Los Angeles Filmforum Presents
A live, dual projector performance
with Alex MacKenzie in person
Thursday, December 5, 2013
8 o'clock pm
$6 students/seniors/current VPES Members & free for Filmforum members
Available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/518062 or at the door.
Intertidal (2012, 16mm X 2 analytic, ~50-60 minutes)
Inspired both by the work and thought of 1940s marine scientist Ed Ricketts and the technical approach of French filmmaker Jean Painleve in the same era, INTERTIDAL presents a submersive exploration of the tidal zones and marine life off the shores of Western Canada. Using both camera and non-camera approaches, this performance-based work presented on two analytic 16mm projectors speaks to the fragility of both the film medium and the marine environment explored. Travelling as far West as Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island and North to the tip of Naikoon on Haida Gwaii, this route expessly emulates that which Ricketts and his close friend author John Steinbeck intended to revisit prior to Ricketts' untimely death in 1948. The scope and materiality of both emulsion and environment are explored using elements as wide ranging as photograms, alternative film chemistry, live manipulation, and the very movement of the tides themselves. At once personal, political, visual and ecological, the work gives equal weight to representation and abstraction. A project of process through exploration, INTERTIDAL is a marine ecology for emulsion: teeming and tenuous, fleeting and alive.
Alex MacKenzie is an experimental film artist working primarily with analog equipment and hand processed imagery. He creates works of expanded cinema, light projection installation, and projector performance.
His work has screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the
EXiS Experimental Film Festivalin Seoul, Lightcone in Paris, Kino Arsenal in Berlin and others. Alex was the founder and curator of the Edison Electric Gallery of Moving Images, the
Blinding Light!! Cinema and the Vancouver Underground Film Festival. He was an artist in residence at Atelier MTK in Grenobles, France and Struts Gallery/Faucet Media in New Brunswick. Alex co-edited Damp: Contemporary Vancouver Media Art (Anvil Press 2008), and interviewed David Rimmer for Loop, Print, Fade + Flicker: David Rimmer’s Moving Images (Anvil Press 2009). Alex was recently Artist in Residence at Cineworks’ Analog Film Annex in Vancouver. More at http://www.alexmackenzie.ca
Los Angeles Filmforum Presents
Les Soviets Plus L’Électricité
by Nicolas Rey
Nicolas Rey in person from France
~Los Angeles premiere~
Sunday, December 8, 2013
$6 students/seniors/current VPES Members & free for Filmforum Members
Available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/521247 or at the door
Les soviets plus l’électricité (Soviets Plus Electricity) (2001, 16mm, 175 min.)
A cinetrip to a defunct country
Super-self-production in Sviemacolor by Nicolas Rey
Three hours of 16mm public transportation.
Wandering through Russia as if through someone else's house.
Soviets Plus Electricity is a cinematic journey through Russia to Magadan, a city famous in
Soviet times for being synonymous with deportation. Based on excerpts from his acoustic diary,
documentary footage and some autobiographical insights given on the way, the roving reporter
searches for imaginary roots and its historical and political implications. The film was shot in
August and September 1999.
"Day two is the worst. It was the same in the train: on the second day, I stamped my feet
impatiently. Then, from the third day on, it gets better. You get used to the slowness, to the
monotonous landscape, to a life made up of short sleep-eat-wait cycles having absolutely nothing
to do with the usual timing of a day." Advertisements for linoleum as if it were some precious
stone, and entire cities - built on gold mines - left abandoned. There is no such thing as Russian
chaos. Just "Europe" stretching all the way to the Pacific Ocean, and no longer merely to the
ghostly Oural Mountains.
FIPRESCI Prize Berlin 2002 – Musée National d’Art Moderne film collection.
Nicolas Rey (b. 1968) wasn’t named after the famous American director (he’s the one that had
a pseudonym) and he’s not even the son of the French experimental filmmaker Georges Rey.
He’s been making films since 1993, productions hovering somewhere between photography,
documentaries and experimental films. He spends most of his time at “L'Abominable”, a co-
operative film lab he helped founding in 1995. He’s wrapping up a US tour in Los Angeles.
Other information and illustrations at http://nicorey.club.fr
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