Videotect Awards, an architecture-inspired short-film contest now in its second year, returns to the Walker this Thursday for a free public screening. Last year the Architecture MN-sponsored event debuted with an introduction by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, and featured films using the skyways of the Twin Cities as their muse. This year's theme is sustainable transportation, so filmmakers will be examining where we are now, and what we could do to improve the situation. Each video, capped at just two minutes, delivers a kernel of a unique perspective on the topic. Submissions include a send-up of the "Church of Automobility," an ode to the Nice Ride bikes, and other artful explorations on urban transportation ranging from silly to serious. Five jury selections will be screened in the Walker Cinema, chosen by jurors Marianne Combs (an MPR arts reporter), David Frank (Minneapolis's transit-development director), Jeffrey Scherer (principal architect at local firm Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle), and Sheryl Mousley (Walker Art Center film curator). The Viewers' Choice finalists, which were chosen by hundreds of online viewers earlier this month, will also be screened. Voting may be closed, but all 39 entries can still be viewed online at architecturemn.com/am/videotect. (Pictured: Spatial Design)
Thu., March 1, 7 p.m., 2012
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