Experimental and Nonfiction Cinema at the 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival

May 8, 2014

Retrospective Film

November fourteen: The Film-Makers’ Coop provides: One particular Eye, Two “I’s” with P. Adams Sitney
Retrospective film
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This occasion marks the return of our screening series with The Film-Makers’ Cooperative, as we celebrate 50 several years of Cinematic Collaborations from the their Archive.
Screened in wonderful 16mm, tonight’s plan celebrates 5 a long time of movie collaborations from the assortment of the New York dependent Movie-Makers’ Cooperative. Scholar and historian P. Adams Sitney will introduce our initial short functions — a few New York City cine-poems shot by Rudy Burckhardt who worked often with artist Joseph Cornell for the duration of the 1950s. Our sixties selection is Joyce Wieland’s and Michael Snow’s formalist eyesight of dripping water in a bowl – pure, liquid, kinetic sculpture in beautiful black and white. Next we will witness a grid-like flicker movie hurled onto the screen by Beverly and Tony Conrad in 1970. By 1984 the avant-garde was into body art and filmmaker Tom Chomont photographed his brother Ken shaving — from the top of his head all the way down. Bradley Eros’ and Jeanne Liotta’s 1992 motion picture pushes our consciousness of the human body even more, into a aspiration-like reverie on cinema. And Stan Brakhage produced a single of his only movie collaborations with Mary Beth Reed in 2001, revealing to the world his sensitive method of painting on movie. We will complete this night with the premiere of a Wild West conceptual art video by the Zaqistan Arts Council (Sofia Gallisá, Zaq Landsberg, Scott Riehs, and Jeff Sisson).

Aviary, The/Nymphlight, A Fable For Fountains by Rudolph Burckhardt and Joseph Cornell
United states of america, 1957 – 1970, 19 minutes, 16mm
According to P. Adams Sitney, “Rudy Burckhardt photographed ‘The Aviary’ (1955), an impression of New York’s Union Square, underneath Joseph Cornell’s direction. This area held a distinct fascination for Cornell who wished to create a foundation for artists and artwork treatment there. In the movie he treats the park as an outside aviary.” In ‘Nymphlight’ (1957) Burkhardt and Cornell filmed a twelve-yr-outdated ballet scholar in Bryant Park guiding the New York Public Library. In ‘A Fable for Fountains’ (1957-70) Cornell achieved a youthful actress when she performed a boy in an off-off-Broadway production. He remarked at her resemblance to a figure in one particular of his bins and afterwards persuaded her to show up in this movie, this time shot by Burckhardt in Tiny Italy.

Dripping H2o by Joyce Wieland and Michael Snow
United states of america/Canada, 1969, eleven minutes, 16mm
“Snow and Wieland’s film uplifts the object, and leaves the viewer with a finer frame of mind toward the globe about him, it opens his eyes to the phenomenal entire world. and how can you really like men and women if you really don’t really like water, stone, grass.” -Jonas Mekas, New York Instances, August 1969

Straight and Slender by Beverly Conrad and Tony Conrad
United states of america, 1970, 10 minutes, 16mm
Straight And Slim makes use of the flicker phenomenon, not as an conclude in alone, but as an effectuator of other related phenomena. Also, by making use of pictures which alternate in a vibrating flickering timetable, a new impression of motion and texture is produced.

Razor Head by Tom Chomont with Ken Chomont
United states, 1984, four minutes, 16mm
1 brother shaves an additional in this hugely charged erotic overall performance.

Dervish Equipment by Bradley Eros and Jeanne Liotta
United states of america, 1992, 10 minutes, 16mm
Hand-produced meditations on being and movement, as inspired by Brian Gysin’s Dreammachine, Sufi mysticism, and early cinema. A expertise of the fragility of existence mirrors the tenuousness of the material.

Backyard garden Route by Mary Beth Reed and Stan Brakhage
United states, 2001, seven minutes, 16mm
The film reveals The creative procedure of hand painted film visionary, Stan Brakhage. whose painted photos leap out of black and white footage of the artist at operate.

Defiance: Zaqistan at five many years by Sofia Gallisá, Zaq Landsberg, Scott Riehs, and Jeff Sissonat
Usa, 2010, 6 minutes, digital projection
This collaborative video documents the sixth expedition to Zaqistan, a breakaway republic established from two acres of distant Utah desert acquired off of Ebay and declared impartial from the United States in 2005.

Lynne Sachs makes films, movies, installations and world wide web assignments that investigate the intricate relationship among personal observations and broader historic experiences by weaving collectively poetry, collage, painting, politics and layered audio style. Because 1994, her 5 essay movies have taken her to Vietnam, Bosnia, Israel and Germany — web sites afflicted by intercontinental war–where she attempts to operate in the area between a community’s collective memory and her very own subjective perceptions. Strongly fully commited to a dialogue in between cinematic idea and apply, Lynne searches for a demanding perform amongst impression and sound, pushing the visible and aural textures in her function with every and every single new project. Considering that 2006, she has collaborated with her spouse Mark Street in a collection of playful, blended-media functionality collaborations they get in touch with The XY Chromosome Project. In addition to her work with the relocating graphic, Lynne co-edited the 2009 Millennium Movie Journal problem on “Experiments in Documentary”. Supported by fellowships from the Rockefeller and Jerome Foundations and the New York Condition Council on the Arts, Lynne’s films have screened at the Museum of Contemporary Artwork, the New York Film Competition, the Sundance Film Festival and lately in a five movie study at the Buenos Aires Film Pageant. In 2010, the San Francisco Cinematheque will existing a full retrospective of her function. Lynne teaches experimental movie and online video at New York University and lives in Brooklyn.

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