Re: Written texts in experimental film

From: Kim Knowles (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Jan 19 2010 - 04:56:27 PST

Unfortunately I'm not anywhere near LA but I saw Poetic Justice recently at the London Film Festival. This is definitely a piece I'd like to work with. The problem is indeed trying to find films where the text isn't just secondary but where language is an integral part of the meaning. I'm thinking here of Peter Rose's early works and Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries. I think Gatten works in this context too so I really appreciate all the comments that have been coming in about this. What I'm interested in is the challenge posed by written texts in moving image works - is it seen or read, or both? And how is the act of reading modified/problematised/revolutionised in a visual medium. What kind of mental images do they give rise to? I think Poetic Justice is a perfect film for trying to answer some of those questions.

Just some additional thoughts ...

Thanks for all your help!


Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2010 11:29:18 -0800
From: email suppressed
Subject: Re: Written texts in experimental film
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If you live near Los Angeles the LA Film Forum is showing a Hollis Frampton retrospective all this month. Poetic Justice (quintessential to your study) will be playing on the 30th with Nostalgia. HIGHLY recommend you see that piece.

"The Great Art of Knowing" would be my suggestion for David Gatten's work. I love Mark's suggestion of Russell's "Trypps #5" although the case could be made that the text plays a secondary role in the film.

Also, I urge you to look into Michael Robinson's work in terms of contemporary makers working with text and image. Specifically "The General Returns From One Place to Another."


Los Angeles, CA
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