FILM/VIDEO WORKS


Notfilm

Notfilm

documentary essay, with music by Mihaly Vig.
2015. Distributed by Milestone.


In 1964 author Samuel Beckett set out on one of the strangest ventures in cinematic history: his embattled collaboration with silent era genius Buster Keaton on the production of a short, titleless avant-garde film. Beckett was nearing the peak of his fame, which would culminate in his receiving a Nobel Prize five years later. Keaton, in his waning years, never lived to see Beckett's canonization. The film they made along with director Alan Schneider, renegade publisher Barney Rosset, and Academy Award-winning cinematographer Boris Kaufman, has been the subject of praise, condemnation, and controversy for decades. Yet the eclectic participants are just one part of a story that stretches to the very birth of cinema, and spreads out to our understanding of human consciousness itself.

See official website here. See trailer here.

 

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Keep Warm, Burn Britain!

experimental documentary. with music by Thoth.
35mm, color.  feature.  London / Los Angeles. (in progress)


Keep Warm, Burn Britain!  is a feature-length experimental memoir of the mid-80’s squatting movement in East London.  Comprised entirely of still photographs, it chronicles the lives of the anarchists, outcasts, and punks who inhabited a network of soon-to-be demolished buildings south of the Thames, an area known in the anarchist community as Squatter’s Paradise.  Keep Warm, Burn Britain!  moves freely from the chaotic lives of the squatters to the broad social canvas on which their tales unfold; buildings and lives swept up in the sea of change that swallows cities and time.

 

Personal Ethnographies

experimental documentary cycle. 
DV, color.  Los Angeles, 2007 - 2013.
Distributed through CFMDC.


A series of informal video portraits.

 

Dr. Bish Remedies - 10 minutes.  Camano Island/Los Angeles.

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A visit with filmmaker Bruce Baillie at his home on Camano Island in Washington State.

 

Afternoon in Bottle Village - 3 minutes. Simi Valley/Los Angeles.

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The spirit of Grandma Prisbrey is conjured from the ruins of her Bottle Village with an improv on broken piano by Jodie Baltazar (aka Monotrona).

See video here

 

Clean MRF / Dirty MRF - 6 minutes. Los Angeles.

Clean MRFThis video documents events of the Center for Land Use Interpretation and the Los Angeles subCacophony Society.

 

 

 

Transmissions From The Link - 4 minutes.  New York/Los Angeles.

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Drummer Denardo Coleman discusses his father, Ornette Coleman, via Skype at UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater.

 

At the Dolores - 6 minutes.  Los Angeles.

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A reunion of the cast of Killer of Sheep at the Dolores diner before the Los Angeles restoration premiere. Featuring Charles Bracy, Kaycee Moore, and Henry Sanders.

See video here

 

Nora Keyes in the Ghost City - 4 minutes.  Los Angeles.

Nora KeyesNora Keyes, minus Fancy Space People, performs at Report from the Ghost City, an event of the Disembodied Theater Corporation.

See video here

 

Claire's Dream - 6 minutes. Los Angeles

Claire's DreamA chronicle of editor Claire Didier's dream of her sister, Materials and Applications curator Jenna Beautiful; interwoven with scenes from Jenna's wedding.

 

 

Self-portrait in Mausoleum - 1 minute. Los Angeles.

SelfPortraitInMausoleumRefractions and reflections shot in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery...

More info and video here

 

 

 

Death Valley Story - 11 minutes.  Los Angeles.

DeathValleyStoryFilmmaker/archivist Tenzin Phuntsog relates a near-death experience.

 

 

 


The Perfect Heart of Flux

experimental documentary cycle. 
DV, color.  Los Angeles, 2007 - 2013.
Distributed through CFMDC.


A wordless testimony to the chaos of urbanity:  portraits of ruins and construction mingle with landscapes, skyscapes, and ghosts of the distant city. Shards, glimmers, fragments, and visions arise, coalesce and dissolve in the crucible of time. These short video works elide demarcations of cinema, creating a unique visual language that integrates poetic and essay forms in brief meditations on the nature of organic change.

 

Ocean Beach / Point Lobos I, II, III. - 10 minutes.  San Francisco/Los Angeles.

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A short sketch in tide, wind, and spraypaint.

 

Afternoon in Bottle Village - 3 minutes. Simi Valley/Los Angeles.

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A requiem for a cathedral of light, built entirely of glass bottles, pencils, and industrial detritus by legendary California outsider artist Grandma Prisbrey from 1956 to 1981. The Village has long since fallen into decay, and is accessible by hopping a small fence. The spirit of Grandma Prisbrey is conjured from the ruins with an improv on broken piano by Jodie Baltazar (aka Monotrona).

See video here

 

Clean MRF / Dirty MRF - 6 minutes. Los Angeles.

Clean MRF"Clean mrfing” is the recovery of refuse under controlled and sanitary working conditions.  “Dirty mrfing” refers to the same process in an uncontrolled environment. This video documents events of the Center for Land Use Interpretation and the Los Angeles subCacophony Society.

 

 

 

Curva Peligrosa (a work in progress) - 6 minutes.  Tecate/Los Angeles.

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La Reparosa (to create rumors, or, the murmuring) is both the name of a town and a perilously stunning stretch of road between Tijuana and Mexicali that weaves a route through the Sierra de Juarez Mountains. Though measures have been taken to increase safety it remains a major hazard, as attested by the ruins of vehicles that lay beneath it. This short piece documents the natural beauty of the landscape as revealed by speeding vehicles.

