The Riga Pasaules Film Festival (RPFF) will celebrate its 7th edition with a new cycle of film screenings, workshops, a retrospective, and discussions. The film festival will take place from the 26th - 29th April 2020 at Kino Bize, located in the heart of Riga’s Art Nouveau district. Although the RPFF is a documentary film festival we have in past years included in the program one or two experimental documentaries, and so we welcome entries from non-mainstream filmmakers.
In the mid 1960s, Edward Owens (1949-2009) was an African-American teenager attending the Art Institute of Chicago when Gregory Markopoulos arrived to found the school’s film program. Owens, who was then studying painting and sculpture, had already been making 8mm movies for a few years; impressed by the maturity of his work, Markopoulos encouraged him to move to New York. Over the next four years, Owens created a cluster of films that display an increasing mastery of form, inspired by Markopoulos’s style but transformed into something purely his own.
An encounter between a film artist with two 16mm projectors, and two improvising musicians ; a violinist and a guitarist. The will to propose a frictional dialogue between sounds and images, without a hierarchy between both medium : sounds can go with the images, as well causing them, incite them, confront them… images can initiate the mouvements, as well as melt into them. The will to experiment the fragility of a communication between loops on celluloid, expressing itself in a mechanical time, and the organic expression of wooden vibrant instruments.
Hypnotic and visceral, Sonic Cinema is a wild hypersensory experience. The films in this program explore the outer limits of perception, embodiment and cognition using experimental animation techniques, chemical interventions, powerful soundtracks, magnetic pulsations and beyond. Raw intensity and pure energy into the ontology of the moving image.
Leighton Pierce, cuyo nombre completo es John Leighton Pierce, nació el 27 de octubre de 1954 en Rochester (Nueva York). Es un cineasta experimental americano que trabaja con el cine, vídeo, sonido e instalaciones. Es conocido sobre todo por su técnica impresionista en la creación de imágenes de vídeo que produce, en unión de su diseño sonoro, un efecto hipnótico. El motivo del agua es dominante en su obra y dio nombre a la serie de cine y vídeo “Memories of Water” (Memoria del agua).