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Charlottesville Odds & Ends film festival returns to push boundaries with experimental films

Films don’t always have to emerge from the commercial industry in order to have something worthwhile to say. The films in the second Odds & Ends Experimental Film Festival are exploring both intimate communication, such as family and connection, and broader engagement with the world, including public sculptures, memorials and colonialism.

The festival, which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at Charlottesville’s Vinegar Hill Theatre, is presented by Light House Studio, which helps students learn the techniques and confidence they need to tell their stories through the medium of filmmaking.

New this year is a series of installations and events. Charlotte Taylor is presenting a looped 16-millimeter projection, while Will Goss will offer an installation of video and sculpture. A brand-new experimental film and video workshop with Light House Studio students will be contributing a video and film projection. Fans also can head to Quirk Gallery this week before the festival begins to see a video installation by Lindsey Arturo and Kaitlyn Paston.

Many of this year’s videos and films are exploring ideas of identity. Look for selections on motherhood, Islam and the African diaspora, among other topics. Others are diving into the form of film, taking a closer look at the bonds between sound and images.

Some selections explore the ways in which photographs and family heirlooms can forge connections and closeness.

Odds & Ends was founded in 2023 by Rachel Lane, Jason Robinson and Anna Hogg.

Lane serves as program director at Light House Studio. Robertson teaches digital art and filmmaking at the University of Virginia. Hogg teaches studio art foundations and cinematography at UVa.


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