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Working on It (Day Two)

Thursday, Mar 14, 2024 at 12:00 pm

The Working on It program offers a lab-like environment for work-in-progress screenings, workshops, and discussions about the artistic process. This year’s edition will take place during the afternoons of March 13–15, and is open to the public.  

Day Two

12:00–3:00 p.m.: Reverse Shot Emerging Critics Workshop (PRIVATE) 

12:15 p.m.: Work-in-progress presentation: director Swetha Regunathan previews material from a new short film and talks with MoMI Science and Technology Curator Sonia Epstein. (Bartos) 

12:15 p.m.: Work-in-progress presentation: director Anna Zamecka (Communion, First Look 2018) shares research for her next feature, Słońce (Sun), which follows young Iraqi-Kurds journeying to Belarus. (Redstone) 

1:00 p.m.: Nonfiction wrapped in fiction, Night Fight challenges the rituals of racial intimidation, aggression, and violence that attempt to undermine the core humanity of many Black Americans: the right to be. Khary Jones shares his work-in-progress film and discusses the project of self-portraiture that preceded it. (Bartos)  

1:00 p.m.: Work-in-progress presentation: director Kuba Mikurda (Solaris Mon Amour, First Look 2024) shares inspirations, animations, and other materials for his project Pale Pink, a sci-fi tale of love, loss, and hope. (Redstone) 

2:00 p.m.: Live presentation and discussion: director Robert Kolodny (The Featherweight, First Look 2024) shares preparatory materials and discusses the creative process for realizing a narrative feature with meticulous adherence to documentary aesthetics. (Redstone) 

3:00–5:30 p.m.: Work-in-progress session: short films presented as works in progress from the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism. Moderated by First Look Senior Programmer Edo Choi. (Bartos) 

3:30 p.m.: Work-in-progress performance: artists Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher return to First Look with the latest additions to their evolving Spectral Transmissions live show, which was partially developed at previous Working on It sessions. Featuring film, live music, spoken word performance by Dorota Lech, and contributions from Chloe Abrahams. (Redstone) 

4:30 p.m.: Live presentation and discussion: director Ekiem Barbier and producer Boris Garavini (Knit’s Island, First Look 2024) dive into their extraordinary process for creating a documentary set entirely in an online gaming platform and share material from an upcoming series in which they evolve their methods. (Redstone) 

Followed by a reception sponsored by Lismore Road.  

Attend all First Look screenings and events, including Working on It, with the purchase of an All Festival pass ($120). Day passes for Working on It are also available below.

Day passes: ($15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / Free for MoMI members). Order Session 2 pass.

NOTE: There is a $1.50 transaction fee per ticket for all online purchases.