Tuesday, September 22, 2009
|7:30 p.m.||Look Through the Window: The Films of Chris Kennedy|
Chris Kennedy (U.S., 2003–2009)
Chris Kennedy in Person
Toronto-based filmmaker, curator, and writer Chris Kennedy returns to the Bay Area where he was based for two years to present a program of his materialist cinema. Many of his films explore place; both 4x8x3 and Tamalpais add to this endeavor a consciousness of framing. Tamalpais uses a grid to select views of the Marin County peak, bringing forth both details and panoramas. Simultaneous Contrast and Tape Film, as well as sections of Jane’s Window, also focus our attention on the film frame, its parameters echoed by shots of windows, complicated by graphic patterns or hand-processing. Memo to Pic Desk, the acrobat, and lay claim to an island variously draw on found footage. The acrobat is inspired in part by a poem by Toronto poet Ryan Kamstra, while photojournalists’ notes are paired with vintage images in Kennedy and Anna van der Meulen’s Memo to Pic Desk. The provocative lay claim to an island draws on texts from the 1969 American Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island and letters by supporters to explore this utopian moment.
• Jane’s Window (2005, 10 mins, Silent, Color, 35mm). 4x8x3 (2003, 3 mins, Color). Memo to Pic Desk (with Anna van der Meulen, 2006, 6.5 mins, B&W). Tape Film (2007, 5 mins, Silent, Color). the acrobat (2007, 6 mins, B&W). Simultaneous Contrast (2008, 5 mins, Silent, Color). Tamalpais (2008–2009, 14 mins, Color). lay claim to an island (2008–2009, 13 mins, Color, DigiBeta)
• (Total running time: 64 mins, 16mm unless otherwise indicated)