SYNOPSES & SCREENING HISTORIES

WREST, 2012 (5’04”)

"Kent Lambert reinvents footage deposited in the Chicago Film Archives into a psychedelic dream narrative of collapsed ambition and subliminal desire. Home movies, stag film and wrestling newsreels combine with the motorik rhythms of Chicago's CAVE to produce a stuttering, shivering mid-western dream beast. Dancers, puppets, headlocks and Disneyland share split seconds in this dense and driven collage."
-Chris Kennedy, Anne Arbor Film Festival

"Chicago Loves Detroit, curated by Christy Lemaster, Trinosophes, Detroit, May 2013
•Ann Arbor Film Festival, March 2013
•Chicago Underground Film Festival, March 2013
 

FANTASY SUITE, 2009 (7’17”)

A strange meditation on mainstream American heterosexual romance.
•Zummer Tapez, Roots & Culture Gallery, Chicago, August 2009
•Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI, March 2010
•Migrating Forms, NYC, May 2010
•Chicago Underground Film Festival (winner of "Made In Chicago" award), June 2010
•Ann Arbor 48th Film Festival Tour (various locations), August 2010-February 2011
•Conversations At The Edge, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, September 2010
•University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, April 2011
•"Uncanny Vision", curated by Catherine Pancake, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, May 2013
 

WHS VHS #1, 2009 (3’20”)

A dread-laced celebration of my high school via its 1993-94 “Video Yearbook.”
•Zummer Tapez, Roots & Culture Gallery, Chicago, August 2009
•Conversations At The Edge, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, September 2010
•University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, April 2011
 

SUNSET CODA, 2006 (3’30”)

In 1984, I travelled with my family to my mother's birthplace of Chi Chi Jima. My mother recorded audio during our vacation and her brother Pat shot video. SUNSET CODA highlights an exchange between my brother, my mother and me involving US citizenship and World War Three.•Eye & Ear Clinic, Chicago, December 2006
•MonkeyTown Semiannual, Brooklyn, NY, July 2007
•Chicago Underground Film Festival, August 2007
•“Enduring Ends: A Film and Video Program for End Times”, curated by Colin Palombi,
Butcher Shop, Chicago, January 2008
•Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI, March 2008
•“PSYMULATION: Reenactments of the Present”, curated by Chris Fitzpatrick, Hamburger
•Eyes Photo Epicenter, San Francisco, March-April 2008
•Conversations At The Edge, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, September 2010
•University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, April 2011
 

HYMN OF RECKONING, 2006 (6’30”)

“…the masterful Hymn of Reckoning (2006) combines images from old computer games and Lost to create a carefully calculated age-of-terror mental maelstrom.” –Ed Halter •WARPHaus, Gainesville, FL, February 2006•The Pit, Jacksonville, FL, February 2006
•New York Underground Film Festival, March 2006
•Scheld’apen, Antwerp, Belgium, May 2006
•De Player, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, June 2006
•Chicago Underground Film Festival, August 2006
•Other Cinema, San Francisco, October 2006
•LA Freewaves, November 2006
•Eye & Ear Clinic, Chicago, December 2006
•Impakt Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands, March 2007
•Conversations At The Edge, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, September 2010
•University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, April 2011
 

5 VIDEO HITS, 2004 (6’40”)

•“Dialogue With Pop”, Spaceworks Gallery, NYC, April-May 2004
•Extremely Shorts Festival, curated by Craig Baldwin, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, June 2004
•“Reagan Babies: Born in the USA”, curated by Ed Halter, Eyebeam, NYC, July 2004
•Chicago Underground Film Festival, August 2004
•Cinematexas, September 2004
•20,000 Leagues Under the Industry Festival, Cleveland, October 2004
•New York Underground Film Festival, March 2005
•Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Festival, April 2005
•“23 Reasons to Spare New York: Videos from the Art Rock Scene”, Ocularis, NYC, October 2005
•Halloween Show, Ocularis, NYC, October 2005
•University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, April 2011
 

SECURITY ANTHEM, 2003 (3'30")

