From: UnionDocs Program (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Nov 18 2010 - 12:52:54 PST
Upcoming screenings at UnionDocs!
December 4th: Nagai Park Elegy by Leo Sato, and on December 5th: The Fragile
Emulsion: a program of short films curated by Jon Gartenberg. Synopses
below - for full information and to purchase advance tickets, visit our
UnionDocs is located at:
322 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
The Right to Live in the City: Struggles in Osaka and Film by NDS
- Saturday, December 4th at 7:30pm $9 suggested donation
- Ayumi Goto (NDS member) and writer Sabu Kohso present for
- Nagai Park Elegy by Leo Sato
- Japan, 2009, 63 minutes
In 2007 the Municipal Government of Osaka was about to coercively remove
the residents of Nagai Park, with the pretext of beautification of the city
for the World Championship of Athletics. The residents and supporters began
organizing various actions to protect their living space, including a
theater performance at the site.
NDS (Nakazato-cho Documentary Space) is a group of documentarians, based
in Kamagasaki Osaka, the town with the biggest population of day-workers in
Japan. NDS has been documenting urban struggles, at the same time
participating in struggle as activists. This evening’s film is a document of
the struggles of the people against the eviction and the loss of living
space. The scenes you will see are of events in Osaka, but are also common
in the cities across the world, being in constant and intensifying
confrontation with the Empire.
The Fragile Emulsion curated by Jon Gartenberg
- Sunday, December 5th at 7:30pm $9 suggested donation.
- Jon Gartenberg in attendance for discussion.
One of the most vital and richly textured art forms threatened with
extinction centers around the practice of avant-garde filmmaking,
particularly in 16mm format. These filmmakers treat the celluloid film
emulsion as a living organism: it is an organic substance, a shimmering
silver onto which they directly imprint the delicacy of their emotions. They
work in relative isolation, creating their films with the hand of an artist,
rather than as products for consumption by a mass audience. The style of
their films most frequently challenges the conventions of linear narrative.
These filmmakers recognize not only the ephemeral nature of the celluloid
film stock, but also the perilous state of human existence in the modern
world. They begin with their direct experiences of everyday reality and
often move toward a process of abstraction in their films. They filter found
objects from the world around them, and through a wide array of filmmaking
techniques, including use of outdated film stock, over- and underexposure,
scratching directly on the film emulsion, re-photography, and optical
printing – articulate distinct, individually defined processes of creation.
They evoke spiritual visions of the world in which their own livelihood is
inextricably linked to the vibrancy of the film emulsion – both literally
and figuratively – as a matter of life and death. Program includes work by
Barbara Hammer, Bill Morrison, Lewis Klahr, Warren Sonbert, and Jeff Scher.
Curated by Jon Gartenberg (archivist, programmer and distributor). Program
runtime is 73 minutes.
-- *Amy Grumbling* Associate Programmer UNIONDOCS.ORG 322 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211 413.374.1766
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