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David Fishel presents “Visual Rhythm” at Kinetic Cinema

In his program for Kinetic Cinema, filmmaker David Fishel will examine the relationship between editing and choreography (that is to say the similarity of The Editor and The Choreographer) in a likeminded focus on visual rhythm as an avenue toward ideal, pure cinema.

David writes:
“With the cinema industry currently in a state of turmoil over funding and dependance on CGI, we find ourselves in a time of perpetual technical innovation and thus perpetual technological obsolescence. The ‘Hobbyist’ and ‘Pro-sumer’ class of movie-makers grows exponentially.  In recent history, VHS begat DV begat HDV begat HD begat R3D ( from 2k to 5k and beyond). Once subservient to celluloid, digital is now dominant .  Thus, current audience expectations drive artists into a race to the top of modern media’s massive metastasizing Mount Hype.  BUT one element, despite medium or format, sets cinematic work apart from most: editing. In it’s simplest form, regardless of the tools used (Avid, Moviola, Steenbeck, Deck-to-Deck, etc.), editing crafts the language of cinema; poetry via visual rhythm.”

David Fishel is a NYC based filmmaker/ video-artist who dabbles as an absurdist poet, animated storyteller, experimental sound artist, and obnoxious performance artist.  Mr. Fishel is a graduate of University of Iowa where he focused his studies in Cinema and Comparative Literature and Intermedia/ Performance Art. Fishel has worked and collaborated with Hans Breder, Phil Niblock, Thinkdance, Luke Murphy, Jason Batemen, John Kolvenbach, and The Hatch-Billops Collection.

Fishel’s DaveyDanceBlog, an ongoing performance/video art series that lives on the internet, spans 6 years and includes over 150 distinct videos which features appearances from several international performers/choreographers.

Kinetic Cinema: Visual Rhythm
Film screening and discussion of works by David Fishel
June 19, 2013
8:00pm, $5


124 S. 3rd Street

Brooklyn, NY 11211

(Near Bedford Ave.)


The Ballerina and the Bum at Kinetic Cinema

Kinetic Cinema presents:
The Ballerina and the Bum

a screening and discussion of the work of Eleanor Antin

Wednesday, May 8th 8pm @ Spectacle $5

I first saw Eleanor Antin’s ballerina persona on video at ICA Philadelphia’s Dance With Camera exhibition in 2009, and was captivated by the story behind her work. Antin herself had never studied ballet before but took lessons to embody a ballerina persona for a series of videos she made over many years. “Fake it till you make it,” is the ethos of the character and the process of making the work. “The Ballerina and the Bum”, made in 1974, is Antin’s first ballerina video. Like the character on screen, Antin herself was heading into the unknown with the role, discovering her quirks, her ambitions, and her motivations. Simultaneously video was a new medium at the time, and she wanted to explore its form, but also tell a compelling story. Thus, Antin’s videos are like intimate diaries, or documentaries of her various personas.

Later Antin would develop her ballerina persona into “Eleanora Antinova” the so-called black ballerina of Diaghalev’s Ballet Russes. This older, more refined character spawned a series of short films in the style of silent film that were compiled into “From the Archives of Modern Art.” Through all of these personas Antin delivers sharp and witty commentaries about the state of women in art, aging, breaking into a fiercely competitive field, and retaining one’s artistic integrity. Despite being almost 40 years old, “The Ballerina and the Bum” has the look and feel of an epic online video made today. Even the bum looks like a guy you know from Bushwick. The only difference between then and now is that the Ballerina would be trying to break onto the set of “So You Think You Can Dance”, and the bum would be a musician (or standup comedian).

At Kinetic Cinema we will be showing Antin’s “The Ballerina and the Bum”,  short excerpts from some of Antin’s other ballerina films, and a short by Rajendra Serber from the online film series “Dances Made to Order.”

124 South 3rd Street, between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street
Brooklyn, New York

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Pentacle’s Movement Media Project programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
KINETIC CINEMA is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Additional funding is provided by the generous contributions of individuals to Pentacle’s Movement Media Project.

Adam Weinert “Occupies” Kinetic Cinema

In the fall of 2011, at the same time the Occupy movement took over Wall Street (and the world), choreographer, performer and multimedia artist, Adam Weinert, was given access to a building in Manhattan with nine empty apartments. He invited nine artists – musicians, film-makers, choreographers, and visual artists – to occupy each of the spaces and create videos about their experience. No one has seen these videos except for Weinert and the artists. They were intended to be source material for a new piece, but now Adam will show them publicly for the first time at Kinetic Cinema and discuss their significance in his recent work.

Wednesday April 10, 8:00 pm $5

124 South 3rd Street
Brooklyn, New York

L train to Beford
J,M,Z train to Marcy Ave.

The Scientist and the Show Girl – Kinetic Cinema March 20th

Coming up next at Kinetic Cinema, our friend Kat Green will present an evening of films that follow the path of a dance filmmaker turning into a pyromaniac sculptor, and the unlikely ways that those things relate to one another. Starting with the challenges of color, light, and camera movement, Kat Green found herself going down a rabbit hole of cause and effect, leading her to play with the ideas of telling a story through minutia, cadence, and finally making inanimate objects dance.

Kat Green has been working in film, video, and live event production since 1997, and building interactive art since 2006. In that time, she has created documentaries, music videos, short films, web series, and visual art with the goals of finding untold stories, playing with physics, and generally making pretty things to look at.

Kinetic Cinema – The Scientist and the Show Girl

A screening and discussion with Kat Green

Wednesday March 20, 2013 8pm


124 S. 3rd St (near Bedford Ave)

Brooklyn, NY 11211


Yanira Castro’s Work by a Plural Body at Kinetic Cinema 12/12/12

At our next Kinetic Cinema, choreographer/director Yanira Castro will share the creative process behind her latest performance work, “The People to Come.” Each performance of the “People to Come” is built upon inspiration and source material contributed by the community. To make the submission process easy and accessible to all, Castro looked at how other artists and entreprenuers have developed similar projects using the crowd-sourcing capabilities of the web. For Kinetic Cinema she will show examples of works that inspired her, submissions she received from the audience community, and how those submissions have become part of the piece. Of particular interest to her is the blurring of lines between artist, performer, and audience that is occuring in this work, and what it means for the art form.

The People to Come will premiere in New York at Invisible Dog Art Center June 25-29, 2013. You can submit material to the project here, and get a sneak peak at the work at Kinetic Cinema on 12/12/12!

screening and discussion with Yanira Castro
Dec 12th, 2012 at 8pm

Spectacle Theater
124 South 3rd Street
Brooklyn, New York
L train to Beford
J,M,Z train to Marcy Ave.
Admission: $5

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