Experimental Response Cinema presents:

Romance, Apocalypse and Moon Landings:

The Twilight Worlds of Kate McCabe

Kate McCabe in Person!

Kate McCabe will be showcasing a decade’s worth of her moving image work combining humor in experimental film and premiering her latest 16mm work, You and I Remain. A film inspired by the Anthropocene, You and I Remain is an apocalyptic lullaby, a landscape film mediating on the end of the world. Shot in Big Sur, the Salton Sea and in McCabe’s own neighborhood of Joshua Tree, the film shows us a portrait of the world askew with subtle and moving sound design by Jason Payne of Nitzer Ebb.

Kate McCabe (American b. 1972) lives in the desert near the rock-n-roll heaven known as Joshua Tree, California where she founded the art collective Kidnap Yourself. In Philadelphia, her youth was dominated by dance and art where she allegedly danced out of the womb. She is a graduate of Girls’ High, the University of the Arts and she obtained her MFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts under the innovative Jules Engel. She is an award winning independent filmmaker who has shown films globally since 1995 in both film festivals and galleries and the occasional guerrilla drive-in. She is most re-known internationally for Sabbia, her first feature film, a visual album for stoner rock prince, Brant Bjork. Her current work includes paintings, photography, short fiction, and art books. Her popular sketch comic book “Mojave Weather Diaries” has produced 4 books in the series and counting. McCabe has taught film at CalArts and UC San Diego and has worked with some of Los Angeles’ most prolific independent filmmakers including Eli Roth and Pat O’Neill.

“Kate McCabe’s works are funny and sweet personal observations of our twilight worlds. Worlds where portraits of places and emotions are the kinetic sublime- where we as viewers are transported betwixt and between, hovering – our feet grounded on earth, our heads in the clouds. The everyday scene, a moving lyrical event functioning as a tribute to beauty and our lucid spirit. These short films are like private conversations sharing a secret and a dream.”


Milk and Honey 16mm color, sound, 15mins, 2004

Darling 16mm on video, color, sound 4 mins, 2011

Sabbia 16mm on video, color, sound, excerpt 15 min of 80, 2006

My Sweet 16mm on video, color, sound, 4 mins, 2013

Song for Pickles Super8 on video, B&W, sound, 3 mins. 2013

You and I Remain 16mm, color, sound, 15mins, 2015

My Friend 16mm on video, color, sound, 7 mins., 2015

Portraits 16mm, color sound, 8 min, 2001

There Are No Shadows in East Berlin digital video, color sound, 10 mins 2017

Total running time 82 minutes

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Suggested donation $7 general / $5 students


Artist Talk with Jana Swec


The work in this series is an exploration of the unexpected when collaborating on the visual expressions of shared ideas and dreams.

The process of collaborative art making feels like trying to solve a puzzle with infinite paths one could take, but they all lead to a solution. When collaborating on a piece, you do not begin with a finished product in mind; It’s about the process of perspective; It’s about weaving and integrating ideas and concepts together. There's a freedom and palpable sense of adventure when making art this way. It teaches us how to let go of control and embrace the unknown. It surprises and forces us out of our comfort zone. It opens doors and illuminates paths that would not have been visible otherwise.

Collaborators: Abi Daniel, Will Gaynor, Suzanne Koett, Shea Little, Cai Littleswec, Olive Littleswec, Jude Littleswec, Aaron Michalovic, Julie Swec, Joe Swec, Alexandria Valenti, Cherie Weaver, Jon Windham, Adam Young


Jana Swec was born in Berkley, California and received her BFA at the School of Visual Arts, NY. Swec is a founding member of the non-profit Big Medium, the East Austin Studio Tour, and The Texas Biennial. She is a part of an artist collective called Sodalitas that began working collaboratively in 2002. This group has won a number of awards including; Best of Austin Awards, Best New Art Collaborative, Austin Chronicle Top Ten Artists and Austin Critics Awards Art Community Leadership. She has exhibited nationally.


Experimental Response Cinema

Experimental Response Cinema is proud to present THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY TWO, a feature-length “constellation of 14 short films” by acclaimed artist and filmmaker (and former Austin resident) Cauleen Smith, with the artist in person. The Way Out Is The Way Two, produced over a period of four years, is an interlocking series of shorts ranging in subject from African-American identity, the psychogeography of the city of Chicago, Afrofuturism, and the ideas and music of Sun Ra.

Cauleen Smith (born Riverside, California, 1967) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Operating in multiple materials and arenas, Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth-century experimental film. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of these disciplines while offering a phenomenological experience for spectators and participants. Smith is the recipient of several grants and awards including the Rockefeller Media Arts Award, Creative Capital Film /Video, the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, Chicago 3Arts Grant, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Chicago Expo Artadia Award, and Rauschenberg Residency. She currently lives and teaches in Chicago, IL.



Artist talk with Jonas Hart & Dameon Lester

Anthropocene examines the acceptance of what is outwardly visible versus what’s beneath the surface. Jonas Hart, Dameon Lester and Melissa Loop illustrate the significance of the larger picture, the systems or the emerging meaning. How aware are we of our influence on the landscape? Whether it’s an underground water system that is never seen, a far away place that seems pristine or the tip of an iceberg’s assumed permanence, the human animal has put our stamp on the world.


Bat City Review at Austin Lit Crawl

Come enjoy a Bat City Review storytelling session during Austin's 6th annual Lit Crawl, at the beautiful GrayDUCK Gallery.

Featuring Gayle Forman, Paige Schilt, and Chen Chen. Authors will tell stories and read material on the theme of deal breakers (that moment you had to walk away). Hosted by Bat City Review.

You can find Saturday's amazing schedule of performances, games, trivia matches, music, and all-ages storytelling sessions here:

Parking on the East Side, and along East Cesar Chavez especially, is challenging! Please carpool, bike, or leave extra time to find parking.

See you all there!


GAYLE FORMAN is a journalist and award-winning author whose many young adult novels include I Was Here, Just One Day, and If I Stay, which was also a major motion picture. She lives in Brooklyn with her family. Leave Me is her first novel for adults.

PAIGE SCHILT moved to Texas with a dream of learning to sip whiskey and write serious literary essays in the shade of a wide front porch. Somewhere along the way, she came out as queer, became an activist, and fell in love with a gender-bending musician. Now she writes hilarious and heart-breaking stories about a gay, transgender, rock-n-roll family raising a son in the lone star state. Her work has appeared in The Bilerico Project, Offbeat Families, Mutha Magazine, and Brain, Child. Her memoir was published in 2015 by Transgress Press.

CHEN CHEN is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and forthcoming spring 2017 from BOA Editions, Ltd. A Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow, Chen’s work has appeared in two chapbooks as well as in publications such as Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry. Chen helps edit Iron Horse and Gabby. He also works on a new journal called Underblong, which he co-founded with the poet Sam Herschel Wein. Chen received his MFA from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University.