This new DVD compiles eight short films made by Peter Tscherkassky, including multi-awarded breathtaking Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine and his most recent film Coming Attractions. Along "Films from a Dark Room" (INDEX008) featuring internationally celebrated Tscherkassky's found footage trilogy - L'arrivée, Outer Space, Dream Work - this new release on INDEX offers an exhilarating excursion in Peter Tscherkassky's radical cinema.
John Woodman works with landscape as an experimental film/video maker and photographer and has exhibited work internationally over a period of 38 years. The collection of films selected for this DVD focus on his early landscape work in 16mm and Super 8 film made between 1977 to 1982. Exploring time-space and light his work concerns ways in which, through landscape, visual transformation, change and transience are represented and perceived in film. Particular emphasis is given to the way in which through time, changes in light, weather and season affect our perception of space and place.
This dvd is a collection of the early experimental short films of Roger Jacoby. Originally a painter, Roger Jacoby began making experimental film in New York City in the 1960s. For both aesthetic and financial reasons he began to process his own film footage in the bathtub of his darkened bathroom. After receiving an NEA grant in 1974 he was able to buy a simple processing machine. By maintaining control of the processing, and by using an 'outdated' Auricon camera, Jacoby was able to weave texture, color and sound in a highly dramatic way. Many of his films contain the sounds of opera, images of family and often feature his lover of many years, Warhol superstar Ondine. Roger was immortalized in a portrait painted by Alice Neel, the canvas is titled "Rose Fried's Nephew". Roger Jacoby died November 19, 1985 at the age of 40.
Xcèntric: Landscape Plus. The cinema of Laida Lertxundi
Sunday, February 10 2013, 18:30h
Xcèntric CCCB, Montalegre, 5, 08001 Barcelona
The cinema of Laida Lertxundi, made in and around Los Angeles, draws out a physical and psychological geography of the area, as well as dismounting cinematographic conventions. This session includes her most recent films and a selection of works in 16 mm by Hollis Frampton, Bruce Baillie and Morgan Fisher, who had a major influence on her work.
- Lemon (Hollis Frampton, 1969, 16 mm, 7 min)
- Footnotes to a House of Love (Laida Lertxundi, 2007, 16 mm, 13 min)
- My Tears Are Dry (Laida Lertxundi, 2009, 16 mm, 4 min)
- All My Life (Bruce Baillie, 1966, 16 mm, 3 min)
- Llora cuando te pase (Cry When it Happens) (Laida Lertxundi, 2010, 16 mm, 14 min)
- A Lax Riddle Unit (Laida Lertxundi, 2011, 16 mm, 5 min)
- Picture and Sound Rushes (Morgan Fisher, 1974, 16 mm, 11 min)
- Farce Sensationelle! (Laida Lertxundi, 2004, 35 mm, 2 min)
Environmental Agency: A Landscape Film Programme
Tuesday March 5 2013, 18:20h
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
The awe-inspiring power of nature and its associated weather systems as explored across a range of groundbreaking works by renowned artist filmmakers. Subtle shifts in natural light, delicate tidal movements and the terraforming power of seasonal change determine the shape and structure of several of the films here. Others reflect with great beauty on the impact that nature has on our lives as an alchemical, elemental force. A timely programme for today’s changing world.
Breath (1975. William Raban. 16min); Colour Separation (1976. Chris Welsby. 2min); Colours of This Time (1972. William Raban. 4min); Water Wrackets (1975. Peter Greenaway. 12min); Three Short Landscape Films (1979. Renny Croft. 6min); Walk (1975. Jenny Okun. 5min); Bridge (1980. John Woodman. 4min); Aerial (1974. Margaret Tait. 4min); Aspect (2004. Emily Richardson. 9min); Proximity (2006. Inger Lise Hansen. 4min)
Introduced by artist John Woodman and BFI National Archive curator William Fowler.
The programme will be followed by a launch in the BFI Shop of two new LUX titles on DVD: Trilogy (Inger Lise Hansen) and Landscape Films 1977-1982 (John Woodman).
Geometry in motion
Wednesday, February 18 2013, 18h
Musée d'art moderne André Malraux
2, boulevard Clemenceau, 76600 Le Havre
A programme in resonance with the coming of the Centre Pompidou Mobile to Le Havre that will present "Circles and Squares," a selection of works about geometric abstraction.
Shortly after painting, cinema takes possession of abstraction in the first decades of the 20th century. After the first works (the chromatic music of the Italian Futurists, the colorful rhythms of Leopold Survage) it is in Germany where the first stream of abstract film develops.
