Since You Were Here …
Dust Studies Michael Gitlin, USA, 2010, 9m.
For the first time at the festival, the veil of seriousness was lifted with this piece, Dust Studies. Thank you! If Pixar made or adapted experimental films this may be one of the first they would try (of course with marketable cross promoted products). Mr. Gitlin’s straightforward approach to documenting the samples may make this as good a rainy day activity with the kids as it was a film. Wish it were online to see it again.
Washes Norbert Shieh, USA, 2010, 8.40m.
This was a brilliant short piece. A totally recognizable experience yet at the same time transformed in an elegant and lively abstraction. Thinking about Ken Jacobs’ a loft and this piece. I wonder how Mr Jacobs would have created rhythms and cadence. An experimental film band? Maybe Mr. Shieh would be on lead guitar and Mr. Jacobs on base …
Get Out of the Car Thom Andersen, USA, 2010, 34m.
Started this film by looking at my watch. I knew that I was going to leave before it was done so I could get home and help get the kids to bed. Continuing on the LA theme – frantic, musical and punctuated with off camera conversations that injected a sense of humor and on the scene news gathering this film. Discovered an essay by Mr Anderson here that I wish I had read before I saw this.
Apologies to the following artists. I needed to to tend to my family and get my daughter to her art class early Sunday morning, I left before seeing these films. I did tuck my self into bed with Peter Greenaway’s The Falls (33-37).
Recámara Rosario Sotelo, USA, 2010, 3m.
Cry When it Happens (Llora cuando te pase) Laida Lertxundi, USA, 2010, 14m.
Night Shift Gretchen Skogerson, USA, 2010, 5m.
Future So Bright Matt McCormick, USA, 2010, 30m.