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Illusion, imagination on display at Film Fest

“Magical,” “spell-bounding,” “awe-inspiring,” “jaw dropping,” are all terms that fall short in describing the uniqueness and wonder of internationally recognized multimedia performance artist Miwa Matreyek’s work. She incorporates the live silhouette of her own body into projections of her exquisitely rendered animations to create beautiful theatrical presentations. Her works each spin philosophical, dreamlike narratives about the evolution of our environment and the agency of human creation with a poetry, scale, and intimacy that penetrate, according to Nevada City Film Festival organizers.

Matreyek will present two special performances of her critically acclaimed films “This World Make Itself” and “Myth and Infrastructure” at the 14th annual Nevada City Film Festival during First Friday ArtWalk in Nevada City, Sept. 5. Earlier this year, Matreyek premiered “The World Made Itself” at the Sundance Film Festival .

“This World Make Itself” is a fantastical kaleidoscopic experience that is sophisticated yet full of childlike wonder, leading the audience through the history of the earth, from its birth to today’s complex and fast-paced world. The thematic journey is a spectacle of surrealistic metaphor and fantasy. Matreyek will also perform “Myth and Infrastructure” which traverses seascapes, cityscapes and domestic spaces to conjure dreamlike scenes with nuanced layers of light and shadow.

“I first saw Miwa perform two years ago at the opening of the San Francisco Exploratorium. I had heard great things and I had seen her TED performance, but I was completely blown away. The entire audience, children and adults were completely enraptured. It was as if everyone was holding their breath afraid that if we made a peep we would all wake up from this wonderful dream,” explains Jesse Locks, Festival Director of the Nevada City Film Festival. “There is really nothing like it.”

In live works that integrate animation, performance, and video installation, Matreyek explores how animation changes when it is combined with body and space (and vice versa).

Nevada City Film Festival organized Matreyek’s appearance specifically around September’s First Friday ArtWalk in Nevada City. The popular monthly event celebrates Nevada County’s creative community and its diverse mix of galleries, artisan boutiques, tasting rooms, and restaurants.

“We’re so excited to see Miwa Matreyek’s performances and to share the First Friday ArtWalk experience with the global audience in town for the Nevada City Film Festival,” said Cathy Theobald, one of the organizers of First Friday ArtWalk. “Showcasing performances of internationally renowned artists like Miwa Matreyek increases the visibility of the thriving local artist and business community we have here in Nevada County and plays a vital role in First Friday Artwalk’s mission to boost local commerce. We aim to inspire and be inspired Friday, September 5th.”

Following each performance, Matreyek will be on hand for a Q&A. Space is limited to 80 seats each showing at the Haven Underground venue. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. They are available online at www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com and by phone at 530-362-8601.


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