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“The underlying connection with all of the films is that the works were made in the past two years or so in Los Angeles or conceived of here. In tying to the notion of LA’s urban history of being a young city almost all of the filmmakers fall under the category of migrant, or immigrant (between the 1920’s and 1930 LA had an average of 300 people a day arriving from the midwest or abroad). This is for me what the work explores, what is it about coming to this city from a different place that affects us, and in what (drastically different ways) is it about the city that gives us the freedom to work unrestricted, unbound by the cityscape as being homogenous? While simultaneously refuting the industry that uses the same medium as us. That said, there’s works from Los Angeles based artists originally from Argentina (Luciano Piazza), Michigan (Andrew Kim), Korea (Min Jung Kim) England (Charlotte Pryce) Florida (Mike Stoltz) The Bay Area (Christina Nguyen) Canada (Me) New York (Laura Kraning). None of the films would fall under the city symphony film, but all have been affected by Los Angeles, or the distance the city provides from home for these filmmakers.“
― Curator and Filmmaker Heather Trawick
Centre of the Cyclone
Canada, US / 2015, 19 min
In the province of the mind there are no limits. However, in the province of the body there are definite limits not to be transcended.”
An invocation for the transcendence between the corporal and metaphysical, the passage is guided by marooned sailors, a moment of celestial chance, demolition derbies, and a slipping into the ether.
Min Jung Kim
USA, South Korea/ 2015, 3 min
1400 tints printed onto paper in 2005 are transferred to the emulsion to be seen in a new light.
Society of Motion
USA / 2015, 4 min
A turn once more to that which cannot be fixed, this ocean of watery images. Mindfulness provides some kind of golden solvent. Keep your eyes on the flame... even when they are closed.
Non-Stop Beautiful Ladies
USA / 2015, 9 min
A Los Angeles street film starring empty signs, radio from passing cars and human sign spinners, some with a pulse and some without.
USA / 2016, 7 min
"What do you like about orgasms?” It’s a very simple question that can spiral down with no end. It can be understood as a flat interrogation of the surface of pleasure, or as an inquiry into the depths of the preservation of the species. Stars, directors, and fans from the porn industry at the Adult Video News Expo and Awards 2015 (the Oscars of the porn) get a chance to unfurl the many ways in which the question can be explored.
USA / 2015, 3 min
Prima Materia is inspired by the haunting wonderment of Lucretius’: De Rerum Natura. It is a homage to the first, tentative photographic records that revealed the extraordinary nature of phenomena lurking just beyond the edge of human vision.
Christina C Nguyen
USA / 2016, 10 min
Sound from image / image from color // inquiries into the analog film system.
With Pluses and Minuses
USA / 2013, 5 min
“This morning the window blew its glass onto my face. Real morning with pluses and minuses (my symbols for truth)”
USA / 2011, 19 min
Tracing the metaphysical undercurrents of a Southern California landscape scarred by fire, DEVIL’S GATE unearths a subconscious of the landscape, as the echoes of the past reverberate in the present and infect our perception and experience of place.