GHOSTS OF EMPIRE
16MM FILM / HD VIDEO, WORK-IN-PROGRESS

A “critical elegy” about the decline of popular markers of American power, Ghosts of Empire will trace the rising awareness of traumatic brain injury in professional football, the gradual disappearance of celluloid film manufacturing, and the 50-year history of NFL Films, which revolutionized the way America watches football. It will be shot on 16mm and finished on HD video


FORMATIONS
HD VIDEO, 2016, COLOR, SOUND, 5 MINUTES

"The exemplary spectator has his occasional lusts, but not for warfare, hardly at all for that. No, it's details he needs – impressions, colors, statistics, patterns, mysteries, numbers, idioms, symbols. Football, more than other sports, fulfills this need. It is the one sport guided by language, by the word signal, the snap number, the color code, the play name..." (Don DeLillo, END ZONE)


CLEANING THE GLASS
HD VIDEO, 2016, COLOR, SOUND, 11 MINUTES

A desktop postscript to From Deep, reflecting on the past half-decade of sports' convergence with politics and race in American culture.


FROM DEEP
HD Video, 2013-14, color, sound, 88 minutes

From Deep "looks at basketball and its profound role in American life – as an everyday street game played by millions around the country; a force in fashion, music, and mass media; and a platform for broader issues of race and class. Drawing his imagery from neighborhood pick-up games, contemporary films, music videos, and spectacular sports footage, Kashmere charts a history of the game over the last century, including its rapid cultural rise in the 1980s, with the global branding of Michael Jordan; basketball's growing connection with hip hop culture; and its multiplying fan base, which laid the groundwork for the sport's significance today."  
– Amy Beste, Conversations at the Edge

“Part sociological treatise, part mix tape, Canadian director Brett Kashmere’s ambitious documentary, From Deep, delivers a high-energy history of the three-decade love affair between basketball and rap.”
– The Globe and Mail

“An indefinable, experimental celebration of basketball and hip hop.”
– Jason Concepcion, Grantland


SELECTED SCREENINGS
Images Festival (Closing Night Film), Toronto, ON
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
Conversations at the Edge, Chicago, IL
Milano Film Festival, Milan, Italy
UnionDocs Center for Documentary Arts, Brooklyn, NY
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Cinematheque Quebecoise, Montreal, QC

Additional info, stills, clips, press kit + more at: www.fromdeep.net


ANYTHING BUT US IS WHO WE ARE
Burned basketball jersey, video game console, LIVE VIDEO GAME FEED, 2012

Anything But Us Is Who We Are "consists of a burned LeBron James Cavaliers jersey and a TV screen displaying the video game NBA 2K10. The game is locked in perpetual practice mode, with James shuffling in place... awaiting commands from a game controller. Kashmere addresses the immersive environments that allow and encourage fans to feel that players are surrogates of themselves, while also addressing the speed with which virtual representations of players become outdated as they relocate to new teams based primarily on monetary and personal criteria, rather than loyalty to a given city or fan base." (Allison Grant)

EXHIBITIONS
Spectator Sports, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Game Changer, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
SPORTSNATION, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
Cross-Listed, Baron Gallery at Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH


Still from Valery's Ankle (Brett Kashmere, 2006)

Still from Valery's Ankle (Brett Kashmere, 2006)

VALERY'S ANKLE
Digital Video, 2006, color, sound, 33 minutes

Valery’s Ankle explodes the spectacle of hockey violence and its representation in North American media. Taking Bobby Clarke's breaking of rival Russian star Valery Kharlamov's ankle during the 1972 Summit Series as its departure point and site of research, the film uncovers a disturbing history of unforetold and abject Canadian behaviour.

"… using the avant-garde apparatus to shift the artistic mythology from Paul Henderson's overdone orificial penetration to this moment of violence and shame may well give momentum (and integrity) to the discourses of sports, masculinity, and nationalism in Canadian cinemas." (Thomas Waugh, The Romance of Transgression in Canada)

SELECTED SCREENINGS AND EXHIBITIONS
Spectator Sports, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Kassel Documentary Festival, Kassel, Germany
The Images Festival, Toronto, ON
Made in Video: International Video Art Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
Chicago Underground Film Festival
Arena: The Art of Hockey, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax
PDX Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Portland, OR
The Sports Show, Gallery 400 at University of Chicago-Illinois
Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA


Still from Frames and Leaves (Brett Kashmere, 2006)

Still from Frames and Leaves (Brett Kashmere, 2006)

FRAMES AND LEAVES
35mm Film, 2006, color, silent, 3 minutes

35mm motion picture film bulk loaded into still cartridges and photographed through a 35mm SLR camera. The result is a pixelated effect reminiscent of Robert Breer’s single frame technique. Also a fall "tour film," spanning the Northeast, the Canadian prairies, Central New York, and points between, and a "leave-ing," cross-border exchange of place (and pace), feeling fugitive and elliptical. Commissioned by Niagara Custom Lab, Toronto.

SELECTED SCREENINGS
Cinecycle, Toronto, ON
Anthology Film Archives, New York City
WNDX Festival of Film and Video Art, Winnipeg, MB


Still from unfinished passages (Brett Kashmere, 2005)

Still from unfinished passages (Brett Kashmere, 2005)

UNFINISHED PASSAGES
Super 8 and 16mm Film to Digital Video, 2005, b&w, sound, 17 minutes

Archival images and a contraflow of texts trace the migration of the artist’s great-grandfather from England to the Canadian prairies. Using the shadow play of light and darkness as a metaphor for human memory, unfinished passages reframes this forced immigration/orphan experience through the developing lens of the cinema.

SELECTED SCREENINGS
London Film Festival, London, England
Antimatter Underground Film Festival, Victoria, BC
Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY
WNDX Festival of Film and Video Art, Winnipeg, MB
Cinema Project, Portland, OR
British FIlm Institute, London, England
Xalapa Animation and Experimental Film Festival, Xalapa, Mexico


Still from When Canadians Attack (Brett Kashmere, 2004)

Still from When Canadians Attack (Brett Kashmere, 2004)

WHEN CANADIANS ATTACK
Digital Video, 2004, color, sound, 4 minutes

"The gloves are off in this experimental documentary exploring the paradoxical relationship between hockey violence, Canadian identity, and the theories of Roland Barthes." (Canadian Film Centre)

SELECTED SCREENINGS
Canadian Film Center's Worldwide Short FIlm Festival, Toronto, ON
Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY
Calgary International Film Festival, Calgary, AB
Cinema Project, Portland, OR
Eyebeam, New York City
Documentary Reframed: Process, Politics and Aesthetics, PAVED Arts, Saskatoon, SK


 

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