The Metro Gallery holds its second annual free film festival this year with four days of multifaceted visual and multi-media programming, including installation works from James Amoeba, Julie Benoit, Phil Davis, Chang Deng-Yao, Bennii Denrich, Liz Donadio, Matthew Fishel, and Alan Resnick. For more information, visit themetrogallery.net/videopolis.
MAY 6 Scottie B and Cullen Stalin's No Rule kicks off the festival with a performance from multimedia Philadelphia artist System D-128.
MAY 7 Tonight's program features local duo Lurch and Holler collaborating with New York video artist Julia Oldham for three shorts, two shorts from local filmmaker/musician Catherine Pancake ("Keeper of My Heart" and "Bitterbittertears"), and a performance by Pancake featuring Violet Hour, Shana Palmer, Andy Hayleck, Paul Niedhardt, Susan Alcorn, and Liz Downing.
MAY 8 J. Wallace Parker's "Wasting Daylight," Franciska Farkas' "Life in Death," Matt Szychowski's "Broken," Armando Valle's "The Waterboard," and Nathan Meyer's "No Milk" fill out the 2 p.m. narrative shorts program. The Robinson Brother's 2009 crime drama China White screens at 4 p.m., followed by an experimental shorts program featuring two of Chang Deng-Yao's performance-based videos, Jennifer Hardacker's "The Nightgardener," Madam X's "HBS-TV News Now," Benjamin Rosenthal's "Loops and Bonds," Charles Fairbanks' "Wrestling With My Father," Corrine Bot's "Kissboxing" and "Living Together Apart," Michael Bartolomeo's "Apartmental," and an Andrew Mausert-Mooney work. And Saturday's programming concludes with Geoff Graham's documentary about Philadelphia's avant-improv duo Flying Sutra, Flying Sutra for Beginners, at 8 p.m.
MAY 9 Wide Angle Youth Media's "CITY" and "BMORE" feature the input of students at the Herring Run and Orleans Street libraries, respectively, and screen at 1 p.m. And Videopolis concludes with a 3 p.m. screening of Laura Cain's documentary Healing Neen, the story of Tonier "Neen" Cain overcoming her abusive childhood, homelessness, and addiction to become a powerful speaker for the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care.