The Extravagant Shadows (David Gatten, 2012)
10 inspiring, surprising or fun cine-moments of 2012 (in no particular order):
, Wes Anderson
, Karen Yasinsky
A Luther Price Beastiary
, selected films and slides at the NYFF
, 3 projector HD surround sound installation at The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY (Sept-November, 2012), Phil Solomon
The Extravagant Shadows
, David Gatten
, Leos Carax
memorial screening at the Ann Arbor Film Festival
, a selection of films by Jerome Hiler at the NYFF
Seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation
(1989) with preeminent film scholar David Bordwell during the Madison Film Festival in Wisconsin. This Raiders
is a VHS amateur remake, shot for shot, using the original film's screenplay and score. It starred and was filmed, directed and produced over a seven-year period by three teenagers from Mississippi (Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, and Jayson Lamb), who were in attendance. David was counting shots with his famous clicker, while the audience had a rollicking, nostalgic (for the movie and
VHS) good time. A very postmodern experience.
Peter Kubelka at the NYFF (in 3 parts):
A reunion with my former teacher Peter Kubelka, including:
a. His attending my screening of EMPIRE (against my warnings: "you'll hate this - it's ultra-digital!") and his surprising me later at the filmmaker's dinner by exclaiming to me: "You were wrong! I liked your film!"
b. Fragments of Kubelka, a 4 hour documentary on Peter Kubelka by Martina Kudlácek.
c. Monument Film, double projection performance and mounted installation.
Phil Solomon (U.S.A.) is a filmmaker and teacher in the University of Colorado. In the 1990s he made several movies with Stan Brakhage (Elementary Phrases, Concrescence). He has recently presented American Falls and Empire.