Jonas Mekas introduces rare screening of Peter Emmanuel Goldman's Echoes of Silence at Light Industry (September 16)

From: Thomas Beard (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Sep 12 2008 - 23:12:26 PDT

Light Industry

Echoes of Silence
Peter Emmanuel Goldman, 16mm, 1965, 75 mins
Introduced by Jonas Mekas
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 8pm
55 33rd Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, New York

"Peter Goldman is the most exciting new filmmaker in recent years. Echoes of
Silence, his first film, is a stunning piece of work." - Susan Sontag

"Desperate sexuality, desperate emotions; every gesture and inflection an
act of grave import; a film of young adults, infused with a new
existentialist humanism, devoid of certainty or illusion. The sharp contrast
and graininess of the still indicate the film's distance from slick
commercial cinema. A major new talent." - Amos Vogel, Film as a Subversive

"His people come to life simply and believably - more believably than most
of the people in the Chabrol and Truffaut cinema...the film has a thematic
and formal beauty that is remarkable." - Jonas Mekas, Movie Journal

"All the American film-makers we admire came into the cinema young. Now
they're old but no one's taking their place. When Hawks started out he was
the same age as Goldman and Goldman is alone...There will be other great
American film-makers (there's already Goldman, Clarke and Cassavetes)." -
Jean-Luc Godard, Cahiers du Cinema

Peter Emmanuel Goldman's rarely screened debut, an underappreciated landmark
of the New American Cinema, chronicles the lives of twenty-somethings adrift
in New York City, finding tremendous pathos in the smallest moments: a
furtive glance across a museum gallery, girls putting on makeup, a stroll
beneath the pulsing lights of Times Square marquees. Composed with a lo-fi
purity and bereft of diegetic sound, its shadowy images of youthful flaneurs
are paired with evocatively hand-painted title cards and a dynamic
soundtrack drawn from the artist's LPs that, when combined, conjure up a
ballad of sexual dependency like none other.

Tickets - $6, available at door.

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 has
begun as a series of weekly events at Industry City in Sunset Park, 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 an ongoing dialogue amongst a
wide range of artists and audiences within the city.

About Industry City

Industry City, an industrial complex in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is home to a
cross-section of manufacturing, warehousing and light industry. As part of a
regeneration program intended to diversify the use of its 6 million square
feet of space to better reflect 21st century production, Industry City now
includes workspace for artists. In addition to offering studios at
competitive rates, Industry City also provides a limited number of
rent-stabilized studios for artists in need of low-cost rental space. This
program was conceived in response to the lack of affordable workspace for
artists in New York City and aims to establish a new paradigm for industrial
redevelopment--one that does not displace artists, workers, local residents
or industry but instead builds a sustainable community in a context that
integrates cultural and industrial production.

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