Artists Helena Girón, Samuel Delgado, Tomonari Nishikawa, Sky Hopinka, and Brigid McCaffrey discuss their short experimental films after their screening in Projections Program 2: Beyond Landscapes at the 54th New York Film Festival.
Burning Mountains That Spew Flame / Montañas Ardientes Que Vomitan Fuego
Helena Girón and Samuel Delgado, Spain, 2016, DCP, 14m
Scientific claims made by 17th-century Jesuit polymath Athanasius Kircher and political ones made by the Invisible Committee are examined in this journey into the volcanoes of Lanzarote.
Bending to Earth
Rosa Barba, USA/Germany, 2015, 35mm, 15m
Helicopter shots circle variously colored shapes carved into desert landscapes. We discover these manmade inscriptions are storage cells for radioactive material designed to eventually return to the soil.
Ten Mornings Ten Evenings and One Horizon
Tomonari Nishikawa, Japan, 2016, 16mm, 10m
Delivering exactly what his title promises—but not necessarily in the order you’d expect— Nishikawa presents 20 sequences shot along Japan’s Yahagi River; images tautly suspended between stillness and movement, darkness and light.
Canadian Pacific I
David Rimmer, Canada, 1974, 16mm, 9m
Scenes taken from a single, second-floor view of Vancouver Harbor, recorded over three winter months, pieced together with subtle dissolves so as to resemble one ten-minute shot. “Its formalism is very unimposing,” wrote Jonas Mekas, “like in a Hudson School painting.”
Sky Hopinka, USA, 2015, digital projection, 8m
Hopkina’s video address to his father is made of landscape images saturated with dark shadow and dreamy light, and features his father’s own words taken from recordings of Hočak language songs and chants.
Bad mama, who cares
Brigid McCaffrey, USA, 2016, 35mm, 12m
A portrait of geologist Ren Lallatin, who inhabits the blazing heat of the Mojave desert, this structural-lyrical landscape film is shot on richly tinted film.
Ears, Nose and Throat
Kevin Jerome Everson, USA, 2016, DCP, 10m
Everson returns to his hometown of Mansfield, Ohio, in this unblinking look at the simultaneity of the tragic and the mundane in black American life. The subject is the 2010 murder of 25-year-old DeCarrio Couley, who appeared in a number of Everson’s earlier films.
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