"A ritual recitation of the mundane for uncertain times." -New York Video Festival
•Discount Cinema, Chicago, January 2003
•New York Underground Film Festival, March 2003
•Exploding Cinema, London, March 2003
•Thaw Festival, Iowa City, April 2003
•Videoex Festival, Zurich, Switzerland, May 2003
•Impakt Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands, June 2003
•New York Video Festival, July 2003
•“Radical Entertainment: God’s Eye View”, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, July 2003
•Photophobia 5, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, August 2003
•Chicago Underground Film Festival, August 2003
•Cinematexas, September 2003
•Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, October 2003
•“Not All Americans Are Jerks” tour presented by NYUFF: Gerbaud 9 kino + klub, Cologne; b.film Festival, Berlin; FACT Centre, Liverpool; October 2003
•“Press Play”, Pittsburgh, October 2003
•L’Alternativa Festival, Barcelona, November 2003
•Viper Festival, Basel, Switzerland, November 2003
•SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, November 2003
•Wimbledon College of Art, November 2003
•Chroma Festival, Guadelajara, Mexico, November 2003 (Impakt Highlights Tour)
•“Video Plataforma Rotativa”: Galeria Sofia, Ego Galerie, and Gallery Can Felipa, Barcelona, November 2003 (Impakt Highlights Tour)
•“You Can’t Do That On Television”, curated by Ed Halter, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, December 2003
•Bandits-Mages Festival, Bourges, France, December 2003 (Impakt Highlights Tour)
•Other Cinema, December 2003
•Mix Festival, NYC, December 2003
•Media City, Windsor, Ontario, February 2004
•Signal and Noise Festival, Vancouver, March 2004
•“The Fear and Anger Show”, Magic Lantern, Providence, RI, March 2004
•Ann Arbor Film Festival, March 2004
•Kraak Festival, Hasselt, Belgium, March 2004 (Impakt Highlights Tour)
•Images Festival, Toronto, April 2004
•“You Can’t Do That On Television”, curated by Ed Halter, Cinematheque Ontario, April 2004
•Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Festival, April 2004
•“Dialogue With Pop”, Spaceworks Gallery, NYC, April-May 2004
•Courtisane Festival, Gent, Belgium, May 2004
•Dallas Video Festival, July 2004
•Champ Libre, Montreal, September 2004
•Detroit Film Center, April 2005
•Conversations At The Edge, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, September 2010
•University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, April 2011
•"Uncanny Vision", curated by Catherine Pancake, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, May 2013
 

CONDENSED MOVIE #1, 2002 (9'30")

“Video hacker Kent Lambert takes apart and reconstructs a terrible time travel movie. Who knows which version has more meaning, but this one sure has the better dialogue.” -Rooftop Films
•New York Underground Film Festival, March 2002
•Thaw Festival, Iowa City, April 2002 – Jury Prize
•Chicago Underground Film Festival, August 2002
•“TV or Not TV”, L.A. Freewaves, November 2002
•“Midwest Movies”, Rooftop Films, Brooklyn, NY, July 2003
•Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, October 2003
•“Time Machine”, BLD Studios, Columbus, OH, October 2004
 

KEN BURNS GIVE YOU SOMETHING, 2001 (3'30")


“Subverts the famed documentarian's notoriously finicky filmmaking with a jittery cut-and-paste style worthy of William Burroughs.” -Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle, 9/13/2002•Thaw Festival, Iowa City, April 2001
•San Francisco Independent Film Festival: Digital Underground program, July 2001
•Chicago Underground Film Festival, August 2001
•Other Cinema, San Francisco, December 2001
•New York Underground Film Festival, March 2002
•Maryland Film Festival, May 2002
•New York Video Festival, July 2002
•Cinematexas Festival, September 2002
•“The Year in Avant-Garde”, Ed Halter, Village Voice, December 2002
•Splice Festival, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, May 2003
•Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, October 2003
•“Film at the Prince”, Prince Music Theater, Philadelphia, November 2003
•“Dialogue With Pop”, Spaceworks Gallery, NYC, April-May 2004
 

WHACK, 1999 (6'00")

"Hello, my name is Philip Michael Thomas--I'm an actor." Appropriated from the Miami Vice era video release of the 1978 anti-drug schlockfest Death Drug. Respect and apologies to Steve Reich
.•New York Underground Film Festival, March 2001
•Robert Beck Memorial Cinema, New York, April 2001
•Best of New York Underground Film Festival screenings:
•Ocularis, Brooklyn and the Lux Centre, London, May 2001
•20,000 Leagues Under the Industry Festival, Cleveland, August 2001
•Jaraf: Video @45 Below, New York, December 2001
•Anthology Film Archives, April 2002
•Mediawave, Dunajská Streda, Slovakia, May 2002
•Exploding Cinema, London, June 2002
•Maison du Chic at Fez under Time Café, New York, August 2003
•Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, October 2003
•“Dialogue With Pop”, Spaceworks Gallery, NYC, April-May 2004
 

AWARDS


WREST: “Made In Chicago” award, Chicago Underground Film Festival 2013
FANTASY SUITE: “Made In Chicago” award, Chicago Underground Film Festival 2010
CONDENSED MOVIE #1: “Best Narrative” Jury prize, Thaw Festival 2002 (Jury: Ximena Cuevas, Greta Snider, and Stephanie Gray)
KEN BURNS GIVE YOU SOMETHING: Juror’s Choice, Thaw Festival 2001 (Jury: Animal Charm), “The Year in Avant-Garde”, Ed Halter, Village Voice, December 2002
WHACK: “The Year in Experimental Film and Video”, Ed Halter, Village Voice, December 2002