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Movies by Michael Betancourt

Going Somewhere posterConcepts of Heavens and Earth provide a visionary subtext to scientific exploration since culture is a layering, where new ideas and interpretations form sedimentary layers over earlier ones, contradicting them, forming new meanings for old symbols. This principle organizes the historical material in my book Two Women and a Nightengale (1996-2004) whose imagery is an explicit reference point for my later movies: Telemetry and the shorts Aurora (2001), Illumination (2001), Contact Light (2012) and the Dark Rift (2014). These ideas also emerge in my microwatt broadcast radio/video installation Reception/Transmission (2006). Unlike Telemetry, Contact Light and the Dark Rift, where the content of the movie directly addresses both space and the Moon, Star Fish (2012) and Helios | Divine (2013) both draw on this iconography, addressing the fantasy::reality dialectic posed by the Moon in an implicit fashion, through its double, the Sun. The reversibility of signifiers in these systems is what informs their organization in my movies.

José Manuel García Perera wrote a critical discussion of my work.

A selection of his movies can be seen on Cinegraphic, or on the Michael Betancourt vimeo channel, or you can find about more about them on his portfolio site,


A Paratext: The Going Somewhere Game

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 6, 2018 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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Going Somewhere: The Role Playing Game is a table top role playing game adapted from movie maker Michael Betancourt's avant-garde serial. Containing all the rules needed to play, this rule book is designed to provide hours of fun. Designed to simplify the complexity of RPGs to speed game play, these rules can be used for either SCI-FI or Fantasy campaigns.

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Peripheral ARTeries Interview about Going Somewhere

story © Michael Betancourt | published December 6, 2017 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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The interview about Going Somewhere begins on page 32 [pdf].

Going Somewhere - reviewed by David Finkelstein

story © Michael Betancourt | published July 12, 2017 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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David Finkelstein wrote a review of my movie serial Going Somewhere for Film International called "Recombinant Modification of Sci Fi Going Somewhere (2015)" that's available online:

Something fascinating and strange is going on in Going Somewhere, an ongoing movie serial by Michael Betancourt, with individual episodes which are all 7 minutes long. The source material for these digital mini-epics comes from a variety of science and science fiction materials: old Grade Z Sci Fi epics, civil defense films and WWII documentaries, NASA footage. Betancourt uses sophisticated datamoshing and databending techniques to completely transform these materials. These techniques reach inside of the numbers which store digital video and mess up the data in more or less controlled ways that morph one image into the next. They allow Betancourt to radically change the original colors and forms.

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Generative Color and Time Displacement

story © Michael Betancourt | published September 7, 2016 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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OtherZine 31 is running my discussion of using digital tools to create a movie with the same kind of RGB-based generative color used by Len Lye in Rainbow Dance .

Going Somewhere: Episode IV (TRANSCENDENCE)

story © Michael Betancourt | published December 7, 2015 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

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Going Somewhere: Episode IV reconfigures science fiction movies with documentary/scientific NASA/JPL documentation and abstract glitch footage to reveal an underlying fantasy of transcendence. The story follows a simple trajectory: a traveler arrives, then embarks on a more abstract journey into inner spacea transcendent metaphor for exploring the self.

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