Snow / Spray / Scratch

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"An extraordinary ebbing and flowing, dotting and pulsing 'abstract' field film. The filmmaker-painter Huot painted this film by spray painting a 12 minute length of clear film. When projected this single gesture contains a fascinating atomized space." - Michael Snow

Often we'd be hanging out having a beer and someone would shout, 'Let's go see a movie.' We'd jump on the subway and head up to 42nd Street to see a midnight triple feature for a buck. The prints were always bad (probably projected a thousand times) and the films were usually equally as poor. Often I found myself fixating on the light dancing in the scratches on the emulsion.

"LEADER and SCRATCH are extensions of Huot's early interest in minimalism. They are successful in reducing the number of filmic variables so completely that essential qualities and potentials of the materials of film can be felt. While SCRATCH is nothing more than eleven minutes of dark leader with a continuous handmade scratch, the resulting imagery varies a good deal, depending on how deeply Huot dug into the emulsion: when the scratch is shallow, for example, it seems to bead and move up through the image; when the scratch is deep, it seems to remain within the frame, vibrating horizontally." - Scott MacDonald, The Films of Robert Huot: 1967-1972, Quarterly Review of Film Studies, Summer 1980.

A section from ROLLS: 1971, which I feel stands well on its own. The continuous field of falling snow appears to break into three planes or zones of different density and speed. I think of Snow in some sense as nature's answer to SPRAY. - Robert Huot

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