Prismatic Ground

Prismatic Ground
March 23rd 2021

Prismatic Ground is a new film festival centered on experimental documentary. The inaugural edition of the festival, founded by Inney Prakash, will be hosted virtually in partnership with Maysles Documentary Center and Screen Slate. Catch the ‘Opening Night,’ ‘Centerpiece,’ and ‘Closing Night’ events live via Screen Slate's Twitch channel. The rest of the films, split into four loosely themed sections or ‘waves’, will be available for the festival’s duration at and through On April 10, at 4PM ET, Prismatic Ground will present the inaugural Ground Glass Award for outstanding contribution in the field of experimental media to Lynne Sachs. Other live engagements TBA.

Logo: Kelsey Kaptur based on the work of Barbara Hammer

Opening Night, Centerpiece, and Closing Night live screenings:

The Films of Anita Thacher

Opening Night: Thursday, April 8th at 8PM ET on

The Films of Anita Thacher
Co-presented by Microscope Gallery. Film critic Amy Taubin in conversation.

Newsreels of the Distant Now

Centerpiece: Thursday, April 15th at 8PM ET on

Newsreels of the Distant Now, a special presentation by Creative Agitation (Erin and Travis Wilkerson)
Filmmakers in conversation.


Closing Night: Sunday, April 18th at 8PM ET on

Second Star to the Right and Straight on ‘Til Morning (dir. Bill and Turner Ross) + Dadli (dir. Shabier Kirchner, 2018, 14 min.)

Filmmakers in conversation.


Streaming through the festival's duration at and through

Bill Morrison
The Ring (Bill Morrison)

wave 1: desire is already a memory

Four by Bill Morrison: Sunken Films (2020, 11 min.); Wild Girl (2021, 5 min.); The Ring (2020, 8 min.); Curly Takes a Bath By The Sea (2020, 5 min.)

A Machine to Live In (dir. Yoni Goldstein & Meredith Zielke, 2020, 88 min.)

Two Sons and a River of Blood (Angelo Minax Madsen and Amber Bemak, 2021, 11 min.)

Two by Rajee Samarasinghe: The Eyes of Summer (2020, 15 min.); Imitation of Life (2020, 1 min.)

my favorite software is being here (dir. Alison Nguyen, 2020, 19 min.)

Endless Possibilities: Jack Waters and Peter Cramer (M.M. Serra, 2021, 16 min.)

Future Story (dir. Kenneth Lartey, 2020, 5 min.)

The Well-Prepared Citizen's Solution (dir. Lydia Moyer, 2020, 5 min.)

Forever (dir. Mitch McGlocklin, 2020, 7 min.)

Startle Response (dir. Michèle Saint-Michel, 2020, 5 min.)

Mūtātiōnem (dir. Maile Costa Colbert, 2020, 9 min.)

Queer Utopia: From Stonewall to Tell Garden (dir. Raed Rafei, 2021, 8 min.)

Notes of a Wind Chime (dir. Devon Narine-Singh, 2021, 24 min.)

Cane Fire
Cane Fire (Anthony Banua-Simon)

wave 2: kill the colonizer in your head

Cane Fire (dir. Anthony Banua-Simon, 2020, 89 min.)

Occasionally, I Saw Glimpses of Hawai‘i (dir. Christopher Makoto Yogi, 2016, 15 min.)

Land in Sight (Terra à Vista) (dir. Lívia Sá, 2020, 5 min.)

A New England Document (dir. Che Applewhaite, 2020, 16 min.)

It Is a Crime (dir. Meena Nanji, 1996, 5 min.)

Letter From Your Far-Off Country (dir. Suneil Sanzgiri, 2020, 18 min.)

Maat Means Land (dir. Fox Maxy, 2020, 30 min.)

Nitrate (dir. Yousra Benziane, 2019, 15 min.)

Reckless Eyeballing (dir. Christopher Harris, 2004, 14 min.)

Sanctuary (dir. Nate Dorr, 2021, 9 min.)

The Scents That Carry Through Walls (dir. Erin Wilkerson, 2020, 14 min.)

Buscando Ana Veldford (Searching for Ana Veldford) (dir. Ronald Baez, 2021, 6 min.)

