French Words screens at L'Alternativa 22nd Barcelona Independent Film Festival

Wednesday November 18, 2015

L'Alternativa 22nd Barcelona Independent Film Festival
Montalegre, 5 - 08001 Barcelona

The Independent Film Festival of Barcelona, 'Alternative, comes this year to its 22th edition. 22 years making visible what is hidden, giving the public and professionals a unique opportunity to meet and enjoy screenings and activities that defend the diversity, creativity, freedom, commitment and reflection.


French Words screens in New York at Anthology Film Archives

Some stills from the collections at Anthology Film Archives.

Some stills from the collections at Anthology Film Archives.

Wednesday September 30, 2015

Presented by New Filmmakers NY

curated by Lili White
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Anthology Film Archives

32 2nd Avenue at 2nd Street,  NY NY
Admission: $6

Anthology Film Archives is an international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video, with a particular focus on independent, experimental, and avant-garde cinema.

Opened in 1970 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology in its original conception was a showcase for the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. An ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema by means of a selection of films which would screen continuously, the Essential Cinema collection was intended to encourage the study of the medium’s masterworks as works of art rather than disposable entertainment, making Anthology the first museum devoted to film as an art form. The project was never completed, but even in its unfinished state it represented an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history, and remains a crucial part of Anthology’s exhibition program.

Fueled by the conviction that the index of a culture's health and vibrancy lies largely in its margins, in those works of art that are created outside the commercial mainstream, Anthology strives to advance the cause and protect the heritage of a kind of cinema that is in particular danger of being lost, overlooked, or ignored.

Can’t get to NYC? 
These shows will be streamed on!

Another Experiment by Women Film Festival promotes and screens moving images made by women that encourage critical thinking and dialogue. 


French Words Screens in New Mexico at Experiments in Cinema

Experiments In Cinema 2015 will feature more than 100 films from 35 countries. 50% of the films were made by women.

Our annual celebration of all things un-dependently cinematic is produced by Basement Films. Basement Films is one of the few remaining first wave micro-cinemas left in the United States that has been supporting underrepresented forms of media since 1991. 

Experiments in Cinema serves as a reminder that filmmaking has a responsibility that transcends the pathetically produced popcorn poo-poo that we have come to know as "going to the movies."  

French Words screens Thursday, April 16th at 8:30pm at the Guild Cinema 
3405 Central Avenue NE Albuquerque, NM


French Words wins at the Yosemite International Film Festival

Fostered in the spirit of the historic, and breathtakingly beautiful Yosemite, the world's most magnificent national park and one of America's premiere natural wonders, the Yosemite International Film Festival awards and bestows recognition for some of the world's finest and most visionary independent films and screenplays made by many of the leading contemporary artists and creative minds working in cinema and screenwriting today.


French Words Screens at the Experimental Film Festival Portland

House of Mirrors

3:00pm Clinton St. Theater
90 minutes

Robert Todd: SHORT (MA 5:20) 16mm
Laura McLam: Yesterday and Today (MA 3:30)
Charles Gibson: The Meteor (NY 14:11)
Derek Howard: Doctor Korbes (Germany 30)
Heather Brown: French Words (CA 2:46)
Nishant Sharma: Phansa Pani (India 12:40)
Jeremy Moss: The Blue Record (PA 16)
Walter Ungerer: ICI (ME 7:30

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Promo by DN Williams


French Words Screens at the Mana Contemporary
presented by High Concept Laboratories

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Free and open to the public, please RSVP
High Concept Laboratories is pleased to present

Accompanied by Image: An evening of film featuring a screening curated by Erin Nixon and video installation by Fabrice Croizé.

"Accompanied by Image" will feature a screening curated by Erin Nixon and video installation by Fabrice Croizé.

HCL is excited to begin a new series that invites guest curators and creators to craft a "thesis" through the lens of contemporary film programming. We ask, "whose work informs your interests? What emerging (and Chicago-based) filmmakers should we be watching?" Our guests provide the answers. Join us as Erin Nixon brings in the inaugural evening with "Accompanied by Image", plus special guest film installation, MORSE by Fabrice Croizé.
Reception to follow screening.

