bust chance Stephanie Barber, USA, 2010, 7m.
The third consecutive Barber piece in the program and clocking only seven minutes bust chance didn’t have me checking my watch. This was a smart use of someone else’s footage and added manipulated audience reaction soundtrack. If I put aside “razor’s edge” Ms. Barber is one of my favorite artists to discover here and one that I will seek out seeing more of.
Love Rose Bobby Abate, USA, 2010, 13.7m.
Old TV tube cameras created a “look” however it was very clean and had little of the aging video artifacts that I was anticipating. Strong narrative elements and performance by Mr. Abate.
Kindless Villain Janie Geiser, USA, 2010, 5m.
One of my disappointments was that I didn’t have enough time to do research on all of the artists in the festival. If I had done that research I would have put Ms. Geiser contribution at the top of the list of things I was looking forward to see. One of two pieces by Ms. Geisler on this program, I found myself immediately wanting to see it again.
So Sure of Nowhere Buying Times to Come David Gatten, USA, 2010, 9m.
Although beautifully captured there were moments where I felt the elements were too composed/constructed and not just “found” like you would see in an ESPN documentary.
April Snow Lewis Klahr, USA, 2010, 10m.
What happens when one of your favorite artists at the festival, uses one of your favorite songs by one of your favorite recording artists. When the needle dropped on Springsteen’s “Racing in the street” I felt uncomfortable like two old girl friends meeting. I also wasn’t sure that it was the best counterpoint to the other song – I closed my eyes and listened to Bruce. Sorry Lewis …..
Facts Told at Retail (after Henry James) Erin Espelie, USA, 2010, 7m.
I felt this Ms. Espeile piece was more accessible to me. I am also interested in her use of literature as a starting point for her work. More Googling to be done.
Ghost Algebra Janie Geiser, USA, 2009 7.5m.
I need an evening of Janie Geiser. If she had a DVD I would order it from NetFlix and never send it back. Although that would mean sending back Greenaway’s “The Falls”.
Tokyo-Ebisu Tomonari Nishikawa, Japan, 2010, 5m.
Mr. Nishikawa should turn his lens on the 53rd St and Lexington E Train platform. I could use some perspective.
Possessed Fred Worden, USA, 2010, 8m.
I felt that this was the best re-imagining of existing imagery in the program and right up there with Jacobs “a loft’ for tight rythmic editing.
These Hammers Don’t Hurt Us Michael Robinson, USA, 2010, 13m.
I left the theater before seeing this. Apologies to Mr Robinson.