Club Midnight: Storyville Memory; Dowtown Goddess; Dark Sequins; Light of the Body; Wildfire, Club Midnight
- Amy Greenfield |
- 2011 |
- 60 minutes |
CLUB MIDNIGHT: STORYVILLE MEMORY, DOWNTOWN GODDESS, DARK SEQUINS, LIGHT OF THE BODY, WILDFIRE, CLUB MIDNIGHT
Run time: 60 minutes
Selected film festivals
Berlin, Houston (Wildfire: Gold Prize), Williamsburg (Wildfire: First Prize), Sao Paulo, Denver Starz, Silverlake Hollywood, Athens Greece (Light Of The Body: A Best American Short), Sex Worker's Film Festival/San Francisco; Lincoln Center Dance On Camera, National Gallery Of Art (Cinedance In America), New Feminism And Poetry.
Club Midnight conflates the spectacle of female erotic performance with a dazzling array of film techniques to make a film poetics which does away with categories of "low" (erotic performance and performers) with "high" (experimental filmmaking) to create a cinema which sees through the body erotic into the reaches of the soul - " A female empowering cinema of desire, longing, energy, anguish and joy, a mix of cutting-edge film and raw performance art." (New York Post).
"The six films that make up Club Midnight are challenging and exhilaratingly sensual, all inspired by the empowerment and expressiveness of erotic dance (to) the music of Philip Glass, Einsturzende Neubauten, and Lee Hazelwood, Dennis Hopper interpreting a poem by Poet Laureate Charles Simic and Stan Brakhage-inspired digital and analog manipulation. Club Midnight is a postmodern romp through a neo-feminist party." - Flavorpill
The journey through Club Midnight takes us from "Downtown Goddess", with Selene Savarie giving witness to her own dance act in her scathing poem Goddesses; to the title film which turns the club into a noir-like metaphor for existential questions. The finale is Wildfire, the women "clothed" in electronically generated flaming colors, reincarnating Thomas Edison's 1894 hand-tinted film, Annabelle Dances.
"Four dancers, clad only in flames, respond to Thomas Alva Edison's hand-colored film, Annabelle Dances, by dancing to music by Philip Glass. The movements are condensed with digital effects, creating an ode to the female body."
Berlin Film Festival
"A surreal masterpiece. The beauty rises to the level of intoxication."
Williamsburg Film Festival
"A beautiful film. A great film."
On Light of the Body
"Especially remarkable in as much as while composed of extraordinarily erotic movements, color shifts of naked dance, it manages to remain a film of the beauty of illuminated nudity - no sexual manipulation even. Bravo! " Stan Brakhage
On Club Midnight (the film)
" The body in movement is a vessel of energy and meaning, a political act. Erotic dance becomes a powerful affirmation of conscious self and free thought, against the standardization of body and mind we live today." ? Vittoria Maniglio, University Of Rome