Curated and presented by Kevin B. Lee

Video essays – a relatively new form of criticism – came to prominence in the early 2000s and provocatively comment on cinema by using the language of the very medium they analyze. Most video essays consist of clips from films that have been cleverly edited together and accompanied by voice-over narration in order to make points about cinema that writing alone can’t convey. The Art of Video Essay is a 70-minutes programme curated by Lee, consisting of short video essays made by leading film critics from around the world.

FITZ! Zentrum für Figurentheater, Studio, Theater tri-bühne

Kulturareal „Unterm Turm“, Eberhardstraße 61, 70173 Stuttgart

U-Bahn / S-Bahn: Haltestelle Stadtmitte / Bus: Haltestelle Wilhelmsbau


USA 2014, 6:00 Min.
Regie: LJ Frezza

Every shot from “Seinfeld” (1989–1998) where nothing happens. A response to everyone in New York who said they’d love the city if only there weren’t so many people in it.

Cats Die Funny, Dogs Die Sad

USA 2016, 5:00 Min.
Regie: Jacob T. Swinney

A visual study reveals strong patterns in the demise of cinematic pets.

Edward Snowden’s Cinematic Mentors

Australien 2016, 3:00 Min.
Regie: Tope Ogundare

An imaginative look at Edward Snowden reflecting on the whistleblowers of movie history that preceded him in “Citizenfour”.

Kiarostami: Anti-Supercut Artist

USA 2016, 5:00 Min.
Regie: Kevin B. Lee

How does the work of a cinematic master live on in the age of online Video?

A Theory of Film Music

Australien 2016, 12:00 Min.
Regie: Daniel Golding

Should film music be original? That’s a question that goes right back to the earliest of film sound. But with new technology came changes – and just maybe, the answer to why all Marvel films seem to have forgettable Music.

Fembot in a Red Dress

USA 2015, 13:00 Min.
Regie: Allison de Fren

How the “lady in red” evolved over 90 years of film and media history.

Vertical Framing Video Essay

Neuseeland 2014, 18:00 Min.
Regie: Miriam Ross

An investigation of how handheld devices are changing filmmaking conventions.

Right Now Then Wrong

USA 2016, 7:00 Min.
Regie: Kevin B. Lee

A real-time interactive comparison between two scenes in a film, and between a film and its enactment in the viewer’s life.