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Bridge FilmFreeway Opens Oct. 9, 2022!

Bridge FilmFreeway Submissions Opens Oct. 9, 2022 with categories in Animation, Art Docs, Cinepoems, Dance Films, Environmental / Installation Art, Experimental Film, Found Footage, Horror, Kink / Fetish, New Media Art, Trash / Art House & Video Art!

In its current iteration, Bridge Video is a streaming service that will launch on Oct. 15 2023 in the member's area of our archive and publication site at bridge-chicago.org, with a planned annual screening of select new work from the streamer.

The inaugural screening event to celebrate the launch will take place at SITE/less Chicago (siteless.org) on Oct. 15, 2023. SITE/less is a guerilla storefront located at 1250 W. Augusta Blvd. in Chicago, an edge site with ancillary relationships to a variety of urban crossroads and infrastructures. The building abuts the stonewall of the elevated Metra line and is further enclosed by the Kennedy Expressway, a service road, a crosswalk, an overpass, and two municipal maintenance and storage facilities. SITE/less anchors the edge of a small triangular residential enclave and is situated between the West Town and Noble Square communities.

We anticipate (for those able to attend), an opening reception and screening night opening program, a series of environmental video installations and potential opportunities for panel discussions & other "behind the scenes" related talks and discussions produced to accompany at least headliner materials, as well as the production of a program booklet with extended information on the films, directors, actors and artists.

Please note that acceptance to the streaming service does not mean your film or video project is automatically accepted to be screened. A separate acceptance for the SITE/less screening will be sent out to everyone accepted for the program, which will be juried by editors of the Bridge artistic collective. Everyone accepted for the screening will automatically be included in the streaming service.

Founded in 2003 with the release of the Short Film and Video Collection, Bridge Video was originally conceived as a special project release series included in Volume 2, Number 2 of the Bridge Journal. Subsequently, we have hosted numerous screenings, exhibitions, expositions and festivals over the years showcasing the work of artists such as Miranda July (we were the first to publish her fiction too!), David Cronenberg, Sterling Ruby, Tom Palazzolo, Jim Trainor, and numerous others.

Since artist's film and video work, and especially in those categories known as "video art," and "art house" currently have no good streaming options, and remain categories of film and video largely preserved by archives rather than shown, our streaming service will focus on the intersection between them.

Likewise, much underground, experimental and other expanded media categories as we have listed, have similarly few options except being picked up by a private, third-party distributor who then handles the sale of the work to Netflix, Amazon, or elsewhere, usually neglecting most all of these categories. We hope to fill this void and work to continuously curate the finest selection of work in the expanded range of our focus, conceived of as "where video art meets art house."

Cover image: From the archives: still from David Cronenberg’s “Camera,” made for the 2000 Toronto International Festival and licensed for the Bridge Video DVD in 2003.

Details
Deadline: 04.14.2023
Contact
Name: MICHAEL WORKMAN
Email: michael.workman1@gmail.com
Address: 2858 W. Belle Plaine Ave., Floor 3, Floo
Phone: 2243075479