A COLLECTIVE CINEMA — Millennium Film Workshop Screening Series — BEGINS JUNE 22 @ 8 PM
LE PETIT VERSAILLES AND MILLENNIUM FILM WORKSHOP PRESENT
A MONTHLY SCREENING SERIES FOR THE SUMMER MONTHS!
JUNE 22, 8 PM
LE PETIT VERSAILLES
346 E. Houston St. @ Ave C
TWO WRENCHING DEPARTURES BY KEN JACOBS
FILMMAKER IN PERSON!
2006, 90 min, b&w, sound
In October 1989, estranged friends Bob Fleischner and Jack Smith died within a week of each other. Ken Jacobs met Smith through Fleischner in 1955 at CUNY night school, where the three were studying camera techniques. This feature-length work, first performed in 1989 as a live Nervous System piece, is a “luminous threnody” (Mark McElhatten) made in response to the loss of Jacobs’ friends.
This film was originally part of Jacobs’ so-called Nervous System performances and was first screened in 1990. The Nervous System performances made use of two projectors and the necessary 3-D and other optical effects and were by definition unique and once only thanks to the improvisations of the operator Ken Jacobs himself. In 1989, two of his friends died in quick succession (albeit alienated from each other): Bob Fleischner, film
maker and founder of the Collective for Living Cinema, and Jack Smith, the most legendary of all New York avant-garde film makers. Jacobs had especially worked very closely with Smith and thanks to their cooperation he had a treasure trove of film material by the two artists. Two Wrenching Departures provides insight into the early years of the New York new cinema in a way that makes the visual opulence and whimsicality of it tangible. Visual vibrations from a cosmic time. Jacobs has worked in recent years as the digital librarian of his own film performances that were legendary thanks to the surprising quality of the often one-off work that most people, even connoisseurs of the New York avant-garde, only know from standard works or secondhand.
1966, 6:17, b&w, silent
Rainer’s first film, Hand Movie, was shot by fellow dancer William Davis when Rainer was confined to a hospital bed, recovering from major surgery and unable to dance. The resulting five minutes of footage is a sustained close-up shot of Rainer’s hand against a grey background as it stretches and contracts, bends and points, performing the kinds of everyday, quotidian movements that characterize her pioneering minimalist choreography.
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