Artists in Accompanied by Image program include: Malic Amalya, Lisa Barcy, Heather Brown, Emilie Crewe, Fabrice Croizé, Amy Lockhart, Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Julie Perini, Kate Raney, Anne Charlotte Robertson, Kelly Sears, Daviel Shy, Jennifer Sullivan, Karen Yasinsky

Program for Kansas City Film Festival 2014

Program for Kansas City Film Festival 2014


Photography Featured in Gather Journal

Gather Journal is a recipe-driven food magazine dedicated to the many aspects of gathering: to dine, to drink, to harvest, and to cook.

In the new Spring/Summer 2013 “Rough Cut” issue we focus our attention on film. Specifically, summer movies—all their various sub-genres (the road trip, the summer romance, the beach idyll, and the summer in the city) inspired an assortment of recipes as eclectic as the films themselves. We pay homage to the oeuvres of two directors (Alfred Hitchcock and Wes Anderson) admired for their distinctive, albeit very different, visual approaches; we recall memories of summer camp food, both personal and fictional; we re-imagine famous cinematic food scenes; and we laud the everlasting power of the movie soundtrack.

Photography Featured in Gather Journal
Issue 3, Spring/Summer 2013
Summer Film Issue


Six Shots to the Dome 

by Scott Wilson

The finale of this fall's Electromediascope at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art completes a strong homecoming cycle. The latest series, titled Wave Energies FeedBack: 30 Years of Electronic Media at Kansas City Art Institute, closes tonight with video works by Heather Brown, Audra Brandt, Cortney Andrews, Don Bernier, Derric Eady and Timothy Hutchings. Among the pieces set to screen is Bernier's season-appropriate "Shelf Life," a 25-minute documentary about a science teacher who collects bones — especially skulls. Bay Area guitarist and electronic musician Christopher Willits, whose album Tiger Flower Circle Sun seems set to make some best-of lists at year's end (and who's also a KCAI alumnus), performs. The A/V party starts at 7 p.m. in the Nelson's Atkins Auditorium (4525 Oak, 816-751-1278). Reserve a free ticket at— Scott Wilson

Fri., Oct. 22, 7 p.m., 2010


Local Filmmaker Ready to Make Impact in Kansas City - KC Studio

by Kellie Houx

July/August 2008

Heather Brown, midtown Kansas City, hopes her filmmaking career continues to grow, but the 2008 Kansas City Art Institute graduate knows it will take time.

Right now, she is gaining experience as a production assistant with the local company, Third Eye Productions, a commercial production house.

“I knew I wanted to be involved in the arts. After getting my first video camera off of eBay as a high school junior, it sort of all clicked,” she says. Brown has been involved in photography for years. She collects cameras and tours the town for ideas and locations through her still photography. Her photographic works have been displayed at the Project Space Gallery in Kansas City, the Siragusa Gallery in Chicago and at the Photokina Exhibit in Cologne, Germany.

Brown received an award from the Princess Grace Foundation, which is a national competition dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging artists in theater, dance and film.To demonstrate her skills, Brown directed a short film called “Planes.” Then she started work on “She Caught My Ketchup.” “It was interesting to have a crew,” she says. “It is usually me and the camera, but this time, I had 10 people with experts on light and sound. A lot of folks came from UMKC. Shawn Wright from Third Eye worked side by side with me on camera."

The 16-mm film short looks at a cast of redheads performing improvised conversations over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each scene explores proximity, misunderstandings, and the banality and nuances that occur in relationships and everyday events, Brown says. “It’s exciting to think about getting the best shot and then breaking down the shot, looking at the cuts and the proximity of the camera to people. I don’t want to be the typical filmmaker. I like to shoot and edit my own pieces. You have to be curious.”

Brown won first place in the experimental category at the Winnipeg International Film Festival with her animated short, “Forty First St.” She was also a production assistant on the set of Canadian experimental filmmaker Guy Maddin’s “My Winnipeg.”

“I know there are people who would support showcasing Kansas City’s locations and help visiting film crews,” she says.“We just need to create awareness among directors, crews and casts that Kansas City has the vitality to join the film world. I like to work here. All I need is around here.”

