From: Thomas Beard (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Mar 20 2007 - 16:51:31 PDT
Just wanted to let folks know about a program I put together as part of this
year's New York Underground Film Festival.
Please come if you can!
LEARNING TO LIVE ON YOUR OWN
Saturday, March 31 at 6 PM
New York Underground Film Festival
Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Avenue (at 2nd Street), NYC
We are, I am, you are
by cowardice or courage
the one who find our way
back to this scene
carrying a knife, a camera
a book of myths
our names do not appear.
-Adrienne Rich, from ³Diving Into the Wreck²
Losing Ground, Patty Chang, 2001, video, 6 min
The grass is green but your legs have failed you, and home is still so far
across the field. Another bold, rigorously embodied performance tape from
the inimitable Patty Chang.
Underscan, Nancy Holt, 1974, video, 21 min
³Holt's terrain is her Aunt Ethel's home in New Bedford, Massachusetts,
presented in still images and excerpts from letters to the artist from her
aunt. Holt pays particular attention to her aunt's poignant story of aging,
altering the images by underscanning¹ them--a technical process that
compresses the edges of the video image--building an intrinsic limitation
into the tape: the compression of time and personal history represented by
the images and narrative. This process echoes Holt's reading, slightly
distorting and compressing the information in the letters as she presents
them.² - Video Data Bank
And We All Shine On, Michael Robinson, 2006, 16mm, 7 min
³An ill wind is transmitting through the lonely night, its signals spreading
myth and deception along its murky path. Conjuring a vision of a
post-apocalyptic paradise, this unworldly broadcast reveals its hidden
demons via layered landscapes and karaoke, singing the dangers of mediated
spirituality.² - MR
Regarding the Pain of Susan Sontag (Notes on Camp), Steve Reinke, 2006,
video, 4 min
An old path to school retread. A cartoon sketched while sitting beneath a
tree that lies somewhere between childhood and the grave, your grave. ³Be
serious, be passionate, wake up!² Oh, Sontag, we loved you for your moral
urgency, and maybe we¹ll even take your advice. Or not.
3/60: Baume im Herbst, Kurt Kren, 1960, 16mm, 5 min
"The first embodiment of [a] concept of structural activity in cinema comes
in Kren's Baume im Herbst where the camera as subjective observer is
constrained within a systematic or structural procedure, incidentally the
precursors of the most structuralist aspect of Michael Snow's later work. In
this film, perception of material relationships in the world is seen to be
no more than a product of the structural activity in the work. Art forms
experience." - Malcolm Le Grice, Abstract Film and Beyond
Blue Light, Sandra Gibson, 2006, 35mm, 9 min
³This is blue, Trog. Blue!² said Joan Crawford, with perfect diction and a
damaged soul. In the end, her efforts at teaching that titular troglodyte of
her final screen role proved futile, but like so many moments in a Crawford
film, there¹s something profound beneath the camp. Understanding color,
experiencing its emotional charge, is part of what keeps up human, and this
work of deft light play and painted film by Sandra Gibson serves as a
necessary, monochromatic reminder.
Expect all this and a few very special surprises...
News travels fast down the wire / breaks up before it hits home / Throw a
rock n' roll song on the fire / learning to live on your own The Mekons
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.