[Frameworks] New DVD - Films by Gordon Ball

From: Tom Whiteside (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Dec 14 2010 - 10:25:52 PST

Posting for a friend - A new DVD is available, "Films by Gordon Ball." Includes seven films made from 1966 to 1991, most of which have been distributed by Filmmakers Cooperative and/or Canyon Cinema. This marks the first time they have been available on video.

Ball is a filmmaker, literary scholar and photographer who teaches English, American Literature, and Film at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. He began making experimental films as a college student in the 1960's. He worked with Jonas Mekas at Filmmakers Cooperative in New York (as recounted in his book "'66 Frames") and edited three books with Allen Ginsberg. The films on this DVD include elegies for his mother ("Enthusiasm") and his father ("Father Movie"), a film shot inside a jail ("Mexican Jail Footage"), and an observational travel film ("Do Poznania: Conversations in Poland.") In his own words, Ball's films "eschew technical polish in favor of 'technical sincerity.'" His work has been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, San Francisco Cinematheque, Kyoto Cinematheque, and British Film Institute.

The DVD includes an interview with the filmmaker; topics include his early life in Japan, his re-entry into American culture as a teenager in the early 1960's, and a photograph he made during Allen Ginsberg's visit to Virginia Military Institute in 1991. (For more on his photographs, see <gordonballgallery.com>)

Price for home use is $30, Institutional $60. In each case shipping is $5. To order send check to Gordon Ball, 339 Sugar Creek Road, Lexington VA, 24450. E-mail inquiries may be sent to email suppressed>

- Tom Whiteside Durham, NC

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