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Now Available: Lynne Sachs’s Figure and I

Posted November 2nd, 2021 in Announcements, New Acquisitions, New Digital Files, News / Events

Canyon Cinema is pleased to announce that a new film from Lynne Sachs, made in collaboration with singer/songwriter Kristine Leschper, has been added to the catalog and is now available to rent.

Figure and I (2021, 3 minutes, color, sound, digital file)

Kristine Leschper wrote to me with a very intriguing proposition: create a short film in response to her song ‘Figure and I.’ I knew that this deeply rhythmic two-minute song needed some kind of somatic imagery. I needed to move with my body and my camera as I was shooting it. A few days later, I went to “The New Woman Behind the Camera” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In this show, I saw two photos by two women photographers from the 1920s whose work I had never seen before. These images guided me to a way of interpreting the physicality and the intimacy of Kristine’s song. Soon afterward, I invited my friend Kim Wilberforce to be in my film and to interpret the song herself, through her vibrant wardrobe and her precise, ecstatic clapping gestures.” – Lynne Sachs

“For the first time, I used my hands to clap out a rhythm that spoke to me,” she says. “I don’t have much experience with percussion, so I was thrilled by the ease and accessibility of using hands as an instrument. It’s such a long-standing and fundamental way of making sound in folk traditions around the world, and to use it makes me feel rooted in a deeper sense of time. As a poet, too, I hold an enthusiasm for the symbolism of hands, as a symbol of work, of community or offering, or holding and being held.” – Kristine Leschper

Singer/songwriter Kristine Leschper led Mothers for eight years (their most recent LP was 2018’s Render Another Ugly Method). With “Figure and I,” she shares her first single under her own name, via ANTI- Records.

Featuring Kim Wilberforce

Film by Lynne Sachs

Music by Kristine Leschper

Editor – Rebecca Shapass
Production Assistance – Priyanka Das
Filmed in Brooklyn, New York