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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.
“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.
Film screening and discussion of works by David Fishel
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.
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.
This weekend the Dance On Camera Festival comes to Lincoln Center. This annual institution brings together the best in new dance films and documentaries as well as classic gems from cinema history. Here is just a taste of what you can see. Check out the full schedule, and go be inspired!
It’s a new year and that means it’s time to get ready for the annual Dance on Camera Festival taking place February 1-5th, 2013 at New York’s Lincoln Center. As we’ve come to expect, this year’s festival stretches the concept of dance to new frontiers by including films on ice dancing (see Ice Theatre of New York and Suspense), Busby Berkeley’s spectacles (see Cineastes), and accordion wrestling (see Soundbreaker).
The usual array of documentaries on dance stories you never knew you wanted to know are here including “A Girl from Mexico” about Carmen Gutierrez, the first Mexican dancer to perform on Broadway; “Shikaku: Noism 4” the only contemporary dance company in Japan; and “Trash Dance” about an artist who choreographed the garbage trucks of Austin, TX. If you like history, then check out the special program “Passing the Torch: The Legacy of Jose Limon and Anna Sokolow” featuring film excerpts, interviews and a panel of experts discussing these two pioneers of American modern dance. You may also be keen to see “Merce Cunningham, legacy of dance” and learn about the challenge of preserving his work two years after his death.
Beyond documentaries there are several dance for camera shorts programs that explore the artistic boundaries of film and movement. Included in these are two special programs: “Commercial and Art” looks at the work of two artists, dance filmmaker Celia Rowlson-Hall and conceptual video artist Brian Gonzalez through commercial short films they have made for fashion designers, magazines and art fairs. Music video is explored in “Sigur Rós: Video Music Program” featuring several videos from the band’s lauded Valtari Mystery Film Experiment that feature dance. The Shorts Programs A & B each include films with notable duets such as Marta Renzi’s gorgeous men in “Brother’s Keeper” (A), and Nel Shelby’s deluded couple in “Folie à Duex” (B).
Two special programs are also devoted to the late Shirley Clarke, an American Avant Gard filmmaker who had a special relationship to dance throughout her career. Director Donna Cameron made a documentary in tribute to Clarke, “Shirley Clarke: In Our Time” that uses collage to capture central images of Clarke’s work and life, while creating an affectionate portrait of the artist. There will also be a screening of “Rome is Burning” a French film by Noël Burch & André S. Labarthe that features Shirley Clarke speaking candidly about “underground cinema” and American politics circa 1970. Several of Clarke’s shorts will be screened in both programs including “Dance in the Sun” and “A Moment in Love” her most well known experiments in dance and film.
There are three narrative dance films screening in this year’s festival but only one is a premiere. “Five Dances” (2013) is a coming of age tale about a young man starting out in New York’s downtown dance scene. The film stars Ryan Steele in his first screen role and was choreographed by Jonah Bokaer and directed by Alan Brown. Flamenco fans won’t want to miss the 50th anniversary screening of “Los Tarantos”, a Catalan version of Romeo and Juliet that was nominated for Best Foreign Film in 1963 and stars Antonio Gades. For film noir lovers, there will be a rare screening of “Suspense” from 1964 that features the fabulous ice-skating of Belita.
Finally, this being 2013, there has to be at least one 3D film in the mix, and they’ve got it with Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake in 3D. Controversial for casting men as the swans in the corps de ballet, this version is sure to kick you in the gut and leave you wanting more.
So there you have it. The 41st edition of the Dance On Camera Festival has a little something for everyone, including for people who aren’t crazy about dance. Bring your partner or spouse and make a night of it.
Navigating the Dance Films Association’s website can be a challenge, but a good starting point is to go to this calendar to see show times and get ticket information.