Drills (dir. Sarah Friedland, 2020, 17 min.)

'How to riot' tips and tactics (dir. Jongkwan Paik, 2020, 17 min.)

Too Long Here/Aqui Demasiado Tiempo (dir. Emily Packer, 2020, 7 min.)

The Curve of the Earth (dir. Lorenzo Benitez, 2018, 6 min.)

Melting Snow (dir. Janah Elise Cox, 2021, 8 min.)

A Demonstration (dir. Sasha Litvintseva & Beny Wagner, 2020, 24 min.)

Never Rest/Unrest (dir. Tiffany Sia, 2020, 28 min.)

The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant
The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant (Jim Finn)

wave 3: i’m a stranger here myself

The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant (dir. Jim Finn, 2020, 61 min.)

Four Portraits by Paige Taul: 10:28,30 (2019, 4 min.); 7-7-94 For my babe (2018, 3 min.); Its a condition (2018, 3 min.); It makes me wanna (2017, 3 min.)

Switch Center (dir. Ericka Beckman, 2003, 12 min.)

For Paradise ( dir. Elizabeth M. Webb, 2016, 25 min.)

Messages 1-3 (dir. Martha Colburn and Pat O’Neill, 2021)

Metempsychosis (dir. Satya Hariharan, 2020, 14 min.)

Strange World (dir. Wen Han Chang, 2018, 16 min.)

Cuba Scalds His Hand (dir. Abby Sun and Daniel Garber, 2019, 4 min.)

You Deserve The Best (dir. Elias ZX, 2018, 5 min.)

Still Processing (dir. Sophy Romvari, 2020, 17 min.)

Pause, Play, Repeat (dir. Ankita Panda, 2020, 4 min.)

The Sixteen Showings of Julian of Norwich (dir. Caroline Golum, 2020 8 min.)

Thick Air (dir. Stefano Miraglia, 2020, 14 min.)

Home in the Woods
Home in the Woods (Brandon Wilson)

wave 4: through the flowering fields of the sea

Home in the Woods (dir. Brandon Wilson, 2020, 96 min.)

Bodies In Dissent (dir. Ufuoma Essi, 2021, 6 min.)

Make Sure the Sea Is Still There (dir. Gloria Chung, 2021, 8 min.)

The Aquarium (dir. Paweł Wojtasik, 2006, 22 min.)

hold -- fuel -- when -- burning (dir. dd. chu, 2020, 11 min.)

Depths (dir. Ryan Marino, 2020, 5 min.)

Look Then Below (dir. Ben Rivers, 2019, 22 min.)

Drawn & Quartered (dir. Lynne Sachs, 1986, 4 min.)

End of the Season (dir. Jason Evans, 2020, 13 min.)

Learning About Flowers and Their Seeds (dir. Emily Apter and Annie Horner, 2021, 4 min.)

A Slight Wrinkle in the Strata (dir. Ryan Clancy, 2021, 30 min.)

Back Yard (dir. Arlin Golden, 2020, 7 min.)

In Our Nature (dir. Sara Leavitt, 2019, 3 min.)

By Way of Canarsie (dir. Lesley Steele and Emily Packer, 2019, 14 min.)

Lynne Sachs
Lynne Sachs, photo by Abby Lord

Ground Glass Award

Prismatic Ground will present the inaugural Ground Glass award for outstanding contribution in the field of experimental media to filmmaker Lynne Sachs on April 10, 2021 at 4PM ET. (Register here.) A selection of Sachs’ work curated by Craig Baldwin will be available for the festival’s duration, courtesy of Baldwin, Sachs, and Canyon Cinema:

Still Life with Woman and Four Objects (4 min., 1986)
Sermons and Sacred Pictures (29 min., 1989)
The House of Science: a museum of false facts (30 min., 1991)
Which Way Is East: Notebooks from Vietnam (made with Dana Sachs) (33 min., 1994)
A Month of Single Frames (for Barbara Hammer) (14 min., 2019)
Investigation of a Flame (45 min., 2001)
And Then We Marched (4 min., 2017)
The Washing Society (co-directed with Lizzie Olesker) (44 min., 2018)