Based on this historical avant-garde, this programme will provide an overview of geometry in motion along with American films and contemporary digital experimentation.
- Rhythmus 21 (Hans Richter, 1921-23, 3’20, 16 mm, b&w)
- Symphonie Diagonale (Viking Eggeling, 1921-24, 7’00, 16 mm, b&w)
- Anémic cinéma (Marcel Duchamp, 1925-26, 2’00, 16 mm, b&w)
- Kreise (Oskar Fischinger, 1933, 2’00, 16 mm, colour)
- Squares (Oskar Fischinger, 1934, 5’00, 16 mm, colour)
- Radio dynamics (Oskar Fischinger, 1942, 4’00, 16 mm, colour)
- Matrix III (John Whitney, 1972, 11’00, 16 mm, colour)
- 69 (Robert Breer, 968, 5’00, 16 mm, colour)
- Get Set (Ian Helliwell, 2005, 3’25, video, colour)
- Machination (Lia, 2010, 5’43, video, colour)
- Star light n°5 bis (Cécile Fontaine, 2012, 5’55, video, colour)
7 of the most exciting independent films from the last 10 years of the Black Maria festival tour have been collected on this electrifying compilation DVD. This DVD captures the essence of a program from the annual festival tour, with works from a variety of genres, including documentary, animation, experimental and narrative.
Bart Vegter (1940-2011) was self-taught and derived his primary inspiration from the methods of filmmakers such as Frans Zwartjes and Paul de Mol, and experimental cinema from the 1970s and 1980s. Before starting to shoot abstract films at age forty, Bart Vegter graduated from the Eindhoven University of Technology and worked at the laboratories of Shell and Philips. His oeuvre may be modest in size, but it excels in its eye for detail and craftsmanship. During the early years, he worked with traditional animation techniques. However, his last few films such as Nacht-Licht [Night Light], Space-Modulation and Forest-Views display a more idiosyncratic style attributable to the software he wrote.
Double Negative Collective presents:
A Shroud to Hold the Light: films by John Price
Saturday February, 16th 2013, 21h
Cinémathèque québécoise, Claude-Jutra Theatre
335, De Maisonneuve Blvd East, Montréal, Québec, H2X 1K1
Filmmaker In Person
In a career spanning over two decades, Toronto-based filmmaker John Price has created an impressive body of work in 16mm and 35mm. Price’s remarkably prolific creative output places him among the finest voices working today in the tradition of diaristic filmmaking.
An avid chronicler of the quotidian, Price documents the intimate details of his personal life. His careful observation captures precious moments of domestic events – the birth of his child (naissance #1), family trips and Thanksgiving celebrations (Party #4, Camp #2), the growth of his children (domashnyee kino / home movie). The episodic fragments he collects often form a series of thematically linked vignettes (Sea Series #5, #7, #8 and #11), and one of the pleasures his films offer derives from viewing them in ensemble rather than in isolation.
His films, however, extend far beyond the simple memorialization of the everyday; they also foreground his engagement in aesthetic experimentation with light, colour, grains and textures, functioning as the records of the filmmaker’s meditation on the medium he chooses to work with. His filmmaking grew out of his early interest in traditional darkroom photography. The tactile experience of working with physical material constitutes the essential part of his craft. Experimenting with unconventional processing techniques that produce unpredictable photochemical reactions on the fragile emulsion, Price creates images that have unique tonal and textural qualities, imbued with timeless beauty and quiet lyricism.
The 9th Berlin International Directors Lounge
the festival for contemporary media and film
February 7 - 17, Naherholung Sternchen, behind the Kino International
U-Schillingstraße, Berolinastr. 7, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
[DL9], the 9th Berlin International Directors Lounge, the annual festival for contemporary media and film, is heading at you, faster than a bullet and with more power to knock you off your feet. Flights of fancy without (more than occasional) flights from sanity - just what the doctor ordered, antidote and overdose rolled into one. Films have come in from all over the globe, all shapes and sizes, to be trussed up into the neatest of packages and their fuses lit for the explosion. And snaking around it all, live music and performance art and a whole lot more. These eleven days dare you to miss them.
The Naherholung Sternchen, in-spot with cult appeal, will once again provide the stage for this melding of flickering visions and formidable visionaries... just behind the near-legendary Kino International near Alexanderplatz, eleven days waiting to shake your world. A truly one-off Berliner film-and-more experience. No sides drawn up - filmmaker and film-goer thrown together. No red carpet, but a yellow brick road into Wonder City.
Nine years can't be wrong. Believing is indeed seeing.