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Crossing the Line 2011: FIAF Fall Festival Trailer

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Crossing the Line 2011: FIAF Fall Festival Trailer from FIAF on Vimeo.

“One of the fall’s most exciting and thought provoking performance events”
—New York Times (2010)

The fifth edition of Crossing the Line, the annual fall festival of the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), hits NYC September 17–October 16, 2011. Check back here for up-to-the-minute details and information. Full website and ticket sales will launch August 1.


Crossing the Line is conceived as a platform to present vibrant new developments in artistic practices on both sides of the Atlantic. Initiated and produced by FIAF in partnership with leading New York cultural institutions, the fifth annual edition of this transdisciplinary, genre-defying festival of contemporary arts provides opportunities for New Yorkers to explore the dialogue between artist and participant; to examine how artists help re-imagine the world around us; and to engage with the vital role artists play as critical thinkers and catalysts for social evolution.

Written by Jon Cronin

July 11, 2011 at 19:02

“The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” Director Marie Losier

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Marie Losier’s latest film “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” is sure to be a hit! We have been watching her career over the past few years and she is destined for success! Have a read of her latest interview on IndieWire.

Marie Losier was born in France in 1972, and now lives in New York City where she is a filmmaker and curator. She has made a number of film portraits on avant-garde directors, musicians and composers such as Mike and George Kuchar, Guy Maddin, Richard Foreman, Tony Conrad and Genesis P-Orridge. Whimsical, poetic, dreamlike and unconventional, her films explore the life and work of these artists.

Written by Jon Cronin

May 13, 2011 at 16:01

FIAF presents World Nomads Morocco Festival – April 30–May 31, 2011

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Are you in New York City this month? Don’t forget to check out this amazing festival.

Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI
FIAF presents World Nomads Morocco Festival
April 30–May 31, 2011

FIAF’s annual World Nomads Festival is a New York City destination that celebrates 21st-century transculturalism through the arts while advancing critical thinking and dialogue among cultures. The integrated platform offers opportunities for an exchange of ideas and artistic expression among traditional and contemporary cultures.

The Festival’s fourth edition arrives this May at a historic time to celebrate the many facets of Morocco.

One of the highlights of the Festival will be the Key Note Talk on May 11 with André Azoulay, Royal Advisor to His Majesty King Mohammed VI, and Faouzi Skali, a widely recognized cultural and intellectual figure in Morocco.

Morocco is recognized worldwide for its distinctive and layered cultural identity. The country’s unique geographical location has made it a crossroad for ancient trade routes, and continues to contribute to its importance as a migratory highway for ideas and peoples.

Today’s Morocco shines as a hub of traditional and modern creative expression where ancient cultural practices thrive while innovations are woven into vibrant contemporary artistic forms. The Festival will explore its parallel ancient/modern culture, sustainability, women, and the environment.

The festival is conceived by the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) and organized in partnership with leading Moroccan and U.S. cultural institutions. The Festival is made possible with the generous support of numerous sponsors.

The Festival is curated by Zeyba Rahman, Chief Curator, and Lili Chopra, FIAF’s Artistic Director.

Written by Jon Cronin

May 11, 2011 at 18:30

Metamkine | Crossing The Line Festival

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Last Friday, I had the pleasure of experiencing the visual and auditory performance of Metamkine. As is my habit, I often try and come under-prepared for performances such as these. I try to not learn too much about what I am about to experience. This helps me feel what I personally feel, not clouded by reviews and preconceived notions of what I should look for and what the critics say is noteworthy. I don’t mind a trailer, but full previews are out.  I arrived at the FIAF to find that the show was about to begin and that my wife was stuck in a cab 10 minutes away, so I headed in solo, because the guy was giving me a look that said “you should get a seat because….” – I told her I would hold some seats and down I went. As I rode down the escalator, I noticed the beautiful videos of Marie Maillard and was delivered down into the theater ready and open for what was next.