Brown says she plans on submitting more short films to film festivals. “I want to have my work seen. I want to submit a piece that festival committees want to watch. I want to get more work.”



EYES OF THE WORLD features selected work by current artists working within the Urban Culture Project Studio Residency Program, which awards free studios for one year terms to promising and accomplished Kansas City area artists in need of dedicated space in which to work among a community of artist peers. UCP’s Studio Residency Program currently provides space for 13 artists, who share space in two facilities: Bonfils (125 East 12th Street) and pARTnership Place (906 Grand, 13th floor).

This exhibition aims to examine and reveal aspects of the myriad practices and processes alive in these studios. The artists’ work, their impulses and influences, and their creative processes are at the heart of this project. Offering a glimpse into the thought processes and actions occurring within an artist’s studio, the exhibition will function as both an immersive, cohesive installation, and a site for creative transformation, performance, and demonstration.

Within a communal studio environment, the divergent views and approaches of its residents readily emerge. This unique conglomeration of separate, but shared space can seem, and often is, disjointed. But within the chaos of varying ideologies, methods and materials – at times of hindrance or muse to the artists – are links to our current culture. Diverse creative approaches and visions collide while remaining separate, and often unwittingly weave themselves together as communities do in cities and towns of all sizes, throughout the country and the world. The diverse uniqueness of each individual is what ultimately creates a dynamic and healthy collective in any number of or type of community. The goal of this project is to examine this dynamic within the studios of UCP. 

The exhibition seeks to at once bring elements of the studio into the gallery, while also presenting well-realized, complete works. Works selected for the exhibition – installations, video, performance, and discreet objects – may be part of a progression, but also demonstrative of a conceptually strong foundation. Fluidity of thought and works in process are part of studio practice. With this in mind, the exhibition will encourage the idea of static and changing environments, allowing artists the opportunity to present a work, alter it, conduct performances, and also discuss their work at given times throughout the course of the project. 

Participating artists include: Audra Brandt, Heather Brown, Brent Cox, Justin Farkas, Rachelle Gardner, Robert Hieshman, Erica Leohner, Jessica Owings, Lee Piechocki, Julie Potratz, Allan Winkler, and Graham Zuelke.


Raw Friday 

by Chris Packham

Farmer Brooke Salvaggio's awesome BadSeed Market (1909 McGee, 913-522-3458) offers a full-blown selection of locally grown and produced organic food every Friday night in the Crossroads Art District, plus a requisite gallery space for openings and events. Tonight, BadSeed hosts Raw Film, Raw Food and RAH! Booty, an interdisciplinary experimental art exhibit combining raw cuisine, film and alt-feminist guerrilla cheerleading. At 7 p.m., experimental filmmakers and artists Heather Brown, Audra Brandt, Caitlin Horsmon and Sarah Price join raw-food caterer Rachel Fracassa from Lemons in the Kitchen and professional food stylist Laurel Hadley. Sample food, watch film loops, shop, and cheer these participants as directed by Kansas City's premier renegade cheerleading squad, RAH! Booty — the cruelty-free frosting on tonight's vegan cake. 

Fri., Nov. 7, 7 p.m., 2008


Food Fight (Not) 

by Alan Scherstuhl

Anyone scared off by the idea of experimental film should consider just how bizarre the nonexperimental has become. Imagine Edison being lugged to Iron Man and expected to make sense of the cuts, perspectives and narrative shorthand our minds have shaped themselves to parse. Because truth is always tougher than fantasy to capture in art, filmmakers such as Kansas City's Heather Brown aim to convey, as Virginia Woolf would have it, "that jar on the nerves." To do that, they turn to techniques far removed from the ones Hollywood has developed to bring us the workaday fantastic. In She Caught My Ketchup, the short that screens at 8 tonight at Third Eye Productions Studio (2024 Main, 816-931-7160), Brown utilizes the experimental to reveal the everyday: A gaggle of redheads dish over a series of meals, with the secret drama apparent in their interactions. Seven other Brown shorts precede Ketchup, including the sunny, animated stroll Forty First St., which was named Outstanding Experimental Film at 2007's Winnipeg Film Festival. 

Fri., May 2, 8 p.m., 2008