Unclear Proof
Do you need more proof? Sensational crystal-clear footage of shape-shifting UFOs recorded under the influence in Farra di Soligo, Italy.

AWARDS
- Special Jury Mention - Animation Film, Jaipur International Film Festival, India, 2015
- Jury Award - Animated/Experimental, Marin County Festival of Short Film & Video, USA, 2014
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Diploma, Golden Diana International Film Festival, Austria, 2014

SCREENINGS 2017
- [.BOX], Milan, Italy, 16-26 Feb (E wide shut, curated by Giorgos Dimitrakopoulos)

2016
- Polymerization & Multiply: MOCA Video Exhibition, MOCA Plaza LED TV Wall, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan, 6 Nov - 4 Dec (3-person exhibition with Robert Seidel and Matt Abbiss)
- Night Lights Art & Design Trail, DesignFest Clonmel, Tipperary, Ireland, 5 Nov (curated by Switch)
- Imagine Science Film Festival Tour, International House, Philadelphia, USA, 15 Sep
- The Amy Johnson Festival 75 Second Film Awards, Hull, UK, 23-30 Jul
- Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece, 7 Jul
- Cinema Museum, London, UK, 14 Apr (Am1nation screening curated by Martin Pickles)
- Danube Video Art Festival, Stadtkino, Grein, Austria, 19-21 Feb

2015

- International Animation Festival Istanbul, Turkey
- Animate OPEN: Parts & Labour, QUAD, Derby, UK, 28 Nov 2015 - 24 Jan 2016 (Am1nation screening curated by Martin Pickles)
- One Minute Hull Artists Moving Image Festival, Hull, UK, 6 Nov (Am1nation screening curated by Martin Pickles)
- Imagine Science Film Festival, New York City, NY, USA, 16-24 Oct
- Très Court International Film Festival, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 14-15 Oct
- Open-Air Filmfest Weiterstadt, Germany, 13-17 Aug
- FILE - Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 16 Jun - Aug
- Bit Bang Festival, Da Vinci School of Media Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 13 Jun
- Très Court International Film Festival, Forum des images, Paris, 13 Jun
- UEL Shorts, Arcola Theatre, Dalston, London, UK, 7 Jun
- Très Court, Paris, France & worldwide, 5-14 Jun
- Chilemonos, Santiago, Chile, 5-10 May
- 3rd International Motion Festival, Nicosia, Cyprus, 26-29 Mar
- Videoformes Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 19-21 Mar
- Mecal, Barcelona, Spain, 12 Mar - 19 Apr
- Byron Bay Film Festival, Australia, 6 Mar
- Jaipur International Film Festival, Jaipur, India, 1-5 Feb

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2014
- The City - A Screen, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 23-27 Dec
- The City - A Screen, Kino Vlaikova, Sofia, Bulgaria, 5 Dec
- The City - A Screen, The Fridge / Xaspel, Sofia, Bulgaria, 5 Dec
- St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis, USA, 13-23 Nov
- Multivision Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1-30 Nov
- TOFUZI, Batumi, Georgia, 6-11 Oct
- Expotoons Int'l Animation Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 18-21 Sep
- Golden Diana International Film Festival, Klopeiner See, Austria, 18-23 Aug
- The Peoples Experimental Film Festival, Cambridge, UK, 9 Aug
- Videoholica, Varna, Bulgaria, 1 Aug
- Anima Mundi, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro (25 Jul - 3 Aug) + Sao Paulo (6-10 Aug)
- Animation Block Party, Brooklyn, NY, USA, 24-27 Jul
- San Gio Video Festival, Verona, Italy, 23-27 Jul
- Marin County Festival of Short Film & Video, San Rafael, CA, USA, 2-6 Jul
- Frederick Film Festival, Frederick, MD, USA, 27-29 Jun
- East End Film Festival, London, 23 Jun
- Audiovisual Abstractions. Max Hattler's Doctorate in Fine Art Exhibition, Moving Image Research Centre, University of East London, London, UK, 19-24 Jun
- FIVA III, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, Argentina, 12 Jun
- Fondamenta 3.0, Venice, Italy, 31 May
- Backup Festival, Weimar, Germany, 21-25 May
- KloosterKino, Radboud Rocks, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Holland, 15 May
- Sofia Underground Performance Art Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria, 29 Mar
- London Short Film Festival, London, UK, 10-19 Jan

