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October 17, 2007 Wednesday

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Film Love: STILL/MOVING Part 1
8:00PM - - -
Price:  free
Atlanta Celebrates Photography and Frequent Small Meals present

STILL/MOVING: still photography in the moving image
a two-part film series curated by Andy Ditzler

Part 1: Speed of Light


from Rose Lowder's notebook, detail of the frame-by-frame shooting plan for her film Sailboats and Poppies (courtesy Rose Lowder)

The "motion" in motion pictures is an illusion. Films are made up of a series of still images on a strip, converted to motion via the magic of film projectors. "Speed of Light" is a journey through the ways in which still images uncover new ways of seeing movement.

Time-lapse photography allows film to condense a single day into just a few minutes, as in Jonas Mekas's charming study of a port in the south of France and Gary Beydler's dramatic landscape study Hand Held Day.

Beydler's Pasadena Freeway Stills is an ingenious frame-within-a-frame masterpiece. This elegant, influential experimental film remains highly regarded today.

Subversive, visually wild and often hilarious, Martin Arnold's tour de force film Pièce Touchée takes eighteen seconds from a Hollywood film and stretches it out, turns it upside down and backwards, loops tiny moments and turns the simplest movements of the actors into riots of latent meaning. Guy Sherwin (using countdown film leader) and Stan Brakhage (hand painting images of the cosmos) use hand printing and superimposition to dazzle the eye and mind, while Rose Lowder's "ecological cinema" makes dynamic use of overlapping imagery from natural spaces in the south of France (see below).

Go to STILL/MOVING Part 2


Successive frames from Rose Lowder's Sailboats and Poppies. The top image was shot every third frame; the film was rewound and the sailboat was shot every third frame; then another poppy field was shot every third frame. (courtesy Light Cone and Rose Lowder)

STILL/MOVING 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. Film Love was voted Atlanta’s Best Film Series by the critics of Creative Loafing in 2006.

For more information on Film Love events, visit the Frequent Small Meals website or email info at frequent small meals dot com

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