Re: Last minute screening of ARTAVAZD PELESHIAN'S works on 35mm, Sunday March 7th at 2PM (Cambridge, MA USA)

From: Patrick Friel (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Mar 04 2010 - 12:13:53 PST

Hello All,

Let me say emphatically that those of you who are able should not miss this.


It's worth the train from NYC. It's worth the Greyhound and an overnight
hotel stay. It's worth missing the Academy Awards broadcast for (well,
anything's worth that). It's worth the uncomfortableness of asking your
brother-in-law to borrow his car. It's worth calling in sick if you work
that day.

Those of us who live too far away are jealous. Go in our stead and be awed.

Patrick Friel
Chicago (too far away)

On 3/4/10 12:14 PM, "Jeff Silva" <email suppressed> wrote:

> Dear New England Frameworker's
> We are extremely excited and honored to write you that this Sunday
> March 7th at 2PM Balagan will present beautiful 35mm prints of the
> films of the amazing but little known Armenian filmmaker Artavazd
> Peleshian.
> on 35mm that Balagan has managed for a one-time-only viewing at the
> Carpenter Center for Visual Art at Harvard University. Given the
> extreme difficulty and cost in acquiring these film prints it is
> uncertain when you will have an opportunity to see these spectacular
> celluloid works projected on film in the Boston area anytime soon so
> please come. Peleshian's works are little known in the US, yet his
> images are deeply affecting and his incredible form of editing that he
> calls "Distance Montage" is fascinating (read quote below). If you
> have any doubts, we urge you to read Scott MacDonald's excellent
> article about Peleshian's work in February's Artforum that hopefully
> will eventually draw more interest in his works and make them more
> accessible to a larger audience.
> Please don't miss it and please spread the word!
> Warmest wishes,
> Jeff and Alla
> -----------------------
> WHEN: March 7, 2010, Sunday, 2:00pm
> WHERE:Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA)
> Suggested donation: $5
> More information:
> Discovered to the world by the French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard who
> became his first and most ardent supporter, Armenian Filmmaker
> Artavazd Peleshian is considered as one of the most important
> filmmakers of our time, he received the Scam Prize for Television for
> his whole work in 2000. Artavazd Peleshian is also an inventor of
> ³distance montage².
> Artavazd Peleshian:
> "Distance Montage and the effects that it creates evolve like a
> sphere. It's not linear, it's spherical. It's in continuous motion. If
> I find the system, if I construct it correctly, it will go, it
> evolves, and two processes will occur: you will go from the beginning
> of the film to the end and there will be a mirror effect; you will
> also go the other way. Central elements may never meet each other...
> Eisenstein's montage was linear, like a chain. Distance montage
> creates a magnetic field around the film. It's like when a light is
> turned on and light is generated around the lamp. In distance montage
> when the two ends are excited, the whole thing glowsŠ"
> Among films featured are: Beginning 10min, 1967; We 30min, 1969;
> Inhabitatns 10min, 1970; Seasons 29min, 1975; Our Century 50min, 1982
> This screening was made possible by support from the Film Study Center
> at Harvard University and the efforts of many at National Gallery of
> Art, Washington (Margaret Parsons), Art-Film, Yerevan, Armenia (Melik
> Karapetian), and everyone at the Harvard Film Archive. We are grateful
> to all for their support.
> __________________________________________________________________
> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.

For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.