LaborBerlin warmly recommends Marie Losier‘s THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE, a film about Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, well-known for his work with Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, and his life and work partner Lady Jaye. One would expect the film to be about the history of industrial music, about Genesis as a link between the pre- and post-punk era, about the underground scene since the 1970s. And it is, but it tells the story from the perspective of a great romantic love. Genesis and Lady Jaye start to undergo surgical procedures to merge into a third being, a pandrogynous being. Marie Losier will be at this theatrical premiere to present her film!
Archive for November, 2011
BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Melissa Dullius and Gustavo Jahn who won best international film award for CAT EFFEKT at the 4th Janela International Film Festival Recife. The artistic couple that collaborates under the moniker Distruktur was brought back to their native Brasil to present their work at a string of festival screenings and exhibitions.
The Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival dedicated one program to Distruktur’s films and exhibited their POSTCARDS series in an installation. If you happen to find yourself in Porto Alegre, make sure to check out the upcoming group show called VANISHING POINT in which Distruktir will present a double 16mm projection installation GUERRERO.
The Janela International Film Festival also invited Distruktur to teach a 16mm workshop. Entitled Corpo Sensível, the workshop was held from November 7th to 11th. Participants learned how to use a 16mm camera, shoot and hand process footage, edit and project celluloid. The result of the workshop was presented in a group screening. The goal was to help start an independent film lab in Recife. The festival sponsored lomo tanks, splicers, rewinds, film and chemistry.
Melissa and Gustavo report: “so far, there is no grassroots film lab in Brasil. We hope very much that a group of enthusiasts will start a lab, and discussions to do this have already begun. We think it’s only a matter of time until a lab is opened. Participants of the workshop came to Recife from other cities as well (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo) to take part in the workshop. They’re friends with lots of people who are interested in working with celluloid.”
On the first day of the workshop, Melissa and Gustavo screened works by LaborBerlin members. The screening was attended by workshop participants, as well as festivalgoers. The program included:
Slow Club – Rasa Juskeviciute & Egy Boy (Super 8 Picnic in a Hand Lab – Vilnius)
Awe Schocks – Juan David Gonzales & Anja Dornieden
Beyrouth, Automne 2005 – Leïla Saadna
Les Noctambules – Sophie Watzlawick
Postcards – Melissa Dullius & Gustavo Jahn
Through – Guillaume Cailleau
H(i)J – Guillaume Cailleau
Link to Bruna Valença’s blog: http://brunavalenca.blogspot.com
The Workshop by Richard was well attended. After a detailed introduction on the logic of B/W reversal film, we went out and shot two 100 foot rolls of Orwo black and white film. We developed them in the lab and then applied bleach, fixer and second developer by hand. Afterwards we spliced everyone’s experiments together and screened them for the group. The results will also be shown at our next open screening, Wednesday November 16.
After the workshop Richard and Dianna stayed behind to help us figure out how to load and finally run the contact printer. Thanks to their previous experience with this machine we were able to understand how it works and all its potential uses.
Last Tuesday Nov. 8, we made our first successful test on the machine. We printed a short test strip with different light exposures. The next step is to run another test with a variety of filters to manipulate the contrast and then finally print a whole roll film.
so is this. now. The series of screenings and discussions programmed by Madeleine Bernstorff continues. You’re all invited to join us on Wednesday, nov 9th, 5pm
HOME STORIES, Matthias Müller, D 1990 16mm 6’
LA CHAMBRE, Chantal Akerman, B 1972 35mm 11’
LIVES OF PERFORMERS, Yvonne Rainer, USA 1972 16mm 90’
On Thursday there will be a discussion about the films at the University of Arts, Hardenbergstrasse 33.
Check out the blog for upcoming events and more information http://vcs2011.wordpress.com
see you there!