Experimental Response Cinema

Directed by: Jarrett Hayman, Ekrem Serdar, Scott Stark, & Rachel Stuckey

Experimental Response Cinema is an Austin-based collective of artists, devoted to bringing moving-image art to screens throughout our city.

Our screenings feature historical and contemporary artist-focused works that span a number of histories, genres, and scenes. These include experimental film and video, artists film, underground film, video art, installation art, the poetic film, the essay film, avant-garde cinema, and many others. Since 2012, we have hosted over 80 events, featuring dozens of visiting artists, curators, and scholars. You can see a list of artists we have hosted and screened on our Featured Artists page.

We strive to show all media – Super 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, digital and analog video, multi-projector performances – in its original presentation format, under the best possible screening conditions. Our goal is to establish a historical and living foothold for non-commercial, artists-driven cinema in our city.

Our events are held in a variety of locations around Austin, including the Austin Film Society, the Alamo Drafthouse, the Visual Arts Center at UT Austin, The Contemporary Austin, MASS Gallery, the Church of the Friendly Ghost, Farewell Books, grayDUCK Gallery, and many others.

We are a completely volunteer operation: all raised funds are dedicated to our artist honorariums, film / video rentals, and other details as they relate to our events. Current programmers are Jarrett Hayman, Ekrem Serdar, Scott Stark, and Rachel Stuckey. Visit ercatx.org for our current schedule.

Experimental Response Cinema is a fiscally sponsored organization of the Austin Film Society. You can make a donation to this organization using the form below. You will receive a letter acknowledging your gift to the Austin Film Society on behalf on the project. Since AFS is a non-profit organization, your donation may be deducted from your taxes as a charitable contribution under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.

About the Project Leaders


A film & video maker living in Austin, Texas. He has shown work at the Kinetic Gallery at SUNY Geneseo in upstate New York, and participated in screenings in the New Media Art and Sound Summit (NMASS) and Tiny Park Gallery, both in Austin. After dropping out of the English program at Southeastern Louisiana University, he worked an assortment of odd jobs, such as canning fish in Alaska, before settling for six years in Portland, Oregon. He obtained his BA in Film from Portland State University in 2011.


A filmmaker & programmer from Ankara, Turkey. He completed his MFA at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He frequently shows his work with the Küçük Sinemalar group, and is a founder and programmer of Experimental Response Cinema in Austin, TX.


A filmmaker who has produced more than 75 films and videos since 1980. Both a passionate purist and a cynical skeptic, he likes to emphasize the physicality of film while cross-referencing it to the world outside the theater, attempting to lay bare the paradoxes of modern culture and the magical nature of the perceptual experience.

In 2007 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. He has taught art classes at the San Francisco Art Institute (where he also received his MFA), interweaving non-traditional uses of film and video with a variety of art disciplines. Stark served for seven years on the board of the San Francisco Cinematheque, during which time, among many other things, he co-founded the Cinematheque’s journal of film and media art, Cinematograph.

Scott’s films and videos have shown locally, nationally and internationally, including recent one person shows at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Pacific Film Archive. His films have won several awards including four Black Maria awards, and San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award.


A moving-image artist who works primarily with video and film to make exploratory, non-narrative works on topics involving the body, the occult, and nature. She received a BFA in Filmmaking from the University of Colorado and is currently pursuing her MFA in Studio Art with a focus in time-based media arts at the University of Texas. Rachel also programs for Experimental Response Cinema and The Mad Stork Cinema in Austin, Texas.

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