From: J. Mabe (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Sep 09 2006 - 17:55:08 PDT
Now I'm definitely keeping it on the schedule... This
film has long been on my mind as something I badly
wanted to see. I guess I was worried my selfish
programming choices would alienate a potential
audience but I really shouldn't worry about that -
It'll find the right audience, I'm sure.
--- Marilyn Brakhage <email suppressed> wrote:
> I'm not sure of the exact ratio of image to leader
> (and Stan was
> sometimes less than accurate with numbers).
> However, it is a film
> consisting of brief flashes of imagery with a lot of
> black in between
> -- and with a great sound track (music by Philip
> Corner, "Through the
> Mysterious Barricade, Lumen 1 (After F. Couperin)".)
> The end result is
> truly remarkable. It is one of Stan's greatest
> works. . . . I watched
> him working on it, editing for hours in his cramped
> little office space
> with a set of rewinds and an old squawk box. When
> it was finished and
> he brought it home and showed it to me, I was
> completely amazed. All I
> could say was, "Now I know your angels are real."
> On Saturday, September 9, 2006, at 04:24 PM, J. Mabe
> > Hello list.
> > I’m starting a monthly screening series in
> > SC - just a short self financed program of films
> > (maybe with some supplements from the USC’s
> > and from local makers). I’m keeping the
> > free and I’m jumping around from venue to venue –
> > wherever will have me at the moment. Here’s the
> > – the first film I’m showing September 24 is
> > Brakhage’s “Passage Through: A Ritual.” Now I had
> > couple of hours to blow this afternoon so I
> stopped by
> > the university library and sat down with some old
> > issues of Film Culture. In some interview from
> > Mr. Brakhage’s 60th birthday, he speaks about this
> > film and says that when he was creating it he
> > back through the footage he had shot and found
> > 50 feet of useable film (his estimation). The
> > interviewer implied that a large part of the film
> > black leader. Now I’ve never seen this film, and
> > wanted to start my film series off with a
> > film – but no so challenging that it’s 1.5 mins of
> > images and 48.8 mins of black leader. So, was
> > just hyperbole from Mr. Brakhage and interviewer?
> > this too esoteric a choice for the first film (I
> > I have enough time to change the selection with
> > FMC if so)? I fully expect to “fail” many many
> > with this series, but I don’t want to alienate a
> > part of the audience right off the bat. Thoughts?
> > Thanks!
> > Josh Mabe
> > Names I came up with for the series:
> > Shadow Qualia (No - too pretentious)
> > Robert Beck Memorial Cinema Memorial Cinema (No –
> > kinda dumb, made me giggle tho)
> > Regular Paycheck Cinema (No – too on the nose)
> > Still thinking...
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