New 16mm and DVDs available from Janis Crystal Lipzin and Sergio Batiz

Posted April 22nd, 2014 in Announcements, New Acquisitions, New DVDs, New Films, News / Events

Micro-Celluloid Incidents in 4 Santas

New on DVD from Janis Crystal Lipzin:

De Luce 2: Architectura | 2013 | color | sound | 8.5 min.

Super 8mm transferred to video

Light & photo-chemistry collide and conspire against 12 different architectural backdrops suspending and dissolving celluloid matter into a luminosity reminiscent of Mark Rothko’s radiant field paintings.

The original film was shot on super-8mm film in Paris, Norway, Toronto, Wyoming, Colorado, Chicago, Cincinnati, Napa Valley & southern and northern California between 1983 and 2012, and then painstakingly hand-processed.

De Luce 2: Architectura is the second film in the artist’s “De Luce” (On Light) series that was inspired by this medieval text: “In the beginning of time, light drew out matter, along with itself, into a mass as great as the fabric of the world.” – Robert Grosseteste (1170-1253)

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Micro-Celluloid Incidents in 4 Santas | 2012 | color | sound | 10 min

Super 8mm on video

The flow of time & unseen human relationships are exposed at public amusement facilities in 4 California towns.

The title is a reference to Ray Birdwhistell’s ground-breaking anthropological study from 1971, Micro-Cultural Incidents in 10 Zoos in which he employed a “perceptiscope” as a cinematic microscope. 4 Santas utilizes digital tools to interrogate film, and in so doing, to investigate meaning. What can be shown and what can be known?

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Threnody | 2003 | color | sound | 11 min.

Threnody is a consideration of mortality in which the filmmaker examines the residue and physical artifacts of death and memorializes the loss of friends and victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York on 9/11/01.

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Don Fidencio

New on 16mm and DVD from Sergio Batiz:

 Don Fidencio | 2001 | color | sound | 5 min.

An intimate portrait of an old blind Oaxacan musician, who made his sound famous in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico while begging in the streets. The camera passes by as a metaphor of the people who could have but never really helped him. The film is a personal satire of the music video commercial format so common on TV. This was Don Fidencio’s last performance ever captured on film celluloid of his famous song “Mil Problemas” (A Thousand Problems).

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