In the Course of Human Events


Rental Format(s): 16mm

Sound: Kevin Barnard, Ray Guillet, and Kyle Newhall;

Sound Design: Amy Leigh Hunter.

After the 1989 quake the city of San Francisco decided to tear down the Embarcadero Freeway once and for all. The climate of dread evoked by PREMONITION is followed by a primitive yet seductive "tableau" of twisted metal. The bulldozers are prehistoric monsters that tear bits of metal and stone from the vulnerable concrete. Angerame films the spectacle in extremely precise shots that surgically unveil our obsession with destruction and technological decline.

"[A]n exquisite black and white surrealist depiction of the Embarcadero Freeway demolition, in which dinosaurlike tractors gnash at an organic tangle of steel reinforcements. ... Inanimate objects and heavy machinery become living metaphors for generation through the director's signature use for high-contrast, time-lapse and double exposure cinematography. Like a moving gallery installation, the 23-minute piece is composed of individual shots so precise and emotionally evocative that each could stand on its own as testimony to Angerame's astounding talent." - Silke Tudor, SF Weekly

"... a metaphorical approach to architecture could be found in quite a few works and this is why the organizers put them together in a separate section. In this section, the most remarkable film was IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS by Dominic Angerame, a film that combines shorts of the tearing down of the Embarcadero Freeway in San Francisco with industrial music - a proposal of an ambivalent interpretation of human break up and break down." - Andreas Denk, Kunstforum, July-September 1998

Continuum, Deconstruction Site, Premonition, Line of Fire, Battle Stations, and The Soul of Things can be rented together for $550

Awards:

Ann Arbor Film Festival, Honorable Mention, 1999
New York Film/Video Exhibition, Kodak Prize Award, "Best Cinematography", Dec 1998
Director's Choice Award, Black Maria Film Festival, May 1998
Athens International Film Festival, Best of the Experimental Category, May 1998

Screenings:

A Trip Down Market Street, San Francisco, 2005
Austin Film Society, Alamo Drafthouse, Austin Texas, 2005
CSAA/Innner Spark, Valencia, CA, 2005
Kommunales Kino Freidburg, Germany, 2004
Robert Beck Memorial Theatre, New York, 2004
Fondation Cartier, Paris France, "Ce Qui Arrive", 2003
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Bilbao International Film Festival, November 2000
Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo Japan, July 2000
California Summer School Program of the Arts, Valencia, June, 2000
Anthology Film Archives, New York City, October 2000
Caligari-Film Buhne, Wiesbaden, Germany, June 2000
Foreign Cinema Cafe, San Francisco, CA, June 2000
Academy of Sciences, Katmandu, Nepal, February 2000
City Kino, Graben, Germany, January 2000
Northwest Film Study Center, Portland, OR, July 1999
Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago, IL, 1999
Bannam Theatre, San Francisco, CA, April 1999
Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, IL , February 1999
New York Film/Video Exhibition, Kodak Prize Award, "Best Cinematography", Dec. 1998
Split International Film Festival, Splitz Croatia, October, 1998
Hamburg International Film Festival, June, 1998
European Media Arts Festival, Osnabruck, Germany, May 1998
Impackt Film Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands, May 1998
Viper Film Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland, May 1998
Michigan Theatre, March 1998
Venue Nine, San Francisco, CA January, 1998
Rotterdam Film Festival, January, 1998
Cracow Film Festival, Poland, November, 1997
Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria, 1997
Film/Arc Film Festival, Graz, Austria, November, 1997
Mill Valley Film Festival, Mill Valley, CA October, 1997
Athens International Film Festival, Third Prize, Experimental Category, May, 1998
Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria, 1997
Film/Arc Film Festival, Graz, Austria, November, 1997
Fairfield Arts Festival, September, 1997
Film Arts Foundation Film Festival, November, 1997
Mill Valley Film Festival, Mill Valley, CA October, 1997
Victoria Theatre, San Francisco, May, 1997

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