World Premiere of Gary Hawkins’ Short Film “Me & You” at the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

A film still from "Me & You" by Gary Hawkins

A film still from “Me & You” by Gary Hawkins

On April 16, Gary Hawkins’ experimental film Me & You will enjoy its world premiere at the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival in Hawick, Scotland, where it will screen as part of the festival’s thematic short-film program “Altered State.” Hawkins is a longtime instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies.

Me & You is a seven-minute series of not-quite-repeating loops, each a nocturnal staging of a minimal conversation between two noirish females, one adult and the other a teenager,” says Hawkins. “With each repetition their gestures vary slightly, emphasizing nuanced insinuations and off-screen possibility.”

The Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival is an international festival of experimental film and artists’ moving image. “Altered State” is also the theme of the 2016 festival, focusing on “notions of transcendence, political transition and subversion, shifts in personal or visual perspective, psychological and material change, mental or spiritual transformation, excavations of notions of contemporary counterculture.” Read more on the festival’s website.

Gary Hawkins is a writer and filmmaker whose work traverses most genres—fiction and nonfiction, experimental and traditional – finding its expression in a variety of forms—essay, prose, installation and cinema. He is the screenwriter for Joe, starring Nicolas Cage and directed by David Gordon Green, and a contributor to the Oxford American and Paris Review. His experimental short, Zero Irony premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2015, and his jazz documentary, In My Mind (featuring pianist Jason Moran) screened at the National Gallery of Art, also in 2015. Hawkins is a Sundance Fellow, a winner of the Emmy Award, and a professor of screenwriting and nonfiction cinema at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies and Program in the Arts of the Moving Image.

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