- Greta Snider |
- 1996 |
- 5 minutes |
- B&W |
Rental Format(s): 16mm
"Meticulous and fleet, Greta Snider's FLIGHT is a high contrast memento mori, an impossible dialogue of father and daughter mutual address. A spontaneous response to loss and its afterimage prompts an intricate construction of perishable effects brought light through indelible flashpoints and suspended farewells." - Mark McElhatten, New York Film Festival
"Greta Snider, perhaps best known for her raw, punk-inspired documentations of her life and the odd friends inhabiting it, took some of her late father's old photographic negatives and a few other of his objects into a darkroom and contact printed them onto raw 16mm black and white film stock. Not knowing what the result would be, and working in pitch darkness and total solitude, Snider has created her most surprisingly personal and poetic work to date. The result is a rhythmic and loving paean to the human desire to fly and to reach beyond the sky to heaven itself." - Scott Stark, from "The Top Ten Experimental Films/Videos of 1997"
FLIGHT is my father's photographic legacy, compiled and transformed into light. I wanted to materialize what spirit ephemera I have remaining from him. His family photographs, his hobbyist pictures of trains and roses, his airplanes and his obsession with birds circling ... this material is shot through his eyes. The images are imprinted onto the film, like a fingerprint or trace. It's his movie, really ....
FLIGHT is hand-processed and hand-exposed without a camera (as with Ray-O-Grams) and runs at silent speed 18 frames per second.
Awards and Exhibition: NY Film Festival; SF Int'l Film Festival; Pacific Film Archive; SF Cinematheque; Kino-Eye, Chicago Filmmakers; Director's Choice, Black Maria Film and Video Festival.