Echo Park Film Center: Cut And Run Tour

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Cat’s Cradle (Ray Rea, 2010)Echo Park Film Center: Cut And Run Tour
Saturday, August 21, 20h
Echo Park Film Center
1200 N. Alvarado Street, Los Angeles, California, USA

Evolution and Life of the Mind, Body, and Medium
Curated by Brenda Contreras and Mallary Abel

We are born, we grow, we experience a world of our own perceptions. We wonder who we’re becoming, we are influenced and we experiment. We become responsible for how we develop. We can change and reshape who we are and what we know by the powers we grant ourselves. This Cut and Run series focuses on cycles of minds, bodies, and filmstrips. Each work represents a perspective of itself as one, in contrast to others. Experience a cinematic evolution through cycles of the mind, body, and medium in this montage from filmmakers throughout the world.

- 12 Erased Trailers (Alberto Cabrera Bernal, 2010, Spain, 11 minutes)
“Appropriation cinema from twelve 16mm trailers, to which their original promotional purpose is denied, by pulverizing the medium with an electric drill. The original images, now deleted, remind us of works from other genres as Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing, or Asger Jorn’s early paintings.”

- Peeks (Jo Dery, 2009, USA, 3 minutes)
“Momentary glimpses of construction and destruction in our man-made and natural world, made with the help of images collaged from National Geographic.”

- Aliki (Richard Wiebe, 2010, Cyprus, USA, 5 minutes)
“Lake Aliki, Cyprus. For centuries, countless flamingos have wintered here from Iran. Rimbaud encountered them when he worked a quarry in Larnaca. 7th century Arabs described them to mark the burial site of Umm Haram, aunt of the Prophet Muhammad. It is said that Lazarus spent his days on the shores of this lake after his resurrection, staring into the sun to shake off the darkness of the grave. The Greeks represented flamingos in poetry, the Romans slaughtered them for their tongues. Today, a man sings:

Pharmacist, oh pharmacist, oh pharmacist,
I want medicine for myself, I want medicine for myself,
My heart, my heart, my heart is beating like this,
My heart is afflicted because of you.”

- Body (Frederic Cousseau, 2010, France,7 minutes)
“The body of a beast changing: real or nightmarish images of the own body.”

- Cat’s Cradle (Ray Rea, 2010, USA, 4 minutes)
“Cat’s Cradle combines traditional film animation techniques with digital effects to create a formal experiment that centers around trial, error, and transformation. Although this piece does not have overt GLBT content, I am a Bisexual Transsexual man and the images are not about transformation and variety by accident.”

- Memories (Sylvia Schedelbauer, 2004, Germany, 19 minutes)
“A woman grows up during the bubbly economy in Japan. Why did her parents never speak about the past? Using a box full of photos found in her family archive, the filmmaker tries to construct one version of a family history.”

- Lilly (Jodie Mack, 2007, USA, 6 minutes)
“Animated photo-negatives illustrate a WWII tragedy.”

- Cuts in Motion (Brenda Contreras, 2008, USA, 5.5 minutes)
“When blue hair and the ability to speak a second language isn’t enough to get you noticed, what’s left for you to do?”