Monday, May 04, 2009

May 5 Early Film Sampler and Remixer Bruce Connor

The Cinema Project brings cinema on film to Portland, as it was intended to be seen. In many cases, the work of experimental film artists has been too obscure to be transferred to video where it has been preserved. An example is artist and filmmaker Bruce Connor. Connor made painting, assemblage and installation works, but tonight's focus are his films. In 1958, Connor made A MOVIE, a 12 minute short edited together from other films and news with an unrelated soundtrack of Respighi's The Pines of Rome. It would be the early forerunner of films by Godfrey Reggio, such as Koyanaskatsi. The moving image remix culture has spread with legal sources, such as, readily available ripping software, video remix software used by VJ's and remixing within social communities, even on mobile devices. Tonight is part 1 of 2 programs. Part 2 is included in the PDX Experimental Film Festival, Wednesday 7:30 at the Clinton Street Theater.

Part 1 is in the Art Museum's Whitsell Auditorium and includes:

Cosmic Ray [1961, 16mm, b&w/so, 4min.]
A Movie [1958, 16mm, b&w/so, 12min.]
Breakaway [1966, 16mm, b&w/so, 5min.]
Marilyn Times Five [1968-1973, 16mm, b&w/so, 13.5min.]
Report [1963-1967, 16mm, b&w/so, 13min.]
The White Rose [19667,16mm, b&w/so, 7min.]
His Eye Is On The Sparrow [2006, DVD, b&w and color/so. 4min.]

At the Art Museum Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park 7PM $8