Onion City Film Festival

Thanks for joining us for 2016! It was a fantastic year. 


Onion City Awards:

First Place: Many Thousands Gone
Ephraim Asili

Second Place: Something Between Us
Jodie Mack

Third Place: Mad Ladders
Michael Robinson


Honorable Mentions:

Notes from the Interior
Ben Balcom

Aswirl Alight Aight
Tommy Heffron

KaSandra Skistad

Psychic Driving
William E. Jones

Prima Materia
Charlotte Pryce

Ana Vaz

Join us next year for the 28th Onion City Experimental Film Festival.


JANIE GEISER is an internationally recognized visual/film/performance artist, whose work is known for its recontextualization of abandoned objects, its embrace of artifice, and its sense of suspended time. “Geiser gives voice to the reaches of the unconscious, pointing to the abandoned splendor that exists prior to the rules of society and language.”  (Holly Willis, Res). 

Geiser’s films have been presented at the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, MOMA, the Centre Pompidou, Salzburg Museum, SFMOMA, LACMA, and at festivals including the New York Film Festival, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, the London International Film Festival, and the Hong Kong International Film Festival. 

Geiser’s films are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and her book, The Tornado Treaty, is in MOMA’s Artist Book Collection. Her film, The Red Book, was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. 

One of the pioneers of the renaissance of American avant-garde object performance, Geiser creates innovative, hypnotic works that integrate a singular visual aesthetic with puppets, film/video and performing objects. Her performances have been presented at The Public Theater, MOCA, Redcat, The Walker Art Center, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and other venues.

Her work has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, an OBIE Award, funding from Creative Capital, the Rockefeller Foundation, and others. Geiser currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is on the faculty of the CalArts School of Theater.


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ROBYN FARRELL is Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she assists with the annual one-person focus exhibition series, permanent collection presentations, special exhibitions, and programs the Donna and Howard Stone Gallery for Film, Video, and New Media. Previously, Farrell was Assistant Director at Donald Young Gallery (Chicago) and Program Assistant for Conversations at the Edge (CATE).

Her research interests include emerging disciplines of media art, artist networks, and the history of exhibition and distribution of film and video art. Farrell has spoken widely on contemporary art and time-based media at institutions and conferences including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago, New York University, and the College Art Association Annual Conference. She has curated exhibitions and screenings locally and nationally. In 2014, Farrell presented the first program of work by television and video art pioneer Gerry Schum at the Graham Foundation in Chicago and Electronic Arts Intermix in New York.

Farrell is actively involved in the Chicago art community, serving as board member for Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center, Program Advisor for the DINCA Vision Quest Media Arts Festival, and 2015-16 Mentor Curator for Chicago Artists Coalition's Hatch Curatorial Residency.


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AMIR GEORGE is a motion picture artist and film programmer born and bred in Chicago. Amir creates work for the cinema, installation, and live performance. His motion picture work and curated programs have been screened in festivals and galleries nationally and internationally.

In addition to founding Cinema Culture, a grassroots film programming organization, Amir is the co-curator of Black Radical Imagination, a touring experimental short film program.