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MAY 31 - JUNE 2, 2018 

Strike Theater
824 18th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418



Unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract; irresistible compulsion or greater force.

The Altered Esthetics Film Festival presents its 5th season at Strike Theater, May 31st - June 2nd with screenings, performances, and discussions. Each year a theme is selected based upon trends noticed in the selected submissions. This year's theme, Force Majeure, brings a wide variety of moving-image-based works together to push the bounds of expanded cinema. The festival screens local, national, and international artists.

Altered Esthetics is a volunteer-driven nonprofit. Strike Theater is ADA accessible.

This event is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


Glacial Recognition
Thursday, May 31 / 7:30 PM
Featured Artist: Reb L. Limerick
Live music by Inside Voice /
Improvising Eco Systems
Program length: ~2 hours
Sliding Scale Admission: $5 - $20
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Friday, June 1 / 7:30 PM
Featured Artist: Sami Pfeffer
Live music by MIEHYK
Program length: ~2 hours
Sliding Scale Admission: $5 - $20
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Crossed Wires
Friday, June 1 / 9:45 PM
Late Night Screening
Live music by Dahlheimer
Program length: ~1 hour
Free Admission
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Golden Paradise / Fool’s Dream
Saturday, June 2 / 7:30 PM
Creative Vision Awards & Shorts Program
Live music by Eddie Estrin & Mike Croswell /
Little Works
Program length: ~2 hours
Sliding Scale Admission: $5 - $20
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The purpose of the Featured Artist Award is to honor and recognize promising artwork from 1-2 artists who are innovative with their approach to the moving image medium. Only Minnesota-based artists are considered for the Featured Artist recognition. Featured Artists receive an honorarium and various promotions. Ae Film Festival Featured Artists for 2018 are Reb L. Limerick & Sami Pfeffer:

Reb L. Limerick is a multi-media performance artist and UMN MFA 2018 graduate in the area of Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice. Since receiving a BA in Video Art / Writing from UC San Diego in 2013, Limerick has participated in workshops with Marina Abramovic, Odeya Nini, and Pauline Oliveros, practicing endurance, improvisation, and deep listening. She thrives on sunshine, and will spend this summer in residence at The Soap Factory. Through language, voice, and collaboration, Reb L Limerick explores the weight of current relationships between humanity, sexuality, technology, and ecology. www.reblart.space

Read our interview with Reb L. Limerick on the Ae Blog.

Sami Pfeffer is a white, queer performance artist. They write plays, make films, and build installations. They create uncomfortable spaces- consensually- to ask for and offer the vulnerability of communal healing.

Read our interview with Sami Pfeffer on the Ae Blog.


Festival curators nominate five to six artists exhibiting in the current season for the Creative Vision Award. Local jurors then vote to select one artist from the nominees whose work demonstrates a commitment to their personal voice and vision over conventional storytelling.


Nicolas Bermeo - Heat (California)
Pete Burkeet - Mannequin (Ohio)
Karli Evans - Float (Florida)
Samantha Gurry - jim (California)
Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson - House (North Dakota)
Robin Summons - Hallway (Australia)

Read about the 2018 Creative Vision Award Winner, Float by Karli Evans, on the Ae Blog.



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Paige Dansinger is a recipient of the 2017 Pioneer Women in Tech Award who creates traditional and digital artworks which reanimate the history of art. Creating the prototype #DrawArt mobile application in 2012, established self as a specialist in developing digital engagement experiences in museums and social media with MuseumDraw. Founding Director of Better World Museum, her work bridges creative technology, participatory public art, and community placemaking. Creating Virtual Reality art historical narratives, emotional wellness spaces, participatory art, and Garden One, a smart-city empathy and inclusion garden, are her platforms for creative tech innovation.

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John Kim is a professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. A theorist and practitioner of new media, John has published widely on media art, the history of the computer interface, Augmented Reality, and our changing experience of the material world. As a practitioner of new media, John has exhibited interactive art, sculpture, video games, and software internationally, including MassMOCA, DiaCenter for the Arts, ISEA, the Walker Art Center, and Northern Spark. View his work at http://www.johnwkim.name.


Chamindika Wanduragala is a Sri Lankan American stop motion filmmaker, visual artist, DJ (DJ Chamun) and puppeteer. Her work portrays her version of what writer and activist Audre Lorde referred to as biomythography: the intertwining of experience and history with personal mythology. She is also the founder and Artistic Director of Monkeybear's Harmolodic Workshop, which supports Native and POC in creating contemporary puppetry. You can see her work at www.chamindika.com.


*Creative Vision Award Nominee
**Featured Artist

Read about the 2018 Audience Award WinnersThursday's Child by Maret Polzine and The Dérive by Tanin Torabi, on the Ae Blog.

John Akre (Minnesota)Katayoun Amjadi (Minnesota)Jungho Bang (Korea)Tommy Becker (California)Nicolas Bermeo (California) (Creative Vision Award Nominee)Arjan Brentjes (Netherlands)Pete Burkeet (Ohio) (Creative Vision (2).png


Chelsea Arden Parker is a video and new media artist living in Minneapolis, currently serving as the Film Festival Director for the Ae Film Fest. She works as a freelance video editor and has previously taught media literacy in youth after school programs and studio instruction at local cable access stations. She is also currently the curator and co-organizer of Feminist Video Quarterly, a community and quarterly screening series for non-binary and female artists.

Ari Newman is a multi-disciplinary artist. They work as a documentarian for Patrick's Cabaret, as a barista at Peace Coffee, and they have been cast as a rooster and a penguin in recent queer theatrical productions. In their spare time, they enjoy eating Kouign Amann, singing to their cat, and getting fourth in trivia at Insight Brewing. This is their fourth year working with the Ae Film Festival.

Shana Brownell is an interdisciplinary artist and graduate from University of Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Studio Art and Art History, and currently serves as the Marketing and Communications Director for Altered Esthetics. She works as a freelance graphic artist. You can find her out dancing on weekends, film hopping from theater to theater, digging through antique shops, or arranging flowers for fun.

Walker Martin is a Political Science graduate of the University of Minnesota, and supporter of the Twin Cities arts community. As a film enthusiast, his countless hours in theaters are paying off by helping curate this Film Festival. He is interested in experimental and ava-ntgarde film making and has a lot of opinions on any given Marvel movie. He’s excited to lend his insight and get involved with Ae.

Maggie Schuster is an Art Historian specializing in female art patronage during the Mughal Era. She has been accepted to the University of Illinois Chicago to receive her PHD in Art History. Her writing was published in the Armstrong Undergraduate Journal of History in 2017. She has curated many exhibitions, one of which was as an Ae intern in 2016. In her free time she enjoys vintage shopping and watching movies at her neighborhood theatre.


Established in 2014, Altered Esthetics' largest program is the the Ae Film Festival (formerly the Ae Art House Film Festival), an annual event dedicated to the organization’s mission to foster an inclusive and sustainable arts community through exhibitions, education, and outreach.

The festival exhibits artists who explore the art of the moving image, including artworks that represent experimental narratives, genre-expanding documentary, contemporary art practices, and avant-garde poetics. The selections of short film and video work stretch the notion of what the moving image is and can be.