Celebration of Brakhage (September 23)
Garine Torossian In-Person (October 7
Gariné Torossian was born in Beirut, Lebanon of Armenian origin. She moved to Canada in 1979. She is primarily a self-taught filmmaker and photographer. Her film, GIRL FROM MOUSH(1994), was awarded best experimental film at the Melbourne Film Festival.
FILMS TO BE SHOWN:
-Girl from Moush; A poeticmontage of the artists jouney through her subconcious Armenia. It is not an Armenia based in a reality but one which appears, like the mythical city of Shangri-La, when ones eyes are closed. The film is a homage to the Armenian filmmaker Paradjanov.(5min).
-Drowning in Flames; A film which confronts the works of the Mike and Doug Starn within the visual realm where their images are juxtaposed. (23min)
-SparkleHorse; Inspired by the music of the band Sparklehorse, the film is a subtle, poetic exploration of human communication. (9min)
-Babies on the Sun; The film offers nostalgic, weathered images of ‘childhood’ inspired by the song of the same name by the band Sparklehorse. The textured and layered style of the film gives the impression of blurred memories floating in the subconscious mind. (5min)
-Shadowy Encounters; A homage film to the Brother’s Quay. (15min)
TO BE SHOWN:
Student Show & Leighton Pierce In-Person (December 9)
Pierce studied music composition, especially jazz and electronic music, before making films. In fact, his first move into filmmaking came about from his frustration with the lack of a visual component to taped music. It is a continuation of this early interest in music and the construction of emotional experiences in time which continue to guide his work. His films and videos have been exhibited in major art museums and film festivals throughout the world. Most recently, his video The Back Steps was selected for the 2002 Whitney Biennial. He has had one person presentations at Lincoln Center, The Museum of Modern Art, and an upcoming retrospective at The Cinémathèque Française. He has won many awards at film and video festivals around the world. Pierce has received numerous grants and fellowships to support his work including an NEA, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Camargo Foundation Fellowship. He received his MFA from Syracuse University in 1984, worked in New York City as a free- lance sound recordist and assistant editor, and has been on the faculty at the University of Iowa since 1985 where he shares responsibility for the film/video/audio curriculum. Leighton Pierce's films and videos are short experiences in transformative time. In his hands, the camera works to translate an active and immediate emotional state into externalized images drawn from the seemingly mundane world around him. It is from these emotionally charged images, that Pierce composes a rhythmical structure with sound and image. His process begins with a recognition of the emotional and rhythmic potential of an image. It ends with the rendering and juxtaposition of these images against the filter of a carefully constructed soundtrack.
FILMS TO BE SHOWN:
- Glass (16mm 1998)
-The Back Steps (DV 2001)
-Pink Socks (DV 2002)
-Evaporation (DV 2002)
-Fall ( DV 2002)
-Water Seeking its Level (DV 2002)
-4 1/2 minutes concerning red (Veiled Red) (DV 2001)
-Wood (DV 2001)
-37th & Lex. (DV 2002)