonpan's In the Night of Revolution; Michael Shaowanasai's brand new Observation of the Monument; Prap Boonpan's Letters from the Silence; Prateep Suthathongthai's Explanation of the word ‘Thai’; Nok Paksnavin's Burmese man dancing; Ricardo Nascimento's AUTRMX; Tintin Cooper's Promethean Invention and Jakrawal Niltumrong's Man with a video Camera.
An encore screening of Track Changes will be at 6pm on Sunday at the Alliance Francaise Bangkok.
(Cross-published at The Nation Weblog)