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2013
- Tindirindis Int'l Animation Film Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania, 25 Nov - 1 Dec
- Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, NC, USA, 13-17 Nov
- FIVA Festival Internacional de Videoarte, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 11-13 Nov
- Animae Caribe, Trinidad, 28 Oct - 2 Nov
- Animatou Festival, Geneva, Switzerland, 11 Oct (masterclass)
- One Minute Film & Video Festival, Aarau, Switzerland, 22-25 Aug
- C the Film, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, UK, 27 Jul - 27 Aug
- Nozstock Festival, Bromyard, Herefordshire, Fri 26 Jul (Max Hattler Retrospective)
- FILE - Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 23 Jul - 1 Sep
- Sopot Film Festival, Sopot, Poland, 13-21 Jul
- Derapage, Centre de Design, UQAM, Montreal, Canada, 18 Apr
- London College of Communication, London, UK, 17 Apr (lecture)
- Chinese Open: Year of the Snake, Q Park, Chinatown, London, 10 Feb (curated by Vanya Balogh & Cedric Christie)

2012

- Cocaine – blows my brain..., Spor Klübü, Berlin, Germany, 30 Nov (preview)
- HEAD - Geneva University of Art and Design, Switzerland, 22 Nov (artist talk, preview)
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Festa del Novello, Perlage, Farra di Soligo, Veneto, Italy, 17 Nov (preview)


Making-of video by Michele Pianca

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
"Mundane analogue techniques model exotic extraterrestrial phenomena. What further evidence do you need?" Imagine Science Film Festival (2016)

"Unclear Proof: Raising a Glass for New Hattler Film. Experimental film maker Max Hattler has released his latest abstract work depicting an earth invasion of a different kind. Unclear Proof is a short film commissioned by the Lago Film Festival. The brief was to produce a film about the Perlage Winery in Farra di Soligo, Northern Italy. The artist worked his magic and filmed stop motion UFOs on a mirror board that formed patterns against a backdrop of clouds and blue sky. You may be wondering what this has to do with wine and its production, but look closely at the film and you will discover the UFOs are actually friend rather than foe. Using objects such as bottle tops, corks and other materials collected from the bottling plant at the winery, Hattler has juxtaposed Perlage’s everyday objects to produce an array of extra-terrestrial flying shapes which are paradoxically all manmade. The aim of the film was to link the themes of alcohol intoxication with UFO hallucinations. The flying shapes change to a series of inspired sounds and tones created by Russian musician Alexey Devyanin, also known as Pixelord which all add depth to the otherworldly genre of the film." Sarah Bell, Rooms Magazine (2013)

"The truth is out there! The latest experimental film from Max Hattler." AWNtv (2013)

"The animation director Max Hattler has ushered in 2013 with the release of an interesting new short film entitled Unclear Proof. In it, stop-motion UFOs fly about forming patterns, morphing and changing alongside musical and audio effects by Alexey Devyanin. The film was commissioned by the organisers of the Lago Film Festival, who asked him to make a short about the Perlage winery in Farra di Soligo, in northern Italy. And if you look closely, although this is about UFOs, you might be able to identify some of the objects that form them - they're all wine-related." Computer Arts [click to read interview] (2013)

"Max Hattler returns to the skies he first charted in Model Starship to reveal Unclear Proof of the existence of aliens." Directors Notes (2013)

"Visual trickery and shape-shifting UFOs seem like a fun bit of mischief. This experimental stop-motion film was commissioned by the Perlage Winery in Italy, and Hattler’s UFOs are actually materials gathered from the grounds of the winery itself." Jury Award - Animated/Experimental, Marin County Festival of Short Film & Video 2014

"For all the UFO lovers out there!" The Curious Brain (2013)

CREDITS
Directed and animated by Max Hattler.
Sound by Alexey Devyanin aka Pixelord.
Assistant and Documentation: Michele Pianca.
An art film commissioned by Lago Film Fest, supported by Perlage.
Thanks to Viviana Carlet, Sandra Sykorova, Erika Gallon and Carlo Migotto.
Year: 2013
Available formats: 1080p HD digital file, DVD
Length: 0'45"




MODEL STARSHIP: UNCLEAR PROOF
Model Starship: Unclear Proof (2014), is a special 7-minute installation loop version which combines Model Starship (2012) and Unclear Proof (2013).

"Model Starship: Unclear Proof ... displays a matrix of different ready-mades and uses them to mimic starships that are traversing the galaxy, transforming the purposes and meanings of the ready-mades." MOCA Taipei, 2016

"者則是陣列了各類現成物的外觀形體,並模擬成飛往星際的航艦,試圖扭轉其原有用途及意涵" Arttime, 2016

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