 

Casa Loma (a work in progress) - 10 minutes.  Toronto/Los Angeles. Score by Patrick Gleeson.

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"The oneirically definitive house must retain its shadows.” -- Gaston Bachelard

Casa Loma was the unfinished dream mansion of Canadian industrial magnate Henry Pellatt.  A self-made millionaire, Pellatt was derided by fellow aristocrats for nouveau-riche pretentions:  the house and its décor considered by many an ornate fake.  Its original contents were sold at Pellatt’s bankruptcy auction in 1924. Today the building is a museum.

The movie has three sections—the first in a cellar tunnel, the next in a first-story workroom near the stables, the third in the tower’s summit.

 

Tracy, California - 3 minutes.  Tracy/ Los Angeles.

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A flyby off California’s Interstate 580, Tracy, California is at once seen and unseen by thousands every day on the route from Los Angeles to San Francisco.  A literal and existential road movie.

 

Cheonggye Stream Renovation - 2 minutes.  Seoul/Los Angeles.

CheonggyeStreamRenovation2005 marked the completion of a nine hundred million dollar project to revert the Cheonggye Stream from a covered sewage passage back to its original state.  To do so, it was newly paved and water pumped in from Jayang. Towards the park’s northern end stand the remains of Dongdaemun Stadium and one of Seoul’s oldest traditional street markets. In 2008 a portion of the market, which had been relocated to the stadium as part of the Cheonggyecheon renovation project, was being shut down.

Cheonggye means ”clear valley water” in Korean.

 

In The Treeless Forest - 10 minutes.  Olympic Peninsula/Los Angeles

InTheTreelessForestThe hand that feeds yet wields the sword:

Pt. I  -   tree graveyard.  A walk through an area of patch clearcut near the Quinault Rainforest.

Pt. II  -  logging tavern.  The charred remains of industry, scorched by fire and immaculately cleaned. A diptych on death and regeneration.

 

 

Self-portrait in Mausoleum - 1 minute. Los Angeles.

SelfPortraitInMausoleumRefractions and reflections shot in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery...

More info and video here

 

 

 

Found Sand Mandala - 2 minutes.  San Francisco/Los Angeles.

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experimental. with performer Carolyn Roy, music by Michael Whitmore.       
35mm, color/so (1.37; Dolby SR), 9 minutes.  London/Los Angeles, 2008.
Distributed through CFMDC.


Filmed in a decaying housing estate in east London, Rhythm 06 renders the outer trappings of internal collapse, a choreography of layers of the real.  This new reworking of Rhythm 93 transposes Michael Whitmore’s ethereal score for 10-string guitar and overtones on Carolyn Roy’s original riveting hypernaturalist performance.

 

The Interview TheInterview

narrative. (Writer/Director/Editor) with Julie Queen, Lisa Black. in association with Film Arts Foundation. 35mm, color/so (1.37; Dolby SR), 30 minutes.  San Francisco/Los Angeles.  2004. Distributed through CFMDC, Oberhausen International Film Festival, and the Sammlung Goetz.


Two women meet at a crossroads…

More info and movie excerpt here

 

MBTestMichael Barrish Screen Test

experimental documentary.  with MB.    
Super-8mm, color.  3 minutes.  San Francisco, 1997.

See movie here

 


Rhythm 93Rhyth93

experimental. with performer Carolyn Roy.
16mm, color.  9 minutes.  London/San Francisco, 1993-94.
Distributed through CFMDC.


A Pre-Raphaelite portrait of the visionary state as arising from nervous breakdown.  Filmed in bitter winter in England’s bleak post-Thatcher years, using only natural light, the camera’s focus and exposure shift continually in a subversive riff on classical cinematic match-cutting.  Perhaps something occurs, but what?

With performer Carolyn Roy.  (London). Winner, Director’s Choice, Black Maria Film Festival 1994.

 

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experimental. 16mm, color. 2 minutes. London, 1992-93.
Distributed through CFMDC
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"The square is the sign of a new humanity. It is something like the cross of the early Christians." -- Theo van Doesburg, upon greeting Hans Richter and Viking Eggeling in Klein Kolzig, 1920.

Today's visual imagery is split body from soul, images employed expressly for their representational value in a linguistic manner; form an afterthought. RHYTHM 92 reverses this, intermingling camera images with light, flare and color in an orchestration of pure form, foregoing meaning. (San Francisco)

 

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experimental. Bela Balazs Studio. 16mm, B/W. 9 minutes. Budapest, 1991.
Distributed through CFMDC and the Bela Balazs Studio.


A cinematic self-portrait in two parts. In the first half, a half-silvered mirror was placed between myself and the camera. In the second, the mirror was

removed.

"Know that the complete secret of prophecy for the prophet is that he suddenly sees the form of his self standing before him, and his self forgets and becomes transported from him, and he sees the form of himself before him speaking with him and proclaiming the future.” – Rabbi Nathan, as related by Moses ben Jacob of Kiev in the Shushan Sodot, 1509

 

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experimental.  Audio collage by John Shaw.                                    
16mm,  color. 11 minutes.  Chicago, 1989.
8 minute re-edit, 2010.
Distributed through CFMDC
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Optically printed collage of found and archival footage.

More info and movie excerpt here