Mauricio Kagel: Film Music, Music Performance, Performance Film
Program Two: Two-Man Orchestra
Musician as actor, composer as filmmaker, film as concert – the works of Mauricio Kagel constantly upend conventions and expectations. Often, his compositions are actually theater pieces, except played by virtuoso musicians in a concert hall rather than actors in a theater. He instructed musicians to play guitars with fan blades and coffee mills, and constructed giant instruments in which musicians were encased. In addition to creating a vast compositional output, Kagel doubled as a film director, with typically mindblowing results.
Program Two is an exceedingly rare screening of Kagel’s film Two-Man Orchestra. Two musicians are inserted into Kagel’s specially built one-man-band setups (of over 250 instruments!) which they control with their fingers, feet, legs, heads and any other possible way. Trapped in these enormous, overgrown constructions and dealing with their unpredictable malfunctions, the performers evoke everything from Charlie Chaplin to circus music to complete atonality in a virtuoso physical and musical feat.
Zwei-Mann-Orchester (Two-Man Orchestra) (film, 1973, 71 minutes)
Mauricio Kagel: Film Music, Music Performance, Performance Film is a Film Love event. The Film Love series provides access to rare but important films, and seeks to increase awareness of the rich history of experimental and avant-garde film. The series is curated and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. Film Love was voted Best Film Series in Atlanta by the critics of Creative Loafing in 2006, and appears in Atlanta Magazine's Best of Atlanta 2009.
Forest Under The Ground Film Screening & Art Event
November 14, 2010 6:00PM - 10:00PM Price: Free
You are invited to experience the screening of a new short film, FOREST FOREST UNDER THE GROUND, written & directed by Hiroteru Matsuda.
The screening starts from 8pm.
Jason inherits his uncle's forest, which has story behind it. One day, Jason and his friend Susumu are having drink in the forest. They don't know that they are about to make a serious mistake. On their way home, they hit a person, who is instantly killed. They bury the body in the forest to keep the murder a secret. After a few months, though, a strange situation develops between them.
Also, a screening of another short film, "Birthday".
Hiroteru Matsuda is an award winning local filmmaker. He has been constantly making films over the past 10 years.
We also welcome you to enjoy an exhibition by local artists from 6 to 10pm.
Same day, same place, a whole new perspective.
Film Love: Warren Sonbert part three
November 19, 2010 8:00PM - - - Price: FREE
Film Love and Atlanta Celebrates Photography present
WARREN SONBERT Friendly Witness and other films
A three-night mini-retrospective on a master of avant-garde cinema
Program Three: Honor and Obey
Warren Sonbert with Bolex camera (courtesy the Estate of Warren Sonbert)
A "friendly witness," Warren Sonbert (1947-1995) holds a unique place in American independent film. On one hand he shows the distinct influence of Hitchcock and the Hollywood melodramas of Douglas Sirk, and on the other he was a rigorous avant-gardist. Combining breathtaking photography with some of cinema’s most complex montage editing, he created an exhilarating body of work – compassionate meditations on global humanity that are visually sumptuous and structurally brilliant. Sonbert's films have been the subject of retrospectives at the Guggenheim Museum and other institutions, but remain available only in 16mm prints and are too rarely screened. Atlanta Celebrates Photography and Film Love present three nights of films by this crucial figure of the American avant-garde.
Human coupling – the dynamics of communication, romance, and desire – was a theme to which Sonbert returned again and again. Program three pairs two films from opposite ends of his career devoted to this theme: Honor and Obey, in Sonbert’s prime late style, and The Bad and the Beautiful, a restored early film set to (once again) an effective popular music soundtrack. Also screened are films by two of Sonbert’s influences, Stan Brakhage and Marie Menken.
PROGRAM Wedlock House: An Intercourse (Stan Brakhage, 1959), 16mm, silent, 11 minutes
Honor and Obey (Warren Sonbert, 1988), 16mm, silent, 21 minutes
Lights (Marie Menken, 1966), 16mm, silent, 7 minutes
The Bad and the Beautiful (Warren Sonbert, 1967), 16mm, 34 minutes
WARREN SONBERT: FRIENDLY WITNESS AND OTHER FILMS is a Film Love event. The Film Love series provides access to rare but important films, and seeks to increase awareness of the rich history of experimental and avant-garde film. The series is curated and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. Film Love was voted Best Film Series in Atlanta by the critics of Creative Loafing in 2006, and appears in Atlanta Magazine's Best of Atlanta 2009.