Each year we curate a thematic video festival and accept submissions via an open call. Artists were invited to submit a short video that corresponds to this year’s theme: 

broken compass – land ho

We are thinking about visibility, vantage points and our mutualistic relationships to place: seeing and being seen within and through the reverberations of shifting worlds. Pressed against the earth, what’s under your nose? Breathe it in. Draw from memory one end to the next.

Is to be unknowable, to be free?
What would the notion of discovery look like freed from its extractive, violent history?

Where could nomadic movement guided by difference, ambiguity, and detours lead us?
Can we imagine and be in relation with what we can’t fix by name?

We are thinking about land.


MARCH 4-6, 2022

February 12, 13, 14, 2021 – Live Event

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Each year we curate a thematic film festival, and accept submissions via an open call:

Release Me

Imagining or experiencing the moment or process of liberation, of deliverance from what holds you, confined or isolated, gripped in uncertainty or fear, held back by powerful forces or structures, kept apart from others, mired in confusion, dwelling in the dark.

To witness or feel this point in time in slow motion or rapid fire

To imagine it as really possible, even sustainable.

Release me. 

How do we imagine a world or ourselves changed after emerging from the grip of fear, solitude, anxiety, grief, oppression?

What does the other side of this prolonged condition look like ?

What occurs in the moment of release ?

Virtual Event – With: Sawsan ALsaraf

March 20, 2021, 7:30 – 9:00pm


Sawsan AlSaraf (Canadian, b. Iraq) is a visual and multimedia artist who lives and works in Montreal, Canada. AlSaraf has moved between the Middle East and North America since 1977. In her work, she draws her references from her life experiences as an expatriate Iraqi woman.

AlSaraf’s artwork traverses multiple media, from her acclaimed photo-collage paintings in the “Sufi Path” series, to her experimental films in her “Rihla” series. Her work was exhibited in a three woman show alongside her two daughters in the award winning exhibition “Generation” which opened at Telfair Museums in Savannah, GA in May 2017. AlSaraf’s work has been screened and exhibited in Beijing, Beirut, Amman, Abu Dhabi, Baghdad, Montreal, Savannah, Vermont and Wisconsin.

AlSaraf has also given artist talks and lectures at multiple conferences and universities on pilgrimage and diaspora.

She holds a BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and an MFA in Visual Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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still from video, “Tomorrow you will become a magic ney, I said but you did not hear me.” 2017

Virtual Event – With: Lisa Crafts

February 27, 2021, 7:30 – 9:00pm


Lisa Crafts is an animator and moving image artist whose interdisciplinary work addresses issues of environmental uncertainty, sexuality, creativity and chaos. She is currently working on a series of short moving image pieces about the horror, beauty, humor and loss of the Anthropocene. Blending animation, video, photography, drawing, painting and sculpture, the work inhabits the blur between what is seen and what is imagined.

Crafts’ work has screened in Europe, Asia, and throughout North America. She is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow, and has received grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and MacDowell. She teaches in the Film Video department at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

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Portrait of Atmospheric Scientist, Animation (snow, frogs, bone and mermaid), variable dimensions, silent, 2018.

Live Event – Single Channel Film Festival: Release Me
February 12 – 14, 2021

28 Howard Street, Suite 211, Burlington, VT 05401

Release Me

We are delighted to present the Single Channel VT 2021 Film Festival, featuring the work of 10 international artists/filmmakers in response to our open call theme titled: Release Me.

Please join us for our live screenings Friday, February 12 – Sunday, February 14.

Due to COVID safety regulations we are not permitting more than 6 attendees, appropriately distanced, in our space at a time. Masks are required upon entry and must be worn covering the nose and mouth at all times during the event.

For contact tracing purposes, and to accurately account for each guest, we are requiring one RSVP form per person. Please register here.

The program is about an hour total. Viewing times are:

Friday, February 12 at 5:30pm or 7:30pm

Saturday, February 13 at 12:00pm or 4:00pm or 6:00pm

Sunday, February 14 at 12:00pm or 3:00pm


Hsin-Yu Chen & Better Lovers – USA

Natalia García Clark – Mexico/USA

Anna Garner – Mexico/USA

Eli Goldstone – USA

Hamidreza Khosh- Bazam – Iran

Jens Kipper – Germany

Camille Pueyo – France

Brandon Sward – USA

Tina Willgren – Sweden

Siyu Zhu – USA

October 23, 2020

Kristen Mills is a Video Artist currently living in Vermont, not far from the Gihon River.

Kristen Mills holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art and an MSAE from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is a former adjunct Assistant Professor, teaching at both Tyler and MassArt while co-running/owning Cloud Coffee, an artist-run mobile caffeinated endeavor. In 2016, Mills maintained an Artist-in-Residence position at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and in 2017, she gained her first museum show with her collaborative project, Sister Spaceship, at the Delaware Contemporary Museum. In 2018, just after she successfully thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail (northbound), Mills began a year-long residency/staff-artist position at Vermont Studio Center. She is now employed as their Visual Arts Program Manager.

Mills’ work engages a variety of strategies: video art, installations, talk shows, comedic performances, collaborative engagements, and teaching – in an ongoing investigation of how meaning is constructed in our contemporary culture. Her work has been exhibited in many, many excellent places. Her most recent is a solo exhibition at Ortega y Gasset Projects, in Brooklyn, NY where she takes her video work into a physical dimension. Literally. This exhibition is on view until October 11, 2020.

Still from Space Rock video

October 11, 2019 – at 180 Flynn Ave, Burlington, VT

with: Sumru Tekin

Sumru Tekin is a multi-disciplinary artist who works within and through a range of media and collaborations, including writing about and presenting the work of other artists.

Tekin received her MFA in Visual Art from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA in Art History from the University of Vermont. Her grants and awards include a Marble House Residency, MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Barbara Smail Award, a Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council/National Endowment for the Arts, and an Arts Endowment Fund Grant from the Vermont Community Foundation.

Her artist book Memory Device is in the permanent collection of the Iraq National Library.

still from video, Adjustment – variations: ii – vi, 2017

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