Screening Lav #017: David Rimmer. Variations of a Landscape

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“"I've always been interested in that kind of film. That kind of window film where you place your camera and leave it, over a long period of time. Canadian Pacific took about three months. When I moved into that studio I immediately saw the window and thought there could be something done there . What interested me about the shot were the horizontals: train tracks, the water, the mountains, the sky. Very few verticals in it. In a way those four elements would change, From one shot to the next the railway tracks may stay the same, the trains may be in the same position, but the sky would change, the water would change. In some cases the mountains would disappear. Each shot was changing one or more of those elements.""
“I've never been to film school and I didn't know that you couldn't do certain things. So I was able to improvise and find shortcuts. I learned to make my own optics, my own mattes. Then I did Migration, which was primarily a montage film. A lot of very, very short splices, two, three, four frame cuts. I showed it and people seemed to like it, I became more confident and applied for a grant from the Canada Council. To my surprise I got it, and that encouraged me more. So the following year I made three films: Variations on a cellophane wrapper, Surfacing on the Thames and The Dance. “All of this originated from stock footage.”
“I made my first “documentary”, Real Italian Pizza (13 min 1971), in New York. Most of my work since then can be seen as documentary in a sense. I wanted to make a film about New York, but I wasn't sure how. I sat at my window at 85th and Columbus Avenue, looking out at a pizzeria across the street, and realized all kinds of things were happening there: people getting arrested, fire trucks, pedestrians, it was snowing. I was afraid to go out with my camera in New York, but then I understood that I didn't have to go anywhere. The window gave me concentration. I framed the pizzeria and blocked the camera for eight months. Initially, I shot three meters every day at 10:00, until I saw that nothing was happening... So I started checking the window periodically, exposing each time a moment seemed relevant to me.”

- David Rimmer


October 7th 2023. 20:00
Cine Estudio del Círculo de Bellas Artes.


Círculo de Bellas Artes - Madrid, Spain


Saturday, October 7, 2023 - 20:00



Saturday, October 7, 2023 - 20:00
  • Calle Alcalá, 42
    28014   Madrid
    40° 25' 6.312" N, 3° 41' 47.9004" W