Roger Ruzow and Frequent Small Meals present
Film Love #53 OPENINGS: Music and Experimental Film
still from Opening by Madison Brookshire
A gathering of Atlanta’s finest improvisational musicians perform to silent experimental films.
The Atlanta Fourth Ward Improvisational Ensemble, led by Roger Ruzow, will perform newly created live soundtracks to short experimental films by local, national and international filmmakers. The film imagery ranges from abstract, hand-drawn animation to video “circuit-bending” to the grandeur of Madison Brookshire’s landscape film Opening.
NOTE EARLY START TIME: 7 PM!
We have to leave the space by 8:30, so the show will start directly at 7.
Musicians: Roger Ruzow, Jeff Crompton, Ben Gettys, Ben Davis, Chris Case, Keith Leslie, Rob Mallard
Oliver Smith (Atlanta, GA)
videoFeed (2007), digital video, 6 minutes
Colorful imagery from circuit-bent video hardware.
Peter Snowdon (Brussels, Belgium)
tree stain man (hommage to stan) (2007), super-8mm and digital video (screened on DVD), 4 minutes WORLD PREMIERE
"An experimental round dance in three movements, composed using footage of trees taken in Oxford in spring 2001. My first ever roll of Kodachrome 40. A homage to the life-in-work of Stan Brakhage."
Chris Lynn (Washington, DC)
London 4 – Clouds and the Docklands(2006), digital video, 6 minutes
London 5 – Unknown Year(2007), super-8mm (screened on DVD), 4 minutes
Two portraits of the city. The grain and color of the super-8 film image contrasts with the digital video clarity of a rainy London day.
Hugo Ball Room (San Francisco, CA)
Suite for Face (excerpts)10 minutes, digital video
Video clips "processed from scenes in feature films in which an actor or actress emotes wordlessly, using facial expressions and posture to represent the evolution of a feeling, a realization, or a breakdown. The videos are intended to provide a context for improvising musicians to interpret in solo or small-group settings."
Maryam Kashani (Austin, TX)
things lovely and dangerous still: a silent film for trumpet and drums (2006),16mm, 12 minutes
A portrait in 16mm film, made by a filmmaker/DJ, and inspired by the poetry of June Jordan
Caroline Koebel (Buffalo, NY)
Sea Lion (2007), 16mm, 3 minutes
”This hand processed Super 8 film marvels at the beauty of the movement of the sea lion. It reflects the fascination of the filmmaker’s two-year-old son with this animal new to his world.”
Caroline Koebel (Buffalo, NY)
hole or space (2006), 16mm, 3 minutes
“Pricks, gaps, dots, openings, hole or space takes its cue from contortionists of the early screen in spiraling out from conceptions of the body as whole. The film uses early cinema and avant-garde classics as its compositional notes.”
Madison Brookshire (Los Angeles, CA)
Opening (2007), 16mm, 25 minutes
This aptly titled work is a quiet but grand record of the contemporary American landscape.
Robbie Land (Atlanta, GA)
Greencameraless (2007), 16mm, 6 minutes WORLD PREMIERE
A recent work by the Atlanta film artist shows an inner landscape - a portrait in green, visual layers created by working directly on the filmstrip without a camera.
Openings is a Film Love event, programmed and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. Film Love exists to provide access to great but rarely seen films, and to explore the history of experimental filmmaking. It was voted Atlanta’s Best Film Series by the critics of Creative Loafing in 2006. More information on Frequent Small Meals music, film, and art events can be found at www.frequentsmallmeals.com