Frequent Small Meals presents
Film Love #70:
MARK STREET IN PERSON EXPERIMENTS IN URBAN FASCINATION AND ALIENATION
“turn[s] the place into something beautiful and mysterious” – the New York Times on Mark Street’s film Fulton Fish Market
still from Guiding Fictions by Mark Street
New York filmmaker Mark Street works exuberantly across genres: from abstraction to diary films to improvised narrative features. Working with found films and his own exquisitely photographed footage of urban scenes, he adds further layers of visual beauty by hand-processing and hand-painting the films.
For the last 20 years, Mark Street has found himself drawn to cities, with their endless possibilities, surprises and contradictions. How does the urban milieu serve our need to explore and wander, to be at once alone and in company? At Eyedrum, Street presents a program of works that update and expand our definition of the urban landscape film. Fulton Fish Market (12 minutes, 2004) is an abstract portrait of a teeming urban market, and A Year (26 minutes, 2006) is a dynamic and conflicted middle aged diary film featuring Street’s anxious, deadpan onscreen commentary. Guiding Fictions (5 minutes, 2002) contrasts city and country, and Alone, Apart: the dream reveals the waking day, (7 minutes, 2006) traces urban decay with hand processed 16mm film. Blue Movie (2000, 5 minutes) and Trailer Trash (2008, 5 minutes) appropriate 16mm film detritus (foraged on the street) into sublime and surprising cinematic tapestries. Street will also present Oskar Fischinger’s 1928 Munchen/Berlin Wanderung – a walk with a camera from one city to another – a between-city symphony.
Mark Street in A Year
MARK STREET IN PERSON 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.