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Darklight Returns to New Venue in Digital Hub
29 Aug 2002 :
From Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd September 2002, Darklight Digital Festival once again brings to Ireland the best in new digital cinema and artworks.

Darklight screens short-films, documentaries, music videos, feature films, and animations - innovative films that utilise digital technology in their production. The Digital Hub sponsors Darklight 4.

Darklight 4 will take place in an exciting new city centre venue, the former Lee's Cash n'Carry building on the corner of Thomas Street and Crane Street, (neighbours to the Storehouse and Media Lab Europe, and the Digital Hub). There will be clear location markers on the day for those who are not familiar with the site it is a ten minute walk from Dublin Castle/Dame Street.

For one weekend, this impressive space will be transformed into a cinema and gallery: a perfect home for Darklight's eclectic and busy series of events.

Selected highlights of Darklight 4 include: a specially created installation from 'Decal', the world premiere of Glen Dimplex Award-winning artist Paul Rowley's feature film 'As Lathair', the latest in cutting-edge digital art, short films and 'Motion', a selection of new music videos.

Darklight 4 will look at the theme of 'regeneration and new generations', with it's 'Crossing Over' programme, Rob Nilsson's 'Scheme 6', a short programme of films produced and directed by NCAD and the Educational Unit at the Department of Justice for Portlaoise Prisoners, this programme will also look at work which deals with the issues of immigration, and emigration out-reach projects, there will be an open forum discussion to tie in these ideas during the day.

DARKLIGHT 4: THE PROGRAMME

OPENING EVENT: The festival will be launched by acclaimed Dublin electronica duo DECAL, with FALKENS MAZE - a mixed media installation created especially for Darklight 4.

MEDIA LAB EUROPE (MLE): A selection of new work from the M.I.T. Media Lab programme, based in Dublin. Highlights include Michael Lew's Office Voodoo (2002), an interactive sit-com where viewers can manipulate the emotions of the protagonists using a physical, graspable interface: voodoo dolls. MLE will also feature installation work from Stefan Agamanolis and Ben Piper, as well as IPO MADNESS, Jonah Brucker-Cohen's interactive, Internet connected domain-generating slot machine.

NEW DIGITAL SHORTS: A diverse selection of the finest new short films, from both home and abroad, utilising digital technology. Highlights include THE RND# PROJECT (Random Number) by Richard Fenwick, an ongoing series of short films that investigate and question our hugely weird and wired reliance on, and for, technology.

SCHEME 6: a new digital feature from Rob Nilsson, San Francisco based film director and winner of both the Camera d'Or at Cannes (for NORTHERN LIGHTS) and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival (for HEAT AND SUNLIGHT). Nilsson is a pioneer of today's digital revolution, and SCHEME 6 is the latest in his 9@Night film series: a unique cycle of street level dramatic feature films about the lives of 50 inner city characters, utilising a cast that mixes homeless, inner city residents with professional actors.

CROSSING OVER, an insightful pick and mix of experimental digital artists' work, commissioned between 1996-2001 for the annual Crossing Over Micro- Festival of Digital Film Culture. This programme includes work from Estonia, N. Ireland, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Ireland, Hungary, England, Scotland, USA, and Croatia.

MOTION: a selection of contemporary graphic/music-led exploratory films and music promos, offering international work from the likes of Warp and Ninja Tunes alongside new, emerging Irish collectives such as Del9 and Daddy. MOTION will also showcase new work from acclaimed designer and online artist Motomichi Nakamura.

AS LÁTHAIR- ABSENT- World Premiere: Shot in the deserts and cactus forests of Mexico, and four years in the making,As Láthair is the first feature length work by Glen Dimplex Award winning artist Paul Rowley. Based loosely on the Western, the film takes the genre and breaks it apart, presenting a series of broken fragments, stories aligned closely to the seemingly random order of dreams. The haunting soundtrack and hypnotic movement of the images pulls us through a world unlike any other in cinema,where nothing can be explained, but everything makes sense.

For full programme details please go to www.darklight-filmfestival.com





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