The lights went out. The visuals and sounds entranced the audience into a hallucinogenic rabbit hole experience that pierced my ears, soothed my eyes and had a few people behind me looking like the guy from the Maxell commercial seen here:

The three artists performed live with vintage cinema projectors and other non identifiable (it was very dark, so dark that I never found my wife) pieces equipment positioned around the stage and theater and manged to “play” their instruments through the help of over 50 extension cords (so I was told). They used their hands, bodies and audio/video fragments to create an ambiance of tension and euphoria that took over the theater. Overall the entire experience was extremely interesting and creative and my only gripe was that “performers” where a bit out of view. I would have liked to have seen them more in the work. The visuals and audio where tremendous, but this is after all a “live” show in which people are part of. Perhaps I should have sat in the front row? Did you see the show? Let’s us know what you think in the comments below!

Founded in 1987 and based in Grenoble, Metamkine (known in French as La Cellule d’Intervention Metamkine) is made up of musician Jérôme Noetinger and filmmakers Christophe Auger and Xavier Quérel. The trio’s research into the relationship between image and sound has resulted in works they refer to as live “musico-cinematic” creations. Through the use of mirrors, multiple projectors, a live soundtrack of tape fragments, and ingenious on-stage editing, they produce and direct a new film live—simultaneously a performance and its document. A sensory immersion that must be experienced to be believed, Metamkine is brought to Crossing the Line in cooperation with Anthology Film Archives.

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Written by Jon Cronin

September 22, 2009 at 16:22

Crossing the Line Festival FIAF – Marie Maillard

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Crossing the Line 2009
Marie Maillard
Wall 0909

Sunday, August 30–Saturday, September 26, 2009
Luxe Gallery

Celebrated artist Marie Maillard comes to the Luxe Gallery to present the world premiere
of Wall 0909, an exhibition created especially for Crossing the Line.

Maillard’s work combines the concepts of both video and wallpaper. One is concrete, the other is transient; one is decorative and made as background, the other often complex and pithy.
In Wall 0909, Maillard creates elegant and enigmatic hybrids, designed to question the relationship between body and the occupation of space.

Maillard will also create a special video installation to be displayed at FIAF in Florence Gould Hall throughout Crossing the Line 2009.

Luxe Gallery
53 Stanton St (between Forsyth & Eldridge streets)

F, V to 2nd Avenue / F, J, M, Z to Delancey Stree

Wed–Sun, 11am–6pm
Mon–Tue, by appointment
212 582 4425


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Written by Jon Cronin

August 21, 2009 at 03:17

The Tournées Festival

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The Tournées Festival was conceived to encourage schools to begin their own self-sustaining French film festivals. Since its inception, the program has partnered with hundreds of universities and made it possible for more than 300,000 students to discover French-language films. The Tournées Festival distributes over $200,000 in grants annually.

We are delighted to be able to propose a varied selection of films, a wide array of genres, many French co-productions, and films by directors ranging from unique new voices to established figures. We hope you will be inspired by the selection of films and we look forward to receiving your application. We would like to invite you to apply for a grant from The Tournées Festival, a program of FACE, designed to help bring contemporary French cinema to your college or university campus.

Written by Jon Cronin

May 1, 2009 at 14:28

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FIAF Presents: World Nomads – Haiti May 2009

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The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in partnership with S.O.B.’S, PEN World Voices and The Maysles Institute
Presents: World Nomads: Haiti

An Annual Series Exploring Transculturalism

May 2009 at FIAF in New York City

Following the highly successful inaugural season, World Nomads will focus on Haiti this year, bringing some of the most exciting examples of Haitian culture and art to New York. The small Caribbean island of Haiti is home to a rich and vibrant community of artists and writers, where influences and beliefs from all over the world have come together to create a cultural voice that is at once unique and universal.

World Nomads will showcase outstanding Haitian music, cinema, literature, and visual arts that have come to inspire audiences and artists worldwide. Highlighting both acclaimed and up-and-coming artists, World Nomads will explore the diverse cultural landscape of Haiti through performances, talks, screenings, and an exclusive gallery exhibit.

“With the close connection of the French and Creole languages and 500,000 Haitian emigrés who now call the New York area their home, a focus on Haiti this year is a natural sequel to World Nomads’ first season,” says Lili Chopra, FIAF Vice President of Cultural Affairs.

For Full Details goto

Written by Jon Cronin

April 5, 2009 at 16:17