New Works Salon XXV

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Echo Park Film Center
New Works Salon XXV

Reza Monahan
Swollen Birth Switch (2013)
Three-channel video installation
Joseph Mattson, author of Eat The Sun writes, “The iris pops as the rear-end bleeds, the retina smokes the anadromous dream, but you just can’t go back you can’t go back you can’t back: the vagina and the whipping are one-way tunnels when you’re Switched at Birth, Swelling/Swollen Birth Switch become the itch forever unscratched and telling, sharp, bug light at birth if the light cuts right…”

Juan Daniel F. Molero
Imagenotfound (2013)
19 minutes, video
Neuro-film about subjectivity and transmutation in the digital era: A ghostly presence roams around familiar images, while these start revealing themselves as simulations of an experience that used to belong to humans.

Luciano Piazza
Windows by Night (2013)
16 minutes, HD
Windows by Night can be understood as a visual essay on the mass phenomenon of loneliness, or, alternatively, as no more than the life of neighbors moving through their natural urban habitat: apartments. It explores the cinematic qualities of the city’s windows, seeing them as small screens from which a performance, both intimate and public, is woven into a modular narrative. The protagonists of these images are acting under their own direction, possibly oblivious to the fact that there is another director recording them. Windows by Night was recorded in its entirety from windows found in Buenos Aires, New York, Caracas, Chicago, London and Rome.

Dana Berman Duff
Catalogue (2014)
10 minutes, 16mm on HD, b&w, silent
Catalogue is a silent 16mm black-and-white film that considers the time it takes to look at desirable objects, in this case, those presented in a successful furniture company’s catalogue of knock-off designer pieces photographed in staged rooms to imitate the style of film noir.

Laida Lertxundi
Utskor: Either/Or (2013)
7.5 minutes, 16mm on HD, color, sound
In the town of Utskor in the region of Bø, northern Norway, we find memories of a political past intertwining with domestic, familial moments during the midnight sun. (LL)

Thom Andersen
The Tony Longo Trilogy (2014)
14 minutes, HD
The animating idea is exceedingly simple: to isolate the scenes in which Tony Longo, that mountainous axiom of ‘90s schlock, appears in a given movie. The trilogy is comprised of: Hey, Asshole!; Adam Kesher?; and You Fucking Dickhead!

This program is supported in part by grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts & the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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