CANCELED: Good Symptom – Cadence 2024: Between Serenity & Sirens [Live via Zoom]

Watch via Zoom: Apr. 27 at 12pm PT

** With heavy hearts for the ongoing attacks on Ukraine and out of concern for the artists involved in this showcase, we have canceled the program at this time. We hope you take time to view the films and accompanying essay available as part of Good Symptom. Use the code CADENCE2024 for 50% off your subscription to this year-long series released by The 3rd Thing. The rest of the fest will continue as scheduled. **

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Visiting Artist

** The filmmakers will be present to engage in dialogue with Good Symptom guest essayist Anastasia Babenko following the screening. **

About the program:

(~29 min TRT)

A free and rare opportunity to connect with Ukrainian artists live-via-Zoom, reflecting on and living with the war.

Marking the onset of Ukraine’s third year under attack by Russian invaders, The 3rd Thing Press in collaboration with Cadence Video Poetry Festival offers this special Good Symptom event, “Between Serenity and Sirens”, an online screening of two short films followed by a live-via-Zoom conversation with Ukrainian filmmakers, Marusya Shuvalova, Yarema Malashchuk, Roman Khimei, and guest essayist Anastasia Babenko, who is also Ukrainian.

⁠Good Symptom, a serial anthology of time-based disturbances, is produced and distributed by The 3rd Thing Press, and is co-curated by M Freeman and Cadence Video Poetry Festival directors Rana San and Chelsea Werner-Jatzke.

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Header photo credit: Explosions Near the Museum, dir. Yarema Malashchuk and Roman Khimei


FAQ: How do I watch in-person?
  • This program will take place live via Zoom only; a link will be included in your order confirmation and also emailed to all registrants at least one week prior.
FAQ: How do I watch online?
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  • This program will take place live via Zoom only; a link will be included in your order confirmation and also emailed to all registrants at least one week prior.

Films in this program:

Explosions Near the Museum

13 minutes 38 seconds | 2023 | Ukraine

By Yarema Malashchuk and Roman Khimei who deliver a haunting and haunted elegy to the cultural spaces stripped bare by the invading force. 

Looted by Russian occupational forces between 24-26 October, the Kherson Museum of Local Lore used to house one of Southern Ukraine’s largest and oldest collections of antiquities. The museum featured more than 173,000 objects, spanning seven thousand years, from Scythian gold to World War II weaponry. Two weeks before Kherson was liberated by the Ukrainians, Russian occupational forces enacted a strategic theft, stripping centuries of Ukrainian history from the museum. The sound of shellings and missile strikes was recorded during filming inside the museum on December 12, less than two kilometers away from Russian-occupied territory.

What is wrong with us?

16 minutes | 2022 | Ukraine 

By very young filmmaker Marusya Shuvalova who weaves together Ukrainian voices, embodying them in dance.⁠

Late in the year, 2022, Ukranian film director, Marusya Shuvalova, at the age of 12 asked, “What do we all think about during this war? Is it possible to show a stream of consciousness? Can you make a movie about this?” She asked her mom to help her with the idea of making a film. Her mom wrote a post – a request on Facebook, asking friends to write out their thoughts for the last 5 minutes. Shuvalova reports, “The result came out stunning. Fifteen people from ages 8 to 62 years old responded immediately and shared what they think. All that remained for me was to put these thoughts into a script and film them at Kyiv and Brovary locations.” Which Shuvalova did. And it bears repeating, she did it at the age of 12. But wait, there’s more. Not only does Shuvalova render a singular social artifact of the war in Ukraine, she delivers it in a personal performance, noting, “the dance of Ukrainian thought is my complete improvisation.” A world premiere in Good Symptom.

About the artists:

Yarema Malashchuk and Roman Khimei

Yarema Malashchuk and Roman Khimei


Collaborating at the edge of visual art and cinema since 2013, Kyiv-based artists and filmmakers, Roman Khimei and Yarema Malashchuk graduated as cinematographers from the Institute of Screen Arts in Kyiv, Ukraine. Focusing on the role of the extra, their works engage with imperialist mythologies. They were awarded the main award of the PinchukArtCentre Prize (2020), VISIO Young Talent Acquisition Prize (2021), as well as the Grand Prix at the Young Ukrainian Artists Award (MUHi 2019). Their debut documentary “New Jerusalem” premiered at Docudays UA IFF 2020 and received the Special Mention Award at Kharkiv MeetDocs. The duo also participated in the Future Generation Art Prize 2021, a group exhibitions at Haus der Kunst, Baltic Triennial 14, M HKA, post-MoMA, HMKW Dortmund, Museum Morsbroich. Their video works are in collections of Frac Bretagne, Fondazione In Between Art Film and Seven Gravity Collection.

Marusya Shuvalova

Marusya Shuvalova


I am an ordinary girl from Ukraine, Marusya Shuvalova. I’m 12 years old, I’m a swimmer, a homeschooler and I’m in 7th grade. Three years ago I became an actress, so the film industry has also firmly entered my life. Sooner or later, many actors make their films as directors. This happens when they have something to say to people. In my country there is a war with Russian invaders, so I have something to say to children like me.

Anastasia Babenko

Anastasia Babenko

guest curatorial essayist

Anastasia Babenko is a Ukrainian writer/director based in Seattle, WA. In addition to contributing as a guest curatorial essayist of The 3rs Thing’s Good Symptom serial anthology, her writing has been published in The Seattle Times, Crosscut, Marie Claire Ukraine, Wonderzine and elsewhere. Her debut short film The Diaper Cake received a Vimeo Staff Pick and played over twenty Oscar-qualifying film festivals around the globe, including Clermont-Ferrand IFF, Palm Springs ShortFest, Short Shorts & Asia, etc. Her latest film project was invited to participate in Talents Sarajevo Script Lab 2023.

About the presenters:

The 3rd Thing

The 3rd Thing

The 3rd Thing is an independent press dedicated to publishing necessary alternatives. We publish innovative work representing in form, content and perspective our interdisciplinary, intersectional priorities. Our projects are primarily by artists and writers who identify as members of traditionally marginalized groups, primarily Indigenous people, womxn, queer people and people of color. We think of each project as a break in the stockade—a way out of the settlement and into the wilderness. Come through.

Often our books are the result of an artist working in a non-dominant discipline—a playwright writes a book of poems, a theater-maker writes a book of essays, a filmmaker writes a book of theory…. And while our emphasis is on print traditions, our projects may take any number of forms: books, broadsides, performances, installations, colloquia, video anthologies, etc.

Good Symptom

Good Symptom

Good Symptom is The 3rd Thing’s first time-based publication showcasing literary media arts experiments that push the language of poetry, essay, correspondence, autobiography, manifestos, thought pieces and hybrid literary works off the page and onto the screen. A serial anthology troubling the boundaries between cinematic and literary forms, Good Symptom delivers a year of innovative film released in 12 monthly installments. Every month, subscribers to this series enter a world that disregards genre and disturbs disciplinary lines between literary and media arts with 1-3 short films and accompanying critical essays by project curators and guest writers.

Subscribe to Good Symptom to see these extraordinary works and all past and future volumes of this experiment in time-based publishing.

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⚠️ Please note: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. We are not currently checking vaccination cards.

Cadence Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum and programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and intermedia artist Rana San, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, during National Poetry Month.

Cadence approaches video poetry as a literary genre presented as visual media that makes new meaning from the combination of text and moving image. Featuring screenings, an artist residency, generative workshops for youth and adults, and juried awards, the festival fosters critical and creative growth around the medium of video poetry.

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