Fern’s TIFF Free Screen program titled: You Only Live Twice takes place Tuesday, July 15th. Films to be screened include Tender Feet, Servants of Mercy, Sahara Mosaic, Concrete Parlay, and Passage Upon the Plume.
“Fern Silva‘s framing and in-camera editing techniques create a unique visual and narrative logic in which time and space are of little concern. From such far-flung locals as France, Turkey, and Egypt come a kaleidoscopic array of images, each depicting some expansive landscape, city sprawl, or sociocultural ritual. The technique is jarring yet intriguingly rhythmic.” — Drew Hurst, Chicago Reader
Fern Silva is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Moving Image in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He has made more than a dozen short films, experimenting with various documentary and narrative modes. His films have screened at festivals including Toronto, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, New York, Edinburgh, Oberhausen, London and Media City and at other venues such as Anthology Film Archive, Gene Siskel Film Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, San Francisco Cinematheque, Museum of Art Lima, and the Museum of Modern Art P.S.1. He was listed as one of the Top 25 Filmmakers for the 21st Century in Film Comment Magazine’s Avant-Garde Filmmakers Poll and received the Gus Van Sant Award from the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival. He holds a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from Bard College.