Thursday, October 10, 2013

Special Episode - NYFF's Views from the Avant-Garde (James Hansen)

With over 200 films spread over 40+ programs, how does one even begin to approach the New York Film Festival's Views from the Avant-Garde, especially someone as novice as Peter? Well, the only way is to dive in head first, as he did this year, and now brings on experimental film expert James Hansen to talk through approaches to these truly unique films. The two dish it out on canonical artists like Luther Price, Peter Hutton, and Nathaniel Dorsky, and rhapsodize about other favorites they've found along the way, including Peter's favorite film of the festival - a stop motion rock opera set to Dark Side of the Moon. Finally, they finish off with an appropriate feature, Stephanie Barber's Daredevils, which engages viewers in how to think about new ways to take risks and see things differently. (Make sure to check the notes below for a handful of excellent links to writings and videos of the various films). 

0:00-8:00 Opening / Approaching the Avant-Garde
9:24-17:49 Luther Price
24:07-32:20 Landscapes, Peter Hutton, and Three Landscapes
32:20-37:52 Nathaniel Dorsky
38:51-48:26 Jodie Mack and Dusty Stacks of Mom
53:26-1:08:25  Stephanie Barber's Daredevils
1:08:27-1:10:24 Close / Outtake 
Read James Hansen's work on Out 1 Film Journal
Follow James on Twitter.

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Notes, Links, and Corrections from the Conversation
-Views from the Avant-Garde
-Ohio State University's History of Art Department
-Mark McElhatten programs Views
-Michael Snow's Wavelength and Ernie Gehr's Serene Velocity
-Michael Sincinski on Wavelength, which builds on Annette Michaelson's "Toward Snow"
-Luther Price
-You can watch five Price films, including Jellyfish Sandwich here.
-Price's upcoming MoMA PS1 program.
-Lia Gangitano's "All Cinema is Live Cinema"
-Sincinski on Robert Beavers
-Sincinski discusses Jim Jennings in various posts on MUBI
-Lois Patiño's website, and some info and a trailer for Montaña en Sombra
-Peter Hutton, and his film, At Sea
-Max Goldberg's take on Hutton's Three Landscapes
-Ben Russel's Let Each One Go Where He May
-Nathaniel Dorsky
-Sincinski on Song and Spring (scroll down)
-Dorsky's Devotional Cinema
-About Jodie Mack, and many films on Vimeo
-A correction from friend of the show Jeff McCloud: Jodie Mack is not based in San Francisco, but Dartmouth.
-Dusty Stacks of Mom will play at the London Film Festival on October 18th and Los Angeles's Red Cat on October 14th.
-Info on Sandro Aguilar, and a short film, A Zona.
-A very good review of Signs of Stillness in Meaningless Things by Jesse Cataldo
-Stephanie Barber
-Barber's Night Moves and Tatum's Ghost
-Barber's Daredevils
-James's take on Daredevils

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