Red Hook Cine Soiree, Sunday, July 27, 2008
film still -- Seattle Solstice by Caryn Cline
Thankfully the audience did show up! In the cavernous BWAC exhibition out at the far end of Red Hook, Brooklyn, a little screening room has been prepared. An old-time melody from the Victrola was there to lure people in. And sangria! The films, intentionally eclectic.
Who does not love Jennifer Matotek's "Cats and Pants"? A one minute fur ball of compulsive cataloging of still images of the titular C's and P's.
Jennifer MacMillan's (our lovely Invisible Cinema blogger) "Faces in the Flowers" leaves you lost in a beautiful daydream -- don't believe me? Then see it for yourself here. See it for yourself if you do believe me too. Mel's high five!
film still -- Spidery by Bradley Eros
Bradley Eros performed a live film-video combo of his "spidery" manipulating lenses and glass in front of the projector lens. A film that is unique every time it is shown. This was an especially blue-and-purple performance, an achingly beautiful set of hues for the languorous summer season.
Would the audience love or hate "Robot Movie"? Love! The flyer for the screening did promise dancing robots.
"Beard St." gave us the Red Hook transformations, documented in layers of images, but now there is the Ikea, how a film only a year old can be so suddenly nostalgic!
And zaza's "Subway Haikus" unfurled on the screen, word by word.
Mike Olshan announced his upcoming screening of politically incorrect vintage "race cartoons" and "musical insults to women" and you could see the audience wince. He asked afterwards if it was okay that everyone was so offended by the prospect. His objective is to take our sanitized movie history and peek under the corner of the rug to see what lurks beneath. "It's okay. You got to get people out of their comfort zone, Mike!" was the rejoinder. That he did.
But our little cine soiree was a total comfort zone, and we ended with the hypnotic spell of the spinning camera of Florens Fanciulli's "Giro Giro Tondo" and cranked up the Victrola again for more foxtrots.
-- Joel Schlemowitz
Not exactly the foxtrot, but we love them anyway! :)