Political movements organize demonstrations to raise awareness, voice dissent, and demand change. Meanwhile, politically engaged art uses aesthetics to infiltrate discourse, incite critical analysis, and find new perspectives. Within this eight-week class, you will create a short experimental video that draws inspiration from revolutionary acts while working in the language of experimental cinema.
We will investigate political issues in recent US history that has provoked both protest and artistic response. Taking an intersectional approach, readings and discussions will examine US imperialism, white supremacy, capitalism, hetero-patriarchy, and legacies of European colonialism. Films screened in class addresses the impact of state violence and institutional oppression within the prison industrial complex, climate change, war and torture, the AIDS epidemic, and the art world. Class time will alternate between screenings, discussion, script development, editing, and critique.
Malic Amalya is a queercore artist working in 16mm film and lo-fi video. His films have screened throughout the US and Europe, including in the San Francisco Cinematheque's Perpetual Motion series, the Onion City Experimental Film & Video Festival in Chicago, Dirty Looks: On Location in NYC, Periwinkle Cinema at ATA in San Francisco, and MIX NYC. Malic's video "Magnetic Resonance" won an Audience Choice Award in the 2016 San Francisco Crossroads Artist-Made Film & Video Festival and his film "Gold Moon, Sharp Arrow" won Best Experimental Film at the 2012 Northwest Filmmakers' Festival. In 2014, the SF Bay Guardian honored Malic with the GOLDIE Award in Film.
Malic holds an MFA in Film from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MA in History and Theory of Contemporary Art from SFAI. He currently lectures at CCA and curates INFRARED: New Visions from the Queer Underground, which has screened in Seattle, NYC, and Philadelphia. Originally from Vermont, Malic lives in Oakland.View Gallery »