Note: Scheduled to start at 845pm and running for 101 minutes I knew going in that I may have to sacrifice Mr. Grenier’s Back View and Mr. Kobland’s The Toy Sun (combined 50 minutes) at the program’s end to get home and recharge for Saturday’s viewing. Apologies to both and for also missing Ms. McInnis’ Barren.
Berlin Tracks, 18h00-20h00 Shiloh Cinquemani, U.S./Germany, 2011, 2m 7s
I was distracted by the silence. The movie is silent, why should the room be in silence. I find the silent theater always so oppressive.
(k)now (t)here, Hey–Yeun Jang, U.S., 2011, 8m 50s
An exhausting travel diary.
Subway, Angela Ferraiolo, U.S., 2011, 7m 40s
I was looking forward to Ms. Ferraiolo’s work as I am intimate with the NYC subways and photograph in the system often enough in my own practice to appreciate others view of it. The subway is a common canvas. I think of Bruce Davidson’s work which reflected a place and time for NYC. We can re-ride and re-visit those routes adding to the visual documentation. Ms. Ferraiolo’s work seems to reflect Bloomberg’s NY. It is no longer a subterranean world of dangerous surprises but a wold of administrative organization and competence. I hope she continues to work in this space an uncover more layers – all that an unlimited ride card can offer.
Village, silenced, Deborah Stratman, U.S., 2011, 4m 56s
Ms. Stratman’s piece was one of the best executed conceptual films I saw. Perhaps because of its simplicity? Maybe because it broke up a string of frenetic, sharply edited works, that my eyes and mind were overly receptive to this work. Clever.
Snakes and Ladders, Katherin McInnis, U.S., 2011, 3m
This was densely layered and well executed. It reminded me that Lindburgh is claimed to have fathered three children in Germany and to listen to Black Friday by Steely Dan when I get home. Hope to see this one again, Ms. McInnis.
Longhorn Tremolo, Scott Stark, U.S., 2010, 16m
Shown the night before the Texas – Oklahoma “Red River” rivalry – the biggest football game on the Texas schedule each year. Mr. Stark’s 16 minutes of slow, reductive movements foreshadowed the next day’s results for the Longhorn offense. “They were just out there flying to the ball, playing faster than us,” said Texas tailback Fozzy Whittaker.
Landfill 16, Jennifer Reeves, U.S., 2011, 8m 52s
Reminded me of Charles Clough’s “My Goodness” movie and how painted film and filmed paintings can occupy a uniquely similar space.
Left before viewing:
Barren, Katherin McInnis, U.S., 2010, 2m
Back View, Vincent Grenier, U.S., 2011, 17m
The Toy Sun, Ken Kobland, U.S., 2011, 33m