Hermitage Presents: Film Program No. 6 Friday July 17th, 9pm at The Arm in Brooklyn

From: Caroline Koebel (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Jul 14 2009 - 08:37:43 PDT

Dear Frameworkers: Here's an announcement from Jon Beacham, who has moved his
Hermitage experimental film series from Beacon to Brooklyn (see below). Best, C

From: hermitage beacon
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2009 11:25:25 -0400
Subject: Film Screening Friday July 17th 9pm

Hermitage Presents:
Film Program No. 6
Friday July 17th, 9pm
at The Arm in Brooklyn
I am happy to announce a wonderful program of four films that will be screened
this Friday at Dan Morris' letterpress castle The Arm at 281 N7th St. (bet.
Havemeyer and Meeker).

Details are as follows:
-Rudolph Burckhardt -Eastside Summer 1959 16mm color 12min
A walk on the Lower Eastside, colorful and teeming to the piano of Thelonious Monk.
-Larry Jordan -Cornell, 1965 (1978) 16mm color sound 7min
In 1965 I worked as Joseph Cornell's assistant on boxes and films. I filmed his
work extensively, and as much as I could of him. (It is the only film footage
that exists of Cornell.) Until 1978 I couldn't edit the film. When I finally
learned it would be a kind of personal journalistic tribute to the man who taught
me so much, it fell together. What you see are the close-up interiors of many
Cornell boxes, some collages, and a few shots of Joseph. You hear the things he
said to me (as I recall them) and the thoughts I think about it all. If you are a
Cornell fan, there isn't any other film on him.
-Charles Henri Ford -Poem Posters 1967 16mm color sound 24min
... with real-life portraits of Jayne Mansfield, Frak O'Hara, Ruth Ford, Ned
Rorem, Virgil Thomson, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, William Burroughs, Andy
Warhol, Rudy Gernreich, Jonas Mekas and others. --C. H. F. Poem Posters (1967),
by Charles Henri Ford. Probably filmed in 1966, with motif of an exhibition of
Ford’s large-scale text-image collages, it is an invaluable historical document
that shows Factory stars Edie Sedgwick and Gerard Malanga cavorting with Beat
legend William Burroughs, musician Ned Rorem, film critic Parker Tyler, literary
enfant terribles Frank O’Hara and Ted Berrigan, pop artists Jim Rosenquist and
Andy Warhol, and many fabulous unknowns. Jane Mansfield makes a show-stopping
appearance--this is probably one of her last images. The soundtrack mixes free
jazz (by John Handy), ambient sound, the voices of gallery visitors, Charles Ford
reading his own poetry, and a wry commentary by Al Hansen. It is a collaborative
enterprise, with camerawork by such luminaries as Marie Menken, Willard Maas,
Charles Boultenhouse, Gregory Markopoulos, Robert Whitman, Andy Warhol, Rudy
Wirtschafter, and Stan Vanderbeek. One can track the influence of almost all of
them in the final mix, a luscious color print rich in superimpositions, fish-eye
views, and pixelations. --Juan Suarez Documentary of Ford's photo-lithograph
exhibition at Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery, New York.
-Wallace Berman -Aleph 1956-1966 8mm transferred to 16mm B&W silent 10min
"This film took a decade to make and is the only true envisionment of the sixties
I know." -- Stan Brakhage "Aleph is an artist’s meditation on life, death,
mysticism, politics, and pop culture. In an eight-minute loop of film, Wallace
Berman uses Hebrew letters to frame a hypnotic, rapid-fire montage that captures
the go-go energy of the 1960s. Aleph includes stills of collages created using a
Verifax machine, Eastman Kodak’s precursor to the photocopier. These collages
depict a hand-held radio that seems to broadcast or receive popular and esoteric
icons. Signs, symbols, and diverse mass-media images (e.g., Flash Gordon, John F.
Kennedy, Mick Jagger) flow like a deck of tarot cards, infinitely shuffled in
order that the viewer may construct his or her own set of personal
interpretations. The transistor radio, the most ubiquitous portable form of mass
communication in the 1960s, exemplifies the democratic potential of electronic
culture and serves as a metaphor for Jewish mysticism. The Hebrew term kabbalah
translates as “reception” for knowledge, enlightenment, and divinity. " -The
Jewish Museum
Admission is $5.
(Location is not in Beacon)
the program running time is one hour, and will begin at 9pm at:
The Arm
281 N7th St
Brooklyn NY 11211

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