TURBIDUS FILM: STAN BRAKHAGE - PHIL SOLOMON

Datum: 
17 Oct 2014 - 18:30

Brakhage och Solomon är två amerikanska giganter inom den s.k. poetiska, lyriska och personliga filmen.
Dessa filmer går endast att se på 16mm film, så detta är ett ypperligt tillfälle att se dem.

PROGRAM

18:30
FÖRFILM om Brakhage (ca 20'00)

19:00
ELEMENTARY PHRASES
1994, 16 mm, 35' 00, Stan Brakhage & Phil Solomon
This is a hand-painted and elaborately step-printed collaboration between the film makers.

PAUS

20:00
A CHILDS GARDEN AND THE SERIOUS SEA
1991, 16 mm, 73' 00, Stan Brakhage
"Anyone who hasn’t seen the feature length A Child’s Garden and the Serious Sea, a dazzling visual poem on landscape, knows as little about the grandeur and beauty that cinema is capable of as a music buff who ignores the existence of Bach." Nicole Brenez & Adrian Martin

Filmer från Lightcone

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STAN BRAKHAGE
(amerikan, 1933-2003)

Stan BRAKHAGE is one of the most influential filmmakers in American avant-garde cinema, noted for his unflinching social commentaries and technical innovations. Over his nearly 40-year career, he has made over 200 films of varying length. He made his first film, Interim (1952) at age 18 after dropping out of college. Brakhage films seek to change the way we see. They encourage viewers to eschew traditional narrative structure in favor of pure visual perception that is not reliant on naming what is seen; rather his goal is to create a more visceral visual experience, for he believes that a "stream-of visual-consciousness could be nothing less than the pathway of the soul." To this end, his films are shot in highly sensual colors and utilize minimal soundtracks.

His work can be divided into distinct periods. His first short films explored the properties and possibilities of light. In many of his experimental ventures, Brakhage has forgone traditional cinematography in favor of working directly with the film stock itself. He has occasionally painted, inked, scratched and dyed images onto it; he has also tried pasting organic objects on the film. His most famous example is the 1963 short Mothlight in which he glued moth wings onto the stock. Some of his early films were based on his most intimate experiences that included making love to his new bride--depicted on negative film--in Wedlock House: An Intercourse (1959), and an attempt to bring his dead dog back to life with a camera in Sirius Remembered (1959). During the 1960s, Brakhage's iconoclastic views were celebrated for their poetry, but during the '70s, his focus changed to social issues and he alienated many supporters with such disturbing film series as the "Pittsburgh documents" in which he presented many gruesome views of inner city life with films such as Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes (1971) which was shot in a morgue. He also continued with autobiographical material with the "Sincerity/Duplicity series. During the 1980s, Brakhage's focus again changed--this time he became intrigued with creating truly "abstract" films such as Arabics (1982) which consists of brilliant bursts of colored light which he claims, represent "envisioned music." In addition to filmmaking, Brakhage also wrote books about films and filmmaking and also served as a teacher. ~ Sandra Brennan

PHIL SOLOMON
(amerikan, 1954-)

Phil Solomon(M.F.A. Massachusetts College of Art) is an internationally recognized filmmaker and has been teaching both film history/aesthetics and film production at CU since 1991. Professor Solomon's work has been screened in every major venue for experimental film throughout the U.S. and Europe, including 3 Cineprobes (one-man shows) at the Museum of Modern Art and two Whitney Biennials. Professor Solomon's films have won 10 first prize awards at major international film festivals for experimental film (including six Juror's Awards from the Black Maria Film and Video Festival). His films reside in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Massachusetts College of Art, Binghamton University, Hampshire College, The Chicago Art Institute, San Francisco State University, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and the Oberhausen Film Collection. Professor Solomon collaborated on three films with his colleague and friend, Stan Brakhage, who named Solomon's Remains to be Seen on his Top Ten Films of All Time for Sight and Sound. Professor Solomon is currently working on a feature length series of short films entitled The Twilight Psalms, a cine-poem of the 20th century, and a commission from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. to create a six- channel digital installation entitled American Falls currently scheduled to run in the Corcoran rotunda April 10 to July 18, 2010 (with a preview set for Oklahoma City in September, 2008).

In 2007, Phil Solomon embarked on an award winning series of digital videos culled from the video game GRAND THEFT AUTO entitled IN MEMORIAM, MARK LAPORE, which was named in the Top Ten experimental films of the year by the Village Voice. He has also begun work on a book entitled A Snail's Trail in the Moonlight: Conversations with Brakhage, transcriptions of several years of Brakhage's film salons.
In recognition of his film art, Philip Solomon was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (1993), a Creative Capital Grant (2000, 2001), The Thatcher Hoffman Smith Award (2007), The Stan Brakhage Vision Award from the Denver International Film Festival (2007) and the Boulder Faculty Assembly Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Work (2008).

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Entré: 80 kr

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