From: Thomas Beard (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Apr 22 2008 - 04:44:20 PDT
The Way We Were (or: What Happened to Us?)
Curated by Jacob Perlin
April 22, 2008 at 8pm
55 33rd Street, 3rd Floor
Bush being handed a cute dog from a child and promptly dropping it on its
back, or banging his head as he enters a helicopter. Oh, our bumbling
President...was it ever funny? We laughed, but certainly nothing about
anything relating to Bush II seems amusing anymore.
And a decades old cartoon, Trouble in Baghdad, in which a friendly genie is
imprisoned? Well. Images of war fill David White's Blue Christmas, set to
songs by Nat King Cole ("It wouldn't be make believe if you believed in me")
and images from a sun-filled Yuletide in Sacramento. Was that what my town
looked like? ("I went back to Ohio...")
And love? My Love by Michel Auder, with text by Niki de Saint Phalle.
Remembering an affair. Remembering how we used to get along together. As a
couple. Or as many people: ethnicities, nationalities. Litany of Happy
People, Karpo Godina's portrait of a bloc.
And a film itself, as an object identified with a moment. This May will be
the 5th anniversary of a 35th anniversary. Jacques Monory's Ex, projected at
Ocularis 60 months ago for the occasion, who was there then and who will see
it again? We remember not the reason for the screening, but where we were at
when we screened it.
Bush strides across the White House lawn, looks back, and spits on the
grass. You wrote your own epitaph.
Blue Christmas, David White, 16mm, 197?, 15 mins
My Love, Michel Auder, video, 1978, 6 mins
Trouble in Baghdad, 16mm, 1963, 7 mins
Ex, Jacques Monory, 16mm, 1968, 4 mins
Litany of Happy People, Karpo Godina, video, 1972, 15 mins
+ assorted television clips.
Ticket Price - $6
About Jacob Perlin
Jacob Perlin is Assistant Film Curator at BAMCinematek, and has organized
programs for Ocularis, Robert Beck Memorial Cinema, Alliance Francais,
Cinema Tropical, and has lectured at Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid) and Human
Rights Film Festival (Zagreb).
About Light Industry
Light Industry is a new venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New
York. Developed and overseen by Thomas Beard and Ed Halter, the project will
begin as a series of weekly events in Sunset Park this spring and summer,
each organized by a different artist, critic, or curator. Conceptually,
Light Industry draws equal inspiration from the long history of alternative
art spaces in New York as well its storied tradition of cinematheques and
other intrepid film exhibitors. Through a regular program of screenings,
performances, and lectures, its goal is to explore new models for the
presentation of time-based media and foster a complex dialogue amongst a
wide range of artists and audiences within the city.
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.